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Apr 12, 2013 Imogen Cunningham 
 
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Raise a glass of Californian wine today to the memory of Imogen Cunningham
(1883, 12 April - 1976, 24 June)
 
Thanks to Bob Hirsch for permission to include his background piece.
 
Biography provided by Focal Press
 
Inspired to take up photography in 1901 after seeing the work of Gertrude Käsebier, she learned platinum printing from Edward S. Curtis, eventually opening a portrait studio in Seattle (1910). Her first work was romantic, soft-focus portraits and nudes. After moving to San Francisco in 1917, she adopted modernism. Cunningham’s images came to reflect Group f/64’s credo (of which she was a founder) that the "greatest aesthetic beauty, the fullest power of expression, the real worth of the medium lies in its pure form rather than in its superficial modifications." Her tightly rendered 1920s plant studies presents nature with machine precision or as sexual allusion, drawing sensual parallels to the female form that she explored through her long career. Although the picture is a faithful rendering of a plant, Cunningham’s concern was not the subject itself, but what the subject could become under the photographer’s control. She worked as a commercial photographer from the 1930s. Her last book, After Ninety (1979), was a sympathetic portrait collection of elderly people.
 
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer)
 
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] (Used with permission)
 
Self-portrait on Geary Street
Imogen Cunningham
Self-portrait on Geary Street
1958 (taken) 1970s (early, print)
 
Gelatin silver print
9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in (24.8 x 19.7 cm)
 
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 22, 2009, Photographs & Photographic Literature, Sale 2191 Lot 203)
 
LL/33443 
  
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Apr 12, 2013 Miroslav Tichý 
 Today is the second anniversary of the death of Miroslav Tichý
(1926, 20 November - 2011, 12 April)
 
Czech photographer with a somewhat eccentric style recording with homemade cameras the women of his home town of Kyjov. His use of strange cameras made out of cardboard tubes and old tin cans along with his poorly printed voyeuristic works has made him highly regarded by a certain section of the fine photography community. His work has been collected and preserved by a neighbour, Roman Buxbaum, and since 2004 has gained reputation through international exhibitions as a subversive rebellion against communist repression. The question of voyeurism still remains.
 
A typical Peeping Tom snapshot, Kyjov
Miroslav Tichý
A typical Peeping Tom snapshot, Kyjov
1978 (ca)
 
Gelatin silver print
15.5 x 63 cm
 
CEROS - Jean-Mathieu Martini / Serge Plantureux
Binoche et Giquello, épreuves choisies, 18 november 2010, lot no: 241
 
LL/41146 
  
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Apr 9, 2013 Eadweard Muybridge 
 
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Who could forget the birthday of photographer Eadweard Muybridge? I hope you all sent cards.
(1830, 9 April - 1904, 8 May)
 
Worked in America for 40 years, photographing the Pacific Railway, Yosemite, Panama & Guatemala as well as a terrific series of panoramas of San Francisco. Series of photographs of galloping horse to show that, at any one time, all four legs were off the ground, led to further work in photographing movement, anticipating film.
 
He did murder his wife's lover, Major Harry Larkyns, on 17th October 1872 apparently shooting him point-blank after saying:
 
"Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here's the answer to the letter you sent my wife"
 
Well nobody is perfect.
 
#879 the Devil's Laboratory
Eadweard Muybridge
#879 the Devil's Laboratory
[Geyser Springs]
n.d.
 
Stereoview
Jefferson Stereoptics
Courtesy of John Saddy (Auction, Tues. August 29th & Thurs. August 31st, 2006, # 06-3, Lot 31)
 
LL/13794
 
A collector's pencilled note on back reads "Muybridge standing for pose in photo self portrait." 
  
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Exhibition: Scientific: Movement 
  
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Apr 7, 2013 Eliot Elisofon 
 
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Today we can remember the passing of Eliot Elisofon
(1911, 17 April - 1973, 7 April)
 
American photographer, film producer and technical advisor on color for Hollywood films in the 1950s and 60s. He was a specialist in African art and a founder-member of the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.
 
His 1952 photograph 'Artist Marcel Duchamp walking down a flight of stairs in a multiple exposure image reminiscent of his famous painting "Nude Descending a Staircase"' is a classic of photography. I've included the Marcel Duchamp now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a Gjon Mili photograph of a "Nude descending a staircase" for comparison.
 
Enjoy.
 
Artist Marcel Duchamp walking down a flight of stairs
Eliot Elisofon
Artist Marcel Duchamp walking down a flight of stairs in a multiple exposure image reminiscent of his famous painting "Nude Descending a Staircase"
1952
 
Gelatin silver print
14.2 x 17.8 ins
 
LIFE
 
LL/41730
 
Nude Descending Staircase
Gjon Mili
Nude Descending Staircase
1949 (taken)
 
Gelatin silver print
19 3/8 x 15 5/8 ins
 
Howard Greenberg Gallery
Inventory no: 0013341
 
LL/38001
 
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
Marcel Duchamp (painter)
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
1912
 
Oil on canvas
57 7/8 x 35 1/8 ins

 
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Louis and Walter Arensberg Collection
 
LL/41729 
  
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Apr 6, 2013 Harold E. Edgerton 
 
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A stroboscopic birthday to Harold E. Edgerton - if you raise your glass be quick as he would have caught you...
(1903, 6 April - 1990, 4 January)
 
American scientific photographer and pioneer of stroboscopic photography. He also did some less well known night photographs of Stonehenge with powerful aeroplane mounted strobes during the Second World War.
 
Schlieren photograph of a bullet
Harold E. Edgerton
Untitled [Schlieren photograph of a bullet]
n.d.
 
Colour image
MIT Museum
The Edgerton Digital Collections (EDC) project - Mit Museum number: HEE-NC-73006
 
LL/46074 
  
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Apr 5, 2013 Herbert Bayer 
 
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Raise your glass of Almdudler to celebrate the birth of photographer Herbert Bayer
(1900, 5 April - 1985)
 
Herbert Bayer combined considerable talent in both graphic design and photography and this was reflected early in his career as a teacher at the Bauhaus in Germany (1925-28). During the 1930s he was influential in advertising and commercial design and in 1938 he moved to the USA.
 
Herbert Bayer - Self-portrait
Herbert Bayer
Self-Portrait (Photomontage)
1932
 
Gelatin silver print
12 1/2 x 9 in
 
Bonhams - New York
Photographs (30 October 2012) Sale: 20064, Lot: 27
 
LL/48923 
  
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Apr 4, 2013 William Henry Jackson 
 
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Time to pack your camera gear on your mule and head out into the wild to celebrate the birth of William Henry Jackson
(1843, 4 April - 1942, 30 June)
 
Jackson worked with the railway companies and survey groups moving out into the American West. His landscape photographs are some of the most important ever made and helped define the ‘West‘.
 
William Jackson packing a mule
William Henry Jackson
William Jackson packing a mule
1871
 
Albumen print
National Parks Service
Yellowstone Digital Slide File, Jackson Photos
 
LL/35271 
  
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Apr 3, 2013 Francesca Woodman 
 
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Today remember the all-to-short life of photographer Francesca Woodman
(1958, 3 April - 1981, 19 January)
 
American photographer whose feminist images were often self-portraits. Her suicide at only 23 left a solid body of black and white work that can only hint at her originality. Her self-portraits, taken in the 1970s, are an intriguing examination of her personality.
 
New York
Francesca Woodman
New York
1979 (taken)
 
Gelatin silver print
6 1/4 x 6 1/4 ins (15.9 x 15.9 cm)
 
Sotheby's - New York
Courtesy of Sotheby's New York (Photographs, 6 April 2011, NO8730, Lot 124)
 
LL/43162 
  
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Apr 3, 2013 American Civil War (1861-1865: Robin Stanford Civil War Photography Collection 
 
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The Robin Stanford Civil War Photography Collection
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
 
Over the course of forty years of collecting, Robin Stanford has amassed an exceptional group of Civil War photographs. The most striking aspect of her collection is not only the sheer quantity of images, mostly stereographs, but the number of rare views by almost unknown photographers and in locations not much documented.
 
Many iconic Civil War photographs, for example, Alexander Gardner’s pictures of the dead at Gettysburg, have often been reproduced and Robin Stanford’s collection has dozens of those important images. However, most Civil War battles went unrecorded, and the majority of photographs were taken in Virginia, the Charleston area, and at Antietam and Gettysburg. Outside those regions, few wartime photographs exist. Many of these rare images are represented in the Stanford collection. A particular strength in this collection is Southern views by local photographers – those that illustrate prewar plantation life. Views by northern photographers who went into occupied areas of the South with Union troops are another strength. Robin Stanford’s purposeful collecting has created an extraordinary documentary record, as vivid today as it was 150 years ago.
 
The Civil War defined and galvanized who we are as a nation. Virtually every American sustained the collective trauma of loss, having a relative or acquaintance who was wounded, dead, or missing. The Civil War lasted four grueling years, from April 1861 to April 1865, and it was the most devastating conflict in U.S. history, killing more Americans than all other wars combined. At the war’s end, damage to property and land was overwhelming, and, in much of the South, it took more than 50 years to recover. The South’s economy and society were radically altered.
 
A few sobering facts stand out regarding the Civil War. The statistics are staggering for human loss with more than 750,000 men killed and almost 500,000 wounded from a population of 31 million Americans. One in ten men of age to serve died as a result of the war. For most Civil War soldiers, death did not come from wounds in battle, however, but from disease in camp. The 150th anniversary of the Civil War has encouraged people today to look to the past to find an explanation for the conflict, to consider the life of a relative, or to review fighting in a specific area. The four-year sesquicentennial and anniversaries of various historic events have brought a new wave of interest in the war to the American public.
 
Questions regarding the Stanford Civil War Photography Collection, contact:
 
Anne E. Peterson
Curator of Photographs
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750396
Dallas, TX 75275-0396
 
214-768-2661
 
apeterso@smu.edu
 
DeGolyer website: http://smu.edu/cul/degolyer/
 
Online images: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/
Flickr images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smu_cul_digitalcollections/ 
  
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Apr 2, 2013 Martine Franck 
 
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To remember the birth of Martine Franck
(1938, 2 April - 2012, 16 August)
 
Photojournalist with Magnum and second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
 
Young dancers, Ballet Moisseev
 
Martine Franck
Young dancers, Ballet Moisseev
2000
 
Gelatin silver print
12 x 16 / 16 x 20
 
HackelBury Fine Art Ltd
 
LL/1562 
  
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