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Revisiting the Images of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work Magazine

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Editor’s Note: The magazine that arguably brought the art of photography into the fine art world was published by Past ASMP Member Alfred Stieglitz. From 1902 until 1917, Camera Work contained high-quality photogravures and text (including the first published essay by Gertrude Stein), helping transform photography into both an accessible medium to the public at large, and elevating it to the level of what was considered “art”. Issues of Camera Work are exceedingly rare, and…

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Photography Ads of Yore: Newman and Nikon

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Editor’s Note: Arnold Newman was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Greg Scoblete] To reconnect with our history and the history of our industry, we descended into the dusty catacombs of the PDN archives, brushed away the cobwebs* and found some of those early issues to bring you a look at what was considered cutting edge at the time. You can browse the growing collection of old photography ads here. This installment dates…

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image © Dorothea Lange

Photography and Social Change: Dorothea Lange and the Politics of Seeing

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Editor’s Note: Dorothea Lange was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Cat Lachowskyj] Photographer Dorothea Lange is a seminal figure in both the history of social documentary photography and the historical progression of photography as a medium. Most individuals encounter Lange through her iconic image Migrant Mother, a photograph of Florence Owens Thompson taken in Nipomo, California at the height of the Great Depression in 1936. The contemplative mother, with her hand grazing her…

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Widow Tells Photographer’s Story After Photos Found in Boxes in Loft

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Editor’s Note: Fashion photographer Tom Palumbo was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from MSN/CBS News Patricia Bosworth found her late husband’s photographs in boxes scattered throughout their loft in the New York City neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen. In the 1950s and 60s, Tom Palumbo helped revolutionize fashion photography, first for Harper’s Bazaar and then for Vogue. Now, his widow is helping tell his story. “I went through literally thousands and thousands of prints that were stashed…

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Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography

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Editor’s Note: Weegee, one of the great urban street photographers, also had a career consisting of work that went far beyond his reputation who produced harshly lit pictures of dead people and society ladies in New York. Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Sarah Boxer] To write a concise history of the showboating, hard-boiled photographer known as Weegee, you’d do well to follow the advice of Christopher Bonanos, the author of “Flash: The Making of…

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The Assassination of R.F.K. Frame by Frame

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Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day Editor’s Note: Harry Benson is an ASMP Life Member. This is the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy photographed from start to finish by Harry Benson: from the happiness in the Ambassador Hotel Ballroom to the fate that awaited R.F.K. “As Bobby lay there, a rosary placed in his hand, chaos ensued, and five others were shot around me,” says Benson. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F….

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On the 50th Anniversary of Paul Fusco’s “RFK Funeral Train”

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Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Allen Murabayashi] On June 8, 1968, following a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Paul Fusco boarded a 21-car train at Penn Station with the casket of Robert F. Kennedy. The “Funeral Train” was to journey from New York to Washington D.C., where Kennedy would be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. On assignment for Look magazine, the 38-year old Fusco was stunned by the throngs of people who…

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One Hundred Years of Arnold Newman

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Editor’s Note: Arnold Newman was an ASMP Life Member Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day Photographs by Arnold Newman, generally acknowledged as the pioneer of the environmental portrait, will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 10 through June 30, 2018. The exhibition celebrates the centennial of Newman’s birth with over 45 works from the 1930s – 1990s. Images on display include portraits of artists Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, David Hockney, Isamu…

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Stanley Kubrick’s Little-known Life as a Still Photographer

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Cross-posted from The Washington Post [by Kenneth Dickerman] Editor’s Note: Stanley Kubrick was once an ASMP member. View his still photography works at the Museum of the City of New York in May. Most of us know Stanley Kubrick as the legendary director of some of cinema’s most significant, landmark films. When we see his name, we think of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying…

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Photo of Allie Mae Burroughs, Wife of a Cotton Sharecropper © Walker Evans 1936

Ten Photography Books You Cannot Read In Texas Prisons

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Find out why photography books by ASMP Legends Edward Weston, Walker Evans and W. Eugene Smith are among those banned in Texas prisons. Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Jason Row] So, you have a bit of time on your hands. Six to ten years maybe, all spent in the welcoming bosom of the Texas penal system. As a photographer, you will probably not get much chance to do some shooting. Landscapes and street photography are…

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