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Screenshot of article about Henri Cartier-Bresson posted on Artsy

Why Henri Cartier-Bresson Remains One of Photography’s Most Important Figures

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Cross-posted from Artsy. [By Jacqui Palumbo] “In the early 1930s, Cartier-Bresson encountered Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika (1929) by Martin Munkácsi: an image of three young children, nearly silhouetted, running into the crashing waves. ‘It is that very photograph which was for me the spark that set fire to the fireworks and made me suddenly realize that photography could reach eternity through the moment,’ he once recalled. In subsequent decades, Cartier-Bresson became a war documentary…

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A Portrait of America That Still Haunts, Decades Later

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Arthur Lubow] The cover of “The Americans,” Robert Frank’s revolutionary and influential book, is “Trolley – New Orleans,” a photo of a group of white and black people looking out towards the photographer from a streetcar. Lubow, the Times’s photography critic, takes apart this iconic image, in increments, to see what it tells us about America then and now. Hint: not much has changed. “Dead center we see…

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Gordon Parks’s 1960s Protest Photos Reflect the Long History of Police Brutality in the U.S.

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Editor’s Note: World-renowned photographer Gordon Parks was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from Artsy. [By Daria Harper] “Photographs of protests during the American civil rights movement in the 1960s, and more recently during the Black Lives Matter movement, illuminate a long history of Black people’s fight against racism. The Gordon Parks Foundation—which was founded in 2006 by Gordon Parks and Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. to preserve the artist’s work and support socially engaged artists—began posting images…

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Gordon Parks and George Floyd

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Dear Friends, Gordon Parks never met George Floyd but they knew the same struggle, they knew the corrosive toll of racism, they knew what it meant to live under the veil of suspicion and violence from people charged with protecting their lives. Gordon Parks and George Floyd had something else in common: the city of Minneapolis. George Floyd left Houston for the Twin Cities in 2014, searching for a better life just as Gordon Parks…

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Screenshot of article about Dorothea Lange's exhibition at MoMAposted on LensCulture

Words and Pictures

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Editor’s Note: Dorothea Lange was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Magali Duzant] When it was announced that a Dorothea Lange retrospective was opening at MoMA, I initially found myself oscillating between interest and skepticism. Shouldn’t we be looking at new voices? Lange’s work has been a part of photography’s canon for decades. Migrant Mother is easily one of the most famous images in the world — to the point that it often…

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Now Is the Time to Read Photography Books

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Cross-posted from The Museum Of Modern Art Magazine. [By Sarah Meister] “On the occasion of National Photography Month, a curator looks back at some of MoMA’s classic photo publications.”   Some of these are available as free downloads. “Almost anyone who cares about photography has an unshakable connection to the medium anchored in books. From the fixity of Anna Atkins’s scientific studies in the 1840s to the generative mix of images that comprise Dayanita Singh’s…

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George Floyd, Gordon Parks, and the Ominous Power of Photographs

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Editor’s Note: The late Gordon Parks was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from Aperture [by Deborah Willis] From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, can images help fight injustice? As I reflect on photography and protest, I see it as my life in America from a lived experience to an act of memory. I am troubled by the images I’ve seen over the last two weeks, and I have been asked—by various people—what these…

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Longtime ASMP Member Phiz Mezey Passes Away at Age 94

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Phiz Mezey’s social justice principles, strong will, independent spirit and curiosity about how people live informed her work as a photographer, writer and teacher. The longtime San Francisco resident passed away peacefully at home, May 10, 2020. She was born in Harlem, New York, and grew up in the Bronx. Her interests in writing and photography were already developing in her early teens. By age 16, she was writing for Irish Echo, a Bronx weekly…

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Screenshot of article about Dorothea Lange posted on The New Yorker web site

A Different Side to Dorothea Lange

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Editor’s Note: The late Dorothea Lange was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from The New Yorker Photo Booth.  [By Johanna Fateman]  A look at rarely and never-before-seen images from Dorothea Lange’s archives. “Contis culled most of the contents of her lyrical monograph from Lange’s archive, which has been housed at the Oakland Museum of California since Lange’s death, in 1965. Looking through the countless negatives and contact sheets there (the majority of them, it’s hard to…

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Masters of Photography: Inspiring Videos Every Photographer Should Watch

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Editor’s Note: Several former ASMP Members are featured in this article. Cross-posted from 121 Clicks In this lockdown period, you can watch these inspiring and useful videos from masters of photography. This is the Part 1 of this series, I will share few more inspiring videos in next coming articles. Hope you guys will enjoy these. Stay Safe. Read more Also see Masters of Photography: Inspiring Videos Every Photographer Should Watch – Part 2

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