Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931 and began his photography career in 1946 at age 15.
Within four short years, Edward Steichen, an early supporter, had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Mother’s Curtains, by Harold Feinstein, 1948
It is with much sadness that I do this video. Harold Feinstein passed away on June 20, 2015 at the age of 84. Harold was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931. At the age of 17, 4 of his prints were purchased by Edward Steichen for the collection at MoMA. He had an over 70 year career as a street photographer, photojournalist, designer, and teacher.
Harold is one of the greatest and most underrated photographers of our time.
Remembering Ellen (photos of Mary Ellen Mark by Harold Feinstein)
Photo of Mary Ellen Mark by Paul Waldman
March 20, 1940 – May 25, 2015 (Time Obit here )
Mary Ellen Mark After the Deluge
The American photographer produced some of the most “delicately shaded studies of vulnerability ever set on film”
Mary Ellen Mark homepage
Mary Ellen Mark: There is nothing more extraordinary than reality (hear her speak on youtube)
Mary Ellen Mark, an artist known for her incredible humanist photography, passed away Monday in New York City. A rep confirmed the news Tuesday morning. She was 75.
Mark is survived by her husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, who directed the documentary “Streetwise” based on her images.
An example of Mary Ellen Mark’s passion for capturing the struggles of ordinary people is her 1983 photo Lillie with Her Rag Doll, which is part of the Streetwise photo essay. This photo shows the hopelessness that runaway children often feel and their fears as well as hopes of a better life. In this photo she is dressed in rags and has a cigarette in her mouth.
1969 East Village ‘
Mary Ellen Mark on Diane Arbus
I love her photographs, I do not try to make my photographs look like them. I don’t think my photographs look anything like hers. The only similarity is perhaps that both of us were fascinated by people who are marginal. I think her photographs are graphically very different; they are more direct, but that she is a distant observer. My photographs are more emotional and perhaps less graphically direct. But I repeat, I think she was a great photographer. When people compare us, they do it because we’re both women.
See more photos and read the interview here.
He became a disciple of Khyongla Rinpoche, attracted by his teachings about the importance of diminishing “self-cherishing” and negativity, and developing compassion for others. Three years later, he became a full-fledged monk and the only Westerner in a settlement of 20,000. Faced with the rigors of a devout life, he gave up photography for a while, until Martine Franck, the widow of Cartier-Bresson, visited his monastery and persuaded him to embrace it anew.
Nicholas Vreeland with a tea merchant in New Delhi, India
Vreeland insists that he is not an artist at all, just a busy monk who happens to find pleasure in taking pictures, and honor in photographing the Dalai Lama on several occasions. (It was the Dalai Lama who appointed him abbot.) Almost sheepishly, dutifully keeping pride at bay, he admits that it was only by selling his photographs to collectors that the planned expansion of the monastery (to house an enormous wave of refugee Tibetan monks) was made possible. Vreeland understands and employs the power of art without seeking any of its ego luster. When filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara asked to make him the subject of a documentary, he declined until his master told him it would benefit others.
Nicholas Vreeland (LA review of books)
Monk with a Camera Trailer (youtube)
Directed by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara
More touching and moving story of Christopher Isharwood and Don Bacardy was also directed by Santi and Tina Mascara
Chris and Don by David Hockney
Cunningham was named Imogen after the heroine of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline
I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men.
I don’t know what love means. (her quotes)
Ruth Asawa photo by Imogen Cunningham (previous post Ruth Asawa Art & Activism – San Francisco)
Ruth Asawa and Imogen Cunningham were good friends.
Harry Partch (Previous post)
More photos at Kenro Izu (homepage)
EL 1#4, 2013
Gelatin Silver Print
Varanasi, India 2013. At the “House of Liberation” a free housing where people come to die near the holy river Ganges
Kenro Izu (井津 建郎 Izu Kenrō?, born 1949) is a Japanese-born photographer based in the United States.
Izu attended Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo from 1969-1972. After moving to the United States in 1972, he spent two years working as a photo assistant in New York City and subsequently established his own studio, specializing in still life photography. Since 1979, in addition to his well established commercial work, Kenro began his serious professional commitment to his fine art photography, traveling the world to capture the sacred ancient stone monuments in their natural settings. He traveled and documented Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, France and Easter Island (Chile).
He has also focused on Buddhism and Hindu monuments in South East Asia: Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Through them, he captures profound beauty with natural states of decay. Izu founded Friends Without a Border, an organization devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals in Cambodia. Profits from select prints sales and his book, Light Over Ancient Angkor, are donated to this cause. Izu is the recipient of the 2007 Lucie Awards’ Visionary Photographer award, and was published by En Foco’s photographic journal Nueva Luz.
Happy birthday Paul Bowles and Patti Smith (Dec 30.. they share a birthday).
Night Waltz (See Jane and Paul Bowles)
Philip Seymour Hoffman known for playing beautiful losers, leaves behind a legacy of work that broke your heart and hit you in the gut.
Yamaguchi Yoshiko and Isamu Noguchi
Pete Seeger, the power of song- he loved boating.
Visionary Land Artist Nancy Holt
Genpei Akasegawa - Neo Dada Artist
Jane and Kate Barry
Billie Whitelaw (Samuel Beckett’s perfect actress)
Luis Rainer A Movie Legend with 2 Oscars was 104.
Jane Freilicher - (See portraits of Frank OHara, Koch and Ashbery)
Adios Senor Horace Silver (click to see large)
Camille Lepage Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa
On Dec 29, 1921 -
Rilke wrote to Lou Andrea-Salome (On Freud, he told her how his work is now beginning to have an important effect in France then he turned to Paul Valery) page 279 -280 – Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke – 1910 -1926.
Only the poetry of Paul Valery really astonishes me, whose “Le Cimetiere marin” I managed to translate with an equivalence I scarcely thought could be achieved between the two languages….
“Eupalinos – like all Valery’s few works of a serenity, a calm and equanimity that you too would entirely appreciate. Paul Valery stems from Mallarme.
But Valery kept silent and worked at mathematics until he was ready for artistic expression 25 years later,
so much the purer. In 1915, a man of fifty (Valery): and what has since come from his is of the greatest distinction and significance.
Rilke and Rodin
Rilke died of leukemia.”
And again his death pops up on pg. 86 of Reader’s Block:
“Joyce, Hesse, Mann, and Rilke all died in Switzerland.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Raron, Canton Valais, Switzerland - (see his grave)
On December the 29th, Rilke dies at Val-Mont. “The Poetical Work of Michelangelo”,
as well as his voluminous correspondence, are published post mortem. This body of work,
which includes letters to some of the most prominant writers and intellectuals of his time,
such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Auguste Rodin, André Gide, Hugo von Hofmannstahl,
Boris Pasternak, and Stefan Zweig.
Rilke the Poet
Previous post Photo of Rilke by Shaw – Letters to Balthus, Lou A. Salome
Dec 29 birthday of William Gaddis.. (See David Markson and William Gaddis- scroll down)