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Challenging Vision, Passing of a Prolific Photographer Barbara Crane

August 9th, 2019

  • Artnews obit

    Barbara Crane, Protean Photographer of Intimate Chicagoan Scenes, Dead at 91

    Slideshow at Stephen Daiter Gallery

  • Her photos in China

    US photographer, one of the first foreigners permitted to take pictures in China

  • Barbara Crane’s homepage

    The issues in my work are often of a similar nature with an abstract edge. Though I build on past experience, I attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking. I keep searching for what is visually new to me while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place.

    Barbara Crane, 2002

    wiki (Crane’s archive resides at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. )

    John Malkovich & Sandro Miller Pay Homage to Masters

    July 19th, 2019

  • John Malkovich as David Lynch

    (via)


  • (Homage to Eiko Hosoe Man and Woman #20)


  • Modern version of Hell

  • Eraserhead vimeo

  • As Simone de Beauvoir in the bathroom.
    (When Simone was visiting Nelson Algren in Chicago)


  • (Happy birthday Papa Hemingway – July 21)

  • John Divola – Vandalism

    July 9th, 2019

  • John Divola, Zuma 73


  • (Kaleidoscope)

  • See more from Office Baroque

    Goodbye Gloria Vanderbilt, See Photos by Gordon Parks

    June 17th, 2019
  • Gloria Vanderbilt
    Photo by Gordon Parks

  • How race is lived in America: Relations of Gordon Parks and Gloria

    Vanderbilt: I was just actually looking in my diary, and Gordon and I met in April of 1954, and he came to photograph me for Life magazine. I was making my debut on the stage that summer.

    Parks: Then later, when you had your exhibition, I came to photograph you again.

    American photographer Richard Avedon (left, lighting a cigarette), American heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and American film director Sidney Lumet, sit at a table covered with glasses and bottles during a party for the premiere of the movie ‘East of Eden’ directed by Elia Kazan, 1955. (Photo by Getty Images)


    Via

  • Reinventions of Gloria Vanderbilt


  • Gloria V and Sidney Lumet

    Gordon Parks photographed Gloria and Sidney Lumet on their wedding day, August 28, 1956.

    Belle Époque Intrigue of Jacques Henri Lartigue

    June 13th, 2019
  • Unseen Lartigue

    Unseen photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue in two exhibitions curated by Paul Smith and Michael Hoppen

  • Wes Anderson and Jacques Henri Lartigue

    Wes Anderson openly acknowledged French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue1 as a source of creative inspiration.

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    Photo of Abel Gance by Lartigue (A silent film master who filmed Napoleon and Beethoven’s Great Love, among others.).

  • Jacques H. Lartigue

    See more photos by Lartigue here


  • Jean Cocteau and Picasso 1955 – photo by Lartigue

  • Stephen Hawking Died on Einstein’s Birthday on March 14, 2018

    March 14th, 2019
  • Marie Curie’s Pict0410
    Sex scandal?
    (photo by Fung Lin Hall from the supermarket rack).

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    Stephen Hawking (previous post)

  • See more March 14 birthdays here.


    (Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer – photo by Alfred Eisenstaed)


  • Einstein and Tagore

    On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher, musician, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history.

    The Passing of an Elegrant Writer/Critic , Francine Du Plessix Gray

    January 16th, 2019

  • Portrait of Francine Du Plessix Gray by Balthus and Man Ray.


  • (Francine with her parents) became a cover photo of her book “Them”.

    Francine Du Plessix Gray passed away

  • Francine du Plessix Gray (1933–2019)

    Francine du Plessix Gray, the French-American reporter, critic, novelist, and feminist known for her elegance and unsparingness in chronicling issues of the self and beyond, died in Manhattan on Sunday from complications of congestive heart failure. She was eighty-eight years old.

    Gray’s upbringing was defined by both entitlement and loss. Born to a French father and a Russian mother in Warsaw’s French embassy in 1933, Gray emigrated from France to New York with her mother, Tatiana Yakovleva, after her father’s plane was shot down by fascists near Gibraltar in 1940. In New York, Yakovleva—once a muse for the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky—married socialite and future Condé Nast director Alexander Liberman and eventually became a prolific milliner for Saks Fifth Avenue. Gray recounted her complex childhood and family life in 2006’s Them: A Memoir of Parents, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • Paris Review – Francine and sorrel soup.

  • Gore Vidal on “At Home With The Marquis de Sade – (A Life) by Francine Du Plessix Gray

    “It was brilliant idea of Francine du Plessix Gray to re-create not so much the “Monster” who was to become, somber fate, an adjective but the actual man who spent so much of his time in prisons… thanks not only to his sexual capers but, also, to a real-life monster, his mother-in-law, who would have walked off with Les Liaisons Dangereuses had the author dared cast her.
    “This is an elegant, enlightend Enlightenment study of a powerful sexual imagination trapped in the mere human body, not to mention the Bastille from which it would take a revolution to free him—and us, his unborn readers.”

    Nina Leen – Life Photographer Who Dressed the Squirrel

    January 2nd, 2019
  • Nina Leene died on Jan 1, 1995. (New Yorker – the Surreal World of Nina Leen)

    Nobody knows how old the Russian-born photographer Nina Leen was when she died, in 1995. Judging from her obituary, information about Leen is scarce. She lived in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland before moving to the U.S., where she became one of Life magazine’s first female photographers, in the nineteen-forties. She shot countless assignments for the magazine, including more than fifty cover stories, and produced fifteen photo books. Her most well-known subjects were animals (including her dog Lucky), American women and adolescents, and the Irascibles, a group of abstract artists, including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.


    Nina Leen bio with a photo of the Irascibles here .

  • A squirrel wearing a baby doll’s dress.


    The Nutty Squirrel that dressed in drag.


  • (Jacky with baby Caroline)

  • Nina Leen’s portrait by Gordon Parks.

  • Photos by Lisa Larsen & A. Eisenstaedt & Marilyn, Two “Life” Photographers

    December 6th, 2018

  • Jocelyn and Marlon (sister and brother) in 1948 – photo by Lisa Larsen.


  • (Photo of Lisa Larsen by Rodney Williams)
    Lisa Larsen won awards as “Life” photographer , died of breast cancer at age of 34.

  • Laos
    photo by Lisa Larsen


  • (Marlon Brando 1948 – photo by Lisa Larsen)


  • Alfred Eisenstaedt – Chronicler of the Century was born on Dec 6, 1898.


  • (Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer – photo by Alfred Eisenstaed)

    Documentary Photographer, Arnold Genthe – Chinatown, S.F. + Portraits

    October 25th, 2018

  • Monovision

    Arnold Genthe (January 8, 1869 – August 9, 1942) was a German photographer, best known for his photos of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and his portraits of noted people, from politicians and socialites to literary figures and entertainment celebrities.

  • Self Portrait
    Arnold Genthe(Wiki shows Jack London)

    His photograph of the earthquake’s aftermath, Looking Down Sacramento Street, San Francisco, April 18, 1906, is his most famous photograph.

  • Greta Garbo
    Introduction to Arnold Genthe

    An example of Genthe’s portrait style can be seen in his 1925 photographs of Greta Garbo. Shot in Genthe’s New York studio, this series of photographs are dark and dramatic portraits of Garbo early in her American career, emphasizing her eyes and neck. Genthe credited his photographs of Garbo with launching the actress’s American career.

  • Lovely Edna
    (Edna St.Vincent Millay 1914)

  • Ruth St. Denis in Omika, c.1913

  • Paris View – the Missing Images of Chinese Immigrants

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    Long Beach, Long Island, New York, circa 1921. “Anna (Denzel) Duncan dancing.”

  • Helena Almeida, Portuguese Performace Artist – (1934-Sept 25, 2018)

    September 26th, 2018
  • Helena Almeida (1934 – 25 September 2018) was a Portuguese artist known for her work in photography, performance art, body art, painting and drawing.

  • wiki

    artnet

    Helena Almeida
    We Find Wildness (blog)

    Art Seen Chicago

    RIP Tom Clark, Poet, Biographer & Beyond the Pale Blogger

    August 20th, 2018
  • Tom Clark, 2010. Poet – photo by John Sarsgard

  • Beyond the Pale an extraordinary blog by Tom Clark.

    Tom Clark Renowned Poet and Biographer dies in North Berkeley traffic collision.

    Jacket Interview
    (Tom Clark thought Ron Padgett was a far superior poet of my generation.. )
    Ron Padgett and Paterson – (scroll down)

  • Samuel Beckett – My Family with extraordinary photos from Jakarta Indonesia here (from Tom Clark’s blog)