Art & Photo History

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 exhibit at the National Gallery of Art reveals the birth of a major and influential artist, photographer and film director (Shaft, a revolutionary film at the time, autobiographical The Learning Tree, and more). His photos and personal achievements were outstanding for a man of color during the rise …

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Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange was Full-Blooded Cherokee

DO you know this FAMOUS photo? “Migrant Mother,” during Great Depression, taken by Dorothea Lange. Seen in books, posters, clothes and so much more. Would this image be so widely accepted and famous if the truth known? The woman is 100% Full-blooded CHEROKEE from Oklahoma, but photographed in California. Would white Americans have cared about her …

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Early “Black is Beautiful” Photos by Kwame Brathwaite

Powerful, beautiful, mesmerizing historical photos. I loved the fashions, earrings and headdress, hair, the poses. The images are beautifully composed by a very talented photographer, Kwame Brathwaite. Most of all, LOOK at the beauty and pride in everyone’s faces. THIS was before Nixon, GOP and FBI took down Black power and organizations. What the conservatives …

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Arnold Newman: One Hundred Portraits Book

Photos to take your breath away! Wow, again I wish I knew something about photography and especially photographers BEFORE I shot rock.  Legendary photographer Arnold Newman captured and expressed people’s souls, let us into their private interiors, and said so much about WHO they were. You can’t get that with a fast snapshot or selfie. …

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

Illuminating Black Joy, Black Love and Resistance in Harlem. Photographer Roy DeCarava and poet Langston Hughes collaborated in this historically moving book about daily life in Harlem in the early 1950s. IF you care about street scenes and family life, please check out “The Sweet Flypaper of Life.” Look closely at interior images. Shallow ‘depth of field’. …

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Beyond the Shadows Images of Holocaust without People

Why words and photos matter. Interesting timing, on the eve of Hanukkah, first battle over religious freedom. Judy Glickman Lauder’s revealing images in “Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception,” from Aperture, might make a person stop and think. Ya think?  I also LOVE infrared film. The only roll I ever shot was stolen …

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Dennis Hellwig Natural World Traveller Photographer

Living in rather warm Los Angeles, ‘city of electric lights,’ to quote my fave punk band, X (I have a long history with them), it’s hard to see stars. I often look up and wish I could see more than a small handful of stars. A neighbor once drove us a bit north of LA. Not …

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