Sid Avery shot “Giant”, starring James Dean

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Sid Avery (October 12, 1918 – July 1, 2002) was an American photographer and director who was best known for capturing the private moments of legendary Hollywood celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn as showcased in his book, “Hollywood at Home.”

Sid Avery was born in Akron, Ohio in the year of 1918. Avery was only nine months old when they decided to move out to Los Angeles, California, which is where he grew up.

Sid Avery discovered his love and talent of photography when he was young due to the fact that he studied under his uncle, Max Tatch, who was a landscape and architectural photographer. His uncle was able to teach him the skills required to use cameras, film and darkrooms. After he graduated from high school, Avery worked in a camera store on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood where he further gained love and inspiration for photography. While working in the shop, he had opportunities to meet many famous photographers. This also encouraged him to take more photography classes. He also gained the experience of being a darkroom assistant. He served in the Army in World War II. When he returned from the war, he began his work of photographing celebrities. Sid Avery eventually became one of the top advertising photographer in Los Angeles. He was also a director of television commercials.

László Moholy-Nagy… The photographer who painted with light

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Untitled photogram from the Lászlo Moholy-Nagy (8½x11¾”) – 1940s
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Monoskop – Lászlo Moholy-Nagy (8½x11¾”) – 1940s

Among the early twentieth-century’s avant-garde, Hungarian-born photographer László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) was one of the most ardent seekers of the “New Vision.” His preoccupation with the phenomenon of light was a defining influence on every period of his work, and one of his great strengths lay in his effortless skill in translating light and spatial dimensions from one medium to another. By the time the first color photographic processes became widely available in the early 1930s, he had mastered black-and-white, and he turned immediately this next big thing. Color proved to be one of his most important media, not only during his early years in Germany, but also as he reestablished himself at the New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design, both of which he initiated upon moving to the United States and settling in Chicago. Until now, with only a few exceptions, his work in color has been unknown. Moholy-Nagy made his first experiments with the medium between 1934 and his death in 1946.

Danny Lyon wrote: ” We are frail flowers in the field “

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James DEDIOS, Dulce, New Mexico, 1997 Jicarilla Apache


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(Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery)

Danny Lyon (born March 16, 1942) is an American photographer and filmmaker.
All of Lyon’s publications work in the style of photographic New Journalism meaning that the photographer has become immersed in with, and is a participant of, the documented subject. He is the founding member of the publishing group Bleak Beauty.
After being accepted as the photographer for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lyon was present at almost all of the major historical events during the Civil Rights Movement.
He has had solo exhibits at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Lyon twice received a Guggenheim Fellowship; a Rockefeller Fellowship,[citation needed] Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and a Lucie Award.

 

Lyon was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York and is the son of Russian-Jewish mother Rebecca Henkin and German-Jewish father Dr. Ernst Fredrick Lyon. He was raised in Kew Gardens, Queens, and went on to study history and philosophy at the University of Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963.

That same year, he published his first photographs working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His pictures appeared in The Movement, a documentary book about the Civil Rights Movement in the southern region of the United States.

Later, Lyon began creating his own books. His first, was a study of outlaw motorcyclists in the collection The Bikeriders (1968), where Lyon did more than just photograph motorcyclists in the American Midwest from 1963 to 1967.Additionally, he also became a member of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and traveled with them, sharing their lifestyle. According to Lyon himself, the photographs were “an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider.” The series was immensely popular and influential in the 1960s and 1970s. By 1967 he was invited to join Magnum Photos. He never became a full member. During the 1970s, he also contributed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA project.

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan (1969) was Lyon’s next work, published by Macmillan Publishers in 1969.[10] The book documents the large-scale demolition taking place throughout Lower Manhattan in 1967. Included are photographs of soon to be demolished streets and buildings, portraits of the neighborhood’s last remaining stragglers and pictures from within the demolition sites themselves. The book was eventually remaindered for one dollar each, but soon attained the status of a collector’s item. It was reprinted in 2005.

Conversations with the Dead (1971) was published with full cooperation of the Texas Department of Corrections. Lyon photographed in six prisons over a 14-month period in 1967-68. The series was printed in book form in 1971 by Holt publishing. The introduction points to a statement of purpose that the penal system of Texas is symbolic for incarceration everywhere. He states, “I tried with whatever power I had to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be in reality.”

“Three boys and ‘A Train’ graffiti in Brooklyn’s Lynch Park in New York City.” By Danny Lyon, Brooklyn, NY, July 1974

Lyon befriended many of the prisoners. The book also includes texts taken from prison records, letters from convicts, and inmate artwork. In particular, the book focuses on the case of Billy McCune, a convicted rapist whose death sentence was eventually commuted to life in prison. In the foreword, Lyon describes McCune as a diagnosed psychotic, who one evening, while awaiting execution, “cut his penis off to the root and, placing it in a cup, passed it between the bars to the guard.”

All of Lyon’s publications work in the style of photographic New Journalism, meaning that the photographer has become immersed, and is a participant, of the documented subject.

He is the founding member of the publishing group Bleak Beauty. He was greatly encouraged in his photography by curator of the Art Institute of Chicago Hugh Edwards, who gave Lyon two one man exhibits as a young man.

Also a filmmaker and writer, Lyon’s films and videos include Los Niños Abandonados, Born to Film, Willie, and Murderers. He has published the non-fiction book Like A Thief’s Dream.
Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement

Lyon began his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement when he hitch-hiked to Cairo, Illinois, during a summer break after his junior year at the University of Chicago. He was inspired by a speech John Lewis had given at a church on his first day in Cairo.[11] After his speech Lewis left to go attend a sit-in, Lyon was impressed by this, Lewis was putting action behind his words.[11] Lyon then decided to a march to a nearby segregated swimming pool, the demonstrators knelt down to pray as the pool-goers heckled them.[11] Soon a truck came, it went through the crowd in an attempt to break it up, a young black girl was hit by the truck and Lyon knew that he wanted to be a part of the movement.

High-School girls being held in prison with no charges against them.

The following fall[when?] Lyon was invited to Greenwood, Mississippi, to cover voter registrations.Shortly after, Lyon had a run-in with the police, one of whom threatened to kill him because he claimed to have a black father.[11] Lyon left town in order to keep all the pictures he had taken safe from being confiscated.

The next year[when?] Lyon went back. but the SNCC was reluctant to bring him aboard as their photographer. One job Lyon participated in was getting a picture of some high-school girls who were in prison at the Leesburg Stockade without any charges against them. He hid in the back of a car while someone else drove him to the prison, and the young man who drove distracted the guards while Lyon snuck in the back to get the photo.

After being accepted as the photographer for SNCC, Lyon was present at almost all of the major historical events during the movement capturing the moments with his camera.

Of course you know her…PhoebeNewYork

Libby Schoettle was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She currently lives and works in New York City, where her artwork takes the form of original collages, photographs, drawings, and street art, as well as a small run of limited edition prints (and custom prints that are available upon request).

Libby’s art centers on the character “PhoebeNewYork.” PhoebeNewYork is the artist’s alter ego, and reflects Libby’s own emotions and perceptions.

PhoebeNewYorkPhoebe first came to life in collages created with found objects including vintage clothes, book covers and photos, line drawings and photographs. Her Instagram followers seek out Phoebe for her dark and funny explorations into love and relationships, as seen here.

More recently, Phoebe has ventured onto the streets. There, she changes dynamic cityscapes in intriguing and ephemeral ways…offering a message of understanding to passersby who might at that moment feel lonely, dejected, isolated or even hopeful about the possibility of love and acceptance. Phoebe-on-the-street is fresh and feminine and aims to evoke emotion and forge connections among people, including the artist herself. See some of Libby’s street art here.

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Together, Libby and Phoebe are the subjects of a modern-style docuseries that will provide a one-of-a-kind perspective on the quintessential artist’s experience. The docuseries is being produced by Canobie Films and is scheduled for release in winter, 2017.

Libby is also an aspiring author; she’s currently writing her first memoir-based novel depicting her life as an artist.

Muhammad Ali by Gordon Parks

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Vintage photograph by Gordon Parks, Muhammad Ali, 1966 at Miami (8 x 10 inches)

Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography. As the first famous pioneer among black filmmakers, he was the first African-American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the “blaxploitation” genre. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s (taken for a federal government project), for his photographic essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. Parks also was an author, poet and composer.

Irving Penn

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn’s career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake and Clinique. His work has been exhibited internationally and continues to inform the art of photography.

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Dahomey Children, 1967
Platinum print, 34.9 x 34.6 cm

Todd WEBB: The Forgotten Master of 1940s NYC Street Photography…

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Photograph by Todd WEBB,
Gelatin silver, printed later
HARLEM, 1946
14 x 11 inches

Todd Webb (September 5, 1905 – April 15, 2000) was an American photographer notable for documenting everyday life and architecture in cities such as New York, Paris as well as from the American west. His photography has been compared with Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and the French photographer Eugène Atget. He traveled extensively during his long life and had important friendships with artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams and Harry Callahan. He photographed famous people including Dorothea Lange. His life was like his photos in the sense of being seemingly simple, straightforward, but revealing complexity and depth upon a closer examination. Capturing history, his pictures often transcend the boundary between photography and artistic expression.

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Josephine Baker by Emil Bieber

Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul, when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood. “- Josephine Baker

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Vintage photograph of Josephine Baker
photographed by Emil Bieber in 1920s
Size: 9′ 1/4 x 7′

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Andy Warhol and Horst P. Horst

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The photographer HORST serving up ANDY WARHOL in the 1980’s. Warhol in his panelled boardroom at the FACTORY serving cold cuts at his Irish Regency sideboard. A beautiful Pre-Raphaelite painting by Scottish David Forrester Wilson. The infamous Factory was an 1870’s warehouse housing Wahol’s work, the offices of his magazine INTERVIEW and his collection of antiques. (note the great dane Cecil)

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