Monthly Archives: January 2010
Henri Cartier-Bresson | France, Part One

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

MULHOUSE, ALSACE, France—The Tour de France, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MULHOUSE, ALSACE, France—The Tour de France, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Painter Leonor Fini, 1932.  © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Painter Leonor Fini, 1932. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DIEPPE, France—Normandy, 1926. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DIEPPE, France—Normandy, 1926. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France—A newlywed couple at an outdoor cafe in the Vallée de la Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France—A newlywed couple at an outdoor cafe in the Vallée de la Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ARLES, France—1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ARLES, France—1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

CANNES, France—Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk toward the Hotel Carlton, which bears a poster for Tati’s Mon Oncle, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

CANNES, France—Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk toward the Hotel Carlton, which bears a poster for Tati’s Mon Oncle, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AVIGNON, VAUCLUSE, France—1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AVIGNON, VAUCLUSE, France—1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ÎLE DE FRANCE, France—Along the Marne River, 1936. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ÎLE DE FRANCE, France—Along the Marne River, 1936. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

OISE, France—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

OISE, France—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DORDOGNE, France—Le Bugue, 1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DORDOGNE, France—Le Bugue, 1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—A Champagne vineyard, Marne, 1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—A Champagne vineyard, Marne, 1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

BOUGIVAL, France—1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

BOUGIVAL, France—1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos


Merce Cunningham Memorial Event | Park Avenue Armory
Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

This past October, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company organized a memorial for Merce who had passed away this summer. In attendance were many notable figures in the New York scene including Jasper Johns and former Company members, many of whom also performed. It was a celebration of his amazing career and contribution to the world of modern dance and performance.

It was truly a pleasure and a gift to be in attendance and to capture the night for the Company.

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Memorial © Doug Kim


André Kertész | Satyric Dancer, Paris, 1926
André Kertész | <i>Satyric Dancer, Paris, 1926</i>

André Kertész | Satyric Dancer, Paris, 1926

This picture of Magda was also taken in Beöthy’s studio. I said to her, ‘Do something with the spirit of the studio corner,’ and she started to move on the sofa. She just made a movement. I took only two photographs. No need to shoot a hundred rolls like people do today. People in motion are wonderful to photograph. It means catching the right moment–the moment when something changes into something else. It shows a kind of distortion similar to that in the photograph of the swimmer.

-André Kertész, Kertész on Kertész


World Pillow Fight Day 2008 | Los Angeles

Someone pointed out to me the similarity between the Times Square snowball fight photos and the pillow fight photos I took almost two years ago in downtown Los Angeles.

It’s true, of course, and maybe a bit obvious, but revisiting these images, I really enjoy how each person’s expression is completely genuine and in the moment. There’s a military term for the combat soldier’s mental state of mind called the “dictatorship of the present”, where there are no thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow, only of what is immediately around you in the moment.

Bullets, snowballs, pillows. It just pays to be alert.

And yes, I did get hit in the face shooting the pillow fight.

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Shot with a Nikon F5, 12-24mm Nikkor, 35-70mm Nikkor, Fuji NPZ800, and Kodak Tri-X 400.


Dennis Stock | 1928 – 2010

Bronx-born Dennis Stock passed away this Tuesday at the age of 81. Shooting for Magnum Photos for over 50 years, his body of work is most notable for his images of jazz greats and Hollywood celebrities, especially his iconic images of James Dean taken just prior to his death in 1955. One of my favorite series of his are the images on the set of “The Planet of The Apes” movie. I will search for more of those images and post them soon.

James Dean in Times Square, 1955 © Dennis Stock

James Dean in Times Square, 1955 © Dennis Stock

A very famous photograph of James Dean taken in Times Square in 1955. He is walking in the rain, cigarette dangling from his lips, the beauty of 1950’s New York in varying shades of black and grey — foggy, misty and utterly compelling — in short a perfect picture… perfect composition, perfect subject, perfect era, perfect mood.

-Gail Levin, filmmaker

John Updike, Massachusetts, 1962 © Dennis Stock / Magnum

John Updike, Massachusetts, 1962 © Dennis Stock / Magnum

Art is a well-articulated manifestation of an aspect of life. I have been privileged to view much of life through my cameras, making the journey an enlightened experience. My emphasis has mainly been on affirmative reactions to human behavior and a strong attraction to the beauty in nature.

– Dennis Stock

New York City, 1959 © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

New York City, 1959 © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

Cafe de Flore © Dennis Stock

Cafe de Flore © Dennis Stock

I’ve never taken an assignment. I’ve always photographed what I wanted to be photographing, and then worried about selling the pictures or doing something with them afterwards. I’ve always shot for myself, and when you’re shooting what you’re interested in shooting, you’re always going to be happy.

– Dennis Stock

NEW YORK CITY—Audrey Hepburn during the filming of Sabrina by Billy Wilder, 1954. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK CITY—Audrey Hepburn during the filming of Sabrina by Billy Wilder, 1954. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

UNITED STATES—Marilyn Monroe watching the filming of Desirée, 1953. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

UNITED STATES—Marilyn Monroe watching the filming of Desirée, 1953. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

PHILADELPHIA—Louis Armstrong during the last minute of concentration in the wings before appearing in public, 1958. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

PHILADELPHIA—Louis Armstrong during the last minute of concentration in the wings before appearing in public, 1958. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

Miles Davis, Birdland, New York City, 1958. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

Miles Davis, Birdland, New York City, 1958. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

FAIRMOUNT, Ind.—James Dean on the farm of his uncle Marcus Winslow, posing with a pig and asking himself, "Do I belong to the animals, to the pigs, the cattle, or the goats?" 1955. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

FAIRMOUNT, Ind.—James Dean on the farm of his uncle Marcus Winslow, posing with a pig and asking himself, "Do I belong to the animals, to the pigs, the cattle, or the goats?" 1955. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

CALIFORNIA—A surfer at Corona del Mar, 1968. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

CALIFORNIA—A surfer at Corona del Mar, 1968. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

Discovery, which is the heartbeat of good photography, occurs more readily when the photographer relinquishes self-consciousness for a state of humility and childlike wonderment. Then there is a greater freshness and purity in what you capture on film.

-Dennis Stock

LOS ANGELES—Playa del Rey, 1968. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

LOS ANGELES—Playa del Rey, 1968. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos


Happy New Year’s Day
PRAGUE—New Years' Eve, 2005. © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

PRAGUE—New Years' Eve, 2005. © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

G.B. ENGLAND. London. Trafalgar Square. 01/01/2000. © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

G.B. ENGLAND. London. Trafalgar Square. 01/01/2000. © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK—The Bowery, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK—The Bowery, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—La Villette, 1929. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—La Villette, 1929. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos


Leica Sighting | Blood Diamond

In the movie “Blood Diamond”, Jennifer Connelly portrays a journalist and occasionally breaks out her black M6 Classic and a 35 Summicron to take photos. Annoyingly, the sound editors dubbed in the sound of an SLR firing instead of the sound of a Leica click.

Yes, I am a geek.

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in Blood Diamond

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in "Blood Diamond"

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in Blood Diamond

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in "Blood Diamond"