Dennis Hopper | Jasper Johns, 1964

Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography

Jasper Johns, 1964 © Dennis Hopper

Jasper Johns, 1964 © Dennis Hopper


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Phil Stern | Contact Sheets

Posted: January 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, Film, Photography

Publicity Shoot with Anita Ekberg, 1953 © Phil Stern

Publicity Shoot with Anita Ekberg, 1953 © Phil Stern

Phil Stern, Contact sheet of Billie Holiday recording the album Music for Touching, August 25, 1955 © Phil Stern

Phil Stern, Contact sheet of Billie Holiday recording the album Music for Touching, August 25, 1955 © Phil Stern


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Magnum Photos | The Mexican Suitcase

Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, History, Photography

In December 2007, three boxes filled with rolls of film containing 4,500 35mm negatives of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) taken by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour (aka “Chim”)—which had been considered lost since 1939—arrived at the International Center of Photography. These three photographers, who lived in Paris, worked in Spain, and published internationally, laid the foundation for modern war photography. Their work has long been considered some of the most innovative and passionate coverage of the Spanish Civil War. An exhibition of Mexican Suitcase images is on view at the ICP from Sept. 24, 2010, to Jan. 9, 2011.

 

The Mexican Suitcase

The Mexican Suitcase

 

Many of the contact sheets made from the negatives are on view as part of the exhibition, which looks closely at some of the major stories covered by Capa, Taro, and Chim, as interpreted through the individual frames. These images can be seen alongside the magazines of the period in which they were published and with the photographers’ own contact notebooks.

The complete story is available on the ICP site.

 

E BARCARÈS, France—Exiled Republicans being marched on the beach from one internment camp to another area by a French policeman, March 1939.

E BARCARÈS, France—Exiled Republicans being marched on the beach from one internment camp to another area by a French policeman, March 1939.

MADRID—A Republican officer and Gerda Taro in University City, February 1937.

MADRID—A Republican officer and Gerda Taro in University City, February 1937.

TERUEL, Spain—A man carrying a wounded boy, December 1937. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

TERUEL, Spain—A man carrying a wounded boy, December 1937. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

TERUEL, Spain—Ernest Hemingway (third from left), New York Times journalist Herbert Matthews (second from left), and two Republican soldiers, late December 1937. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

TERUEL, Spain—Ernest Hemingway (third from left), New York Times journalist Herbert Matthews (second from left), and two Republican soldiers, late December 1937. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—An outdoor mass for Republican soldiers, near Lekeitio, in the Basque region, January/February 1937. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—An outdoor mass for Republican soldiers, near Lekeitio, in the Basque region, January/February 1937. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

MADRID—Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria), spring/summer 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

MADRID—Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria), spring/summer 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—A mother nursing a baby while listening to a political speech near Badajoz, Extremadura, late April/early May 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—A mother nursing a baby while listening to a political speech near Badajoz, Extremadura, late April/early May 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

MADRID—Two Republican soldiers carrying a crucifix, October/November 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

MADRID—Two Republican soldiers carrying a crucifix, October/November 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

VALENCIA, Spain—Training of the New People’s Army, March 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

VALENCIA, Spain—Training of the New People’s Army, March 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

VALENCIA, Spain—A crowd at the gate of a morgue after an air raid, May 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

VALENCIA, Spain—A crowd at the gate of a morgue after an air raid, May 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

MADRID—Workers fortifying the Plaza de Cibeles, spring 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

MADRID—Workers fortifying the Plaza de Cibeles, spring 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—A Republican soldier on a motorcycle at the Segovia front, in Navacerrada Pass, late May/early June 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—A Republican soldier on a motorcycle at the Segovia front, in Navacerrada Pass, late May/early June 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

MADRID—A woman taking inventory of the paintings in the collection of Las Descalzas Reales with two Republican soldiers, October/November 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

MADRID—A woman taking inventory of the paintings in the collection of Las Descalzas Reales with two Republican soldiers, October/November 1936. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Republican soldiers on the Segovia front in Navacerrada Pass, May/June 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Republican soldiers on the Segovia front in Navacerrada Pass, May/June 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

TERUEL, Spain—Republican soldiers in a destroyed building on the lookout for Nationalist soldiers, December 1937. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

TERUEL, Spain—Republican soldiers in a destroyed building on the lookout for Nationalist soldiers, December 1937. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

AMOREBIETA, Spain—Republican soldiers running in the Basque region, 1937. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

AMOREBIETA, Spain—Republican soldiers running in the Basque region, 1937. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

VALENCIA, Spain—Air-raid victims in the morgue, May 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

VALENCIA, Spain—Air-raid victims in the morgue, May 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Two Republican soldiers with another on a stretcher, in Navacerrada Pass, May/June 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Two Republican soldiers with another on a stretcher, in Navacerrada Pass, May/June 1937. © Gerda Taro © 2002 by International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Republican soldiers storming forward in jumps, at Rio Segre, on the Aragon front, near Fraga, Nov. 7, 1938. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Republican soldiers storming forward in jumps, at Rio Segre, on the Aragon front, near Fraga, Nov. 7, 1938. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—A Republican machine-gunner behind stones, Nov. 7, 1938. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—A Republican machine-gunner behind stones, Nov. 7, 1938. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Bottles and glasses on a table in the Basque region, January 1937. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

SPAIN—Bottles and glasses on a table in the Basque region, January 1937. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

BRAM, France—A line of men receiving food in an internment camp for Republican exiles, March 1939. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

BRAM, France—A line of men receiving food in an internment camp for Republican exiles, March 1939. © ROBERT CAPA © 2001 By Cornell Capa / Magnum Photos

PARIS—Photographers Gerda Taro and Robert Capa at the Café du Dôme in Montparnasse, early 1936. © Fred Stein / Magnum Photos

PARIS—Photographers Gerda Taro and Robert Capa at the Café du Dôme in Montparnasse, early 1936. © Fred Stein / Magnum Photos


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Garry Winogrand | Contact Sheet, 1961

Posted: May 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Leica, New York City

Garry Winogrand Contact Sheet, 1961 © The Estate of Garry WInogrand

Garry Winogrand Contact Sheet, 1961 © The Estate of Garry WInogrand


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Garry Winogrand | El Morocco Contact Sheet

Posted: April 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, New York City, Photography

Two full size prints from the El Morocco contact sheet, shot by Garry Winogrand sometime in 1955.

El Morocco, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

El Morocco, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

 

Couple Dancing at Club El Morocco, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

Couple Dancing at Club El Morocco, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

 

El Morocco Contact Sheet, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

El Morocco Contact Sheet, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

 

A couple of details from the contact sheet:

El Morocco Contact Sheet, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

El Morocco Contact Sheet, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

El Morocco Contact Sheet, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand

El Morocco Contact Sheet, New York City, Garry Winogrand, 1955 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand


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Tom Palumbo | Contact Sheets

Posted: January 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography

There is nothing more naked than seeing a photographer’s contact sheets. Here are a few from the great editorial shooter Tom Palumbo who was a staff photographer with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo


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Alfred Eisenstadt | Puppet Show, Paris

Posted: February 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography

Caption from Life Magazine:

A puppet show of St. George slaying the dragon evokes deep (and ranging!) emotions among French children in 1963. Clearly they share their country’s passion for the arts, Jan 01, 1963.

French Puppet Show, 1963 © Alfred Eisenstaedt./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

French Puppet Show, 1963 © Alfred Eisenstaedt./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Snippet from the proof sheet:

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01 Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images May 01, 1963

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01 Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images May 01, 1963


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Robert Frank | New Yorker Article on “The Americans”

Posted: September 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography

There is an excellent article in the September 14th issue of the New Yorker, detailing Robert Frank’s journey across the States and a review of the book Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans.”

Rodeo, New York City, 1954, Robert Frank

Rodeo, New York City, 1954, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Anthony Lane writes in the article:

It had been a year, more or less, since he embarked, and there was much to reflect upon. Luckily, he’d taken a few photographs along the way.

In fact, he took around twenty-seven thousand. There were more than seven hundred and sixty rolls of film to develop: an impressive tally, even to snap-happy profligates of the digital age. Then there were contact sheets to print and mark up; from those, he made a thousand work prints, which were tacked to the walls of his apartment on Third Avenue, near Tenth Street, or laid flat on the floor for closer inspection, before being whittled down to a hundred. The final count, from all those months on the road, was eighty-three pictures: enough for a slim book, which was published in November, 1958, in Paris, as “Les Américains,” and here, in January, 1960, as “The Americans.” For his pains, Frank was paid two hundred dollars in advance, a sum that rose to just over eight hundred and seventeen dollars by the end of the year. By then, the book was out of print.

The original book from 1959:

Robert Frank ‘The Americans’ New York: Grove Press 1959

Robert Frank ‘The Americans’ New York: Grove Press 1959

Trolley, New Orleans, 1955, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Trolley, New Orleans, 1955, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Indianapolis, 1955, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Indianapolis, 1955, Robert Frank "The Americans"

Additional contact sheets from the hardcover edition of “Looking In”:

proof sheets from Robert Frank's "The Americans: Looking In"

proof sheets from Looking In: Robert Frank's " The Americans "


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Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans”

Posted: September 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography, Quotes

September 22, 2009 through January 3, 2010, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting the exhibit, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the exhibit has traveled from DC to San Francisco, ending in New York. The new exhibit and book are a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Americans, one of the most influential single series of photographs ever published. The exhibit will feature all 83 photos from the book that were made on his cross-country road trip from 1955-56.

On Friday, October 9th, Robert Frank will be appearing in conversation with the curators and organizers of this presentation at the Met. Do not miss this, as Frank does not make many public appearances these days. Purchase tickets here. I already have mine and am sure it will sell out soon.

Whether you attend or not, purchase the book right now. The expanded hardcover features 83 pages of contact sheets which are a treasure unto themselves (the softcover is an abridged version and does not offer all of the contact sheets.) I have had the book for two weeks and have barely made a dent in it because of the richness offered and the lessons to be learned. The Americans and Robert Frank’s body of work were already inestimable contributions and as familiar as I am with those 83 images, I am stunned by how little I understood the skill and remarkable taste Frank had in his choices, the sequencing of the images, cropping and yes, even grant writing (the original letters are included.)

It is truly an eye-opening experience into how complete his talents are and how the mix of of them achieved a perfect balance with The Americans.

The one thing I will share is the tiniest snippet of a lesson I am absorbing. The shot of the elevator girl in Miami Beach has always been a favorite of mine. Below is an excerpt from the contact sheet with that image on it. You can see Frank working the situation and the idea over 14 frames.

Cartier-Bresson once said of contact sheets:

My contact sheets may be compared to the way you drive a nail in a plank. First you give several light taps to build up a rhythm and align the nail with the wood. Then, much more quickly, and with as few strokes as possible, you hit the nail forcefully on the head and drive it in.

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Elevator, Miami Beach, 1955, Robert Frank

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Excerpt from contact sheet from the book: Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans”


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