Frank O’Hara | A Blade of Grass

Posted: December 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: New York City, Poetry

Back Table at the Five Spot [David Smith(standing on left), Frank O'Hara (seated), Larry Rivers, and Grace Hartigan] © Burt Glinn, 1957

Back Table at the Five Spot [David Smith(standing on left), Frank O'Hara (seated), Larry Rivers, and Grace Hartigan] © Burt Glinn, 1957

One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes—I can’t even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there’s a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life. It is more important to affirm the least sincere; the clouds get enough attention as it is and even they continue to pass.

- Frank O’Hara


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Clemens Kalischer | A Random Selection

Posted: May 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, New York City

For much of his career Clemens Kalischer has played the role of the Invisible Man. It is a role that seems to suit him. Never inclined to seek the limelight, he has quietly over six decades built a body of work notable for its high quality and open-armed embrace of the varied human condition.

-Miles Unger

Country Road - South Carolina © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Country Road - South Carolina © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

West side - Dockside, white and 2 black boys © Clemens Kalischer, 1950

West side - Dockside, white and 2 black boys © Clemens Kalischer, 1950

New York, 1947 © © Clemens Kalischer

New York, 1947 © © Clemens Kalischer

Two Young Girls Among Luggage, NY © Clemens Kalischer, 1948

Two Young Girls Among Luggage, NY © Clemens Kalischer, 1948

Country Road - Tenessee © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Country Road - Tenessee © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Country Road - South Carolina © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Country Road - South Carolina © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Displaced Persons © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Displaced Persons © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Displaced Persons © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Displaced Persons © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

 Displaced Persons © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Displaced Persons © Clemens Kalischer, courtesy galerie argus fotokunst

Audience Dancing © 1951 Clemens Kalscher

Audience Dancing © 1951 Clemens Kalscher

Al Minns and Leon James, Jazz Dancers © 1951 Clemens Kalischer

Al Minns and Leon James, Jazz Dancers © 1951 Clemens Kalischer

Marshall Stearns and John Lee Hooker © 1951 Clemens Kalischer

Marshall Stearns and John Lee Hooker © 1951 Clemens Kalischer

John Lee Hooker © 1951 Clemens Kalischer

John Lee Hooker © 1951 Clemens Kalischer

Margo Guryan-Rosner attending late night jam session © 1959 Clemens Kalischer

Margo Guryan-Rosner attending late night jam session © 1959 Clemens Kalischer

Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman © 1959 Clemens Kalischer

Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman © 1959 Clemens Kalischer


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Dennis Stock | 1928 – 2010

Posted: January 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Los Angeles, New York City, Photography, Quotes

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


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