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Robert Frank's Elevator Girl Sees Herself Years Later

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 4, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

ImageOne of photographer Robert Frank's most famous images aroused a particular interest from his friend, beat writer Jack Kerouac.


In his introduction to Frank's book of photos The Americans, Kerouac writes, "That little ole lonely elevator girl looking up sighing in an elevator full of blurred demons, what's her name & address?"

Now we know.

Today, Sharon Collins lives in San Francisco. About 10 years ago she visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and found herself drawn to a particular photo — the same photo Jack Kerouac wrote about.

Listen to the segment on National Public Radio.


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Mapplethorpe's Polaroids at Modern Art Oxford

Posted By Administration, Sunday, August 30, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

In January 1973 the American artist Robert Mapplethorpe sent out the invitations to his first New York exhibition. Inside each black Tiffany envelope the 26-year-old enclosed a note giving details of the show together with a Polaroid photograph of himself.


He stands naked, face on, an instant camera clasped to his chest. Below the camera, a peel-off white sticker playfully covers his penis. The photo is bold and provocative, an image of a handsome young man already confident with his looks and talent.

Read the complete article in The Independent.

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New Doubts Raised Over Capa's War Photo

Posted By Administration, Sunday, August 30, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

After nearly three-quarters of a century Robert Capa's "Falling Soldier" picture from the Spanish Civil War remains one of the most famous images of combat ever. It is also one of the most debated, with a long string of critics claiming that the photo, of a soldier seemingly at the moment of death, was faked.


In "Shadows of Photography," José Manuel Susperregui, a communications professor at the Universidad del País Vasco, concludes that Capa's picture was taken not at Cerro Muriano, just north of Córdoba, but near another town, about 35 miles away. Since that location was far from the battle lines when Capa was there, Mr. Susperregui said, it means that "the 'Falling Soldier' photo is staged.

Read the complete article in The New York Times.

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Summer in the City: Galleries Mount New York-themed Shows

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 14, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013
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Last winter, when the art economy was looking especially dark, a group of Manhattan photography dealers got together and decided to put on a spirit-lifting show: "New York Photographs."


Thirteen galleries agreed to mount exhibitions — some dedicated to individual artists, some to subjects like sex or music — of which six are currently up. Together they offer a tantalizing series of glimpses, a dreamy tour of the town from the Statue of Liberty to the streets of Spanish Harlem and from the hurly-burly of Times Square to the furtive sexual encounters of the old West Side piers.

Read the complete review in The New York Times.


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The Guardian Pays Tribute to Billy Jay

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

Bill Jay, who has died aged 68, started out as a photographer but made his reputation as a writer on and advocate of photography.


He was the first editor, in 1968, of the immensely influential magazine Creative Camera and then founder, in 1970, of Album photo-magazine (which ran for all of 12 issues). He went on to stimulate interest and debate through his work as a curator, magazine and picture editor, lecturer and mentor and, above all, through writing on photography.

Read the complete obituary in The Guardian.

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