Tag Archives: Helen Levitt photography

just like the first time

Just like the first time and we may be starting over…Appeal to the base, get the first time voters off the couch and into the booth. Mother Lena Dunham will give them a basic anatomy course and stimulate the viral … Continue reading

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exposure barely controlled

Came across some photographs by Paul Schutzer this week and it was an eye stopper. I would put him up there with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt in terms of personal understanding; he seems to fall into the kind of … Continue reading

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a brake on the yellow

I am curious yellow. The taxi as an orgone box.¬†Orgone energy, according to Wilhelm Reich, organizes itself into matter. He believed that when earth is made to swell by boiling or autoclavation, orgone energy is released from the fragmentation and … Continue reading

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dark street notes

In Edward Adler’s Notes From a Dark Street the materials of common contemporary existence on the Lower East Side – circa late 1950’s- have been ordered and transmuted into a terrible cosmography far transcending its naturalistic events. The novel’s aesthetic … Continue reading

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moods of modernism… berlin to the bayou

Post war American movies were locked into a pattern that began when Shirley Temple saved Hollywood studios from completely going under and were “rescued” by Morgan and Rockefeller money and then the post WWII era saw the norm being movies … Continue reading

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the blue flame this time

James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree is a perplexing book.You wonder if its socialism using religion as a pretext to promote ideology or whether the attack against money is part of a larger value system intrinsic to the … Continue reading

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junk culture & creative destruction: open or closed playground

Citizenship and delinquency. Is destruction creative? Our capitalist system, the system, or ideology of markets is based on the the idea of creative destruction. The implication is that juvenile delinquents, the innately violent and destructive may have the necessary attributes … Continue reading

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forward to the past

Does authenticity have anything to do with the truth or are we conflating an idealized sense of self with a public perception of populism? Today, the mantra among the political pundits is that authenticity serves as the means to gain … Continue reading

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spirit of the forbidden

The unvarnished truth. Banal attractiveness sauntering into the realm of tedious familiarity? Bourgeois effrontery through others as a form of marketable cliche?¬† Diane Arbus remains somewhat of a mystery. There is a contrast here, marked, between a Helen Levitt, Cartier-Bresson … Continue reading

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lyric essence: there are no maybes

Henri Cartier-Bresson is recognized as one of the great masters of photography. Armed with only a Leica, he strove to capture the fleeting reality of what he called, “the decisive moment.” He employed neither gimmicks of craft nor tricks of … Continue reading

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