Never Before Seen Photos From 100 Years Ago Tell Vivid Story of Gritty New York City

Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet. The city's Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight -- from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.  read more...
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How We Give Photographs Meaning

Photographs have enormous visual power, but on their own they have absolutely no meaning. The meaning of a photograph is a construct that involves a group of people operating against a specific background (news, art, …), subject to the group’s personal, cultural and political biases.  read more... 
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William Klein: 'I was an outsider, following my instincts''

"People were terrified of him, as though it was the lion's den," the Vogue model, Dorothy McGowan, said of working with William Klein back in the 60s. At 84, Klein has mellowed somewhat, though he still tells it like it is. "People ask me why I never went back home to America," he says, when I meet him in his apartment overlooking the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. "Have you seen those crazy right-wing assholes who want to be president? The place is so reactionary it just makes me angry. If I lived there, you wouldn't be interviewing me, I'd be dead from a heart attack by now."  read more...  
The Guardian 
 

Evelyn Hofer, Reconsidered

Hilton Kramer once called Evelyn Hofer “the most famous unknown photographer in America,” a title she did not dispute. To her, the work was more important than the artist. Over a career covering a half-century, she was known among the cognoscenti for carefully composed portraits and landscapes as well as her collaborations with noted authors for a series of travel books on locales like Paris, Dublin and New York. The images - in black and white and in color - have a timelessness, and not in a fusty museum-piece manner.  read more...  
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