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Bringing the World to The Bronx and The Bronx to the World

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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I was born in The Bronx. I grew up in The Bronx, so I feel an affinity for the Bronx Documentary Center. And as they’re trying to raise money for one year of programming, I am here to implore you to join me in contributing to make this happen. They are only a couple of thousand dollars from their goal. This is the only place of its ind in New York, started by photographer Michael Kamber, and has hosted some…

New Things and Things That Come In The Mail

Posted on February 21st, 2014

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I rarely get mail. What I mean is I rarely get mail that isn’t bills. I’ve gotten off most of the junk mail lists, so day after day I check my mailbox and there’s nothing there. That is usually good, but I still feel that child-like sense of surprise when something I hadn’t expected shows up.

Why Am I Still Talking About This?

Posted on February 13th, 2014

Yesterday I went to Anastasia Gallery in New York to see the wonderful Ron Haviv show before it closed. Ron has been witness to so much history, and I have known and admired him and his work for years.

After taking in his work I looked through the large portfolios in the middle of the room, all photographers I like and respect: Ed Kashi, Marcus Bleasdale, Bruce Haley, Michael “Nick” Nichols, and others. And that’s when I realized that all the portfolios were of male photographer works. Duh!

2013 in Photography: Now for the Good

Posted on December 31st, 2013

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It’s the end of the year and rather than ANOTHER “Best Of” list, I thought I would just list all good about photography in 2013 , and maybe also just some things I liked (in no particular order). Here we go:

All my clients and true friends, you’ve taught me and sustained me through another year.

2013 in Photography: First the Bad and Then the Good:

Posted on December 30th, 2013

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As the year ends I thought I’d buck the trend and first post the things that were bad for photography in 2013. The “best” list will be out on Dec. 31.

Join Me And Let’s Make These Projects Happen!

Posted on December 12th, 2013

© 2012 Grant Winner Andrew Lichtenstein

I know it’s the time of year when we’re bombarded with requests for donations, and I know how hard it is to not have enough to contribute to everything you’d like. But these are two book projects that I feel strongly about and so I have contributed to both. I urge you to follow suit.

IN NO GREAT HURRY:13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter

Posted on November 29th, 2013

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For many people, New York City past is a study in black and white. It is the world of Erwitt and Klein or Winogrand, of Weegee and Arbus, of film noir. As history, black and white seems to encompass the city: gritty, dirty, and real. Black and white is so ingrained in peoples’ minds, that this is the true New York. This is the exciting place they have dreamed of visiting or living in. But for Saul Leiter, New York…

Things Left Behind: Ishiuchi Miyako’s Hiroshima Photographs

Posted on November 18th, 2013

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There are many different ways to tell a story. Sometimes people start at the beginning and go for the chronological or linear way of story telling. Others come at it from an unexpected direction, elevating the smallest detail into the most powerful statement. This is what photographer Ishiuchi Miyako does to bring the nightmare of Hiroshima into the present.

Practical Advice for the Emerging Photographer

Posted on October 31st, 2013

Jay Trinidad, Guest Blogger [Since Stella Kramer has yet to mastered the ability to be in two places at once, she was kind enough to invite me to blog about last week’s PhotoPlus Expo.] Certain photographers, the ones who derive a visceral pleasure from what they do, possess a kind of enthusiasm, wonder, and openness about life that keeps them continually contributing to the larger world of photography. Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with three such photographers…