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Selection of images part 2

April 2015


Another selection of interesting images.

My favourites: the weight of Weston’s Shipyard detail, Wilmington (1935); and the romanticism (Jean-François Millet-esque), sublime beauty of Boubat’s Lella, Bretagne, France (1947).




Cecil Stoughton (1920-2008) 'Pres. John F. Kennedy's Lincoln Continental' 1963


Cecil Stoughton (1920-2008)
Pres. John F. Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental
Silver gelatin print


Cecil Stoughton (1920-2008) 'Pres. John F. Kennedy's Lincoln Continental' 1963


Cecil Stoughton (1920-2008)
Pres. John F. Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental
Silver gelatin print


Cecil Stoughton (1920-2008) 'Pres. John F. Kennedy's Lincoln Continental' 1963


Cecil Stoughton (1920-2008)
Pres. John F. Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental
Silver gelatin print



Cecil William Stoughton (January 18, 1920 – November 3, 2008) was an American photographer. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Stoughton is best known for being President John F. Kennedy’s photographer during his White House years.

Stoughton took the only photograph ever published showing John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe together. Stoughton was present at the motorcade at which Kennedy was assassinated, and was subsequently the only photographer on board Air Force One when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the next President. Stoughton’s famous photograph of this event depicts Johnson raising his hand in oath as he stood between his wife Lady Bird Johnson and a still blood-spattered Jacqueline Kennedy. (Text from the Wikipedia website)


Edward Weston (1886-1958) 'Shipyard detail, Wilmington' 1935


Edward Weston (1886-1958)
Shipyard detail, Wilmington
Silver gelatin print


Max Yavno (1911-1985) 'Garage Doors, San Francisco' 1947


Max Yavno (1911-1985)
Garage Doors, San Francisco
Silver gelatin print



Max Yavno (1911-1985) was a photographer who specialized in street scenes, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

He did photography for the Works Progress Administration from 1936 to 1942. He was president of the Photo League in 1938 and 1939. Yavno was in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, after which he moved to San Francisco and began specializing in urban-landscape photography. Photographer Edward Steichen selected twenty of Yavno’s prints for the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1950, and the next year Yavno won a Guggenheim fellowship.

History professor Constance B. Schulz said of him:

For financial reasons he worked as a commercial advertising photographer for the next twenty years (1954-75), creating finely crafted still lifes that appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He returned to artistic landscape photography in the 1970s, when his introspective approach found a more appreciative audience.

Text from the Wikipedia website


Paul Strand (1890-1976) 'Bombed Area, Gaeta, Italy' 1952


Paul Strand (1890-1976)
Bombed Area, Gaeta, Italy
Silver gelatin print


Ralph Steiner (1899-1986) 'American Rural Baroque' 1929


Ralph Steiner (1899-1986)
American Rural Baroque
Silver gelatin print



Ralph Steiner (February 8, 1899 – July 13, 1986) was an American photographer, pioneer documentarian and a key figure among avant-garde filmmakers in the 1930s.

Born in Cleveland, Steiner studied chemistry at Dartmouth, but in 1921 entered the Clarence H. White School of Modern Photography. White helped Steiner in finding a job at the Manhattan Photogravure Company, and Steiner worked on making photogravure plates of scenes from Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North. Not long after, Steiner’s work as a freelance photographer in New York began, working mostly in advertising and for publications like Ladies’ Home Journal. Through the encouragement of fellow photographer Paul Strand, Steiner joined the left-of-center Film and Photo League around 1927. He was also to influence the photography of Walker Evans, giving him guidance, technical assistance, and one of his view cameras.

In 1929, Steiner made his first film, H2O, a poetic evocation of water that captured the abstract patterns generated by waves. Although it was not the only film of its kind at the time – Joris Ivens made Regen (Rain) that same year, and Henwar Rodekiewicz worked on his similar film Portrait of a Young Man (1931) through this whole period – it made a significant impression in its day and since has become recognized as a classic: H2O was added to theNational Film Registry in December 2005. Among Steiner’s other early films, Surf and Seaweed (1931) expands on the concept of H2O as Steiner turns his camera to the shoreline; Mechanical Principles (1933) was an abstraction based on gears and machinery. (Text from the Wikipedia website)


Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) 'Snowflake' c. 1920


Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931)
c. 1920
Gold-chloride toned microphotographs from glass plate negatives


Andre de Dienes (1913-1985) 'Erotic Nude' 1950s


Andre de Dienes (1913-1985)
Erotic Nude
Silver gelatin print



Andre de Dienes (born Andor György Ikafalvi-Dienes) (December 18, 1913 – April 11, 1985) was a Hungarian-American photographer, noted for his work with Marilyn Monroe and his nude photography.

Dienes was born in Transylvania, Austria-Hungary, on December 18, 1913, and left home at 15 after the suicide of his mother. Dienes travelled across Europe mostly on foot, until his arrival in Tunisia. In Tunisia he purchased his first camera, a 35mm Retina. Returning to Europe he arrived in Paris in 1933 to study art, and bought a Rolleiflex shortly after.

Dienes began work as a professional photographer for the Communist newspaper L’Humanité, and was employed by the Associated Press until 1936, when the Parisian couturier Captain Molyneux noted his work and urged him to become a fashion photographer. In 1938 the editor of Esquire, Arnold Gingrich offered him work in New York City, and helped fund Dienes’ passage to the United States. Once in the United States Dienes worked for Vogue and Life magazines as well as Esquire.

When not working as a fashion photographer Dienes travelled the USA photographing Native American culture, including the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo reservations and their inhabitants. Dissatisfied with his life as a fashion photographer in New York, Dienes moved to California in 1944, where he began to specialise in nudes and landscapes. (Text from the Wikipedia website)


George A. Tice (1938- ) 'Porch, Monhegan Island, Maine' 1971


George A. Tice (1938- )
Porch, Monhegan Island, Maine
Selenium-toned silver print



George Tice (1938) is an American photographer best known for his large-format black-and-white photographs of New Jersey, New York, and the Amish. Tice was born in Newark, New Jersey, and self-trained as a photographer. His work is included in major museum collections around the world and he has published many books of photographs, including Fields of Peace: A Pennsylvania German Album (1970), Paterson, New Jersey (1972), Seacoast Maine: People and Places (1973), Urban Landscapes: A New Jersey Portrait (1975), “Lincoln” (1984), Hometowns: An American Pilgrimage (1988), Urban Landscapes (2002), Paterson II (2006), Urban Romantic (1982), and George Tice: Selected Photographs 1953-1999 (2001). (Text from the Wikipedia website)


Auguste Salzmann (1824-1872) 'Jerusalem, Sainte Sepulchre, Colonne du Parvis' 1854


Auguste Salzmann (1824-1872)
Jerusalem, Sainte Sepulchre, Colonne du Parvis
Blanquart-Evrard salted paper print from a paper negative


Weegee (Arthur Fellig). 'Billie Dauscha and Mabel Sidney, Bowery Entertainers' December 4, 1944


Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (1899-1968)
Billie Dauscha and Mabel Sidney, Bowery Entertainers
December 4, 1944
Silver gelatin print


Winston O. Link (1914-2001) 'Luray Crossing, Luray, Virginia' 1956


Winston O. Link (1914-2001)
Luray Crossing, Luray, Virginia
Silver gelatin print


Paul J. Woolf (1899-1985) 'Looking down on Grand Central Station' 1935


Paul J. Woolf (1899-1985)
Looking down on Grand Central Station
Silver gelatin print


Paul J. Woolf began his photographic career in London, taking pictures as a child. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and the Clarence White School of Photography. By 1942 he was established as a professional photographer who specialized in design and night-time photography. Woolf also maintained a practice as a clinical social worker while continuing his work as a photographer.


Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) 'Alicante' 1933


Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)
Silver gelatin print


Joel-Peter Witkin (1939- ) 'Leda' 1986


Joel-Peter Witkin (1939- )
Silver gelatin print


Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) 'Father taking his son to the first day of cheder' 1937-1938


Roman Vishniac (1897-1990)
Father taking his son to the first day of cheder
Silver gelatin print


Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) 'James Rogers' 1867


Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)
James Rogers
Albumen print


Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) 'The Dream' 1869


Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)
The Dream
Albumen print


Lewis W. Hine. 'An Albanian Woman from Italy at Ellis Island' 1905


Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940)
An Albanian Woman from Italy at Ellis Island
Silver gelatin print


Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940) 'Italian laborer, Ellis Island' 1905-12


Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940)
Italian laborer, Ellis Island
Silver gelatin print


Laure Albin-Guillot (1879-1962) 'Opale' c. 1930


Laure Albin-Guillot (1879-1962)
c. 1930
Silver gelatin print


Cecil Beaton. 'Virginia Cherrill' 1930s


Cecil Beaton
Virginia Cherrill
Silver gelatin print


Édouard Boubat (1923-1999) 'Lella, Bretagne, France' 1947


Édouard Boubat (1923-1999)
Lella, Bretagne, France
Silver gelatin print



Édouard Boubat (1923-1999) was a French photojournalist and art photographer.

Boubat was born in Montmartre, Paris. He studied typography and graphic arts at the École Estienne and worked for a printing company before becoming a photographer. In 1943 he was subjected to service du travail obligatoire, forced labour of French people in Nazi Germany, and witnessed the horrors of World War II. He took his first photograph after the war in 1946 and was awarded the Kodak Prize the following year. He travelled the world for the French magazine Réalités and later worked as a freelance photographer. French poet Jacques Prévert called him a “peace correspondent” as he was apolitical and photographed uplifting subjects. (Text from the Wikipedia website)




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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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