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Philadelphia, City of Father Divine - The New York Times
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The photographer Kristin Bedford trekked through the sweltering summer streets of Philadelphia in 2013, looking for remnants of forgotten religions. In college, as a religious studies major, she’d been influenced by Arthur Fauset’s 1944 book “Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Cults of the Urban North,” in which he’d chronicled five spinoff religions in African-American communities.

She tried finding the churches, going door to door with nothing but the decades-old addresses listed in the book. Combing the neighborhoods, she queried neighbors, whose advice enabled her to piece things together. Eventually, she encountered the vestiges of Father Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement.
photography  kristinbedford  woodmont  nytimes  gladwyne  pennsylvania  peacemission  fatherdivine  motherdivine  cults 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Through the Outback - The New York Times
Traveling across Australia’s vast interior, our photojournalist found a land that defied easy explanations, a remote expanse filled with meaning.
australia  culture  identity  photography  nytimes  outback 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Stephen Shore’s Offbeat Sublimities | The New Yorker
An immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective of the photographer’s work showcases his easeful acceptance of the world.
photography  stephenshore  thenewyorker 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What War Can’t Destroy - The New York Times
Years of conflict have torn at the seams of Juba, South Sudan. But the city’s people hold their heads high.
sudan  juba  photography  design  fashion  culture  africa  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Richard Avedon’s Work Has Never Been More Relevant - The New York Times
The photographer’s social conscience, revealed in a show at Pace/MacGill and a new edition of “Nothing Personal,” deepens his enduring legacy.
richardavedon  photography  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Mali twist: the photography of Malick Sidibé - in pictures | World news | The Guardian
Known as the Eye of Bamako, Malick Sidibé took photos in dance halls, soirees and his studio. The largest ever exhibition of his work, on display at the Fondation Cartier in Paris until the end of February, includes images taken in the years after Mali’s independence from France in 1960
malicksidibe  photography  theguaridan  mali  africa 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Photographer Who Saw America’s Monuments Hiding in Plain Sight - The New York Times
Lee Friedlander’s “The American Monument” was first published in 1976. That’s “monument” singular, though one of the many singular things about Friedlander is that he’s nothing if not a pluralist.
leefriedlander  nytimes  nytimesmag  geoffdyer  photography  history  momuments  confederatemonuments  confederatehistory  racism  whitesupremacy 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Intimacy Behind Jazz’s Seminal Image - The New York Times
It was taken by Roy DeCarava in New York in 1960, one of a series of pictures of jazz musicians conceived and belatedly published as “The Sound I Saw.” DeCarava was born in Harlem in 1919, two years after Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, the same year as Art Blakey, a year before Charlie Parker — and 10 years after Ben Webster, who would have been 51 in 1960. John Coltrane was born in 1926, and so was about 34 when the picture was taken.
roydecarva  photography  jazz  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
On Photography - The New York Times
Four photographers — three outsiders, one insider — and the perils of appropriation.
photography  tejucole  nytimes  nytimesmag  appropriation  culturalappropriation 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Capturing Action Just Off the Court at the U.S. Open - The New York Times
I am always attracted to the edges because they define shape and give context. And I always seek a spark of photographic magic on the edges of light and shadow. So when I was tasked to cover the opening days of the United States Open this year, I found myself looking to the margins of both the action and the light as the world’s premier players performed an exquisitely elegant dance of athleticism and grace
photography  tennis  sports  nytimes  usopen  damonwinter 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
When Self-Criticism Was an Order, These Portraits Were Revolutionary - The New York Times
China’s Cultural Revolution, the decade-long campaign remembered for its fanaticism and upheaval, began in 1966 and was enforced by radicalized students who pledged to put the Communist Party ahead of self.

Mao Zedong’s army of young cadres was encouraged to suppress individuality in favor of a greater communal cause — no matter how dangerous the mob became.

At a time marked by forced confessions known as self-criticism, one young photographer, Wang Qiuhang, turned his camera on himself, subversively celebrating the self rather than suppressing it.
china  nytimes  communism  photography 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
‘How Would an Ethical Officer React?’ - The New York Times
A new class of Dallas recruits trains to step into an uneasy moment in American policing.
nytimes  nytimesmag  policing  police  policetraining  crime  policebrutality  dallas  photography 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Most Romantic 25 Minutes in New York - The New York Times
The photographer Ramsay de Give needed an escape
from the New York grind. He found it on the Staten
Island Ferry — fog, romance and serenity, all free.
statenisland  statenislandferry  ferry  newyork  city  urbanliving  nytimes  photography 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Arks of the Apocalypse - The New York Times
All around the world, scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing to preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing.
nytimes  apocalypse  globalseedvault  doomsday  climatechange  photography 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An ode to the Valley before it changes - Curbed LA
The San Fernando Valley reminds me of the Los Angeles I knew as a child
sanfernandovalley  thevalley  losangeles  curbedla  photography 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Discordia • Moises Saman • Magnum Photos
Moises Saman's new book represents a personal memory of the nearly four years he spent living and working as a photojournalist in the Middle East during the Arab Spring.
moisessaman  photography  magnumphotos  middleast  arabspring 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
David Hurn and Martin Parr: How to Build an Art Collection by Swapping Prints - Magnum Photos
Ahead of the opening of David Hurn’s Swaps exhibition, curated by Martin Parr, the Magnum photographers and print aficionados share their love for photography and their passion for collecting
martinparr  davidhurn  magnumphotos  photography  art 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Alec Soth: America's most immaculate, intriguing photographer | Art and design | The Guardian
Whether he’s shooting Johnny Cash’s desolate boyhood home, nude newlyweds in Niagara or preacher men in prison, Soth’s images are the most sure-footed fine-art photography of his generation. Now, his first UK retrospective captures the beauty of a true American original
alecsoth  photography  theguardian  art 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant Interviewed About Graffiti
The first minute alone of this clip from the mid '80s World of Photography television series is worth the watch as our good friend (and OG ego trip investor) Henry Chalfant gets a message on his answering machine from a graf writer telling him where he can go to shoot a freshly done 'piece. Next, we get to hear fellow photographer Martha Cooper talk about how she met the legendary Dondi before joining Henry in discussion about their iconic book, Subway Art.
interview  youtube  marthacooper  photography  newyork  graffiti  subwayart 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Ansel Adams’s Images of Japanese Internment Camp Manzanar
The photographer was not supposed to capture the barbed wire surrounding the Manzanar War Relocation Center, but he found a way to show the truth.
theatlantic  anseladams  photography  worldwarII  internmentcamps  japanese  history  photojournalism 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Shadows in São Paulo
Are they gangsters? Are they bankers? There are certain photographs that seem to have been pulled out of the world of dreams. ‘‘Men on a Rooftop,’’ by the Swiss photographer René Burri (1933–2014), is one such picture
nytimes  nytimesmag  brazil  sãopaulo  photography  renéburri 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Robert Brownjohn: Photographs at Street Level
Robert Brownjohn’s photographs of London street typography, published in Typographica new series no. 4 in December 1961, have become the stuff of design legend. Brownjohn claims in his introduction to “Street Level,” a 32-page visual essay, that the pictures were gathered on a single trip around the city.
robertbrownjohn  designobserver  typography  london  art  photography 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Man Who Saw America - Looking Back with Robert Frank, The Most Influential P...
Last May, Robert Frank, the world’s pre-eminent living photographer, returned to Zurich, the orderly Swiss banking city, cosseted by lake and mountain, where he grew up. When an artist who made his reputation by leaving returns home, mixed feelings are inevitable, and that was especially true for Frank, whose iconic American pictures are notable for their deep understanding of human complication. ‘‘I know this town, but I certainly feel like a stranger here,’’ he said.
robertfrank  photography  nytimes  nytimesmag 
july 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Southern Photographer
THE BLOG ABOUT FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH
photography  southern  blog  thesouth 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Friends of Murderer Charles Schmid, 1965
23 year old Charles Schmid, known as ‘The Pied Piper of Tucson’ murdered three teenage girls, Alleen Rowe, and sisters Gretchen and Wendy Fritz in the deserts surrounding Tucson, Arizona in 1964-65. Schmid gained loyalty and trust with a group of wayward teens, some of whom he dated. Mary French was his girlfriend at the time of murdering Alleen Rowe. It was Mary who convinced Alleen to go out with Schmid’s friend John Saunders the night of her death. Mary French was convicted of complicity in the murder of Alleen Rowe. After the murders Schmid confessed his crimes to his friend Richard Bruns (age 19). Bruns worried that his girlfriend might be next, and informed the police of the horrors committed by Schmid. LIFE magazine published ‘Tucson Murders’ story in 1965 capturing the many young friends of murderer. Photographs by Bill Ray.
lifemagazine  vintageeveryday  charlesschmid  crime  murder  murders  photography  storyideas  ideas  1965  bill  ray 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Audio Lecture: Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work
Center for Creative Photography Curator Britt Salvesen discusses the contents of the Harry Callahan Archive, some of the objects it holds, and what it reveals about Callahan's work.
photography  harrycallahan  lecture  audio  artinstituteofchicago 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Way Things Are: Fred Herzog’s Art of Observation
At 82 years of age, photographer Fred Herzog doesn’t move quite as quickly as he used to. But then, few people ever did. In his younger days, Herzog was the kind of guy who’d jump on his Norton motorcycle after lunch and ride back roads to the top of Mount Baker, 180 kilometres south in Washington state, then motor home in time for supper. “Not always at the speed limit,” he says now, with a sly smile.
canadianart  fredherzog  photography  vancouver 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Forty Portraits in Forty Years
The Brown sisters have been photographed every year since 1975. The latest image in the series is published here for the first time.
photography  nicholasnixon  nytimes 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Dignity Village, Portland, Oregon. 2002 - Paul Fusco
Dignity Village is the beginning of a dream formed by an eclectic group of homeless men and women while they were shuffling among the alleys and underpasses of Portland
photography  magnumphotos  paulfusco  portland  oregon  homeless 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized A...
Every few centuries, someone rediscovers America. After the first humans arrived from Asia roughly 15,000 years ago, Vikings touched down in Newfoundland in the year 1000. Half a millennium later, Christopher Columbus spotted a small island in what is now the Bahamas, and in 1769, Gaspar de Portolà was the first European to gaze upon San Francisco Bay, whose indigenous people had remained hidden behind a thick wall of fog throughout most of America’s Colonial era.
collectorsweekly  photography  history  america  thewest 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
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