Tag Archives: photography

An Immigrant Family, 1906-1908

I find many of the photos for this blog in thrift stores, at flea markets, and on sites like eBay.  Most of them are not dated, which means that I have had to teach myself how to make educated guesses … Continue reading

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Kamala Harris, Plain and Fancy

By now you have probably heard about the dust up over Vogue’s February issue featuring Kamala Harris on the cover. According to Vogue, both photos, shot by African American photographer Tyler Mitchell, were approved for publication.  The more casual look … Continue reading

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Robert Frank and the Older Woman

Swiss American photographer Robert Frank recently died. Although he had a lifetime of achievements, he is most famous for his early book The Americans published in 1959.  It was a record of a cross country trip that he made in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham

In this book, you meet a different Bill Cunningham than the one presented in the documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, or in his New York Times photos.  This is a memoir of his early years in New York when he … Continue reading

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Helena Rubinstein and the Fine Art of Photo Retouching, 1932

How did famous beauties control their image before the era of Photoshop? They had their photographs retouched. Apparently altering negatives to achieve different results is a process as old as photography itself. Because she had made herself into the image … Continue reading

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