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Frank Espada, more photos

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on January 2, 2015

Here are more photographs taken by Frank Espada. Photos provided courtesy of his son, Jason Espada.

[I originally posted these in May of last year, but pulled them because Frank’s photos were being considered for inclusion by a number of institutions and collections, and putting them online would have compromised those efforts.]

Frank Espada: Couple Smiling

Frank Espada: Couple Smiling


Frank Espada: Fountain House 1

Frank Espada: Fountain House 1


Frank Espada: Fountain House 2

Frank Espada: Fountain House 2


Frank Espada: Fountain House 3

Frank Espada: Fountain House 3


Frank Espada: Four Kids in the Doorway

Frank Espada: Four Kids in the Doorway


Frank Espada: Grace at Promesa

Frank Espada: Grace at Promesa


Frank Espada: Jack Agueros with Saints

Frank Espada: Jack Agueros with Saints


Frank Espada: Jason with Torn Paper

Frank Espada: Jason with Torn Paper


Frank Espada: Lisa at Four

Frank Espada: Lisa at Four


Frank Espada: Man at Bar

Frank Espada: Man at Bar


Frank Espada: Manhattan Valley

Frank Espada: Manhattan Valley


Frank Espada: Margarite

Frank Espada: Margarite


Frank Espada: School Boycott, New York, 1964

Frank Espada: School Boycott, New York, 1964


Frank Espada: Malcolm X, 1964

Frank Espada: Malcolm X, 1964


Frank Espada: School Boycott, New York, 1964, 2

Frank Espada: School Boycott, New York, 1964, 2


Frank Espada: School Boycott, New York, 1964, 3

Frank Espada: School Boycott, New York, 1964, 3


Frank Espada: March on Washington 1

Frank Espada: March on Washington 1


Frank Espada: March on Washington 2

Frank Espada: March on Washington 2


Frank Espada: Two Children in Guan

Frank Espada: Two Children in Guam


Frank Espada: Two Girls Smiling

Frank Espada: Two Girls Smiling


Frank Espada: Yes 1

Frank Espada: Yes 1


Frank Espada: Yes 2

Frank Espada: Yes 2


Frank Espada: From the Racetrack

Frank Espada: From the Racetrack


Frank Espada: Three Siblings, Central Park, 1964

Frank Espada: Three Siblings, Central Park, 1964

Frank Espada: At the Puerto Rican Community Development Project Picnic, NY 1967

Frank Espada: At the Puerto Rican Community Development Project Picnic, NY 1967

Frank Espada: New York Institute of Photography 1954

Frank Espada: New York Institute of Photography 1954


Frank Espada Photography
An obituary
Another obituary

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How is this even possible

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on June 7, 2014

San Francisco, Paris, New York; three cities I can never get enough of. That’s why I’ve periodically visited them (or lived in them) over the past thirty years, always marveling at the sights and sounds of these world-class, world famous cities. Photographer Duane Michals has an exhibit currently making the rounds (at DC Moore Gallery through May 31, 2014) titled “Empty New York.” It features black and white pictures of subway cars, barber shops, bodegas, laundromats, even Coney Island, without a single person present, something quite unimaginable to New York City residents. Shooting photographs since the late 1950’s, Michals is inspired by Eugene Atget, who did his own series of photos using the streets of Paris as subject. Here’s the museum page, and below, some of the pictures. Haunting, and gorgeous.
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Empty New York, c. 1964

FROM THE MUSEUM PRESS RELEASE:
Comprised of thirty rare gelatin silver prints dating from the 1960s, the exhibition focuses exclusively on Michals’ early exploration of transitional early morning moments in New York City shops, parks, subway cars, and train stations. This is the first time these photographs have been exhibited as a group.

The images in this exhibition, taken over a half a century ago, include New York landmarks such as Penn Station, the Metropolitan Opera House, and Washington Square Hotel as well as ordinary locales, such as a laundromat, a shoeshine station, or an empty booth in a neighborhood diner. The series reflects Duane Michals’ admiration for the work of French photographer Eugene Atget who memorably photographed the streets of Paris. As Michals has said,

“It was a fortuitous event for me [to discover the work of Eugene Atget in a book]. I became so enchanted by the intimacy of the rooms and streets and people he photographed that I found myself looking at twentieth –century New York in the early morning through his nineteenth-century eyes. Everywhere seemed a stage set. I would awaken early on Sunday mornings and wander through New York with my camera, peering into shop windows and down cul-de-sacs with a bemused Atget looking over my shoulder.”

Of this intellectual revelation and point of departure, Michals recollects that how for him suddenly, “Everything was theatre; even the most ordinary event was an act in the drama of my little life.” The universality of narrative, space, and their limitless capacities would set the stage for Michals proliferous and imaginative career.

Since 1958 Duane Michals has been making photographs which investigate themes of memory, mortality, love, and loss. Constantly interpreting and re-interpreting the world around him, Michals never stagnates and always finds new ways to understand the human experience through his idiosyncratic combination of philosophy, humor, history, and stark emotion.

Michal’s first solo museum exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970, and he will be honored with a career retrospective opening October, 2014 at The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Duane Michals lives and works in New York City.

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Oakland cityscapes

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on April 19, 2014

My wife and I BARTed over to Oakland on Thursday, April 17, and caught the opening of “Oakland and Beyond: Sense of Place,” a photographic exhibition of 5 photographers at Photo Fine Art Gallery (473 25th St., Box 6, Oakland, CA 94612). Lee Nelson’s series on the Hollywood sign caught from different vantage points in Los Angeles is interesting, but the highlight for me were the Oakland cityscapes shot by Diallo Mwathi Jeffery.
Oakland Uptown Dusk

Oakland Uptown Dusk
Bay Sky One

Blue Sky One
Temple View

Temple View
Oakland Uptown Day

Oakland Uptown Day
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Oakland Panorama

I lived in Oakland when I first moved to the Bay Area in 1991, and I’ve been a big fan of the city ever since. Diallo’s photos are beautiful, if a bit Chamber of Commerce-y. I met the young artist at the opening, and he is indeed quite young. Hope he has a wonderful future in photography.

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A touch or two of Paris

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on January 4, 2014

Here are a couple of reminders of Paris, for those who are in love with the City of Light. First, a blog called Paris Daily Photo by Eric Tenin.
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Born and raised in Paris, Tenin offers typical and unusual, must see, restaurant, graffiti, food, exhibition, monument, and night photos. Oh yes, and shots of the Eiffel Tower.
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Then there’s David Lebovitz’s food blog Living the Sweet Life in Paris. Lebovitz is a chef who’s cooked at Chez Panisse, and you can taste French cuisine from viewing these photos.
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I haven’t read any of Lebovitz’s books, but given the quality of this blog, they would be well worth purchasing. He even provides interesting illustrated recipes.
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Bookmark these two websites.

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