“I am in Paris.”

Following conversations with my colleagues at the ICP Library  about an event related to our current photobook display Je est un autre: The Vernacular in Photobooks, I decided to present selections from a small collection of films stills I accumulated in the 1980s when I worked at movie revival houses and non-profits in NYC. Calling… Continue reading “I am in Paris.”

Margin of Life

Margin of Life was a book (published in both English and Spanish) and an exhibition by Cornell Capa. It was produced to coincide with World Population year in 1974 and an International Fund for Concerned Photography Task Force was set up for the occasion which worked with the International Population Program at Cornell University. The… Continue reading Margin of Life

The Concerns of Roman Vishniac

The Concerns of Roman Vishniac: Man, Nature and Science was a project directed by Cornell Capa. It was an exhibition organized by and promoted under the umbrella of The International Fund for Concerned Photography. The exhibition opened at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1971. The Concerns of Roman Vishniac was also part of… Continue reading The Concerns of Roman Vishniac

A detour to Werner Bischof’s From Incas to Indios

This post is to celebrate this year the 100th birthday of Swiss documentary photographer and photojournalist Werner Bischof (April 26th 1916, Zürich – May 16th 1954, Trujillo). His parents wanted him to be a teacher, before he subscribed and successfully graduated in General Studies of Photography, with Hans Finsler at Zürich’s School of Applied Arts.… Continue reading A detour to Werner Bischof’s From Incas to Indios

All at Once: Artist Books and Zines by the ICP-Bard MFA Class of 2016

ICP Library Window Exhibition April 1 – May 22, 2016 A selection of artist books and zines by the ICP-Bard MFA Class of 2016 is on display in conjunction with the group show, All at Once. As diverse as the student body, the resulting books encompass formats from a scroll to a Rolodex to a fine… Continue reading All at Once: Artist Books and Zines by the ICP-Bard MFA Class of 2016

LA Report: Beyond the Book Fairs (11-14 February)

  The weekend of February 11 – 14 turns Los Angeles into a paradise for photobook lovers. Two book fairs descend on the city: Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles and the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center just northeast… Continue reading LA Report: Beyond the Book Fairs (11-14 February)

The good singing hurts, but with the lights on it’s less dangerous

grunge and classical, flamenco and ballet | Photography & Music | Dukes are dead, long live the Dukes                                                                                                     It was just his birthday few days before, on January 8, the same of Elvis Presley in 1935. But unfortunately also… Continue reading The good singing hurts, but with the lights on it’s less dangerous

Teen Academy Photo II in Black-and-White: The Self-Published Artist in the Library’s Window

Please join us to celebrate the achievements of our teen photographers. The ICP Library and Teen Academy program are proud to present a selection of self-published books authored by students who participated in the fall class, Photo II in Black-and-White: The Self-Published Artist on JANUARY 29, 6-8 PM International Center of Photography Library 1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street New York, N

Freedom to Do and Undo: Cuba in Photo Books

The larger picture of Cuba that could be gleaned from our collection of photo books is limited by circumstances: the long-term sanctions against trade with Cuba by the United States and the cultural politics generated during the Cold War; and since the “end of history” as per Francis Fukuyama in 1989, referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union, we have to contend with the hybrid mappings of Cuba by the First World as an exotic theme park of old cars, great music, and an oppressed but sensual populace, stuck in a now impossible past.

In the Window: Mary Ellen Marks Revisited

Mary Ellen Mark had a long, beautiful, and illustrious career. From Europe, to India, to Ethiopia, to Seattle, she always brought her honest photographer's eye. She captured what was important to her, and tried to show it through the least critical eye possible. She wanted subjects to be comfortable in front of her, to have… Continue reading In the Window: Mary Ellen Marks Revisited