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
Recently, I’ve been struck by the different ways that photobooks are being presented in exhibitions and reading rooms. In the past, it was really simple to distinguish a venue by the manner in which a photobook was encountered. If the books could be picked up and held, then it was a bookshop or library; if… Continue reading The Photobook: Turn the Page Please
This is an award. This is also an amazing object. This is the prototype. This is the actual prototype of the International Center of Photography Infinity Award. The ICP Infinity Awards began in 1985 and the idea for the award program came from Bob Brockway - Robert E. Brockway, Olympus Corporation - who was the… Continue reading Infinity Award
From Where to Infinity? The Library has been combing through the ICP story in the past year. This is a very Zen activity, with one day per week allotted to our certified archivist-librarian, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what some of the strata have yielded: a… Continue reading From Where to Infinity?
The Founders Scrapbook covers a vital period of ICP history. The scrapbook begins with two photographic images of the 1130 5th Avenue building, often affectionately referred to by ICP employees as the “old building” or the “building uptown” - the Willard Straight House. This scrapbook contains press materials, clippings, reviews, invitations and photographs assembled by… Continue reading ICP the Founders Scrapbook, 1974
International Center of Photography Weegee at his typewriter in the trunk of his 1938 'Chevy’. Unidentified Photographer. ca. 1943. The International Center of Photography. Dimensions: Image: 11 15/16 x 9 3/16 in. (30.3 x 23.3 cm), Paper: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm), Mount: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm); Purchase, with funds provided by… Continue reading Selected Digital Image Libraries, Collections and Museums: An Illustrated, Annotated Webliography
The current Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 exhibition on view at the International Center of Photography provides a good platform to discuss Japanese photobooks which deal with the development of a postwar Japanese identity that synthesized the horrors of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. In the process of healing and creating a truly original visual language,… Continue reading The Impact of Hiroshima & Nagasaki on Japanese Photobooks – Russet Lederman