National Portrait Galleries (US & London), Old New York, Party Invite: Daily Photo Feed 12/17

Posted by David Ozanich — 17 Dec 2010


  • According to Gothamist, the Museum of the City of New York has released a "treasure trove" of old city photographs on its website. Above is a 1930 shot of the Washington Square Arch by Samuel Gottscho.

  • Speaking of New York, if you happen to be in the area tomorrow night and aren't already overwhelmed with holiday soirees, Levi's is hosting the closing night party for its Photo Workshop: "The public is invited into the space for one last celebration of creative exploration and community building." An RSVP is required.

  • We all know and love Awkward Family Photos, but did you know there's a new spin-off for you pregnant gals out there? Yes, now you can revel in the splendor of Awkward Pregnancy Photos.

  • Artist and photographer AA Bronson, in protest, has requested that his photograph "Felix, June 5, 1994" (seen below) be removed from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" show after another work, A Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz, was censored, causing a major outcry from both artists and gay rights advocates. The Smithsonian has refused. More from Modern Art News.
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  • Meanwhile, across the pond at the National Portrait Gallery in London, photographer Ida Kar is finally getting her due. The Guardian reports:

    She was a pioneer who photographed some of the most important artists of her generation - including Henry Moore, Georges Braque and Jean-Paul Sartre - yet the name Ida Kar is not generally known.

    "It's true, I don't think many people will have heard of Ida Kar," said the show's curator, Clare Freestone. "She only really appears in a handful of photographic surveys and that's unfair."

    That's her 1960 picture of Georges Braque below.


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