Witnessing a Fire on W. 11th St.

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© Ronnie Ginnever
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Q: has anyone bought the leash and cuff quick connect straps wondering how they work in real life

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Taken 3/6/70. I was a witness to a Greenwich Village Townhouse explosion. A bomb was being assembled by members of the radical left group called the Weatherman. I have never printed this image other than on a contact sheet. You guys at JPG are the first to see it.

I was inspired and influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson through a process of "osmosis" - a gradual unconscious assimilation of ideas, thoughts and visions. Being in the right place at the right time and shooting the image at the perfect moment is what I seek to do. Mr Bresson was a master at this!

62 responses

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    LOVE this, Ronnie... the expressions are so very natural... wonderful image.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    FAbulous shot! It with the grain and BW along with their over coats have a very vintage feel to this shot.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    Ronnie, look! It is WONDERFUL!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    Aaaa maz ing! Please enter this in the Henri challenge! Brilliant and meaningful...

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    What happened to the Cartier-Bresson theme?

  • John Conneely

    John Conneely said (2 Apr 2010):

    Wonderful looks like a still from "War of the Worlds"...

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (2 Apr 2010):

    Superb, Ronnie!:)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    This is fabulous!! It would be perfect for the theme!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    Like a scene from an old sci-fi flick - y'know the one with Michael Rennie: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" - terrific photo...!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    wow! this is awesome Ronnie!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    simply fantastic!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2010):

    For just a fleeting moment I thought of 9/11. This shot has stimulated some excellent comments!

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson said (3 Apr 2010):

    Excellent entry! I remember reading about this somewhere recently. Oh, I think I remember. Wasn't it a part of that movie musical "Across the Universe"? I think that was the title?

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson said (3 Apr 2010):

    Yeah, what happened to the Cartier-Bresson theme?

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (3 Apr 2010):

    Excellent Ronnie!

  • Michael Ellis

    Michael Ellis gave props (3 Apr 2010):

    As if Weegee photographed in the daylight!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (3 Apr 2010):

    The Weatherman! the radical group that truly lost it's way. A tragic and vitriolic time, ending the 60s and beginning ... the rest of it. Alas.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (3 Apr 2010):

    Oh, yes ... absolutely great photo!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (3 Apr 2010):

    fascinating -- an excellent candid capture

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (4 Apr 2010):

    awesome -- mike said it

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (4 Apr 2010):

    The expressions, the tones, the framing...the haze in the distance. Wow!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2010):


  • peter

    peter (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2010):

    an excellent photo is an excellent photo is an excellent photo ...

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2010):

    This is brilliant!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Apr 2010):

    great shot!

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (5 Apr 2010):


  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr8 1.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    Awesome photo. Very good journalism work.

  • Emily Harris

    Emily Harris gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    great capture. interesting that you were there to document a moment in history.

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    You don't need the weathermen to know which way the wind blows. Super image.

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    A great historical photo, perfect entry.

  • Patrick Power

    Patrick Power (Deleted) said (8 Apr 2010):

    Certainly one of the better shots I've seen amongst the entrants.

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    great entry! this is unique, Ronnie!

  • Jeff Ebner

    Jeff Ebner (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Fantastic! Perfect! Best entry I've seen so far in this category and an incredible photo in it's own right.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (8 Apr 2010):

    Great theme image Ronnie-I hope you enjoyed the show. I love his work and just read his biography a few months ago.

  • Cary Silverman

    Cary Silverman gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    wow! i remember the weatherman!!

  • Jerry Carpenter

    Jerry Carpenter gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Perfect Ronnie!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Brava! Incredible work and so....right for this theme.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    Blowin' the doors off JPG's Theme Park.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Apr 2010):


  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (10 Apr 2010):

    Great entry Ronnie !Brava

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    incredible shot!

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    Witness to history...thanks for sharing this!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2010):


  • Mary VanSinclair

    Mary VanSinclair gave props (13 Apr 2010):

    Powerful and stunning on so many levels. Leaves me speechless.

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (14 Apr 2010):

    this is wonderful Ronnie

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    Perfect capture Ronnie perfect entry !!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    Superb entry, bravo..

  • Cindy Mikulski

    Cindy Mikulski gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    Perrrrrrfect for the theme! Awesome, Awesome shot and well done B&W shot! great for the theme!!

  • ananogazoladoga

    ananogazoladoga gave props (19 Apr 2010):

    oh yeah!

  • Imre Mäger

    Imre Mäger gave props (19 Apr 2010):

    Exceptionally nice shot - nice composition and very emotional (different) expressions on everyones faces.

  • Yves Harnois

    Yves Harnois gave props (20 Apr 2010):

    I like alot the composition of this image perfect for the theme !

  • Breezy Ritter

    Breezy Ritter gave props (22 Apr 2010):


  • Bogdan Tiflinsky

    Bogdan Tiflinsky gave props (28 Apr 2010):


  • Yacouba Tanou

    Yacouba Tanou gave props (9 May 2010):

    Great image!

  • Tim Bracken

    Tim Bracken said (11 May 2010):

    Fantastic and you certainly captured the perfect moment when everything came together. Great capture!

  • Charlotte Sears

    Charlotte Sears gave props (26 Jun 2010):

    such a great shot! i love ittt!

  • Fernando Cortez

    Fernando Cortez   gave props (5 Aug 2010):

    that's correct, moments, a mirror to our past... great work!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    phenomenal...superb...how did i miss this and what and entry!

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (16 Oct 2010):

    How could I miss out on this? Excellent, Ronnie!!

  • Dilshad Aroos

    Dilshad Aroos (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2010):

    Great entry and photo!!!!

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas gave props (7 May 2014):

    Great capture and atmosphere.

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