You Were Expecting, Maybe, Usher Fellig?

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(Some things bear repeating: do not acquire this camera.)

P.S. This is Usher, aka Arthur Fellig, aka Weegee:

Edward. Kennedy. Ellington.

Duke would have been 114 today. No, wait: he is 114 today, because the music is alive.

Q. o’ th’ D.: Robert Adams

“The challenge for artists is just as it is for everyone: to face facts and somehow come up with a yes, to try for alchemy.”


Street Work

We’re approaching the summative portion of the academic year; here’s a lovely gathering of one photographer’s work over the last calendar year. She says: “Hello, I’m Klara, I live in Berlin, I love shooting the streets and I carry a camera with me all the time. After having neglected film for a long time, I’ve recently fallen in love with film and the smell of fixer again.”

“I love to capture people and their interactions and I do not want to hurt anybody by taking their picture. I have great respect for my subjects, still, if you recognize yourself in one of my photos and you don’t want it to be published, let me know and I will take it down. If you recognize yourself and you do like what you see, let me know I will send you a digital file or a print.”

Look at much more of her work at

The Lost Panoramas

“There, on steel shelves—alongside time sheets, purchase orders, contracts, and operations records—sat 130 heavy boxes, stenciled by year, of glass-plate negatives. Over the next three years, the negatives were inventoried and scanned. They were placed in cardboard bankers boxes and transferred to the Illinois State Archives inSpringfield, where they remain today.

“What makes the photos historically valuable is that they come with detailed descriptions. Each photograph has a date and a negative number, which refers to a set of leather-bound field books that meticulously pinpoint where every photo was taken. About twenty thousand of the nearly twenty-two thousand negatives are tied to an exact location. The field books, written by hand, usually in pencil, also give insight into the photographers’ lives and their work, since they doubled as expense accounts. Here you will find what kinds of cigars they smoked, the price of gas, the names of small-town hotels.”

Get this book. I read it in an hour, but that was after looking at all the pictures for a day.

Q. o’ th’ Q. o’ th’ D.: Sylvia Plachy

From Aperture 206, Spring 2012: “As I leave the zoo, I read a sign on the fence: ‘Treat each bear as the last bear.’ There is no source, no explanation. I am left with another riddle.”

B. ACTion pictures of BACT

What a perfect day on Earth to celebrate the Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s awards for the winter photography contest, as well as some sort of competition involving the relative circumference of oak trees. (I’m not mocking this: I sat and read on the stoop of a cottonwood poplar at 267 North Plum Grove Road when I was very short.)
The not inconsiderable awards go to:
“A Snowy Silence” – Madeleine Lebovic
“Untitled 5” – Sam LaBar
“Virgin Snow” – Brad Pector
Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically according to title):
“Fetch” – John Bach
“Sunset Duck” – Jenna Podgorski
“Untitled 3” – Joyce Gaffney
“Weirdest Winter Ever” – Molly Voska