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Charles W. Cushman, “amateur” photographer traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad capturing daily life from 1938 to 1969.
I love his photos.

Read more here. 


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Obviously, G’OK wasn’t all flowers.

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But not… but still.

supposedly legit. (via: NYT)

The photo, the library explains on its Tumblr blog, is “Harlem Loiterers” by the street photographer Sid Grossman (no further details are known about it, unfortunately), and it was stumbled across recently by a curator at the library’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture.

This is not unprecedented at the library. In 2011, someone noticed a prisoner in an 1857 photo from the library’s collection who looked kind of like a cross between Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg (or so some say).

This kind of thing is bound to happen from time to time with a digital collection of thousands of old photographs and a human brain wired to recognize faces and see similarities.

Perhaps if you browse through the collection you’ll find more?



All these photos, so unmistakeably New York City. Circa 1938.

Diners, drinks, food, the clinks and clanks.  The stands. The markets.  The customers.  Magic.

A look back to a different time.

From his New York Times obit:

Sol Libsohn, an early documentary photographer whose images of ordinary Americans appeared in many national publications, died on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. He was 86.

A New Yorker by birth, Mr. Libsohn taught himself how to take pictures after a neighbor gave him a Kodak Brownie. After attending City College, he went to work for the Works Progress Administration, the New Deal program that enlisted thousands of unemployed artists and artisans in the depths of the Depression.

Starting out as an artists’ model for some W.P.A. muralists, he was soon drafted to record images of New Yorkers coping with hard times. In 1936 his experiences in the W.P.A. led him and others to found the Photo League, an organization of photographers committed to the documentary style and in-depth examinations of contemporary urban subjects.


André Kertész (2 July 1894 – 28 September 1985), born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay.

Street photographer Helen Levitt captures young children at work on the streets of New York from 1938-1948.

Writer  Phillip Battle explains: For over 10 years, Levitt documented the imaginative life of the children; at a time when children still had some visual independence and a keen-eyed interest in laying pictorial claim to the world around them. In today’s world of television and video gaming, that sense of ‘visual independence’ has all but vanished. All our monsters and dreams are laid before us in graphic detail and even in 3D!

Levitt’s book:

What You Missed.

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