DPI has just acquired a Graphex “Speed Graphic” press camera circa 1951. Korean War vintage. This is the camera that put photojournalism on the map. It represents the “Holy Grail” of photojournalism.
The recent events which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia have begun a debate as to removing statues which glorify the Confederacy. But this could easily become a slippery slope as the argument for removal of other statues which offend one group or another is considered. Where does it end, or does it? More importantly who decides which statues to remove? Are there any humans without fault?
The scenes of poverty presented here could have come from any number of cities in the United States. One might suspect Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia or Los Angeles at first glance, but the locale for this essay was Norfolk, Virginia. It would be easy to say that the situation in the inner cities has improved, but the truth of the matter is that the conditions causing this poverty remain mostly unchanged throughout the decades before and after these images were taken. This “Inner City” essay is now included in our Americana collection.
On a street in West Berlin c.1953. This man’s expression says it all as a new order replaces a tumultuous recent past.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal of August 21, 2017 (pp. B1-B2) the iconic oil pump jack is making a comeback among small and medium sized oil companies seeking to turn a profit despite an oil glut. These pump jack oil wells can be set up for under $1 million as compared to a fracking oil well running between $6 million to $8 million. We have several images of oil pump jacks including this recent arrival of a National Oil Company pump jack in Montana (August 1956).
Beware of False Prophets. Those who would seek to offer a twisted view of the truth through their own media group should be treated with extreme vetting. If you prefer to see the world in virtual terms watch the film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and see what happens to Elliot Carver and the Carver Media Group Network. For those of us who remember reality this photo of the main gate and selection ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland in 1979 is a constant reminder of barbarism carried to the extreme. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
Sometimes we see a photo that looks like a painting. So it is with “A Game of Checkers“, North Carolina c.1936. All of the elements in the composition and the lighting call to mind paintings by Norman Rockwell.
Big wheel keep on turning. Well, you know the rest of the song. This is a photo taken in 1935 of the sternwheel steamship “Columbia” on the Mississippi River at New Orleans.
This image has been identified as Harriet Dorsey. We assess that the photo was taken in the United States c.1880. Research indicates that a Harriet Dorsey was born in 1859. In any event, this Harriet Dorsey would have been born during slavery days. Her eyes are simply haunting and indicate a life of pain to us. We believe that this is an important image reflecting on the times in which she lived.
A simple photo captured at precisely the right moment. The “decisive moment” as Henri Cartier-Bresson would say. You have to imagine the conversation which we say is: “Daddy, There’s A Pebble In My Shoe“; Oregon c.1942. We prefer the image with a slight sepia toning. I think the appeal is that in some ways it resembles a Norman Rockwell painting.