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Postcards From America

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Bruce Gilden.  Jan-Marie.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Bruce Gilden.  Jan-Marie.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Martin Parr.  The State Fair.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Martin Parr.  The State Fair.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Bruce Gilden.  Page.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bruce Gilden.  Page.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Gilles Peress.  Breezy Point, Queens.  The Day After.
Way back during Postcards IV, Gilles was heading to Florida when Hurricane Sandy struck the New York area.  Florida, as a symbol of escape, took on a new resonance as he toured the battered boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and the fierce presidential election playing out scanned differently when viewed against the abandoned streets of the Rockaways.
On October 30, The Rockaways will be released in book form, for free, by the Concord Free Press.  Readers will be asked only to make a donation to a charity of their choice, and to pass the book along to a subsequent reader.  The New York Times has the details.
Disasters today are captured by a million cell phones, but Gilles does something else:  He uses the temporary halt in the American messaging machine caused by the hurricane to reveal an underlying social structure, always present but difficult to see amidst competing narratives, and to make larger points about class, history, and the construction of the urban landscape.
Check out the book.  It’s free, and more than worth it.   

Gilles Peress.  Breezy Point, Queens.  The Day After.

Way back during Postcards IV, Gilles was heading to Florida when Hurricane Sandy struck the New York area.  Florida, as a symbol of escape, took on a new resonance as he toured the battered boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and the fierce presidential election playing out scanned differently when viewed against the abandoned streets of the Rockaways.

On October 30, The Rockaways will be released in book form, for free, by the Concord Free Press.  Readers will be asked only to make a donation to a charity of their choice, and to pass the book along to a subsequent reader.  The New York Times has the details.

Disasters today are captured by a million cell phones, but Gilles does something else:  He uses the temporary halt in the American messaging machine caused by the hurricane to reveal an underlying social structure, always present but difficult to see amidst competing narratives, and to make larger points about class, history, and the construction of the urban landscape.

Check out the book.  It’s free, and more than worth it.   

Martin Parr.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Martin Parr.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Bruce Gilden.  Jean at the State Fair.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bruce Gilden.  Jean at the State Fair.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Danny Lyon.  Eikhorn, Wisconsin, 1965.  Zipco.
A quick callback to the Magnum archive … 

Danny Lyon.  Eikhorn, Wisconsin, 1965.  Zipco.

A quick callback to the Magnum archive … 

Martin Parr.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Martin Parr.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Paolo Pellegrin.  Rochester, New York.  A young man detained in the back of a police car after abandoning his own car and running away.
Since the end of Postcards III, Paolo has returned to Rochester a number of times to continue his ongoing work there.  This picture is from a recent trip.  
Next week Paolo will be in Mannheim to receive the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize for “exemplary use of photography in journalism.”  (We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.)  Past winners include Robert Frank, Sebastiao Salgado, and our own Gilles Peress and Martin Parr.  

Paolo Pellegrin.  Rochester, New York.  A young man detained in the back of a police car after abandoning his own car and running away.

Since the end of Postcards III, Paolo has returned to Rochester a number of times to continue his ongoing work there.  This picture is from a recent trip.  

Next week Paolo will be in Mannheim to receive the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize for “exemplary use of photography in journalism.”  (We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.)  Past winners include Robert Frank, Sebastiao Salgado, and our own Gilles Peress and Martin Parr.  

Jim Goldberg.  Whalley Avenue.  New Haven, Connecticut.  September 2013.
The afterword to the first edition of Jim’s Rich and Poor begins:
“I always wanted to be somebody else. I remember going for drives with my parents on Sundays through the wealthier neighborhoods in New Haven. We would point out the big houses with mock envy, but I dreamed then of the wonderful life behind the walls and fences: the mothers and fathers who drove the convertibles parked in the long driveways. They seemed content……”
This fall Jim is back in New Haven:  He and Donovan Wylie are artists in residence at the Yale University Art Gallery, and on Sunday at 3 p.m. they’ll be giving an artist talk at the Gallery’s McNeil Lecture Hall.  It’s free and open to the public, so please come by.  (If you haven’t yet been to the renovated YUAG, it’s really fantastic.)    

Jim Goldberg.  Whalley Avenue.  New Haven, Connecticut.  September 2013.

The afterword to the first edition of Jim’s Rich and Poor begins:

“I always wanted to be somebody else. I remember going for drives with my parents on Sundays through the wealthier neighborhoods in New Haven. We would point out the big houses with mock envy, but I dreamed then of the wonderful life behind the walls and fences: the mothers and fathers who drove the convertibles parked in the long driveways. They seemed content……”


This fall Jim is back in New Haven:  He and Donovan Wylie are artists in residence at the Yale University Art Gallery, and on Sunday at 3 p.m. they’ll be giving an artist talk at the Gallery’s McNeil Lecture Hall.  It’s free and open to the public, so please come by.  (If you haven’t yet been to the renovated YUAG, it’s really fantastic.)