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Digging Deeper Into Vivian Maier’s Past

By Kerri MacDonald, The New York Times Who was Vivian Maier? Ann Marks, who spent months researching the upbringing of the Chicago nanny who is now heralded as a master of street photography, still doesn’t have an answer. But Ms. Marks — who has no background in photography and started researching Maier only after seeing a documentary about her life […]

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Fifth Avenue Then and Now, a Century of Streetviews in NYC

By Alan Taylor, The Atlantic The New York Public Library has recently released even more digitized images from their vast collection, including more than 180,000 in the public domain. While browsing, one of the first collections I came across was a book published in 1911, titled Fifth Avenue, New York, From Start to Finish, with wide-angle streetview photographs […]

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Chicago ’73 – Forty Incredible Photographs by John H. White

By Rob Baker, Flashbak In 1973, the photographer John H. White, who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982, was asked by the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA project to photograph Chicago – especially the city’s African-American community. White would later say that he saw it as “an opportunity to capture a slice of […]

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Danny Lyon’s Photos of New York City in the Summer of 1974

By Rob Baker, Flashbak Danny Lyon was born in Brooklyn in March 1942 and was brought up in Kew Gardens, Queens. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Chicago where he graduated in 1963. That year he published his first photographs working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee where they appeared in The Movement, […]