photography

Garry Winogrand / The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Fifty years after his assassination, images of President John F. Kennedy continue to resonate as an expression of American culture and self-identity. A photography exhibition called "A Great Crowd Had Gathered: JFK in the 1960s" examines the president by way of his public at the time. It's at the Yale Art Gallery and runs through the end of March. 

Conservators working to preserve artifacts from the early days of Antarctic exploration have uncovered century-old black-and-white negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition but never printed.

Just before Christmas, NASA released a photo of Saturn that we can't resist posting.

Here's how the space agency describes the image:

"The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The characteristic hexagonal shape of Saturn's northern jet stream, somewhat yellow here, is visible. At the pole lies a Saturnian version of a high-speed hurricane, eye and all. ...

When someone takes our picture, we usually deliver a mile-wide grin, but there's not a smile in the room at the Phillips Collection's photography show in Washington.

The exhibit mostly consists of portraits of inner lives, taken by various photographers, and it's about the encounter between the two participants. Susan Behrends Frank curated the small show, called "Shaping a Modern Identity," which is running through Jan. 12.

Edward Burtynsky / Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

It might seem odd for a museum boasting one of the nation's largest collections of the Hudson River School, a 19th-century art movement celebrating the beauty of America's outdoors, to document parking lots and discarded rubber tires. 

Ross MadDonald

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first graders and six educators dead. WNPR will bring you stories throughout this week looking at the impact of that tragedy on our community.

Heather Brandon / WNPR

In Hartford, we at WNPR witnessed a beautiful rainbow to the east, and a gorgeous sunset to the west on Thursday evening. People all over social media noticed it too. Here are a few of their snapshots.

Chion Wolf

The New Haven public had suggestions for Mayor-elect Toni Harp at Artspace New Haven's City-Wide Open Studio event this campaign season. A large blackboard, installed in the exhibition room, advised: "New Mayor: Remember To..."

In the raging 1970s, New York City was dangerous, broke and at times on fire.

Latinos in the city were taking to the streets, running for office and carving out artistic spaces. "Latino" at the time in New York meant "Puerto Rican."

Connecticut Historical Society

Today, many people carry cameras around with them in their pockets or purses; the iPhone 4, 4s and 5 are the three most popular cameras on the photo-sharing site Flickr. With cameras all around us, it’s difficult to imagine an era in which making a photograph was a time-consuming process that required an understanding of chemistry and a willingness to cart around heavy equipment and inhale noxious fumes, but upon its invention in 1839, and for several decades after, it was just that.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

The Wheelhouse Digest today turns to family matters as we recover from a recent overdose of political craziness. Two brothers from Connecticut visited WNPR to talk about a unique book of photographs to be released on October 30. And Newtown resident Jimmy Greene talked with The New York Times about grieving for the loss of his daughter by continuing his work as a musician. That and more below.

Christopher Capozziello / From "The Distance Between Us"

Photographer Christopher Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for as long as he's been a photographer. Despite being twins, there was something between them: Nick was born with cerebral palsy. Chris was not. 

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Photographer Christopher Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy. Chris was not.

The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book The Distance Between Us. It tells the story about how both Capozziellos are living and coping with Nick’s condition.

Bob Skinner is an architectural photographer by trade who photographs multimillion-dollar properties around New York. He doesn't often photograph people for his commercial work, but by his own admission, he is something of a "people person."

"I've learned that I can stand in the middle of a field with a camera and people will approach me. I'm very approachable. People say, 'You are a magnet,' and they just come up and start speaking with me."

pellesten, Flickr Creative Commons

Here is Instagram by the numbers:

The number you're mostly likely to know is $1 billion, which is what Facebook paid to buy Instagram, a photo-sharing phone application.

Instagram has 30 million registered users.

Those users have uploaded over 1 billion photos.

The current rate is 5 million photos per day.

Instagram users click "like"  575 times per second.

During storm Sandy, Instagram users uploaded storm related pictures at a rate of ten per second.

Figures in a Landscape

Aug 24, 2012

Marie Kendall, born Marie Hartig in 1854, was a professional photographer at a time when few women practiced the trade. Married to John C. Kendall in 1878, they moved to Norfolk, Connecticut in 1884, where Kendall opened her photographic practice. Known professionally as Mrs. J.C. Kendall, she was a self-taught photographer who recorded Norfolk’s many charms and developments, its people and their relationship to their landscape, and the surrounding environment.

Mary Ellen Mark

It's just a dance, right?

Actually, maybe that's the last thing the prom is. Maybe the photo is even more important, because it freezes you. It's your chance, as high school trickles away, to say "This is who I am. This will be who I was."

We've been looking at prom photos by Mary Ellen Mark, who will be on our show today, and they're striking in the range of emotional states they convey. We see joy, hesitation, confidence, detachment and some flat-out haunted looks.

Capturing A Person’s Essence

Apr 13, 2012

Long after becoming a professional photographer herself, Rosalie Thorne McKenna—known as Rollie—discovered that her paternal great-grandmother, Harriet V.S. Thorne [http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/connecticut-historical-society/one-woman-photographer] had also been a photographer. After a peripatetic and not entirely happy childhood, Rollie found comfort and stability with her Thorne relatives on her father’s side. Particularly close to her grandfather, who set up an education trust for her, she began spending her summers in Connecticut when she was still in her teens.

One Woman Photographer

Mar 2, 2012

Photography, Harriet Van Schoonhoven Thorne’s chosen interest, was an unusual one for a woman in the late 19th century. Harriet was an active photographer from 1885-1920, a time when photography was changing from a cumbersome process undertaken primarily by professionals to one that, thanks to hand-held cameras and flexible roll film, could be practiced by anyone. In the 19th century, photography was considered more of a science than it is now, and, with its emphasis on chemistry, optics, and technology, was dominated by men.

Where We Live: Exploring Crime Through Art

Feb 27, 2012
Portrait of David Cronenberg posing as a Russian criminal

Alix Lambert is a photographer, documentary filmmaker, writer, director, and conceptual artist who is fascinated by crime.  Her films have explored the impact of a serial killer on the Southern Louisiana community in which the killings occur, and Russian Penitentiary System through the tattoos of its inmates.

In her current exhibit at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Lambert looks at the interaction between people and the places they inhabit.

An Extraordinary Life

Feb 17, 2012

Jennie May Royal could be thought of as an ordinary, everyday person—she wasn’t rich or famous—but  her story, which was pieced together through scrapbooks and letters, is extraordinary. Through her story we catch a rare glimpse of everyday life for an African American woman in Connecticut between 1936 and 1961, before the American Civil Rights movement was in full swing. 

Chion Wolf

When Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed last month, the photos quickly become public and the media had to make a decision.

Many news organizations had slideshows of Gadhafi’s death on their websites. Some published the photos in their newspapers. Even fewer put it on the front page.

Mary Ellen Bartley

Faith Middleton talks with a photographer who aims to capture the texture of oceans; and psychiatrist Joyce McFadden explores how to handle sexuality with your daughter.

 

Your Daughter's Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women

Your Daughter’s Healthy Identity Starts With You

Eric Gottesman

An exhibit by photographer, Eric Gottesman, has opened at Real Art Ways in Hartford. It's part of the art organization's Step Up exhibition series that profiles emerging artists.

Eric spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about his installation, "Tinsae." 

The photographs  chronicle the conversations he's had with a 13-year-old boy from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More about Eric at: http://www.ericgottesman.net

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