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Man Ray’s Birthday — August 27, 1890

Man Ray (August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) Born Emmanuel Radnitzky in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Man Ray was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety [...]

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Berenice Abbott’s Birthday, 17 July 1898

Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991) Bernice Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio, and raised by her single mother. She attended Ohio State University briefly, but soon left to move to New York's Greenwich Village. During this first stay in New York, she lived with writer Djuna Barnes, philosopher Kenneth Burke, and literary [...]

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Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark: March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015 I met Mary Ellen Mark for the first time at the 1982 Ansel Adams Workshop in Monterey, California. It was a magic week for a nineteen-year-old budding photographer. I was at that time steeped in the names and imagery of the Photo Secession and Group f/64, [...]

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Dorothea Lange’s Birthday

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) Dorothea Lange was born on this day in 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to second generation German immigrants. She was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist (some sources refer to her as “America's greatest documentary photographer”), best known for her Depression-era work [...]

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Anna Atkins, Celebrating Women in Science

Celebrating Women in Science, Horniman Museum & Gardens Anna Atkins, original name Anna Children (born March 16, 1799, Tonbridge, Kent, Eng.—died June 9, 1871, Halstead Place, Kent), English photographer noted for her early use of photography for scientific purposes. Through her father’s association with Royal Society members William Henry Fox Talbot and the astronomer and chemist Sir [...]

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