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“WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP EXCERPTS”

  A selection of photographs produced by Charles Van Schaick between 1890 and 1910 that were used in the book Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy (1973). There are approximately 5,600 glass plates in the Charles Van Schaick collection preserved at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Jackson County Historical Society.

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Araki’s Chiro, Yoko, Death and the Baring of a Soul

  In Sentimental Journey and later in Winter Journey Araki documented both the intimate and the mundane from his honeymoon and his wife’s terminal battle with cancer. By blurring the boundaries between life and art Araki’s work becomes uncomfortably candid, presenting death with a reverence as shocking and graphic as any of his more erotic […]

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EIKOH HOSOE: “PHOTOGRAPHS”

“To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a mirror or window of self-expression… the camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye and yet, the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory.” – Eikoh Hosoe ASX CHANNEL: […]

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ANDY WARHOL: “POLAROIDS”

From 1970 to 1987 Andy Warhol took scores of Polaroid photographs, the vast majority of which were never seen by the public. These images often served as the basis for his commissioned portraits, silk-screen paintings, drawings, and prints. EXPLORE ALL ANDY WARHOL ON ASX (All images @ Andy Warhol Foundation)

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GRACIELA ITURBIDE: “GRACIELA ITURBIDE”

Born in Mexico City in 1942, Iturbide did not begin as a still photographer. In 1969 she enrolled in film school at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de México but was drawn to still photography when she met Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who was teaching there. He became her mentor and […]

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KEIZO KITAJIMA: “NEW YORK”

  Many Japanese photographers came to New York to take photographs in the seventies and eighties, Kitajima arguably produced the best. Gritty images of New York streets and nightclubs and a vision of the city that overshadows the individual. ASX CHANNEL: KEIZO KITAJIMA (All rights reserved. Images @ Keizo Kitajima)

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VENTURI, SCOTT, BROWN: “LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS”

  In 1968, American architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, together with students from Yale University, made the city of Las Vegas the object of their study. Their findings, published in the 1972 book, Learning from Las Vegas, are legendary, extending the categories of the ordinary, the ugly, and the social into […]

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CHRISTOPHER WOOL: “EAST BROADWAY BREAKDOWN”

  Christopher Wool’s (best known as a painter) East Broadway Breakdown, a large body of black-and-white photographs taken at night in the streets between the Lower East Side and Chinatown, began in the mid-1990s and was completed in 2002. ASX CHANNEL: CHRISTOPHER WOOL (All rights reserved. Images @ Christopher Wool)

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BRASSAI: “THE LANGUAGE OF THE WALL”

[nggallery id=536] Best known for his photographs of nocturnal Paris and its demimonde, Brassai also took pictures of wall carvings and markings over three decades which Brassai titled The Language of the Wall.

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DANNY LYON: “The Bikeriders”

  First published in 1968, Danny Lyon’s The Bikeriders explores firsthand the stories and characters of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club.  Authentic, personal, and uncompromising, Lyon’s depiction of individuals on the outskirts of society offers a gritty yet humanistic view that subverts the commercialized image of Americana.   EXPLORE ALL DANNY LYON ON ASX   (All […]

MARGUERITE BAKER JOHNSON: “AMERICAN LIFE” (1952-1964)

[nggallery id=343] Marguerite Baker Johnson, a native of Brussels Belgium was a noted female photographer noted as the first woman to take photographs inside the arena at “Cheyenne Frontier Days”, a task formerly conducted by men due to the dangerous setting. Her photos appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Automotive Periodicals, London Times, […]

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WES LANG

  Wes Lang’s (born 1972) works on paper are complicated arrangements of American iconography, expertly rendered in ink and paint in a dizzying mix of American history, biker culture, tattoo iconography, ornament, Native American art, pin-ups, newspaper headlines and Taoist texts.   Wes Lang, PictureBox/Half Gallery, 2013             (All rights […]

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HELEN LEVITT: “COLOR” (1971-1981)

Helen Levitt (August 31, 1913 – March 29, 2009) was an American photographer. She was particularly noted for “street photography” around New York City, and has been called “the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time.”   ASX ARTIST CHANNEL: HELEN LEVITT (All images @ and courtesy of Helen Levitt Estate)

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: “PAINTINGS”

  Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. He began as a graffiti artist in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City in the late 1970s. In the 1980s he exhibited internationally in galleries and museums his paintings. Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at the age […]

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Robert Frank’s “From the Bus” (1958)

  In the summer of 1958, several months before The Americans made its debut in France, Frank began experimenting with moving pictures. But before turning wholeheartedly to filmmaking, he made another series of still photographs, From the Bus. After the unparalleled freedom of the Americans project, Frank vastly restricted his point of view by shooting these […]

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Lee Friedlander Puts Your Selfies to Shame

  “At first, my presence in my photos was fascinating and disturbing. But as time passed and I was more a part of other ideas in my photos, I was able to add a giggle to those feelings.” – Lee Friedlander ASX CHANNEL: LEE FRIEDLANDER (All rights reserved. Images @ Lee Friedlander and Fraenkel Gallery)

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We’re Desperate – The Punk Rock Photography of Jim Jocoy – SF/LA 1978-1980

We’re Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography of Jim Jocoy, SF/LA 1978-1980 Jim Jocoy 1977: Punk rock music and fashion blew out of New York City, exploded in London, and caught like wildfire in San Francisco, Los Angeles and the world over. It developed concurrently everywhere, and every region had it’s own identity. But it was […]

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DORIS ULMANN: “APPALACHIAN PORTRAITS”

Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was born and educated in New York City. A graduate of the school of the Ethical Culture Society, a socially liberal organization that championed individual worth regardless of ethnic background or economic condition. In the late 1920’s Ulmann made trips each summer to document the rural people of the South, particularly the […]

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DAN WEINER: “PHOTOGRAPHS”

Born in New York City, Dan Weiner studied painting at the Art Students League in 1937 and at Pratt Institute from 1939 to 1940. As a member of the Photo League from 1935 to 1947, Weiner aimed to use photography to effect social change. Weiner also worked as a commercial photographer for Fortune Magazine.   […]

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MAN RAY: “RAYOGRAPHS, ETC.”

  Man Ray made his “rayographs” without a camera by placing objects-such as the thumbtacks, coil of wire, and other circular forms used here-directly on a sheet of photosensitized paper and exposing it to light.