A man riding a 1900 De Dion tricycle, pulling his wife, daughter and dog in a seat behind him. The De Dion tricycle was the invention of Count De Dion, who was a leading figure in early automobile circles. Georges Bouton was a French engineer, who along with fellow Frenchman Marquis Jules-Albert de Dion , founded De Dion-Bouton in 1883. The pair had first worked together in 1882 to produce a self-propelled steam vehicle. The result gave birth to the company which, at the time went under the name De Dion. In 1895 Bouton devised a new kind of engine, which was capable of 2000rpm. This was mounted in the tricycle and proved extremely popular. A De Dion tricycle.
Charles C. Ebbets, Lunch on a Skyscraper, 1932
Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken in 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA Building (renamed as the GE Building in 1986) at Rockefeller Center The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, the Sunday supplement of the Oct. 2nd of that year. It was taken on the 69 floor of the 70 that is the GE building in the Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center
Johnston, Skating in Central Park, ca. 1890
At the end of the 19th century, much of New York City was still downtown. The famed hotel in the background was so far from the center of the city that it was like being in the Dakota territory. | Very little is known about the life of photographer John S. Johnston of New York City. He was known for his cityscapes of New York City in addition to his yacht photographs. Johnston's work now appears in the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Library of Congress, the Museum of the City of New York, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California Museum of Photography, the California Historical Society, Yale University Art Gallery, the National Museum of American History, the Hallmark Photographic Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Rainier Bank Corporation, and the Seattle Art Museum|
1944, Walter Rosenblum, D-Day
“The end of the war will see our art given new impetus by the democratic forces unleashed by a progressive victory. We will be faced with tremendous possibilities that we must even now begin to anticipate. Yep. We have a great deal to look forward to.” —Walter Rosenblum, “Letter,” Photo Notes, July 1944
Walter Rosenblum was a member of the Photo League. Most of the members of the Photo League during its first five years were New Yorkers who shared a common belief in the power of photography to change social conditions. Whatever their individual approaches, all members were in agreement about the transformative power of the medium; as Sol Libsohn stated it, “The camera is itself a form of discipline
Yarmouth Sands, photo Paul Martin (1864-1944). Black and white photography.Yarmouth Sands, England, c.1885-1900. In 1892 Paul Martin, a wood engraver by training, bought a 'Facile' hand camera which was small and could be easily disguised in a suitcase-like box. It did not need a tripod as the exposure times were between one-tenth and one-quarter of a second. This combination of features allowed Martin to produce candid images of people relaxing, his camera and activity unnoticed. During the summer of that year, he went to the seaside at Yarmouth and produced images of holidaymakers at the resort. Paul Martin was one of the first photographers to use these new developments in camera technology and produced some of the most memorable holiday photographs.
The Artist at Appledore, N Devon, photo Paul Martin (1864-1944). Black and white photography. England, c.1885-1900
Ansel Adams, "Church, Taos Pueblo, 1942
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best...