Attempt

July 31, 2008



Leon Lewandowski - Part 2

July 31, 2008



Resonance

July 30, 2008



Leon Lewandowski

July 29, 2008

Another wonderful find. A very good friend of mine recently sold me a large collection of photographs, proof sheets and negatives. The photographers name is Leon Lewandowski. He was a student at the Institute of Design here in Chicago. The fun part is, he studied under famed photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Leon attend the Institute from 1951 to 1955. He graduated with a Masters in Photography in 1955. In the 1950s there were only 14 other students to do so.


Mr. Lewandowski was one hell of a photographer. Many of his shots are from the streets of Chicago in the 1950s. You can see the influences of Callahan and Siskind in his work. The photos posted today are scanned from some of the proof sheets so I apologize for the quality of the images.


DJ

July 29, 2008



Energetic

July 29, 2008



5:30

July 29, 2008



Spot

July 28, 2008



Handled

July 27, 2008



Ailurophile

July 26, 2008



Planted

July 25, 2008



Jorts

July 25, 2008

It's hot. You're wearing jeans.
What to do?
Make yourself a pair of jorts.
Feel the freedom baby.


Fix

July 23, 2008



America

July 23, 2008



Story

July 22, 2008

The last six slides are from a street photographer named Vivian Maier. I don't know much about her. From the images, I can tell she mostly shot in New York and Chicago 1950s and 60s. I bought a ton of her stuff at a small auction.

Part of what I got are 1200 rolls of her undeveloped film. They sit in boxes next to my desk.

Everyday, I look at those boxes and wonder what kind of goodies are inside....



Passage

July 22, 2008



Thirst

July 22, 2008



Warning

July 22, 2008



Existence

July 22, 2008



Incident

July 22, 2008



Moments

July 20, 2008

Small moments of happiness change your life. It's hard to avoid who you are and where you've been. You move from home to the big city. The metal beams of then el tracks are always screaming. You're in a crowd of people who are fighting you for food. Your dreams become shorter as moments are filled with the work of survival. There are times you come back home. A holiday, a wake, or sometimes a point of desperation or perhaps love. Going there to remember a place, a moment... that fleeting afternoon of wonder. Standing in the grass with your shoes at your side. The exact spot of discovery is your place to become that small moment all over again. Everything else goes away. There is no more screaming of the el, the people who want. There is just silence, the sun and the memory of where you changed. The moment of what was helps you define what is. The city calls you back. Looking up the valley of LaSalle Street, it seems different. Not so big. Not so loud now. It too has changed.



Gone

July 20, 2008



Prepared

July 20, 2008



Risk

July 19, 2008



Omen

July 18, 2008



Delighted

July 18, 2008



Moves

July 17, 2008



Earlier

July 17, 2008



Disrobed

July 17, 2008



America

July 15, 2008



Love

July 15, 2008



Relief

July 15, 2008



Spell

July 14, 2008



Suave

July 14, 2008



Victoria

July 13, 2008



Assistant

July 11, 2008



Aboard

July 11, 2008



Comfort

July 11, 2008



Broadcast

July 08, 2008



Gift

July 07, 2008

A wonderful friend of mine sent me this photo
(knowing that I collect photos of plastic covered couches)
It's a small gesture that kept me smiling all day.
Life is about the little things that matter.


Stunt

July 07, 2008



Bota

July 05, 2008


Refreshments

July 03, 2008



Boogie

July 03, 2008



Fitness

July 03, 2008



Forehead

July 02, 2008



Concubines

July 01, 2008



Attempt

July 01, 2008



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