Boys with Hats, NYC 1955 – A vintage Print

Posted by George on January 9th, 2013 in Exhibits

Backstory: These kids were our neighbors at 647 Second Avenue……Butch & Jub Jub by name. They were hustling spare change from the cab drivers who came in an out of the tire shop on the same block.
Butch was a bit agressive and if he didn’t think he received a proper handout, he was a pioneer in the use of the expression “Fuck you!!”
Printed on Dupont Sg paper 1966. Trimmed flush H 25cm/w 16.5cm, Monkmeyer stamp & signature au verso. Condition excellent. Small crack on lower left corner.
Contact George or one of his excellent dealers for price .Boys with hats, NYC 1955


A holiday message

Posted by George on December 19th, 2012 in Opinion, Uncategorized

Little Joe Louis, Philadelphia 1953.

If he is still alive he would be over 60 years old..those dear children of Newtown, Conn. won’t have that chance.
Don’t forget the holiday of 2012. I won’t.
Please do something to make the world better in 2013. george


Another missing negative found.-Alan’s Dog – Prince Edward Island Canada 1977

Posted by George on September 26th, 2012 in Uncategorized

It appears that I loose negatives often..I don’t. In fact, I looked everywhere but in the proper file to find this. It WAS in the proper file and I have now made an edition of six 20/16″prints. That’s all folks, I won’t reprint.


The Nixon Kennedy TV Debate 1960 – at auction Swann Galleries Oct 4

Posted by George on September 26th, 2012 in Exhibits, Media

In 1960 I did not to go to the political conventions. I had done this in 1956 but I was tired although still a political junkie. I decided to watch the Nixon-Kennedy TV debate on my black & white television.

I quickly realized this debate was a game changer for political campaigns and raced to my storage cabinet, grabbed a tripod a camera and a cable release…all the time trying to remember the correct exposure for television.. ( It was 1/15th at f2.8 with TX.)

But after shooting a few frames I decided it was a boring exercise and almost quit when I realized that the camera 1/ camera 3 crossover might produce something interesting. Of course I didn’t know if I was right until I had developed the film, but on the other hand those negatives are still fine after 52 years..take that computer!

The series of five frames has become part of my “Still Movies” series and is now in the permanent collection of Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal and has been exhibited in museum shows in Canada, U.S., Spain & Japan.

It will be up for auction at Swann Galleries in NYC on October 4. [ Item 153]. I will not be reprinting this or any of my Still Movies. There are less than ten copies extant .


Lost but found after 57 years..a negative in perfect condition

Posted by George on August 17th, 2012 in Exhibits, Publications

Sometimes you get excited about a picture, make a print and put the negative in a “special place”..bad idea!. Recently as I checked five frames of Elaine from 1955 I noticed one at the end that was different . I took my magnifier out and shouted “Hooray”. I don’t know what a street scene was doing on the end of a strip of portraits of my dear wife, but there it was. It is now extant in three 16/20 SG prints..I immediately went into my lab and printed it on the new Ilford Art 300 paper which I am still testing. The original print was in my IVAM retrospective in 2000.

 

©George S. Zimbel 1955/2012


An amazing new invention… black & white

Posted by George on May 19th, 2012 in Media, Opinion

Leica has announced a new M camera that shoots only black and white and costs about $7000. I have an old M Leica that shoots black & white also. Sometimes I use a 60 year old Elmar lens and offer the above photograph from my beloved Carre St. Louis in Montreal which I shot using TX and printed using my 60 year OLD Leitz Focomat on the NEW Ilford Art 300 paper. To prove that I am not a neanderthal I can tell you I posted this blog using my Mac. Somehow waiting to develop film gives one a chance to reflect on what you have seen that made you want to make a photograph. It’s a reflective process..so is photography.


The lesson of Countess Sonya Tolstoy

Posted by George on May 9th, 2012 in Opinion, Publications

One the site of Elaine Zimbel under the category of “Book Reviews” you will find ” Sophia Tolstoy – A Biography” by Alexandra Popoff dealing with Sophia Tolstoy, the wife of Leo Tolstoy. After reading about this devoted multi tasker we are full of sympathy for all she had to bear in that crazy relationship and the dignity with which she carried it off. http://www.elainezimbel.com/category/book-reviews


Then we find that she was an extraordinary & imaginative photographer who worked with an early glass plate Kodak camera, developing & printing her work in a darkroom under the mansion stairs! After you read Elaine’s review you may feel ashamed if you ever complain that you don’t have time to devote to your passion – photography.

“Song Without Words, the Photographs & Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy”, by Leah Bendavid-Val. (National Geographic Society)
[Autoportraits by Countess Sophia Tolstoy]

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Sixty Years Ago in Paris …. that’s 1952 ! Photographs ©George S. Zimbel 1952/2012

Posted by George on March 12th, 2012 in Exhibits, Media, Publications


Swann Auctions offers my “Enhanced Marilyn portfolio”

Posted by George on February 10th, 2012 in Exhibits, Publications, Uncategorized

SWANN AUCTIONS
FINE PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS
February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Sale # 2270
Illustrated Catalogue : Full Details for Lot 73
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z6T3tyVB3A

When the late John Cleary suggested that I do a Marilyn Monroe Portfolio from my Seven Year Itch session, I carefully chose nine prints. The idea of printing an edition of 50 was overwhelming, since I make and sign my own work. Of course I didn’t make 50, I think it was 19 and I stopped. Then the frequently asked question started happening: “Are there any other images from this shoot?” My answer” Yes”. I had printed and exhibited others, but I did not relish making another edition . I still print my own work. It’s a philosophical matter.
During a recent meeting with my friend Daile Kaplan, Director of Photography at Swann Galleries, I floated the idea of adding a number of my Marilyn exhibition prints to the existing portfolio in an edition of 1. She agreed and here it is. We call it “The Enhanced Marilyn portfolio”. It includes my favorite, “Serious Marilyn” which is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.


A Message from George & Elaine

Posted by George on December 21st, 2011 in Uncategorized

A peaceful year to all our friends


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