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Times Square in 1940s and 50s

Times Square in 1940s and 50s

When Manhattan Island was first settled by the Dutch, three small streams united near what is now 10th Avenue and 40th street. These three streams formed the “Great Kill”. From there the Great Kill wound through the low-lying Reed Valley, known for fish and waterfowl[14] and emptied into a deep bay in the Hudson River at the present 42nd Street.…
Biography: City Life photographer Willy Ronis

Biography: City Life photographer Willy Ronis

Willy Ronis (1910 – 2009) was a French photographer. He was a son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Lithuania. He started with photography in his father portrait studio. In 1936 after death of his father Ronis went free-lance, continuing with commercial commissions and beginning reportage. Ronis joined the photo agency Rapho together with Brassaï, Robert Doisneau and Ergy Landau.…
City life of Hong Kong in 1945

City life of Hong Kong in 1945

By the end of the war in 1945, Hong Kong had been liberated by joint British and Chinese troops. The population of Hong Kong had shrunk to 600,000; less than half of the pre-war population of 1.6 million due to scarcity of food and emigration. The communist revolution in China in 1949 led to another population boom in Hong Kong.…
Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is the subject of this exhibition of groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kansas—focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story. In 1948, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) became the first African American photographer to be hired full…
Chinese Humiliation Parade in New York City in 1938

Chinese Humiliation Parade in New York City in 1938

Twelve thousand Chinese people from all parts of the Metropolitan area closed their laundries and other businesses to take part in the largest demonstration ever staged in the United States. It observed China’s “National Humiliation Day,” the annual holiday on which China’s people pause to recall Japan’s humiliating twenty-one demands of May 9, 1915. Via LIFE archives
Biography: Architecture photographer Andreas Feininger

Biography: Architecture photographer Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger (born 27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999) was an American photographer best known for his dynamic black-and-white photographs of New York. The son of the painter Lyonel Feininger, he studied cabinetmaking and architecture at the Bauhaus and established a Swedish firm specializing in architectural and industrial photography. He immigrated to New York City and became a staff…