New York | Dave Beckerman

Ben Shahn had recently learned the basics of photography from Walker Evans.

“Look, Ben, there’s nothing to it,” Evans had called to him on his way out the door to catch the boat to Havana.

“F9 on the shady side of the street, f45 on the sunny side, twentieth of a second, hold your camera steady!”

In order to catch their subjects unposed, Shahn and Evans used a periscopic lens on their Leicas (not unlike the one Strand had used on the Lower East Side almost twenty years earlier), so that they appeared to be aiming at each other rather than disturbing the natural flow of events in the street.

From Walker Evans by Belinda Rathbone

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  1. Lester

    You’re undoubtedly connected to the collective subconscious,
    Posting this photo before the debate.
    Joe Biden is focused in the sunny background
    While Sarah reposes in a dream-like state.

    Oct 01, 2008 @ 5:57 pm


  2. dave

    My favorite Palin moment so far - when Katie Couric asked the softball question, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read to stay in touch with and stay informed with the world…

    I READ MOST OF THEM WITH A GREAT APPREICATION FOR THE PRESS AND THE MEDIA.

    LIKE WHAT ONE SPECIFICALLY…?

    ALL OF ‘EM. ANY OF ‘EM. THAT HAVE BEEN IN FRONT OF ME ALL THESE YEARS… I HAVE A VAST VARIETY OF SOURCES… ALASKA ISN’T A FOREIGN COUNTRY… BELIEVE ME, ALASKA IS LIKE A MICROCOSM OF AMERICA…

    BELIEVE ME, ALASKA IS LIKE A MICROCOSM OF AMERICA…

    Uh, really?

    I just can’t imagine what this debate will be like.

    Oct 01, 2008 @ 8:51 pm


  3. JeffK

    She might win the swimsuit competition but I’ve seen neither Palin or Biden without clothing so we’ll have to wait & see.

    Have either announced what they’ll do for the talent part of the show?

    Oct 01, 2008 @ 9:17 pm


  4. Lester

    At this very moment, a very delicate operation is being performing somewhere in Arizona. The preserved brain of Albert Einstein is being transplanted from a jar into Sarah Palin’s head. (Sarah requested that her brain, if it can be located, be transplanted into a moose) When the operation is complete, campaign coaches will begin reading her the 2008 World Almanac and the collected works of Ronald Reagan. By tomorrow at 9 PM she will be ready to answer any questions involving Supreme Court cases, names of newspapers and magazines, and the geography of Russia. She will also reveal the solution unifying the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics. The only drawback may be her speech, which could have a heavy German accent. Henry Kissinger will be standing by if a translator is needed.

    Oct 01, 2008 @ 10:29 pm


  5. Barrett

    In other news…

    Hey, Dave, positively love this image!

    As you were, everybody…

    - Barrett

    Oct 03, 2008 @ 2:38 am


  6. Greg L'E

    Barrett, I’m with you. I love the emotional distance in this image.

    Oct 03, 2008 @ 3:38 am


  7. Darrell Lecorre

    this is a wonderful photo Dave. super.
    glad i stumbled across your site on a google search for new inkjet paper. i’ll keep checking out your new work going forward. -Darrell

    Oct 08, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

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