Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Free to Love

Successful struggle/
Means battles abound for the/
“Complete feminist.” 

Crystal Eastman (1881-1928). 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

About Face

Seditious aesthete/
Editing for “The Masses”/
Then refutation. 
Max Eastman (1883-1969), by Van Vechten, 1934.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Radicals" Week Begins

The matriarch of/
Modern anarchy and the/
Unpopular cause. 

 Emma Goldman (1869-1940), by Van Vechten, 1934.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Framing the Self

What is revealed when/
The subject is “self” is an/
Illusory grasp. 
Van Vechten (1880-1964), by Van Vechten, 1934.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Images à la Sauvette

Stinging perception/
Of the decisive moment/
Still leaves one breathless. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), by Van Vechten, 1935.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Aesthetics and Innovation

This avant-gardist/
Master of the “rayograph”/
Now duly honored. 

Man Ray (1890-1976), by Van Vechten, 1934.

Rayograph, 1923.

Glass Tears, 1933.

Solarization, 1929.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Documenting the World

Her artist’s lens showed/
That she had “seen their faces”/
It made us see, too. 

Plainfield High School graduate Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), 
by Van Vechten, 1938.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Memento Mori: Capturing Photographers Week

Her life’s simile/
“Like a duck to water” her/
Chosen lens of truth. 

Photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), by Van Vechten, 1938.

"The Night View," 1936.  Photo by Berenice Abbott.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thus Ends "Tragic Mulatto" Week

Forging a career/
Enduring racial zeitgeist/
This beauty triumphed. 

Lena Horne (1917-2010), by Van Vechten, 1941.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Against the Grain

Masking her dissent/
A subversive “Peola”/
Filters through in spite.  

Fredi Washington (1903-1994), by Van Vechten, 1933.