Notable: Spend Your Holiday In New York

In Article, Black and White Photography, Books on December 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm


Margaret Bourke-White

The New York Times today selected the “New York Holiday Must-Have Book”:

NEW YORK: Portrait of a City by Reuel Golden, the executive editor at Photo District News.

The selection includes photographs by virtuosos like Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz and Weegee, assembled by Reuel Golden, the executive editor at Photo District News, and graced by his concise accounts of five historic periods since 1850.
The photographs capture the city’s zaniness, raffishness and panache – the cover has crimson and black high heels kicking up against a gray skyline. And the book is delightfully accented with quotations from writers dazzled or dismayed by the city – Wharton, Fitzgerald, Salinger, Ellison, Bellow – and homage paid by composers and moviemakers. "There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade," is Bogart’s impudent valentine from "Casablanca."
The photographs evoke not just the city’s energy – as Golden observes, "the ambitious, the visionary and the opportunistic" are "part of the city’s DNA" – but its haunting fragmentation. A photograph by Walker Evans shows a teeming city where too many people live Hopperesque lives of loneliness and alienation. The mood is underscored by a quote from Holden Caulfield: "New York’s terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles."

Check out the review at : NY Times

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