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The Last Nostrand Streetcar: Max Hubacher's New York Photography

A prolific amateur photographer and local historian, Hubacher documented New York City and its environs with a seemingly objective eye, the typed or handwritten captions on the verso of each photograph often markedly specific in terms of date and location.Read More ›

1800s Astronomical Drawings vs. NASA Images

Comparing astrological drawings from our Digital Collections to NASA images.Read More ›

#CamerasAndDancers Visits the Library for the Performing Arts

With the social media initiative #CamerasAndDancers, Jacob Jonas seeks to encourage collaboration and exploration through the mediums of dance and photography, to help shine a new light on the world of dance.Read More ›

The First Photograph Taken in Absolute Darkness

A group of men in suits, sitting in a theater in complete darkness. How was this photo taken?Read More ›

Black Aesthetics in the Digital Collections: Thoughts on Black Portraiture

Portraits greatly influence the way that we perceive ourselves and each other. One could consider black portraiture to be a facet of black aesthetics, in that it centralizes the black image, illustrates a black existence, and thus implies a cultural position.Read More ›

Black Dance at the Schomburg: A Visual History

The language of dance as told by black people through photographs in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. Read More ›

A Manhattanhenge Reading List

Happy first day of summer! Manhattanhenge is coming soon, and we’ve made a reading list! Read More ›

National Photo Month at the Digital Imaging Unit

As professional photographers, nothing brings us more pleasure than to be faced with the prints of photographic luminaries and to be able to attend to their translation into the networked landscape. Here are a few highlights from our most beloved encounters with the library’s photo collections that we’ve seen along the way. Read More ›

The Alice Austen House: Gem of Staten Island's North Shore

Alice Austen was a prolific photographer who lived on Staten Island's North Shore at the turn of the twentieth century. In honor of National Photography Month, let's explore her life and photography. We will also explore Austen's house, Clear Comfort, which is now a National Historic Landmark and serves as a museum and resource center.Read More ›

Feeling Healthy: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Our conversation about FEELING HEALTHY at Open Book Night in April tended toward books on eating well and understanding the industry and labeling around food in America.Read More ›

Introducing the Photographers’ Identities Catalog

PIC is a collection of biographical data for over 115,000 photographers, studios, manufacturers, dealers, and others involved in the production of photographs.Read More ›

Meet Ner Beck: Found Faces Photographer

A surprised looking bathtub, a quixotic building column, and a pipe that looks like it might go “meow!”Read More ›

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

The 1915-1916 tour, which included the Palace Theatre run, was the first to feature dancers from the Ruth St. Denis School of Dancing and its Related Arts, which was founded in the summer of 1915 and which became known, in a mingling of the two founders’ names, as Denishawn.Read More ›

Meet The Artist: Sandra Jetton

On display until February 29 at St. Agnes Library is Sandra Jetton’s Street Theater: Scenes from the Show.Read More ›

Ride the Staten Island Railway Through the Public Domain

What better way to discover these Staten Island materials then by taking a historic trip down the Staten Island Railroad, starting at St. George and traveling all the way down to Tottenville. All aboard!Read More ›

The Bronx in the Public Domain

Did you know that out of 180,000 public domain images, over 2,000 are from the Bronx? This post will highlight some the treasures from this incredible gold mine of historic images that are now free to use.Read More ›

Head Shots: Doubles, Triples and Quads

These double and triple exposures made more memorable headshots which showed multiple aspects of the performer. At worst, they interfered with the casting directors' ability to imagine the performer in roles.Read More ›

January Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Last year, the Mid-Manhattan Library hosted distinguished scholars and authors at the Author @ The Library series. Some of the topics presented included photography, education, science and technology, New York City, performing and visual arts, politics and government, religion and sports. Read More ›

Head Shots: Tallulah Bankhead's Sleeve

There are at least three portraits from this studio session with the same elegant profile, hair, make-up, jewelry, and blouse. The raw silk blouse, with its uniquely draped sleeve, is an unusual choice for a head shot, since the sunburst effect of the sleeve cap commands the eye.Read More ›
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