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A Photo That Caused A Minor Stir (And Wound Up In The Times)

Photo © 2010, George Hahn
Photo © 2010, George Hahn

Back in July of 2010, I snapped this photo on the corner of West 40th Street and 11th Avenue. Undercover NYPD seemed overly curious about my motives and asked me about what I was up to. The photo (and the story behind it) wound up in The New York Times LENS blog, with the story written by David W. Dunlap. Here is the story: “Step Away From the Camera!”

Today, in his City Room capacity, Mr. Dunlap wrote another piece about being unjustly prohibited from taking pictures in public spaces after an MTA property protection agent instructed him that he was not allowed to photograph the 126th Street Bus Depot, which used to be the site of William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan-International movie studio. For the article, Mr. Dunlap was kind enough to ask my permission to use my photograph of the Javits Center North again. I was honored by the request and gladly granted permission. Here is the link to the story: A Depot and a Fight to Photograph the City

For more of my photography…

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Paul Simonon onstage at The Palladium, September 21, 1979 - Photo by Pennie Smith

The Clash Takes The Palladium in NYC, 1979

Paul Simonon onstage at The Palladium, September 21, 1979 - Photo by Pennie Smith
The original silent Super-8 footage was filmed by Ruby Max Fury on September 21, 1979, the second of a two-night run at the Palladium in New York City. A fan (DrugStabbingTime) layered bootleg audio onto the footage to give the feeling of what it might be like at that now legendary show.

And legendary it was… On this night, photographer Pennie Smith took the famous photo of Paul Simonon smashing his guitar on the stage – the photo that would become the iconic cover of The Clash’s London Calling record. This is a great little piece of rock history.

London Calling (30th Anniversary Edition) – iTunes
London Calling – Spotify


Camera Collection from Incase

Camera Collection from Incase

Incase is perhaps best known for their protective gear for Apple products, like iPhone cases and MacBook sleeves. They also make some terrific bags for our photo tech.

Their Camera Collection looks like it was spun off their camera bag partnership with photographer Ari Marcopoulos. Like the Ari Marcopoulos Camera Bag, their Camera Collection boasts handsome, understated good looks, functionality, comfort and durability. The heathered exterior covers a well-protected padded fleece lining with several handy compartments for all types of photo-related gear, depending on which model you’re looking at.

The DSLR Packs have an ergonomically-angled shoulder strap with a quick-release buckle and additional space for laptops, while the cases have simpler straps and just hold the cameras (and lenses for DSLRs). The Point and Shoot Field Bag was made for me. It was designed to hold a large point-and-shoot (I use a Canon G12), an iPad and an iPhone. Perfect for my photo-taking bike rides around the city.

From the simple Point and Shoot Pouch to the DSLR Pro Sling-Pack, the prices of the bags in the collection range from $20 to $170.

Camera Collection from Incase

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Stanley Kubrick, Photographer

Brother and Sister at Palisades Amusement Park - 1946, Stanley Kubrick

Before he began his career as a director of iconic films we love, like Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket, New York City native Stanley Kubrick was a photographer. He sold his first image to LOOK magazine in 1945 at the age of 17, and continued to work as a New York City-based photographer for the magazine until 1950.

Rosemary Williams, Showgirl (with self-portrait) - 1949, Stanley Kubrick
High Wire Act - 1948, Stanley Kubrick

Curators at the Museum of the City of New York and VandM have gone through more than 10,000 of Kubrick’s negatives and made 25 prints available for purchase that were previously only available for viewing at archives or magazines.

Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor) - 1947, Stanley Kubrick

Museum of the City of New York