Issue No. 31
When we a while ago received unsolicited letters from a Marine stationed in Iraq who turned out to be a photography buff, we couldn’t resist turning them into a Postcard, supplementing his handwritten story with some of the scenes he had captured with his aging Canon SLR camera between his duties as a soldier.
Born in Chicago in 1925, she went to Mexico as a young woman and remained there, fascinated by the country and its culture. She soon devoted herself to depicting the life of the Indians, a commitment she honored in the course of five decades and 15 books—until her death in 2002.
One of Denmark’s most accomplished photographers, she displays a deeply personal style. We visited her in her Copenhagen studio and brought back a sampling of her work.
She first went to Vietnam during a vacation in 1968—caught up in the turmoil of the times, she went back as a New York Times photographer in 1972. Recording “pain on the periphery of war,” her extraordinary images see war not from the soldiers’ viewpoint but from the victims’.
Arriving in New York in the 1930s, he worked for Rawlings, Beaton, and Penn before turning his lens on the “cafe society” of that city’s early postwar era, becoming its premier chronicler.
A physician by vocation, his avocation is photography, and his subject derelict ranches and ghost towns of his native Montana.
He sees the scenic beauty of New York’s Long Island through the glow of infrared film.
Based in Monaco and New York, he travels the world for his commercial clients, but for his own work seeks out the black-tie party world of an aristocratic society.
Ron van Dongen
This Dutchman, transplanted to Oregon, has a fascination with plants and flowers that goes beyond photographing them—he grows all the flora he features in his sensitive images in his own backyard garden.
Evocatively expressed in a series he calls Colonial Noir, his interest is focused on depicting contrasts between colonial and indigenous cultures as seen in architecture—specifically in Mexico.
For 20 years, he has returned to Death Valley and the dunes that inspire him. The result represents a new take on an old subject.