September 30th, 2014

boubat sold the six volumes of his dictionary to buy a 6x6 rolleicord. with it he took his first photo, little girl with dead leaves, which won the 1st kodak prize the following year at the second salon international de la bibliothèque nationale.

"poetry does not exist: it must be made, endlessly searched for." — in boubat’s handwritten notebooks, entry for 1958.

little girl with dead leaves, jardin des tuileries, 1946

© édouard boubat, from paris. portrait of a city.

September 23rd, 2014

"people here are funny. they work so hard at living they forget how to live" — mr. deeds goes to town (1936, dir. frank capra)

NYC, 1947

midtown manhattan was running out of space. so developers were continually tearing down buildings and replaacing them with something bigger and swankier. this site is on madison avenue.

© louis faurer, from new york. portrait of a city.

September 22nd, 2014

“kiss me, and you will see how important i am.” ― sylvia plath, the unabridged journals of sylvia plath

zurigo, 1961

© enzo sellerio

September 11th, 2014

this emblematic image of the painter yves klein throwing himself out of the window was in fact a montage made by his friend, the hungarian photographer harry shunk, to illustrate his theories about levitation. in reality, klein’s friends were waiting with an outstretched sheet, but the cleverly retouched photograph acquired legendary status and was even exhibited at the kunsthalle bern in 1969.

a man in space [le saut dans le vide (leap into the void), 5, rue gentil-bernard, fontenay-aux-roses, octobre], 1960

© harry shunkfrom paris. portrait of a city.

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Reblogged from mezza☾una (dot) me
September 2nd, 2014

square du vert-galant, paris, 1960 [original]

© paul almasy

» here is what this place looks like in 360° today
» more of my previous couple dancing posts here

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