12-16-14 Morgan O’kane

I had a few minutes to play (I hate killing time, rather have playtime) between appointments this morning so thought I would see what was up in Union Square, other than the “pop-up” Christmas market.

Heard some excellent banjo music coming from the north end of the square and headed that way. I found Morgan O’kane siting near the subway entrance playing.



I stood and listened for awhile and then did something I simply don’t do on the street. I bought one of his CDs. When I got home, I popped it into the CD player and have been listening to it, over real speakers for the past hour.

Check him out if you have the chance.

12-14-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

 The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
Marilyn Monroe

In response to this week’s challenge, I thought the back cover was appropriate.

Nothing twinkles like sunlight hitting petroleum floating on water!

Boro Walk

 Other twinkles:










12-13-14 #millionsmarchnyc

NYPD is saying that 50,000 to 60,000 people are participating in the rally#BlackLivesMatter #MillionsMarchNYC @ https://t.co/Z5g8X92j19







12-12-14 A Delightful Evening

Friday usually means The Weekly Photo Challenge here at QH but not tonight. The #ICPEDUBOOKS signing ended just a few hours ago. I had a great deal of fun. The signing went very well. I have randomly grabbed a few shots – except for exposure adjustments they are just the way they came out of the camera.

I have way too many people to thank so let me just say that Winona Barton-Ballentine who taught this course and wrangled 12 very different folks into producing some seriously bad ass books, rocks.

It was great to see Susan Amy Rosenfeld, Jeff Antkowiak, Louise Pedno at the event and the support I received from Melanie Neilson, Kathy Gunst and Andra Watkins is very appreciated. A special shout out to Katherine and Abigail for putting up with me for the past four years…













Ever the promotional genius…notice the way I am showing the back cover of the book. (Thanks to Louise Pedno for the picture)


Join me and my talented colleagues this Friday, December 12, for our first book signing event. The event at the International Center of Photography will feature limited edition signed and numbered copies published by ICP.EDU Books. Editions range from 20-50 as the artist desired. (I personally went with 33). The event takes place at the ICP Museum Bookstore, 1133 6th Avenue, between 6p-7:30p.

Thank you for all the wonderful notes of support and encouragement around the book release.


I have spent the last 4 months going through my Hudson River archives to pick the 43 images for this release. I can truly say that this edition is a synthesis of the past 4 years of my work but the major emphasis is on images from 2011. Setting that boundary on myself meant that a number of my favorite images are not included.  But it allowed me the freedom to go back and look at 2011 somewhat dispassionately and without the personal drama of that year. A number of “new” images populate the book, images I, inexplicably to me, passed over the first, second, third, and fourth time I approached this work. Other images, once favorites but since discarded, came back to the front and insisted on being included. Others have been on top from the beginning and stayed there.

Today’s image taken on 12/9/11 didn’t come close to making the final cut but I like it nonetheless because it is reminder that the Hudson is a working river.

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12-8-14 Signed Sealed Delivered (Follow The Links) The Hudson River



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Rainy sidewalks and streetcar tracks in 1945

Originally posted on Ephemeral New York:

I wish I knew where Arthur Leipzig took this black and white shot of a city street and trolley tracks slick with what looks like a cold, dreary downpour.

The image captures the strange beauty of the city in rain, as well as a provocative moment during an ordinary New York day: pedestrians going on their way, the glow of a single traffic light, parked cars accumulating snow.


Leipzig, a wonderful photographer of New York’s moods and moments, passed away last Friday.

The New York Times wrote that “his goal was to capture people — their personalities, problems and potential — at a particular moment in the rush of time; making artfully lighted and carefully rendered portraits was not for him.”

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