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Early Terrorist Attack on Wall Street; New York City, 1920

Around noon on September 16, 1920 a bomb exploded outside the J.P. Morgan Building just across from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall St. A total of 33 people in the lunch-time crowd were killed and another 400 people were injured. The bomb had been placed on a horse-drawn cart.

An $80,000 reward was offered, but none of the culprits were ever caught. Speculation accused the anarchists who had been responsible for a number of earlier bombings in the city. It was thought that the terrorists wished to strike at the symbolic heart of capitalism. In this they were successful; however, 433 innocent bystanders had to pay the price for their message.

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Commemorating the victory over the Nazis. 9 May 1973. Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Taking a break from picketing in a strike, two steel workers play baseball
August 30, 1959


 © Gordon Parks, 1956, Segregation Series / PART 1

Gordon Parks took these pictures on assignment for a September 1956 Life magazine photo-essay, “The Restraints: Open and Hidden,” which documented the everyday activities and rituals of one extended black family living in the rural South under Jim Crow segregation.

While 20 photographs were eventually published in Life, the bulk of Mr. Parks’s work from that shoot was thought to have been lost. That is, until this spring, when the Gordon Parks Foundation discovered more than 70 color transparencies at the bottom of an old storage box, wrapped in paper and masking tape and marked, “Segregation Series.”

These quiet, compelling photographs elicit a reaction that Mr. Parks believed was critical to the undoing of racial prejudice: empathy. Throughout his career, he endeavored to help viewers, white and black, to understand and share the feelings of others.

More than anything, the “Segregation Series” challenged the abiding myth of racism: that the races are innately unequal, a delusion that allows one group to declare its superiority over another by capriciously ascribing to it negative traits, abnormalities or pathologies. (read more)


The exhibition The Restraints: Open and Hidden  will be on view in the Lyndhurst Gallery at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, NC.

 Exhibition dates:
Nov. 15, 2012 – Mar. 2, 2013

Find previous posts about Gordon Parks here and here.

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In the single most famous image from W. Eugene Smith’s magisterial photo essay, “Spanish Village,” the faces of three members of dictator Francisco Franco’s feared Guardia Civil evince the arrogance often assumed by small men granted great power over others. Originally published in the April 9, 1951, issue of LIFE.
See more photos here.

Aboard the Yankee Papa 13, 1965

by Larry Burrows

Jean-Léon Gérôme - Roman Slave Market (1884)

Children assembling some PPD-40 sub-machine guns in the Soviet Union

© probably: Benjamin West Kilburn, 1897, Marketplace in Warsaw, Poland
“Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.” (Francis Bacon)


Way before we started selling the coolest photo gadgets around, Dr Julius Neubronner invented a miniature pigeon camera!

Miniature Pigeon Camera Photographs World From Above - In 1908!

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Two women share a stool at the diner, 1950s.

20 Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken : #17
The Assasination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963. Moments after he was shot, the limousine carrying mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy races toward the hospital, Secret service agent Clinton Hill rides on the back of the car, Mrs. John Connally, wife of the Texas governor, bends over her wounded husband, and Mrs. Kennedy leans over the president.

“Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market.”
― Eric J. Hobsbawm, June 9, 1917 – October 1, 2012
We are sad to report that Eric Hobsbawm, the noted British historian, died earlier today at a hospital in London. He was 95 and had been suffering from pneumonia. He was a longtime Pantheon author who wrote more than 30 books, including The Age of Extremes.

A teenager does her homework on the floor, 1950s.


1. Josef Koudelka in Prague in 1968, just before the Soviet Union invaded and put a stop to The Prague Spring. To demonstrate the emptiness of the streets at noon, Koudelka stuck his wristwatch into the scene before shooting it.