Alice Boughton (1865-1943)

The Seasons, 1909
Dawn, 1909
Sand and Wild Roses, 1909


Adolf Fassbender (1884-1980)

Adolf Fassbender 1
The Wet Road, 1937
Adolf Fassbender 2
Total Eclipse, 1925


Helen Levitt (1913-2009)

Helen Levitt NYC
NYC, circa 1940
East River Helen Levitt
NYC, East River, circa 1945


Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013)

Turbeville photo
Women in the Woods, Normandy, VOGUE Italia, 1978
Comme des Garçons, Passage Vivienne, Paris, 1980
D Turbeville
Rosima in Comme des Garçons at Vaux le Vicomte, for Parco, France, 1985
Archival Pigment Print

From Staley-Wise Gallery’s 2017 exhibition featuring Deborah Turbeville’s photographs from the Comme des Garçons and Women in the Woods projects.

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)

Edward Steichen Pool
The Pool—Evening: A Symphony to a Race and to a Soul, 1899

We occasionally find ourselves in darker parts of the world, and, as a rule, feel more easy there. What a beautiful hour of the day is that of the twilight when things disappear and seem to melt into each other, and a great beautiful feeling of peace overshadows all. Why not, if we feel this, have this feeling reflect itself in our work?
Edward Steichen

E. J. Bellocq (1873-1949)




E. J. Bellocq was a commercial photographer in New Orleans during the first half of the 20th century. After his death, a collection of negatives – portraits of prostitutes from New Orlean’s red light district – were discovered. Purchased decades later by photographer Lee Friedlander, many of these portraits from 1912-1915 were featured in an exhibition and published.

Several of the images were deliberately damaged. Most notably, the faces of several women were scraped out. This would have occurred during the emulsion process, so Bellocq was most likely responsible.

Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015)

The Damm Family in their car, Los Angeles, California, 1987
Sue Gallo Baugher and Fay Gallo, Twinsburg, OH, 1998

Mary Ellen Mark was most notably a documentary photographer, focusing on people living on the margins of society.

Lee Friedlander (b. 1934)

Monsey, N.Y., 1963
Philadelphia, 1961
From the Little Screens series