A Woman’s Lips, ca. 1929

Martin Munkácsi :: A Woman's Lips, ca. 1929. Gelatin silver print. | src The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Martin Munkácsi :: A Woman’s Lips, ca. 1929. Gelatin silver print. | src The Metropolitan Museum of Art

When Martin Munkacsi arrived in Berlin in 1927, he found a metropolis bursting with artistic innovation. Photography was particularly fertile ground for the principles of Surrealism, the New Vision, and the New Objectivity, all of which had captured the imaginations of many avant-garde photographers. Munkacsi was introduced to these ideas through his employer Kurt Safranski, the managing editor of the Ullstein publications, and began to conduct his own experiments in the late 1920s. This image was likely one such enterprise; it features the close-up view favored by avant-garde photographers, and the unusual cropping is characteristic of Surrealism, in which disembodied lips regularly materialized as erotic symbols. [quoted from The Met]

Flower portrait by Włodek, 1920s

Jan Zdzisław Włodek :: Autochrome of a flower in the greenhouse of the Włodków villa at Pędzichów, 1923-1929. | Fundacja im. Zofii i Jana Włodków
Jan Zdzisław Włodek :: Autochrome of a flower in the greenhouse of the Włodków villa at Pędzichów, 1923-1929. | Fundacja im. Zofii i Jana Włodków
Detail of “Cieplarnia na Pędzichowie” by Jan Zdzisław Włodek (1923-1929). Autochrome.
Jan Zdzisław Włodek :: Autochrome of a flower in the greenhouse of the Włodków villa at Pędzichów, 1923-1929. | Fundacja im. Zofii i Jana Włodków
Jan Zdzisław Włodek :: Autochrome of a flower in the greenhouse of the Włodków villa at Pędzichów, 1923-1929. | Fundacja im. Zofii i Jana Włodków

Portrait by Eva Watson-Schütze

Eva Watson-Schütze :: Young Woman, ca. 1902. Platinum print. | src Eastman Museum

Calla Lilies by Corpron, 1940s

Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) :: Solarized Calla Lilies, 1948. Gelatin silver print. | Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the artist; P1986.43.4
Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) :: Solarized Calla Lilies, 1948. Gelatin silver print. | Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) :: Calla Lily with Lace, 1940s. Gelatin silver print. | Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the artist; P1986.43.3
Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988) :: Calla Lily with Lace, 1940s. Gelatin silver print. | Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Roses by Tina Modotti

Tina Modotti (1896-1942) :: Roses, Mexico, 1924. Platinum or palladium print. Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection | Phillips auctions
Tina Modotti (1896-1942) :: Roses, Mexico, 1924. Platinum or palladium print. Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection | Phillips auctions
Tina Modotti (1896-1942) :: "Roses, Mexico", 1924-25. Printed later. Original photogravure. | Stanford Auctioneers on invaluable
Tina Modotti (1896-1942) :: “Roses, Mexico”, 1924-25. Printed later. Original photogravure. | Stanford Auctioneers on invaluable

Tina Modotti :: Rosen, Mexiko-Stadt, 1924. Gelatin silver print. | MeisterDrucke
Tina Modotti :: Rosen, Mexiko-Stadt, 1924. B&W gelatin silver print. | MeisterDrucke
Tina Modotti :: Rosen, Mexiko-Stadt, ca. 1924. Platinum print. | meisterdrucke
Tina Modotti :: Rosen, Mexiko-Stadt, ca. 1924. Platinum print. | meisterdrucke

David Castenson: On Lotus

David Castenson :: Lotus. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2022. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Lotus. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2022. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Lotus. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2022. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Lotus. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2022. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Lotus blossoms. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2021. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Lotus blossoms. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2021. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Untitled [Lotus blossoming]. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2021. © David Castenson / direct link
David Castenson :: Untitled [Lotus blossoming]. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, 2021. © David Castenson / direct link

All four photographs in this post were taken by David Castenson at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, between 2021 and 2022. You can follow the link to his Flickr to view them in hi-res and more detailed information.

David Castenson, born in 1957, is an amateur photographer based on the US, he have only been taking photos since about 2016. You can find him on Flickr or tumblr.

White tree peonies by White

Minor White :: White tree peony (Jap.), mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Album photographs of tree peonies, published: 1968. Presented to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1971 by William Gratwick.
Unsigned black-and-white photographs of black and white tree peonies by Nassos Daphnis, Minor White, and William Gratwick. The prints, which illustrate various species of tree peonies at different stages of their development, including embryo, bud, full flower, and seed pod, were probably made at the Gratwick nursery, Linwood Gardens, in Pavilion, New York, possibly in the mid-1950s and 1960s, and assembled by Gratwick ca. 1968. Gratwick had worked for Arthur P. Saunders, a chemistry professor at Hamilton College and the first significant breeder of peonies and tree peonies in America, who began hybridizing peonies in 1915; and when Saunders died in 1953, Gratwick inherited his stock of tree peonies. He moved them to his nursery in Pavilion, and continued his breeding work with a former New York artist, Nassos Daphnis, who had given up painting for botany in 1946.
Minor White :: White tree peony (Jap.), mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive

Album of photographs of tree peonies, published: 1968. Presented to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1971 by William Gratwick.
Unsigned black-and-white photographs of black and white tree peonies by Nassos Daphnis, Minor White, and William Gratwick. The prints, which illustrate various species of tree peonies at different stages of their development, including embryo, bud, full flower, and seed pod, were probably made at the Gratwick nursery, Linwood Gardens, in Pavilion, New York, possibly in the mid-1950s and 1960s, and assembled by Gratwick ca. 1968. Gratwick had worked for Arthur P. Saunders, a chemistry professor at Hamilton College and the first significant breeder of peonies and tree peonies in America, who began hybridizing peonies in 1915; and when Saunders died in 1953, Gratwick inherited his stock of tree peonies. He moved them to his nursery in Pavilion, and continued his breeding work with a former New York artist, Nassos Daphnis, who had given up painting for botany in 1946.

quoted from Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library at internet archive

Minor White :: White tree peony (Jap.), mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: White tree peony (Jap.), mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: White tree peony (Jap.), mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: White tree peony (Jap.), mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: Hira no yoki (white) and seedling, mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: Hira no yoki (white) and seedling, mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: Hira no yoki (white) and seedling, mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: Hira no yoki (white) and seedling, mid 1950s-1960s; published 1968. [Photographs of tree peonies] at internet archive
Minor White :: Flowers, ca. 1973. Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 21, 2015, #2385, Lot 348). | src Luminous Lint (LL/59561)
Minor White :: Flowers, ca. 1973. Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 21, 2015, #2385, Lot 348). | src Luminous Lint (LL/59561)

Our note: the last image is identical as the Hira no yoki photograph above, so datation by Swann Galleries should amended. Maybe the photo was printed ca. 1973 but was clearly shot before 1968 (date of publication of the Gratwick album).

In a Blue Moon, 1939 (Nell Dorr)

“It’s only once in a blue moon that days like these can happen but, when they do, they add a new dimension to the years that follow.” – Opening text of In a blue moon by Nell Dorr.

Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.  In a Blue Moon, a small hardcover made up of many of the same images from Mangroves (*) but printed in photogravure.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.

In a Blue Moon, a small hardcover made up of many of the same images from Mangroves (*) but printed in photogravure. Lettering by George A. DuBerg.
(*) Mangroves, a softbound portfolio of her photographs was self-published in a limited edition, under her first married name, Nell Koons. It comprises two of her poems and fifteen tipped-in halftones of flowers and nude girls and women, often perched in trees.

Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr :: Florida Keys, 1928. # 9 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: Florida Keys, 1928. # 9 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr :: The Secret Pool, 1928. # 18 also # 58, From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr ~ Nell Koons :: The Secret Pool, 1928. # 18 also # 58, From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum

In a blue moon combines dream-like images of nude women with close-up and abstracted images of flowers. The narrative of this photo-novella is the transition into adulthood.  The effect of this book is that something that has so much potential to be lame – pictures of girls, pictures of flowers, girls and flowers and girls with flowers in their hair – actually comes across as being quite profound and unashamedly beautiful.  Nell Dorr photographed with a Rollei camera only ever using available natural light.  The simplicity of her approach did not necessarily mean simplicity in the results that she achieved. Her imagery is filled with amazing abstract constructions and her portraits have an almost primal quality.  Her photographs are the autobiographical work of a strong and sensitive woman who created an internal place where beauty and truth could still flourish. [quoted from an article by Matthew Carson (Head Librarian & Archivist at the International Center of Photography) on Monsters & Madonnas]

Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Flower Laden, 1928. Gelatin silver print. # 7 From The Blue Moon. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Vine Leaves; 1928. Gelatin silver print. # 8 From The Blue Moon. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr :: Flower Laden, 1928-29. Gelatin silver print. # 7 From The Blue Moon. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1927-29. # 36 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1927-29. # 36 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1923, printed after 1923. # 28 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1923, printed after 1923. # 28 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Coco Loba Tree, ca. 1923-1929. # 44 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Coco Loba Tree, ca. 1923-1929. # 44 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr ::  Harp of the Wind, 1929. # 38 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: Harp of the Wind, 1929. # 38 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr ::  Wonder, 1928. # 75 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: Wonder, 1928. # 75 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: [Negative image of ‘Matin’], 1929. Amon Carter Museum
In a Blue Moon published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939. [1st edition]; Nell Dorr; lettering by George A. DuBerg.

content sources:

ICP · International Center of Photography

Monsters & Madonnas (ICP blog)

Amon Carter museum of American art

Harvard University & Yale University Library