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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Knitting Class: 1942

Knitting Class: 1942

Students attend a class in knitting at the Red Hook housing project community center in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, June 1942. View full size.

 

Passing ships

Hi Dale

I must have been writing to you while you were writing to me. I am incredibly proud of my Dad and felt very close to him when I watched your video. It was almost if I was seeing what he saw. Thank you very much for your kind words above. I really was moved to tears after viewing your video and what you wrote is magic to me.

All the best

Eve

Admiration

How so very, very proud of him you must be.
There really isn't much talent involved in taking a picture ... thanks to technology ... not matter what the era, it was simply a matter of pointing at what it was you wanted to photograph and press the shutter.
Where the Magic came in, was in the ability to "see" something in a scene that you wanted to preserve ... more than an image, an emotion, a story.
Unlike a film producer, with miles of film, or a writer with reams of paper, for a photographer, the moment, the emotion, the entire story is caputred in a fraction of a second. That was and is the art.
To that you father, was truly an artist ... even more, your father was truly a Magician.

Dale

Admiration

Another great photo by my Dad! Never saw this before, thanks!

not knitting

She isn't knitting - that's crochet.

Class in Knitting?

It may be a knitting class, but at the moment, she's using a crochet hook.

 
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