May 22, 2015 |
John T. "Bunky" deVecchis Jr., 78, of Queen Village, an early South Street store owner and a photographer to Philadelphia's jazz greats, died at home Wednesday, April 22. The cause of death was progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder that takes away the ability to walk and communicate while leaving the patient alert. A native Philadelphian, he captured the city's jazz scene for a quarter century, toting his Leica rangefinder camera. His black-and-white images depicted the smoky immediacy of the performers at night spots such as Zanzibar Blue, Chris Jazz Café, Ortliebs Jazzhaus, and the Clef Club.
October 23, 2003 |
Myron "Mike" Krasney, 91, of Willingboro, a longtime photographer who founded Abbey Studios in Philadelphia and chronicled the experiences of soldiers at war and artists during the Great Depression, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 15 at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and printmaker Dox Thrash found their way into pictures taken by Mr. Krasney, who worked for the federal government during the Depression and World War II. Born in Ukraine, Mr. Krasney immigrated to the United States with his family in 1921.
September 19, 2014 |
TOM TOROK tells the story of how he once escaped bodily injury thanks to Carl Breitinger. It was 1978, and Tom, as a reporter for the Courier-Post, had participated in some articles exposing corruption in Gloucester Township, N.J., stirring the ire of Democratic officials. Along came Carl Breitinger, then a photographer for the Bulletin, arriving at Democratic Party headquarters in all innocence. But he wore a beard, as Tom Torok did, and irate officials thought it was Torok back for more dirt.
August 18, 1992 |
For most of this century, one of the marks of being rich and famous in Philadelphia was to have had your photograph taken by Bachrach. But a tradition that began here in 1915 is ending. Bachrach said yesterday it is closing its studio at 1611 Walnut St., along with studios in Chicago and San Francisco. Five studios will remain - Boston; Alexandria, Va., New York City, and two suburban New York locations, Morristown, N.J., and Greenwich, Ct. Why? "Because of terrible business conditions," says Louis "Chip" Bachrach, a fourth-generation descendant of the company's founder, and current chairman of the board.
March 5, 2012 |
The flying fox, collected on a 1937 expedition to the South Pacific, seems to gaze pensively from inside a jar of alcohol. Jumbled in a box are the bones of an Eskimo dog collected by members of an 1892 Greenland expedition to search for explorer Robert Edwin Peary Sr. Ghostly ratfish, their translucent bodies stained blue, intertwine in their liquid realm. They're all just dead things, really. But in them, Rosamond Purcell has found meaning, artistic expression, and a certain beauty.
August 23, 2011 |
The body of a man found Friday outside the Church of St. Asaph in Bala Cynwyd was that of the Philadelphia photographer Johnathan F. Zellars, police, his minister, and the Montgomery County coroner said. Zellars, 62, was found dead Friday morning by the sexton in a car parked on the grounds of the church on Conshohocken State Road in Lower Merion Township. Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman attributed the death to natural causes, likely brought on by a medical condition.
February 28, 1994 |
Discharged from the Army in January 1944, Walter M. Faust was eager to return to his job as an Associated Press photographer in Philadelphia. But fate chose another path for him. A month after his discharge, his father asked him to photograph the Wanamaker Rose Show. The elder Faust, a former photographer who had opened a floral business, was chairman of the show. Walter took the pictures, and John Wanamaker Co. president John Rouse was impressed enough to tender a contract offer.
October 13, 2009 |
Perhaps, by sheer volume or the absence of merit, blogs that allow anyone to publish and cell phones that make photographers of us all ultimately will dull our reactions to the strife that surrounds us. But if that happens, don't blame Harvey Finkle. A documentary photographer whose black-and-white stills are extensively exhibited and published, Finkle records the struggles of individuals in need and the activists who rally on their behalf. At demonstrations where the cause was accessibility for the disabled, justice for the criminally accused, protection for workers, or respect for cultural difference, Finkle, now 75, has stood vigil for more than 30 years on Philadelphia's streets, training his lens on emotions that exceed words.
November 13, 2004 |
The claws are out in Hollywood. Fun couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, who are like the prom king and queen of showbiz, were leaving the Chateau Marmont late last Saturday when they were set upon by paparazzi (that's Italian for "stalkers with Nikons"). Instead of cowering while the flashbulbs popped, Diaz allegedly went all Jackie Chan on one of the photographers. We worry about what kind of precedent this might set for other leading ladies, especially since, according to the paparazzo, after pummeling him into submission she snatched his camera.
May 1, 1992 |
At 26, Nick Waplington is young enough to enjoy skateboarding and too young to be as good a photographer as he is. Judging by the current exhibition of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he seems to have sprung full-blown from the brow of Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Frank, except that Waplington doesn't owe anything to either of them. At least he says he doesn't. "At various stages throughout my career (imagine, at 26, talking about a career) I've been interested in various different photographers, until I got to the point where I wasn't interested in anyone anymore, and it was about time for me to go out there and do something different," he said the other day while a museum installation crew was putting the finishing touches on his show.