Reminders Of The Past By Burt Glinn.

Burt Glinn or Burton Samuel Glinn (July 23, 1925-April 9, 2008) was an American professional photographer who worked with Magnum Photos. He covered revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s entrance into Havana, Cuba, and photographed people such as Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler. Glinn’s photos show such things as the social scene of the rich, the dirtiness of politics, and the humorous flotilla that called itself the Seattle Tubing Society.

historic photography01Montana, 1954. Life on an Assiniboine Indian reservation

Glinn, a Pittsburgh native, studied literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the college newspaper Harvard Crimson. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Life magazine from 1949 to 1950. Glinn became an associate member of Magnum in 1951 along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock – the first Americans to join the agency – with Glinn becoming a full member in 1954

historic photography02New York, New York. 1950. Gloria Swanson, Jose Ferrer and Judy Holliday at the Academy Awards

Glinn became famous for his color pictures of the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and California. At a New Year’s party in 1958, Glinn was notified that Fidel Castro had taken over Cuba. By dawn the next day he was covering the revolution in Cuba, making photographs “as everybody got whatever weapon they could get their hands on,” he once said. In 1959 the photographer received the Mathew Brady Award for Magazine Photographer of the Year, offered by the University of Missouri for a photo essay on the South Seas.

historic photography03New York, New York. 1957. David Amram at the Five Spot Cafe

historic photography04New York, New York. 1965. Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein

historic photography05West Berlin. 1961. West Germans in Berlin try to make visual contact over the Berlin Wall with friends and family in East Berlin

historic photography06New York, New York. 1972. Leonard Bernstein conducting the final rehearsal for “Carmen” at Lincoln Center

historic photography07Cuba. 1959. Stopping on his way to Havana, Fidel Castro lifts a young admirer above the crowd.

historic photography08Havana, Cuba. 1959. Crowds celebrating the liberation of Havana in the main plaza.

historic photography09Santa Clara, Cuba. Troops passing through Santa Clara.

historic photography10Havana, Cuba, 1959. A young soldier speaking to a woman during the revolution.

historic photography11Havana, Cuba. 1959. New Years Day.

historic photography12Washington D.C. 1968. Aftermath of the riots the morning after the assassination of Martin Luther King JR., leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

historic photography13Sagaro, Spain. 1959. Elizabeth Taylor on the set of “Suddenly Last Summer.”

historic photography14Seattle, Washington. 1955. The head cheerleader and the captain of the football team embrace after a game. The team had just won a game for the first time in three years.

historic photography15New York, New York. 1957. Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Barney Rosset in Washington Square Park.

historic photography16New York, New York. 1957. Helen Frankenthaler and David Smith in Frankenthaler’s studio.

historic photography17Chicago, Illinois. 1966. Hugh Hefner working at the Playboy Mansion.

historic photography18Indiana. 1968. New York State Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife Ethel campaigning in a small Midwest town.

historic photography19McLean, Virginia. 1968. Robert Kennedy with nine of his children at their Hickory Hill home. It is the last weekend with his family before going on the campaign trail.

historic photography20Washington D.C. 1959. Nikita Khrushchev in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

When asked in an interview which of his images he most closely identifies with, Glinn replied that without a doubt it is the picture showing the back of Nikita Khrushchev’s head in front of the Lincoln Memorial:

“ I was late and I couldn’t get to where everybody else was, in front of Khrushchev, so I came running up and I was in the back of him. And I looked up and there it was. I got two shots of that and then it disintegrated. If I’d been on time I would have gotten a very ordinary picture of Khrushchev and Henry Cabot Lodge looking at this statue of Lincoln but you couldn’t see the statue. The most important thing that a photographer like me can have is luck, you know.”

historic photography21England. 1959. Ball for the debut of Lindy Guinness at Belvoir Castle.

historic photography22Little Rock, Arkansas. 1957. On the first day of integration at Little Rock High School a group of girls gather during recess.

historic photography23Chicago, Illinois. 1968. Two young protestors rest outside the convention hall during the turbulent 1968 Democratic Convention.

historic photography24New York, New York. 1957. Merce Cunningham and Anita Huffington.

historic photography25New York, New York. 1956. Marilyn Monroe and John Huston.

historic photography26San Francisco, California. 1956. Richard and Pat Nixon stand next to Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower.

historic photography27London, England. 1960. Opening of the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery.

historic photography28New York, New York. 1957. Queen Elizabeth.

historic photography29New York, New York. 1959. Sammy Davis Jr. dances across Madison Avenue after his last show at the Copa Cabana.

historic photography30New York, New York. 1959. Sammy Davis Jr. looking out a Manhattan window at dawn.

historic photography31London, England. 1960. Opening of the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery.

historic photography32London, England. 1966. Twiggy.



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