Creativity

Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

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Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

Jefferson Market Library Window - Lisa Bernhard, West Village resident

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Observations of the natural world raise the questions: What do we see? What do we actually know?

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Fashion is Spinach

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From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

<p>Landing tea-junks at Tseen-tang. ([1843])&nbsp;</p>

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Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

I chose this image because I believed it to be interesting due to its unusual colors. I also like the way that the cyanotype causes the flowers to look sort of ghost-like. My photo shows a plant that is found in my room. After using filters in Photoshop, I was able to add an eerie feeling to the picture by darkening the image and making the outline shine

Marek, Student Bronx High School of Science
Digital Gallery ID: 419641 Delesseria sanguinea, a cyanotype by Anna Atkins, 1799-1871 Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Spencer Collection

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From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

I chose this image because it instantly caught my attention when I first saw it. I find this image to be emotionally moving. The photograph is very interesting and mysterious. It shows the values of books to our society and generation. Though the importance of books might be declining as new technologies like the Ipad or Ipod are being invented, the physical book is still very significant to young children and may be a way to escape.

Though the girl is sick and is lying in bed, she has a book on her arm which shows how much she values reading. The expression on the girl&rsquo;s face is what made me analyze the picture. She has a very serious expression on her face. The dark shadow on the girl&rsquo;s face adds a sense of mystery and eeriness to the photo.

This image is very important to preserve in the library archive. It is not only suited to show how books are important, but also shows how books are a way to escape. Even though this girl is sick and has a broken arm, she is holding a book next to her, as a source to comfort. This shows that books are important to every generation and age and will continue to be so. Libraries are where books are stored, and books are where histories, fairytales and stories are kept.

I was inspired by this image to take photographs of my own to show the importance of books. My photographs show my sister with a book in her hand, much like the image above. Even though she is a young girl, she is reading on her own which shows how books can be important to all generations.

Farzana

Post Graduate Hospital: girl in bed looks up from book, 1923. (1923)
Image ID: 434240
Collection: Presenting The New York Public Library

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From Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library’s collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past.

I chose this image because it portrays the social and economic conditions in the early 1900s. The look of fear on the young boy’s face is striking. He looks scared to go

off and work in the factory. He is carrying equipment that is nearly as big as he is. This further emphasizes how absurd it is that he would have to work to support himself and
his family. The sad thing is that this poor young child was not alone. A huge number of children were forced into performing child labor at this time. This image reminds me
of how fortunate I am to attend school. This image also saddens me because conditions such as the one pictured above are still the unfortunate and unfair reality that many children face daily. It is important to preserve this image because it represents a time of hardship that many people in this country faced. It also shows how profoundly American society has changed.

I took a picture of my sister sweeping in front of our garage. I tried to mirror the idea of a child performing labor, while still showing how the chores of children today are extremely different from the arduous jobs that children performed in the early 1900s.

Sylvie


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A young boy starting out for the factory..., 1920
Lewis Wickes Hine, 1874-1940
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

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I chose this image because it was visually appealing to me. It captures New York at a time when it was very different. Yet, 76 years later, newsstands are still present. One would’ve assumed that at the rate the world is changing, newsstands wouldn’t be around anymore. Newsstands are one of the few things we have that connects us to the world of print. Today’s generation mainly uses technology such as the internet and cell phones to get news. Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are also methods of spreading news. One day, it is possible people will not even know newsstands ever existed. Therefore, it is important to preserve images such as this one.

The image to the right is the image I took which was inspired by the image I viewed. This is a newsstand in Chinatown, in New York City. I really liked the old, beat up look of the newsstand itself. It looks really old which was why it appealed to me.

Shamrin

Image ID: 482798
Newsstand, 32nd Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan.
Changing New York / Berenice Abbott.Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

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I chose this image as my favorite in the Industry and Structure section. I like this image because of the isolationism it conveys. There’s a lone unfinished wall, and a lone electrical tower in the back round. It has large amounts of negative space in the sky, which creates a lonely feeling. The few objects act as excellent focal points, and its blank feel is contrasted by the grit on the walls, and the sand on the hill, making a great photograph. This picture makes me feel lonely, and isolated, because it feels like I’m in the middle of nowhere. I took this picture because, like the original picture, it has an empty feeling to it, with the gray clouds overhead. Also, the thin, yet tall laundry pole, reminded me of the wire tower in the original picture.

Rafael

Ashoken reservoir, view showing concrete core wall of Middle dike with earth embankment on up-stream side. Decenber 8, 1910. Photographs of the Catskill water supply system in process of construction. Science, Industry and Business Library / General Collection Division

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