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“Ed Clark: American Photojournalist” Exhibition at the Bruce Museum

Many great photographers are known by their images, while their names may have no wide recognition. That’s even more the case when you’re talking about photographers who are no longer with us. Take Ed Clark, a mainstay of LIFE magazine from the 1940s through JFK’s presidency.


Now, and running through June 1, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut has a wonderful exhibition titled, Ed Clark: American Photojournalist. The Bruce, as it’s known to locals, is a terrific museum and always is filled with superb art in all media from its permanent collection as well as travelling shows. It also has the great advantage of being a five-minute walk from the Metro-North train station and just off Exit 3 of the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95).

Ed Clark’s best-known image is of Navy Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson, playing Goin’ Home as FDR’s body is carried by train from Warm Springs, Georgia, after the President’s death in 1945. But Clark’s range of work for Life covered the post-WWII rebuilding of Europe, the Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies, small-town life throughout The South (Clark was a native Tennessean), and even some of the earliest pictures of Marilyn Monroe. The show at the Bruce Museum has a wide range of work, beautifully displayed.


Although Ed Clark (born in 1911) lived until 2000, he had to stop taking pictures more than 35 years earlier due to failing sight. I never had the privilege of meeting him and telling him that the reason I ultimately became a photographer was largely due to the images and stories he and his colleagues brought to my own small-town doorstep each week when LIFE arrived.

Classic Cars at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

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Taillight from a classic ChevyFor almost 20 years, a big event on the local calendar has been the annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, a great competition and display of beautiful U.S. and foreign automobiles, with a separate auction of another group of classics. Back in the ’70s, I started photographing (on Kodachrome, of course) details of vintage cars. Never the whole vehicle, just intersections of color, chrome, and beautifully formed sheet metal. Over the years, these images were published widely, including as a group of posters for a Japanese tire company.

As digital photography took over from film, I held back on resuming the project, since I wasn’t sure the technology would be up to Kodachrome standards. But my Nikon D800 (with the 105mm macro lens) has leveled that playing field. I got lucky this past weekend with fine weather and a superb array of automobiles. Unless you know a whole lot about great old cars, or you’re beyond a certain age, some of the names may meet with a total lack of recognition. In any case, here’s a sampling. I deliberately stayed away from the Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes, and Rolls Royce/Bentley examples… they’re a dime a dozen around here.

Even Buick, for a couple of decades now seemingly the choice of no one under the age of 70, was well represented by some 1950s beauties… does the name Roadmaster provoke a shiver of recognition?

Tail fin from a classic Cadillac Delahaye emblem and grill

A car-loving photographer's dream afternoon!