Two photos of 1960s New York, 51st and Lexington to be exact. A rainy day. Why were these taken? Maybe someone had just gotten a new camera for their birthday, and wanted to take a few test shots. Maybe it’s an angry resident snapping pics of illegally parked cars as photographic evidence. Or it’s someone staying with their uncle, they’ve spent all day sightseeing and taking photos, and now there are a few left on the camera roll so what the heck. The different angles are a little surprising. Did Spider-Man take these for the Daily Bugle?
Audrey Hepburn’s first screen appearance in DUTCH IN SEVEN LESSONS (1948); photographed by Mark Shaw in 1954; and her last appearance in a film, as the angelic guide Hap in Steven Spielberg’s ALWAYS (1989), a few years before her death.
She would occasionally visit Holland, having her roots there. I remember her being interviewed on TV, speaking Dutch. A stately, old-fashioned accent. A friend of my grandmother’s had once visited her family during World War II, to try and find wealthy supporters for the Resistance. She remembered Audrey as this mild, fragile creature, who was quite sick at the time and coughed a lot. This was around 1944. My grandmother’s friend thought to herself, “This poor girl isn’t going to make it to the end of the war.” But lo and behold. Strange how the world in my childhood seemed so closed and connected really—I used to believe (or maybe suspect) that Elvis had performed a puppet show at the local football field, and John Lennon had been shot at a nearby parking lot.
Once, late at night in a tram in Amsterdam, an old man suddenly said to me: “Everything happens all at once, and always.” Maybe he was on to something.