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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470116847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470116842
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,124,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a young woman, Cherry danced with the Helen Tamiris Dance Company and in concert, and nightclubs including the La Conga and Le Bal Taberin. She was a soloist at the Roxy Theater, and danced on Broadway in Sadie Thompson and in the 1945 a revival of Showboat. After a knee injury she took a job as a darkroom technician for Underwood and Underwood where she developed printing skills. In 1946 she joined the Photo League and studied with Sid Grossman, and soon began selling her photographic essays to magazines such as Life, Look, Popular Photography, Pageant, Jubilee, Coronet, This Week, Salon Photography, Amerika, Redbook, Scope, Parade, Ebony, Sports Illustrated and Colliers. She worked with Arnold Eagle on a documentary film about the Actor’s Studio and its director, Lee Strasberg. She also produced and photographed a children’s film, Hello Halloween. In 2000, the Brooklyn Museum mounted a major retrospective of her work. In addition she has exhibited and is the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, International Center For Photography NYC, National Portrait Gallery-Smithsonian, Washington, DC, The Jewish Museum, NYC, The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH, Microsoft, Seattle, WA, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe. NM, Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA, Higher Pictures, NYC, Marquette University, WI, Soho Photo, NYC, Central Fine Arts, NYC, New York Public Library, NYC, The Gallery at St Mary’s College, St Mary’s City, MD, Soho Triad, NYC, SK Josephson Gallery, Portland, OR and many others. Vivian Cherry has her photographs appearing in many books including - Picturing NY-Museum of Modern Art, The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day-Harper One, Only Skin Deep-Abrams, Revolution Of the Heart-Temple University Press, Remembering the Lower East Side-Indiana University Press, Loaves and Fishes- Harper & Row, Cityscapes-Columbia University Press, The Radical Camera- Yale University Press etc. Cherry has two books of her photographs published by powerHouse. They are They are Helluva Town: New York in the 1940’s and 50’s (2007) and Vivian Cherry’s New York (2010).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie G. Riegle on April 20, 2012
I was fortunate to read this riveting book in galley proofs, and I was stunned, both by the exciting detail and by the spare, almost laconic way this great photographer relates some of the memorable events in her long life. We've known for years that Vivian Cherry was a wonderful photographer, capable of capturing New York as few have ever done it. Now we know she can re-capture some of the exquisite detail from her own life as well. Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothea L. Volpe on May 6, 2012
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Vivian Cherry's newest book, "Vignettes: Chapters from a Life" captures the heart and soul of a life lived by an independent woman who was way ahead of her time. She made lemonade, and spiked it, from whatever lemons came her way, and her tales of her adventures are riveting. We not only see her life through her words, but we see through her amazing photographs, the world as she sees it. Bravo for Vivian Cherry for leading the way and for telling those of us who followed her about her challenges and her triumphs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JVH in NYC on May 5, 2012
Vivian Cherry writes like she photographs--honestly, directly, humanely--embracing life without fear or sensationalism. Whether talking across a table at lunch or writing in these pages, she is a clear-eyed observer of her own richly lived life. As a reader, I was spellbound -- not only because I know and love Vivian's photographs, but because her experiences and expectations tellingly particularize the arc of 20th-century women's advance for independence, equality and fulfillment, in language that, like the captivating 90+ year-old author herself, is forthright and engaging.

In "Vignettes," Cherry backgrounds the stories behind some of her pictures from the heyday of American illustrated magazines - the cold damp of a post-war London winter, the hardscrabble family life of West Virginia miners even after unionization, and mid-century Navajo reservation conditions, for example. She also writes about photographs that are themselves the stories -- her confiscated film in 1950s Czechoslovakia and Mexico. But it's Cherry's New York stories, for which there are few or no pictures, that equally distinguish this memoir. With modesty and an open heart, she details personal events that helped shape her life while indelibly reflecting and illuminating the big picture issues of our modern times in politics, art, racial equality, women's autonomy, and personal integrity. Throughout the book are wonderful photographs, both of and by Cherry, from childhood to just yesterday, for her "best" pictures are those she is still taking.
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This is a compelling read with arresting photographs, the words complement the photos and vice versa. Her previous two books were all photography and were grand but this is intersting on a different level. She has led a fascinating life which would make a great movie, cutting a wide swath though the thirties to the present day and not only in New York but around the world. She has an excellent 'eye' and many of her photographs draw you into the instant of the scene and force you to analyze it. The analogy is inexact, and I am not slighting the story line (the words alone would fascinate without the photos), but there is a Dickensian tone here, especially in the photos. If Charles Dickens had had such cameras I believe he would have taken pictures such as these. Many (not all but many) of these photos are pictures of life as it is lived, not by the "High and the Mighty" but by the lowly and the average, the working stiff who earns his bread by his sweat of his brow. Buy the book to read her story and the you will find that the photographs not only illustrate her life but tell you a story of their own.
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Vivian Cherry uses words and images from her photographic and writing talents to share her world with others. Her writing is as lucid and compelling as her photographs. As a life long New Yorker her experiences that she shares include political, personal and social observations and interactions.
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