Saturday, August 06, 2016


Photos Of Capote's Brooklyn Heights
In The Late 1950s Unearthed


Original print by David Attie


In the February 1959 issue of Holiday magazine, an essay on Truman Capote—titled "A House In The Heights"—begins with his now-famous quote that's plastered around his old neighborhood: "I live in Brooklyn. By choice."
His Brooklyn Heights neighborhood has transformed a great deal since Capote lived there in the 1950s. His old home (which he didn't own, though that didn't stop him from claiming otherwise) at 70 Willow Street is now undergoing a massive renovation by its current owner, who has already stripped the classic yellow paint from its facade. The once-quiet streets now see a steady stream of tourists toting selfie sticks. And the old abandoned piers on the waterfront are now part of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and house soccer fields, basketball courts, and other amusements.

Original print by David Attie

Two years ago the son of photographer David Attie, who shot the photographs for the Hoilday magazine piece, unearthed some of his dad's old negatives. The Mediander blog noted there were 800, to be exact, located in a manilla envelope marked "Holiday, Capote." Eli Attie gathered them all for a book, in the forward to which he wrote: “These were the coolest pictures of Capote I’d ever seen, framed like shots from a Hitchcock movie. The still young, steely-eyed scribe looks like he’s creating his own mythology right in front of the camera." This morning Eli told us of his favorite: "That shot of Capote beneath the stairs—my jaw just hit the floor."

Original print by David Attie


Original print by David Attie


Original print by David Attie

He went on to describe his feelings about discovering the images: "Weirdly, even though these photos were taken years before I was born, and before my parents had even met, it was like discovering some hidden little secret about my own past. Despite the fact that I'd never known these photos existed, they immediately felt very personal to me, like the results of some kind of artistic DNA test."
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Source: Gothamist, August 2, 2016

5 comments:

joseph said...

Enlevez le drapeau US et c'est tout à fait moi en cette année là !

another country said...

Magnifiques photos, que je verrais bien en couvertures de romans. J'ai l'impression que le petit garçon de la photo à laquelle vous faites allusion porte une panoplie de cowboy, non ?

joseph said...

Je songeais plus à la coupe- bol , le pantacourt, et les chaussures et chaussettes hautes... et le nombre de pistolets à amorce , là je vous dit pas le nombre de fois que Saint Nicolas dut renouveler l'envoi!

another country said...

Une autre époque... Je ne sais pas si on trouve encore des pistolets à amorces ! De toute façon, vu le totalitarisme féministe ambiant, impossible de mettre un pistolet factice (surtout avec des amorces) dans les mains dun marmot sans que le père et le gosse ne se retrouvent convoqués par les services sociaux ou, mieux encore, un juge des Affaires familiales.

Boys will be boys.

MJJM said...

When both Manhattan and Brooklyn was SO much more interesting.