“It’s not hard to paint a design,” Hopper told me dolefully. “Nor to paint a representation of something you can see. But to express a thought in painting–that is hard. Why? Because thought is fluid. What you put on canvas is concrete, and this tends to direct thought. The more you put on canvas, the less of your original thought remains.”
… Looking at “Nighthawks,” I sense an invisible fifth participant who hovers on our side of the street. A passerby like us, he observes the action from the dark, and in through the plate glass, with appreciative and yet rather terrible detachment. Darkly shimmering, mercurial, and soon gone again is the artist’s self, the actual nighthawk.”
–Alexander Eliot, author, critic, and historian on Edward Hopper’s painting: “Nighthawks,” from the summer 1995 issue: “The Stranger.”
A woman shops for a fur coat at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Her Chinese pug, Miss Puffet, sits on a nearby chaise. December 1964. This is a previously unpublished image.Photograph by Albert Moldvay, National Geographic
Bukit Lawang Lodge
Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic
Porters transport a car on long poles across a stream in Nepal, January 1950.
Photograph by Volkmar K. Wenztel, National Geographic