The Image Is Art

These postcards are original photographs or works of art.
                   

This is a collection of postcards that are actually created as unique works of art—often a self-printed photograph, but no snapshots—by the sender, i.e., the postcard was not commercially printed

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Everything remarkably O.K. One problem: lost the box with the [toners?] & the waterbed. Do you remember what else was in that box? Let me know as soon as possible. It's nice here, always sunny. But I really miss you—and everybody! Love Jude

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Fri—Feeling low—just got REJECTED from SIU! Really surprised—was sure we'd both make this one! Seemed made for our stuff. Hope you're in. [heart] Love Jude

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

4/8/74 Barb—Assume Jim received this notice also but if not thought he might be interested. It's beautiful country up there. The photo dept. seems extremely active—art dept in general. Davis just accepted 2 painters into grad school. I'm feeling awful. Have another bad cold. Have been researching Persian miniatures—use of color, narrative, everything in rite [?] place—seems quite related. This one. A real quicky dealing with a border kind of symbolism. Did Agfa paper go up there? Went up 15% here. How much for 100 Portriga Rapid 8x10? I might need to have you mail me some. Much love Jude

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Barbara Houghton to Jim Houghton Barbara Houghton to Jim Houghton

Barbara Houghton to Jim Houghton

Jim—Thanks for the photo of the dream lover piece. I'm not sure I like the color as well as the b&w Maybe I ought to send the others out to be processed. This is me w/ my new hairdo. Doug took it at Deana's on Sunday. I was suppose [sic] to take pictures then but Cindy didn't give me the night nighty for Deena. Gotta do 'em this week plus print + matt. Help! Love to you Barbara P.S. Only 10 days...Want anything from Denver?

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Sat—Had a GREAT day in L.A. I'm SO HIGH! They REALLY interviewed me. 1 1/2 hrs of questions—realize biggest problem is lack of experience. They're worried about that with 1/2 my duties working with grads! Felt good about myself—was honest so they'll either like me or I don't belong there. Robt. [Robert Heinecken] was fantastic. Said I'm his 1st choice still. They'll interview Eileen [Cowin] Mon—PRAY!!! I'll let you know as soon as I know. Bad hair—I gonna get to work! Love Jude

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Sun. #2 the old training to only chose the photo (portrait) of yourself that looks the most perfect—glamorous etc seems to suddenly be very in my awareness. I'm also feeling SHITTY about my body. I must go on a diet—yet keep reaching for food to help (I think) stave off the anxiety. And it all recycles itself endlessly. Most of my peace is in the dim darkroom or shooting—when I can reach a flow that's positive—and unthinking! Much love Jude I'm lonesome!

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

[Sun—Just talked to you? am now at my studio & feeling so restless! Guess I will be till the job decision. Do I dare use this image for the poster for my M.F.A. show? It was part of a test & I forgot to take down the grey card—The one I colored & adorned with rollers isn't quite this revealing—I'm going through—do I want anyone to see me this way & maybe it looks TOO real (tho it isn't) My friend Kathe says it would blow their minds cause none of them could [scratch out] reveal so much. True I don't know anymore. [heart heart heart]

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Barb—I'm floating high! Still can't believe UCLA! Haven't had time to call Joy yet—the deposition went O.K. too. Felt sorry for Dave—his lawyer is such an ass!!! Dave was out of work for a month last fall—and I realize how degrading it must be for him for me to know all his business. Esp. when his salary is $5,000 less than he's been making the last 7 years!!! He told lots of "little white lies"—never malicious, just conveniently can't remember much. No wonder I was so frustrated married to him. He refuses to face up to things. Think we can settle. I hope! Love Jude

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Tues May 13. Barbara—It's really strange since I've been back—everyone is saying 'congratulations' but (I think) in a strange sort of way. The faculty seems to be ignoring my job—maybe some don't know about it but I doubt it. Are they jealous—or maybe think it's too soon —or maybe it's all in my head. Don't know Just sense coolness. Oh well—I'm going anyway. Oh! Lucy [Judith's daughter] and I went to see a councilor [sic] today —2 hrs and it was great! Can really see how me going in keeps her pushing. My new image on front.

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Barbara/Got your letter today. Try to stay in the present girl. I'm hearing a lot of future wanderings! It'll all work out. Actually, your life is very exciting rite now—remember exciting & scary feel the same! Enjoy it!! I'm procrastinating these days. 2 1/2 wks till my MFA show & I'm SLOWLY finishing up a few pieces (3 so far since MARCH!). Ugh. Lots of new shooting w the magazine pages. They're really nice and I just feel like shooting & printing & not finishing. Solved my flat neg problems. Had 2 boxes (2 1/4) of bad film!! Bummer. Last [?] (new box) Terrific!

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Paul Briggs to Bonnie Lambert Paul Briggs to Bonnie Lambert

Paul Briggs to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie—Hope your trip was at least a little eventful to spice things up. Got motivated to work more on quilt so maybe it'll be done when U retn. Will probably resort 2 use Ellen's [Manchester] machine as I've some ideas w/ curvy lines. Hope 2 get Ellen out 4 a hike soon as I get out of work this wk. Let me know what's going on. As ever—Paul

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Kenda North to Ellen Manchester and Bonnie Lambert Kenda North to Ellen Manchester and Bonnie Lambert

Kenda North to Ellen Manchester and Bonnie Lambert

October 8 Well ladies, Rochester hasn't felt to bad, back home with my plants, books and darkroom—the place seems so huge and comfy. Trees playing rainbow exercises—raining even more than usual so I'm content to stay inside and print. If I didn't get restless I might get somewhere! Living with Helena Brunner (wonderful), Jim Hunter has found temporary residence in the living room (no comment at this point) Alex [Sweetman] is happy in Chicago, really seems to love the job & the people—will you come see us?? I really miss you here, haven't many people around to feel good with (I divorced the [Visual Studies] Workshop—our relationship was never too hot). love & a hug Kenda

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (2 of 5) Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (2 of 5)

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer (2 of 5)

...not mind re-iteration of some pts, lost for my own records: i.e. discussion of snapshots done in the Aperture issue of the same name, historical perspective, what is a snapshot, etc. Even "What is art", what is an artist trying to accomplish by doing art, yr. ideas on what value art has, and where, etc, etc, etc....

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Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Judith Golden to Barbara Houghton

Nov 7 Dear Barb—Happy Birthday Did you move? You mentioned it but it's not sure when. Hope all is well. I really empathize with your situation—too bad there isn't more money. We could go to Mexico for Xmas. Now, THAT sounds good. Oh well, [scribble] more fantasies. I'm still not getting any work done—still spacey. Going around to galleries trying to set up a 1 person show for spring. Some good responses—but good galleries are booked for 2 years! I really like your womens [sic] photo show mailer. Classey [sic]. I'll write soon. Much love, Jude

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Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Mark Johnstone to Marshall Mayer

Marshall—Have not talked to Scott [McLeod] lately; but personally am in the midst of some rather intense (color) shooting. Must talk to you soon, though (maybe up in Denver?). Mark

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Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert

Mark Johnstone to Bonnie Lambert

Bonnie—Wonder if you might send me down some of yr. ideas on what YOU'D like to see done w/ the book before we meet. Would appreciate it. Mark ([address redacted])

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Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Bonnie Lambert to Marshall Mayer

Saturday Dear Marshall—You won't believe it; we are in West Des Moines! Trying to find out why the car keeps missing...a good trick on a Saturday. So, as you can see we are not making great time. Nothing major though. On to Chicago, I hope. Iowa is purdy + has rolled hay. Miss you xoxo Bonnie

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Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Marshall Mayer to Bonnie Lambert

Dear Bonnie, I hope this made it in one piece. This is part of what I sent to the Ferguson grant—it is one of only two prints that were really good. Stains again. Sometimes I don't know. (I'm watching Mary Hartman, etc.—the most depressing show ever conceived.) I think I'm going to Colorado Springs for the 4th though I could think of a dozen places or people I'd rather be with— all of which are highly improbable.—I finally got all moved—I really can't wait to move to Seattle—no kidding a place of my own again. I'm buying a bumper so I can hitch a trailer. Exciting, huh? Let me know what you're up to. Love, Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Mark, This is an example of my work for the book—I hope its' [sic] in one piece. Sorry we didn't get to look at you're book stuff—we actually came looking for you after the printer but nowhere to be located. I'll most likely be down for the 4th with some work—I'll probably call to verify anything. I moved—[address redacted and phone]. Just finished applying to Ferguson Grant to pay for this book—I sure home Scott [McLeod] can do a better job—200 line screen AT LEAST. We all want it nice. Molly's getting excited to come. Marshall

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Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Marshall Mayer to Mark Johnstone

Mark—It made a good dinner, too! Send a postcard concerning your possible studies in L.A. to me c/o Ann Hellesmark, [street address redacted], L.A. Calif 90067 We'll be there 'till about the 30th. We're real excited to move there and think it would be great if you could be there, too. Having a ball. A week in Seattle but on the road again. Marshall

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This whole experience (of reviewing old postcards) is a combination of nostalgia and nausea. Mark Johnstone

Thanks for doing all this; I do have many more cards... Kenda North

This is a really swell idea. Thomas F. Barrow

I'm amazed at the traction your project is getting—it inspires my participation. Dave Freund

This is SOOOO good....I love it.....totally. Lance Carlson

Love this project, will need to do some serious and strategic excavations to find pc's... Ellen Manchester

Very cool to see this. It takes me back! Mark Klett

Good luck with your wonderful project. Sandy Hume

That is a phenomenal website. Thanks! Alan Nakagawa

Ok, my plans for the day are shot! I have to look through some old boxes in the basement. This is outstanding! Sue Robinson

Refreshingly different. Jack Fulton

Postcards To or From Artists
Alan Klotz Alan Nakagawa Alan Trachtenberg Alden Spilman Alex Richman Alex Sweetman Alfred Appel Andrea Jennison Andrea Klotz Anita Stekel Ann and Jack Vernon Arthur Taussig Barbara Bradley Barbara de Genieveeve Barbara Houghton Barbara Jo Revelle Barbara Migdal Barbara Smith Ben Benschneider Beth Gafarian Bill Edwards Bob Figgis Bob Sauer Bonnie Lambert Brenda Mayer Burnett Miller Candida Finkel Carol Duncan Caroline Hinkley Cheri Hiser Cheryl Bailey Chris Gallagher Chris Wiedmann Chuck Forsman Chuck Hagen Clayton Spada Dan Loewenstein Darryl Curran Dave Freund David Barey David Hamilton David Jekel Debbie Tharp Dennis Staffne Diane Germain Ed Ruscha Ellen Land-Weber Ellen Manchester Ellen Van Fleet Ellen Whitney Eric Minuth Eric Paddock Eric Renner Frances Jones Frank Hall Gary Metz Graham Howe Gwen Widmer Harold Jones Heidi Cost Howard Junker Ian Green Irene Borger Jack Fulton Jacky Lavin James Bohnen Jamie Bennett Jay DiLorenzo Jenny Phelps Jerry Burchfield Jim Cannata Jim Houghton Jim Olson Jim Stone Jim Tittle JoAnn Verburg Jody Boyman Joe Deal John Baeder John Pfahl John Priola Judith Dunham Judith Golden Judy Coleman Judy Dater Karen Huntt Ken Abbott Kenda North Kris Lewis Lance Carlson Larry Sultan Les Krims Lew Thomas Linda Connor Linda Montgomery Lon Spiegelman Lynne Brown Maggie Sauer Marcia Ganales Mark Johnstone Mark Klett Mark Mayer Marshall Mayer Martha Madigan Mary Virginia Swanson Mary-Linn Hughes Mauro Altamura Maya Ishiwata Michael Ballou Michael Lesy Michael Peven Michael Smith Michaela Murphy Mike Mandel Miles Forst Mimi Weinberg Myrella Moses Myron Wood Nicholas Devore III Nicki Rousselle Pat Wellenbach Patty Hemmingway Seale Paul Berger Paul Briggs Paul Ginsberg Paula Crane Peter de Lory Peter Galassi Peter Zokosky Reed Estabrook Richard Notkin Rick and Suzy Titcomb Robbert Flick Robert Dawson Robert Fichter Robert Flynt Roberta Heinrich Roella Louie Roger Mertin Rusty Culp Ruth Thorne-Thomsen Sandi Fellman Sandy Hume Sarah Black Scott Engel Scott McLeod Serse Luigetti Seth Mason Sheila King Sheila Pinkel Sherry Wolf Sidney Jason Stuart Klipper Sue Robinson Susan Mogul Susan Morgan Susan Rankaitis Thos. K. Meyer Tim Bradley Tim Peek Tina Barney Tom Black Tom Breeden Tom Lamb Tom Swope Unknown Victor Landweber Vida Freeman Volkert Volkersz

 

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Aaron Siskind Al Nodal Alan Sekula Alexandre Calder And Farm Andre Kertesz Andy Ostheimer Andy Warhol Anne Noggle Arlene Gould Arthur Knight Barbara Crane Barbara Kasten Barnett Newman Bea Nettles Beaumont Newhall Ben Bivins Bernard Plossu Beth Gallagher Betty Hahn Bill Jay Brassai Brenda Mayer Brian Botel Bunny Yeager Carlton Watkins Carlyn Tucker Carson Graves Catherine Lord Cathy Gauss Charles Desmaris Chauncey Hare Christo Chuck Forsman Clyde Smith Co Rentmeester Colorado Historical Society David Duncan Douglas David Johnson David Vestal Deb Gelet Deborah Turbeville Don Bottcher Don Nice Duane Michaels Edouard Manet Edwin Dickinson Eileen Berger Eileen Cowin Eugene Atget Evon Streetman F. Jay Haynes Frank Barsotti Frank Gohlke Frantisek Drtikol Fred Endsley Fred Lonidier Frederick Sommer Garry Winogrand Gary Emrich George Blakeley George Tice Gerhard Vormwald Giorgio de Chirico Greg McGregor Hank Lewis Harry Callahan Helen Brunner Helmut Gernsheim Hippolyte Bayard Hunter S. Thompson Imogen Cunningham Irene MacDonald Jack Burnham Jack Higbee Jacob A. Riis Jan Aronson Jan van der Marck Janice Belson Jean Honore Fragonard Jean Walther Jeff Schnackenberg Jeffrey Fuller Jim Dine Jim Hugunin Jim Hunter Joan Brown Joan Lyons Joan Redmond John Berger John Divola John Gutmann John Kacere John Klemmer John Schott John Szarkowski Jose Inez Herrera Joseph Beuys Judy Thorpe Karl Blossfeld Kathy Wren Kay Urry Ken Brown Ken Josephson L. A. Huffman Larry Burrows Lee Friedlander Lemasson Lewis Baltz Light Impressions Linda Anthis Man Ray Mark Chamberlain Marsha and Mike Burns Marsha Burns Martha Rosler Mary Donner Mary Ellen Mark Meridel Rubenstein Michael Bishop Michael Langenstein Minor White Nancy Howell-Koehler Nathan Lyons Newton Harrison Paul Bowles Paul Kubic Peter Bunnell Peter MacGill Philip Guston Pierre Boucher Purdy R. C. Bishop R. G. Zellers Ralph Wolff Rex Westen Richard Pare Robert Adams Robert Cummings Robert Frank Robert Heinecken Robert Motherwell Robert Rauschenberg Robert Sobieszek Ros Baughman Sally Eauclaire Sam Wagstaff Sam Yanes Sandy Ostertag Saul Steinberg Shelby Lee Adams Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities Susan Larsen Ted Solotaroff Ted Thomas Theresa Luisotti Thomas Barrow Thomas Gainsborough Thomas Hart Benton Timothy O'Sullivan Tod Papageorge Tom Mawn Tom Peterson Tom Steiger Underwood & Underwood Van Deren Coke Victor Schrager Vidi Lange Vincent Van Gogh W. J. Carpenter Walker Evans Wayne Lazoric Weegee Wesley Mayer William Henry Jackson Wilson Meader Wynn Bullock Yoko Ono

 

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