Saturday, July 20, 2013
Shinae Tassia in New York
Shinae in New York City looking enigmatic. The dots on the window that look like water marks on the photograph are actually rain drops on the window of the taxicab. Shinae is my favorite person of Korean-Sicilian descent and worked at the time for the Museum of Natural History in New York.
Shinae wore her first dress (she tells me) to the opening of the Rose Center / Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History on the fake millenium, Dec 31, 1999. As we were walking around the museum we were suddenly circled by an older gentleman looking completely perfect in a tuxedo and his long-suffering wife/girlfriend, taking dozens of photographs of us. He was obviously a professional photographer and as he documented Shinae, he exclaimed "Like a flower! Like a beautiful flower! How Lovely!", etc. As fast as he had appeared he started to fade into the darkness at the Museum.... I called after him and asked who he was with.
He answered from a distance fading away "I'm with the Times ...". He was, apparently, the very well-known society photographer for the NY Times.
If a picture of Shinae had appeared in the society pages of the NY Times all the other women at the Museum would have plotzed in envy.
No such photograph ever appeared to the best of my knowledge.
[Scott Anderson suggests that this might have been the famous Bill Cunningham, and it might have been. I am checking with someone who knows].