Robert Funk
Photographs of Toys
Miniatures, Props, Paintings, Cutouts & Plastic Thingies.    1973 - 1983
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Camera 35 Magazine Cover, July 1977
Camera 35 Magazine Cover, July 1977
Preceded David Levinthal wild west cowboy Camera 35 Magazine June 1975
June 1975
Photo Magazine France, April 1980
Photo Magazine France, April 1980
Camera 35 Magazine, July 1977
Camera 35 Magazine, July 1977
Oui Magazine Cover, January 1981
Oui Magazine, January 1981
Peterson's Photographic, March 1980
Peterson's Photographic, March 1980
Color Photo Journal, Germany, April 1980
Color Photo Journal, Germany, August 1979
Color Photo Journal, Germany, August 1979
Color Photo Journal, Germany, August 1979
Popular Photography, July 1977
Popular Photography, July 1977

Deodato 2001 Album Cover, CTI Records, 1977
Deodato 2001 Album Cover, CTI Records Album Cover, 1977
Urbie Green Album Cover, CTI Records, 1977
Urbie Green Album Cover, CTI Records Album Cover, 1977


  4 Photographs from the 1970s foreshadow the 9-11 Tragedy   Click on images to make larger

Low-flying jet makes a bee-line towards World Trade Center's Twin Towers. It's early morning, the light is clean and sharp. The saturated deep blue sky becomes a foreboding black to imply that something bad is going to happen. On second glance, you see that this is a 1974 skyline. The plane is a toy and the picture is a prediction. This is an image of a six inch bronze statue photographed with a 18mm lens. The statue is held in the photographer's right hand, and simultaneously he snapped this haunting image with his left hand. The runner seems to be reflecting a bizarre yellow-orange light as if it were from a fire. It's a straight shot (no Photoshop) taken on location, from the very edge of the roof of WTC One. At the time, Funk did not know that 25 years into the future, the picture would have even greater meaning of symbolically showing people running from the Trade Center tragedy. A cheap tourist-like oil painting sits on a railing on the Brooklyn Heights promenade. The painting is positioned directly in front of the New York skyline as it appeared in 1973. The World Trade Center Tower Two is still under construction with a crane on the roof. The oil painting, it's original intent to be a beautiful, impressionist interpretation of lower Manhattan, somehow takes on a dual nature of beauty and horror. The artist's expressive use of red gives the impression that lower Manhattan is on fire, with billowing clouds that look like smoke. The painting juxaposed against the World Trade Center creates a Nostradamus-like prediction of 9-11.
   
Eerie 1976 Photograph of Plane Crashing into Pan Am Building. The plane is not a real plane, but a model plane that is juxtaposed so that it looks like a real scene. We see the plane at the precise moment before impact. It's very credible and disturbing. Only after careful examination do you realize that it is a toy plane. But the meaning of the photograph in light of future events is no kid's stuff. Ironically, the omni-present image of the World Trade Center is absent in this photograph of the Manhattan skyline.    


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