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Vincent DiGerlando

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Photography is a medium that attracts too many would-be artists and not enough cartoonists. Duane Michals is the only example that springs to mind of someone who has seen the potential the medium has for cartoons. Like the best cartoonists, Michals is able to cross over from funny to sober. His photographs have wit, but also a loneliness and melancholy that are as importantly human in their way as Saul Steinberg’s philosophizing is in its way. Vincent DiGerlando’s photographs aren’t that good—not yet, anyway—but they are cartoons of the sort one might find in the pages of the New Yorker. DiGerlando has the same deadpan sense of humor that Steig and Booth and Ziegler have.

In Portrait of Ralph and the Holy Family, next to a painting of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph appears Ralph, pudgy, curly-haired, and upside down. The unaccountable wackiness of this image is appealing, as is the ghoulishness

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