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WithCarter Ratcliff

One day early in June 1950, a photographer named Rudy Burckhardt rode in a car from Manhattan to Springs, a village at the eastern end of Long Island. There Jackson Pollock lived with his wife, Lee Krasner. The driver was Robert Goodnough, a young painter who wrote about his older colleagues for Artnews. At Springs, he would interview Pollock for an essay on his paint-slinging method; Burckhardt would take photographs of the painter in action. With the assignment came a ready-made title; "Pollock Paints a Picture." This was a variant on "Ben Shahn Paints a Picture," "Lipchitz Makes a Sculpture," and half a dozen others. The inventor of the formula was Thomas B. Hess, managing editor at Artnews.