Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010- Smooth Sailing!

I think 2010 will be the year when we finally get our heads on straight, start fixing the global warming fiasco in a meaningful, productive manner, realize that we can best fight global terrorism by addressing its root causes, and  sign a truly comprehensive, health care reform bill in the US.

Damn, those Ambien sure do get ya a sound night's sleep!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Photo: No.33


I've seen many pictures with similar subject matter, so have we all- many whose aesthetics were considerably keener, lighting more dramatic, composition more dynamic. In an age where even we self professed lovers of grand photographic images pass over the most compelling of images in seconds' time, this one made me stop full and complete. Perhaps it was the very lack of artifice that first commanded my attention; the image is chilling as it takes us to death's door, and keeps us there- alarmed, vulnerable and uncertain. Are we here to witness the life affirming power of love? Or are we once again left with the mournful echoes of a mother's cries, holding the dying hope of mankind?    (AP Photo/Adem Hadei)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Known Universe...

And this but the briefest, most fleeting glimpse of the snapshot we know as our universe... Think of those primitive, preColumbian maps of the known world and multiply exponentially...   (via Huffpo)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Intellectual Curiosity...

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I suppose this is why a fellow (photo) blogger called this blog too prolific (ie- off topic?), and definitely why another more Conscientious blogger ceased altogether our occasional correspondence in a near hysterical tirade some years back. Isn't the sum of our life and cognitive experiences part and parcel of what becomes and is ultimately expressed in our creative endeavors?

What is suprising, is when a man of impeccable credentials and accomplishments, a man the stature of Dr. John E. Mack is attacked for merely studying a phenomena that is both widely occurring and yet willfully ignored and gleefully ridiculed by the prevailing scientific community. For his diligent investigative efforts, Dr. Mack's career, position, and yes, very sanity were challenged by those of lesser intellectual prowess, a very potent example of what Professor Stephen Braude calls- Intellectual Cowardice.

Dr. Mack, unfortunately is no longer with us, but not before he had to vigorously defend himself (in and out of court) from both his detractors, and those who lusted for his job and position. Undaunted, he continued to demonstrate that a very significant portion of those who claimed alien contact were not, in fact, delusional, psychotic or the victims of childhood sexual trauma- afterall, he had had considerable expertise in studying, investigating, and defining the aforementioned.

Dr. Mack was adamant that our very limited mindset reliant on pure physical evidence blinded us to the very existence of realities beyond our own three dimensional universe. In an age where we are now beginning to speak in terms of a multiverse (as if our own universe of billions of galaxies each with their own billions of star systems and planets is not overwhelming enough to contemplate in and of itself) and of Super String Theory with its possibilities of multiple dimensions, why oh why do we freak when we contemplate the very consequences such theories afford, that there can be beings, other than our own foolish monkey selves, who can visit and study us just as we in turn interact with the "lesser" creatures in our own more limited realm? Believing that impossible is as naive as believing in a bearded god who created our planet 6,000 years ago in six days...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Intellectual Cowardice


Stephen Braude chairs the Philosophy Dept. at The University of Maryland. He also happens to study and investigate paranormal activity, exposing charlatans along the way- in addition to making note of those extraordinary people and instances which logic or science cannot properly explain.  Such is the case of The Gold Leaf Lady who manifests "gold leaf" (actually brass) on her skin, a condition science cannot explain (the amount needed to manifest this anomaly would be lethal inside one's body).


Braude's assertion is one that serious "UFOlogists" have opined for decades. He accuses many scientists of "intellectual cowardice," and of "criticizing without evidence." Fortunately, a handful of scientists and academics do not retreat from the unknown, among them: astrophysicists Jacques Vallee and Allen Hyneck (the latter was head of Project Bluebook- which he quit in disgust) and former embattled professor of the Harvard Psychiatric Dept., Dr. John E. Mack.

Make no doubt, many pilots and some scientists do talk behind closed doors, but the professional and financial pressure to not go there is phenomenal. Scientists and professionals lose grants, prestige... careers.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Thing


Perhps this is the right time to sneak this in as everyone opens their presents. I took a picture of this thing, this thing on the sidewalk. And I have no clue what the damn thing is. It's not a refrigerator, in fact, closer inspection revealed the thing was hollow and made of wood- and looked to be but part of a yet larger unknown thing.

The real problem is that I don't even know if I like the picture of the thing. And I usually have no problem whatsoever editing. But the thing is a thing unto itself. If it was just one picture of a larger series of unkown things, or an essay of the thing in different places doing different things, it would at least have some kind of relative relevance. It might even work its way up to becoming the money shot in an essay of unknown things. But alas, it is just one meaningless, solitary photo of a thing unknown. And yet, it compels me to look at it. Proud, defiant, almost noble in its cause- and we shall never speak of it again (though I'm betting everyone has a thing somewhere in their archives)...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

ENJOY!








And on a serious note folks- if you haven't done your good deed for the day... there's still time here, and here (and the latter here is absolutely free). Peace!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Steer Clear?


You can bet if I hit this bastard upside the head a few times, I'd definitely be up on charges, right quick! Apparently though, no problem if he wants to assault me with a multi-ton vehicle. Good comment thread...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Journey Of Consciousness- Bruce Davidson


Wow! A three volume, 800 photograph collection from Steidl- all the old faves, some never published... and work from his most recent urban landscape projects on LA and Paris. If you don't have any of Maestro Davidson's previous work, Journey of Consciousness is one helluva way to catch up.

BTW, maestro in Spanish means teacher, and this is one Puerto Rican who to this day feels honored to have had some small segment of his people documented by Davidson in E100st. Everyone of his photographs comes with a free workshop, not only in how to see and photograph, but how to treat the subject matter, whatever it may be, with the dignity and respect it deserves.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Avatar And Beyond

Got this interesting email today referring me to a post on, of all things, the movie Avatar- a movie I'd already sworn not to see for numerous reasons. Specifically, it highlights the racial baggage this movie and others of its genre incorporate. repackage and disseminate. Interesting reading...

Personally, I find the current Hollywood extrvaganza The Blind Side, which has Sandra Bullock serving as iconic surrogate mother and savior of the black race, infinitely more offensive. Mario Van Peebles once related that when he was pitching his idea for a movie on The Black Panthers, one of the Hollywood execs suggested a scenario in which the down on their luck Panthers were sheltered and reinvigorated by one very forward thinking (white) teacher. Yes, you can make it up- especially when it comes to history...

This in itself is, of course, fodder for extended writng, debate and discussion- alas it's Saturday, and I'm off to work. Yes, work... on a Saturday.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hiring @ VII- The Gary Knight Blues

Enough has certainly been made of the now infamous James Nachtwey Want Ad. Personally, I took a more hands on approach back in my very abbreviated non career as an assistant when someone refused to pay up.

But the job specs that really got my attention this year was Gary Knight's requirement for integrating VII. First, he went through some rather intense soul searching to elucidate just how diverse the multiverse of photographers at VII already were in every possible, conceivable way- except when it comes to... uhh... race. Therefore, he reasoned the only way to truly integrate VII's line up in a righteous manner would be to incorporate a non-white from some non-Westernized country. That's right, all you ghetto, slum and favela dwellers shunned by lighter skinned society need not apply- you all tainted, so don't you be wasting ol' Gary's time. Only a pure and noble savage specimen can let loose the Third World, One World, feel good vibes at VII. So if you show up portfolio in hand at VII's front door, make sure you do so in indigenous, native garb- something practical, fairly conservative, but, ya know, "colorful" all the same. Ethnic, that's it! And a pleasingly lyrical (albeit slight and not too difficult to understand) accent would also help cheer up the place.

When we finally got the discussion on racism started last June, I expected the haters, the indifferent, and those simply without clue- that's a given. What still takes me for the royal loop are those who really should know better, those who are supposedly "enlightened," who come out with a statement that reeks of the most rampant neocolonialism imaginable! Do we take him at his word- that he wants a real show piece, something so exotic no one will ever question just how broad minded they truly are? Hell, they could even send it out on tour if they ever get tired of displaying it in office!

Or is he just slick and media savvy enough to cleverly divert attention and confuse concurrent issues? How's that coming along, Gary?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Bamako Photography Festival Blog


Haven't had the time to read any of this, but since it was sent to me by John Edwin Mason- until I do, I'll take him at his word that it's brilliant, funny and infuriating...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Into Every Life...


If not for the passing of a very good friend, this would have been a very good year indeed- from a purely selfish point of view. Copublished an online magazine, helped initiate a much needed conversation on race and photography, and even managed to take a few memorable keepers for good measure.

Also made a point of posting daily at Reciprocity Failure, and pretty much succeeded (though I don't know how much longer that can continue). I hope to Blurb my first book this summer, so am currently in the process of editing around forty 35mm silver neg scans- no fun feat. I've got a dozen in the tank thus far, and although familiar with the trials and tribulations of Blurb quality, what "reasonably priced" alternative is there? Truth is, I've seen plenty of monographs by name photographers where the quality was considerably less than exemplary...

And while I'm definitely looking forward to participating in the interblog web Symposium on Race & Photography come this Spring, as well as contributing a few posts for Bag News Notes- the thing I treasured most this year was being privileged to make friends and/or correspond with the likes of: Benjamin Chesterton of Duckrabbit, Mark Page of Manchester Photography, Peter Brook of Prison Photography, Jim Johnson of Politics, Theory and Photography, Mike Johnston of TOP, and Michael Shaw of Bag News Notes, in addition to quite a few photographers ("virtual" though they may be, it's definitely preferable to operating in a virtual vacuum). And certainly don't mean to name drop here- these are all busy people who simply made the time to treat a stranger on equal terms. Of course, there are always those who simply choose to look down on one for whatever reason, always have been (met plenty in NYC), always will- but we're gonna keep this upful and bright, there's enough serious shit to go round the planet.

So I'm hoping everyone a good holiday season as we get through the godawful, prerequisite, commercial blight, and remember those forgotten and those in true need- and, as ever, thanks for dropping by!

Good Night, James...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sulaiman Ellison- African Mosaics


Photo: Sulaiman Ellison

In interest of full disclosure, Sulaiman and I go back to my NYC roots when we'd bump into eachother on various street corners, and console eachother on how close we came to this or just missed out on that, and how humbled we were by that show or the other. Mutually addicted to seeing great images, while striving to create a few of our own. Enclosed is some of his earlier B&W work, African Mosaics, which caught my attention then- and still do to this day... (scans from prints).






 


Thursday, December 10, 2009

The 2009 Bamako African Photography Biennial


Photo: Arwa Abouon

Thanks to John Edwin Mason and Peter Brook for turning me on to The 2009 Bamako African Photography Biennial showcased on Qiana Mestrich's Dodge & Burn blog. I've never seen, heard or read anything about this biennial anywhere at anytime (although it should be noted that I did find some mention at PDN, although as a nonsubscriber I can't access it). Except for Fazal Sheikh and Jodi Beiber, I was unfamiliar with the photographers listed (who represent a variety of disciplines and approaches), so it was great going through and coming up with some finds- particularly Yo-Yo Gonthier's Overseas Monuments, Memories of Colonialism...




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two for Christmas...


Photo: Vanessa Winship

Two books I'm hoping Santa will throw my way. One is Sweet Nothings by photographer Vanessa Winship, who you're probably already familiar with. Finally saw it the other day, and while already a great fan of her work, I also loved the relatively small size of her book.

The other is Protest Photographs by Chauncey Hare, a name which may only be familiar to those who harken back to the '70s, since his work is not readily available online and apparently hasn't photographed in quite some time. And while Hare's photos may echo Walker Evans, the former's work also seemed to foreshadow much of what was in turn to follow. Hare however, was certainly not the elitist Evans was (Robert Frank's assessment, not mine)- sadly, they don't make many human beings the likes of a Chauncey Hare, in any decade...

The reproductions in Protest Photographs are supposedly top notch; more on Mr. Hare at Exposure Project and 5b4.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"We have three bodies and no explanation..."

"Do you think it's physically possible for a prisoner to have committed suicide the way the military report describes -- binding his own hands and feet, stuffing cloth down his throat, and hanging himself from the metal mesh of a cell?"

The Last Decent American?

What happens when an American does the right thing? They get sent to the crapper- what else?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tis The Season...


Much as I try to ignore it, it's that godforsaken time of the season again. Now I got nothing against Christmas mind ya, and would actually kinda enjoy it, if it wasn't pushed on us earlier and earlier each and every damn year (actually saw some decorations going up in October before Halloween here in "don't call it Frisco"). But as we actually grow closer (ie- the month of December) things like Sketchy Santa really help set the mood.

And as good as that essay is, it still cant hold a candle to this Science Fair essay in quality or quantity. It would be interesting to have someone do a "serious" essay on this subject- but they better bring their A game, cause these snaps are sure damn hard to beat!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Messenger



One very powerful little movie that reveals itself slowly, methodically, like peeling the proverbial onion. And without lecture or ideology, shows us the devestating emotional after effects of war from two very weary members of the Army’s Casualty Notification service.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Aint Greed Grand!


Photo: Alex Masi

Twenty-five years later and the survivors of Bhopal continue to suffer, their next generation is born disabled and those remaining are left to drink poisoned water. Meanwhile, the retired president of Union Carbide who presided over this chemical catastophe lives comfortably in the Hamptons- and I don't think brown people of any nationality are foremost on his mind. Afterall, their settlement of one thousand dollars per individual should cover a lifetime's worth of debilitating misery and suffering- and that of their children, and...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Alex Welsh- Hunters Point


One begins to understand that which is foreign by committing the time and effort necessary to explore and interact with that "foreignness" in a personal and intimate matter. It's called stating the obvious, something our elders, the supposedly more learned of our population, should be readily familiar with. And yet, so many content themselves with following the bloviating pontifications of those who profess the knowledge and wisdom accrued from their own limitations, misconceptions and self serving prejudices conveniently gathered from the obscuring comfort of distance.

Hunters Point is a polluted, post industrial neighborhood tucked away in one of the farthest reaches of San Francisco. Isolated, and partially situated on a hillside, it reminds one of nothing less than a favela in Rio or Sao Paulo. You don't elect to go there, unless you live there; local media avoid it at all cost. Alex Welsh is a young, budding photojournalist who took the time, made the effort, and yes, assumed the risk to acquaint himself with a community shunned and ignored by the famous city on the bay, and in the process emerged with several worthy insights into its everyday life and residents- as well as a remarkable set of images...  (via DVA Photo)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Perfect Christmas Gift?

Talk about the ultimate Holiday Gift that everyone can afford! You don't have to buy anything, don't even have to go knocking on doors or picking up phones.  A simple email will suffice, a simple email that will tell these people that they exist, they matter, and are not just the forgotten victims of some nameless, useless, godforsaken war.  How can any of us deny such a simple gesture of our own humanity?
And pass it on...


(Another righteous Benjamin Chesterton production)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

An Open Letter...

"With just one speech... you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so." – Michael Moore

But it is...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Killing Albinos


I've said it before, we humans are one sick lot- from throwing acid in women's faces to dismembering albinos. And lest we think this abject, dispicable disregard for human life solely the domain of "Third World" peoples, how would you rate those who dismember, main and kill  innocent women and children (ie- collateral damage) at the push of a button from site unseen? All without remourse, all with the most oblique of rationalizations.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lisa Wood's Curiosities...


Lisa Wood, the real artist in the family, has stirred up a brand new batch of her unique and idiosyncratic creations. Her most recent insect dioramas (she also has a pretty good eye- she took the above with a Canon G10) are currently on display at Gold Bug in LA and were recently featured in The LA Times. She painstakingly creates each scenario posing real insects with minituarized model and natural objects, and then encases each in wood and glass enclosures. And (plug, plug) they make excellent and truly one of a kind holiday gifts!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Soul Survivor!

A two year old begins to talk in detail of his death-- as a WWII fighter pilot in 1945!

I seriously don't know how to explain this by any rational means other than reincarnaton (and neither could his parents)- something I've come to believe in more and more. Of course, the very mention of reincarnation to the average American immediately conjures up ridiculous cartoon scenarios of people turning into chickens or roaches when they die. Interestingly, reincarnation was an integral part of Christianity until The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Regardless, there are always those who will simply propose more elaborate, far fetched and increasingly irrational scenarios... in order to keep things "logical."



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Not Your Daily, Narcissistic, Celebrity Photo Op


Photo: Emilio Morenatti

I've previously commented on how true Christians (like the Amish who forgave and sought to console the family of the shooter who killed their children) seek to forgive- but this goes straight to my primitive reptilian, vengeance receptors. Perhaps it's ignorant of me to say, but it seems that even children of sexual abuse can have very real hopes of recovery- and need not be reminded of it each and every minute of every single day. The cowardly subhumans who purposely mutilate women's bodies with acid should be confined for the rest of their natural lives, and the survivors should be granted every opportunity imaginable to lead fruitful productive lives in the manner of their choosing. The latter, of course, is stating the obvious- but what words can possibly convey the depravity of such crimes, and the immensity of such suffering? And how many will, in fact, be granted that opportunity?

Look upon these survivors and know that within them lies a depth of humanity seldom acheived on earth. Think about their plight, and ours, and do consider donating as we celebrate this Thanksgiving day. And much thanks to TYWKIWDBI for bringing this to our attention...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HUH? Say What!? Come Again...

We did NOT have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term...  (via HuffPo)

Obama Refuses To Sign Land Mine Ban

All our NATO allies have signed on- but Obama, just like Bush before him, refuses. Listen to Ian Kelly's ever so painful defense of the US not signing...


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

QUOTE Of The...


Puerto Ricans are the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever inhabiting this sphere... I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off eight and transplanting cancer into several more... All physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.  -- Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, Chief Pathologist, The Rockefeller Institute

Maybe the guy did have a heart, after all he did call them "unfortunate." Anyway, after his little experiment in 1931 that killed 13 Puerto Ricans with cancer, Dr. Rhoads  went on to head two chemical warfare projects in the '40s, granted a seat on the Atomic Energy Commission... and awarded a Legion of Merit Medal- not to mention that suitable for framing TIME cover!

BTW- let's not forget the infamous Tuskegee Experiment which finally came to an end in the '70s, thanks to a whistleblower. Otherwise, it would have simply been blown off as yet another whacko "conspiracy theory," at best. Or as the most venerable Don King would sayOnly in America!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Object(s) Of Desire

So there I was at the local cafe downing a double cap, sneaking lustful glances at the Leica M7 that accompanied the pony tailed 60 yr old to my side, when in walks the stylishly exotic 20 yr old with the svelte, no prisoners bod- and now the pony tail is sneaking glances at her. Actually, check it out- Mr. Ponytail's making his interest pretty damn obvious... but that hot toddie's after S2 goods!

Stick to the M7, Jack...


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fashion and ... The Holocaust!

I guess I am one cynical bastard afterall- when all I could do yesterday was let out one very prolonged laugh upon seeing this moronically ignorant display of "fashion sense" shot at... The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. That's it, a little more to the left...  (via Bag News Notes)



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Collapse

Don't remember where I found this, and I have yet to see it- but it sure as hell looks damn interesting...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PRECIOUS (and beyond)...

I had no immediate plans on seeing this movie thinking it yet another feel good, Oprah approved, after school special about "The Black Experience." Fortunately, fate had other plans and I wound up taking some of my clients with developmental disabilities to see it. This flick does not pull any punches, it is as real as real gets, brutally so- much kudos to Lee Daniels for doing it just like that. And while Gabourey Sidibe made it shine, it was Mo'Nique, the all time abusive, ghetto momma from hell who really left me asking if she was acting.

This film is not meant to portray your typical mother/family relationship from the inner city (such a disclaimer should be anything but necessary, but society to this day pays little notice to the countless minions who struggle to survive against daily odds that would lay low any of their most boisterous of critics)- but it does offer some insight into those children who are the walking wounded that inhabit many a classroom in any major urban center you choose. We are just beginning to recognize the effects of PTSD on veterans- and if we are nowhere near proper treatment when it has been officially recognized in adults, what chance do children have who have suffered the same exposure in an environment of daily violence, stress and abuse?

Oh, and my clients- they got it just fine...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Conflict Photography Yesterday, Today and... Tomorrow?

(AP Photos/David Guttenfelder)

So there I was scrolling transfixed from one outstanding image to another until I get to the money shot, or as it was in this case, the pure and simple gag shot- a US soldier in his boxers, firing away, rifle in hand. One absolutely incredible set of images (via Tywkiwdbi), and the most famous in David Guttenfelder's entire essay is the joker. So what, if anything, does this say about the current state of (conflict) photojournalism?

Think of the Viet Nam images that have been seared into our collective consciousness: the wounded black soldier rushing to the aid of his stricken white comrade, the impromptu execution via gun to the head, the "napalm girl" running down the road, the bodies littering My Lai... With all our digital high tech, supermulti megapixel immediacy- will the boxer photo be the iconic image to inform and remind us of this current debacle? A war initiated by a dunce then conducted like some token forgotten afterthought- perhaps it is only fitting it be commemorated by a comic strip image shooting an invisible enemy. Perhaps that's the true legacy of a history we were once allowed to remember by the lives that were lost and the blood that was shed- modern conflicts where even our own dead are purposely shunned, ignored, and forgotten.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Important Then, Now And...


I'm not about to feign I know the slightest concerning the ins and outs of professional photojournalism. But I do remember back in the day (the 70's to be exact) when the first wave of "the end of photojournalism" hit the scene. LIFE died, budgets were slashed, and ironically, more magazines than ever populated the planet. This time however, the internets and digital ubiquity have changed the gameplay considerably. Newspapers closing, Flickr rising- you know the scenario...

Competition was vicious back then, I can only imagine now with online amateurs giving it away and vacuous celebrity photos devouring anything and everything of meaningful societal value. And while I (or anyone for that matter) certainly don't know the future of photojournalism, I can only marvel at and applaud young bloods (like Mike Mullady) who continue to enter the field and give to it their all. They may not end up changing the world, but their effort leaves the rest of us little excuse for not knowing, or addressing said situation(s). It only remains to be seen if we continue to descend further into our escapist womb as our environment (economic and natural) continues to collapse, or live up to the challenges that we all confront.

Of course, it would also be nice if the future also meant an increase in "Third World" peoples being able to better document their own affairs- something rarely mentioned when the subject's discussed at length (see links below). But I'm not what you'd call an optimistic kinda guy. And finally, this excerpt was particularly unique and thought provoking:

With only a few rare exceptions, the photos that have gone down in history did not make the front page the day after they were taken; often they were spotted much later, or rediscovered on contact sheets. Now with digital photography, shots can be erased if they don’t appear to be of any immediate relevance. Digital technology may mean that great chunks of history could be lost.

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=0003ol

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=0003on

http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue9912/editorial.htm

http://my.opera.com/Nikio/blog/2009/09/16/photojournalism-is-dead

http://www.lightstalkers.org/i-dont-really-care-about-the-future-of-photojournalism

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Greatest Color Photograph Ever Made


Sure, it's a  ridiculous statement. But it's the first thing I thought when I first saw this photograph, and it's the first thing that comes to mind when I see it to this day...
RIP  Evelyn Hofer.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Eugene Richards- No One Much Cares


Finally caught up to Eugene Richards' No One Much Cares  via A Developing Story. And now that I actually work with adults with developmental disabilities, that slight tinge of guilt associated with viewing subject matter that is so horrific in reality and yet translated into such stark "beauty," becomes ever the more focused, transparent and "real."

Of course, it's rather easy for us to pat ourselves on the back, and self righteously proclaim that we don't lock up human beings in institutions under such subhuman conditions here in the good ol' USA, while all one has to do is walk the streets of any major urban center to view how we continue to ignore and abandon so many of our own citizens with disabilities right in open sight.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quote Of The Week...


I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants. -former Miss California Carrie Prejean  
(Or make masturbation videos).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

White Beauty...

This blatantly racist five part skin tone epic is more pathetic than anything when you get down to it. Alas-seven more recent racist ads...  (via HuffPo)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On Sheer Strength of Talent Alone!


While some of us have contented ourselves with seeing fit to demand and encourage diversity friendly juries and panels in regards to race and gender, the good folks at NYPH'10 have single handedly led the charge to ensure that the aforementioned are also free of anti-celebrity bias.

Anyone doubting Lou Reed's curatorial bona fides in photography has merely to peer at the photos included in this revelatory feature- nothing like a few infrareds to truly assure and inspire. His third (3rd!) book of photographs is published by Blurb Steidl- and if you ask him real nice when you see him there, he may not only play ya a tune, he may just let you borrow his new $24,000 medium format Leica!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

20 years Yesterday...

Checkpoint Charlie 8/90

Twenty years ago I still held to the naive belief that the "monumental" creations of my lifetime were just that- monuments meant to endure... Communist China, The Berlin Wall, The World Trade Center- never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd outlive any of them. And that said, can only hope to see the destruction of the Israeli Wall ASAP...

And if you haven't seen The Last Border by Brian Rose, wait no further. In it are the memories, ironies and beauty that is the tragedy called mankind...








Glenn Beck Raped and Murdered A Young Girl- (Not) Taken Down

All good things come to an end, and after proving and winning his counter claim, Isaac Eiland-Hall has taken the "offending" website down- a class act. Class I would not have afforded such a shameless buffoon who has repeatedly proven just how low he can go...

Update:  It Lives!  See Comments...

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Developing Story


A Developing Story is a new and intriguing site for both mind and eye launched by John Bennett in conjunction with Benjamin Chesterton of DuckRabbit fame. Ben is a big time promoter of superlative multi-media presentations, and this already is just that...

A Coupla Things...

Peter van Agtmael has his cross country photo essay set to various radio chatter- it feels equal parts fleeting, episodic and yet very intense... And the rest of the up and coming work on Fader (featured on the right hand side) also looks quite the promising... (via APAD)

Managed to have a post (featuring Paolo Wood amongst others) published yesterday on Bag News Notes concerning various aspects of colonial and current day Africa...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What We Became, And Still Are...

Remember all that wonderfully mellifluous bullshit about transparency? If even the least of it were true, certainly this would not stand. Nor this...

Medication Madness

Dr. Peter Breggin has stated that if you've read two or three self help books, you effectively have a greater psychological background than your average military psychiatrist. Meds anyone?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Logic" Personified...

I'll admit Glenn Beck quite the laughable buffoon on his own merit, but Jon Stewart's impersonation expertly reveals and revels in the ludicrous logic of his moronic right wing popularity.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rep. Alan Grayson- Congressman, Hero...

True, it doesn't take much these days- and that's why it's so incredibly extraordinary when someone with a brain, a heart, and a set of balls actually walks amongst us and takes it to the next, and logical level...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Underwhelming "Landslide"

After leading the charge to overturn term limits (which he previously stated he was for) and outspending his opponent 14 to 1 with $100,000,000 of his own money (approx $200 per vote) to win his third term as mayor of NYC, Mayor Bloomberg managed to eke out a victory by some 5% despite predictions of a double digit landslide...

And for the best election pundit analysis ever (go 5 min into it)- applicable any year, any election....

Republicans For Rape (the website)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Spectacular?

Gotta admit I was completely underwhelmed by the egg sized jpeg I kept seeing of this supposedly "stunningly spectacular" 3,000 photo composite of our own Milky Way Galaxy- till I finally caught up with the high res image...