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RIP Elsa Dorfman (1937-2020) – Boston Portrait Photographer

May 31st, 2020
  • Elsa Dorfman Homepage
    (Harvey Silverglate, Elsa Dorfman, Allen Ginsberg, December 21, 1995.)


    Eroll Morris (documentary filmmaker on Elsa Dorfman The B-Side)

    Elsa Dorfman

    American portraitist Elsa Dorfman, known for her intimate large-format Polaroids of friends, artists, celebrities, and herself, has died at age eighty-three from kidney failure, the Boston Globe reports.

  • Harvard Magazin on Elsa Dorfman

  • Elsa Dorfman Wiki

    Raising awareness
    Dorfman suggested elements of healing through her work in a variety of ways. She photographed terminal cancer patients, emphasizing their dignity. In 1995, she collaborated with graphic artist Marc A. Sawyer to illustrate the booklet 40 Ways to Fight the Fight Against AIDS. She photographed people, both with and without AIDS, each engaged in one of forty activities that might help AIDS victims in their daily life. The photographs were exhibited 1995 at the Lotus Development Corporation in Cambridge, in Provincetown and in New York City. The artist donated the costs of producing the photographs for this project.[16]

    Dorfman co-starred in the documentary No Hair Day (1999) as she’s taking the portraits of three women undergoing treatment for breast cancer

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    The above image shows two books by
    Robert Creeley, the one pictured is Elsa’s Housebook which I bought on my first trip to Boston.

  • Words of Love, Marianne and Leonard Cohen

    February 13th, 2020
  • Letters

    ‘Write me and tell me your heart’ — Leonard Cohen’s letters to Marianne Ihlen

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Jacob Dylan – Echo in the Canyon

    January 4th, 2020

  • Jacob Dylan

    Dylan has written notable hits such as “6th Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight”, which is listed at number 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs”. He has won two Grammy Awards, and released two solo albums: Seeing Things in 2008 and Women + Country in 2010. Women + Country became Dylan’s highest-charting album since the Wallflowers’ 1996 breakthrough Bringing Down the Horse, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

    Echo in the Canyon (Laurel Canyon Music Scene documentary) – Rolling Stone

    The film, directed by Dylan’s manager and former record exec Andy Slater, combines history lessons with new performances of the era’s music (from “In My Room” to “Goin’ Back”) from Fiona Apple, Beck and others. Dylan found himself nostalgic for an era before his birth. “There was a lot of support,” he says, “and a lot of tradition.”

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    Bob Dylan

    To Edna Gundersen, USA Today:
    GUNDERSEN: Your son Jakob has been very much in the spotlight this year. Do you worry about him?
    DYLAN: I’m proud of his accomplishments. He’s still young, and he’s come a long way in a short time. I worried about him when he started out. I just didn’t want to see him get roughed up. This business can really throw you into deep water. He’s had his ups and downs. What he does with the future remains to be seen, but he and his band have done rather well. In the contemporary music scene, they have got a voice to be heard.

  • RIP D. A Pennebaker a Pioneer Documentary Filmmaker

    August 3rd, 2019
  • D.A Pennebaker (Rollingstone obit)

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    Pennebaker has been described as “arguably the pre-eminent chronicler of Sixties counterculture”

  • See his films by year or alphabetically

  • JLG’s 1 AM to D.A. Pennebaker’s 1 PM – Jean Luc Godard’s unfinished film

  • Much more interesting to me was the film he attempted to make in 1969, tentatively titled 1 AM (or One American Movie). A collaboration with cinema-verite pioneers D. A. Pennabaker and Richard Leacock, the project was abandoned after Godard lost interest during the editing phase but Pennebaker ended up completing his own version of the existing footage which he titled 1 PM (or One Parallel Movie). This is a brief history of the film’s journey from concept to screen.

  • On Don’t Look Back – “What I thought was, this person is trying to generate himself,” Pennebaker told The New York Times in 2016. “He’s trying to figure out who he is and what he wants to do. So I filmed him talking to people and listening to people. When the concerts came, I would only shoot little parts of them. I didn’t want it to be a music film. I wanted it to be a film about a person who was finding out who he was.” (via Rollingstone obit)

  • Satan and Adam – A Documentary on Blues & Friendship

    July 15th, 2019

  • (Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow)

    Adam Gussow

    is an American scholar, memoirist, and blues harmonica player. He is currently a professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

    Sterling Magee (Satan & Adam wiki)

    Magee recorded several near-hits on Ray Charles’s Tangerine label in the early 1960s, including “Get in My Arms Little Girl.” His proficiency on guitar earned him gigs with a number of rhythm-and-blues performers, including James Brown, King Curtis, Big Maybelle, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and a transvestite duo known as The Illusions That Create Confusion. In the mid 1970s he played sessions with Paul Winley and the Harlem Underground, a loose-knit unit that included George Benson.


    Satan and Adam (on Netflix)

  • SATAN and ADAM – I Want You / C C Rider (youtube)

  • “I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck

    August 1st, 2018
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    (“I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck)
    New Yorker –

    Capturing James Baldwin’s Legacy Onscreen
    With “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck seems to be stepping in to make the movie that Baldwin couldn’t.

    Baldwin was drawn to Ingmar Bergman’s films, because they were the work of a feeling thinker who mined his past—especially his troubled relationship with his authoritarian pastor father. In a 1960 Esquire profile of Bergman, Baldwin describes how, after an interview with the filmmaker, he got into his car and imagined a movie he might make about his own past. But Baldwin had neither Bergman’s studio support nor his skin color.

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    Nina Simone and James Baldwin (Wild is the Wind)

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    James Baldwin Born August 2, 1924

    Baldwin and Marlon (Dangerous Minds – civil rights 1963)

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain, which Baldwin had worked on for years under various titles, was finally finished during a trip to Switzerland. When New York publisher Alfred Knopf expressed interest in publishing the work, Baldwin returned to America on a ticket bought with a loan from Marlon Brando. His novel was published a year later in 1953 and received rave reviews. (via)

  • Patrick Morell – Filmmaker, Documentaries, & Travels

    June 29th, 2018
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    Patrick Morell Filmmaker, Documentaries, Taravels and more.
    Happy birthday!

    Interview – on books – Proust, Thomas Wolfe, Genet, August Wilson, Philip Roth etc.

    Lawrence of Arabia. From Lawrence Book. The 7 pillars of wisdom. Big influence. I took a nap under his Rock in the desert of Wadi Rum, at the order and border of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. – Patrick Morell

    Wellfleet. Massachussetts
    Patrick Morell –Golden Rabbit films LLC

    Patrick’s #1 inspiration was Louis Malle’s most personal film, Phantom of India .

    Uummannaq. Western Greenland. (click to see large)
    Photo by Patrick Morell

    Under the Volcano, The Farmers and Punkdaydreamers in Bali

    June 4th, 2018
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    (Photos by Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)

    The noise of single hearts battles noise of society in media … whilst the volcano is just there, and so also this farmer. Together they collaps into a fiercely peacefulness that no western journalist or her editor can accept.

    When Pieter Bruegel painted his “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”, did he leave us with an accusation, metaphorically, represented by that farmer who seems to ignore the scenario he is captured within? (via Citizen 5 )

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  • Punk Daydream (Lamuna-oi)

    See more photos from previous post.

    (Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen did some steadycam work in Bandung’s toxic environments back in January 2014 for this film.”

    RIP Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time, Documentary by Erroll Morris

    March 13th, 2018
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  • See the full film, here.

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    Criterion – A Brief History of Time – Macrobiography

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    and Stephen Hawking

  • Eroll Morris – Ecstatic Absurdity, It’s Confrontation with Meaninglessness (previous post)

  • Vivian Maier – (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) –

    February 1st, 2018

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    Vivian Maier

    Wiki

    Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide

  • via her wiki.. John Maloof, curator of some of Maier’s photographs, summarized the way the children she nannied would later describe her:

    “She was a Socialist 1ameriVivian, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. … She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn’t show anyone.”

  • Tim Roth invites you to Vivian M.

    How were you involved in Vivian getting her first posthumous gallery show here in L.A.?
    I said, “I have a friend who has a really lovely gallery. Why don’t we do the L.A. [photos] and I’ll host it?” So we’ve been doing it ever since. We try to do one a year. We do some new pieces, and we try and get some of her prints — which are very rare — in there as well. The ones that she printed probably at the corner store.

    What drew you to her eye?

    A favorite photographer of mine on the documentary side would be Don McCullin. Stuff that I really admire in cinema would be Ken Loach. Within the photographs is sort of a critique of society. She has that. I thought it was extraordinary. You can see in her framing and in her point of view and in how the equipment that she was using changed.

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    V.M – an anoymous portrait of america (See more photos here)

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  • The Center Will Not Hold – a Documentary of Joan Didion – 2017

    November 1st, 2017
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    New Yorker –

  • The Center will not hold

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    Photo by Annie Leibovitz

  • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
    “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
    “I WILL BE HER WITNESS.
    That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    Having lost her loved ones and having won an award for the brave book
    Joan is still writing.

    Joan shares a birthday with other funny writers and personalities,
    Calvin Trillin, Margaret Cho and Hanif Kureishi.

    Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches.

  • Paris Review interview

  • Joan Didian recommended Another Sky –

    Bill Binney, the Original NSA Whistleblower – A Good American, a Documentary about Binney

    September 25th, 2017
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    Computer Weekly.com – Interview (The Original NSA Whistleblower)

    Bill Binney, the ‘original’ NSA whistleblower, on Snowden, 9/11 and illegal surveillance

    Binney was responsible for feeding targeting rules gleaned from the analysis back into the analytical tools. This self-refinement was key, allowing analysts to hone in on their targets, without the need for mass data collection.

    Boing Boing – 9/11 could have been prevented

    After his resignation, Binney and his fellow whistleblowers faced retaliation from the NSA, as the agency prevented him from getting work as a private intelligence contractor and eventually staged a guns-drawn dawn raid on his home.

    Binney has been a sharp, articulate, deeply knowledgeable critic of mass electronic surveillance ever since, refusing to be intimidated by the NSA despite the risks to himself.