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Junichiro Tanizaki – In Praise of Shadow + The Tatoo on Ayako Wakao

July 24th, 2016
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    “This painting shows your future,” Seikichi said, pointing to the woman under the cherry tree — the very image of the young girl, “All these men will ruin their lives for you.”— “The Tattooer” by Junichiro Tanizaki

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    (Ayako Wakao, Funakoshi, Kyoto Kishida)
    Manji directed by Masumura.

  • The Key to Junichiro Tanizaki
    (See a trailer of Berlin Affair, and Makioka Sisters and film still of the Key – previous post)

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    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi

  • Baron Raymund Von Stillfried – a Pioneer Photographer of Meiji Japan

    July 20th, 2016
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    Baron Raimund von Stillfried, also known as Baron Raimund von Stillfried-Rathenitz, was an Austrian photographer.

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    Japan times book review of Baron Raimund von sillfried – a pioneer photographer.

    Baron Raimund von Stillfried, a 19th-century pioneer of photography in Yokohama, was the first in Japan to recognize the new medium’s potential as a global marketing tool. Adept at producing theatrical souvenir photos, Stillfried also took the first ever photograph of Emperor Meiji and shocked Vienna when he imported Japanese teenage girls to the city to work in a mock teahouse.

    Portrait of Emperor Meiji Emperor Meiji by Von Stillfried

    More about Enigmatic Emperor by Donald Keene here.

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    Baron Raimund von Stillfried, Furniture Shop, hand-coloured albumen silver photograph, c. 1875,

    When Hunter met Muhammad + Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    July 17th, 2016
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    Gonzo (Levity links)

    Quotes

    America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

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    When Hunter met Muhammad

    Interviewing Ali was easy. Just turn up and you would be granted a killer quote. Few sportsman have been as skilled at performing for the media. Yet Thompson didn’t want to be just another reporter dutifully quoting the gospel according to Ali. He wanted to break through the familiar grand facade.

    “I was still shaking hands with Bundini when I realised where I was — standing at the foot of a king-size bed where Ali was laid back with the covers pulled up to his waist and his wife, Veronica, sitting next to him… I felt like I’d been shot out of a cannon and straight into somebody else’s movie.”

  • Here was a tribute from France, a brilliant and amazing flash inspiration piece from France. (The piece is titled Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.)

    Hunter’s Fear and Loathing album

    Paris Review: interview (the art of journalism)

  • All You Fascists Bound To Lose, Woody Guthrie & Bound for Glory- Hal Ashby & David Carradine

    July 14th, 2016
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    Happy birthday Woody Guthrie!

    Robert Crumb (previous post Birthday bean effect)

    Woody Guthrie~ All You Fascists Bound To Lose (Youtube)

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    July 14 (also a birthday of Ingmar Bergman.. who cast David Carradine in Serpent’s Egg .. Carradine and Elliot Gould were the only 2 Americans to appear as lead actor in Bergman films)

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    Bound for Glory was directed by Hal Ashby

  • Michael Cimino at Heaven’s Gate – he was 77 years old

    July 2nd, 2016
  • Michael Cimino died at 77..

    Although he directed a few films in the decades after “Heaven’s Gate,” Cimino kept a low profile, and plastic surgery made him almost unrecognizable. He resurfaced at the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of his 1996 film “Sunchaser.” He appeared at Cannes again in 2007 for his final film venture, a three-minute contribution to the multi-director anthology “Chacun son gout.” He obliquely addressed the rumor that he was transitioning into a woman, saying there were many false rumors about him, part of a “personal assassination”; he said if a detractor wants to prevent a person from working, the next best thing is to “destroy them personally.”

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    Michael Cimino IMDB

    Due to his movie Year of the Dragon (1985), he was made an honorary Colonel in the Thailand Air Force.

    Directed 4 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Walken won for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978).

    Living in Paris, France, where he has published two successful novels and is working on a third…plus another screenplay. [February 2004]

    New Blue (Scientist Discovered), Yves Klein Blue & 82 Portraits by David Hockney

    June 29th, 2016
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    Yves Klein Blue installation via

  • Scientist discovered a New Blue – 2016

    Paris review: True Blue

    A brief history of ultramarine.

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    82 portraits and 1 still life, which opens at the Royal Academy in London on 2 July.

    David Hockney among friends: a triumphant return to portraiture
    In the wake of a personal tragedy, Hockney embarked on a new project: to capture his wide social circle in defiantly exuberant tones

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    John Baldessari (previous post)

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    Chris and Don by David Hockney
    Chris and Don (previous post)

    R.I.P Tony Feher – Artist of Everyday Objects (1956–2016)

    June 25th, 2016
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    Tony Feher (1956–2016)

    The sculptor Tony Feher died today. His subtle, straightforward work, made with the most throwaway of things—plastic water bottles, berry cartons, jelly jars, or blue painter’s tape—upended Minimalist sobriety and Conceptualist cool with an intelligence that wholly embraced humor and charm.

    via Art News.

    Gary Simmons wrote, “R.I.P. Tony Feher a fantastic artist who showed us so much beauty in the moments…you’ll be missed brother..rest in power.”

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    Untitled, 2007 glass jars with metal screw lids, glass marbles, stainless steel wire 28 x 18 x 6 inches

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    Nine mylar bags and push pins – 2004

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    R.I.P. Hong Kong Photographer Fan Ho (8 October 1937 – 19 June 2016)

    June 24th, 2016
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    Fan Ho (wiki)

    He died in San Jose, California on 19 June, 2016 of pneumonia at the age of 84

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    Born in Shanghai, China, in 1931, Ho first picked up a camera at age 13 when his father gave him a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera. After moving to Hong Kong later in his teens, he began to document life on the streets of that bustling 1950s city. His remarkable street photos of Hong Kong would soon earn him international attention, exhibitions, and hundreds of photography awards.

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    121 clicks -inspiratin from masters of photography

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  • Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures

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    Danny Lyon – Message to the Future at Whitney – June 17–Sept 25, 2016

    June 13th, 2016
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    Club house during the Columbus run, Dayton, Ohio

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    The World is Not My Home

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    Message to the Future at Whitney

    A leading figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon has distinguished himself by the personal intimacy he establishes with his subjects and the inventiveness of his practice. With his ability to find beauty in the starkest reality, Lyon has through his work provided a charged alternative to the bland vision of American life often depicted in the mass media.

    Haiti Danny Lyon in the 1980

    Prison photos by Danny Lyon

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    (repost - Ali archive here)

    China photo

    NYtimes arts/design

    EileenGray & Le Corbusier – The Price of Desire – Vincent Perez as the Architect

    June 10th, 2016
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    Le Corbusier and Vincent Perez
    Happy birthday Vincent Perez (June 10)

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    The Price of Desire features Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier
    Besides Vincent Perez Orla Brady as Eileen Gray and Alanis Morissette as lover “Damia” in The Price of Desire, directed by Mary McGuckian,

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    Eileen Gray:Innovative Designer – see her 28 million dollors chair.

  • A Punk Daydream – A Documentary Film Shot in Indonesia Looking for Completion by Belgium Filmmakers

    June 6th, 2016
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  • This is my favorite photo taken for the documentary, at Kota Harbor, Edo playing music on his ukelele to the kids. The metal round thing in the bottom left corner is a soup-bike in the making. It is recycled metal with a hole in it to fit a soup or porridge pot. It is then attached to a bike. That is how the poor make money. They ride around in the city selling street food. And it is actually delicious. The trashed floor… is actually layers of trashed on top of the OCEAN. Yes, there water underneath, not ground. not safe.

    (A Punk DayDream )

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    Jimmy Hendrickx (director) in the center and Kristian Van der Hayden (producer) on the right

    A punk Daydream or “Lamunan Oi!” is a portrait of the largest growing punk community in the world despite Indonesia’s extreme social, political, and environmental conditions, as seen through the eyes of punk youth. – by director Jimmy Hendrickx.

  • Please vote here at Indiewire -for A Punk Daydream.

    Muhammad Ali – Interview Highlights & Fun Photos to Remember his Legacy

    June 4th, 2016
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  • “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me a nigger.. – said Muhammad Ali.. (Page 10) David Markson – Vanishing point.”

    Ali passed away on June 3, 2016
    David Markson passed away June 4, 2010

    Ali and Malcolm X

    Ali riding a bike

    More amazing photos of Ali – here

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    Prince kept his cool.