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Remembering photographer Irving Penn & Gallerist Jack Tilton

June 15th, 2017
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    (via Irving Penn-From Hells Angels to Hitchcock.. )

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    See portraits of Jean Cocteau, Colette, Claude Levi-Strauss, David Smith by Irving Penn (previous post) here.

    The son of a watchmaker and a nurse, Penn was born June 16, 1917, in Plainfield, N.J., and grew up in Philadelphia. His younger brother, Arthur, became a successful movie director with “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967.

    Arthur Penn was his brother - (about the two of them – from Vanity Fair)

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    Jack Tilton (1951–2017)

    Jack Tilton Gallery

    Art News obit _ Relentlessly Venturesome art dealer died

    Nytimes Obit

    Jack Tilton, an art dealer whose gallery was instrumental in discovering or giving crucial early exposure to Marlene Dumas, Kiki Smith, David Hammons and other artists who later became prominent, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 66.

    The cause was complications of cancer, his wife, Connie Rogers Tilton, said.

    Mr. Tilton, who began his career as an assistant to Betty Parsons at her renowned 57th Street gallery, had an eye for the new and a thirst for discovery. He was particularly keen on finding young artists just coming into their own and giving them the needed push.

    Several artists who are now well established, including Francis Alys, Glenn Ligon, and Fred Holland, who died last year, benefited from his backing. He was also a prescient, intrepid explorer of Chinese art, using his gallery to showcase work by artists like Huang Yong Ping and Zhang Peili.

  • Jack Tilton gallery introduced me to Blinky Parlermo’a art

  • Claude Cahun – Surrealist Identity Performance

    May 19th, 2017
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    A conceptual artist pays homage to surrealist Claude Cahun (Hyperallergic)

    Born to an intellectual Jewish family in Nantes in 1894, Lucy Schwob changed her name to Claude Cahun around 1914, then moved to Paris and stripped herself of any gender-defining qualities. She shaved her head and began exploring her various “selves” in front of the camera, donning wigs, masks, and, sometimes, an incredibly bronzed fake tan.

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  • See more here (the Redlist)

  • Photo Journalist Felipe Dana Takes Us to an Inside View of the Battle for Mosul

    April 17th, 2017
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    Guardian (April 13, 2017)

    Felipe Dana has spent the past three weeks photographing the Mosul offensive. He spoke to us about his experience.

  • Felipe Dana is from Brazil – (homepage)

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    In Iraq, hundreds of US troops have been sent to reinforce the assault on Mosul, with many more waiting in the wings

    Click and see Children play inside a damaged car amid heavy destruction in a neighborhood recently retaken by Iraqi security forces from Islamic State militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq.
    (Instagram – Felipe Dana)

  • Felipe Dama won Pulitzer Prise for photo journalism

  • Mike Brodie’s Photos & Andrea Arnold’s American Honey

    March 30th, 2017
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    Mike Brodie

    Born 1985 in Arizona, Mike Brodie first began photographing in 2004 when he was given a Polaroid camera. Working under the moniker, The Polaroid Kidd, Brodie spent the next four years circumambulating the U.S. amassing an archive of photographs that would go on to make up one of the few, true collections of American travel photography. Having never undergone any formal training, he chose to remained untethered to the pressures and expectations of the art market.

    He stopped making photographs after two projects.

    See more here.

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  • Discovered Mike Brodie’s photos from an interview on Andrea Arnold here.
    American Honey
    Sean O’Hagan asked Andrea Arnold –

    I myself was struck by how closely the mag crew resembled the real-life itinerants, runaways and train-hoppers photographed by Mike Brodie in his 2013 book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. “Yes!” exclaims Arnold, when I mention this. “I love his photos, they’re beautiful. When I first spoke to Shia [LaBeouf] about the film, I actually gave him a Mike Brodie photo for one of the characters I imagined him to be. But also his pictures have the Polaroid light that I love.”

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    Sasha Lane Photo via LA
    ‘American Honey’ weaves an ode to the road with Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and newcomer Sasha Lane.

    Arnold won an Oscar for her 2003 short film “Wasp,” but her real breakthrough was “Fish Tank,” the story of a young British girl struggling to break free from the prescribed life in her tower block. (It was also among the early major glimpses of actor Michael Fassbender.) Though “Fish Tank” was not a box-office hit on initial release, Arnold’s unique blend of grit and lyricism has seen its stature only grow in the years since, cited as an influence by the likes of “Girls” creator Lena Dunham.

    Edward Weston & the Photos of Real America, Tina Modotti, Robinson Jeffers, Cats, Fish Gourds etc.

    March 24th, 2017
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    EDWARD WESTON, “Three Fish-Gourds (Juguetes)”, 1926, silver print, printed ca. 1935-40, 8″ x 10” (via)

    Edward Weston (1886 – 1958)

    Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois on March 24, 1886.

    His homepage here.

  • Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass (See great photos from here)

  • See photos of Charis Wilson (his model & muse)here.

  • EDWARD WESTON Mary (on Clock), 1945

    See more great cat photos by Weston here.

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    Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, “Anniversary”, Mexico, 1924. Photographer unknown

    Edward Weston the Lover

    It was more than his personal charm that attracted women. His ability to write, something he often considered a shortcoming, was magical as well. Consider this response from Tina Modotti to a letter he had written,

    Once more I have been reading your letter and as at every other time my eyes are full of tears – I have never realized before that a letter – a mere sheet of paper could be such a spiritual thing – could emanate so much feeling – you gave a soul to it! If I could be with you now at this hour I love so much, I would try to tell you how much beauty has been added to my life lately! When may I come over? I am waiting for your call.

  • The nude backs of Edward Weston (social/history blog)

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    Portrait of Robinson Jeffers by Weston

  • Photo of Oscar Wilde by Sugimoto, Happy St Patrick’s Day – 2017

    March 17th, 2017
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    Eileen Gray the Irish Designer

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    Sinead O’Connor photo by Jane Bown

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    Photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto (via)


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  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    Breakfast on Pluto

    The wind that shakes the Barley

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Photo of Catherine Deneuve by Man Ray + Wajda with Polanski & G.Depardieu

    March 6th, 2017
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    (Photo by Man Ray,1968)

    Catherine Deneuve said in an interview here.

    “To be in his atelier, to see those objects he had made and to experience his excitement at making the photograph. I was curious about all of these things.” She remembers him as “nice, welcoming, but he didn’t talk so much. His approach was soft, gentle. The way he worked reminded me of Buñuel.”

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    (Gerard Depardieu was Danton directed by Wajda)
    March 6 -birthday of late Andrez Wajda

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    Wittgenstein and Hitler Attended the Same School in Austria, at the Same Time (1904)

    Ludwig Wittgenstein archive (his photos, the house he designed etc)

  • Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017), The Suicide of Chinese Photographer at 29

    February 24th, 2017
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    Aperture Solo Show

  • Controversial and renowned Chinese photographer Ren Hang died at 29. (British Photographer Journal)

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    Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017). (Poems in Chinese + a page on depression)

    See more photos Mashkulture net

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  • Empty Kingdom

  • Ming the Panda & Photos by Ming Smith

    February 11th, 2017
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    Ming Panda London Zoo

    Statue for giant panda who lifted wartime spirits
    Ming the panda arrived in London as a cub in 1937 and was a huge hit among children, including two princesses

  • Some Panda photos by Fung Lin Hall here too.

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    Ming Smith, “Kites Inside, Columbus, Ohio” (ca. 1972)

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    Necessary Angels (Hyperallergic)

    More photos by Ming Smith here.

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  • Portrait of François Truffaut by Duane Michals + Other Odd Photos

    February 6th, 2017
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    Photo of François Truffaut by Duane Michals, 1981

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    François Truffaut was born on February 6, 1932, in Paris, France. With the identity of his biological father later becoming a mystery, François’s mother, Janine de Monferrand, wed Roland Truffaut, with her husband giving his surname to her son. Yet the couple ultimately never allowed the boy to live with them; he was looked after by a wet nurse until, as a toddler, he was taken in and raised by his maternal grandmother and grandfather.

  • Les Miston (see youtube)

    Truffaut simply called it “my first real film”.Moreover it was Bernadette Lafont’s film debut. She was at that time Gérard Blain’s wife. It was shot at her hometown Nîmes.


    A Gorgeous Girl Like Me

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    (Truffaut and Jean Cocteau)
    via Silent and Talkie blog

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    (Robert Bresson and Truffaut at Cannes 1967)

  • André Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s Top 10 – read what they have to say about Jules et Jim.

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    Two English Girls –

    Truffaut (previous post – his search for love & language, cinema & books)

    New Year’s Day Poem by Joseph Brodsky – Happy New Year 2017

    January 2nd, 2017
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    New Year’s Day poem by Joseph Brodsky

    1 January 1965

    The Wise Men will unlearn your name.
    Above your head no star will flame.
    One weary sound will be the same—
    the hoarse roar of the gale.
    The shadows fall from your tired eyes
    as your lone bedside candle dies,
    for here the calendar breeds nights
    till stores of candles fail.

    What prompts this melancholy key?
    A long familiar melody.
    It sounds again. So let it be.
    Let it sound from this night.
    Let it sound in my hour of death—
    as gratefulness of eyes and lips
    for that which sometimes makes us lift
    our gaze to the far sky.

    You glare in silence at the wall.
    Your stocking gapes: no gifts at all.
    It’s clear that you are now too old
    to trust in good Saint Nick;
    that it’s too late for miracles.
    —But suddenly, lifting your eyes
    to heaven’s light, you realize:
    your life is a sheer gift.

    Birgitta Jonsdottir – Pirate Party Projected to win in Iceland – Happy Halloween 2016

    October 26th, 2016
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    Birgitta Jonsdottir might win the election in Iceland
    (Last April – post)

  • Ghost Warrior in Papago – see also Fortress Gump.

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    Manuel O’Campo La Liberte -

  • By TERRENCE RAFFERTY- OCT. 26, 2016
    The Latest and Best in Horror

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    Rene Burri – Germany Treptow, 1959
    Swiss photographer see more here.

  • Happy halloween

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    Photo of Michel Foucault
    MARTINE FRANCK/MAGNUM PHOTOS

    Michel Foucalt – fun house

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