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East Meets West – Tseng Kwong Chi the Improbable Pilgrim

September 10th, 2016
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    and Tseng Kwong Chi

    My mirrored glasses give
    the picture a neutral
    impact and a surrealistic
    quality I am looking for.
    I am an inquisitive traveler,
    a witness of my time, and
    an ambiguous ambassador.
    Tseng Kwong Chi
    1950-1990

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  • Tseng and Herman Costa, Aids Memrorial (Photos of Eleven Good Men)
    Tseng was 39 when he died.

    See him at Grand Canyon

    His imagery was always the curious, blank Chinese tourist. I would say to Kwong that you don’t fool me, I know, I can sense protest when I see it… this blankness was the way in which this culture at large expected him, as an Asian man, to exist. So he became a kind of a cipher, a smooth surface that because it was so impenetrable, this persona, it reflected everything!

    Bill T. Jones

    [TSENG’s work is like] a cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman.

    Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    The World according to Marc Riboud – A Legendary Photographer Dies at 93.

    August 31st, 2016
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    Darjeeling India – photo by Marc Riboud

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    India – 1956
    Marc Riboud (NYtimes obit)
    Born: June 24, 1923, Saint-Genis-Laval, France
    Died: August 30, 2016

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    See Nude in the mirror, Prague, 1982 and other photos here Slideshow czechoslovakia

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    From left to right: Panchen Lama, Dalaï Lama, Zhou Enlai, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. India, 1956
    (via Politicians from Marc Riboud homepage)

  • China II slideshow

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    Photo of Marguerite Yourcenar by Marc Riboud – (she was Madame Bibliotheque – see her book on Mishima.)

  • Lens culture: Educating the Eye: Looking Back With Marc Riboud
    In conversation with Marc Riboud

    Mary, Marcel, Man Ray, Chris Marker & Penn for Photography Day – 2016

    August 19th, 2016
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    photo by Man Ray.

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    See Jean Cocteau by Irving Penn and others by Penn.

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  • Chris Marker 1aChrisMarker2-660 and Alain Resnais
    (Click to see previous posts on Marker and Resnais)

  • Comic Cat, Lit Cat, Film Noir Cat – Happy Int’l Cat day!

    August 8th, 2016
  • The Cop and Peter Cook the Comic Genius

  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing archive here.

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    and the Cat.
    . another photo from writing & the feline muse.

    Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game

  • Yuichi Hibi – Neco hibineko

    Kay Ryan
    A CAT/A FUTURE

    A cat can draw
    the blinds
    behind her eyes
    whenever she
    decides. Nothing
    alters in the stare
    itself but she’s
    not there. Likewise
    a future can occlude:
    still sitting there,
    doing nothing rude.

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    Elliott Erwitt – Magnum Photographer was Born in Paris on July 26, 1928

    July 27th, 2016
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    Elliott Erwitt: The photographer who got the best out of Castro, Kerouac, and Monroe

    Interestingly, his greatest inspirations are Modigliani’s poetic paintings and the Italian Neorealist movies of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica and others. “[The style’s] not chichi, but real and direct, which I hope I’ve manifested in my photos,”
    he says.

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    Jack Kerouac 1955

    (The Red List – see more here)

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    One of his books is titled. Son of Bitch, 1974. Photographs of dogs.

  • Elliott Erwitt wiki (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France)

    Erwitt served as a photographer’s assistant in the 1950s in the United States Army while stationed in France and Germany. He was influenced by meeting the famous photographers Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. Stryker, the former Director of the Farm Security Administration’s photography department, hired Erwitt to work on a photography project for the Standard Oil Company. He then began a freelance photographer career and produced work for Collier’s, Look, Life and Holiday. Erwitt was invited to become a member of Magnum Photos by the founder Robert Capa.

    As a documentary filmmaker he made “Arthur Penn the director“.

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    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.

    (See more photos )here.

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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,

    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

    via Petapixel

    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 (homepage)

  • 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

    Muhammad Ali and Marianne Moore Wrote a Poem together

    June 4th, 2016
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    He announced that if she was the greatest poetess in the country, the two of them should produce something together — “I am a poet, too,” he said — a joint effort sonnet, it was to be, with each of them doing alternate lines. Miss Moore nodded vaguely. Ali was very much the more decisive of the pair, picking not only the form but also the topic: “Mrs. Moore and I are going to write a sonnet about my upcoming fight in Houston with Ernie Terrell,” he proclaimed to the table. “Mrs. Moore and I will show the world with this great poem who is who and what is what and who is going to win.”

    “We will call it ‘A Poem on the Annihilation of Ernie Terrell,’ ” Miss Moore announced. “Let us be serious but not grim.”

    “She’s cute,” Ali commented. (read here via )

    After we defeat Ernie Terrell
    He will get nothing, nothing but hell,
    Terrell was big and ugly and tall
    But when he fights me he is sure to fall.
    If he criticize this poem by me and Miss Moore
    To prove he is not the champ she will stop him in four,
    He is claiming to be the real heavyweight champ
    But when the fight starts he will look like a tramp
    He has been talking too much about me and making me sore
    After I am through with him he will not be able to challenge Mrs. Moore.

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    Photo by Danny Lyon – 1970.

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

    June 4th, 2016
  • Photo of Ali muhammad_ali_flip_schulke_pool by Flip Schulke

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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.

    R.I.P Malick Sidibe – Mali Photographer of Youth, Women and Joy

    April 16th, 2016
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    Malick Sidibé

    NYtimes. Malick Sidibe Photographer known for social reportage in Mali dies at 80.

    He attended Saturday-night parties at which young Malians, dressed to the nines, danced the twist, the rumba and the merengue to the Beatles, James Brown and Afro-Caribbean music. This was Mali’s youthquake, and Mr. Sidibé was its photographic witness.

    “For me, photography is all about youth,” he told The Daily Telegraph of London in 2008. “It’s about a happy world full of joy, not some kid crying on a street corner or a sick person.”

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  • Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist (Trailer)

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    See more photos from The Redlist

    Brad Dourif – In Wise Blood and London Kills Me (Hanif Kureishi) + Nureyev Photo by Diane Arbus

    March 18th, 2016
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    Happy birthday Brad Dourif! (March 18)
    Wise Blood, (J.Huston/Flannery O’Connor), One flew over the cukoo’s nest, Mississipi Burning, London Kills Me (Hanif Kureishi) . Tommy Lee Jones was supposed to play Hazel Motes. I just found this interview..

  • Many laughs of Brad Dourif (youtube)

  • In 1981, Vincent Canby listed Dourif as one of twelve actors to watch, calling Dourif “one of the most intense, most interesting young film actors of his generation”
    (via wiki)

    London Kills Me (Tumblr) (Written and directed by Hanif Kureishi)

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    Erik Bruhn and Nureyev Photo by Diane Arbus

    Two supreme dancers directed by Ken Russell.

    Nureyev’s birthday .. March 17, 1938 Nureyev was to die of AIDS – see more photos at Aids Memorial