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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)

    Ming Smith

    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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    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

  • Prague Nude
    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.

    Photo by Irving Penn -Two Guedras, Morocco, 1971 1aIMoroccopenn_ss10

  • 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