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Stephen Hawking Died on Einstein’s Birthday on March 14, 2018

March 14th, 2019
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    (photo by Fung Lin Hall from the supermarket rack).

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    Stephen Hawking (previous post)

  • See more March 14 birthdays here.


    (Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer – photo by Alfred Eisenstaed)


  • Einstein and Tagore

    On July 14, 1930, Albert Einstein welcomed into his home on the outskirts of Berlin the Indian philosopher, musician, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The two proceeded to have one of the most stimulating, intellectually riveting conversations in history.

    The Passing of an Elegrant Writer/Critic , Francine Du Plessix Gray

    January 16th, 2019

  • Portrait of Francine Du Plessix Gray by Balthus and Man Ray.


  • (Francine with her parents) became a cover photo of her book “Them”.

    Francine Du Plessix Gray passed away

  • Francine du Plessix Gray (1933–2019)

    Francine du Plessix Gray, the French-American reporter, critic, novelist, and feminist known for her elegance and unsparingness in chronicling issues of the self and beyond, died in Manhattan on Sunday from complications of congestive heart failure. She was eighty-eight years old.

    Gray’s upbringing was defined by both entitlement and loss. Born to a French father and a Russian mother in Warsaw’s French embassy in 1933, Gray emigrated from France to New York with her mother, Tatiana Yakovleva, after her father’s plane was shot down by fascists near Gibraltar in 1940. In New York, Yakovleva—once a muse for the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky—married socialite and future Condé Nast director Alexander Liberman and eventually became a prolific milliner for Saks Fifth Avenue. Gray recounted her complex childhood and family life in 2006’s Them: A Memoir of Parents, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • Paris Review – Francine and sorrel soup.

  • Gore Vidal on “At Home With The Marquis de Sade – (A Life) by Francine Du Plessix Gray

    “It was brilliant idea of Francine du Plessix Gray to re-create not so much the “Monster” who was to become, somber fate, an adjective but the actual man who spent so much of his time in prisons… thanks not only to his sexual capers but, also, to a real-life monster, his mother-in-law, who would have walked off with Les Liaisons Dangereuses had the author dared cast her.
    “This is an elegant, enlightend Enlightenment study of a powerful sexual imagination trapped in the mere human body, not to mention the Bastille from which it would take a revolution to free him—and us, his unborn readers.”

    Nina Leen – Life Photographer Who Dressed the Squirrel

    January 2nd, 2019
  • Nina Leene died on Jan 1, 1995. (New Yorker – the Surreal World of Nina Leen)

    Nobody knows how old the Russian-born photographer Nina Leen was when she died, in 1995. Judging from her obituary, information about Leen is scarce. She lived in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland before moving to the U.S., where she became one of Life magazine’s first female photographers, in the nineteen-forties. She shot countless assignments for the magazine, including more than fifty cover stories, and produced fifteen photo books. Her most well-known subjects were animals (including her dog Lucky), American women and adolescents, and the Irascibles, a group of abstract artists, including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.


    Nina Leen bio with a photo of the Irascibles here .

  • A squirrel wearing a baby doll’s dress.


    The Nutty Squirrel that dressed in drag.


  • (Jacky with baby Caroline)

  • Nina Leen’s portrait by Gordon Parks.

  • Photos by Lisa Larsen & A. Eisenstaedt & Marilyn, Two “Life” Photographers

    December 6th, 2018

  • Jocelyn and Marlon (sister and brother) in 1948 – photo by Lisa Larsen.


  • (Photo of Lisa Larsen by Rodney Williams)
    Lisa Larsen won awards as “Life” photographer , died of breast cancer at age of 34.

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    photo by Lisa Larsen


  • (Marlon Brando 1948 – photo by Lisa Larsen)


  • Alfred Eisenstaedt – Chronicler of the Century was born on Dec 6, 1898.


  • (Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer – photo by Alfred Eisenstaed)

    Documentary Photographer, Arnold Genthe – Chinatown, S.F. + Portraits

    October 25th, 2018

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    Arnold Genthe (January 8, 1869 – August 9, 1942) was a German photographer, best known for his photos of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and his portraits of noted people, from politicians and socialites to literary figures and entertainment celebrities.

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    Arnold Genthe(Wiki shows Jack London)

    His photograph of the earthquake’s aftermath, Looking Down Sacramento Street, San Francisco, April 18, 1906, is his most famous photograph.

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    Introduction to Arnold Genthe

    An example of Genthe’s portrait style can be seen in his 1925 photographs of Greta Garbo. Shot in Genthe’s New York studio, this series of photographs are dark and dramatic portraits of Garbo early in her American career, emphasizing her eyes and neck. Genthe credited his photographs of Garbo with launching the actress’s American career.

  • Lovely Edna
    (Edna St.Vincent Millay 1914)

  • Ruth St. Denis in Omika, c.1913

  • Paris View – the Missing Images of Chinese Immigrants

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    Long Beach, Long Island, New York, circa 1921. “Anna (Denzel) Duncan dancing.”

  • Helena Almeida, Portuguese Performace Artist – (1934-Sept 25, 2018)

    September 26th, 2018
  • Helena Almeida (1934 – 25 September 2018) was a Portuguese artist known for her work in photography, performance art, body art, painting and drawing.

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    Helena Almeida
    We Find Wildness (blog)

    Art Seen Chicago

    RIP Tom Clark, Poet, Biographer & Beyond the Pale Blogger

    August 20th, 2018
  • Tom Clark, 2010. Poet – photo by John Sarsgard

  • Beyond the Pale an extraordinary blog by Tom Clark.

    Tom Clark Renowned Poet and Biographer dies in North Berkeley traffic collision.

    Jacket Interview
    (Tom Clark thought Ron Padgett was a far superior poet of my generation.. )
    Ron Padgett and Paterson – (scroll down)

  • Samuel Beckett – My Family with extraordinary photos from Jakarta Indonesia here (from Tom Clark’s blog)

  • Gerda Taro A War Photographer & Robert Capa

    August 1st, 2018
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    The Woman Who invented Robert Capa

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    Google honors Gerda Taro, a pioneering female war photographer Gerda Taro

    Widely considered the first female photojournalist to cover a war, she was also the first to die doing so.

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    Gerda Taro

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    (Photo of Robert Capa by Gerta Taro on the right)

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    Dennis Stock – Photos of Hollywood, Jazz & Dean

    July 24th, 2018
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    Louis Armstrong working on his autobiography. (1958, Corona Queens – photo by Dennis Stock)

  • Dennis Stock :born July 24,1928, The Bronx, New York City, NY (Magnum Photos)

  • Louis and Billie Holiday (Previous post)

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    Simone Signoret and Yves Montand (An Oscar for 1960 film “Room at the Top” directed by Jack Clayton)

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    Jack Lemmon

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    James Dean (previous post)

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    Dennis watched in horror as Jimmy took off his boots and climbed into a bronze casket. He crossed his arms and shouted, “Shoot.”
    Dennis refused, saying that it was in bad taste, and suggested Jimmy get out of the casket before someone came in.
    Implicit in the series of photos was Jimmy’s dark side, coupled with his desire to be close to his mother, who had died when he was nine years old.

    Dennis Stock How he came to know and love the doomed screen idol.

  • Nusch Eluard, René Char & Cafe Society -2018

    June 21st, 2018
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    The combustive Nusch Eluard Born: June 21, 1906

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    René Char – Lucidity is the Wound Closest to the Sun

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    Protesting with Picasso on the heights of the Mont Ventoux against the nuclear installations.

    Resistance in Every way

    obéissez à vos cochons qui existent;
    j’obéis à mes dieux qui n’existent point.

    obey your pigs who exist;
    I obey my gods who do not.

  • Coffee & Cigarettes, Cafe Society

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    Simone de Beauvoir – Paris with Sartre, Chicago with Nelson Algren.

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    (Picasso, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus and Picasso’s dog)

  • Fotos of R. Crumb by H. Benson & G. Cooper by Robert Capa

    June 16th, 2018
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    Robert Crumb 1968, photo by Harry Benson

  • Robert Crumb, Birthday Bean Effect (previous post)

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    Gary Cooper photo by Robert Capa

    Happy Father’s day!

  • Robert Capa, War and Ingrid Bergman

  • JFK in Art & Media + Arthur Penn Coached JFK for Debates

    May 29th, 2018
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  • (Senator Inouye and JFK)

  • “None of us realized the potency yet of this medium–how many homes it was going to, what kind of affect it was having on people and so forth.. I think everybody who works in the visual medium would love to have that kind of innocence again.” Arthur Penn

    Close ups..a knee jerk response.. the Media killed Nixon- (youtube)


    Arthur Penn on JFK-Nixon Debates

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    See more photos from Mark Shaw’s Kennedy Archive (Life photographer)

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