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Portrait of Brando by Margaret Bourke White

June 14th, 2014
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    Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971)

  • See some great photos here Women at Work

    Margaret Bourke-White (1904–1971) was a woman of firsts: the first foreign journalist allowed to take pictures of industries in the Soviet Union; the first female photographer hired by Life magazine and its first female war correspondent. In fact, her work graced the first Life cover in November 1936. Bourke-White’s interests ranged far and wide, from photographing the drought victims of the Dust Bowl to chronicling the combat zones of World War II and the violence of the India/Pakistan partition.

  • Chantal Akerman at 64 – 2014

    June 5th, 2014

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    Chantal Akerman (Mubi)

    One of the boldest cinematic visionaries of the past quarter century, the film-school dropout Chantal Akerman takes a profoundly personal and aesthetically idiosyncratic approach to the form, using it to investigate geography and identity, space and time, sexuality and religion.

    Don’t Miss Chantal Akerman’s Study of Pina Bausch at Lincoln Center

    What Akerman can’t express in words, she makes piercingly specific with her images.

    One Day Pina Asked me (video)

    Divine Delphine Seyrig as Jeanne Dielman

    Colin Marshall..

    Jeanne Dielman understands what all the best works of cinema do: implication and occurrence are two different things. Where so many mediocre films deal in visual shorthand that merely suggests to us that certain events have happened, this one has its events actually take place. That this builds their importance far beyond any quick-cut battle for the very future of humanity might point toward an answer to the feminist question: these are domestic duties we’re watching, and the film treats them with a gravity that somehow goes beyond aesthetics. You could call its story tragic, but just by existing it demonstrates an artistic fact that’s sadder than anything going on in its content. By letting its content dictate its form — or rather, by letting its content and form exist in symbiosis — the film achieves what most films could if they did the same. But almost no film does.

    Google mapping Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai de Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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    La Captive
    Here was a review by Hoberman (scroll down)

    Chantal Akerman’s La Captive is another sort of psycho-epistemological inquiry that asks: How can we know another?


  • Aurore Clement in Rendez Vous D’Anna (youtube)


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  • Previous post (D’est, her photographs exhibition, Pina Bausch on youtube etc)

    Portraits by Rineke Dijiskstra

    June 2nd, 2014

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    Below are some examples from one of those series. She did a large series of photos of young men and women who were joining the military (in different countries). She’d shoot an image of the individual just before they enlist and then go back and shoot other images of them at different points over the course his or her career. The resulting images show just how much the military changes a person, both physically and (evidenced by facial expressions and posture) mentally. See if you can find any examples of your own. (via)

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    Rineke Dijiskstra (Hyperallergic)

    After hearing Richard Armstrong rightly classify Dijkstra as a “peerless” artist in an era of artmaking that often seems to lack authenticity, it is hard not to wonder why Dijkstra’s artwork does indeed feel so singular. The answer seems to be something of a paradox: because Dijkstra’s photographs are so openly inspired by the 17th century Dutch master painters, they are uniquely compelling as 21st century hyperrealist portraits. The Guggenheim retrospective, which includes seventy photographs and five provocative videos, shows us how Dijkstra draws from the artistic history of the Netherlands, and translates that inspiration into her unique contemporary work.

    Rineke Dijiskstra - born on June 2 1959 in Sittard is a Dutch photographer. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

  • Director of Distant Nuri Bilge Ceylan Won Palm d’Or with Winter Sleep – 2014

    May 24th, 2014
  • Winter Sleep is loosely based on Chekhov, written by Nuri and his wife.

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    Cannes Jury discussion (youtube)

    One of the characters from Distant is a photographer, Ceylan used his own apartment.

  • Speaking of Distant.. great distance lies between these photos.


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    Right photo by Fung Lin Hall (Tempe Arizona) – left photo was posted by Roxanne Rogers who lives in Istanbul

  • Young Nuri..
    Self-portrait.. he was a photographer.

    His bio and his family photos here

    His photos here

    DaVinci Chianti & The Last Supper – Hiroshi Sugimoto, Foster Won Isamu Noguchi Prize

    May 16th, 2014
  • Norman Foster, Hiroshi Sugimoto receive Isamu Noguchi Award

    Norman Foster (Arch daily)

    Acts of God – Hiroshi Sugimoto (see more here)

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    (Some Living American Women Artists)

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Mao's Last Banquet
    Mao’s Last Banquet by Zhang Hongtu

    Stanley Theater by Sugimoto – (scroll down)

  • Camille Lepage – Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

    May 14th, 2014
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    Bearing witness, losing her life (Lens blogs NYtimes)

    French photojournalist Camille Lepage killed in Central African Republic
    French president orders immediate despatch of team to ‘shine light on circumstances of assassination’ of 26-year-old

    Seeking justice for Camille Lepage

    Camille Lepage (Portfolio)

    Remembering Camille Lepage (New Yorker – slideshow )

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    2nd week of August 2013, South Sudanese professional and amateur models gather to be cast to participate in a catwalk at Festival for Fashion and Peace (FFPA) in Juba, South Sudan. © CamilleLepage_hanslucas.com

    See more photos here -We Call it Fashion

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    See more photos here – Vanishing Young

  • The Gold Bird Variations – Some Images by Fung Lin Hall

    April 13th, 2014
  • The Fact that Socrates wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Jesus wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Buddha wrote Nothing.

    Vanishing Point page 128. David Markson

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    Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon

    Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

    Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

    Above images by Fung Lin Hall

  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014)

    April 5th, 2014

  • One of Anja’s final photos.
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  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus October 12, 1965, Germany – Died: April 4, 2014
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    Spero, Woodman and Carruth

    April 3rd, 2014

  • (Nancy Spero at her studio)

    More Nancy Spero here.

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    Francesca Woodman
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    April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981

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    Lucille Clifton and Hayden Carruth

    He did read the prominent poets Ben Johnson, William Yeats, and Ezra Pound, but added that “the real question is not by whom I was influenced, but how.” To Miller, Carruth’s early grounding in traditional poetic forms prepared him to “improvise” later on, much like the way jazz musicians often study classical music early in their training: “The discipline must precede the rejection of discipline.”

  • At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book

    My prayers have been answered, if they were prayers. I live.
    I’m alive, and even in rather good health, I believe.
    If I’d quit smoking I might live to be a hundred.
    Truly this is astonishing, after the poverty and pain,
    The suffering. Who would have thought that petty
    Endurance could achieve so much?
    And prayers –
    Were they prayers? Always I was adamant
    In my irreligion, and had good reason to be.
    Yet prayer is not, I see in old age now,
    A matter of doctrine or discipline, but rather
    A movement of the natural human mind
    Bereft of its place among the animals, the other
    Animals. I prayed. Then on paper I wrote
    Some of the words I said, which are these poems.

    Anonymous Submission
    Hayden Carruth

    Feminlist – Nancy Cunard & Sophie Le Fraga

    March 10th, 2014
  • Photo of Nancy Cunard by Moffet

    Some of Moffat’s best portraits were of Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a prolific English writer, editor, publisher, political activist, anarchist and poet. She was associated with the Dada and Modernist movements in Paris during the early 1920s when she and Moffat became friends and lovers. Moffat photographed her in a series of inventive poses wearing this extravagant feathered headdress.

    Nancy Cunard was born into the British upper class and devoted much of her life to fighting racism and fascism. She became a muse to some of the 20th century’s most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound and Louis Aragon, who were among her lovers, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Constantin Brâncuși, Langston Hughes, Man Ray, and William Carlos Williams. MI5 documents reveal that she was involved with Indian socialist leader VK Krishna Menon. In later years, she suffered from mental illness, and her physical health deteriorated. She died at age 69, weighing only 26 kilos (57 pounds), in the Hôpital Cochin, Paris.

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  • I love a bangle stack (scroll down to see a photo of Nancy with unknown women)

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    Sophia Le Fraga homepage.

    Interview with Sophia Le Fraga

    Drumroll please Sophia Le Fraga

  • Robert Fitterman introduces Sophie

    Feminlist

    womenthol cigarettes
    womanchego cheese
    womanila envelopes
    womandala
    womandolin
    womannequin
    womanicure
    womansion
    Charles Womanson
    Marilyn Womanson
    Womandy Moore
    Paul Newoman
    Newoman’s Own
    sediwomentary rock
    womanatee
    womanta ray
    praying womantis
    salawomander
    womandarin
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    Gerwoman
    Womanhattan
    womanic depression
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    Prewomenstrual Syndrome
    hywomen
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    -Sophia Le Fraga

    Spalding Gray – Swmming in Melancholia

    January 10th, 2014

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    The owner of Dean & Deluca lived above him and he said he was driving him crazy. We sat and talked through a NYC thunder storm…(Paul Waldman)

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    On January 11, 2004, Gray was declared missing. The night before his disappearance, he had seen Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, which ends with the line, “A man tells a story over and over so many times he becomes the story. In that way, he is immortal”. Gray’s widow, Kathie Russo, has said, “You know, Spalding cried after he saw that movie. I just think it gave him permission. I think it gave him permission to die.”

    Among those from whom Gray sought treatment was Oliver Sacks, a neurologist. Sacks began treating Gray in August 2003 and continued to do so until almost the time of Gray’s death. In an article by Gaby Wood published on the first anniversary of Gray’s disappearance, Sacks proposed that Gray perceived the taking of his own life as part of what he had to say: “On several occasions he talked about what he called ‘a creative suicide.’ On one occasion, when he was being interviewed, he thought that the interview might be culminated with a ‘dramatic and creative suicide.’” Sacks added, “I was at pains to say that he would be much more creative alive than dead.”

    What Spalding Gray left us

    As Gray describes Merton’s death, “the Trappists sent him to Southeast Asia to research Buddhism. He stepped out of a bathtub, touched an electric fan and died instantly.”
    This account, as it happens, dramatizes the conflict found throughout Gray’s extensive journals: between his own relentless search for transcendence (“perfect moments” and the like) and the often shocking absurdity of worldly contingency of the sort that will, eventually, tragically, short-circuit him too.

  • I remember standing in that second-story window and looking down, wondering if I really had the courage to jump and if I did would it kill me from such a small height. I think I figured I’d just break a leg or something and end up in a cast for the rest of the summer, and that would be much better than dying because of all the attention I’d get. But then I also realized that Mom wouldn’t be able to give me any attention, because she was cracking up and needed all of it for herself.

    –from Impossible Vacation
    Levity – Spalding Gray

    John Dominis R.I.P – (A Life Magazie Photographer)

    January 1st, 2014

  • Steve McQueen and his wife, Neile, take a sulphur bath at Big Sur, 1963. (photo by John Dominis)

    1968 Olympics
    Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos, right. raising gloved fists at the 1968 Olympics in one of Mr. Dominis’s best-known photos.

  • Incredible Versatility of Photographer John Dominis – (see more photos)

  • RIP John Dominis
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    Ingratiating, self-effacing and ruggedly handsome, he was often assigned to photograph people who preferred not to be photographed. He spent a month in 1963 with the actor Steve McQueen (nearly feral in his aversion to publicity), who was not yet the superstar he became. He persuaded Frank Sinatra to indulge him for three months in 1965 while he went inside his prickly circle of friends, family, drivers and handlers to photograph his life.

    It was not charm, though, but the reflexes of a professional photographer that helped Mr. Dominis produce his most enduring image.

    On Oct. 16, 1968, when Tommie Smith and John Carlos ascended the Olympic podium in Mexico City to receive medals for finishing first (Mr. Smith) and third (Mr. Carlos) in the men’s 200-meter dash — along with the Australian sprinter Peter Norman, the silver medalist — Mr. Dominis was one of the few photographers who happened to be in the media pen 20 feet away watching and, he said, “expecting a normal ceremony.” John Dominis NYtimes obit