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Photos of Gus Van Sant and Dennis Stock

July 24th, 2021

(Portrait of Lautrec on the wall, Gus Van Sant directing Joaquin Phoenix)

After River’s death, Van Sant offered him a meaty role in the black comedy “To Die For,” co-starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon. It was Joaquin’s first role in four years.
Twenty-three years later, Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix are together again in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” a film about the late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, who lived in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Ore.

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Happy birthday Gus Vant Sant!

Initially Gus wanted Tom Waits for the role that went to Matt Dillon. Drugstore Cowboy was based on a true story. William
S. Burroughs changed the profession for his part to that of a priest. He only wanted to work for one day so they shot everything in a day.

Birth of Indie films, death trilogy and his polaroids


(Nicole Kidman and Steve Buscemi – Polaroids by Gus Van Sant)

  • Dennis Stock shared a birthday with Gus Van Sant.
    Born: July 24, 1928, Bronx, New York, NY
    Died: January 11, 2010, Sarasota, FL
    Dennis Stock photos of Hollywood, Jazz and Dean

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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.


    Audrey photographed by Dennis Stock during the filming of ‘Sabrina’ in 1954.


  • Happy birthday David Hammons

  • Kurt Tong- Photography

    June 26th, 2021
  • Prix Elysee – Kurt Tong

    Kurt Tong Photography (See more from his homepage)

    Kurt Tong

    1977, born in Hong Kong, China

    Kurt Tong graduated with a Master’s degree in documentary photography at the London College of Communication in 2006. Having grown up in the United Kingdom, his work revolves around exploring his Chinese roots, his upbringing and understanding of his motherland. Using multilayered narratives, his recent work has dealt with the Asian Diaspora, Chinese funeral practices and early Chinese feminism.

    Much of Kurt’s work, whilst deeply rooted in photography, has incorporated other mediums, performative elements and audience participations. Pushing the possibility of photography as a narrative tool.


    (People’s Park – Kurt Tong)

    End of April – 2021

    April 30th, 2021
  • Happy birthday Jurgen Trautwein

    Other historical figures born on this day –
    Kaspar Hauser

    Alice B Toklas

    Felix Guattari

    Annie Dilllard, Lars Von Trier and Jane Campion,
    Jacques Audiard

    Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30.

  • Adieu Raymond Cauchetier Photos of Nouvelle Vague, Saigon etc.

    February 27th, 2021

  • (Jean Seberg in “A Bout de Souffle, directed by Jean Luc Godard)

    Raymond Cauchetier wiki (10 January 1920 – 22 February 2021)

    Raymond Cauchetier – Self-Portrait

    Novelle Vague artists are creators I am a witness

  • Photos of Saigon 50’s

  • J. L. Godard godard1

    Legendary Chinatown Photographer Corky Lee dies from Covid

    January 27th, 2021
  • (The Village Sun Obit)

    Lee, who was a gentle soul, went by the whimsical moniker the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate.” For 50 years, starting in the 1970s, he documented Manhattan’s Chinatown and the city’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.


    (Photo by Corky Lee)
    Throwing a hook: Japanese American teacher was secret women’s boxing trailblazer

    Corky Lee wiki

    Corky Lee (born as Lĭ Yángguó; 1947 – January 27, 2021) was an American journalistic photographer. His work chronicled and explored the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture overlooked by mainstream media and made sure Asian American history was included as a part of American history

    Photographic Justice
    See photo of Grace Lee Boggs and Mr. Mirikitani (Previous post, The Cats of Mirikitani)

    Corky Lee poses with his 1982 photograph of striking garment workers, featured in the New York Historical Society’s exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. “It was the largest Chinese garment worker rally in the history of NYC. 15,000 showed up to lobby for a new contract – it was pretty monumental. Fifteen, twenty years after that, the garment industry is no longer a viable employment source for the Chinese immigrant community, but back in the day, at least one person in the family had to work for the union, because that was the source of health insurance. Because there was absolutely no health insurance in the laundries and restaurants.” Corky was still in high school when he began noticing the absence of Chinese Americans in the media and newspapers around him – even the historic photograph of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, built by Chinese labor, didn’t have any Chinese workers in it. He has been committed to making his community visible ever since, photographing not only Chinatown but Asian America for more than four decades. The 68 y.o. Queens native has been the country’s self-appointed, undisputed, Unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate for so long that even the post office agrees: a letter addressed to just this title in “Elmhurst, Queens” actually found its way to the photographer.


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    Photographs by Masatoshi Nagase

    November 19th, 2020
  • Masatoshi Nagase Facebook

    Prevous post – Kiki and Masatoshi Nagase


  • (Photo of Matt Dillon by Masatoshi Nagase)


    (Photo of Hou Hsiao Hsien by Masatoshi Nagase)
    Previous post – Hou Hsiao Hsien


    (Christopher Dolye – photo by Masatoshi Nagase)

    The Last Life in the Universe – cinematography by Christopher Doyle.


  • (Shark Fin photo of Tadanobu Asano by Nagase)
    (Nov 27 update: Happy birthday Tadanobu Asano)

  • Passion of W.Eugene Smith – A Sublime Photojournalist

    October 12th, 2020
  • Amer. Army nurse 2nd Lieut. Florence Vehmeier walking past GI w. bullet wound in his stomach & rubber tube taped to his lip which drains his stomach through his nose to bucket on the floor in makeshift hospital in Cens Cathedral, during WWII.

  • WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. February 1945. The Battle of Iwo Jima (Japanese island). US Marine demolition team blasting out a cave on Hill 382.

  • Magnum Photos – W. Eugene Smith
    (Died: October 15, 1978, Tucson, AZ Smith was 59 years old.)


  • (Woman bathing her daughter, a victim of mercury poisoning, Minamata, Japan 1971)

    It has been called photojournalism’s Pieta. In 1971, Smith and his wife, photographer Aileen Mioko, moved to the
    Japanese village of Minamata for three years.
    Many regard this as the first photograph to awaken the world to ecological abuse. Page 525 – The Great Life Photographers.

  • Charlie CHAPLIN. 1952.
    Buster KEATON (left) and Charlie CHAPLIN (right) during the shooting of the movie “Limelight”, starring Charlie CHAPLIN, Sidney CHAPLIN, Claire BLOOM and Buster KEATON.

    See more photos of Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight set here.


  • (Nun Waiting for Survivors, Andrea Doria, 1956)

  • Minamata Homage to W. Eugene Smith
    (More photos here)

  • The Pointillist Detail, Photos of Jürgen Schadeberg, RIP

    September 8th, 2020
  • (Hans Prignitz’s handstand on the St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg 1948 )

    African photography Jurgen Schadeberg

    Jurgen Schadeberg Artistic Eye

    Obituary: The pointillist detail and zen brush strokes of Jürgen Schadeberg

  • Jurgen Schadeberg homepage


  • Nelson Mandela


  • Exclusive Interview (Flashbak)

    At the start of his teens, Schadeberg was forced into the Hitler Youth. He hated it and everything it represented. Sometimes he marched backwards, or wore bright colours instead of the standard issue brown shirt. On other occasions he mimicked Charlie Chaplin as der Führer.

    Miriam Makeba

  • Jurgen Schadeberg’s Portrait of Singers in 1950’s South Africa

  • Comic Cat, Lit Cat, Film Noir Cat – 2020

    August 8th, 2020

  • Edward Gorey loved cat and Balanchine (previous post)

    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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    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    Louisa Chase

  • David Goldblatt – South African Photographer (1930–2018)

    August 2nd, 2020

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    David Goldblatt, ‘The salute of the banned African National Congress at the graves of four assassinated black community leaders’, Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 20 July, 1985, gelatin-silver print. Museum no. E.112-1992, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


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    (Cafe de Move On Johnnesburg 1964)

  • Marian Goodman Gallery- / Structures of Dominion & Democracy

  • (Guardian obit in 2018)
    Art and Design – David Goldblatt (See more wonderful photos here)

    David Goldblatt A Monument to Apartheid In Fietas

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    Carvings for Sale on William Nicol Drive , 1999

  • Miriam Mazibuko waters the garden of her RDP house for which she waited eight years. It consists of one room. Her four children live with her in-laws. Extension 8, Far East Alexandra Township, 12 September 2006

  • Picture Protest – Frieze

  • Art Net David Goldblatt

    David Goldblatt was South African photographer known for his uncompromising images of his country during apartheid and afterward. “I was very interested in the events that were taking place in the country as a citizen but, as a photographer, I’m not particularly interested, and I wasn’t then, in photographing the moment that something happens. I’m interested in the conditions that give rise to events,” he once explained. Born on November 29, 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, he began photographing at an early age but his father’s illness required Goldblatt to run his family business while studying at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. After selling the company in 1963, Goldblatt focused entirely on a career in photography. His involvement with various artistic circles in Johannesburg granted him access to a broad range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

    Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991),

    July 17th, 2020

  • (Jean Cocteau – photo by Berenice Abott)

    Jean Cocteau (His postcard, Raymond Radiguet etc)

  • Foujita by Berenice Abbott

    Foujita and Inokuma


  • Self Portraits –
    Berenice Abbott at MoMa

    See more Berenice Abbott

  • Muriel Rukeyser

    Hand of Muriel Rukeyser Photo by Berenice Abott

  • Slyvia Beach Sylvia Beach, 1927 (March 14, 1887 – October 5, 1962)
    Portrait by Berenice Abbott

    (See Sylvia Beach (Previous post)

    Interior – Skylight & Three Chairs

    June 25th, 2020

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Skylight Ideas – Home decor


  • Chairs from the doctor’s office – photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Chorus of Chairs

  • Bat, Elephant, & Dragon Chairs