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

  • Bird baby lost
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  • Related links –
    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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    (BBC in pictures)

    CBC Canada news

    Spero, Woodman and Carruth

    April 3rd, 2014

  • (Nancy Spero at her studio)

    More Nancy Spero here.

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    Francesca Woodman
    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


    womenthol cigarettes
    womanchego cheese
    womanila envelopes
    Charles Womanson
    Marilyn Womanson
    Womandy Moore
    Paul Newoman
    Newoman’s Own
    sediwomentary rock
    womanta ray
    praying womantis
    womanic depression
    womental disorder
    Prewomenstrual Syndrome

    -Sophia Le Fraga

    Spalding Gray – Swmming in Melancholia

    January 10th, 2014

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    Photo of Spalding Gray by Paul Waldman

    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)

  • Via Spalding Gray wiki

    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

    Kojima Ichiro – Tsugaru Photographer + Tugaru Shamisen.

    December 27th, 2013

    Ichiro Kojima (onlinebrowsing) – see more photos.

    Kojima (b. 1924, Aomori, Japan) served the war effort in China during World War II and returned to his homeland, Aomori, in 1946. Having passed through several jobs, he began to help out in the family business, a photographic equipment shop.
    Tsugaru, the series in this exhibition, was shot during Kojima’s first four years as a photographer; it may be said that it was during this time he worked on Tsugaru where Kojima developed his characteristic printing technique.

    more here..

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  • Under the guidance of an experienced beggar, the younger blind man would learn the basics of shamisen and begging. These men, called bousama (sarcastically meaning “honorable monk,”), were definitely at the bottom of the social ladder. They traveled through farming and fishing areas, where they would be able to play for food in order to survive.
    Tsugaru History

    Tsugaru-Aomori Japan (see map)

    Xmas Tree in a Living Room by Arbus + The Tree by Alechinsky

    December 24th, 2013
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    Xmas Tree in a Living Room, Levittown, L. I., 1963
    .Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus

    Revealed and Rediscovered - Diane Arbus


    Hors Saison I. 177 x 88 cm S. 187 x 95 cm Etching and aquatint in colours printed on Japan, 1988

    Kate Barry, Photographer, Daughter of Jane Birkin Fell & Died.

    December 11th, 2013

    Jane and Kate Barry

    The shocking news came via FB..
    Le Figaro (in French only)

    La photographe Kate Barry, fille de l’actrice et chanteuse Jane Birkin, est décédée aujourd’hui vers 18h30 après avoir chuté du 4e étage de son appartement parisien.

    An anti-depressant drug was found.

  • Dailymail obit here. (see many photos here)

  • See more photographs by Kate Barry here

    Wall street article on Kate Barry

  • Kate and Jane Birkin

    R.I.P Saul Leiter (1923-2013)

    November 30th, 2013
  • Postscript New Yorker (1923-2013)

    Leiter’s best photographs lack all pretense, and are full of a productive doubt. When I heard the news of Leiter’s death, I asked Leach what the experience of working on the film—over a period of three years—had been like. “He was funny, intelligent, and insightful,” Leach wrote to me. “He was full of curiosity and mischief.” The Magnum photographer Alex Webb, who is celebrated for the sophistication of his color work, said Leiter had “an uncanny ability to pull complex situations out of everyday life, images that echo the abstraction of painting and yet, simultaneously, clearly depict the world.”

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  • The Color of Genius

    Seeing beauty with Saul Leiter

  • Robert Frank – 20 Years in Mabou, Nova Scotia

    November 9th, 2013

    ‘mabou’ (words, nova scotia)

    Andrea Mabou
    Looking again at Robert Frank

    Robert Frank -Sunday Salon Utata.org

    In 1971 Frank bought an old fisherman’s shack in Mabou, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island. He began to divide his time between there and his loft in New York City. He took up his Leicas and bought a cheap Polaroid, and returned to still photography. The photographs he began to shoot in Mabou were, at first, relatively simple in composition, but they were significantly more introspective and personal than anything he’d done before. His earlier work was all about the external world; his new work was deeply internal. It was less about others and more about himself. It’s as if Frank began for the first time to use photography as a mode of personal expression. The photographs retain the air of melancholy that marked his more famous work, but the melancholy grew out of the style of the work—out of the photographer, it could be said—rather than from the subject matter.
    Some of that grew out of his personal life. Frank’s son Pablo was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the early 1970s, and eventually he required hospitalization. In 1974 Frank’s daughter Andrea died in an airplane crash in Guatemala. These personal tragedies clearly began to shape Frank’s work. It became more volatile and almost painfully personal.

    The Fire Below Mabou January 1980
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  • Paris photos (youtube)

    The Americans

  • Robert Frank
    and his wife June Leaf. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe
    Shooting from the hip..

    Happy birthday Robert Frank.. 89 years old. (Nov 9)

  • Documentary

  • Unhappy Birthday – Yosemite Park Shuts Down, 2013

    October 2nd, 2013
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    4 Ducks Captain Monty
    leading us to the journey of unknown.

  • See more photos here on FB album (Camping, biking and rafting at Yosemite)

  • Google celebrates Yosemite as Government shuts famous park down.

    Demand pay freeze for congress..Petition sign here..

    Cartoonists take aim at the shutdown.