Posts tagged culture
Posts tagged culture
Okay, now. Here’s a destination for my #Placestogo list for 2013!
The Neon Boneyard
There are over 150 signs, some dating back to the 1930s, from the original Moulin Rouge to Liberace’s signature.
There’s some great photos. Take a look.
One of 28 ways to remember the slain in Sandy Hook.
Skater In Red, art by Bill Medcalf
Miss Albania. Miss Angola. Cultural beauty and statements in fashion.
“Harlem Gang Leader”, 1948
By: GORDON PARKS….
**HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!….He would’ve been the big 100!!!!….
I cannot help but be drawn into the eyes and find it hard to imagine them living in the 1940s…grateful to Najaf Shokri for publishing this work, preserving the dignity and memory of the beautiful souls.
Images from the series Irandokht by Najaf Shokri, 2006-2009 (via).
According to Shokri, One day outside the Statistic and Registration Administration in Tehran, I discovered piles of discarded identity cards by the dustbins. They were all of women born in the early 1940s, who were photographed in their youth. The astonishing diversity of hair-dos – only a minority wore a scarf or chador – reflected the variety of choices that women had in the late 1950s and 60s. The ID cards also represented the many different classes and personalities of women of the time, from shy and demure to upfront, confident and glamorous.
When I found these pictures, sometime in 2005, I wondered whether these women had died, never renewed their identity or emigrated. It seemed to me that the government was most probably erasing evidence of our recent and distant past, for these photographs oppose the current dominant culture. I was shocked that these records of our community could be discarded so easily, without remorse. Photography is more about discovering than creating. Being a finder is the dominant, innate state. In Irandokht I have tried to stitch together another aspect of our history, one that is not about throwing away, ignorance and corruption. To me, discarding history reflects the intolerance and negligence of institutions in power. The Irandokht series invites the audience to face a certain period without any judgment. These women lived in Iran, and I feel I am in some way reviving and preserving their memory. (quote source)
29 November 2012
What a great view, via rogerwilkerson, of my first Christmas, at the age of 10 months! Thank you!!
Christmas Shopping - 1954
29 November 2012
This is Tahrir Square in Cairo right now: occupied, lively & packed with protesters.
Anti-Morsi demonstrators filled the Square last night after a decree issued on Thursday expanded his powers and shielded his decisions from any sort of judicial review until the election of a new parliament expected in the first half of 2013.
“We don’t want a dictatorship again. The Mubarak regime was a dictatorship. We had a revolution to have justice and freedom,” 32-year-old Ahmed Husseini said in Cairo.
21 November 2012
Thanksgiving Turkey Preps
20 November 2012
Reminiscent of the Tin Man, doncha think?
Early spacesuit prototype being tested in 1950s America, one of several rare photographs from the golden age of space exploration expected to fetch £480,000 at auction.
Also see the design history of the spacesuit.
20 November 2012
Glad to hear this, and IT IS ABOUT TIME.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest organization of OB-GYNs in the U.S., is calling for birth control pills to be made available over the counter rather than requiring a doctor’s prescription:
In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies. And such pregnancies, they argue, do not just interrupt lives — they also cost a fortune, with a price tag of approximately $11.1 billion per year, according to an analysis published in the academic journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The group acknowledges, though, that cost could be an issue if it got its wish, since it’s not clear whether health insurance would cover over-the-counter oral contraceptives.
Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
Michael Wolf is a magnificent artist. His family are friend-neighbors, and his mother, Anna, showed me this book several weeks ago. What a moving compilation of moments in life and culture. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of my own copy of the book to drool and linger over, ponder, and revisit. (Click on the title; a link to an article and sneak-peek photos from the book.)
18 November 2012
A reminder of our history; a reminder of our fragile earth. Not-to-miss.
Coming Sunday on PBS: The Dust Bowl
THE DUST BOWL, a film by Ken Burns, chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
The U.S. government sent some talented photographers to capture America during the 30s. Learn more about them and their iconic images that brought the Dust Bowl home to everyone. View the photos: http://to.pbs.org/QN2oIT
Premieres November 18 and 19, 2012 8:00–10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Watch the Preview: http://to.pbs.org/T6SXDz