Posts tagged “photography”

  • Art Shay on photographing Simone de Beauvoir

    Art Shay on photographing Simone de Beauvoir

    January 26, 2010

    From the article "Good Nudes From My Naughty World" by Art Shay, at Swans Commentary: "It's quite a rear," The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik gushed. "The picture was taken in 1950 by, of all people, an American -- the photographer Art Shay -- in, of all places, Chicago, where Beauvoir was canoodling bilingually with Nelson Algren." To be singled out by The New Yorker as one "of all people, an American" who shot the picture in "of all places, Chicago" makes me feel like Ingrid Bergman stumbling upon Humphrey Bogart who as Rick says, "of all the gin joints in all the towns of the world, she walks into mine" while Dooley Wilson tinkles out "As Time Goes By" on the pleasantly off-key piano.

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  • Clayton Patterson on the Lower East Side

    Clayton Patterson on the Lower East Side

    September 28, 2009

    "The Lower East Side was a crucible for creativity. Artists and intellectuals were drawn here because they could afford to live and create here. When Lou Reed moved here from Brooklyn in the ’60s, he rented an apartment on Ludlow Street for something like $38 a month. Now it’d be $3,000. I don’t think there’ll be any more Lou Reeds on Ludlow Street. All of the geniuses who were here because of the cheap rents are gone." — from the New York Times profile on Clayton Patterson

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  • Linh Dinh on Walt Whitman and photography

    Linh Dinh on Walt Whitman and photography

    September 16, 2009

    (From Linh Dinh's wwwwsonneteighteencom.blogspot.com) Dominant societies disperse emissaries to convert, kill, loot or photograph, and a conquering army is always accompanied by embedded vultures. There's no point in kicking down doors, ransacking homes, burning huts, tying up men, raping women, torturing and slaughtering if photos aren't globally disseminated to be seared into our collective memory. Minus these trophies, there's no victory. Even if it's politically inexpedient to release the images now, it's important that there's a photographer in the vicinity, and it must be one of ours, of course, not a bystander or freelancer. These traitorous parasites ought to be arrested, if not shot. Images of atrocities don't stop wars any more than pornography deters rape. To the righteous, photos of an enemy being humiliated only confirm the justness of their cause and their own racial, national, class or gender superiority. Think lynching postcards. Think Abu Ghraib. We can do this because God, history and nature are on our side.

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