Definitions of Democracy, part Two

The purpose of Democracy is Democracy In part One of this thought, posted a couple years ago, the streets of NYC were praised as among the highest examples of Democracy in the history of man. A few weeks after, having nothing to do with the blog, Occupy moved into Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. (An … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Robert Frank

Robert Frank spoke no english when in 1947 he landed in New York City at the age of twenty three, and sitting at lunch counters on Broadway would order pies, which he could see on display on the counter, by pointing at them. By 1959 he would publish a book of photographs, first in France, … Continue reading

There goes New York

The sea level was supposed to rise “in a hundred years”. Then on Monday it happened. Manhattan island had a world record thirteen feet of water above the high tide level come up and over the southern wall into Battery Park, a few hundred yards from the headquarters of Goldman Sachs. Manhattan island, the Athens … Continue reading

The End of the Age of Photography – The Conclusion

It is five years since The End of the Age of Photography first appeared on bleakbeauty.com on Oct 20, 2007. It was also delivered as at a symposium at Stanford University, where Muybridge created much of his Animals in Motion. This is the Fourth and final installment. The End of the Age of Photography – … Continue reading

Juan’s Children Stay in Amerika

It is not often that we awake to good news from our government. Like Lincoln with the Emancipation Proclamation, President Obama has given protection from deportation to a million young immigrants inside our borders, most of them Mexicans. And he did it from within a government, that other than killing people and collecting taxes, hasn’t … Continue reading

Juan Stays Home

“I am glad juans mom died . I hope he dies in beanerville. You too wetback asskisser.” Here is a comment this blog just received. It is almost poetic, as if these were lines in a play by Jean Genet, perhaps delivered by a small white prisoner, handcuffed in his cell, as he were about … Continue reading

Remarkable Article “Worlds to Conquer: The Photography of Danny Lyon” by Kim Beil Published In Summer Photographer’s Forum

This article touches on many things including the Menil show and Deep Sea Diver. Kim Beil is a new young writer and I thought you would enjoy seeing it.

PFMAY12_Danny_Lyon (pdf, 640k)

Albuquerque is burning….Again

Leaving a downtown theater after a showing of Men in Black Three the smoke outside was so heavy that I told Nancy to go get the car while I hid inside the glass enclosure of an air-conditioned restaurant. Smoke from 80,000 burning acres in the Gila Wilderness, 150 miles to the south is blanketing the … Continue reading

Juan Goes Home

Reading the opening of Jean Paul Sartre’s Anti-Semite and Jew, he argues that Anti-Semitism (dislike of, avoidance of, negative table talk about, hatred of, and extermination of Jews – he wrote this in 1947) was a Passion, not an Opinion. An Opinion is “You can’t trust Jews”, “They didn’t serve France in enough numbers in … Continue reading

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