James Agee wrote that mediocre films are alot more interesting to discuss than great ones. “Selma” is a very stimulating film but not a very good one. Made by the director Ava DuVernay , it was her first chance to make a big budget film, a very ambitious film, and in that … Continue reading
“Kill The Koch Brothers” a grade school play This blog is posted in honor of the United Nations Summit on climate change in Lima, Peru. I was seated in the front row of the theater at the Lab School of the University of Chicago anxiously awaiting the start of the Thanksgiving play when I was … Continue reading
Lyon made the original chromes in 1966 using a Rollieflex. Because the slow speed of the film and low light levels many were time exposures. Lyon spent New Year’s Eve of 1966 riding the subway with his Rollie. These are on large 4 by 5 foot light boxes and will be displayed for one year inside the Atlantic Ave Station in Brooklyn.
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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was a less than exciting name also. No one could say it. No one could remember it. But the SNCC has gone down in history as one of our great moments, and one of the great grass routes organizing groups in history. So when the Great Climate Marchers (firstname.lastname@example.org) arrived … Continue reading
Misplaced: ethics and the photographs of Vivian Maier by Kevin Coffee https://www.dropbox.com/s/p8sg7osb0azicqe/Coffee.VivianMaier.2014.pdf
Sean O’Hagan of the Guardian in London and written a fine piece on “Like A Thief’s Dream”, which of course has been way under anyone’s radar in Amerika. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/jan/11/danny-lyon-thiefs-dream-texas O’Hagan did this in January of 2011 after a friend handed him the book at a party. Since the book was dumped by the original publishers (as was … Continue reading
This is the NG edit of a portion of Lyon’s and Bond’s discussion at the National Geographic. I was edited to show sections of their discussion of Lyon’s work for the SNCC when in 1963 Lyon and Bond worked in the same Atlanta SNCC office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjXHTMdjt9M
What follows is the transcript of the talk delivered to a standing room audience of six hundred photographers, journalists and editors on January 9, 2014 at the National Geographic in Washington DC. Lyon and Julian Bond then shared the stage while sixty images were shown. “I wanted to talk a bit about Norman Mailer, … Continue reading
“Great photography touches the soul. In 2003, Mike Brodie was a teenager in Pensacola, Florida, living with his mother; his father was far off in Arizona, doing ten years in prison.
Young Mike and his friend Savannah figured out the simple scam” ….