I went on a little hike last weekend.
I went on a little hike last weekend.
Martin Luther King Jr. with his father and son. Photo taken in 1963 by Richard Avedon.
“James Naismith in 1928, holding a peach basket for his wife, Maude, to make a shot.”
Jorge Luis Borges takes a leak (via biblioklept)
They’re just like us! Background on the photo. Filed under: Borges.
Car salesman Leroy Carpenter demonstrating trunk capacity of new Dodge by Michael Mauney. Atlanta, 1971. Thank heavens for better search for Google’s Life photo archive.
Hurdle race on snowshoes, Montreal, QC, 1892. This seems a little cruel. I’d love to try it. (via)
Peachtree Street with wagon traffic. Atlanta, Georgia. 1864. Photo by George N. Barnard. 165-SC-46. Barnard in Georgia.
Igor Stravinsky bowing down to kiss his wife, Vera de Bosset. Hollywood, 1947. Photo by Loomis Dean for Life Magazine. I should really have more stuff with a Stravinsky tag.
Ива́ново де́тство (Ivan’s Childhood). This was my second Tarkovsky–Solaris was amazing. This one is impressive, especially for his first film. It’s told non-linearly with occasional flashbacks, memories, dreams, and voiceovers creeping in. Ivan is a child orphan who, when we meet him, is doing recon/intelligence for the Soviets during World War II. This movie has a similar gritty take on the war that you find in The Cranes Are Flying. It’s less rhapsodic, but the black and white photography is just as ridiculously good. My favorites are the haunting nighttime scenes along the riverbanks and swamps, and the scenes in those Russian birch forests that are just impossible to make look bad. Criterion essay.
Flannery O’Connor, Southern writer (of the novel Wise Blood and short stories) – died this day in 1964, aged 39, from lupus…
Photo of Flannery in front of her self-portrait w. peacock…
This photo was taken by AJC photojournalist Joe McTyre, by the way. Love me some Flannery.
A still from Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street. Part of a really awesome collection of stills in this series about trains in film. Linking to part 8 because it links to all the posts in the series at the bottom of the page.
Three guys running the marathon at the 1896 Olympics. Primitive running gear aside, this is a lovely photo. (via)
Girls encounter hippie vans in Piedmont Park. Atlanta, 1970. Photo by Boyd Lewis. (via)
It’s Clint Eastwood & PJ Harvey! Swoon.
(by Kristin Burns)
Glenn Gould, March 1955, at the Columbia studio in New York during the recording sessions for the Goldberg Variations. Photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE. PIANIST GLENN GOULD | REJECTING THE ‘BLOODSPORT’ CULT OF SHOWMANSHIP « The Selvedge Yard.
Pablo Picasso with Brigitte Bardot in his studio in Vallauris during the 1956 International Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Jerome Brierre.
Stavin’ Chain playing guitar and singing the ballad “Batson,” Lafayette, Louisiana. 1934. Photo by Alan Lomax. (via)
Drummer Gene Krupa performing at Gjon Mili’s studio. NYC, 1941
*Amazing* photographs from LIFE Magazine’s photo archives. Originally featured in the July 9th, 1941 article, “GENE KRUPA SHOWS HOW TO PLAY DRUM IN THESE FANTASTIC SOUND PICTURES.”
In these unusual shots Krupa illustrates some rudiments of drumming. They were taken by Gjon Mili’s multiple-exposure camera so you could follow the track of Krupa’s drumsticks whizzing through the air. But they are interesting also as impressionistic portraits of sound, suggesting the rhythmic pandemonium of a Krupa jam session.
….As a drum historian, he likes to tell how Napoleon Bonaparte was once defeated by Russians who were roused to a fighting frenzy by Cossack drummers. Says Krupa proudly, “I have Cossack blood myself.”
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By the way, for all you bums tumbling without credit, this photo is by George H. Barker for The Tennessean (which has a lot of great Elvis photos), during the June 10, 1958 RCA studio session in Nashville. Perhaps he’s taking a break with Chet Atkins, Hank Garland, and the Jordanaires after recording I Need Your Love Tonight or A Big Hunk o’ Love? A little credit/context goes a long way.
And now back to our regularly scheduled non-cranky programming.