Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Moments in Time 1989/1990.
Scenes from the fall of the Wall.
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Photos of the Kings of Africa.
'Between the years of 1988 and 1991, French photographer Daniel Laine spent about 12 months on the African continent tracking down and photographing figures of royalty, and leaders of kingdoms. During this time he managed to photograph 70 monarchs and descendants of the great African dynasties with his work on this series.'
Venera: The Soviet Exploration of Venus.
'Originally designed as a simple protective insert, watch-papers came to be used as an advertising medium for the watchmakers in the second half of the 18th century and another means by which print artists could ply their trade. These types of 'professional' or conservative watch-papers form the majority of the genre, but a popular 'amateur' variety also emerged that were valued as keepsakes.'
'You never really think of Broadway having a beginning or ending. It’s the oldest north-south thoroughfare in NYC, and is derived from a Native American trail, the Wickquasgeck, which once carved through the swamps and rocks of the island. The avenue passes through so many important hubs of New York life that the idea of it actually terminating somewhere seems almost unnatural.'
All-American Space Fleet - 1950s.
American Girl, 1922.
‘Five years after this photo was taken, Kay was dead of pneumonia at age 37.’
William Gedney Photographs.
'From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed throughout the United States, in India, and in Europe. From street scenes outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney recorded the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy. These photographs, along with his notebooks and writings, illuminate the vision of an intensely private man who, as a writer and photographer, revealed the lives of others with striking sensitivity.'
Japanese Prints and the World of Go.
Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art (1909).
'This is a review of the folk-lore of animals, mostly of a legendary or purely symbolic nature, particularly as appearing in English Heraldry. It's a gold-mine of lore about such fantastic beasts as the hydra, the basilisk, the phoenix, as well as angels, dragons, mermaids, sphynxes and so on.'
Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic (1900).
'This includes detailed treatment of the central triad of Brahmâ, Vishnu and Shiva, along with dozens of other Gods and Goddesses, nature spirits, half-divine heros of the epics, and so on. Wilkins covers the dozen of so principal avatars of Vishu, including Krishna and (suprisingly) Buddha, and prophecies of the mysterious Kalki avatar, yet to come. The dozens of line drawings are good reference art for each of the major deities.'
'Among the online collections of Indiana University I found the Jane Johnson Manuscript Nursery Library, a set of cards made by Jane Johnson in Lincolnshire for the instruction of her son, George William Johnson. Since he went on to be High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1784, all the careful work she put in to teaching him obviously paid off. '
Pogue States: A Celtocentric World Map.
Dunhuang Star Atlas.
Whirlpool Galaxy Deep Field.
Carina Nebula Panorama.
Querying the Hive Mind.
'Seeking first rate caper flicks or thrillers.'
'I'm looking for examples of insanely overbuilt, reasonably-priced consumer goods: "Cheap, bombproof...XXXXX"'.
'What are the simple concepts that have most helped you understand the world?'
Milwaukee Neighborhoods 1885-1992.
Your Monkey Called.
A touching haiku.
History of English.