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talk about himself. - Charles Baudelaire
In 2013 I started a series of photo albums on Blurb.com, named '36Exp' (a subject adressed in 36 exposures, a reference to the exposures on most common rolls of 35 mm film: 12, 24 & 36.). The books can be ordered directly from the Blurb.com website.
'GROTE FOTOGRAFEN' | PHOTOGRAPHY
'De Volkskrant' has published for the Netherlands a large-size (30x42cm) box showing 20 brochures of 'great photographers'.
HERZOG by SAUL BELLOW | BOOKS
He is the only writer to have won the National Book Award three times, and the only writer to have been nominated for it six times.
Bellow hit the bestseller list in 1964 with his novel Herzog.
I found it difficult to keep track of Moses Elkanah Herzog, the rambling American Jewish professor who leads a restless helter-skelter life in relations and moves between various locations. In the process of his journeys, he is moving through his own mental chaos, sorting out memories of his past failures, trying to get a grip on his destiny.
At the end of the book when his brother suggested a restful period in a psychiatric institution, I could not have agreed more! Herzog's third(?) wife has left him for another man and he feels betrayed by his ex wife and his friend Valentine Gersbach. Meanwhile he has great difficulty in committing to another relation. And while not exactly a pauper, he has had to borrow money from relatives and seems incapable of properly looking after himself.
Look elswhere if you want to identify with a sympathetic main character, but this is a book you will like if you enjoy great writing, appreciate how sentences are masterfully crafted!
NAARDEN FOTOFESTIVAL 2011 | PHOTOGRAPHY
The 'FotoFestival Naarden 2011' has The Portrait as a theme, enthusiastically titled 'Let's Face it!'
An inspired selection of Dutch photographers has their work on display in historic, fortified Naarden-Vesting during the period May 21st - June 19th.
For centuries the Dutch have a reputation to uphold for quality portraits, think of Rembrandt and Vermeer! In the present day many Dutch manage to uphold that creative and artistic tradition with excellent photography.
In the Grote Kerk ('Big Church') a large exhibition is dedicated to the considerable and admirable work of Joost van den Broek. Other photographers on display during this exhibition are Stephan Vanfleteren, Lieve Prins, Susanne Reuling, Janica Draisma, Martin Roemers and many others.
The idea is to buy a ticket in the office, explore the map which has the locations where photos are on display.
There will also be photographers on display under the banner of ' Festival-OFF'.
The Festival-OFF is the collection of all photographers, professionals as well as amateurs who started their own exhibition, at their own risk and expenses. They manage to find exhibtion space each Festival. Some of them do succeed in getting some private sponsoring for framing and printing. The exhibition space is mainly provided by the residents of Naarden-Vesting, in shops, bars and restaurants of this historic town lined with cobble-stoned streets.
Any shopwindow, shed or garage will do. Some of the exhibitions are outside (weather proof) or in tents, caravans etc.
Participants include Armando Jongejan, Delta-F, Rogier Veldman, Jelmer de Haas, Athur Mebius en Maarten Kools, Fotocollectief Lumen, Collectief voor modelfotografie, Shoot!, Rize Art Gallery, Armando Martini, Hans Versteeg, Herman van Doorn, Heleen Wiering, Mette Steincke en Heleen Wiering, Willem Stroom, Fotoclub Argentum, Mathilde Rauwerda, BNTNG Photography, JoAnn Walraven, Marianne Ulrich, Liesbeth Jonckbloedt, Toos Meerstadt, Lisette van den Beld and Fotobond.
Thus you will see photos displayed in various sizes, shape and form; displayed outside as well of course inside, in remarkable locations such as in the fortifications, a barn, shops, restaurants, etc.
I particularly liked the photography by Jan Banning, Martin Roemers, Henriette van Gaasteren (a.k.a. 'Lilith'), Mike Roelofs and Joost van den Broek.
See my photos for an impression of FotoFestival Naarden 2011
AVIATION MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS OF NORTH AMERICA | BOOKS
32ste DETECTIVE & THRILLERGIDS | BOOKS
This edition has only seven books awarded the five-star status, the Book of the Year selected from these five is Arnaldur Indridason's 'Doodskap' (original title Svörtuloft, not yet translated into English and therefor I haven't read it yet).
The other 5-star titles & writers are: De Begraafplaats van Praag (The Prague Cemetery - Umberto Eco), Voor Ik Ga Slapen (Before I Go To Sleep - S.J. Watson), Grijs Verleden (Field Grey - Philip Kerr), Dossier 64 (Journal 64 - Jussi Adler Olsen), De Herziening (The Reversal - Michael Connelly) and Een Mooie Dag Om Te Sterven (The Anniversary Man - R.J.Ellory).
An inspirational publication for some dedicated shopping the next few months, not just books as the advertisements also show dvd's with captivating crime drama...
HOW TO BECOME CLAIRVOYANT | ROBBIE ROBERTSON
After The Band split up in the late 1970s, Canadian singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson (b.1943) has not been very productive in producing albums. Since 1987, he released a limited series of solo albums, his first was self titled followed by 'Storyville', 'Music for the Native Americans' and 'Contact from the Underworld of Redboy'.
'How To Become a Clairvoyant' was recently released and continues his fine story-telling songwriting lyrics.
When I noticed the cover I took out an Anton Corbijn Photobook ('33 Still Lives') and indeed found a photo titled 'Robbie Roberston July 1999, Beverly Hills'. In the photo Robbie is reading a brochure Become Clairvoyant. It seems to show the extended time it takes for Mr Robertson to produce an album; is this what he sings about on this album: "I was only trying to make the right mistake".
I hope he has a few more albums bottled up somewhere (and Anton Corbijn can shoot the cover!)
JOSEPH WERSHBA DIED, AGED 90 | NEWS
A few days ago, on May 14th, Joseph Wershba passed away.
During the 1950s he brought the witchhunt on communists in the US to the attention of the public.
He reported on the attempts by the US Air Force to fire Lt Milo Radulovich because of alleged communist sympathies.
In 2005 a film was made on this story, titled 'Good night, and good luck', starring Robert Downey Jr in the role of Wershba.
Wershba was born on 19Aug1920 and joined CBS News in 1944, serving as writer, editor and correspondent. After a stint as a columnist and feature writer for The New York Post (1958–1964), he returned to CBS. He produced documentaries for 'CBS Reports' and was one of 6 original producers for '60 Minutes' in 1968 (-1988).
Joseph Wershba received the Silurian Award for lifetime achievement in journalism. He was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work on The Lee Harvey Oswald Story in 1963.
Other awards include: the Hillman Prize, Emmys, American Bar Association, and Peabodys. He won two Emmy awards at '60 Minutes'. He received them for What Happened in Tonkin Gulf (1971) and Teddy Kollek’s Jerusalem (1978)
ALONE by CHARLES BUKOWSKI | POETRY
And again I enjoyed Bukowski's poetry, it is so accessable, brimming with bitter-sweet humor.
Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer.
His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work.
Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books.
HEART OF GOLD by NEIL YOUNG | MUSIC
Last year I purchased
this double dvd edition and recently havE been playing it again. So much to enjoy there: the music, information about his 'tools' (e.g. Old Black and Hank Williams guitar), how songs came about; the recordings were made with an audience, but have a great intimacy.
Neil Young's Heart of Gold on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
BANKSY | ART
Recently I bought this book: 'Banksy - Wall and Piece' (Random House, 2006) and became convinced that art can be found in grafitti. Humor too. Deep messages made obvious. That's Banksy for you.
'The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff.
Visit www.banksy.co.uk for his art and wit. Enjoy!
GUNTHER SACH REMEMBERED
GUIDE TO MODERN BRITAIN | BOOKS
The 'Have I Got News For You' team have, in a moving and totally out of character display of public-spiritedness, compiled this "Guide to Modern Britain" to help guide you around, er, modern Britain...
Introduced by Ian Hislop and a word of conclusion by Paul Merton, the writer Nick Martin continues the tongue-in-cheek style as enjoyed on tv in HIGNFY: 'Have I Got News For You'.
I must admit that at first I found the cynical humor tiring at first, but then I focussed on the facts discussed and found what I read both interesting as well as amusing.
There is a lot of truth in the wry and cynical observations.
PHOTOJOURNALISM | PHOTOGRAPHY
"Photojournalism is in the midst of a remarkable, and singularly unexpected, renaissance. New practices, strategies, viewpoints, techniques, and agents have radically transformed the institutions and the fundamental concepts of the field. Whilst it has become fashionable to lament the death of photojournalism, actual events suggest that something quite different is taking place. The group exhibition Antiphotojournalism charts these new developments in exciting ways.
Included is work by Broomberg & Chanarin, Mauro Andrizzi, Jonathan Cavender, Robbie Wright, Shane McDonald, Hito Steyerl, Ariella Azoulay, Paul Lowe, Goran Galic & Gian-Reto Gredig, Laura Kurgan, Renzo Martens, Kadir van Lohuizen, Allan Sekula, Phil Collins, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Paul Fusco, Gilles Peress and Susan Meiselas. Compilations by Sohrab Mohebbi, Eyal Weizman, with Yazan Khalili and Tony Chakar.
New methods of reporting the news, new imaginations of what the news might be, have challenged the hegemonic figure of the photojournalist at its core and given birth to the most interesting ideas. This critical approach is called, following Allan Sekula, 'antiphotojournalism'. It has a multiplicity of forms, such as film, video, slides, web-based presentations and many more."
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2011 | PHOTOGRAPHY
THE RUSSIAN JOURNAL by JOHN STEINBECK | BOOKS
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Grapes of Wrath' (1939) and 'East of Eden' (1952) and the novella 'Of Mice and Men' (1937). He wrote a total of 27 books, including 16 novels, 6 non-fiction books and 5 collections of short stories.
For school I had to read 'literature' and the' Grapes of Wrath' I recall as one of few I really liked. In later years I read a few more of his books, but I hadn't heard of 'The Russian Journal' until my son showed it to me recently. I got to read it a fews days after we'd returned from a six day visit to Moscow.
'The Russian Journal' struck a chord because I recognised several observations, which is remarkable as Steinbeck (and Robert Capa) travelled in the USSR in 1948!
Steinbeck writes in a very unassuming way, steering away from political statements, with dry wit commenting on travelling conditions, bureacracy and Capa's frustrations (who was suffering more because of limitations set by burocracy to his photography and sensitivity to his equipment).
John Steinbeck on WIKIPEDIA
W. EUGENE SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY
A while ago I visited a photography exhibition in FOAM Gallery (Amsterdam,NL) dedicated to the work by W. Eugene Smith. The exhibition absolutely thrilled me.
Here is a LINK to some more photos and photos taken during the exhibition.
William Eugene Smith (December 20, 1918, Wichita, Kansas – October 15, 1978, Tucson, Arizona) was an American photojournalist known for his refusal to compromise professional standards and his brutally vivid World War II photographs.
ARNALDUR INDRIDASON | BOOKS
Only last year I learned about this fantastic crime writer, having picked up an interest in Scandinavian novelists in recent years. Recently I read the last of the Detective Erlendur series (the translated titles) published sofar and now forced to wait in patience until a new one is published.
The following is from Wikipedia:
It struck me how most had little information written on the back anyway, even 'greetings' was often too much of an effort it seems. Others wrote so much and so small that it was hardly readable.
As a tribute to these postcards, which had their heyday on the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, here is a collection I scanned which were sent to my parents mostly, some of them to me and my brothers when we lived at home.
But who was Antonietta who sent me a postcard from Ponte di Legno in june 1977 ???
OLD MONEY TRANSFER
This was used in the Netherlands.
(Learned today a collegue bought the same HP PC last weekend, but found after installation of the software the screen would go black after a few minutes: back to the shop!)
INTERNET | TECHNOLOGY
Fibre-optic cable is being put in the ground, preparing for HDTV and on-demand-television, so one selects a movie or documentary on tv from a library when one feels like it. At a cost of course, because all this digging and miles and miles of cables is quite an investment.