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Not even I understand everything I am ¬Aurelius Augustinus of Hippo
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.).
LES TÉMOINS - SEASON 2 | CRIME DRAMA FICTION DVD
ALKENREEKS | AVIATION BOOKS
Beeld-Encyclopedie 'De Alkenreeks'.
While these publications were added much later to my collection than their publication date, the
Journalist Hugo Hooftman (b.1927-d.1986) appealed to me more than Bart van der Klaauw. The latter was a respected member of the aviation establishment, while Hooftman was closer to the aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters and a bit of a rebel, controversial at times, in aviation journalism.
EUGÈNE ATGET - PARIS | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK
Eugène Atget (b.12Feb1857 - d.04Aug1927) was a French pioneer of documentary photography, noted
for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernization.
Most of his photographs were first published by Berenice Abbott after his death.
An inspiration for the surrealists (e.g. Man Ray) and other artists, his genius was only recognized by a handful of young artists in the last two years of his life, and he did not live to see the wide acclaim his work would eventually receive.
His parents died when he was 5 years old and he was brought up by his maternal grandparents.
After finishing secondary education he joined the merchant navy; in 1878 Atget moved to Paris. He was admitted to acting class on a second attempt. Because he was drafted for military service he could attend class only part-time and thus he was expelled from drama school.
He became an actor with a travelling group, performing in the Paris suburbs and the provinces.
He met actress Valentine Delafosse Compagnon, who became his companion until her death, in 1926.
He gave up acting because of an infection of his vocal cords in 1887, moved to the provinces and took up painting without success.
His first photographs, of Amiens and Beauvais, date from 1888.
In 1890, Atget moved back to Paris. He had noticed how painters used sketches and photographs for
their pictoresque paintings and he started to provide them with photographs.
Thus Atget became a professional photographer, supplying documents for artists: studies for painters, architects, and stage designers.
His photographs show the city in its various facets: narrow lanes and courtyards in the historic city center with its old buildings, of which some were soon to be demolished, magnificent palaces from before World War II, bridges and quays on the banks of the Seine, and shops with their window displays.
I prefer his work where he photographed street-hawkers, small tradesmen, rag collectors and prostitutes, as well as fairs and popular amusements in the various districts.
Starting in 1898, institutions such as the Musée Carnavalet and the Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris bought his photographs. The latter commissioned him ca. 1906 to systematically photograph old buildings in Paris. In 1899 he moved to Montparnasse.
While being a photographer Atget still also called himself an actor, giving lectures and readings.
In 1920-21, he sold thousands of his negatives to institutions. Financially independent, he took up photographing the parks of Versailles, Saint-Cloud and Sceaux and produced a series of photographs of prostitutes.
Berenice Abbott, while working with Man Ray, visited Atget in 1925 she bought some of his photographs, and tried to interest other artists in his work. She continued to promote Atget through various articles, exhibitions and books. And sold her Atget collection to the Museum of Modern Art in 1968.
Atget's discovery by Man Ray and Abbott happened around 1925, just two years before his death.
Abbott took Atget's portrait in 1927.
Eugène Atget died 04Aug1927 in Paris.
Atget is considered to be one of the founding fathers of 'humanist photography', inspiring famous photographers such as Berenice Abbot, André Kertész, Brassaï and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
I am very pleased to have this retrospective book in my collection, a very nice edition published in Taschen's series of Bibliotheca Universalis.
CONSUMER FEEDBACK | PIRACY SOFTWARE
THE DR BLAKE MYSTERIES | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA FICTION
Dr Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man, but we find him after his return to take over not only his dead father's medical practice, but also his on-call role as the town's police surgeon - which expelains his involvements in the socalled mysteries.
The 'Doctor Blake Mysteries' is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 01Feb2013.
First series (2013) - 10 episodes
Doctor Lucien Blake left Australia in his 20s to study medicine in Scotland. Following a posting at a London hospital, he joined the British Army as a medical officer. During World War II, Blake's service included the Far East, where he fell in love with and married a Chinese woman, with whom he had a child.
However, at the fall of Singapore (Feb.1942), he lost sight of both of them. He searched for them all the time he was away and has a Mr Kim continue the search after Blake arrives in Ballarat.
Dr Blake also spent time in Thailand's Ban Pong POW camp, including a stint for 40 days in a confined solitary confinement.
After a 33-year absence, Blake returned home in 1959 to take over his late father's practice as a medical general practitioner and also becomes the Ballarat area police surgeon.
Jean Beazley is Blake's receptionist and housekeeper. Having previously served in the same capacity for his father, Jean has difficulty adjusting to Lucien's eccentric and sometimes oblivious behaviour; although considered old-fashioned in her ideas about womanhood, she occasionally challenges Blake's expectation that she wait on him hand and foot.
Her husband died in the war and she is aware that her living with the unattached Blake is a source of gossip. A keen observer, she guards her territory zealously, missing nothing and expertly sifting gossip for kernels of fact, which she dispenses when necessary.
She treats her nephew, young police constable Danny Parks, like a son. Danny divulges information from the police reports to Dr Blake.
There is also lodger Mattie O'Brien, who works shifts in care (but afaik isn't a fully qualified nurse?) and has a keen interest in forensics, to help Dr. Blake in his investigations.
Lucien Blake is traumatized by the uncertainties of the fate of his wife and daughter; as a result he holds a grudge against the Brits whom he accuses of abandoning Singapore which led to the disapearance of his family. He also has a standoff with local business tycoon Tyneman, a capitalist while Blake has more liberal (fate of migrants working in Tyneman's factory, modernization of health care, women rights, a.o.) attitudes.
And there is the interesting relation between Blake and Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson, who welcomes Blake's brain in the investigations, but finds Blake often a loose cannon for emotions or lack of tact with unsubstantiated accusations.
The series is set and mostly filmed in the gold rush city of Ballarat, in Victoria. It shows the attitudes of people during the 1950s and 1960s, the standing of women in society, men's clubs (here The Colonist Club) and such like.
Five series aired as of 2017.
HIDDEN | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA FICTION
'Hidden' (initially broadcast in the Welsh language as 'Craith') is an 8 epsiodes Welsh television drama serial, first broadcast on the Welsh language channel S4C in January 2018, under the name Craith.
This series should not be confused with the 2011 crime drama television series, als named 'Hidden', starring Philip Glenister and Thekla Reuten.
The English-language sections of this series were dubbed into Welsh. The original bi-lingual version of the series was broadcast on BBC One Wales and BBC Four (which is what I watched) in June and July 2018 under the title of 'Hidden'.
The Welsh spoken parts and sceneries reminded me of another series, 'Hinterland', also an excellent crime drama series.
This series stars Sian Reese-Williams as DI Cadi John, an experienced investigator and ex/ Army. She moved to the little town to participate in the care of her father, a retired police officer with North Wales Police; Cadi John has two sisters and there is some disagreement about whether or when their father should move to a carehome.
Cadi and her partner, DS Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies), are called to investigate when the body of a girl who disappeared 6 years ago is found in a stream. Graduallly other disappearances of similar young women, same looks and same age group, come to light.
There are several plotlines or human stories: DS Owen Vaughan has a pregnant wife and has doubts about his whole life mapped out for him, Beth (sister of Cadi) is involved in a divorce, Student Megan is a tormented soul and is involved in self-harm while the instigator of the abductions is involved in a very strange family situation.
A very entertaining series, interesting stories and filmed on fascinating locations.
DEVENTER BOOKMARKET 2018 | BOOKS
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN | BOOKS
'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich' is a novel by Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World).
The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s and describes a single day in the life of ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov.
The edition I've read, is the fifth translation, by H.T. Willetts, and is the only one that is based on the canonical Russian text and the only one authorized by Solzhenitsyn.
The book's publication was an extraordinary event in Soviet literary history since never before had an account of Stalinist repression been openly distributed.
The books consists of a minute account of a day in camp.
Ivan Denisovich Shukhov has been sentenced to a camp in the Soviet gulag system. He was accused of becoming a spy after being captured briefly by the Germans as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is innocent, but is sentenced to 10 years in a forced labor camp.
This was quite common: Russians escaping the German prison camps were suspected to be in cahoots with the Germans and to spy for them, so they were either shot or sent to the Gulag...
The day begins with Shukhov waking up sick. For waking late, he is forced to clean the guardhouse, but this is a comparatively minor punishment. When Shukhov is finally able to leave the guardhouse, he goes to the dispensary to report his illness. It is relatively late in the morning by this time, however, so the orderly is unable to exempt any more workers and Shukhov must work.
The rest of the novel deals mainly with Shukhov's squad (the 104th, which has 24 members), their allegiance to the squad leader, and the work that the prisoners (zeks) do in hopes of getting extra food for their performance.
It is a constant search for (extra) food, hoarding, favors and avoiding the harsh treatment by the guards.
It was a strange experience for me to read about a brutal construction site where the cold freezes the mortar used for bricklaying if not applied quickly enough, while I suffered an unusual heatwave...
Solzhenitsyn also details the methods used by the prisoners to survive; the whole camp lives by the rule of survival of the fittest.
Sunday should be a day of rest, the only day of rest in the week, but they are often forced to forego on that rest day.
At the end of the day, Shukhov is able to provide a few special services for Tsezar (Caesar), an intellectual who does office work instead of manual labor. Tsezar is most notable, however, for receiving packages of food from his family. Shukhov is able to get a small share of Tsezar's packages by standing in lines for him.
Ivan Denisovich Shukhov reflects on his day, which was both productive and fortuitous for him.
During WW2, Solzhenitsyn served as the commander of a sound-ranging battery in the Red Army,
was involved in major action at the front, and was twice decorated. He was awarded the Order of the
Red Star on 8 July 1944 for sound-ranging two German artillery batteries and adjusting counterbattery fire onto them, resulting in their destruction.
A series of writings published late in his life, including the early uncompleted novel Love the Revolution!, chronicles his wartime experience and his growing doubts about the moral foundations of the Soviet regime.
In February 1945, while serving in East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn was arrested by SMERSH for writing derogatory comments in private letters to a friend. He was accused of anti-Soviet propaganda and on 07Jul1945, he was sentenced to an eight-year term in a labour camp.
During his imprisonment at the camp in the town of Ekibastuz in Kazakhstan, he worked as a miner, bricklayer, and foundry foreman.
His experiences at Ekibastuz formed the basis for the book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
BANCROFT | TV MINI SERIES CRIME FICTION
A dark thriller mini series centering on Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft, a female detective with an explosive secret.
The formidable DS Bancroft (Sarah Parish) is leading the investigation against the violent Kamara gang.
Quite soon we learn that Bancroft has been involved with the cold case Katherine is investigating, the vicious killing in her home of a young pregnant woman, Laura Fraser. The conclusion had been a drug addict went for a burglery and ended up killing Lauro, but the murderer was never found.
Bancroft had an informant in the Kamara family, but she is found dead, committed suicide. The suicide
An intricate plot and fast paced, a very entertaining mini series.
BECK 7 | TV SERIES SCANDINAVIAN CRIME DRAMA
Martin Beck is a fictional Swedish police detective who is the main character in a series of ten novels by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. The stories are frequently referred to as the Martin Beck stories; the most popular ones is the series where Peter Haber plays the role of Martin Beck.
Series 7 consists of 4 episodes.
Martin Beck still has a role to play in the police force, albeit a smaller one, and there are of course the daily meetings, a cognac in hand, with his meddling neighbour Grannen (Ingvar Hirdwall) ...
So we may wel hope for a chance of series 8...? Long may they continue!
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Amsterdam, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal ¬26Jul2018
HUIS MARSEILLE: AMSTERDAM STUFF | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
In Huis Marseille ('Museum for Photography') I found this exhibition 'AMSTERDAM STUFF' more appealing than the photography by Japanese photographers!
The most important locations for the city’s archaeologists were the excavation sites at Damrak and Rokin, where the original bed of the river Amstel was found 12 metres below pavement level.
Yesterday I also had a short ride in the new 'Noord-Zuid' subway (NL:metro) branch.
HUIS MARSEILLE: A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
REBECKA MARTINSSON, TV-SERIES | SCANDI CRIME DRAMA TV
THE BRIDGE, 4th & FINAL SEASON | SCANDI CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Upon the start of this last series we find Saga Norén in prison, after over a year awaiting a retrial due to new evidence; she is released for 'reasonable doubt' about her murdering her mother.
Saga starts therapy after having a panic attacks. During the various episodes and consults we get a more in depth view of Saga's emotion; or lack thereof.
Two more victims are discovered and Saga realizes that each victim is killed using one method of executing prisoners sentenced to death - suggesting a total of 7 victims, leaving 4 to come. She also notes that the victims are selected not because of their actions but because of something their loved ones have done.
Besides the 'whodunnit' plotlines we see how Saga tries to implement new reasoning on advise of her therapist, how Henrik relapses in drugs use again, plus two young girls surviving on the streets by pickpocketing and influencing the investigation and how Henrik's police commissioner Lillian sees her position undermined by progressive leaking to the media.
Sara becomes pregnant by Henrik but she decides for an abortion, which has a devastating effect on their relation. Something Sara obviously fails to understand.
Since this 4th series of The Bridge (Swedish: Bron, Danish: Broen) it is not surprsing we see some form of closure for the fate of Henrik's daughters and I thought it well written into this overall crime drama; a story in a story. Also, I was pleased it wasn't made into a They-Rode-Off-into-The-Sunset- and-Lived-Happily-Ever-After -type of ending. But we know 'Scandi noir' isn't like that, not al all!
The Bridge 4 has no problem meeting the highest benchmarks for this type of tv series!
Spoiler alert! Don't read the Wikipedia text on series 4 per below link, for it has the entire plotlines written out...
JE MOET OPSCHRIJVEN DAT HIER NIET GEBEURT by MARCEL VAN ROOSMALEN | BOOKS
THE LAWYER | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Frank abhores the violence and is in constant doubt whether the danger, him breaking the codes of law, plus the safety of Sara, warrants further pursuit of their quest. But when his lover gets involved and is shot by Waldman's hired hand he is determined to continue. Just when Sara is waivering and seeks consolation in drugs again.
TODD WEBB'S NEW YORK | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK
'I See a City: Todd Webb’s New York' focuses on the work of photographer Todd Webb produced in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s.
A native of Detroit, Webb studied photography in the 1930s under the guidance of Ansel Adams at the Detroit Camera Club, served as a navy photographer during World War II, and then went on to become
Published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Todd Webb’s New York’ at the Museum of the City of New York, where Webb had his first solo exhibition in 1946, this book helps restore the reputation and legacy of a forgotten American artist.
Todd Webb (b.05Sep1905 – 15.Apr2000) was an American photographer notable for documenting everyday life and architecture in cities such as New York City, Paris as well as from the American west.
NEVER END by ÅKE EDWARDSON | CRIME FICTION NOVEL
A young woman, 19 year old Jeannette Bielke, who recently graduated, is raped but not killed
Detectives Fredrik Halders and Aneta Djanali interview Jeannette Bielke, but she is not being completely honest with them, she is holding back something.
Winter and his team of detectives are working diligently and methodically to solve the crime and they need a breakthrough. But appeals for known witnesses to come forward see no result.
Halders receives a phonecal that his ex-wife has been killed during a hit-and-run accident. There is also a romantic tension between Halders and his colleague Djanali.
The pace is a bit slow, which is not a bad thing. It follows the investigations and the plotlines precise and has the unusually hot weather mentioned quite often and Erik Winter's deliberations (his addiction to Corpe cigarillos, hints by his mother that his wife Angela is longing to move out of the apartment for a house and a garden).
Åke Edwardson (b.10Mar1953 in Eksjö, Småland) is a Swedish author of detective fiction, and was previously a lecturer in journalism at Gothenburg University, the city where many of his Inspector Winter novels are set.
No doubt I will read more by him in the future.
WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY by NICCI FRENCH | CRIME FICTION NOVEL
The murder of an inoffensive home health visitor is only the tip of the iceberg in London psychotherapist Frieda Klein’s 3rd case...
Karlsson can't stand the conceited Bradshaw. He seeks an excuse for consulting Frieda and he gets it.
Josef the builder is involved again, failed mother Olivia and her daughter Chloë, Sandy in New York, friend Sasha, her boss Reuben.
There is a 3rd plotline: aging reporter Jim Fearby, who was instumental in an appeal to free George Conley 10 years after he was convicted of strangling Hazel Barton, now wonders who killed Hazel if it wasn’t Conley!
Meanwhile, Frieda has become obsessed with tracking down the source of an anecdote one of her patients presented as his own memory. She can't explain why she is obsessed with this and it confirms to many
It is a book that is difficult to put down, one you long for during the day to pick up again ASAP!