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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.
ONE YEAR IN THE KHMER ROUGE'S S-21 - VANN NATH (BOOKS)
A Cambodian Prison Portrait: One Year in the Khmer Rouge's S-21 is a harrowing account of an artist's experiences in prison during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
UNIVERSELE REISGIDS VOOR MOEILIJKE LANDEN | JELLE BRANDT COSRTIUS (BOOKS - DUTCH)
Brimming with useful advise as such as how to bargain for a good deal, how to swallow food that might disgust you, what to do when robbed by a monkey, how to deal with abject poverty, and much more!
Travelling through these countries is taxing, not relaxing, and the author has learned many aspects the hard way. So benefit from his experiences, even if you go on a package tour to (e.g.) S.E. Asia.
Jelle Brandt Corstius writes with a dry wit and the book is terrific good fun to read.
DE NIEUWSFABRIEK | ROB WIJNBERG (BOOKS - DUTCH)
Nice read about journalism and the media, how we are all hooked on it (in very superficial way, little distinction in terms of impact, dulls the mind even...), the money interests, the state of printed newspapers are in, etc.
Rob Wijnberg has a very clear cut style of writing and the media matter is dissected in a very easy to read way.
Suggestions to boot on how the media could reinvent instelf, according to Wijnberg.
Very useful read.
DE WITTE TIJGER | ARAVIND ADIGA (BOOKS - DUTCH)
THE KILLING III | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME DRAMA (DVD BOX)
First of 10 episodes start with the abduction of a young girl, body parts found of a murdered seaman and two seaman found murdered on a nearby vessel.
There is very few violence in these series, focussing on mysteries and intrigue.
These three series of The Killing have established new benchmarks for crime drama, absolute brilliant stuff!
SHAKEY, NEIL YOUNG'S BIOGRAPHY | BOOKS
In 1989, Young encountered a San Francisco-based writer for New York's Village Voice named Jimmy McDonough. The interview they conducted turned out so well that the normally media-shy Young surprisingly agreed that they collaborate together to create a definitive Young biography.
Young went on to speak at length to McDonough during the early 1990s, as well as granting the writer access to individuals from his past whose own detailed recollections would be blended into the finished text.
Neil Young attracts and withdraws as he sees fit. McDonough has difficulty trying to keep up with Young's mercurial ways.
Every chapter in this book describes a unique way of life of a unique person, but with what is learned in one chapter doesn't really offer a clue or prediction as to what Mr Young would do next.
SHAKEY, Neil Young's Biography - Anchor Books (2002).
ARNE DAHL Vol.2 (dvd box) | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME DRAMA
Volume 2 of the excellent 'Arne Dahl' crime series and yet another confirmation of the highest standards of drama series produced by the Scandinavian countries.
Jan Arnald (born 11 January 1963) is a Swedish novelist and literary critic, who uses the pen name Arne Dahl when writing crime fiction. He is also a regular writer in Swedish newspaper 'Dagens Nyheter'.
THE FALLS by IAN RANKIN | BOOKS
It was good to pick up another DI Rebus novel, another gripping tale yet a comforting escape from life surrounding.
A student has gone missing in Edinburgh and there is very little for Detective Inspector John Rebus to go on apart from his gut feeling that there's more to this case than a runaway..
'The Falls' is at its best as a series of engrossing character studies. It is a complex mystery novel, as you would expect from Rankin, one of a handful of truly outstanding British mystery writers.
A wonderful read!
DOROTHEA LANGE | PHOTOGRAPHY
Acquired this little book (13.5cm x 15,5cm, 5,5 inch wide hence the 'Phaidon 55' reference) through a secondhand shop. I had been on the look out for something by Dorothea Lange for quite some time and stumble on this nice little publication.
Dorothea Lange (née Nutzhorn, b.26May1895 – d.11October1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
At the age of 7 she had contracted polio, which left her with a limp.
During 1945 - 1950 she had to discontinue her photography due to illness. In 1952 she worked with photographer Ansel Adams and her writer son Daniel Dixon for Life magazine.
During 1958 - 1959 she travelled to Europe and Asia with her 2nd husband, Paul Taylor; she photographed whenever possible.
FOTOGRAFIE VAN DE 20e EEUW | PHOTOGRAPHY
From Ansel Adams to Piet Zwart, famous photographers and many others, unfamiliar names to me. A lovely book to browse and get inspired.
Truly a work of celebration: Taschen's 25th anniversary.
ANNO 1790 | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME DRAMA
Anno 1790 is a Swedish historic crime drama starring Peter Eggers, Joel Spira and Linda Zilliacus. The first season was broadcast on SVT in the fall of 2011 and ran for 10 episodes.
Last night we watched the final 2 episodes of this dvd box. Our fascination for Scandinavian crime drama as well as an avid interest in history come together in these wonderful series.
The main character is Johan Gustav Dåådh (Peter Eggers) a former army physician from the Russo-Swedish War (1788–1790), now criminal inspector in Stockholm. He is inspired by the French revolution and the new ideas of his time.
MONSOON by STEVE McCURRY | PHOTOGRAPHY
Steve McCurry is a photographer whom I admired for decades. It wasn't the famous portrait of a girl in Afghanistan, but rather a photography exhibition of his work in Naarden-Vesting which kept me mesmerized.
I don't think we, in the Western World, can imagine what a phenomenon such as the monsoon implicates for a society. McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle but also joy.
MYSTIC PINBALL - JOHN HIATT | MUSIC
John Hiatt (b. 20Aug1952) is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He is regarded as one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.
Hiatt was working as a songwriter for Tree International, a record label in Nashville, when his song 'Sure As I'm Sittin’ Here' was covered by Three Dog Night. The song became a Top 40 hit, earning Hiatt a recording contract with Epic Records.
Since then he has released t21 studio albums, 2 compilation albums and 1 live album.
His songs have been covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres, including Bob Dylan, Willy DeVille, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, Paula Abdul, Buddy Guy, the Desert Rose Band, Jimmy Buffett, Mandy Moore, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosanne Cash, Suzy Bogguss, Jewel, Aaron Neville, Jeff Healey, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan and many others.
The Dutch singer/songwriter Ilse DeLange recorded the album 'Dear John' with 9 of his songs.
LYRIC DOCUMENTARY by WALKER EVANS | PHOTOGRAPHY
Walker Evans is one of the photographers I admire most. Images from every day life turned into gripping photo documents. I recently acquired this book, 'Lyric Documentary'.
Walker Evans’s career spread over 46 fitful and prolific years, yet in a scant two, 1935-1936, he produced the singular body of work that came to define him. During that brief time, while working for the Farm Security Administration (previously the U.S. Resettlement Administration) photographing the consequences of the Great Depression, he refined a hybrid style that combined documentation with sly personal comment.
Much of Evans's (b.03Nov1903 – d.10Apr1975) work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8x10-inch camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are "literate, authoritative, transcendent".
SLIPSTREAM by BONNIE RAITT | MUSIC
It must have been decades since I bought a cd by Bonnie Raitt. Not because I did not like her music but she rather disappeared from my radar and I seem to take more to male singer/songwriters anyway.
While Bonnie Raitt has won a Grammy Award nine times, her career apparently had a break because 'Slipstream' was her first studio album in seven years; it was published on her own label: Redwing Records.
I like the funky 'Used To Rule The World', not in the least because I like the slide guitar.