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Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to
talk about himself. -
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.).
THE OPEN ROAD | PHOTOBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY
I love everything about this book: the photography, the subject, learning to know new names and it is wonderfully produced by Aperture.
EUROPEANS by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS
For this book, first published forty-five years later (1999), the celebrated photographer brought together a far broader range of images, spanning the years 1929 - 1991.
Cartier-Bresson travelled across Europe, from the Scandinavian shield to the Balkan karst, from the Breton granites to the Irish bogs, in order to capture what it means to be European. Beyond nationalism and the particular characteristics of each culture and nation, he found evidence of a greater identity, a family likeness shared by the people and the landscape.
The Europeans recorded here inhabit both city and countryside, where we see them at work, in the streets, travelling and gossiping. Sometimes they are lone figures; a photograph may show only a single gaze, a glimpse
of a face.
Often, however, Cartier-Bresson turns his camera to couples, twin figures, mirrored individuals, linked solitudes. He captures crowds, gathering both to celebrate and to protest.
Besides the masterful photography it is also a unique historic document of the ordinary man and woman in the street in times, for most very different from now but not even so long ago, many today may still have relatives alive who lived though those days.
The pictures portray Europe, its landscape, and people, in various situations and at different stages of history, providing viewers a window into the continent over six decades.
thamesandhudson.com/cartier-bresson + europeans
MAURIZIO DI GIOVANNI: DE DOOD ZING IN NAPELS | CRIME FICTION NOVEL
JORDSKOTT, SEASON2 | CRIME FICTION DRAMA TV-SERIES
DEATH IN A STRANGE COUNTRY by DONNA LEON | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti, whose first case (Death at La Fenice, 1992) so expertly resurrected the closed-circle 'whodunnit', takes on the murder investigation of Sgt. Michael Foster, public health inspector at the American military hospital at Vicenza; it is significant to see how many people want this case closed as a simple robbery gone wrong.
Donna Leon (b.1942- in Montclair, New Jersey) is the American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.
'WILLIAM OF ORANGE'-EXHIBITION | HISTORY
UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT BOTANIC GARDEN | PLANTS GARDENS
The Utrecht University Botanic Gardens have consisted of two locations since 1987: the main garden at Fort Hoofddijk in 'de Uithof' and the 'Von Gimborn Arboretum' in Doorn.
MOMENTS IN HISTORY by MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS
America's first female war correspondent, Margaret Bourke-White (b.14Jun1904 - d.Aug1971), was also something of a media star, with the portrait of her decked out in flying gear, camera in hand, about to
Fred Herzog's Modern Color: The New York Times lists this publication in the top 10 photo books of 2016. A comprehensive monograph featuring 230 colour and black & white images, many never before reproduced.
Fred Herzog (b.21Sep1930 ) is a photographer known primarily for his photographs of life in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
He worked professionally as a medical photographer.
He was the associate director of the UBC Department of Biomedical Communication, and also taught at Simon Fraser University.
Herzog was born and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, but was evacuated from the city during the aerial bombardment of the Second World War. His parents died during the war (of typhoid and cancer), after which he dropped out of school and found work as a seaman on ships.
He emigrated to Canada in 1952, living briefly in Toronto and Montreal before moving to Vancouver in 1953. He had taken casual photos since childhood, and began to take photography seriously after moving to Canada.
His work focuses primarily on working class people, and their connections to the city around them. He worked with slide film (mostly Kodachrome), which limited his ability to exhibit, and also marginalized him somewhat as an artist in the 1950s and 1960s when most work was in black and white. However, he has been increasingly recognized in recent decades.
His work has appeared in numerous books, and various galleries, including the Vancouver Art Gallery.
This is the first book I have acquired of his work. It is the sort of casual (colour) street photography I like very much and reminds me of photographers such as Stephen Shore and Joel Meyerowitz. Wonderful work.
A TRAVELLER'S PERSPECTIVE by ALPHONS HUSTINX | PHOTOGRAPHY TRAVEL
JAN BANNING (PHOTOGRAPHER), A RETROSPECTIVE | PHOTOGRAPHY
Today visited in The Hague the Museum of Photography for the first retrospective exhibition of work by Dutch photographer Jan Banning (b.1954).
COLLATERAL | TV MINISERIES CRIME FICTION
UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR by DON McCULLIN | AUTOBIOGRAPHY BOOKS
The documentary 'The Road to Palmyra' on the BBC4 television, following Don McCullin (82) and historian Dan Cruickshank, instigated picking up this book which I had acquired a year ago.
Don displayed a talent for drawing at the Secondary Modern School he attended. He won a scholarship
Even at a late age he sometimes was painfully aware of his lack of education or his poor background
In 'Unreasonable Behaviour', McCullin speaks candidly about his three-decade career covering wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent and the photographs that often defined historic moments. And coping with the changes afterwards.
THE PIGEON TUNNEL by JOHN LECARRÉ | AUTOBIOGRAPHY BOOKS
THE DEMOCRATIC FOREST - SELECTED WORK | WILLIAM EGGLESTON
William Eggleston (b.27Jul1939 - ) is an American photographer. He is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries.
Published on the occasion of David Zwirner's New York exhibition of selections from 'The Democratic Forest' in the fall of 2016, this catalogue highlights over 60 images from Eggleston's epic project.
His photography is a statement that "no particular subject is more or less important than another".
Eggleston's mature work is characterized by its ordinary subject-matter.
This book offers newcomers, such as me, a foothold in Eggleston's photographic practice. Also, I found most of
his other work I've come across, much too expensive to acquire.
Eggleston has said, "I am at war with the obvious."
His photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning. Though criticized at the time, his now legendary 1976 solo exhibition, organized by the visionary curator John Szarkowski at The Museum of Modern Art, New York-the first presentation of color photography at the museum-heralded an important moment in the medium's acceptance within the art-historical canon and solidified Eggleston's position in the pantheon of the greats alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans.
Like Stephen Shore (another pioneer of colour photography), Eggleston's photographic interpretation of the American vernacular-gas stations, diners, parking lots- lifts the complexity and beauty out of the ordinary to a presentation of art.
STELLA BLOMKVIST | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Stella Blómkvist is an Icelandic, sexy, hard-nosed and quick-witted lawyer with a dark past, fluid sexuality and a taste for whiskey and easy money.
ENDEAVOUR, SEASON 5 (2018) | TV CRIME DRAMA FICTION
Endeavour (Morse) season 5 (2018)
Another fine season consisting of 6 episodes, against the backdrop of the Oxford City Police (Cowley Station) to be merged into newly formed Thames Valley Police and other themes of changes in society.
Because Morse has become a DI, the Cowley policestation gets a new Detective Constable, 23 year old George Fancy. Who soon has eyes for WPC Trewlove. Morse has trouble with his role as coach here.
First we see past and present collide in Oxford, as the auction of a priceless Faberge Egg gets underway
at Lonsdale College.
Then we have the unexplained poisoning of a former detective-sergeant leads Endeavour and Thursday
to a local cinema. And again we see the future presenting itself with a classic movie theatre up for demolishment, for a new building project.
Episode 'Passenger' has the railway taking center stage as Endeavour investigates the disappearance of a local woman - with initial fears linking it to the unsolved murder of a teenager, killed several years earlier. More than once we see people such as Fred Thursday's wife Win and Chief Superintendent Bright wondering about what the world is coming to.
A photo-shoot on an army base turns sinister when one of the models is found dead. But the investigation is complicated when Sam Thursday, Fred's son, is revealed to be involved.
An assassination attempt at an international sporting event opens a new case for Endeavour and Thursday, but their investigation is quickly brought to an unexpected end when Special Branch appears on the scene.
The 6th and last episode sees a mysterious disappearance of a teacher. Endeavour finds himself investigating the dark and secret world of a public school in an undercover role as teacher.
Fred Thursday is preparing for early retirement because he has no stomach for the transit to the newly formed Thames Valley Police Force; too set in his ways, he says. His daughter Joan makes regular appearances, she is developing a taste for activism and Fred, who was hoping to see her life develop in a more traditional manner with husband and kids, has trouble to reestablish relations with her.
Between Morse and Joan the magnetism remains, attraction and distancing. Joan hooks Morse up with a French photographer.
Local criminal Nero sees his turf being threatened by a new kid on the block, ruthless Cromwell Ames. A final showdown brings a tragic ending.
Closing scenes sees the cast clearing out their desks, Cowley Police Station is being closed down and an uncertain future awaits them while they await reassignments. We will have to wait until 2019 to see who will reappear in Season 6 of the Endeavour series.
Each episode is of exceptional high quality in terms of plot, cast and locations.
Shaun Evans --- DC Endeavour Morse
Roger Allam --- DI Fred Thursday
James Bradshaw --- Dr. Max DeBryn
Sean Rigby --- DC Jim Strange
Anton Lesser --- Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Caroline O'Neill --- Win Thursday
Sara Vickers --- Joan Thursday
Abigail Thaw --- Dorothea Frazil
Dakota Blue Richards --- WPC Shirley Trewlove
Lewis Peek --- DC George Fancy
SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY - PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TV CRIME COMEDY
'Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators' is a comedy mystery tv-series, produced by the BBC, set in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Former DI Frank Hathaway, now a debt-laden private investigator, meets Luella Shakespeare when she employs him to investigate the fiancé she met online. Hathaway and his assistant, RADA-trained struggling actor Sebastian Brudenell, discover that her fiancé is a con-man, and report back to Luella ('Lu'), but she is reassured by her fiancé and the wedding goes ahead.
When her new husband is killed at the reception, Luella is suspected of murder by local DI Christina Marlowe who had been Frank's junior. Luella is thrown together with Frank and Sebastian to crack the mystery of what has happened, and after her name is cleared she uses her recovered savings to buy into Frank's business.
Frank's only employee is Sebastian; a young aspiring RADA trained actor who uses his acting skills when undercover investigations are required.
I would rate this series in the same category as Midsomer Murders: more comedy and quaint English customs set in typical English countryside or manor houses than thrilling whodunnit.
Entertaining though, esspecially to anglophiles such as myself.
Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway
Jo Joyner as Luella Shakespeare
Patrick Walshe McBride as Sebastian Brudenell
en.wikipedia.org:_Shakespeare & Hathaway_-_Private_Investigators
ROBERT DOISNEAU |PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK
Likening himself to 'a fisherman of images' during his prolific career, Robert Doisneau did not limit just himself to capturing, revealing and printing certain aspects of an era or society or the people in it on photo paper. Instead he created his own poetic and generous, timeless and universal image of it, inspired by his profound tenderness and empathy for others.
MODUS SERIES 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME DRAMA FICTION
Modus is a Swedish television psychological thriller, a 2nd season, with Kim Cattrall and Greg Wise; started on TV4 on 02Nov2017 and was taken up by BBC Four for broadcast in February 2018. Where I watched it on recently.
In this second season, US President Helen Tyler goes missing during a state visit to Sweden.
We see Scandinavian actors here such as Melinda Kinnaman, Henrik Norlén, Annika Hallin, while Britain is represented by Greg Wise and the US by Kim Catrall and Billy Campbell (whose performance I enjoyed earlier this year in 'Cardinal' - a Canadian crime drama tv series). Truly an international cast.
NEW YORK STREETS 70s 80s 90s by CARRIE BORETZ | PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS
FRANKENDAEL PARK IN AMSTERDAM
The entrance to the park with an old ornamented gate is at the Middenweg, less than one mile (1300m) from the famous Tropenmuseum.
KASTEEL SYPESTEYN | HISTORY GARDENS
Set amidst 12 acres of formal gardens and parkland, the apparently mediaeval castle is the charming result of a young nobleman's dream.
We limited ourselves to a visit to the grounds, seeing it was such a beautiful day. The castle can be visited through a guided tour.
SIGNS by WALKER EVANS | POTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS
Walker Evans (b.03Nov1903 – 10Apr1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.
Walker Evans photographed signs throughout every phase of his career.
FARGO SERIES 3 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION
Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created and primarily written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the eponymous 1996 film written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series alongside Hawley.
Personnally I liked Season 1 best, esspecially the role by Billy Bob Thornton. The 2nd series came close.
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON | PHOTOGRAPHY
I wasn't familiar with aperture.org, obviously less well known in Europe. Pity Aperture magazine is not featured on our newsstands. I suspect a subscription is too expensive, with overseas postage. Anyway,
Anyway, I am glad I came across these publications 'Aperture - Masters of Photography' and will keep
Henri Cartier-Bresson (b.22Aug1908 – d.03Aug2004) was a French humanist photographer, considered a master of candid photography and an early user of 35 mm film.
DOROTHEA LANGE | PHOTOGRAPHY
Dorothea Lange (b.26May1895 – d.11Oct1965) was an 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.
The book includes an introduction and commentary by Linda Gordon.
Taylor landed her a job with a new project for the Farm Security Administration, a chapter in her life that is well documented.
Her anti-racism particularly showed when, in 1942, the US War Relocation Authority hired the wartime internment of Japanese Americans. Influenced by Taylor's conviction that the internment was unnecessary and unconstitutional, she made very critical photographs.When the US Army brass saw her photographs, they fired her and impounded the photos for the durations of the war. It is small wonder why Americans have an inbred distrust against her federal government, it continues to repress, lie and falsify facts.
She produced An American Exodus in a collaboration project with her husband Paul Taylor (the publication was lost in the outbreak of WW2), Lange also worked with Ansel Adams, she focussed on documentary series rather than single photos, continued her work for Life magazine (a strained relation) and travelled extensively in the late-1950s and early-1960s. This last chapter is less known, she visited South Korea, Vietnam, Palestine and Egypt.
Dorothea Lange steeled herself in her final years with designing in every detail her exhibition, with help of curator John Szarkowski, in the MoMA; she lived long enough to prepare the exhibit, but died before the opening.
VERLIES / DE MENSEN DIE WEGGINGEN - NICCI FRENCH | BOOKS THRILLER
The story about loss, is a fascinating account of how a family (father, mother, 10 year old child) deal with the drowning of their 5 year old, in a swimming pool.
Both stories were a joy to read and I am glad I picked this dimunitive book, for I don't expect to ever come across it again. I will bring it in circulation, however, so others can enjoy it too.
Nicci French is the pseudonym of English husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who write psychological thrillers together.
BENEATH THE BLEEDING by VAL McDERMID | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
The residents of Bradfield are devastated when Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, dies; he seems to be the victim of a bizarre, seemingly motiveless murder.
Tony is visited in hospital by his mother, someone he had taken great distance mentally. In the fumes of medication he does not see the dark motives of his mother.
C'EST LA VIE - MARTIN BRIL | BOOKS COLUMNS RETROSPECTIVE
Marten W. (Martin) Bril (b.21Oct1959 – d.22Apr2009) was a Dutch columnist, author and poet. He had a keen skill of observation, of people and situations, mixing it with his dry humor and style for "Laissez faire'...
When Bril sits behind his desk, he writes in the introduction, he notes he establishes he does not have a photo of his wife & kids on his desk, but he does have a postcard there of a small French village: it shows
SOMBERMAN'S ACTIE - REMCO CAMPERT | BOOKS NOVEL FICTION
By the end of the 1970s, Campert had written very little. He explained to journalist Jan Brokken of the Dutch newspaper Haagse Post: "I couldn't write for years on end. I didn't feel like it. I felt a physical repulsion towards it. I thought about it, but I was paralysed by doubts."
The book features some 4 or 5 persons, with funny names, going about their business in life.
FREEMARKET KONINGSDAG 2018APR27
Caught a glimpse of 'Koningsdag' this morning.
ALL ALONG THE CONTROL TOWER, VOL.3 | PHOTOBOOK AVIATION HISTORY
In 2015 Frans and Theo Barten, professional Dutch photographers, published two photobooks on a wonderful project: dealing with their visits to 52 control towers in the UK, their 'All Along the Control Tower' Volume I provides 218 pages of hi-quality photos and stories how Frans & Theo found them.
The book depicts their history (e.g. open: 1942 - closed: 1946), aircraft based and possible present use.
The objective of the Barten Bros. is only to show them in the state as they are today in the surrounding landscape, with no military purposes (though some of them still see military use).
Volume III was published in 2017.
DE ROMANTIEK IN HET NOORDEN - VAN FRIEDRICH TOT TURNER
Waarom maakt het werk van nog steeds zoveel indruk? Omdat we niet alleen het landschap zien maar ook een gemoedstoestand voelen. De romantiek in optima forma!
Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. In most areas it was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.
The book has too many names to list here, I illustrated some closest to my heart, though I enjoy Constable and Turner too!
This exhibition (09Dec2017 - 06May2018) presented Dutch Romanticism for the first time in an international context and shows how important Dutch artists such as Barend Koekkoek, Wijnand Nuijen and Andreas Schelfhout relate to their famous foreign contemporaries.
Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (b.11Oct1803 – d.05Apr1862) was a Dutch landscape artist. He came to be known during his lifetime as the 'Prince of Landscape Painting' and was by far the most applauded landscapist of his time and regarded as the founding father of Dutch romantic landscape painting.
Andreas Schelfhout (b.1787–d.1870) was a Dutch painter, etcher and lithographer, known for his landscape paintings. He belongs to the Romantic movement.
SCHULD EN BOETE - IAN RANKIN | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
DI John Rebus is upfront, stubborn, curious, emotional and tenacious as a pitbull. His many failings get him into trouble but he is good at what he does, bringing criminals to justice and 'failure is not an option' for Rebus.
The booklet contains short stories published under the following English titles: Atonement, The Acid Test, Tell Me Who To Kill and Talk Show.
BRUCE DAVIDSON - PHOTOGRAPHY
Since the 1950s, Davidson (b.1933) has devoted his time and energy to photographing those for whom
Davidson depicts major themes as civil rights, violence, poverty, racism and immigration, all from a personal perspective.
SNOECKS 2018 | BOOKS PHOTOGRAPHY ART
In November or December each year I buy the new edition of Snoecks, a yearly publication. And again Snoecks managed to deliver a new edition of inspiring photography and an international selection of art, architecture, literature and fascinating articles.
Work I particularly liked:
Snoecks seems to get better with age!