Nelson Mandela portrait wearing traditional beads and a bed spread.
Hiding out from the police during his period as the “black pimpernel,” 1961
I heard that Mandela used heaps of disguises during this time, two favourites being a milkman and a chauffeur. Badass. I think I’d have been better served learning from him than the Scarlet Pimpernel, whose TV movie practically raised me in the late eighties. There’s not nearly enough Pimpernels today. If I was going to be a Pimpernel today, what colour would I be, maybe flannelette? Or maybe I’d be the first Shrimpernel.
- Joseph Fadler
Electric Clothes Drying Promotional Campaign, 1956
- Doug White
Man aiming pistol in field with spotting scope on tripod next to him, (No date)
- Joseph Fadler
Skiing on Les Gran Teton, 1967
- Doug White
The famous Merle’s Drive-in, (No date)
This is exactly the sort of thing I love.
Modernist Los Angeles brought to life in online exhibition. A bunch of Angelino history professors have gone through the 70,000 photos in the archive of a local electrical firm, telling the story of twentieth century LA.
These shots were taken by photographers employed by Southern California Edison, LA’s main electrical power suppler during the 20th century, to promote its work in electrifying the city.
The photographers were given a fairly bald brief, to document both domestic and commercial electricity use, as well as local electrical production. However, we think these archival shots, as presented by profs Deverell and Hise, look more like some unworldly collaboration between Ed Ruscha, Raymond Chandler and Bernd and Hilla Becher, than your usual corporate promotional brochure.
Photo by Irving Klaw
I’ve found a very strange interview with Bettie, transcribed from ‘Nashville Citysearch’s Bettie Page Live Chat’, held September 23, 1998.
There’s some left field questions that lead to even more bizarre answers
Bruno asks: did you travel outside of USA Bettie?
Bettie Page: I like to travel. I regret that I never got to Paris. In October 1978, I had saved money and wanted to go to Hawaii – to see the islands. People told me that Paris would have been my style of living.
I did live in Haiti – for 4 months. I was ready to go to work as the secretary to the ambassador to the US, but they were angry because the US president wouldn’t give them a loan – they started rioting and talked of killing all Americans. I left. But I like the Haitian people. I lost all of my prejudice against black people – growing up in the South, you know. When I was 13, I would collect photos of baseball stars – I had a crush on one of the Nashville Vols, in particular. These two black girls grabbed my baseball cards and shoved me to the ground. So I didn’t feel good about them, but Haiti changed me. I fell in love with a Haitian man there, but found that his wife was about to have a baby on the other end of the island!
Stereo3d asks: Do you think Lucy Lawless of TV’s Xena patterns her look after you?
Bettie Page: She is one of my favorites. To be as big as she is, when she can do flips, she is something. No other woman can do what she does. I have heard she patterned her look after me. But she doesn’t have long hair like I have. I like that show.
Bruno asks: Did you see “Titanic”?
Bettie Page: I thought it was fascinating. Those scenes were so real. The closing scenes with that couple so much in love …that is love. If ever there was an example of true love, that is it.
Hannah asks: Have you seen all the questions on this message board? Do they make you feel good — that so many people still care for you?
Bettie Page: It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me… that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration. You would think they never think about 50′s pinup models. I have had 11 songs written about me – the best is by a song by BR-549 from my hometown, Nashville – called “Bettie, Bettie.” I wonder what he means by, “if I had known you-I would have been a better man,” in the lyrics? I once was in love with a man named Carlos from Peru. He showed me a picture of a blond woman and a little boy. He told me it was his sister. One night I had a cold — we were making love — his sister was his wife. this night, she knocked on the door and accused me of being a homewrecker. I told her I did not know he was married, but as I was going down the stairs, she was calling me these names and felt like a snake…I didn’t have anything to do with him after that.
Check out the amazing 2012 documentary film, McCullin directed by David and Jacqui Morris.
(You are not invited to the Gala)
This is the best documentary I’ve seen in a very long time.
Seems to me that Don McCullin’s seen more than anyone on the planet.
He systematically sought out access to the worst part of any war/conflict/disaster he visited, the story behind the above photo is tragic, but not nearly the worst in his legendary career.
It’s a very hard watch.
You can also download it from archive.org
Enso sleeps on rags on the floor of the storage room
He is not allowed to have a bed or a pillow.
He works all day and is not allowed to go to school.
International advocates for children estimate that there are 250,000 restaveks in Haiti — children working as unpaid domestic servants after their parents, who cannot afford to raise them, give them away.
The literal translation of “restavek” is relatively benign: these children, mostly girls, are “live-ins” or “stay-withs.’’ But the social translation is brutal. To be a restavek is to be the ultimate have-not in a society of have-nots; the word itself is a slur.
The ultimate have-not in a society of have-nots. Jesus H Christ.
Source: The New York Times