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  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:16 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Marshals of the Soviet Union, Nationality, , , , , The Commissar Vanishes, The New York Review, The New York Review of Books, Tolstaya   

    The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin’s Russia 

    A New York Times Notable Book, 1997

    The lavishly illustrated and often darkly hilarious retelling of Soviet history through the doctored photographs under Stalin.

    The Commissar Vanishes has been hailed as a brilliant, indispensable record of an era. The Commissar Vanishes offers a unique and chilling look at how one man–Joseph Stalin–manipulated the science of photography to advance his own political career and erase the memory of his victims. Over the past thirty years David King has assembled the world’s largest archive of doctored Soviet photographs, the best of which appear here, in a book Tatyana Tolstaya, in The New York Review of Books, called “an extraordinary, incomparable volume.”

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:10 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Akron Art Museum, American art, Art Forum, Art Gallery of University of California at Irvine, Artforum, Arthur Fellig, , , , Daily News, , director of the Art Gallery, , first news photographer, John Coplans, Manhattan’s police, Nationality, , , , Poland, senior curator, the Daily Mirror, the Daily News, , , , Weegee   

    Weegee’s New York: Photographs, 1935-1960 

    Weegee’s New York: Photographs 1935–1960

    Weegee’s legendary camera recorded an unmatched pictorial chronicle of a legendary time. Weegee’s New York is the New York of the thirties and forties, a city marked by the Great Depression, by unemployment and poverty, by mob violence and prostitution. He was the first news photographer allowed a police radio in his car. Racing through Manhattan’s streets after midnight, he often beat the cops to the scene of the crime to shoot the pictures which would scream from the pages of the Daily News and the Daily Mirror next morning. They still jump from the page with a restless immediacy and intense nervousness that has never been surpassed. The 335 photographs collected in this new softcover reprint tell the astonishing story of New York during one of its most violent and exciting periods. The introductory essay is by the former editor of Art Forum, John Coplans.

    Essay by Weegee

    Weegee (1899-1968),was born Arthur Fellig in what is now a part of Poland and arrived in New York at the age of ten. During his ten years at Manhattan’s police headquarters he published 5,000 photos that made him the most famous of a new breed of hardboiled news photographers. His book Naked City (later made into a film) was published in 1945, followed in 1953 by Naked Hollywood.

    John Coplans, born in 1920 in England, immigrated to the US in 1960. In 1962 he founded the periodical Artforum serving as its editor until 1980. He was director of the Art Gallery of University of California at Irvine; senior curator at the Pasadena Art Museum; and director of the Akron Art Museum, Ohio. At age sixty he took up photography full-time.

    335 duotone plates.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 6:33 am on May 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dollar, , Gröning, , Mukesh, Nationality, Oregon,   

    Billion Dollar House 

    Exhibit A: Mukesh Ambani’s future billion dollar home:

    Exhibit B: Bongo’s dream house by Matt Groening from “School is Hell“:

     
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