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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.).
FROM PEKING TO PARIS by ELLEN THORBECKE | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
As of June 2021, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents the exhibition Ellen Thorbecke’s China, showcasing photographs and photo books made in China in the 1930s by collection photographer Ellen Thorbecke.
In 1931, Ellen Thorbecke (b.1902-d.1973) left Berlin for China to be reunited with her husband Willem Thorbecke, who had been appointed as an envoy in China on behalf of the Netherlands.
Being a journalist from origin, Thorbecke gradually developed into a compelling photographer.
The exhibition Ellen Thorbecke’s China presents photographs that capture the changing identity of the young Chinese Republic between centuries-old traditions and Western modernisation.
Ellen Thorbecke (b. Ellen Kolban, in Wilmersdorf, near Berlin), was an interesting artist in many ways.
Both the exhibition and the book shows rare images of daily life in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris and the Middle East in the 1930s and 1940s.
From Peking to Paris
The monograph Ellen Thorbecke - From Peking to Paris is compiled by Ruben Lundgren in
collaboration with Rik Suermondt, art historian and discoverer of Thorbecke’s archive.
The exhibition has been curated by Ruben Lundgren.
GALLERY OF HONOUR OF DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHY | PHOTO EXHIBITION
Yesterday visited Nederlands Fotomuseum @Rotterdam, for 2 exhibitions.
The Gallery of Honour starts off by showing the earliest examples of photographs, known as daguerreotypes, and showcases work by dozens of photographers who explored boundaries, developed new techniques, and brought about innovation – from black and white images to colour photography and the digital age.
Excellent series, very well displayed too.
GIRLFRIEND @HYDE PARK, LONDON 1961 | PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo by Neville Webb, London 1961
One of the things I enjoy a lot these days is corresponding with a few remaining contributors for my aviation website. One is Neville Webb (his plane pix is on my Aviation Photos & History from Neville Webb gallery), but the subjects we discuss and share photos with have gone beyond aviation.
But there's more to Neville's photography, here are some portraits by his hand:
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2021 | PHOTOJOURNALISM WPP
The annual WPP contests recognize and celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the previous year. On display in 'De Nieuwe Kerk' are the winners of our 64th annual Photo Contest and 11th annual Digital Storytelling Contest!
The jury of the 2021 Photo Contest selected Mads Nissen’s photograph The First Embrace as the World Press Photo of the Year, and Habibi by Antonio Faccilongo as the World Press Photo Story of the Year.
GOUDEN KOETS @AMSTERDAM MUSEUM | HISTORY ARTIFACTS
Visit yesterday afternoon to the Amsterdam Museum, for The Golden Coach (Dutch: Gouden Koets).
THE FACE OF WAR by MARTHA GELLHORN | BOOKS JOURNALISM
Martha Ellis Gellhorn (b.08Nov1908 - d.15Feb1998) was an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist who is considered one of the great war correspondents of the 20th century.
Martha Gellhorn was born in St. Louis and attended Bryn Mawr, but left in 1927 to begin a career as a writer. Her first articles appeared in the New Republic, but determined to become a foreign correspondent, she moved to France to work for the United Press bureau in Paris.
While in Europe she became active in the pacifist movement and wrote about her experiences in the book, What Mad Pursuit (1934).
In 1937 Gellhorn was employed by Collier's Weekly to report the Spanish Civil War. While there she started an affair with Ernest Hemingwayand the couple married in 1940.
Gellhorn worked for Collier's Weekly throughout World War II and later recalled how she "followed the war wherever I could reach it." This included reporting from Finland, Hong Kong, Burma, Singapore and Britain. She even impersonated a stretcher bearer in order to witness the D-Day landings...
After the war Gellhorn worked for Atlantic Monthly. This included all the major world conflicts, including the Vietnam War, the Six-Day War in the Middle East and the wars in Central America.
Gellhorn published a large number of books including a collection of articles on war, The Face of War (1959), a novel about McCarthyism, The Lowest Trees Have Tops (1967), an account of her life with Ernest Hemingway, Travels With Myself and Another (1978) plus a collection of her peacetime journalism, The View From the Ground (1988).
The Face of War was published in 1959 and was frequently reprinted, while wars kept raging.
Journalism at its best and most effective is education. Apperently people would not learn for themselves, nor from others. If the agnony of the Second World War did not teach them, whatever would? Surely the post-war world is a mockery of hope and an insult to all those who died so that we would survive.
My articles on the Vietnam War are a model of self-censorship. They were published in The Guardian, London; unsuitable for American readers. In 1966, the official American version of the war was accepted as truth. Opposing views were Communist propaganda and dismissed as such.
We must always remember that we are not the servants of the state. As the British Attorney General said in his final speech at the Neremberg Trial, 'The state and the law are made for man that through themhe may achieve a fuller life, a higher purpose and a greater dignity,' The state has fallen down on its job: instead of a fuller life, the state has led man to a haunted life.
Martha Gellhorn is truly an icon and the book stands in the records of war reporting in all its gruesome aspects.
NEW YORK by THOMAS HOEPKER | PHOTOGRAPHY
Thomas Hoepker (German: Thomas Höpker; b.10Jun1936) is a German photographer and member of Magnum Photos.
Hoepker was born in Munich, Germany. He first began taking pictures when he was 16 and received an old 9x12 glass plate camera from his grandfather. He developed his prints in his family's kitchen and bathroom, and began to earn a little money by selling pictures to friends and classmates.
From 1960 to 1963 he worked as a photographer for Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall, reporting from around the world. Then in 1964 he began working as a photojournalist for Stern.
For much of his career Hoepker used Leica cameras. In the 1970s he began to also use single-lens reflex cameras alongside his Leica, using Leicas for wide angle shots and Nikon or Canon cameras with zoom lenses. In 2002 he began using digital SLRs.
EKSTERS HOUDEN VAN BLING BLING | BOOKS SCIENCE
HELMOND ('HELMONT') CASTLE | HISTORY
Maria was the eldest daughter of Duke Henry I of Brabant and his consort Maud of Boulogne.
Maria survived her 2nd husband by 38 years, but never remarried.
CLAUDIO ETHOS | ART URBAN MURALS
TAHNÉ KLEIJN - STILTE HEEFT HET LAATSTE WOORD| PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHER
Corona divides. It divides people between 'debauched young people' and 'selfish elderly', 'nagging entrepreneurs' and 'wage slaves', 'conspiracy theorists' and 'gullible'.
A steward walked with me to enforce the restriction. I was the only visitor, he had to open it up for me, kept a close eye on me when I walked past the photographs, so maybe the lack of promotion is not helping to attract visitors. I hope so, what an asshole.
HET VALKHOF MUSEUM AND CASTLE REMAINS
The remains of the Valkenburcht
Because Charlemagne is said to have built a palace near Nijmegen, the city of Nijmegen is sometimes referred to as 'the imperial city'. Charlemagne was there on Easter in 777 and several times between 804 and 814. He probably even lived there then.
In 911 the Carolingian family house died out, but the emperors who subsequently ruled the German Empire (Otto I, Otto III, Conrad II, Henry III) continued to visit the Kaiserpfalz repeatedly for acts of government, until in 1047 during a revolt against Emperor Henry III, it was burned down by Godfrey with the Beard.
When Frederick II and his son Conrad were deposed from the throne by Pope Gregory IX, Count Otto II of Guelders ('Gelre', Gelderland) took advantage of this opportunity and took possession of the imperial castle.
From the 13th century, the counts of Gelre further expanded the fortification of the Valkhofburcht. This is how the castle complex was created from 1450-1500, as can be seen on many maps and prints.
As late as 1769, new rooms for the Prince-Stadtholder were built on the 2nd floor.
What followed was the road to decline and oblivion.
Thus, on 09Feb1796, the complex was sold for Dutch florins (dfl) 90.400 and traders were able to reuse the precious tuff stone, with which it had been erected, for buildings in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country.
After the demolition, the vacant site was raised, so that the remaining archaeological treasures were well preserved, and it was converted into a walking place.
THE PLAGUE in DE VALKHOF MUSEUM | EXHIBITION HISTORY
For four centuries, Europe was in the grip of plague.
PUBLIC PRIDE PHOTO EXPOSITION @AMSTERDAM-ZUIDOOST
The Pride Photo exhibition shows the winning photos of the 2020 competition, and a selection of other photos specially selected by the foundation's curator.
SMOTHER | CRIME FICTION DRAMA TV-SERIES
Smother is an Irish thriller drama series written by Kate O'Riordan and directed by Dathaí Keane.
Set in a small town on the wild and rugged coast of County Clare, Val Ahern (Dervla Kirwan) is a devoted mother and is determined to protect her family against suspicion of an accidental (?) death. And particularly her three daughters Jenny, Anna and Grace.