Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Richard Avedon Photograph Of Robert Frank (With Comment By Eugene Richards)

Robert Frank's photography changed the way I looked at the world and I immediately moved from painting to photography. Richard Avedon, who I watched as an apprentice, changed the way I interpreted the images I looked to record. Eugene Richards sucked the drama out of my vision and gave me clearness.

photographed by Richard Avedon, 1975

The people who made his book The Americans important were the people of my generation - the people who came of age in the late Sixties, that generation of people dealing with the Vietnam War and questions about the country. The book was a fractured view of the country. It addressed a lot of the obvious metaphors for what America was like, and turned them on end. I first saw that book when I came back from the South in the late Sixties, and I was pretty upset about the country. So then you see this photo book that reflects your emotions of the time, and it becomes a very important work to you. It felt very close to what you were experiencing. Later, you saw it as a remarkable personal expression. At first, the book was a combination of politics and art to me. That's what made it inspirational - that you could actually get your political feelings into pictures. I had been trying, and when I saw that book, I felt very much at home with the guy. Frank is very direct and not overly emotional, but a straightforward guy. He's right to the point. He takes life very seriously. He's low-key, kind of egoless, and very harsh at the same time. As for his other work, I've never been disappointed. I don't know how much of a weight that book is around his neck. Probably a lot. It's a book that rocks everybody.

- Eugene Richards

Dana Milbank Breaks Palin Pledge Daily Hourly

Just like Jimmah Carter ole Monte Milbank can't help himself. There must be a journolist group that secretly meets (electronically with cams) to discuss their lust for Sarah Palin.

Hourly, nee by the minute, they lust in their hearts for Sarah Palin. It's as if they have not just a passion, but an obsession for her.

At the water cooler, "Psst, did you SEE what she was wearing?"

Oh, they mask it by trying to tear her down, just like they did in school when all the popular girls never noticed them. They do have some remorse, even repressed anger, that Gov. Palin can handle a long rifle better than their dad and with more style. It's killing them that she is a better athlete than they ever were, but, ah, the allure. It's driving them to distraction.

One can hear the taunts from classmates,

"You’re in love with Sarah."

"Am not."

"Are too."

"Am not. She's stoopid."

"Ha, Dana's in love with Sarah."

"If you don't shut up I'm gonna tell mommy."

(Chorus) "Dana's in love with Sarah."

"I hate her. I hate her. I hate her."

I hope Milbank isn't waking up with the sweats from his repressed thoughts about a Palin free February. Ole Milbank, that devil, he chose the lover's month to hide his dirty deeds.

Dana's Valentine’s Day will be very rough.

Winter In Art

Edward Simmons (1852-1931)
Boston Public Garden,1893
Abraham Beerstraten (b. Amsterdam ,ca.1644 (?) 1627-1666)
Winter View of Leyden
Yu-tang Yang (b. 1956)

God's Masterpiece-2006
Richard Schmid
Victorian Winter

Long Island July 2010

Jones Beach Ice Cream Parlor 2010

The West Bath House at Jones Beach,
designed by Herbert Magoon (and Robert Moses)
c. 1930 in Wantagh, Long Island, New York.

Say What Obama?

'I Didn't Raise Taxes Once'

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