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Saturday, 05 January 2008


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Better hurry if you're interested in that File contest--the submission deadline is tomorrow (January 6, 2008). They are accepting entries by email, though.

I like the idea and think it could be fun.

France is very good at preserving the overall architectural look of its old neighbourhoods (certainly better than England) but those Atget photos have a unique magic that can't be matched.
Thanks for the link Mike.

Cheers, Robin

I can see an upside of having a few things named in "honor" of Jim Crow. It prevents us from becoming complacent or willfully ignorant in the belief that racism in America is a thing of the past.

I can't help but think that Kodak sowed the seeds for its own destruction with its pioneering work on the digital camera. It's a shame that it didn't follow up on its research with good marketing.

"You can call it what you want to
But it's still a minstrel show/
You can call it what you want to
But it's still Jim Crow."

("Jim Crow" by John Mellencamp, duet with Joan Baez)

I'm wondering if the road wasn't named after a local citizen, unfortunately named "James Crow [sic]" - upstanindg sitizen, not a racist, nice guy or is that too much of a stretch? It still seems like a bad choice of names , tho.

We can only hope that, and not a 'honor' of an era and despicable set of laws.

The history of the naming of that road would be an interesting story . . .

Could you make "Around the Web" a weekly feature? Without this posting, I would have missed out on some very interesting articles. If not weekly, maybe twice a month?

Atget's pictures are a true wealth and Rauschenberg's book seems to be quite interesting !
So much for the myth of the"clean, good old times" city when less regulations allowed people to live and work in those buildings...

Still, in his interview, Rauschenberg doesn't yet feel the "glass case effect" of Paris ! Though for those who build in Paris, it is as if the Haussmann era was to be the final touristic image versus some older but less attractive parts.

You'll find other pictures of Artget at http://expositions.bnf.fr/atget/index.htm as this link for the disappearing parts of Paris http://expositions.bnf.fr/paris/feuil/1a/index.htm

Happy New Year to all !

I very much enjoyed the slideshow of Paris then and now, and while the stretch of history is longer in these photos, I have to say that the project reminds me of my own work last year in recreating photos of Toronto that were taken 30 years ago by a Japanese man who was visiting Toronto in 1977 and as it happens is exactly 30 years older than me. (Wow, that's a pretty long sentence even for me.)

The slideshow (and more information about the photos) is on my photoblog and it starts here:

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