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Friday, 01 May 2009


Nice edition this morning. Wonderful and tragic tale of Reuss and the photos by Capa, Taro, and Seymour. That Basque table with bottles and glasses in the windowlight blew me away.

Does anyone know how the scholars are able to attribute the negatives to either of the three? Do you think its simply from the Whitman Sampler roadmap on the top of the suitcase?

I just can't stop looking at that photograph of Taro. There's just something... luminous?.. about it.

yeah she has "it"

Anal Comment of the Week:

Jim Reed's photographs are impressive, and I have added the book to my Amazon cart, but his grasp on time may be a bit flimsy. In one the the Winter photos, that of a control tower at sunset, he writes:

Final sunset before the new millennium, South Carolina, December 31, 1999.

The new millennium started on January 1, 2001, not 2000 like Mr Reed suggests.

End of anal comment.

Loved the Mexican Suitcase article. Thanks for posting that, Mike.

"Nice edition" indeed. Ahhh...real photography!

I am very hopeful that these images, and the apparently rich story of their journey, are published soon.

Amazing how contemporary that portrait of Everett Ruess looks! The storyline reminiscent of Christopher McCandless and Into The Wild...

Both the Jim Reed cover and Gerda Taro typewriter pictures are excellent. Lots of great things linked in this post!

Dammit Mike, you made me go buy more books.


Rana & Frank,

At the risk of bursting some romantic balloons, her "it" is neoteny. Large forehead, high, thin eyebrows, wide and direct gaze. That's drawing you in.

Works with puppies, too.

And, I'm told, with babies.

pax / toddler-resistant Ctein

Many more frames from the "Mexican suitcase" can be seen on the ICP site. They appear to be offering prints as well.


Correction: the contact info for prints is Magnum's, who "will be the sole distributor of the photographers' images". No indication when prints would be available. This is their suitcase site: http://tinyurl.com/dktd2q



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