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Tuesday, 28 April 2020


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Thanks for the great roundup. After a random minute-long taste of the Joni Mitchell set, I look forward to giving it my full attention ASAP!

Mike, Also playing with Joni Mitchell here is Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Lyle Mays (who just passed away in earlier this year). This concert has a who's who of jazz fusion to enjoy.

[And don't forget Don Alias on percussion. --Mike]

I'm very sorry to read that Ted Grant passed away. We met online at the CompuServe Photoforum back in the 90s. When I was in Seattle on business in '98 or '99, I discovered that I could fly to Vancouver Island, where Ted lived, on a floatplane for very little money.
So I did, and we spent a great time together. I got his photo book about the medical profession, "This is our work - The legacy of Sir William Osler", which is a true classic by now.


It's a very different style of music, but Los Angeles punk rock pioneers X have released their first album in decades with the original line up. Considering they range in age from 67 - 73, IIRC, there are a multitude of amazements and amusements here.

But most importantly, "Alphabetland" sounds like they did back in 1980 when "Los Angeles" dropped. For those of you here who might be interested, their link at Bandcamp: https://xtheband.bandcamp.com/album/alphabetland

[What a coincidence that I only very recently published a picture of this band! And it was coincidence I assure you, I had no idea this was coming. --Mike]

In re Sam Gwynne's quote on the last year of the Civil War, if I recall correctly the Grant vs Lee Virginia campaign is regarded by many historians as having been something of a (rather grisly) preview of World War I, complete with trench warfare, machine guns, hand grenades, and sappers digging tunnels to plant high explosives underneath enemy positions.

Then too, Sherman's "March to the Sea" campaign through Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina was a precursor of the 20th century concept of "total war" - explicitly designed to destroy the enemy's economy and therefore their physical capacity to supply their forces, along with civilian morale and their psychological will to continue the fight. Events in the "distant" past aren't always as far removed from us as we tend to think.

Sounds like his book would be an excellent read.


We also lost John Pfahl to covid.
His writing about what he was trying to do with photography is worth seeking out as well.

[Oh, too bad. One of the first shows I ever saw was one of his. Always got a chuckle out of "Moonrise Over Pie Pan." I added this to the post. Thanks Hugh. --Mike]

To answer your question: yes I do seem to have a little more time on my hands these days. Went ten days without going off to any store recently, but my neighbor holds the record around here, going a full four weeks without venturing into any store (his wife doesn't mind doing the food shopping).

Thanks for the wonderful suggestions! I followed a few links to the Facebook Rijksmuseum, and found that particularly interesting; the Frida Kahlo spoof is hilarious!

And if you loved "Empire of the Summer Moon", you probably will also enjoy "Panther in the Sky" by James Alexander Thom, a novel based on the life of Tecumseh. Or William Cronon's "Changes in the Land", one of my favorite histories of the coming of Europeans to New England.

If Clapton was God, who was Jaco Pastorias? The internet has destroyed my ability to just soak myself in records the way that you once had to, but after rediscovering him a few years ago I listened to his first solo record perhaps ten times in a row.

I am so sad to hear about Ted Grant's passing. Got to know him on the Leica list. Was thrilled when he critiqued a couple of my photos. Such a kind man and with such great stories. I think I have a couple of his photos from the Leica Print Exchange.

"MaxMax's most recent monochrome conversion camera is the Sony RX100 Mark III."

Mike for only $85 extra dollars you can get a monochrome X-t1 from Dan. Its listed at $2185 currently. Just saying.

Or test out a Sigma Quattro SD camera. You can rent one from Lens Rentals now quite cheap. 20% off rentals I think is still going on.

Good post, Mike! Thanks especially for the heads-up on the book Lifelike by Pavel Kosenko. As you know, color is my thing. I've been a bit of a student of color since the age of 10 (studying at museum classes) and have casually collected quite a sub-library of books especially devoted to the subject of color, whether in photography or in more general art/science terms. Most are loaded with color "science" clichés and well-trod ground. But the best also have little turns and twists of expression that help readers gain new handles on the subject. In my preliminary fly-through Kosenko's Lifelike appears to offer such nuggets.

And the "Shelter in Place Gallery" is brilliant, isn't it? It reminds me of endless days of my youth as an architecture student building models. FWIW, this is not at all dissimilar from the way in which museums design their biggest exhibitions, both for conceptualization and sometimes for insurance.

Always loved Joni Mitchell and 'Shadows and Light" are a particular fav. Great band. The concert was filmed as well and on Youtube, I still believe.

[I thought I linked to that. Link didn't work for you? --Mike]

You mentioned Hitler's poodle. Are we going to talk about Putin's poodle? That is quite pertinent to today's situation.

Sad news to hear of Ted Grant's passing. It was actually a shock to read here (as I will explain). Ted taught photojournalism at the photography school I attended in 1990 in Victoria, B.C.. I remember him as an inspiring but humble teacher. I don't think that any of us were really aware of his status. He was a down-to-earth humble guy. Though we were aware of his work covering a number of Canadian federal election campaigns (when he photographed Pierre Trudeau I believe), he downplayed his career accomplishments. After graduating from the school, I assisted Ted on a photo shoot for a local auctioneer. I'm guessing he must have known the owner, as these were advertising images with hot lights! Then again, as a photographer, you take work where you can get it! I ran into Ted a few other times but I hadn't seen him in a very long time. Thank you for posting Mike. Sad news but I appreciate finding out.

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