Monday, February 28, 2011

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Steve, we love you. You're the best.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Unveiling the Pictures of the Year- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ANON PHOTOGRAPHER WHO GOT THE IMPACT 2010 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE!

There are nearly 50 judging categories in the Pictures of the Year International competition, some of which cite a half dozen or more winners and finalists. Winning images are posted on the Web site as the two-week judging period moves along. But until the judging is finished, the school deliberately doesn’t announce the names of the photographers or where their work appeared. This is meant to ensure that judges in pending categories stick to photographic merits and don’t think things like, “Well, we can’t give another prize to The L.A. Times — they’ve already won enough.”




Provided to The New York Times
Impact 2010, award of excellence: The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and burned in the Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana. April 20, 2010.


But it has become so easy to figure out the identities anyway, James Estrin said recently on Lens (“And the Winner Is — Anonymous“), that the purpose behind anonymity seems to have been defeated.

So it may seem a bit of a paradox that The Times submitted for prize consideration a breathtaking picture of the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico that was taken by someone whose identity the newspaper has not divulged, for his protection as a worker in the region. The photograph won an award of excellence in the Impact 2010 category, as “Anonymous, ‘Untitled.”"





Winners of the Sixty-Eighth Annual
Pictures of the Year International Competition
I've got to pull one of my photos because the person in the portrait doesn't want the photo seen... of course that's aok, but it was an important image in my edit and there's no replacement and none of the other photos of this person are nearly as strong. That's how it rolls sometime.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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I was making this photo when someone was shot right up the street you see in the reflection.


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Straight on and flat, centered with a disregard and disdain of "rule of thirds," tight and confining background or wide open background. This was very specific stylistic and aesthetic choice and the great majority of the photos reflect this choice. There's implied possibility of circumnavigation of limited choices in architectural images and there real subversion and struggle and success in the portraiture.

There's movement with figures striding with a confined background. Implied and real movement is sparse and strategically placed. Absence and stifling of movement is also there.

There's figurative and literal reflection. There's direct references to my personal history and to art history.

Martha Rosler

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Be Near Me When My Light Is Low
Lord Alfred Tennyson



Be near me when my light is low,
When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick
And tingle; and the heart is sick,
And all the wheels of Being slow.
Be near me when the sensuous frame
Is rack'd with pangs that conquer trust;
And Time, a maniac scattering dust,
And Life, a Fury slinging flame.

Be near me when my faith is dry,
And men the flies of latter spring,
That lay their eggs, and sting and sing
And weave their petty cells and die.

Be near me when I fade away,
To point the term of human strife,
And on the low dark verge of life
The twilight of eternal day.

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow

Sunday, February 20, 2011

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we are here.
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Here's to Robert Brown who I just saw outside of my house. Still the same hat and glasses almost 10 years later. Thank you, Robert!

Ursula Rucker

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Click the title to sign the letter.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS

To the members of the House of Representatives who voted for the Pence Amendment to H.R. 1:

How could you?

How could you betray millions of women — and men, and teens — who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care?

How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illnesses?

Your vote was not only against those who seek care at Planned Parenthood health centers, but against every one of us who has ever sought care there, and against every one of us who knows that when we are healthy, when we are in charge of our lives, we thrive.

It was a vote against me.

To every senator who will soon consider this legislation:

I stand with Planned Parenthood to say to you: STOP THIS.

I stand with Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life and every corner of this country who join me in signing this letter to tell you that we will fight this bill and we expect you to do the same.

I stand with and for the millions of women, men, and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood, and I expect you to do the same.

To every member of Congress, know that we stand together today against this outrageous assault, and together we will not lose.

Friday, February 18, 2011



RIP ILGWU

RIP UNITE.

Good Luck and much love, UNITE HERE.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thank G-d, Back To Target

Travels In Search of Turkey's Jews by Laurence Salzmann

You know who I miss? My grandparents. Even at 40 I miss them everyday.
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My Love Will Not Let You Down
Bruce Springsteen


At night I go to bed but I just can't sleep
I got something running around my head
That just won't keep
In the silence I hear my heart beating, time slippin' away
I got a time bomb ticking deep inside of me
I gotta tell you what I wanna say
I keep searching for you, darling
Searching everywhere I go
And when I find you there's gonna be
Just one thing that you gotta know
My love will not let you down
My love will not let you down

At night I walk the streets looking for romance
But I always end up stumbling in a half-trance
I search for connection in some new eyes
But they're hard for protection from too many dreams passed by
I see you standing across the room watching me without a sound
Well I'm gonna push my way through that crowd, I'm gonna tear all your walls down
Tear all your walls down
My love will not let you down
My love will not let you down

Well hold still now darling, hold still for God's sake
'Cause I got me a promise I ain't afraid to make
My love will not let you down
My love will not let you down

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

‎"Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'"

-Kurt Vonnegut

MORE THAN THE RAINBOW: MATT WEBER

More Than the Rainbow from Dan Wechsler on Vimeo.





MORE THAN THE RAINBOW is a LESPEDI PRODUCTION
Directed by DAN WECHSLER and featuring the photography of MATT WEBER
Director of Photography ARLENE MULLER Editor JOHN ROSENBERG
Assistant Director of Photography MARCIN NADOLNY
featuring the music of THELONIUS MONK additional music by KEITH GURLAND


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I can't wait to see this film... I love Matt Weber!
Darlene Love, Ronettes Sue Phil Spector for Royalties... Phil, you're still not paying and you're in jail for murder? You absolutely do not need that much money in your commissary.


This is one of the best talks I've ever heard. When she starts talking about her stroke, especially the part starting at 8:19, it's so beautiful and frightening. I sometimes have that feeling of being connected, albeit much lesser.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Urge Congress to Support Arts & Culture

Just got this email from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance...

"...This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will bring a a Continuing Resolution (CR) appropriations package to the House floor that proposes to cut dozens of federal agencies and programs for the balance of the current 2011 fiscal year (March 5 through September 30). Funding for arts and culture is not spared in this proposal, as it outlines cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Community Development Block Grants. Specifically, the House Appropriations Committee has set the proposed cut to the NEA at $22.5 million.

We need your voices more than ever. It only takes a few minutes to send a letter (that we've already composed for you!) to our senators and representatives asking for their support of arts and culture. Our leaders need to remember that support for theaters, music, dance, community centers, local media programming, museums, zoos, and historical sites is a small but critical investment in our neighborhoods that consistently delivers better education outcomes, community revitalization, and jobs. Reduction or complete elimination of these critical agencies and programs would only stymie the growth - and future - of the Greater Philadelphia region..."
Funnel Pages currently seeks artists and art-writers to blog on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis about art culture and art culture in Philadelphia. If you think you’d like to write or have an idea for an article, column, or daily banter you would like to contribute, please send an email to alison@funnelpages.com .
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