10 posts tagged london
10 posts tagged london
LONDON — Representation gets a bad rap. Its inadequacy is inbuilt; it’s doomed to fail us; the thing it strives to capture and communicate endlessly eludes it. But it’s what we have, so we use our crude visual and verbal tools to circumscribe, gibber, and gesture. Drooling a bit, we imagine a method of communication that would translate its subject perfectly and entirely. Prior to the age of #nofilter, photography was believed to contain this possibility. Sometimes the medium — particularly the documentary genre — still pretends.
1902 Royal Photographic Society exhibition judging panel, in the Royal Academy
One of two lovely images of a group of gentlemen in what I suspected was an art gallery/exhibition or a club of some sort. We now know that it is the 1902 exhibition judging panel of the Royal Photographic Society, but the suspicion is that it was actually taken at the Royal Academy in Burlington House (see comments below) Large sized glass plate negative. Dated 1902.
Source Flickr / whatsthatpicture
The Ruins, Rubble, and Architecture of War in Art
Henry Carr, “Liberation” (1944) (© IWM) (all images courtesy Imperial War Museums)
Pyschedelic Plans for a Post-Apocalyptic Paris
Marcel Storr, “Untitled” (Courtesy Liliane and Bertrand Kempf)
Out of apocalyptic ruin, a Parisian…
Looking at London, Revolting!
LONDON — We are now six days into the unrest that started in the Greater London neighborhood of Tottenham, spread throughout London and then erupted across England. London has been relatively — but tenuously — calmer than it was on Monday night, when looting, arson and violence escalated and reached new and disparate parts of the city … What’s been more interesting to me, however, has been the ways in which many denizens of England have established identities as non-rioters or anti-rioters and expressed criticism through social media and images circulated through it…. READ MORE.
Thank you so much for your concern. I am in the UK, and while things have escalated elsewhere, last night was quiet where I am in London, likely owing to an increased police presence of some 16,000 officers in the city last night. I am safe (or as safe as I can be, anyway). It was tense because everyone was pretty much sitting around waiting to see if any more violence would happen, and there has been a nervous energy in the air. Looting and violence popped up rapidly in scattered areas throughout the city Monday night, hitting fairly close to where I live, but activity died down in most places during the day. I felt compelled to keep checking in on the situation from my laptop, refreshing twitter and the Guardian’s liveblog (http://bit.ly/njIlko), which also contributed to anxious tension.
What’s going on has been described as fueled by class tensions and extreme disparity in wealth and opportunities for wealth, “a hatred for the system,” as discussed here: http://bit.ly/q8KolF, different but I daresay not totally divorced from the more racially motivated riots in the 1980s.
I’m sorry to hear about what’s happening in Philly. I hope that you also stay safe and that it gets resolved soon (although the larger issues will be at stake for a long time, I’m sure). xo
The London Riots Saved The Queen