Greece by car | Photos by Alfred Tritschler & Paul Wolff, 1936

Travel through Greece with the Opel Olympia, the photographer Alfred Tritschler taking pictures out of the car, 1936
Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936
 Theatre of Delphi, Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936

 Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936
 Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936
 Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936
Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936
 Wolff & Alfred Tritschler Series: 'Greece by car', 1936


Ugly Thoughts | Roald Dahl, 1980

 Roald Dahl - The Twits, 1980 / illustration: Quentin Blake

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts
every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth
and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like
sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

“No one who is good can ever be ugly.”

 Roald Dahl, The Twits, 1980

Candles | Paintings by Gerhard Richter, 1982-1983 / Sonic Youth, 1988

Gerhard Richter, Three Candles, 1982
Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982 / Oil on canvas                                            Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1983
 Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982 / Oil on canvas    
 Gerhard Richter, Candle, 1982                                         Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982
 Gerhard Richter, Candle, 1982 
 Gerhard Richter, Skull with Candle, 1983

In 1982 and 1983, Richter made a series of paintings of Candles and Skulls that relate to a
 longstanding tradition of still life memento mori painting. Each composition is most commonly 
based on a photograph taken by Richter in his own studio. Influenced by old master vanitas 
painters such as Georges de La Tour and Francisco de Zurbarán, the artist began to experiment 
with arrangements of candles and skulls placed in varying degrees of natural light, sitting atop
 otherwise barren tables.

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation, 1988

Sonic Youth used a painting of his for the cover art for their album Daydream Nation in 1988.
 He was a fan of the band and did not charge for the use of his image.
The original, over 7 metres (23 ft) square, is now showcased in Sonic Youth's studio in NYC.


On the Same Books | Katherine Mansfield, 1922

Anne Estelle Rice - Portrait of Katherine Mansfield - 1918

"The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one
lives with another who shares the same books."

Katherine Mansfield, Letter to Ottoline Morrell, 1922


Stereosc2pe + The Hat | Asja Lācis / Paul Strand, 1912-1953

 Asja Lācis, 1912                                                   Paul Strand, La Cousette à Luzzara, 1953

Asja Lācis (1891-1979) was a Latvian actress and theatre director. A Bolshevik, in the twenties she 
became famous for her proletarian theatre troupes for children and agitprop in Soviet Russia and Latvia.


The First Woman Trombonist in Big Bands | Melba Liston, 1926-1999

Melba Liston in the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, 1948

Melba Doretta Liston (1926 –1999) was an American jazz trombonist, arranger, and
composer. She was the first woman trombonist to play in big bands during the 1940s and
1960s, but as her career progressed she became better known as an arranger particularly
 in partnership with pianist Randy Weston.

Born in Kansas City in 1926, Liston chose to play trombone at the age of 7 as part of her 
school’s music program. A year later, Liston was talented enough to play trombone at her 
local radio station. At the age of ten, she moved to Los Angeles, California. She was
classmates with Dexter Gordon, and friends with Eric Dolphy.
She started playing with the up-and-coming major names of the bebop 
scene in the 1940s.

Melba Liston, Start Swingin, 1945

 Her most notable recording as a soloist was with Dexter Gordon in 1947. 
Liston worked with Count Basie (1948-1949), Dizzy Gillespie's big band (1949-1950)

Melba Liston with an old school friend, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, recording for the
Dial sessions : "Mischievous Lady", composed by Dexter and dedicated to Melba, and
"Lullaby In Rhythm" written by Benny Goodman.

Melba Liston, Charles Fox (piano), Chuck Thompson (drums),
Ross Russell (founder of Dial Records) and Dexter Gordon
Hollywood, June 5, 1947 / Photo by Ray Whitten 

Dexter Gordon Quintet - Mischievous Lady /  Dexter Gordon Quintet - Lullaby In Rhythm

"Mischievous Lady": Melba Liston and Dexter Gordon during the Dial Records recording session on June 5th 1947 / Photo by Ray Whitten ^

Matthew Gee, Trummy Young, Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Al Gray, and Leonard Feather,
with Melba Liston
Walter Page, Charlie Persip, Buck Clayton, Melba Liston, and an unidentified musician performing
 on stage. Photo Courtesy: The Buck Clayton Collection

When Liston went on tour with Billie Holiday she was so discouraged by the abuse from 
her male peers and audience members that she quit playing for a period of time. 
She returned to music in the mid ‘50s and recorded her only solo album, 

Melba Listen and her Trombones - Pow, 1958

Melba Liston and Quincy Jones, 1960

Quincy Jones band - My Reverie (Switzerland, 1960)

“Do you know, in Bessie Smith’s time and all that, you don’t hear too much about men. 
They were piano players. But on stage, it was about the black woman. But now, to get 
an instrument? No, sir, a woman couldn’t bring an instrument in no house, especially 
with a husband that was a musician. And not today either... But if it wasn’t for the 
woman there wouldn’t be no culture at-all. There were women – why it was plant 
the garden, work the fields, raise the children and pacify the men. All the men did 
was do their labor and take their straps, and then the woman had to take care of him 
as well as take care of all the other business. She still had to keep his ego up. And 
we still have to do it, just like back in slavery times.”

Melba Liston 
(Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz Women)

Pianist Mary Lou Williams with arranger- trombonist Melba Liston during a recording 
session for Roulette Records


Moon | Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Donato Creti, Astronomical observations, The moon, 1711

"My heart cannot embrace
the fullness of the world
yet I find myself
gazing at the moon
more than I should."

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Balloon | Jean-Pierre de Caussade / Herman Melville / Gene Fowler / Bret Easton Ellis / David Foster Wallace / Haruki Murakami

Félix Vallotton, The Balloon, 1899

"We buy balloons, we let them go."

Bret Easton Ellis

"There is a savor of life and immortality in substantial fare. Like balloons, we are nothing till filled."

Herman Melville

"The soul, light as a feather, fluid as water, innocent as a child, responds to every movement of grace 
like a floating balloon."

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

"The greatest sin is appearing naive or old-fashioned so that somebody can give you a sort of a very 
cool arch smile and devastate you with one extraordinarily crafted line that puts kind of a hole in 
your pretentious balloon."

David Foster Wallace

"What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins."

Gene Fowler

"I'd be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere 
else, like a balloon with a broken string."

Haruki Murakami

Νεκρώσιμη ακολουθία | Μάριος Χάκκας, 1965

Unknown couple, Sweden

Μπορούμε να πούμε μετά βεβαιότητας
ότι όσοι έχουν οξύτατη όραση
θα επιζήσουν της πρώτης κρίσεως
των καρδιακών κρίσεων
της οικονομικής κρίσεως
ακόμη και της εσχάτης κρίσεως
αρκεί ν’ αντέξουν τις κρίσεις συνειδήσεως.

Κατά τα άλλα
πρέπει να είμαστε ευχαριστημένοι
γιατί δεν άρχισε να βρέχει βατράχια
αν και θα επινοηθούν ειδικά αλεξιβρόχια
αποσμητικά κατά της αηδίας
έως ότου εξοικειωθούμε με την μπόχα
των νεκρών αισθημάτων κι ελπίδων.

Μάριος Χάκκας | Νεκρώσιμη ακολουθία
Όμορφο καλοκαίρι, 1965

The breeze | John Keats, 1818

Ingrid Bergman gathering poppies, Orléans, France

"Through the dancing poppies stole
A breeze, most softly lulling to my soul."

John Keats, Endymion, 1818
Book I, line 565


View from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris (1906-1989) | Photos by Herbert List / Henri Cartier-Bresson / Inge Morath / Brassaï / Ernst Haas / Edouard Boubat

Ernst Haas, View from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1954
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1952-1953
Henri Cartier-Bresson, View from the towers of the Notre-Dame, 1952-1953          Henri Cartier-Bresson, View from the top of Notre-Dame, 1955
François Le Diascorn, Notre Dame Cathedral, 1989
George Rodger, Notre Dame, 1972                                            Herbert List, View from Notre Dame Cathedral, 1937
Henri Cartier-Bresson, View from Notre Dame, Paris, France, 1952                                    Reid Miles, View from Notre Dame Cathedral, 1964
George Rodger, Notre Dame. 1972
Edouard Boubat, Notre-Dame, Paris, 1956
Inge Morath, View from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1954
Edouard Boubat, View of Paris from the Notre Dame, Paris, 1960s
Visitors standing near the gargoyles on the towers of Notre-Dame, Paris, 1906
drawing by Frank Craig from L'Illustration, No 3310
Jean Pierre Yves-Petit, View of Paris from the Notre Dame, 1930
Brassaï,  Nocturnal View from Notre Dame, 1933

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...