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26 May 2010
by andrew
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“based on a true story” wasn’t enough

The makers of The Life of Emile Zola would like you to know that This production has its basis in history. The historical basis, however, has been fictionized for the purposes of this picture and the names of many characters, … Continue reading

10 April 2010
by andrew
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a system of signs

Sometimes, in the library, information seeks you. Books on the hold shelf come wrapped in sheets of paper fastened with rubber bands. This is next to the self-checkout machine. Self-checkout has its perils. So do certain kinds of micro- readers. … Continue reading

9 April 2010
by andrew
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pointed and shot

I finally remembered to bring “my” camera to the library today. Keep in mind that the windows are  dirty, I’ve actually borrowed this camera and barely used it before, I don’t know anything about how to set lighting/zoom/etc properly though … Continue reading

3 April 2010
by andrew
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seeing and believing

Alana Newhouse’s article about photographer Roman Vishniac, his photographs, the stories he told with and about those photographs, and the evidence that challenges those stories, is really kind of fantastic. Never heard of Vishniac? (I hadn’t.) Not sure you’re interested? … Continue reading

10 January 2010
by andrew
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the social construction of reality

This is more interesting as social phenomenon than as a sports clip. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. J.R. Smith is taking a lot of (deserved) criticism for walking out of bounds with the ball as if the shot … Continue reading

4 January 2010
by andrew
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congestion

If I were in the habit of taking photos, I’d have kept the digital camera I’m borrowing for a while in the front of the car with me on my drive back up here instead of carefully wrapping it in … Continue reading

6 December 2009
by andrew
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off file

I saw this last year over on Crooked Timber, but I was reminded of it recently and it’s still good, so I’m posting it here. This was one of four short films made using archival content from Getty Images’ Hulton … Continue reading

14 May 2009
by andrew
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the shadow of money

22 February 2009
by andrew
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by others’ works

I visited the FDR memorial not too long ago and came away thinking it would have been much cooler had it been designed in the 1930s – except for the problem of monumentalizing a sitting president; I don’t think that … Continue reading

1 February 2009
by andrew
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сколько лет, сколько зим

I’m a huge fan of re-photography – the practice of re-staging old photographs as precisely as possible and then comparing the earlier and later. Third View, focusing on the American west, is a good example. But these shots of St. … Continue reading