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April 12, 2011 - No Comments!

First Man in Space

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first man in space. The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was propelled into orbit inside Vostok 1 on a 108 minute flight around the Earth on April 12th, 1961. He reached a height of 203 miles and set a new speed record of 17,025 miles per hour, proving that a human could endure the test of lift-off, re-entry, and weightlessness. His journey also propelled America to play catch up in the space race throughout the 1960s, culminating in the first man on the moon in 1969.

I've always wondered what it must be like to view the Earth from space. To be the pioneer must have been both extremely brave and utterly mind-blowing! Let's hope those Virgin Galactic flights come down a bit!

[pullquote author="Yuri Gagarin"]"What beauty. I saw clouds and their light shadows on the distant dear earth . . .. The water looked like darkish, slightly gleaming spots . . .. When I watched the horizon, I saw the abrupt, contrasting transition from the earth's light-colored surface to the absolutely black sky. I enjoyed the rich color spectrum of the earth. It is surrounded by a light blue aureole that gradually darkens, becoming turquoise, dark blue, violet, and finally coal black."[/pullquote]

[pullquote author="Yuri Gagarin"]"I could have gone on flying through space forever"[/pullquote]

February 21, 2011 - 1 comment.

Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967

Previously only available in a limited edition, Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 is published today by Taschen. A testament to the decade's cultural metamorphosis, the book presents his candid pictures of celebrities and political events alongside snapshots of the everyday landscape. Hopper's own counter-cultural icon status has been largely constructed around his 1969 directorial debut Easy Rider, in which he also starred - this book looks to be a fitting tribute to his less celebrated photographic contribution to the story of 1960s America, much of which has remained unseen up until now. Leaf through and buy the book here.

Ike and Tina Turner, 1965

Selma, Alabama (full employment), 1965

Biker couple, 1961

Robert Fraser in Tijuana, Mexico, 1965

Jane Fonda, 1965

Harlem, 1962

Double Standard, 1961

Martin Luther King Jr., 1965

Ed Ruscha, 1964

September 17, 2010 - No Comments!

Spanish Family Photos

Wherever I go in the world I always like to pick up a healthy dose of ephemera. Old family photos in particular I find fascinating - I wonder how they ever got out of the album and into the marketplace, who the people are and the lives they once lead. Madrid hosts the largest flea market in all of Europe - El Rastro (heaven...) - and thought I'd share my finds. Happy weekend y'all!