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Four ways of gettin around

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Ilaria Lupo - Deviations, an Atlas of Beirut
Shortly after moving to Beirut, Lupo began asking strangers to give directions to a friend on the phone who was coming to pick her up. Documenting both the directions and the hand movements they used to draw maps in the air, she creates an atlas of a city impossible to map. Published by the brilliant Plan BEY, it now stands as a testament to a directory of a city that has been reshaped by the recent explosion.


Danny Lyon - The Bikeriders
First published in 1968, The Bikeriders is the result of the four years that Lyon spent as a member Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Often lumped in with the New Journalism being written at the same time, Lyon’s work seems especially intimate when compared to Hunter S. Thompson’s Hells Angels published the year before. While Thompson takes the prurient as a starting place, Lyon’s view is from the inside, seeing communal as well as the destructive aspects subculture.
Muhammad Fadli Rebel Riders
In Indonesia, an estimated 85% of residents own motorcycles and scooters. A portion of those take old Vespas and build something that exists somewhere between Mad Max and The Decline of Western Civilization. Fadli portrays this community in scenes that feel moist with humidity and alive with individualism. The book, like the images, is formal and still, but shifts at the end with an insert full of handwritten text and stickers from the different Vespa groups.

Nick Ballon Ezekiel 36:36
Ballon’s book documents Boliva’s Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano, one of the world’s oldest airlines, as its 180 unpaid staff try to hold on in spite of mismanagement after privatization. Their hope is to be saved by the one remaining operational airplane named Ezekiel 36:36 after a verse that reads, “Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD rebuild the ruined places, and replant that which was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.”
September 28, 2020

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Paul
Web developer / Musician / Drifter
Boulder, CO Aug 08, 2020
I have been working on a series of portraits on white exploring the techniques used by Richard Avedon during his time creating the work of “In the American West”. But, doing everything myself, I found that I was losing the connection with the people I was photographing. I modified the Graflex to mount a DSLR and monitor so that I could stand next to the camera and direct without having to disappear into the hood.
When I went out with it later that day, I found a man wandering a field, looking agitated. I asked if he was alright and he said he wasn’t. His cat Dreamer had left their tent the night before and was now lost in an area full of snakes and hawks.
We met up later that day to make so that I could take his portrait. He brought out his guitar and I photographed him as he sat on the wall tuning it and again on the white. After 20 minutes he left, but he reached back out a few days later to let me know that Dreamer had returned and is doing just fine.

September 15, 2020

Library

Three Europeans on the road in America in the 70’s and 80’s

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Jacob Holdt – American Pictures
Holdt, a Dane, stopped in the US on his way to Latin America in 1972, but he ended up hitchhiked over 100,000 miles throughout the country for over five years. Photographing along the way, he ended up producing a lasting look at the inequality and racism he found along the way. “You see a system of oppression that works the same way from Alaska to Hawaii to Maine to Florida.”


Bernard Plossu Western Colors
Lewis Baltz once called Plossu “the most American of French photographers.” These images, taken in the 70’s and early 80’s, are printed with the Fresson process, making them seem dreamy and from an even earlier time. The book is not a document of the actual west, but rather points at an imagined memory of the mythic west, a place that never existed but was made real by stories and legends.  

Wim WendersWritten in the West, Revisited
Wenders made these images in 1983, while searching for locations for his iconic film, Paris, Texas. “My  trip helped me dismiss my concern, I’d only be able to see the West through the eyes of John Ford or Anthony Mann…” Wenders writes in the book. Written in the West almost operates almost as a preamble to the film, images of the journey Travis makes before the movie begins.
September 21, 2020

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