In the 1960s, Schatzberg was working for the biggest American fashion magazines and mingling with the world of Rock’n’Roll. He photographed the Beatles and dressed the Rolling Stones in drag. Dylan was still more of a folk artist. Many saw him as the successor to his mentor, Woody Guthrie. His attraction to novelty, however, famously led him to betray his fans and go electric.
Schatzberg met Dylan through Nico, the Velvet Underground singer and one of Schatzberg’s models. Dylan was an introverted and quiet person, but he quickly came to trust the photographer. Schatzberg had Dylan pose with a cigarette in his mouth, having him adopt Rock’n’Roll postures. One of the pictures would be used for the cover of Dylan’s 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde.
According to Schatzberg, Dylan might have been the most interesting subject he ever photographed. These photographs, known mainly in the Untied States, show the musician looking natural and sincere. With his black sunglasses, Dylan might know how to pose like a rock star, but the photographer, with his camera, captures something deeper: a fragility, and a gentleness. (read more)
On May 24, Bob Dylan celebrates his 72nd birthday - best wishes from here!
Between 1969 and 1987 Macijauskas created the groundbreaking photographic series Rural Markets, with a stylistic approach that combined early avant-garde principles, such as the use of diagonal angles and geometric forms, with close-up views of his subjects. (+)
Lithuanian photographer Rimaldas Vikšraitis works in and around the villages where he lives, capturing in raw detail a way of life that is fast disappearing. His photographs are strange, frightening and darkly humorous, and far from being a detached observer Vikšraitis is an enthusiastic participant in the unruly situations depicted. Grimaces of the Weary Village (1998 – ongoing) is the latest in a series of wonderfully titled visual narratives that began with Slaughter (1982 -1986) and continued with Nude in a Desolate Farm (1991) and This Crazy World (1995).
Although most of the people captured in these photographs have gone, their stories sadly keep repeating themselves: the same tale with different characters and nuances, chronicling the fate of people who failed to adapt to the situation in the Soviet era and continue to struggle even now as part of the New Europe. The pictures reveal the harsh realities of life on the edge, in both economic and social terms, but they touch on the soul, injustice and humanity of people who live their lives on the periphery of the modern world. (read more)
Born in 1984 in Maputo, Mozambique, Mário Macilau is a documentary photographer highly concerned with environmental issues and the living and working conditions of the most vulnerable people.
“This is Tongi Agiama, a 116-year-old blind woman. She is a survivor of the Cyclone Aila that ravaged many areas of the Khulna Division in Bangladesh in 2009, killing approximately 179 people and wounding thousands of others. My idea was to show positive details about strong people who can encourage the new generation with their story.” (read more)
Find more of Mr. Miller’s stunning work on magnumphotos.com - you’ll be missed.
From the horrors of war to the complexities of childhood, Wayne Miller has captured intimate moments of life on film for over 50 years.
To photograph mankind and explain man to man — that was how legendary photographer Wayne Miller described his decades-long drive to document the myriad subjects gracing his work. Miller passed away Wednesday at the age of 94 at his home in California. Read an obituary on him on TIME LightBox.
WAYNE MILLER (1918-2013)
Magnum Photos just announced the passing of Wayne Miller, member since 1958 and president of the collective from 1962-1968.
May your soul rest in peace.
With the country heading into the fifth year of economic depression, and unemployment near 60 percent for young people, greater numbers of women and men are offering their bodies for next to nothing to get any scrap of money. According to the National Center for Social Research, the number of people selling sex has surged 150 percent in the last two years.
Many prostitutes have been selling their services for as little as 10 to 15 euros, a price that has shrunk along with the income of clients afflicted by the crisis. Many more prostitutes are taking greater health risks by having unprotected sex, which sells for a premium. Still more are subject to violence and rape.
Now a new menace has arisen: a type of crystal methamphetamine called Sisa (also: Shisha, after the Turkish water pipe), but otherwise known as poor man’s cocaine, brewed from barbiturates and other ingredients including alcohol, chlorine and even battery acid.
A hit of Sisa, concocted in makeshift laboratories around Athens, costs 3 to 4 Euros (Editor: I’ve heard about prices ranging from 0.5 to 1 Euro in an ARTE documentary yesterday). Doses come in the form of a 0.01-gram ball, leaving many users reaching for hits throughout the day.
Sisa is most often smoked. But it is increasingly being taken intravenously; because of the caustic chemicals it contains, a rising number of users are winding up in the emergency room. Health experts say the injections are also adding to an alarming rise in H.I.V. cases around Greece, which surged more than 50 percent last year from 2011 as more people turn to narcotics.
Read the whole story and find more pictures on LENS Blog.
“I got a head full of ideas, that are drivin’ me insane.” ― Bob Dylan, Maggie’s Farm
Jazz musicians Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Fats Waller look at letters in their hometown of Harlem, New York.
The legendary Jazz pianist Fats Waller was born on this day in 1904. Waller composed a series of hit songs including Ain’t Misbehavin’ and was known for his comic personality. Happy Birthday!
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