Horace Silver, an extraordinarily creative pianist and composer who brought soulfulness, a rhythmic spring and what he called a “meaningful simplicity” to hard bop, died of natural causes on June 18, at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. Silver was 85. May his soul rest in peace.

Read an obituary on JazzTimes.

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© Marco Longari, 2014, Bangui, Central African Republic

A vendor carries a rack of eggs for sale past a Rwandan soldier from the African-led international support mission (Misca) patrolling the streets in the Christian Miskine district.

© Luca Zanier, 2011, Zwibez III, Nuclear waste interim storage, connecting stairs

The energy industry makes modern life possible, but few ever get to see its inner workings. For his series Space and Energy, Zurich-based photographer Luca Zanier spent a year venturing into about 100 power plants, oil tankers, dams, and waste facilities. By showing us inside, he asks us to confront the mysterious and sometimes uncomfortable realities behind our daily existence.

“We all depend on electricity, but we close our eyes to the industry behind it. It’s like the fact that most of us love to eat meat, but nobody wants to see the slaughterhouse,” Zanier said. “But the world of power plants is a very clean, abstract, technical and aesthetically pleasing one. This might be a surprise. I wanted to provide insight into the fascinating world behind the act of switching on the light.” (read more on Slate)

© Leigh Wiener, 1962, Johnny Cash

“I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, but is there because he’s a victim of the times. I wear the black for those who never read.” ― Johnny Cash, The Essential Johnny Cash

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© Mia Bonzanigo, 1978, H.R. Giger working on Alien Hieroglyphics

Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger who designed the monster and revolutionary sci-fi sets for the film “Alien" died on Monday in Zurich from injuries he obtained after suffering a fall.

May his soul rest in peace.

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© Matt Detrich, May 2014, Tornado, Akron

A tornado touches down in a field in Akron, Colo., on Wednesday. At least two tornadoes touched down briefly on Colorado’s Eastern Plains.

at Museum of the City New York, NYC, USA

In a World of Their Own: Coney Island, 1961-1963 is on view at Museum of the City of New York featuring previously unseen images of sunny 1960s Coney Island.

“Coney Island was filled with people who work in all kinds of professions, who would never normally be out like that,” as Rose tells TIME. “The beach makes them have something in common — and that’s the thing I like most about it.”

Indeed, these images get to the very core of what Coney Island represents, even today, to many Americans. Originally a small seaside town — the “island” is actually a peninsula — Coney was once renowned as the so-called “playground of the world”: the home of the wooden Cyclone roller coaster, and the historical amusement mecca Steeplechase Park, among many other attractions.

This was a place where generations of New Yorkers came to catch the summer’s best days, a resort in which to staycation before the staycation existed. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
May 9 – Aug. 3, 2014

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© Sylvia Plachy, 2012, Cold Spring Harbor

Kay Macy among her flowers a few days before her 100th birthday.

© Jerry Schatzberg, ca. 1967, Aretha Franklin

Q: What do birds and Aretha Franklin have in common?
A: When you hear them sing you know that the sun is shining for you!

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