Unknown photographer, ca. 1975, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and Bob Dylan

The relationship between Carter and Dylan, this photograph (that is said to be staged, more info here) and the Carter case itself caused a lot of controversy.

obitoftheday wrote:

”(…) it’s important to note that while Mr. Carter’s murder conviction was overturned, no one is saying that he led a blame-free life. At the same time you can lead a life of crime and still be railroaded for another. Rubin Carter lived a morally gray life. No one is saying that he is a saint. At the same time he can not be punished for a crime he did not commit simply because he previously committed crimes.” (read more)

Rubin Carter died on Sunday morning at his home in Toronto. He was 76. May his soul rest in peace.

© MAK Archiv, ca. 1865, Franz Joseph I., Emperor of Austria, Ringstraße, Vienna

"Es war sehr schön, es hat mich sehr gefreut." (Franz Joseph I.)

© Underwood Archives / Getty Images, 1950s, San Francisco

"Telescopes offered inquisitive San Franciscans the opportunity to observe the island and perhaps even glimpse prisoners."

Unknown photographer, ca. 1929, Portrait of Hermann Hesse

"Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness."

― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

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Unknown photographer, 1906, Lynching of Dick Robinson & Thompson, Alabama

For over a decade, James Allen collected postcards and photographs of lynching in America “from witnesses, or their relatives and close descendants… These shameful but telling images of a recent episode in the United States’ past… [provide a] careful, scholarly presentation of the material.”

They document that “these horrible events were not only photographed, but that the resultant images were published as postcards and hoarded as morbid souvenirs. Most of the photographers who made them were not dispassionately documenting, but celebrating and ritualizing the murder of American citizens by their fellow Americans.” (Parr & Badger II:230)

Read an interesting article about James Allen here.


Today marks the 40th anniversary of Ingeborg Bachmann’s death. The famous Austrian poet and author died in the Roman Sant’ Eugenio hospital on 17 October 1973, three weeks after a fire in her bedroom. Local police concluded that the blaze was caused by a lit cigarette.

May her soul rest in peace.

“Our field is the sky,
tilled by the sweat of motors,
in the face of night,
at the risk of our dreams—-

…. … … … …
Who lived there? Whose hands were pure?
Who glowed in the night,
A ghost to other ghosts?
Who lives down below? Who cries….
Who has lost the key to their house?
Who can’t find their bed, who is sleeping
on the steps of the stairs?
When morning comes, who will dare
interpret the silvery trace: look above me…
When the water pushes the watermill wheel once again,
who will dare remember the night?”

― Ingeborg Bachmann, In the Storm of Roses: Selected Poems

#1: © Barbara Pflaum, 1971, Bachmann receiving Anton Wildgans Prize of Austrian Industry
#2: Unknown photographer, undated, 'Spiegelbild'
#3: © Piper Verlag / ddp, undated, Portrait
#4: Unknown photographer, 1962, Kurt Saucke shows Bachmann his favourite books
#5: Unknown photographer, undated, Ingeborg Bachmann working on typewriter
#6: Unknown photographer, undated, Unknown publication
#7: © Bachmann-Erben, summer 1970, Bachmann reading Italian newspaper
#8: © Bachmann-Erben, 1959, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Bachmann, Günter Grass
#9: © Hans Müller / Piper Verlag, ca. 1952, Reinhard Federmann, Milo Dor, Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan
#10: © Bachmann-Erben, undated, Bachmann as a kid, Wörthersee, Austria

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Unknown photographer, ca. 1990s, Fiberglass Allosaurus

From National Geographic, January 1993. Goodbye, Dinosaur.

© AP Photo, Unknown photographer, Nov. 9, 1979, Demonstrators burn an American flag atop the wall of the U.S. Embassy where students have been holding American hostages since Nov. 4, Iran

On Friday, September 27, 2013 United States President Barack Obama made a phone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The last direct conversation between the leaders of the United States and Iran was in 1979 before the Iranian Revolution toppled the pro-U.S. Shah and brought the Ayatollahs to power.

Historic photographs, published by Denver Post, date from 1890 to 1981, recalling the century leading up to Iran’s 1979 revolution and the American embassy hostage crisis in Tehran.

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Unknown photographer, Apr 23, 1913, Judengasse, Vienna

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Unknown photographer, Oct 1935, Golden Gate Bridge in early construction, San Francisco

"There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda… . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning." (Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)