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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© 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)

Arthur Lee - ‘Everybody’s Gotta Live’ (A&M, 1972)

"Everybody’s gotta live, and everybody’s gonna die.
Everybody’s gotta live, I think you know the reason why.
Sometime they go and get so good, but then again it gets pretty rough,
but when I have you in my arms baby, you know I just can’t,
I just can’t get enough…”

   Unknown photographer, undated, Portrait of Arthur Miller

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Unknown photographer, ca. 1950s, Ernest Hemingway in the bath

“I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Ernest Hemingway

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© Unknown photographer, 1970s, Argentina

A woman lays dead on the side of the road after the car she was in was shot by right-wing paramilitary forces known as Triple A (Argentine Anti-communist Alliance) on the outskirts of La Plata, Argentina.

In 1975, the right-wing dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay embarked on a military plan called Operation Condor. The mission was to eliminate opponents to the regimes. Many of the victims came to be known as the “Disappeared,” because the government would simply make its detractors vanish.

It’s estimated that at least 60,000 people died as a result of Operation Condor. From the Amazon jungle in Brazil to the cold lands of Patagonia, thousands of victims were placed in unmarked graves, while others were thrown alive into the ocean from airplanes. (read more)


This is such a moving story - sad and beautiful at the same time.

“Hey man, take my picture!”

“I can’t do it. It’s too dark.”

“Yeah, we need some light. Let’s go over there.”

“Are you homeless?”

“Yes, I am.”

“How long have you been homeless?”

“15 years. I’ve been in Boston 8 months. Before that I was in Washington, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Florida…”

“Why didn’t you stay in Florida? It’s so much warmer.”

“I wanted to see my family. But they don’t want to see me. They don’t understand depression. They treat me like dirt. Homeless people treat me better than my family.”

“And what happened 15 years ago? How did you end up on the streets?”

“I tried to burn myself twice. I had 30 surgeries. I was dead two times, but God brought me back. I don’t know why.”

“And why did you do it?”

“I was depressed. Why you crying?”

“Because you are a beautiful person, and my family is really messed up, and I’ve been very depressed. I think I can understand you.”

“Yes, I am a good person. And when you take people’s pictures, don’t disrespect them.”

“No, man, I won’t. I like people. That’s why I take their pictures.”

“And when you make your portfolio, don’t denigrate people. Let the pictures speak for themselves.”

“I will. Are you safe on the streets?”

“Yes, I am…And now I have $8 to buy me some food.”

“That’s all I have. Next time I see you, I will give you more.”

“No, man. It ain’t all about money. Give me a hug. And next time you see me, give me a hug again. And thanks for taking my picture.”

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