Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine was an excellent photographer in the early 20th century.

Robert Frank and Cocksucker Blues

Robert Frank was a great photographer. He is best known for his1958 book The Americans which was the subject of an excellent 2009 exhibit at the National Gallery of Art (which I saw) and an accompanying book. Audio related to the exhibit is here.

Frank’s photos were used on the cover for the 1972 Rolling Stones album Exile on Main St. Frank also made a film about the Stones 1972 US tour, Cocksucker Blues, which has never been released. It is on YouTube. The album cover used images from The Americans as well as new photos of the band. The front cover photo is actually a collage.

I have a framed plate-signed print of the album cover.

Great Alice Cooper photos on Twitter

He’s drinking a beer in a lot of them. Make sure to follow the people on Twitter who post this stuff.

Elliott Landy photos of the Band and Bob Dylan

This is an excellent article on Elliott Landy who took the great photos on the covers of Nashville Skyline and The Band. He has a web site.

I have autographed copies of several of his photos.

The Band cover photo was from a Kickstarter campaign for a book he did of photos of them.

The other Band photo was released with the Music From Big Pink deluxe edition.

The black and white photo is from Magnum which released editions on 6″ square prints. I have ordered the Nashville Skyline one.

The Magnum print

Also from Magnum

Remarkable drone video

Hollywood portrait photographs

There was a great exhibit of these photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in 1980-1981.

More pictures of the exhibit are here.

I also recommend the books by John Kobal.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

I was watching Creed II and saw Adrian Balboa’s grave marker. I wondered if it was really in a cemetery. It is! It’s in the really odd Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia which I visited on September 2, 2011. It’s got General Meade (Northern general who won Gettysburg) and Confederate soldiers. It has a store which sells stuff like Death Mints. It has Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas’ grave and a museum-style collection of his memorabilia. You have to see the grave. It has Veterans Stadium seats (which you can still get from Archer Seating) and a giant microphone.

Here are my pictures and clips I found on YouTube.



I like gardening.

From my experience:

Daffodils are easy.  They also multiply a lot.  Tulips are hard and not worth the trouble.

Irises are great but may take until the second year until they bloom.  Once they get acclimated, they produce lots of flowers.

I get all of these from White Flower Farm that was recommended by my uncle Sam many years ago.  Their stuff isn’t cheap but the quality is great.  I especially recommend Thalia, a daffodil which has several small flowers on each stem.

At my old house, I grew roses.  They were a pain in the ass.  Great flowers but the plants caught lots of diseases.  There are a few photos here of the variety Tropicana.

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