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Vivian Maier

Streetwise ”Mary Poppins” Never Missed a Shot! by Tobe Damit Vivian Maier never displayed publicly any of her pictures while she was alive but left behind a very impressive collection of photographs. She was never published and many of her negatives were never even printed while she was alive. Impressive in quantity for sure, but also […]

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Andy Warhol Interviews Alfred Hitchcock (1974)

by Colin Marshall Few midcentury cultural figures would at first seem to have as little in common as Andy Warhol and Alfred Hitchcock. Sure, they both made films, but how straight a line can even the farthest-reaching cinema theorists draw between, say, Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and Warhol’s Vinyl (1965)? Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and Warhol’s Empire (1964)? Yet not only did both of […]

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ROCK’N’ROLL HELLHOLE

NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell Here’s the whole beautiful mess: A terrific documentary that captures a pivotal moment in the history of a city and its pop culture. by Marc Campbell Punk, disco, hip hop, the blackout, Son of Sam, Tony Manero, CBGB, Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Show World, Paradise Garage, cocaine, polyester and […]

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RUSSIAN CRIMINAL TATTOO

Prison Storytelling, Subcultural Anthropology and the Allure of Darkness.  by Maria Popova In the 1970’s, while American hippies were busy inking themselves with peace signs and psychedelic rainbows, Danzig Baldayev, a guard at St. Petersburg’s notorious Kresty Prison, began documenting the far less Woodstockian body art of Russia’s most infamous criminals. For 33 years, Baldayev used […]

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X Manson and The Presidency

Above: Charles Manson endorsing John Kerry,1945 ”No Name” Maddox Matriarch -vs- Patriarch By Grandfather  & Grandson Productions Part I Part II It’s Voting Time in America Again, Let’s Ask Manson…      It is purely an American phenomenon, that almost every United States President, since 1969, starting with President Nixon has had either something infinitesimal […]

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Coney Island Blondie

WHEN HARRY MET DEBBIE… “Hi, it’s Deb.  You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself.  I was always Blondie.  People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid. What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry.  I couldn’t be Blondie anymore, so I […]

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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Originally filmed in 1922, this version was updated in the mid 1960’s to include english narration by William S Burroughs while he was in London. The writer and director Benjamin Christensen discloses a historical view of the witches through the seven parts of this silent movie. First, there is a slide-show alternating inter-titles with drawings […]

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Spooky Crime Scene Shots 

New-York City 1920’s If you enjoyed the Weegee exhibit at the International Center for Photography you’ll probably like gawking at these grisly (and we MEAN grisly: some are 100% NSFW) crime scene photos that we found in the city’s municipal archives. Most of the pictures in the archive have little backstory, and the captions have been reprinted verbatim. One constant […]

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