Ideas and Inspiration

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange was Full-Blooded Cherokee

DO you know this FAMOUS photo? “Migrant Mother,” during Great Depression, taken by Dorothea Lange. Seen in books, posters, clothes and so much more. Would this image be so widely accepted and famous if the truth known? The woman is 100% Full-blooded CHEROKEE from Oklahoma, but photographed in California. Would white Americans have cared about her …

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Early “Black is Beautiful” Photos by Kwame Brathwaite

Powerful, beautiful, mesmerizing historical photos. I loved the fashions, earrings and headdress, hair, the poses. The images are beautifully composed by a very talented photographer, Kwame Brathwaite. Most of all, LOOK at the beauty and pride in everyone’s faces. THIS was before Nixon, GOP and FBI took down Black power and organizations. What the conservatives …

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

Illuminating Black Joy, Black Love and Resistance in Harlem. Photographer Roy DeCarava and poet Langston Hughes collaborated in this historically moving book about daily life in Harlem in the early 1950s. IF you care about street scenes and family life, please check out “The Sweet Flypaper of Life.” Look closely at interior images. Shallow ‘depth of field’. …

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Beyond the Shadows Images of Holocaust without People

Why words and photos matter. Interesting timing, on the eve of Hanukkah, first battle over religious freedom. Judy Glickman Lauder’s revealing images in “Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception,” from Aperture, might make a person stop and think. Ya think?  I also LOVE infrared film. The only roll I ever shot was stolen …

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What Biz Books Are You Reading? Color and Pierre Bonnard

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It’s really vital to read business, marketing, books about social media, tech and more. Been there, done that! I’ve read tons and tons of business and marketing books. I highly recommend doing that. I dove into dozens of books, which become repetitive. Those books really changed my life. Now I read tons online, cos info …

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