Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015)
Sad news on Monday that the inspiring documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark had passed away. This obituary in the Guardian is a good place to start learning about her work if you are not familiar.
PADDLE AGAINST THE FLOW
“This book is dedicated to the millions out there who have thrown out the rulebook, defied authority, and challenged “the way things are” to dream and to try and make something different. The Huck Finns, Mos Defs, Spike Jonzes, Kim Gordons, Patti Smiths, Thoreaus, Zapatas, and Snowdens of the world. Everyone, really, who looked at the structure – restrictive, oppressive and full of shit – and thought, “Fuck this,” and instead chose to make it happen for themselves, refusing to be civilised while carving their own path to expression – and, ultimately, to freedom"
Buy it here and thanks to Karl for the tip.
NYC Jukebox Heroes: Musical Map
We love this musical journey around the boroughs of NYC. Check out the video below for some nice shots of New York, and their soundstrack. Ahh, makes me want to go back.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story
Gordon Parks was the first African-American writer and staff photographer at Life, the first African-American photographer published in Vogue, and the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood film. In 1956, during his time at LIFE, he went to Alabama to shoot what would become one of the most important and influential photo essays of his career: Segregation Story.
The full set is well worth a look over at Miss Moss.
A note on breaking the rules by the late Steve Jobs
"When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again."