There are many ways of understanding why art is important. Understanding what art is for is one great way of understanding why art is so important.
This video exemplifies the karaoke culture that we live in. A karaoke culture is a culture where where we imitate and copy each other, it’s a culture in which showboating is encouraged and rewarded by likes and comments. A karaoke culture is perpetuated by social media and is toxic to authenticity and originality. Is this the sort of culture we want to create and live in?
Pull My Daisy (1959) is a short film that typifies the Beat Generation. Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, Daisy was adapted by Jack Kerouac from the third act of his play, Beat Generation; Kerouac also provided improvised narration. It starred poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, artists Larry Rivers (Milo) and Alice Neel (bishop’s mother), musician David Amram, actors Richard Bellamy (Bishop) and Delphine Seyrig (Milo’s wife), dancer Sally Gross (bishop’s sister), and Pablo Frank, Robert Frank’s then-young son.
Most “how to become a better photographer” articles or videos are bull shit. This video from Sean Tucker is actually useful and worth a watch.
Moving Stills is a fascinating short film that shows what it was like to work with a photo agency as a photojournalist in 1978. The film follows photojournalist David Burnett as he takes on an assignment to document cowboys moving a herd of cattle in the American south west for Contact Press Images. What is great about this film is that it tells us the whole story from getting the assignment, deciding to taking the assignment, to selecting the photos, selling the photos to publishers, then seeing the finished product in magazines.
Been enjoying your favourite TV show or movie? Well you can thank photography and Eadweard Muybridge for it. If it weren’t for photography and Eadweard Muybridge we might not have cinema as we know it today. Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy tells the story of Eadweard Muybridge and how he laid the foundations for cinema.
If you want to know about something, about anything, then the best way to learn about it is to study it’s history.
Sun Pictures: Henry Fox Talbot and the First Photographs is but just one chapter in the relatively short but incredibly interesting story of photography.
This short animation was created for SFMoMA by Drew Christie and Dan Herforth for the Photographic Interpretive Center.
Sometimes it can seem like it would be easier to give up than it would be to carry on doing whatever you do. It’s hard to remember that hard work is worth it and will pay off. If you feel like chucking it all in and calling it a day on your creative pursuit(s) (or any other pursuit(s)) then you need to watch this three part video essay The Long Game from Adam Westbrook, a brilliant video essay about perseverance and not giving up.
The late and great Malcolm McLaren on creativity, authenticity, karaoke culture and more. Malcolm’s talk is full of great thoughts, ideas, and wisdom.
Why don’t we have any programs like this on TV anymore? Although I’m not sure if I would want to watch a show with an interviewer that is as vapid as BarbaraLee Diamonstein. Don’t watch this for any insights, instead watch it for Elliott Erwitt’s humour as he takes the piss in response to some of the uninspired questions that are put to him.