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20th February

Images of Jazz. "The honor roll of photographers who captured the Jazz scene of the 40's and 50's is very short. But at the very top is the name of Herman Leonard"

Art Nudes. Fine art nude photography weblog. Not safe for work.

Meiji Era Woodblock Prints.

Defective Yeti. Fab weblog.

Ernesto Timor. 'a french photowriter half-opens his darkroom'. Not safe for work.

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain Picture Gallery. 'The Picture Gallery contains photographs of dry stone walls in general and from a number of events such as training courses, demonstrations, etc.'
Use the links in the top margin to explore... British dry stone walls categorised by county.

Mighty Girl. Fine weblog.

The Emancipation Proclamation. 'President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." '
'Despite this expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory ... '

The Kafka Project. Includes many works by Kafka and 'almost all Kafka letters'.

Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present.

Celtic Wonder Tales, by Ella Young, 1910. Illustrated.

Beside the Fire, by Douglas Hyde, 1910. Irish folk tales.

Nature and Landscape Photography by Charles Wood. Particularly of the American southwest.

Wayne Firth, Photographer. 'In 1984, I was fortunate to get the opportunity to combine my interests of American history, government, architecture, and photography by accepting a position at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, DC. I continue to work at the Capitol where I am the Senior Photographer for the Architect of the Capitol. I currently live in Virginia.'
'My personal work reflects my interests in history, architecture, and landscape photography. I use a variety of cameras either to match the subject or just because I feel like doing something different. I am fond of old Crown Graphics. I recently cut up an old Graphic to make a 5x7 wide angle camera for field use. I also like to use the Bronica ETRSi system because of the completeness of the system and it's portability in the field. Recently, I have been using a Fuji TX-1 (aka Hasselblad XPAN) for panoramic work.'

Mythago 'is our beautiful collection of photography and art, one that continually changes and expands to offer new things in a virtual setting. We plan to remain a free exhibit for the world, a place where anyone can come to view our artistic nudes, landscapes, and experimental photographs. The showing of high quality, non-pixelated images is something we firmly believe in. '

Gregory Dunham Watercolours of Maine.

Torii Kotondo '(or Torii Kiyotada VIII) is renowned for his paintings and shin hanga prints of beautiful women. His woodblock prints, superbly carved and printed, are comparable with those of Hashiguchi Goyo and Ito Shinsui.'

Yamakawa Shuho. 'In 1898, Shuho was born in Kyoto with the name Yamakawa Yoshio. His first art teacher was the painter Ikegami Shuho, from whom he received his artist's name. He later became the student of the famous artist, Kaburagi Kiyokata, well known for his paintings and illustrations of beautiful women, or bijin-ga ... '

19th February

Alum Falls Ohio: An Original Comic about Growing Up in the Fifties. 'While the management of Alum Falls has made every effort to keep its content within the bounds of ordinary decency and good taste, it has been found necessary, in order to render truthfully the idiosyncracies of teenage male behavior in the middle part of the 20th century, to occasionally stray from what might be considered commonly accepted standards of propriety. It is sincerely regretted if anyone is disappointed, inoconvenienced, or otherwise discombobulated by this material.'

Awesome Gamerz. Online comic.

Auguste Renoir. 'Pierre-Auguste Renoir is a famous French painter whose paintings are probably the most popular, well-known, and frequently reproduced images in the history of art. Almost everybody has heard of Bathers, The Umbrellas, Luncheon of the Boating Party and many others. They present a vision of a forgotten world, full of sparkling color and light. '
'Renoir once said: "Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world." This gallery is our attempt to present Renoir's work as pretty as it can be done over the Internet.'

The Judgement of Paris. As drawn or painted by artists from ancient Greece to Salvador Dali. This painting by Rubens is possibly the most famous of all.

Western European Art in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
'The collection of Western European art is regarded as one of the finest in the world, and forms the nucleus of the Hermitage display. It occupies 120 rooms in the four museum buildings, and reflects all the stages in the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present day. The collection includes numerous works by outstanding masters from Italy, Spain, Holland, Flanders, France, England, Germany, and other Western European countries. Great numbers of various items of applied art are presented side by side with paintings and sculptures. '
Paintings - applied art - sculpture - prints and drawings.

Wonders of the African World. (PBS site) 'Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he takes you on a journey to discover a wealth of African history and culture in Wonders of the African World. Click on an icon above to explore each episode, or explore specific themes by using the menus at left or below.'
Black kingdoms of the Nile - the Swahili coast - the slave kingdoms.

The History of Somerset. Churches, legends, cookery and other tidbits.
'The Anglo-Saxons took a long time to arrive in Somerset after their first invasions of eastern Britain in the 5th century, but when they came, in AD 658, they were the first to give Somerset an identity. The Old English name for Somerset was Sumersaeton which came from the village of Somerton, meaning "farmstead used in summer" and the suffix saete, meaning "house". The word settler has a similar route. It was not until the Norman Conquest, after 1066, however, that Somerset became the name for the whole shire. '
'Somerset has a prehistory going back at least as far as 11,000 bc when families lived in Gough's Cave, near Cheddar, and hunted for food in the Cheddar Gorge. In about 4,300 bc, wooden causeways were built across the marshes. Somerset was only lightly populated then, but over the centuries, as more and more newcomers settled, it became a dangerous place where defence against attack was imperative. Great Iron Age hillforts were built, like Cadbury Castle, around 700 bc; but even these could not withstand the might of Rome. '
Somerset brie with redcurrant jelly.
The legend of the witch of Wookey Hole.

Bath Abbey. 'Bath Abbey stands at the heart of the city of Bath; during the past twelve and a half centuries, three different churches have occupied this site: n Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church dating from 757, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066; massive Norman cathedral begun about 1090. It was larger than the monastery could afford to maintain and by the end of the 15th century was in ruins; The present Abbey church founded in 1499, ruined after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of Henry VIII ... ' A virtual tour.

Silk Thangka: Fabric Images in the Tibetan Tradition.

Ukiyo-e Prints of Japan. Great online collection.

Map Collections 1500-2003. 'The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. '
'The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.'

Five Year Mission. 'On February 1st, 2003, minutes before touching down in Florida, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart some 200,000 feet over Texas, killing all seven onboard. The oldest orbiter in the fleet, Columbia had just completed an extra-long 16-day science mission.'
'Three months later, Cow Creek Films, Cawley Entertainment Corp., and Potomac United Network banded together to make a difference in the lives of those left in the wake of this tragedy.'
'Together, the three companies have put their normal businesses on hold, to devote the next year of their lives to raising money for The Space Shuttle Children's Trust Fund. The Fund was established as a non-profit, tax exempt foundation to provide for the health, education, and support of the children of the astronauts of the Challenger and Columbia disasters.'

Double Happiness. Online comic, from

Triumph of the Will. Stills from Leni Riefenstahl's controversial film about the Nuremberg Rally.
Olympiad. Stills from Riefenstahl's equally controversial film about the Berlin Olympics.

Images from the Bayeux Tapestry, chronicling the Norman Conquest of England.

Ashanti Gold Weights. The discourse was interrupted by the entrance of a troop of eunuchs, bearing on their heads various articles ... which were passed in review before the gazing multitude. These were a number of ornaments, in molten gold, such as small plates, circlets, twists, etc., beside some large specimens of rock gold ... two fine camel's hair carpets ... nine large pieces of silk ... a long gold pipe, neatly and tastefully decorated with gold wire, the bowl being cast in the solid, and rudely sculptured; a massive breast plate cast pure, of the same metal, divided upon the outer surface into compartments, and coarsely moulded into a sort of filigrane work; a gold elephant's tail, composed of a thick bunch of wire ... besides a variety of the finest cotton cloths, striped and ornamented with silk in the fashions of the country."

The History of the Worcestershire Regiment. 'The Worcestershire Regiment dates back to 1694 when Colonel Thomas Farrington, an officer of the Coldstream Guards raised a new regiment in London. It was then the custom for Regiments to be named after their Colonels, and this new Regiment was named Farrington's Regiment of Foot. This method of naming regiments led to confusion, as regiments were re-named with each Colonel, and it was possible for more than one Colonel, and therefore more than one regiment, to have the same name. '
'Until 1751, the Regiment had eight different Colonels, and therefore eight different names. In 1751 regiments were given numbers, and the Regiment was numbered 29 ... '

Worcester City Museums, England. 'Welcome to the Worcester City Museum Web Site.... designed and maintained by Museum staff, the site aims to provide you with the very latest news on exhibitions, activities and events at our two sites - The Commandery and The City Art Gallery & Museum - as well as a host of information about the Museum's Collections and Worcester's History ......... Enjoy your visit, and we hope you'll come back and see us again soon.'

The Majestic Taj Mahal. 'India's noble tribute to the grace of Indian womanhood.'
'To people the world over, the Taj Mahal, mausoleum of the mughal Empress Mumtaz Mahal, is synonymous with India. Its curving, gently swelling dome and the square base upon which its rests so lightly is a familiar image from hundreds of brochures and travel books. The Taj is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular buildings of the world. Renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, it counts among man's proudest creations and is invariably included in the list of the world's foremost wonders. As a tomb, it has no match upon earth, for mortal remains have never been housed in greater grandeur. '

Kazari in Gold: Japanese Aesthetics through Metal Works. 'During the period when large tumuli for the leaders of ancient communities were constructed in Japan (late 3rd 7th century), gold and gilt bronze objects were introduced from the continent, and the history of golden decoration began in Japan. When the custom of horse riding was introduced, harnesses were also brought to Japan, and before long gorgeous golden harnesses came to be in fashion in Japan. These gorgeous harnesses were decorated with openwork designs of dragons and scrolling palmette (a kind of palm) patterns, which were very popular in those days in China. The designs reflected the trend of metalwork decorations on the continent.'
'The scrolling palmette pattern was also used for the decoration of all Buddhist statues and temples produced during the Asuka and Hakuho periods (last years of the 6th the 7th century A.D.). That means both burial objects in ancient tumuli and Buddhist art objects in those days were decorated in the same ways; in both cases openwork designs, outlined by line carvings and hammered-out dots, and sophisticated techniques of gilding over bronze plate were used. The reason is that all those metal works, including earlier Buddhist statues and temple decorations, were made by Korean craftsmen, who originally came to Japan to make harnesses. During the Hakuho period in the late seventh century, temples and Buddhist statues were built in many places in Japan, and the metalworkers had a lot of work to do. Their work can be assumed from the excavated objects found at the ancient site of Asuka-ike, Nara prefecture. In the last years of the seventh century, Chinese influence on the golden decoration styles in Japan became very clear ... '

18th February

Andy Goldsworth: Sheepfolds. 'Sheepfolds connects directly with the farming tradition and history of Cumbria. By using the sites of existing or ruined agricultural structures and rebuilding or repairing them, new life is breathed into them, where before they would simply have melted into the landscape. Sheepfolds will work firstly at a local level, with local people being directly involved in the evolution and development of the works.'
Coleridge's Walk.

Ann Harper. Artist.
'My art expresses our early connection to the magic and wonder of a world that still exists if we choose to change our beliefs and to alter how we think. Deep inside of all of us are memories of how to reach this safe place of power and triumph. We all know how to do it, if we search for the early memories that we were convinced were merely fantasies.'

Andrija Ilic. Photographer.
'My name is Andrija Ilic. I was born in 1972 in Munich, Germany. I attended high school in Belgrade, where I currently live and work. I have been professionally involved in photography since 1995. I use photography to document social changes in my environment and daily events in Yugoslavia. My works have been used by various news and photo agencies (FoNet, Reuters, EPA, Exile Images, Corbis Sygma , SIPA Red Dot, Impact Visuals, Global Photo...), and many weekly and daily newspapers in Yugoslavia (website, Vreme, Nin, Blic, Glas Javnosti, Danas, Reporter, Kultur Treger, Monopolist and others), and in the world ( Sobaka, Times, Guardian, Focus, Suddeutche Zeitung-edition for youth, Elsevier, Irish Times, Berlingske Tidende, News Week, Playboy....).'
'I have covered some of the most important events in the region: war in Kosovo in 1998, NATO intervention in 1999, NATO maneuvers in Italy in 1998, numerous anti-regime protests 1996-2000, events of October 5, 2000 in Belgrade, crisis in the southern Serbia. I also take interest in monasteries, churches, medieval fortresses and various ethnological and historical aspects of cultural life in Serbia. During a police action of Miloshevics arrest, I was lightly injured in the right hand ... '
Devil Village, Serbia.
Bombing Yugoslavia.
Ethnic spirit.

Blood and Honey. Photography.
'In 1991 I heard about an independence movement in a country called Yugoslavia. I didn't know much about it. It was a place known for the Olympics, and the assassination of a prince there had started World War I. It was interesting that Yugoslavia was one of the last countries left over from the cold war that had not gone through a major political change. I thought the rhetoric coming out of there had an evil nationalistic tone. '
'The fall of the Berlin wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union had led people to believe that the world had taken a turn towards peace. All that wound up happening in places such as Yugoslavia was the lifting of a lid on fervent nationalistic feelings.'
'I decided to go ... '

Vietnam: A Personal Journey. 'am the 19th generation in my family's history. Both my parents were born and raised in the north, as were their ancestors before them. As I mentioned in the last section, after Viet Nam was divided in half in 1954, they made the decision to leave the north, their home and the place where their ancestors lived, to move to the south, away from the Communists...'
The North.
From Viet Nam, Then and Now.

Tallulahs Classical Nude Paintings and Vintage Erotica. 'Tallulahs is a unique combination of nude paintings and erotic art, with an extensive focus on vintage nudes. We feature a great variety of information based on the lives of both famous, and not so famous, photographers, scandalous ladies and nude showgirls of the stage, concubines, and various artists of the "La Belle Epoch" period illustrated with postcard images. There are commentary articles for collectors, enticing vintage erotica for women including exotic fashions, erotic love postcards, and an extensive collection of free erotic e-greetings to send.'
The Art of Kissing. 'We all know fine French wines, champagne, lace and cheese, but the French also exported more than new ideas and attitudes. As the years turned ideas of old into new and changed attitudes around the world, there was one French export that remains forever good. Of course, we refer to the "French Kiss". '
'Curious and adventurous Americans in the 1930's could get the facts on all manners and details of kissing in "The Art of Kissing" written by Hugh Morris. This small, but important, handy booklet was likely sold by mail order. It was the ultimate in self-help for lusty young suitors. '
'Within the twenty-three chapters of this manual, there are many passages obviously included, in an effort to maintain the "political correctness" of the day. Once the student reads through the dull parts, he is rewarded with information that is both practical and useful. '

Negrophile: One Who Admires and Supports Black People and Their Culture. Weblog.

17th February

Poets, Lovers, and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints. 'On view are more than 100 woodcuts, engravings, and etchings by artists from Mantegna to Tiepolo, all narrating the mythological tales most popular with Italian artists. Among the favored themes are the ancient gods as patrons of music, poetry, and painting and as participants in music competitions, along with the drunken festivities surrounding Bacchus and his favorite disciple, the obese yet wise Silenus. A large section of the exhibition celebrates the triumph of lovethe power of little Cupid's arrows to make fools of even the most august gods. The exhibition concludes with the heroic exploits of Hercules and the legendary history of Rome, from the apple of discord that initiated the Trojan War to the rape of the Sabine women.'

Guardians of the Sacred Word: Tibetan Manuscript Covers.

Glasgalerie Hittfeld. Contemporary Czech glass art.

Andy Goldsworthy 'Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Besides England and Scotland, his work has been created at the North Pole, in Japan, the Australian Outback, and in the U.S.'

Maria Sibylla Merian 'Maria Sibylla Merian was born in 1647, three hundred and fifty years ago. She was a famous painter for over a hundred years after. Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, bought 300 of her paintings and in 1717 opened the first art museum in Russia to display them. '
'Maria kept a journal of nature obsevations for 53 years, from age 16 to age 69. Her journal was rediscovered and published in 1976. When she was 13, she wrote, "I collected all the caterpillars I could find in order to study their metamorphosis. I therefore withdrew from society and devoted myself to these investigations." Understanding animals became the focus of her life, and from 1660 on she collected insects, recording and painting everything she could observe about their life cycles and behavior. Maria was the first person in history to record observations on insect metamorphosis ... '

William Counter. 'My serious pursuit of art began through occupational therapy at a mental hospital in California in 1982. Diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia at the age of 19, I remained institutionalized at Belmont Hills and Atascadero State Hospital for a period of five years. As part of my therapy I was allowed to attend art classes at local college, and eventually received a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. In 1999 I completed my B.F.A. degree at the Kansas City Art Institute.'
'My disability has led me to the art, and my art has led through many stages of dealing with my disability. It continues to provide a voice and means of communicating my personal experiences, and its direction is as uncertain as the thought processes that happen to occupy my mind. '

Dawn Tarr. Art: nudes, blues, landscapes.

Bromoil. 'Bromoil combines the skills, nuances and attibutes of fine art photography, printmaking and painting. This historic process is truly a happy marriage of craft and art.'

The Ansel Adams Gallery. American photographer.

Old Photographs of Gloucestershire Pubs. Fine collection.

London Station: Photographs of the London Underground by Graham Goldwater.

Tatsumi Shimura. Japanese prints; beauties. 'Tatsumi Shimura is known for designing several striking bijin-ga prints towards the end of the shin hanga movement. Born in Takasaki, Gunma, Shimura's real name was Sentaro. In 1921, he began studying art with Yamakawa Saiho, a well-known illustrator. Three years later, he became an apprentice of Saiho's son, Yamakawa Shuho, who was also a bijin-ga artist. Shimura exhibited paintings with Kyodotai in 1927 and with Seikinkai in 1938. He became known for his paintings of beautiful women with long eyelashes and blurred pupils ... '

Harley-Davidson Art Sculptures.

Norman Gryspeerdt Bromoil Web. 'The Norman Gryspeerdt Bromoil Web is a showcase for this Bromoil Masters' work in the Bromoil Process.'
'You can view a gallery of Gryspeerdts' finest prints, find out information on the Bromoil Process, the techniques used in producing Bromoils and how to purchase his instructional video - 'Gryspeerdt and the Bromoil Process' over the internet.'

Yukio Mishima Cyber Museum. 'The suicide death of Mishima Yukio, a writer of the Showa era, shocked the world. Two and a half decades have passed since his death. If he were alive today, what would he have said about this new era?'
The Mishima Yukio Museum (Bungakukan) to be built in the 'Lake Yamanakako Library Grove (Bungaku-no-mori) overlooking Mount Fuji shall give us a chance to reflect on such thoughts. The architecture of the museum is based on Mishima's western-style residential home. The writer's works, manuscripts and about 700 personal items are stored in this museum.'
'In anticipation of the museum, we present through the internet The Mishima Yukio Cyber Museum. The Cyber Museum will consist of an index of items stored in the museum, an introduction of some of the displayed items, Mishima's biography, reference maps, questions answered by top researchers, and a forum of comments for the museum.'

Radio Transmission. 'Even today it seems like magic. You turn on your radio and, somehow, sound sent from a distant radio station fills the room. '
'For almost 100 years radio has allowed us to send sounds over the air. How, exactly, is this done? The activity in this section shows you how. '

Cruel Site of the Day. Not work safe.

16th February

The Half Bakery. Amazingly inventive ideas, and ideas which are just, well, amazing - binary calendar rings,a 'world minimum rage', 'breed tiny people', the body condom, grass shoes etc.

The Murder of Emmett Till. The brutal killing that mobilised the civil rights movement. 'In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began ... '

Weird Tales Covers. Pulp art - fantastic.
From the Weird Tales homepage :- 'Who could have predicted that a magazine with a beginning as inauspicious as that of Weird Tales would have defied the odds to become a publishing phenomena that would transform the face of 20th Century horror fiction?'

The Russian Dilettante. A great culture weblog.

Zeng Xianwen. 'With the exception of the Chinese astrological chart on my services page, the calligraphy and art in this website are the work the of award-winning calligrapher, painter and seal engraver Zeng Xianwen, a fellow of the Chinese Academy of the Arts and member of several other calligrapher's associations in China. Born into an ancient family of scholars in Jinzhou in southern Liaoning and now residing in the United States, Mr. Zeng has had his works featured in numerous publications and art exhibitions in China as well as in my books ... His works of calligraphy are also in the collections of several Chinese museums. He has been named by the Chinese government an Art Talent Treasure.'

All About Latvia. News and views weblog from Latvia.

Many Chocolate Recipes.

Ancient Skies. 'Welcome to the Ancient Skies homepage. This site features the photographic work of Geoff Ingram, who lives in County Down, Ireland. In Ireland, history is an integral part of the landscape. From medieval castles to ancient tombs and standing stones, Ireland is surrounded by the legacy of its past. Some of these monuments have held their secrets for over 5,000 years we know almost nothing about their function or of the people who built them. Each of these ancient standing stones, has its own unique character and ambience. I have endeavoured to capture this atmosphere in a series of photographs which I've entitled 'Portals'. Part 1 of this series can be seen by clicking the image below ... '

Caerleon. 'Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three Roman Legionary Fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur's Camelot.'
'In 830 AD Nennius listed Cair Lion as one of Britain's 33 cities. Nowadays it's a thriving town where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents...'

Robin Kennedy Fine Japanese Prints.Beauties, birds and flowers,landscapes, kabuki etc.

Randall Antiques and Fine Arts: Contemporary Japanese Prints. These are fantastic. For example, check out the Kawano Gallery.

Afrocrafts: Zambian Arts and Crafts.Wood, horn, copper, fashion etc. Online galleries.

The Special Relationship: Churchill, Roosevelt and the Emergence of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1939-1945. 'On September 11, 1939, just a few scant days after Hitler inaugurated the Second World War by unleashing the German Army in Poland, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt penned a brief but important message to Britain's First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. Roosevelt did not know it at the time, but his initiative would mark the beginning of one of the most extraordinary relationships in political history, a relationship marked by an intimate correspondence unparalleled among national leaders, a relationship which, in due course, would lead to the establishment of a military alliance unique among sovereign states ... '

Israel's 50th Anniversary. Truman Library exhibit.

President's Daily Diary. Selected entries from the L.B. Johnson Library and Museum.

Tina Modotti Museum. 'Was a remarkable woman and an outstanding photographer whose legendary beauty and relationships with famous men have until now eclipsed a life integrally linked to the most important artistic, political and historical developments of our century. In 1913 Tina Modotti left her native Italy for San Francisco, becoming a star of the local Italian theatre before marrying the romantic poet-painter Roubaix de I'Abrie Richey. By 1920, she had embarked on a Hollywood film career and immersed herself in bohemian Los Angeles, beginning an intense relationship with the respected American photographer, Edward Weston. On a trip to Mexico in 1922 to bury her husband, she met the Mexican muralists and became enthralled with the burgeoning cultural renaissance there. Increasingly dissatisfied with the film world, she persuaded Weston to teach her photography and move with her to Mexico. Her Mexico City homes became renowned gathering places for artists, writers and radicals, where Diego Rivera courted Frida Kahlo. Turning her camera to record Mexico in its most vibrant years, her photographs achieve a striking synthesis of artistic form and social content. Her contact with Mexico's muralists including a brief affair with Rivera, led to her involvement in radical politics.In 1929, she was frames for the murder of her Cuban lover, gunned down at her side on a Mexico City street. A scapegoat of government repression, she was publicly slandered in a sensational trial before being acquitted. Expelled from Mexico in 1930, she went to Berlin and then to the Soviet Union, where she abandoned photography for a political activism that brought her into contact with Sergei Eisenstein, Alexandra Kollontaii, La Pasionaria, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Capa. Returning to Mexico incognito in 1939, she died three years later, a lonely - and controversial - death ... '

Misha Gordin. 'For the last 30 years I have been involved in conceptual photography, where the idea or vision is transformed by the camera to an image connected to reality only by my imagination ... '