On set, Alfred Hitchcock would always refer to Anthony Perkins as “Master Bates”.
David Bowie as Tilda Swinton, with Tilda Swinton as David Bowie
Nadav Kander - Yangtze: The Long River (2009-12)
“Finishing Yangtze: The Long River required three years and five trips to China, ‘a place that is moving and changing so fast that it can only be unnatural,’ [Kander] said.
In 2005, around the time Mr. Kander started thinking about the project, he was intrigued by China’s rapid growth and constant change. ‘It was a place that I wanted to stand in,’ he said.
The Yangtze, flowing nearly 4,000 miles from Qinghai Province to the East China Sea, seemed a natural yet challenging path to trace.
‘I love the metaphor of water,’ Mr. Kander said. ‘Like life, like humanness, it becomes a cloud. It’s an ever-changing cycle. I find it comforting.’
Because what he was seeing wasn’t so much about China — grand structures or tourist vistas — as it was about compassion. He saw a beauty in the moments he witnessed, as people lived out their daily lives and traditions in circumstances so much different from his own.
‘It’s much more about what you don’t show than what you do show,’ he said. ‘I think work that asks you to question what more there is is much more interesting.’”
Samuel Clemens (a.k.a Mark Twain), age 15, 1850. Daguerreotype taken when he was a printer in Hannibal, Missouri.
Check out that baller belt-buckle! Are you as cool as fifteen-year-old Sam?
Update: That’s not a buckle! From a reader on Facebook: “He’s holding, with his right hand on its pistol grip (remember, these images are reversed), a typesetter’s composing stick, in which the metal type for his name are inserted, ready to print. He was smart enough to know that the image would be reversed, and thus show correctly in the photo!”
Happy birthday, Albert Einstein.
Here, a look at a famous picture taken in Albert Einstein’s Princeton office — exactly as he left it — mere hours after the great theoretical physicist and 20th-century icon died in 1955.
(Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)