Fishing on the shores of Japan. 1904-1905 by photographer Julian Cochrane.
— Henry Miller (via yourclassyslut)
An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ 1961.
From what is known, the photograph was taken the day the emerging Wall was put up in August 1961 and the boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire. Near the exact time this photo was taken, it was said that the soldier was seen by his superior officer who immediately detached the soldier from his unit.
Concerning the fate of the soldier, most descriptions that come with photograph say that “no one knows what became of him.”
algerian dancer -“scenes of the orient”, national geographic, march 1917
The person on the chair was Ruth Snyder, a woman convicted of killing her husband for insurance money. In 1928, this was a sensational story followed by a tragic verdict – Ruth Snyder would become the first woman to be electrocuted since 1899.
Photographers are not permitted into executions in the United States. For the Ruth Snyder case, the New York Daily News was desperate to get pictures; so they hired a Chicago Tribune photographer Tom Howard. On the day of her execution (12 January 1928), Howard, posing as a writer, arrived early in Sing Sing Prison and took up a vantage position. A miniature camera was strapped to his left ankle, the shutter release button was concealed within his jacket. As Snyder’s body shook from the jolt, Howard hoisted his pant leg and secretly snapped with a one-use camera.
It is still the only photo taken of an execution in the United States.
“Chalo, Chalo, Chalo!” by Walton Ford - 1997
Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper
59.2” x 40.2”
Violinist Jascha Heifetz playing in Mili’s darkened studio as light attached to his bow traces the bow movement.
Photo by Gjon Mili, 1952 - LIFE archive