There are a lot of complaints about the computer generation being a generation of pirates or quips from the likes of author Jonathan Franzen who said that serious readers don’t read e-books. He fears that “it’s going to be very hard to make the world work if there’s no permanence like that”. Corporate lobbies complain and sponsor oppressive laws like SOPA. (more…)
In 1964 the Beatles came to the U.S. to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. A few days later, the band played their first U.S concert at the Washington Coliseum, in Washington D.C. An 18-year old budding photographer, Mike Mitchell, was lucky enough to attend that famous event. He was on hand at Union Station when the Beatles arrived and documented the shrieking hysteria of their fans. Mitchell also shot the pre-concert press conference and was positioned at the stage for the entire Coliseum show. Later that year, he documented the Beatles concert at the Baltimore Civic Center. Unbelievably, the pristine Black & White negatives sat in a box for 45 years. Fifity of these photos were on auction last week at Christie’s Auction House. The collection sold for the unbelievable sum of $361,938. The photograph below, estimated to sell for around $2-3000 sold for an amazing $68.500.
Recently, I read an article claiming the 10 Most Iconic Portraits of the 20th Century. But is it really possible to claim that these are the 10 most iconic. Are these the images that best represent those iconic figures? I partially agree with the author’s thesis on what makes an iconic portraits.