Fumi Ishino has New Work on his Website!
Garry Winogrand at Rice University
Diane Arbus, Rock in Disneyland, California 1962
I have nightmares/dreams about this picture
Arbus/Disney. Thanks JS
Drive Like Jehu, Super Unison 1994
File under Sacred Music takes as it’s starting point an infamous video documenting a live performance by The Cramps for the patients at Napa Mental Institute, California, on 13th June 1978. Artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard set about remaking the videotape. Captured on blurred and grainy black and white film and degraded over several generations of copying, this unique social document has been swapping hands at record fairs and via the internet since the early eighties.
The Cramps, Live at Napa State Mental Hospital
Walker Evans, License Photo Studio 1934
Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, Ansel Adams
What Does It Mean to Be a Teenager Today?
Seventy years ago, teenagers didn’t exist. I mean, they did, but nobody called them that—they were called “our future workforce” and wore suits and smoked pipes and took elocution lessons when they were 13. You went to bed one day a child and woke the next morning an adult. But by the end of WWII, the idea of adolescence had evolved from a few years spent getting ready for a life as a coal miner or a lawyer into the Best Years of Your Life. Then, in 1945, the New York Times published an article defining this bizarre new word—”teenage”—and the concept became a part of the public consciousness.
A few years ago, music writer and cultural historian Jon Savage wrote a book about all that called Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945. The film adaptation of his book, directed by American filmmaker Matt Wolf and with an original score by Bradford Cox, gets its UK cinematic release on January 24. I gave both of them a call to talk about youth movements new and old and how great life is when you’re a teenager.