Politics and Art

February 14, 2011

Vladimir Nabokov did not like the novel of ideas. Artists often have their idiosyncratic dislikes, contrary expressions of the unique aesthetic vision that drives their own work. Particularly, Nabokov did not like the work of those monuments of great-idea novels, Dostoyevsky and Mann, though there is no reason his distaste should have excluded the novels […]

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How We Lived on It (34) – Pierre Gleizes and Greenpeace

February 12, 2011

Photographer Pierre Gleizes has worked for Greepeace for three of the four decades the environmental campaigning organization has been in existence. He has shot some of the organization’s most striking and well-known images. This year, Greenpeace turns forty. This video offers the photographer’s thoughts on his long career as journalist and activist. Follow Greenpeace Video […]

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Picture This: 4 – Cheryl Himmelstein

December 8, 2010

Cheryl Himmelstein studied photography at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with a BFA in 1995. She began her career as a freelance photographer and editorial portrait specialist with a personal photo essay documenting a family’s life in a homeless shelter in Altadena, California. Her clients have included The New York Times Magazine, Time […]

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Picture This: 3 – Chuck Koton

June 30, 2010

Born into a family of photographers, the teenage Chuck Koton began carrying his camera wherever he went. He even set up a darkroom in his parents’ Bronx apartment. Around the same time Koton began his lifelong love affair with jazz. One night he came across his older brother’s copy of Miles Davis’ Someday My Prince […]

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Picture This: 2 – Larry Hirshowitz

June 2, 2010

Larry Hirshowitz moved to Los Angeles from South Africa in 1991. Observing the starkly divided culture of apartheid South Africa gave Hirshowitz an eye for the beauty, diversity and tension of urban existence. His subjects range from actor Ben Kingsley and film director David Lynch to memorial murals in the heart of South Central, and […]

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Picture This: 1 – Julia Dean

May 19, 2010

This is the first in a new series presenting the work of documentary and fine art photographers, beginning with Julia Dean, of the sad red earth, The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, and this writer’s affections. Julia has been shooting and teaching photography for over thirty years. At her workshops in Los Angeles, at Venice Beach, […]

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A Reader’s Gallery 1

March 2, 2010

John Curran is a reader who lives in Oakton, Virginia. Not long ago, John and I had a spirited exchange over two posts on the recent Supreme Court decision regarding corporate campaign spending. It turns out John is a federal computer security officer, and I’m not allowed to tell you anything else under threat of […]

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More Montevideo

February 20, 2010

This delayed contribution of student photos from Uruguay comes from Michaela Reisinger, a fourth-generation pharmacist from Austria. Nearly everyone else on this travel photo workshop had been on multiple trips with Julia (and me), but Michaela was new. Smart, witty, and gregarious, a lover of good food and drink, she instantly became part of the […]

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Uruguay (Ooruɣwai)

February 10, 2010

Uruguay, they say in Ooruɣwai, is the ubiquitous ham in the sandwich between the baguette-size slices of Brazil and Argentina. If it bites on those populations, the teeth are heading for the Uruguayans (Uruguayos – Ooruɣwaishos) The 3.3 million-person nation (1.1 million in the capital of Montevideo) is formally the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. According […]

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Iguazu Falls

February 4, 2010

This is my adventure to Iguazu, between Argentina and Brazil. The night shot is from the full moon walk out to Devils throat from the Argentina side. It is all a sight to be seen. The helicopter ride from the Brazil side is a must. What a thrill. If one has a chance of this […]

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Some Random Buenos Aires

February 1, 2010

In Recoleta Cemetery, burial place of Eva Peron and many notables, among the mausolea. Photography by Julia Dean AJA

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On the Road

January 30, 2010

Julia and I will be traveling in Argentina & Uruguay over the next two weeks – we just landed in Buenos Aires yesterday – so posting will be a little erratic. I will try to keep it up, though, and interesting. Since I’m with a pack of voracious photographers, I’m going to flatter them with […]

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from the Cadillac Hotel: Venice Beach, California

October 27, 2009

Three blocks from The Julia Dean Photo Workshops Photography by Julia Dean

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Sight and Seeing in Washington D.C.

October 26, 2009

Photography by Julia Dean

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Picturing the Pamunkey

October 13, 2009

The Pamunkey Indians were the leading tribe of the Powhatan Confederacy, led by Chief Powhattan, father of Pocahontas, at the time of first contact with English colonists at Jamestown, in 1607. Estimates are that the confederacy then numbered between 14,000-21,000, with the Pamunkey numbering about 1000. Powhatan died in 1618, after which his brother and […]

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September 14, 2009

Photographs by Julia Dean

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God and Man at Charleston

September 6, 2009

Photographs by Julia Dean

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Photos along the Way

August 28, 2009

Photos by Julia Dean

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“Mass on the San Carlos Apache Reservation” at Tikkun Daily

August 19, 2009

See Julia’s photo essay “The Catholic Church” (on the San Carlos Apache Reservation) in the Tikkun Art Gallery, and the post about our work on the Daily Blog at Tikkun Daily, with words by Jay. Look back, too, if you missed it, at “The American Indian Church” on Tikkun Daily, photos, again, by Julia, words […]

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RV There Yet?

July 24, 2009

Dogs gone wild, in Red Bay, Alabama, home to Tiffin Motorhomes. JD

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“The American Indian Church” at Tikkun Daily

July 7, 2009

Check out Julia’s photo essay “The American Indian Church” (with a little verbal assist from Jay) in the art gallery section of Tikkun Daily, the new online adjunct to the  admirable Tikkun magazine. The photos were shot on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. AJA

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