A young and very handsome Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), celebrated italian poet and professor. Among other things, he was responsible for rebirth of the ancient University of Bologna and its literary studies.
He was also the first italian to win the Nobel prize, no big deal.
Have you guys tried the scales at AMNH that tell you what you’d weigh on various planets? Never (in my experience) gets old.
The woman who doesn’t need validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.
— Mohadesa Najumi (via thatkindofwoman)
I like my hair messy. My love wild. And my sex aggressive. But I’m still a sensitive woman, just with passion.
— Sade Harrison (via yeswecancan)
Kevin Spacey in the current edition of The Hollywood Reporter.
I will be there for you, always. If you don’t believe it now, well.. seeing is believing.
"The work of Ansel Adams is a romantic fiction, an extreme idealisation, a magnificent lie – so magnificent that many have persuaded that it is indeed the truth. Its ironies, which might be appreciated by the image sophisticate and were certainly not lost on its creator, are not intended for general consumption. The tens of thousands who visit Yosemite each year, lured in part by Adams’ images, can miraculously ignore what lies before their very eyes and see the Valley through the master photographer’s optimistic vision, a spectacle of God given magnificence, untrammelled nature as pure as the water cascading down Bridal Veil Falls. For Richard Misrach, however, God is less of an immediate issue than the purity of the water cascading down Bridal Veil Falls. Just how pure is it? Is it the tainted residue perhaps of acid rainfall? Is it perhaps contaminated by industrial waste which has leached into the aquafis? For Misrach’s recent investigations have taken him far beyond the transcendent legacy of Adams, far beyond the untidy domesticising of the landscape with tract developments and industrial sheds, theme parks and golf courses. The kinds of interventions which caused Ansel Adams to beat his breast in horror, while hardly insignificant and not exactly celebrated by Misrach, may pale in comparison to those legacies of the Fission Age, which may be invisible but might be visited upon future generations like the Mark of Cain."
— “In Photographica Deserta – The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach" by Gerry Badger, from Creative Camera (1988). Photographs by Ansel Adams and Richard Misrach respectively.
André de Dienes Nude, c 1949