Reading American Photographs (Alan Trachtenberg, 1989)

ALAN TRACHTENBERG. Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans. New York: Hill and Wang. 1989. Pp. xxi, 326 Trachtenberg’s book begins with a good reminder that the concept of indexical images existed well before the invention of the first publicly available photograph in the mid-19th century. The fascination for projected images… Continue reading Reading American Photographs (Alan Trachtenberg, 1989)

Hospital ministry under coronavirus lockdown

My father, Gerry, is a veteran missionary for a small local Christian congregation in the Philippines that has held Sunday service at a hospital for the last fourteen years. Assisted by my mother Beth, he has done missionary work in various workplaces since the 1980s. His current post in the Palliative Care Unit, an office… Continue reading Hospital ministry under coronavirus lockdown

Sociedad and Academia: Intellectual and Social Currents in the Establishment of the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura in 1821

Abstract In 1823, the Sociedad Economica de Amigos del Pais founded the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura, which absorbed the painting school in Tondo initiated in 1821 by Damian Domingo (1796?-1834). The fusion created the first secular institution of art instruction in the country and became the most visible lasting contribution of the economic society.… Continue reading Sociedad and Academia: Intellectual and Social Currents in the Establishment of the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura in 1821

Catherine Deneuve as an ageing film diva

The Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda won the Cannes Palme d'or in 2018 with his film "Shoplifters" about a family of thieves. The following year, the master of family drama made his first film outside of Japan: "La Vérité" with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke. I was immediately impressed by the first appearance of… Continue reading Catherine Deneuve as an ageing film diva

Brief notes on Teddy Roosevelt’s statue being removed from the steps of the Museum of Natural History

In the New York Times today: the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the former president of the United States who declared the end of the Philippine-American War in 1902, will be removed from the steps of the Museum of Natural History. The Museum maintains that it is removing the statue not because of Theodore Roosevelt's… Continue reading Brief notes on Teddy Roosevelt’s statue being removed from the steps of the Museum of Natural History