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Robert Capa’s iconic image from the Allied Invasion of Normandy in 1944 was nearly destroyed. Out of the four rolls of film that Capa shot that day, only 10 frames survived a darkroom assistant’s mistake in London. LEARN MORE about this image, which can be seen in “Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age” through January 5.
Image: "France. Normandy. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach." 1944 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.
I was able to view this exhibit during the open house a couple weekends ago — I walked over after spending Saturday morning at the Texas Tribune Festival (thanks to a friend who gave me a free badge. I really should do a separate post about how wonderful my friends are and how thankful I am).
I walked through the exhibit taking notes in a small notebook, planning to look up more work by the photographers whose pictures in the exhibit stunned or amazed me. There were more than a couple of these.
Forty years ago today, the Chilean President Salvador Allende was deposed in a military coup d’état led by General Augusto Pinochet. Here’s a look at photos from “Chile from within,” a collaborative project released digitally in commemoration of the anniversary: http://nyr.kr/19IS89P
Santiago, 1983. Photograph by Alvaro Hoppe.
"As we reflect on history to shine light on viable paths forward, we can’t continue to ignore critical segments of the population in both their contributions and their experiences."
Jeanne Brooks, ONA’s Digital Director and editor of this blog, responds to the lack of diversity in the Riptide project, an oral history of the impact of digital technology on the journalism industry.
Riptide, created by Nieman Journalism Lab and three Harvard-funded journalists, interviewed 61 people for the project, of which five where white women, two were men of color and zero women of color.
Read more from Brooks in a post by Amanda Hess on Slate: Riptide: Harvard University and Nieman Journalism lab team up for a white, male oral history of the Internet.
Andrea Peterson writes on the Washington Post’s The Switch:
The project would have been stronger if it had done a better job of incorporating the perspective of female and minority voices. For example, one of the ways the digital age disrupted the journalism field was making it easier for marginalized voices to find audiences. With the rise of the Internet, no longer did media require the approval of elite gatekeepers to become accessible to the masses.
Salt of the Earth, 1954.
You may not have heard of this film. I certainly hadn’t, before Austin Film Society included it in their current banned film* series. Put together by blacklisted filmmakers, based on a real mining strike in New Mexico (and filmed in that state), the narrative feature stars Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas as Esperanza, a soft-spoken housewife and mother whose husband (powerfully played by real-life miner/activist Juan Chacon in his only acting role) fights for equality in the mines but doesn’t fully treat Esperanza as someone deserving of respect. But then the men have to stop picketing the mine and let the women take over for them…
Given that Revueltas was deported before filming was completed, that crewmembers had to sneak pieces of the film out of the area after threats from authorities, and that the film was edited on the down-low, it’s amazing that Salt of the Earth isn’t a huge mess. The positives here — such as the empowering feminist message, the largely Latino cast (most of whom were not actors IRL) playing realistic characters — outweigh any negatives in production quality.
Watching last night I was struck by how very modern the whole endeavor is. Most of all, Salt of the Earth is just damn inspirational. I’m glad I got to see it so close to Labor Day!
*Salt of the Earth was not allowed to screen in American theatres until the ’60s.
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was 23 years old when he spoke at the original March on Washington. He is the only living speaker to address both today’s and 1963’s:
August 28, 1963: ”We are tired. We are tired of being beat by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again, and then you holler ‘Be patient.’ How long can we be patient?”
August 28, 2013: "The signs that said white and black are gone… but there are still invisible signs. The scars and stains of racism remain. still remain deeply embedded in American society whether it’s Stop and Frisk in New York or injustice in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
Photo by Alex Seitz-Wald