FROM THE ARCHIVE: By the time Eliza Lynch was 25 years old she owned more real estate than any other woman in the world: in addition to dozens of town and city properties, 10 million hectares of countryside.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Olive oil, perhaps the most misunderstood of oils, has achieved a level of nobility in Montreal due to one woman’s passion.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Cecil Beaton, like the Gershwin brothers or Cole Porter, sums up an era of carefree elegance, all depicted in black and white, of course. Beaton is the definitive photographer of glamourous portraiture. He’s influenced every celebrity snapper who’s come after him.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: To see your world through an artist’s eyes, to participate in the act of creation, or in Barthesian terms, to create a writerly work of art, rather than to simply and passively see the artist’s world through your eyes; that is the ultimate goal of retracing the artist’s steps.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: It was a time of war. Yet there was no news from the front and none would come quickly. A clever man, instructed to come up with some diversion, invented a startling board war game between four kingdoms that was an instant success.
I had been brooding on a beach on Lantau Island for several days, alone, until Jack happened by and sat down not far from me. Some vacationing schoolgirls soon arrived, assumed we were brothers travelling together, and invited us to join their Steamboat cook-up.
Early afternoon, this deep New York autumn, there are minute-by-minute decisions to be made. A computer screen divided into quadrants shows four different versions of cable news from the four big American players in this business. Very often, two or three of them are doing the same story. But the fourth, a little different it seems, tends to bring forward more variety and spontaneity, though never, of course, at the expense of hard news, or breaking news.
Incredibly gifted and uncompromising, artist Edward Burtynsky celebrates two decades of creating powerful photographs that hit home again and again with his signature, staggering punch. In his enduring global hunt for evidence of industrial scarring of our planet, this 49-year old artist has steadfastly refused to become jingoistic about his profound concern for nature, and our relationship to it.