The Bang Bang ClubYou have to see this movie about war photographers called “The Bang Bang Club.” For photographers, it’s a near perfect experience.The way photographers are shown in films follows the way in which any profession tends to be depicted in fiction - - usually as a caricature in a single dimension useful to the dramatic license taken out by the filmmaker.The classic 1960 Federico Fellini movie “La Dolce Vita” introduced the paparazzi to the world stage and forever established a benchmark to the public’s perception of this type of news photographer as essentially a point and shoot automoton in the service of publicists. That view stuck no matter how brilliantly Weegee worked in this idiom with his sardonic exposures.Here are Fellini’s paparazzi:
INTOLERANCE Andy Warhol let it happen. As the leading conduit of popular and unpopular culture in his time he presaged what we take to be commonplace today. Nothing good has been as edgy since Andy. In letting it happen he embraced it all. We may need a hundred years to catch up - - who's to know?This "Thank You" to Andy hit the sidewalks along Melrose Ave in Los Angeles some months ago. The blue butterfly, added by another, I believe, is Andy Warhol iconography. It reminds us all of how much he contributed and of the vibrancy of his legacy, still thoroughly modern after all these years. Someone scrawled onto this tribute the word "Jew" in yellow paint; in the same color of yellow demanded by the Nazi for the Stars of David forced to be worn by Jewish people as they were herded into the ghettos before th
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