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Looking west. Railroad crossing, Marathon, Texas, June, 2006 (Full photo)

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Tenement building, with ghosts of former occupants, in former Jewish Ghetto, Warsaw, Poland, May 2008

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Graffiti memorials, John Lennon Wall, Prague, Czech Republic, May, 2008.

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All across Viet Nam today poets “are agog with excitement” celebrating national “Poetry Day.”

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[Display of puppets, Hanoi, December, 2006; Full photo]

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Trompe l’oeil window, Siena, Italy, September, 2004.

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Reflections of Chartres Cathedral, August, 2005

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guttman-space“You may feel as if you’d stepped into a quirky 19th-century museum, but that’s not how Mr. [Peter] Guttman, a travel photographer, sees the densely packed four walls, floor and ceiling of his family’s living room. His meticulously organized collection of rare folk art and handmade tools, toys, weapons, textiles, baskets, ceramics, etc., dedicated to the memory of extinct or nearly-so ways of life and assembled as snugly as a jigsaw puzzle, is ‘a mirror of my personal life,’ he said, ‘a diary of global travels.'” (Audio Slide Show) (via NY Times)

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In the ancient Cambodian capital of Oudong, at the base of Phnom Oudong, children hire themselves out as companions, with fans, to visitors to the Royal Tombs, December, 2006.

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“[Walker] Evans is foremost a giant of 20th-century photography, the instigator of a lean, elegant documentary style that was as unvarnished as it was ennobling. He immortalized gaunt sharecroppers, dilapidated plantations and bone-dry country stores in the South; worker housing and grimy factories in the industrial North; and (with a hidden camera) the unguarded expressions of New York subway riders.

“But before he was anything else, Evans was an obsessed collector of postcards. This exhibition reveals them as the through line, the wellspring of his art.”

At the end of her review of the just-opened exhibition, “Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard,” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Roberta Smith notes the broader cultural significance of early 20th-century picture postcards and laments the slashing of financial support for public school art programs:

“Without diminishing his achievement, this show reverberates beyond Evans. The postcards celebrate America at the beginning of the last century. They also confirm the vigor of this country’s often anonymous grass-roots art forms and the importance of popular culture to so-called high art. More sadly, in a time when schools across the country are slashing their art programs, this unusual exhibition suggests the often decisive effect of our earliest aesthetic experiences. ‘Home is where we start from,’ wrote the psychologist D. W. Winnicott. The richer the formative experiences there, the better for everyone.”

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Gypsy mother braiding her daughter’s hair at Vienna’s popular Naschmarkt, May, 2007

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“Don’t Piss Here” – Painted message on brick wall in residential section of Hanoi, Viet Nam, December, 2006 (note evidence of just-concluded disobedience along bottom of wall at lower left)

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Flower petals scattered by children during procession celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi in Tarnow, Poland, May, 2008

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Two of the many vendors encountered while cruising the crowded canals of Xochimilco in the south of the Mexico City D.F.

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A “Doggie Bag” dispenser in the “Old Town” section of Prague (from our May, 2007 trip). (Full photo)

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