October 24th, 2005

Chris Keeley

Photos taken by Minutemen Militia and undocumented Mex border crossers


Photos taken by Minutemen Militia and undocumented Mex border crossers
Rudy sez, "We distributed over 400 disposable cameras to undocumented migrants crossing through the desert into the U.S. to document their journey. We also gave cameras to members of the Minutemen Militia sitting in the AZ desert waiting to catch them. Their cameras are currently being sent back to us in prepaid, self-addressed envelopes. We've posted a few of the photos already in the 'returned photos' link on the website. Both sets of photos will be developed, juried by a panel of politicians, community leaders, and artists, and shown at major art galleries across the country.

Chris Keeley

Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld of running a cabal that is undermining the country's democracy.

Monday, October 24th, 2005
Headlines for October 24, 2005

- White House Prepares for Possible Indictments
- NYT Editor: Miller Mislead the Paper Over CIA Leak
- Brent Scowcroft Slams Bush Administration
- U.S. Death Toll In Iraq Nears 2,000
- 82% Of Iraqis Oppose Foreign Troops
- Hans Blix: U.S. Mislead World Over Iraq WMD's
- Hurricane Wilma Hits Florida With 125 mph Winds
- NYPD Officer Convicted in Killing of African Immigrant
- U.S. Prison Population at 2.3 Million, Largest in World
White House Prepares for Possible Indictments
Reuters is reporting White House officials will learn today whether special prosecutor Patrick FItzgerald will seek indictments over the Bush administration's outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Reports indicate that the grand jury could indict both President Bush's chief advisor Karl Rove and VIce President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby for perjury or conspiracy. Both Rove and Libby failed to disclose key information about their role in the leak to the grand jury.Collapse )
Report: FBI Conducting Clandestine Surveillance of U.S. Residents
And the Washington Post is reporting the FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight. Government records indicate that the FBI has investigated hundreds of potential violations related to its use of secret surveillance operations. In one case, FBI agents kept an unidentified target under surveillance for at least five years -- including more than 15 months without notifying Justice Department lawyers after the subject had moved from New York to Detroit. In other cases, the Post reports agents obtained e-mails after a warrant expired, seized bank records without proper authority and conducted an improper "unconsented physical search."
Chris Keeley

Scowcroft believes that Iraq was a sideshow to the war on terror, and that America should have focus

The Republican Rift
Issue of 2005-10-31
Posted 2005-10-24

This week in the magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg writes about Brent Scowcroft, the national-security adviser under President George H. W. Bush—and the former President’s best friend—who has been at odds with the current Administration. Here, with Amy Davidson, Goldberg discusses Scowcroft and the divide within the Republican party over Iraq.

AMY DAVIDSON: Why is Brent Scowcroft worth writing about now? He’s been out of government for some time.

JEFFREY GOLDBERG: For one thing, he’s a leading proponent of the “realist” school of foreign-policy thinking, which stands in opposition to the “transformationalist,” or neoconservative, or liberal interventionist—pick your preference—school. He also has a great deal of experience on the Iraqi question—he managed the first Gulf War for President George H. W. Bush, so it’s interesting to hear what he thinks of the current war. (Not much, as you can see from the article.) And he’s the best friend of the father of the current President, and the mentor of the current Secretary of State, so it’s worth exploring why the Administration of George W. Bush doesn’t listen to his advice on Iraq and other subjects.Collapse )
He is not terribly optimistic. He feels very heavily the weight of history, and history isn’t telling him that things will turn out well. He’s hoping they will, I believe, and, from what I can tell, this is a sincere hope, even if a good turn of events in Iraq would prove him wrong in his analysis. This is an eighty-year-old man who wants to see his country safe and secure and prosperous. I’m not sure he’s right, of course—sometimes the realists overestimate the difficulties that come with change. But I think it’s fair to say that the country would be better off if Scowcroft was at least heard out by the current Administration
Chris Keeley

Alfred E. Neuman's grandpa


Alfred E. Neuman's grandpa
I love this portrait of an Alfred E. Neuman ancestor from 1908. From Fantagraphics Books' Flog!:
Comics historian Craig Yoe will present a multimedia presentation on the history of "The What Me Worry Kid" at the Yorktown Museum 1974 Commerce St. Yorktown Heights, NY on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 7:00 pm. This talk will take a fun look at the history of America's favorite grinning idiot without a care (not to be confused with America's *least* favorite grinning idiot without a care, George W. Bush). Yoe recently authored the book MODERN ARF, where the origin of Mad's mascot was one of those revelations covered in graphic detail.

Chris Keeley

The Kibosh work is really a result of me getting clean [off drugs] and really getting into the high

It’s Terry’s World and You’re Just Afraid of It
The pride of Hollywood High makes good being bad
by Arty Nelson
Exsqueeze me: It’s all good,
clean, fleshy fun in Terry’s world.

It’s Thursday afternoon in Terry Richardson’s studio on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan: Pantera’s cranking, fashion models parade in and out, and judging by the staff’s nonchalance, one suspects that this is just another day in Richardson’s life, albeit with little of his recent and highly documented adventures in penetration and pearl necklaces. These days, it’s good to be New York’s favorite rail-thin, well-inked photo sniper. Terryworld (Taschen) and the limited-edition Kibosh (Damiani) were both recently released in conjunction with a savagely attended opening at the Zeitgeist-central Deitch Projects in Soho, during which thousands of rabid downtown kids gleefully braved a human stampede and near-inhuman temperatures for a glimpse of Mr. Richardson’s latest photographic foray into a land where the photographer’s own penis acts as a kind of sword/torch guiding him through the sometimes troubling and oftentimes hilarious wilderness of his unrepentant sexual psyche.
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Is it porn? Or is it art? Who even really knows anymore? Where the lines aren’t heavily blurred, they’re dotted. When I tell Richardson that my wife, after approaching his work with more than a little apprehension, laughed out loud at several of his images, he breaks into a grin.

“You see, I love when I can get a smile out of someone with an image I’ve made. I’m interested in bringing a little joy into people’s lives. Art doesn’t have to be so serious; I think it’s way more about moving people than needing to make them furrow their brows.”

Terryworld (Taschen) is available worldwide on October 29 wherever finer books are sold, including Taschen’s flagship store in Beverly Hills. Kibosh (Damiani) is available at www.TerryRichardson.com.
Chris Keeley

Joe Mills - on the edge between surreality and reality

JJoseph Mills

the Loves of the Poets

HC 22 x 30 cm.
Nazraeli 2005
EURO 68.00

Signiertes Exemplar

Diese Collagen sind nicht im photoshop entstanden, oder als Bauten und Assemblagen im Studio, wie etwa bei Joel-Peter Witkin, Collapse )

"From surreal photocollage imaginings of a world gone wrong to documentary street scenes, Joseph Mills¹ images and pictorial objects of the last twenty-five years alternate between shock and pathos, between black humor and existential dread." Paul Roth, Corcoran -
Chris Keeley

Richardson arrives on location with a couple of instant cameras, one in each hand, and nothing else.

Sure Shot

Terry Richardson, the gangly, genial photographer from the Lower East Side known for his sexually provocative snapshots, has become a fashion power player. His secret weapon? An instamatic.


Terry Richardson is a 36-year-old with a handlebar mustache, long sideburns, and a collection of odd tattoos, including one on his belly that says "T-bone" and one on his heart that reads "SSA". He's tall and a bit bandy, and he's likely to be wearing faded jeans, Converse sneakers, and giant, slightly tinted aviator glasses. He's seventies-looking, not in a retro hipster way but in a Starsky & Hutch way, with a touch of Burt Reynolds thrown in for good measure. He's charismatic and famously attractive to women, despite his somewhat cartoonish demeanor. And much of the time, he carries a small snapshot camera with him, just like one you might take on holiday to record your adventures, which is more or less what he does for a living.

While most fashion photographers travel with a phalanx of good-looking young assistants wielding lights and oversized lenses, tripods, film bags, and reflectors, Richardson arrives on location with a couple of instant cameras, one in each hand, and nothing else. He doesn't design the lighting, doesn't plan his shoots, forgoes Polaroids, and never choreographs poses. He likes to work with little fuss and no entourage. And yet, in the last few years he has shot campaigns for Evian, Eres, HM, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Molinari, A|X, Sisley, and now —one of the biggest scores in the fashion world—the fall campaign for Gucci.
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           When I ask him if he thinks of himself as a photographer or an
              artist, he laughs and says that he's a rocktographer. Asked when
              his last creative moment was, he says, "An hour ago," and issues
              a dirty laugh. "Who were you photographing?" I query. "I wasn't,"
              he says, "I was by myself," and there is a glint in his eye. "When
              was the last time you got away with bullshitting someone?" I continue.
              "Right now," he says. "How often do you get away with it?" "Every
              day!" he replies with total pleasure. "Your fantasy?" I ask. "To
              direct a film," he says. He's already directed music videos for
              Death in Vegas, Primal Scream, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,
              all of which have firm cult followings. I ask him if the film will
              tell his story. "I guess," he says. "Yeah. I mean, I can't write
              a fucking postcard, but my dad says the thing to do is just to do
              it, so that's what I'll have to do. Just do it." "Who would play
              you?" I ask. "Billy Crudup," he replies without hesitation. Why
              him? He shrugs and takes a bite of his sandwich. "Because he's cute
              and he's got a mustache," he says. "It's as simple as that."
Chris Keeley

Before rehab I wanted to feel good all the time.


LC: Think Woody ever went to rehab?
TR: What?

LC: I have to ask about rehab.

TR: Oh my god, where do you get the goods?

LC: I don't think it's embarrassing. It's common knowledge.

TR: Really?

LC: Sort of. Better to air it. Everyone's doing rehab these days anyway.

TR: Oh, I know, it's chic. I know so many people doing it.

LC: Silver Hill?

TR: No, somewhere in Pasadena. It was my first time. It really changed my life, made me really look at myself. It brings it all right down to simple things. It's nice to put your life on pause. Life is a beautiful thing. Before rehab I wanted to feel good all the time. "All things in moderation," as my mother always says. But a little excess can be good every once in a while.

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Chris Keeley

FSOs Oral Histories on US Rush to War in Iraq - FSOs Robin Raphel, David Dunford



Official Says U.S. Rushed to War in Iraq

A top diplomat accuses the administration of sending the country to war too soon and poorly prepared because of 'clear political pressure.'

By Paul Richter
Times Staff Writer

October 22, 2005

WASHINGTON — A top U.S. official for aid to Iraq has accused the Bush administration of rushing unprepared into the 2003 invasion because of pressures from President Bush's approaching reelection campaign.

Robin Raphel, the State Department's coordinator for Iraq assistance, said that the invasion's timing was driven by "clear political pressure," as well as by the need to quickly deploy the U.S. troops that had been amassed by the Iraq border.
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Even so, Smith said, the United States needed more troops, better security and advance planning.

"One lesson is clear, he said. "We should have been better prepared with better planning."


Times staff writer T. Christian Miller in Washington contributed to this report.