July 10th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Ilse Bing was one of several leading European women photographers of the inter-war period.

a photographer earned her the title 'Queen of the Leica'. Living in Paris at the height of the Modernist period, Bing supported herself through commercial photography, gaining a reputation as a photojournalist on illustrated magazines such as Le Monde Illustré, and as a fashion photographer specialising in accessories for Harpers Bazaar

http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/photography/bing/index.html

Ilse Bing, 'Self-portrait', 1931. Museum no. E.3027-2004, © Estate of Ilse Bing Wolff

Ilse Bing, 'Self-portrait', 1931. Museum no. E.3027-2004, © Estate of Ilse Bing Wolff (click image for larger version) her work in France, Germany and the USA."

Ilse Bing, 'Self-portrait', 1931. Museum no. E.3027-2004, © Estate of Ilse Bing Wolff

Ilse Bing, 'Self-portrait', 1931. Museum no. E.3027-2004, © Estate of Ilse Bing Wolff



Ilse Bing... Self-portrait (Paris, 1931, Gelatin-silver print). From Works by Ilse Bing at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "...Her immediate and exclusive use of the most advanced cameras, the Leica, and her rapid success as a photographer earned her the title 'Queen of the Leica'. Living in Paris at the height of the Modernist period, Bing supported herself through commercial photography, gaining a reputation as a photojournalist on illustrated magazines such as Le Monde Illustré, and as a fashion photographer specialising in accessories for Harpers Bazaar. She also regularly exhibited her work in France, Germany and the USA."

Chris Keeley

Questions for Peter W. Galbraith

Questions for Peter W. Galbraith

Allan Penn

Peter W. Galbraith. 

The Breakup

Q: Your new book, "The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End," argues that the Bush administration should stop insisting that Iraq can ever be a unified nation.

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Chris Keeley

In Afghanistan, some daughters sent off to be married are just children

Girls are valuable workers in a land where survival is scratched from the grudging soil of a half-acre parcel. In her husband's home, she is more valuable yet. She can have sex and bear children.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/magazine/09BRI.html






Roshan Qasem, 11, will join the household of Said Mohammed, 55; his first wife; their three sons; and their daughter, who is the same age as Roshan

The Bride Price

In many societies, the term "child bride" calls to mind impetuous sweethearts, a ladder cautiously positioned beneath a bedroom window, a silent kiss in the moonlight and a young couple making an anxious getaway to a justice of the peace. But this is not a ready image the world over. In Afghanistan, a child bride is very often just that: a child, even a preteen, her innocence betrothed to someone older, even much, much older.

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Chris Keeley

Ingar Krauss reveals quietly intense moments of transformation and the emotional turmoil

Lens Culture... Portraits: Photographs by Ingar Krauss. "...With his black-and-white portraits of children and teenagers in Germany and Russia,

http://www.lensculture.com/krauss.html

They are serious, remote, sad, defiant. They have already seen too much, and the innocence lost is painfully etched into each of these images."



Untitled, Moscow, Russia 2002

Ingar Krauss: Portraits

Adolescents from orphanages and juvenile prisons in central and eastern European are the subjects of these powerul and revealing portraits. Book review and interview with the artist.