October 15th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Photography is our bridge to the modern world,” said Michael Brand, the director of the museum, whos

Photography has become a churning art-world industry: more Chelsea galleries are devoted to photographs; the number of photography books published has dramatically increased; the value of photographs sold at auction annually has doubled since 2001; and even the average size of photographic prints has grown.

Pearblossom Hwy, 1986,” by David Hockney, a 6-by-9-foot image and the largest piece in the museum’s photography collection
Chris Keeley

Guy Bourdin

Fashion photographer Guy Bourdin's photographic vision was one of the most extreme and influential of the late 20th Century. Born in France in 1928, he received his first photographic training through his service in the French military. His work was first published in Vogue in 1955 and he continued to work for them until 1987. His photographs also appeared in numerous international fashion magazines including Harpers Bazaar and The Best. Bourdin shot advertising campaigns for many prominent fashion houses including Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, Versace (Complice & Callaghan) and Issey Miyake. Ahead of his time, his fashion photographs subverted conventional fashion photography to present fetishised images of glossy, plasticised models. His work has been influenced by his interest in surrealism, exploring themes such as dark fantasies, perversions, lust, consumption and desire.


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Nick Knight

Nick Knight


Nick Knight, Director of SHOWstudio, is among the world's most influential photographers. He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, The Face and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent. Knight has also shot record covers for Björk, David Bowie, Kylie and Massive Attack. As a fashion photographer, Nick Knight has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty. His first book of photographs, Skinheads, was published in 1982. He has since produced Nicknight, a twelve year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures, both published by Schirmer Mosel. Knight's work has been exhibited at international institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery. He has also produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.




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Anish Kapoor

British sculptor of Indian birth. He was one of a generation of British-based sculptors who became established in the international arena during the 1980s and is prominent among his contemporaries for the quality of hermetic lyricism that permeates his work. He has acknowledged a bearing on his art of both Western and Eastern culture. The powerful spiritual and mythological resonances of his sculptures arise in part from frequent return visits to India. Natural materials such as sandstone, marble and slate are impregnated with raw powdered pigment of vivid hues, thus enhancing a feeling of inner radiance. In the early 1990s he introduced a more enigmatic slant by boring holes in the flanks of standing stones, while in The Earth (1992; installed San Diego, CA, Mus. A.; Des Moines, IA, A. Cent.; Ottawa, N.G.; and elsewhere) a perfect circle was removed from the gallery floor to intimate the generative effect of negative space. In other works impressions of weightlessness stem from the skilled transformation of materials by an almost alchemical process; earth slabs coated with brilliant blue pigment become signs for sky and water. By imaginative combination of disparate materials in meditative structures, attention is focused on qualities of interior balance and well-being.

Anish Kapoor


Kapoor's "Sky Mirror" Debuts
(BBC News, September 20, 2006)

A magnified version of its twin at the Nottingham Playhouse, sculptor Anish Kapoor's dazzling Sky Mirror recently arrived at NYC's Rockefeller Center. The enormous stainless steel disc measures 33 feet across and weighs 23 tons. The mirror will remain at the site for six weeks before moving to another city. The colossal object fits in with the Bombay-born artist's other large-scale works, which include Marsyas , a steel and crimson PVC structure installed in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, and Cloud Gate , a stainless steel ellipsoid that rests in Chicago's Millennium Park. Kapoor has also been commissioned to create the centerpiece sculpture at a planned memorial garden near New York's Ground Zero to commemorate British victims of the 9/11 attacks.


Chris Keeley

Uri Avnery on the Gaza Strip--10/14/06

 Here once again is Uri Avnery at his very finest. What would we do
without him?

Uri Avnery

           The Great Experiment

IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation
by starving it?

That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed,
that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close
cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific
experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer.

The laboratory for the experiment is the Gaza Strip, and the guinea pigs
are the million and a quarter Palestinians living there.

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Chris Keeley

The movie really is about the South African miracle.

Mr. Chamusso is using the money from the sale of his story and his consulting fees to finance his Two Sisters organization, named for the first two AIDS orphans he brought home, and he seemed simultaneously proud, overwhelmed and incredulous that his life had become the subject of a movie.

Tim Robbins on the Johannesburg set of “Catch a Fire.” He plays a police colonel in the apartheid era.

From left, Derek Luke, the director Phillip Noyce and Tim Robbins on the South African set of “Catch a Fire.”
Tim Robbins on the Johannesburg set of “Catch a Fire.” He plays a police colonel in the apartheid era.

The Making of a Freedom Fighter ... No, Wait, a Terrorist


ON the set of the Australian director Phillip Noyce’s “Catch a Fire” last fall, the mood was as mixed as its cast and crew, a striking microcosm of post-apartheid South Africa. White South African actors performed scenes in English and Afrikaans. Black South African crew members traded information in the 11 languages spoken here. Local white crew members wore blond dreadlocks. And former African National Congress fighters stood in the same room with a retired security branch police officer, uneasily comparing notes on the fine points of torture.

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Bravo Simon Dodge!

Two reporters charge the Bush administration with using fraudulent
intelligence to start a war.

*[**_Simon Dodge_ is the son of David Dodge, and the late Doris Westfall
Dodge, of Princeton.  Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he is the son, grandson
and great-grandson of former presidents of the American University of

Washington Post --  Sunday, 15 October 2006
 *Book World Section

Burden of Proof

Two reporters charge the Bush administration with using fraudulent
intelligence to start a war.
Reviewed by MARTIN KETTLE*

  In October 2002, a file of documents from the U.S. embassy in Rome
arrived on the desk of one of the State Department’s senior nuclear
proliferation analysts. The papers had been handed over by an Italian
journalist, who had been given them by an informer who had, in turn,
obtained them from a mysterious source in the embassy of Niger. The
documents purported to show that Niger had signed a July 2000 deal to
supply Iraq with 500 tons of yellowcake uranium — about one-sixth of the
African country’s annual production and a key ingredient in a
uranium-enrichment process that could provide Saddam Hussein’s regime
with a nuclear bomb.

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She conducted on-camera interviews with nearly 100 people, including Samantha Geimer, the girl, now

Ms. Zenovich describes the judge as having lived the kind of vibrant personal life easier to associate with Mr. Polanski. “He was never married, and he loved being kind of a swinging bachelor, juggling a couple of girlfriends at once,” she said. “What’s most interesting about him is that he tried to come across as so moralistic, but eventually I found out that this was a man who had a 20-year-old girlfriend when he was 54.”

She conducted on-camera interviews with nearly 100 people, including Samantha Geimer, the girl, now in her 40’s, with whom Mr. Polanski had sex and who has publicly forgiven him. Other interview subjects included figures connected with the director’s film career, among them Mia Farrow, Nastassja Kinski, Robert Evans and Robert Towne.

Julian Wasser/Time & Life Pictures; Getty Image

Roman Polanski, center, leaving a courthouse in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1977, after facing charges for statutory rape.

The Judge and the Auteur: Revisiting the Polanski Case


MARINA ZENOVICH’S office here looks as if it should belong to an absent-minded film professor. A cluttered room adjacent to an editing suite on the city’s west side, it is packed with file folders containing hundreds of press clippings and the inevitable stacks of videotape. But a corkboard on the wall betrays a preoccupation that stirs more than academic passions in these parts.

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Chris Keeley

Book Review of Brady Kiesling's "Diplomacy lessons"

it should be required reading for students of international
politics and American foreign policy as well as on the list of any
American concerned about the direction of our national security policies.

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  Friday, 13 October 2006

    Kiesling's Diplomacy Lessons: A Book Review Essay

*By PHK*

Brady Kiesling’s _Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower
_(Potomac, 2006) is a book which, as Harvard University’s veteran
international relations professor Stanley Hoffman wrote in the August
10, 2006 /New York Review of Books/,
<http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19217>should be required reading for
anyone contemplating a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

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J.G.D.'s speech on Lebanon at France-Amériques, Sept. 25, 2006

Dear Members of the Black Sheep Society:

Here is the text of my September 25, 2006, speech with the two
introductions, one from a board member of the American Library in Paris,
the sponsor of the event. The other introduction is by French Ambassador
André Ross, former President of France-Amériques, with whom I made peace
in Laos in 1973 by establishing a Lao coalition government after 20
years of warfare. You may use the text of the speech as you deem useful.



At France-Amériques, Sponsored by the American Library in Paris


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