November 26th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Digital

Conclusion
The Panasonic L1 is more fun than the other Four-Thirds cameras we've tested. The interface is appealing – it's not simply nostalgic to use an aperture ring, it's quick and comfortable too. We're delighted that someone – anyone – is including a fast, well-built kit lens. Panasonic's image stabilization continues to be a big advantage for the company. On the downside, DSLRs should have flexible, fast auto focus, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 does not have it. We're not sure what market can ignore that drawback – landscape photographers who avoid twilight? The 7.5-megapixel L1 is one of a small handful of live view DSLRs, although its viewing options aren’t fabulous. The Panasonic L1 is pricey at $1,999 retail, but the quality of the lens and the camera can’t be denied.

http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-L1-Digital-Camera-Review/Conclusion.htm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Digital

Chris Keeley

Museum of Cycladic Art

OPY ZOUNI

http://www.cycladic-m.gr/en_version/permanent.htm

The Cycladic culture, active on the Cyclades, a cluster of islands in central Aegean, between 3200 and 2000 B.C., may now be studied only by its archaeological remains. The collection contains 350 objects representative of every phase or type of artefact those islanders have left us, be that marble sculpture, pottery, or metal ware. Among the exhibits, the marble figurines, mostly female, claim prime position.



OPY ZOUNI
“Itineraries through light and colour”

15 November 2006 – 20 January 2007 The exhibition “Itineraries through light and colour” by Opy Zouni concludes the celebrations for the twenty years of the Museum of Cycladic Art.

http://www.cycladic-m.gr/en_version/permanent.htm
Chris Keeley

Uri Avnery on Lebanon--11/25/06

Comment: It takes a wise Israeli to explain Lebanon better than
anyone else. Read on.

Uri Avnery
25.11.06

           An Evening in Jounieh

DURING THE first Lebanon war, I visited Jounieh, a town some 20 km north
of Beirut. At the time, it served as a port for the Christian forces. It
was an exciting evening.

In spite of the war raging in nearby Beirut, Jounieh was full of life.
The Christian elite spent the day in the sun-drenched marina, the women
lounging in bikinis, the men slugging whisky. The three of us (myself
and two young women from my editorial staff - a correspondent and a
photographer) were the only Israelis in town, and so we were feted.
Everybody invited us onto their yachts, and one rich couple insisted
that we come to their home as guests of a family celebration.

It was indeed something special. The dozens of family members belonged
to the cream of the elite - rich merchants, a well-known painter,
several university professors. The drinks flowed like water, the
conversation flowed in several languages.

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Chris Keeley

At a Soup Kitchen, Lost Dreams and Modest Hopes

As long as I’m blessed to wake up in the morning and be healthy, that makes me happy.

Portraits From a Soup LinePhotographs

Portraits From a Soup Line


Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times


Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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At a Soup Kitchen, Lost Dreams and Modest Hopes

NEWARK, Nov. 25 — Tall wood tables line the parking lot of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on McCarter Highway. Volunteers slowly unload a truck full of 4,000 frozen portions of chicken Parmesan from a New York restaurant. Seagulls are bickering overhead, edging out pigeons to land on bread crusts.

Hundreds of people form a line along the spike-topped fence.

The soup kitchen here serves 700 breakfasts and lunches in the open air each Tuesday through Saturday, and more toward the end of the month as the benefits checks run out.

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Chris Keeley

Photographs by JOEL-PETER WITKIN

Photographs by JOEL-PETER WITKIN

My favorite photographer sold out commercially

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/magazine/index.html

Head Trip
Photographs by JOEL-PETER WITKIN
An artful homage to this season's all-important accessory: the hat.
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