November 7th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Lagos Calling: Nigerian punk fashion fantasy photoset

Lagos Calling: Nigerian punk fashion fantasy photoset

"An anthropological study of African skinhead fashion from the early seventies." Images by photographer Clayton James Cubitt. Link to gallery.

Related: Photographer Pieter Hugo has updated his "Nigerian badasses series" -- Cubitt's term of endearment for Hugo's work. Link to Hugo's updated series. Cubitt gave Hugo credit in the magazine spread where "Lagos Calling" appeared, along with Nick Knight (who has done some amazing portraits of skinheads) and Malick Sidibe (Malian photographer, amazing portraits in general).

Chris Keeley

Nick Knight is a British photographer and Director of He is known for his personal,

Nick Knight is a British photographer and Director of He is known for his personal, experimental vision, resulting in work that exists outside the conventions of fashion photography - charged with energy and emotion yet imbued with a sense of quiet elegance.

Knight's first book of photographs, Skinheads, was published in 1982, when he was a 24-year-old photography student at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He was then commissioned by i-D editor Terry Jones to create a series of 100 portraits for the magazine's fifth anniversary issue. As a result of those black-and-white portraits, his work caught the attention of art director Marc Ascoli, who commissioned Knight to shoot the 1986 catalogue of avant-gard Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto in collaboration with renowned graphic designer Peter Saville. Since this first foray into fashion photography, he has shot both editorial and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Audi, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Jil Sander, Lancôme, Levi Strauss, Martine Sitbon, Mercedes-Benz, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Swarovski and Yves Saint Laurent.

In November 2000, Knight launched, an online fashion broadcasting company committed to pioneering, live fashion media. has broken new ground with its experimental interactive projects, films and live performances. Its collaborations with influential cultural figures, from Björk, Boy George, Kate Moss and John Galliano to Leigh Bowery, Heston Blumenthal and Antony & the Johnsons, are broadcast live, in real time on the website.

Knight has won awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, The Face, W Magazine, Another Magazine, Arena Homme + and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects such as the 2004 edition of the Pirelli Calendar. He has shot album covers for Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Björk,Boy George, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, The Style Council, Paul Weller, Gwen Stefani, Seal, ABC and Massive Attack, and has produced Nicknight (1994), a twelve year retrospective, and Flora (1997), a series of flower pictures, both published by Schirmer Mosel.

Knight's work has been exhibited at such international art institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery and Hayward Gallery. In 1993, he also produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

Chris Keeley

Malick Sidibé (born 1935 or 1936) is Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of po

Malick Sidibé (born 1935 or 1936) is Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He was born in Soloba, Mali and completed his studies in design and jewelry in the École des Artisans Soudanais (now the Institut National des Arts) in Bamako. In 1955, he undertook an apprenticeship at Gérard Guillat-Guignard's Photo Service Boutique, also known as Gégé la pellicule.

In 1958, he opened his own studio (Studio Malick) in Bamako and specialized in documentary photography, focussing particularly on the youth culture of the Malian capital. In the 1970s, he turned towards the making of studio portraits.

Sidibé was able to increase his reputation through the first meetings on African photography in Mali in 1994. His work is now exhibited in Europe (for example, the Fondation Cartier in Paris), the United States and Japan.

In 2003, Malick Sidibé received the Hasselblad Award for photography.

Sidibé was awarded the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion for lifetime achievement award in 2007. It was the first time it had been presented to a photographer.[1]

Malick Sidibe is represented by FIFTY ONE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY , Antwerp

Chris Keeley

Calif. Court Considers Marijuana Use

Calif. Court Considers Marijuana Use

Gary Ross is seen at Discovery Park in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, October 30, 2007. The California Supreme Court on Tuesday is scheduled to hear Ross' plea that he and others using medical marijuana receive the same workplace protection from discipline that employees with valid painkiller prescriptions do

The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 6, 2007; 8:20 PM


SAN FRANCISCO -- When Gary Ross was ordered to take a drug test at his new job, the recently hired computer tech had no doubt the results would come back positive for marijuana.

But along with his urine sample, Ross submitted a doctor's recommendation that he smoke pot to alleviate back pain _ a document he figured would save him from being fired.

It didn't: Ross was let go eight days into his tenure because his employer, Ragingwire Inc., said federal law makes marijuana illegal no matter the use.

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Chris Keeley

Mushy: Handsome in Uniform



President Bush came to the steps of the Capitol yesterday for a Second Inaugural do-over. Here is the text of his revised speech:

ON this day, when we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, we must remember: Constitutions don’t work for everyone. It’s not a one-size-fits-all type deal.

We are led, by recent events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the repression of liberty in other lands.

Once I thought my daddy was a wimp for cuddlin’ up real close with dictators, tradin’ stability for freedom. But now I gotta admit, that’s a darn fair trade. As I told Mushy last night on that cool, high-tech videophone I got in the Sit Room, the best hope for expanding peace is expanding dictators.

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Chris Keeley

Ursula Andress

Bond girls gallery 

Ursula Andress

<b>Actress:</b> Ursula Andress<br><br><b>Bond girl name:</b> Honey Ryder<br><br><b>Movie:</b> "Dr. No"<br><br><B>James Bond: </B> Sean Connery<br><br><b>Year:</b> 1962

Bond girl name: Honey Ryder

Movie: "Dr. No"

James Bond: Sean Connery

Year: 1962 (Courtesy Abrams Books)

Britt Ekland
<B>Actress:</B> Britt Ekland<br><br><B>Bond girl name:</B>  Mary Goodnight<br><br><B>Movie:</B>  "The Man With the Golden Gun"<br><br><B>James Bond:</B>  Roger Moore<br><br><B>Year:</B> 1974

Bond girl name: Mary Goodnight

Movie: "The Man With the Golden Gun"

James Bond: Roger Moore

Year: 1974 (United Artists)

Halle Berry

<B> Actress:</B> Halle Berry<br><br><B> Bond girl name: </B> Jinx<br><br><B> Movie: </B> "Die Another Day"<br><br><B> James Bond: </B> Pierce Brosnan<br><br><B> Year: </B>  2002

Bond girl name: Jinx

Movie: "Die Another Day"

James Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Year: 2002 (Keith Hamshere)
Chris Keeley

Shock Doctrine” Author Naomi Klein on State-Sanctioned Torture and Disaster Response for the Chosen

Shock Doctrine” Author Naomi Klein on State-Sanctioned Torture and Disaster Response for the Chosen

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Author and journalist Naomi Klein reacts to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of Michael Mukasey, which she calls an endorsement of state torture. And she turns to California, where in last month’s wildfires a spate of new companies offered privatized solutions to emergency management -- only for those rich enough to afford it. [includes rush transcript - partial]


"Rapture Rescue 911: Disaster Response for the Chosen." That’s the title of Naomi Klein’s latest article in The Nation. It’s about the wildfires that just ravaged Southern California and the spate of new companies that offer privatized solutions to emergency management -- only for those rich enough to afford it.


  • Naomi Klein. Award-winning journalist, the bestselling author of "No Logo" and the co-director of "The Take." Her latest book is called "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."

AMY GOODMAN: Judge Mukasey's nomination thrusts the issue of waterboarding and torture

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