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❝ The importance of novels and short stories in our society is great. Fiction supplies the only philosophy that many readers know; it establishes their ethical, social, and material standards; it confirms them in their prejudices or opens their minds to a wider world. The influence of any widely read book can hardly be overestimated. If it is sensational, shoddy, or vulgar out lives are the poorer for the cheap ideals which it sets in circulation; if, as so rarely happens, it is a thoroughly good book, honestly conceived and honestly executed, we are all indebted to it. ❞
— Dorothea Brande, Becoming a Writer
Vor 49 Minuten on 29 Juli 2014
necspenecmetu:

Giuseppe Vermiglio, Saint Francis in Prayer, c. 1630

necspenecmetu:

Giuseppe Vermiglio, Saint Francis in Prayer, c. 1630

♥ 370 — Vor 1 Stunde on 29 Juli 2014 — via portrait-1 (source)

Song: Nocturne in Bb
Artist: Maria Szymanowska (Slawomir Dobrzanski)
Album: The Complete Piano Works - cd1
Played: 71 times

compos-h-er:

Maria Agata Szymanowska (1789-1831, Poland)

Nocturne in Bb



                                                         
Piano: Sławomir P. Dobrzański

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helloshanaz:

Respect your elders, one day you’ll be one.
Written by Shanaz Dorsett
Produced by EOM

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blackfeminism:

Much of Polaroid film’s latter-day appeal lies in the retro look of its images. However, there’s one vignette in the Polaroid back-story that most contemporary fans might prefer to forget. In 1970, Caroline Hunter, a young black chemist working at the film company’s lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, chanced upon some South African identity documents, which appeared to suggest her employer was helping to assist in the administration of racial segregation.

Hunter went onto found the Polaroid Workers Revolutionary Movement, and campaigned against the firm’s involvement in the production of South African pass books, or racially specific identity documents, which black citizens were required to carry when traveling outside of designated areas.

In Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s latest exhibition for the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, they employ the little-known Polaroid ID-2 camera, once used by SA’s authorities to produce pass-book (dompas) portraits.

According to South African born Broomberg, the ID-2 has a flash-boost facility, enabling photographers to take detailed, reliable photographs of black faces - something that proved notoriously difficult with Western film stock, which was developed largely for a white audience.

"Black skin absorbs 42% more light. The button boosts the flash exactly 42%," Broomberg explained to The Guardian newspaper. "It makes me believe it was designed for this purpose."

NEW SHOW EXPLORES RACISM IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Phaidon Online
February 2013

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Song: O mio babbino caro
Artist: Montserrat Caballé/Giacomo Puccini
Album: From the opera "Gianni Schicchi"
Played: 1359 times

marions—square:

"O mio babbino caro. Mi piace è bello, bello. Vo’andare in Porta Rossa a comperar l’anello! Sì, sì, ci voglio andare! E se l’amassi indarno, andrei sul Ponte Vecchio, ma per buttarmi in Arno! Mi struggo e mi tormento! O Dio, vorrei morir! Babbo, pietà, pietà! Babbo, pietà, pietà!"

What a beautiful piece of music.

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officialjessicajewett:

A rare example of an African-American holding a white toddler in the mid-1800s.

officialjessicajewett:

A rare example of an African-American holding a white toddler in the mid-1800s.

♥ 15 — Vor 12 Stunden on 29 Juli 2014 — via portrait-1 (source)
allaboutmary:

The statue of the Sorrowful Mother in mourning dress in the hermitage of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed in Warfhuizen, the Netherlands.

allaboutmary:

The statue of the Sorrowful Mother in mourning dress in the hermitage of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed in Warfhuizen, the Netherlands.

♥ 378 — Vor 17 Stunden on 28 Juli 2014 — via hegel-hey (source)