From Edinburgh, a Photograph with Atmosphere

This wonderful photograph has Atmosphere. Somewhere, between the light and shadows, in the dark corners… there’s something unseen here. Photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn captured this image in 1905, when he was 23 years old. It’s called Weir’s Close.

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Take this Hammer

Huddie William Ledbetter was better known as Leadbelly, and he is one of the greatest bluesmen ever. I need to write a separate post about his life to do him any kind of justice but today I just wanted to write about two of his songs: Take This Hammer and The Midnight Special. I like Leadbelly a…

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A Snapshot in Time (in color!)

Jacob Riis was born in Denmark in 1849, but he became one of the most celebrated American photographers of all time. His starkly beautiful photographs of life in the squalid tenements of New York City, exposed a new world to the upper and middle classes. Even wealthy New Yorkers, who lived just a few blocks…

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