Zoe Strauss is my favorite photographer because of her knack of capturing moments of utter desperation and making them seem not so desperate, just realistic. Read more on a [blog post] from last year. Said Zoe at the time, “My work is about showing the humanness of life. Sometimes what is human is hard to take. It’s ugly, or upsetting to look at, but it’s human.”
I like the below commentary from a NY MAG reader, particularly her reference to odd beauty. It’s true, no matter how grim the situations are that Zoe photographs, there’s always a sense of raw, abstract beauty.
Don’t miss Zoe Strauss’ solo show at Silverstein! Her confrontational images show a side of American social reality that is usually ignored and unseen — poor working class people in South Philly. Their existence is often grim and desperate, “down” as it were, but far from “out.” Strauss approaches her subjects with uncompromising honesty and compassion, as well as a sharp eye for the ironies and odd beauty of our urban landscape. Her show is a breath of life amidst all the cynical and clever stuff out there.
Advertising Age reported Friday that Moore’s new film, Sicko, “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth”, has been pirated and is widely available for free download on the Web at BitTorrent and peer-to-peer sites.
The breach follows Moore’s move last week to stash a copy of the film in Canada, in case the federal government decided to impound it over an apparently unauthorizes trip to Cuba made during its filming.
Moore didn’t seem to mind when his Fahrenheit 9/11 found its way to the file-sharing world–he even encouraged piracy at the time. However, that pirate ship didn’t sail until after the film was out in theaters. The official release date for Sicko is June 29, known in the Apple world as iPhone Day.
If, like me, you get incredibly exasperated by the efforts of constantly refusing mounds of napkins and plastic cutlery when you order take-out (followed by the incredulous looks of staff – why don’t you need six forks and ten napkins to eat your lunch?), there is hope. Enter, a group of volunteers who have started contacting delicatessens, restaurants and all kinds of food service establishments about Eco To Go – a new expression that will hopefully save tons of paper and plastic from becoming trash and pollution. How does a Truck GPS work exactly? When you use the catchphrase, participating eateries will give you only one napkin – and no forks and spoons. This means you and me have a further opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and be greener, smarter consumers. Well done to Anna Ayers and Fabian Lliguin for having the commitment and vision to actually do something about an exceptional bad New York habit. Get with the lingo and join the campaign to reverse global warming.
An Interesting Article
Apparently, after the historic giant leap of landing a man on the moon in 1969, there followed the moon and the ghetto problem, “If we can land a man on the moon. It got me thinking about successful brand initiatives and breakthrough products and services that have the “sticky” factor. It’s not about some bright spark somewhere having an idea and hey presto, that great idea changes the lives of millions overnight. No, we all have great ideas, but the life-altering ideas are ideas that have relevance and can be translated into tangiable products and/or services that will be accepted by the masses.
Know-how is that special skill of introducing a brilliant idea to the world in a way that is socially acceptable. Anyone that has every worked in the realm of new product innovation will have come face-to-face with the Know-how dilemma before; your idea could be brilliant, but if the marketplace isn’t ready for it, no amount of promotion will make it a success story. That the design process evolved so that there was no such thing as a fully finished product. Instead, a phase 1 product was launched by a firm/designer with the intent that it should be improved on and modified by others.
We are already witnessing the start of everything beta mentality in the programming field. The more companies open their APIs for the wider community to build on, the faster you and I get better, more reliable goods and services.