Meeting with (an) Angela

Ivanka Trump, of all people and to the great surprise and disbelief of many Germans, especially women -- is representing the United States at the G20 Women's Summit (Women20). For many German women, themselves in a nation with a high socioeconomic mobility factor and relatively strict laws governing gender and sex discrimination, Ivanka symbolizes two outmoded … Continue reading Meeting with (an) Angela

Brilliant Light

Sometimes someone speaks to you from the past and it hurts. I thought I'd write a post about homecoming queens or something, and this photograph of a beautiful woman showed in the google image results, several hits in. Detached from context, it's an image of someone I wanted to know. The openness of the gaze, … Continue reading Brilliant Light

Drawers still empty

So Jared Kushner kind of forgot to disclose his meetings with Russian officials in his application for security clearance. In their story on April 7 about this oversight, the New York Times used this image by Al Drago for the NYTimes.  We see a depiction of a domestic relationship of father- and son-in-law and an … Continue reading Drawers still empty

The Apprentice

In April 2017 the "official" First Lady portrait of Melania Trump was released. Derided by some as an airbrushed, vaseline-lens-soft-focus yearbook-style photograph, the same portrait was lauded as by others as "glamorous". For one thing, many complained, as Hannah Marriott points out in The Guardian, Mrs. Trump looks like a reality show judge, a "depressingly logical" … Continue reading The Apprentice

Suit Up for the Fight

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay in 1942) straightens Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor in 1947) in this Time Magazine photo from 1967.  They were in Cleveland -- Ali had refused to enter the draft, taking instead an anti-Vietnam War stance. A group of athletes, including young Kareem, met to support his decision. I recently heard … Continue reading Suit Up for the Fight