I stumbled onto this interesting photographer’s photos through NPR’s website. He’s a bit of an enigma, but his photos are simple, yet fascinating slices of strange Americana photography. He photographs people in the streets, wrestlers (luchadors) in the ring, smokey backroom scenes and much more. He’s apparently only made 2 uploads to his Flickr page, but there’s lots of amazing work to see. He is a photographer who captures the imagination. View more and his interview here:
My favorite Elmo quote was when he was asked if he had a desk job. He responded:
A desk job is very much like a nose or a boob job in that being unhappy with who we are we hide behind someone else’s creation. I made a very small desk from an old matchbox and 4 blood stained tooth picks. I carry it in my breast pocket. In the matchbox is a tiny tome written in classical Arabic which I cannot read.
Elmo’s Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28079824@N03/
Yesterday (July 23, 2010) legendary journalist Daniel Schorr died at age 93.
As someone who was born in the 1970s, I missed the majority of Schorr’s career as a journalist. I wasn’t around to see him report on the McCarthy 1950s or the raging 1960s. I wasn’t even alive to see him cover the Watergate Scandal that rocked the Nixon White House in the 1970s. My first memory of Schorr was when I watched the movie “The Game”, starring Michael Douglas. Schorr’s unforgettable, raspy voice is heard on the television speaking to Douglas’ character through a television in the movie. Later in life, while listening to NPR Radio, I regularly listened to Schorr’s news pieces given during my commute to and from work.
I came to really appreciate Schorr’s brutal honesty and integrity in the stories that he covered. This can be seen in his 60 years of journalism from when he was called before congress to answer about sources to when he was at the original CNN news desk. It was clear that he had a passion for news and that fairness and transparency were paramount in what he reported on.
He will be sorely missed by those who enjoyed listening to and reading his reports. It is also apparent that he will be missed by those who know the news business, considering his long tenure in reporting and the high regard that he had earned for such a distinguished career in news. The world has lost a great champion this year.