Photo Essays, Spot News and Stock Photography
A homeless Muslim man begs on the streets of Paris c.1950.


A “no-go” zone is defined as an area within a city where law enforcement authorities fear to tread creating an enclave which differs from the general society as a whole. This might include an enclave in which crime cannot be controlled. In the current conversation we a referring to sections of European cities which house large immigrant populations, predominantly Muslim, who have failed to assimilate into the host country’s society. This is not all that unusual as immigrant populations tend to isolate themselves in the first generation only to assimilate more easily in future generations.

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The eyes indicate a life of pain.


This image has been identified as Harriet Dorsey.  We assess that the photo was taken in the United States c.1880. Research indicates that a Harriet Dorsey was born in 1859.  In any event, this Harriet Dorsey would have been born during slavery days. Her eyes are simply haunting and indicate a life of pain to us. We believe that this is an important image reflecting on the times in which she lived.

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It's the first week in May. Where are our gardeners?


Our relationship with our lawn service goes back ten years. They are almost like family to us. Before depending on their company I used to mow my own lawn, but a heart attack ended that earlier period. I still do about everything else that a lawn could need myself except the actual mowing. The service has been completely dependable in the past. Occam’s Razor would say that the reason they have gone AWOL is that the truck broke down. That would be reason number one. Sickness might be another excuse. But if you believe in conspiracy theories this could be something else.

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Is a scuba diver about to become dinner? Cayman Islands (1994).


I can never be accused of being an ichthyologist. DPI has recently acquired a collection of underwater images taken by scuba divers off the Cayman Islands in 1994. It will take some time to edit the entire collection both as a slide show presentation within our blog and as a special event in our Sports collection. We are showing two images at this time in order to give you some idea of what is to come in the weeks ahead.

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Home overlooking the Great South Bay is having its foundation raised.


The hurricane, a/k/a Super Storm Sandy, that hit Long Island in October 2012 devastated some communities along the south shore. In particular, Lindenhurst was among the hardest hit. The New York National Guard patrolled the town for several days. Some lost all, all lost some.

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A section of the day force of a coal mine in East Gulf, West Virginia (1952).


Section of the day force in a coal mine.

Section of the day force in a coal mine.


Coal MIners - Day Force

The collection of coal miner photos in this blog were taken from a panoramic image of the Day Force of a coal mine in East Gulf, West Virginia (1952). Taken as a whole it is an impressive image. Unfortunately, it does not work well with either DPI’s website nor this blog page. Hence it is represented in these four separate images.