I must admit to my ignorance. I have argued for some time of the necessity for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as a part of the solution for the United States to become less dependent on sources of oil from OPEC. Job creation was a secondary issue. The impact of the routing of the pipeline so close to the Lakota Standing Rock reservation is unacceptable.
Immigration reform? Let’s get serious. As long as conditions of poverty exist as illustrated in these photos taken in Honduras and Haiti c.1939 what would you do if you had to live under these conditions? The worldwide refugee problem is another issue involving civil wars and forcing people to flee by land and sea to safety.
Never know what you might see on the beach. The beach at Far Rockaway, Queens, New York finds “Gypsy Woman” c.1909. “The gypsy woman told my mother, Before I was born, I got a boy child’s comin’, He’s gonna be a son of a gun….” — “Hoochie Choochie Man” — Muddy Waters. Somehow I think that Muddy would have approved.
There is a great line in the film “Fracture” from Anthony Hopkins which is just one of many. He says that sometimes life gives you these little gifts. You have to see the film to understand the relevance of the statement, but we have recently acquired this photo of two hunters in a swamp. They are probably just looking for gators. However, in these times such a scene takes on new meaning.
Known officially as “domestic dependent nations” the federally recognized American Indian Nations have been confined to reservations which contain the least productive lands in the United States. Not all American Indians live on reservations to be sure, but those that do endure hardships unknown to most Americans. Our American Indian Nations collection provides an insight into the lives of these people unknown to most outsiders. We are fortunate to add “Old Indian Woman” c.1955 to our collection as presented in this blog. This photo is a testament to the people living under the poorest of conditions and their will to survive.
A rare, iconic image from the Great Depression, “Unemployed Men“, never before published. We assess with a high degree of probability that this photo was taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania c.1937.
While the world is focused on the plight of Syrian refugees and others from African countries seeking asylum in Europe, the situation of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for safety in Malaysia goes relatively unreported. DPI is fortunate to have a photo essay, School of Rohingya in Malaysia, contributed by photojournalist Samsul Said who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
Dictators abhor a free press. Dictators seek to eliminate all dissent. Dictators need to quash any institution or individual that challenges their authority. Dictators need to legitimize their propaganda, and will look to attack the press perhaps physically by banning their operations or by jailing their editors. Read more…
If the dam does not hold a 30′ high wall of water will sweep into Oroville, California. Oroville will become our Pompeii. The old prospector leading his “Conestoga Wagon“; California c.1941 placed a sign on it that reads “Here Comes Orville”. The photo, taken in California, has come to us at this critical time. Any connection between Orville and the city of Oroville is purely coincidental.
“West of the Pecos“; Texas (1938) refers to two films. The 1945 version starred Robert Mitchum. It also refers to the novel, and to the “hanging judge” Roy Bean Jr. (The Law West of the Pecos). Naturally, we just had to acquire this image taken of a car crossing the Pecos River in west Texas. This is DPI’s small contribution to the conversation. We do think it is an iconic image with great composition.