Beware of extremism in all of its forms whether it be labeled alt-right or anything else. “Not that I condone fascism; or any ism for that matter. Isms, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, ” I don’t believe in ‘Beatles’, I just believe in me. Good point there. After all, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus, I’d still have to bum rides off people.” – Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke. Photo taken in the days before Twitter at a Vietnam anti-war protest (June 30, 1969).
While driving around this past Saturday morning doing my weekend chores, I spied the shopping cart of a homeless person waiting for its owner’s return. Hidden in plain sight. We see them or rather we look past them preferring not to notice.
Yesterday, the launch of a new texting feature designed to inform our users of important breaking news and feature photos from our collection was successful. Within just a few minutes the photo “Blue Lives Matter“, taken of some members of the Memphis, Tennessee (c.1954) police department on the firing range was delivered to all of our users either by text or email depending on their preference. This launch was directed only to those users who have subscribed to our newsletter and had been announced in this blog, within our newsletter and on our Facebook page. We would suggest that for those who want to continue to receive these notifications to please provide us with a phone number rather than an email address if needed for breaking news.
The title of this blog, “White Man’s Burden”, is a shortened version of the title from the poem written by Rudyard Kipling (1899) describing U. S. colonialism in the Philippines. But it has come to symbolize the imperialist experience exerted by the great powers over subjected peoples particularly in Africa. We have always sought to illustrate our blogs, newsletters and website with the best images possible. However, images taken in tropical areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, Vietnam and parts of South America and Southeast Asia reflect the damage done to images as a result of the humid climate. We trust that you will make allowances for our “White Man’s Burden” photo.
If you have been following DPI for any length of time you may have wondered how best to locate the latest arrivals to our collection. Our social media links of Facebook and Twitter would be a good place to start. This blog has been online since January 2015. The blog is updated with both single images and slideshows. However, in order to stay on top of our latest arrivals I would recommend subscribing to our newsletter which is published every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The newsletters were created using our third party provider GetResponse (www.getresponse.com). By subscribing to our newsletter you will be receiving some of the latest arrivals including a short discussion on the significance of each image. The newsletters are archived, but there is no search tool available through GetResponse. Therefore, I would suggest that you do the following. Use the newsletter link to access the archives. You can then search through the archives. You can use the link on the home archives page to subscribe or even better, subscribe to our RSS feed which will send you an email when a new blog is posted. Using Google is also a good option. Simply search on Google for https://app.getresponse.com/archive/mlander/ and you will find many of our most popular newsletters listed. Alternatively, simply type in your search criteria following the last forward slash, and relative newsletters on that topic will populate. For example, if you wanted to do a search to see if we have any newsletters dealing with Texas you would Google: https://app.getresponse.com/archive/mlander/Texas.
We have been in discussion with GetResponse regarding implementation of a search tool for the newsletters. As we publish twice weekly the list of newsletters in the archive is continually growing making it tedious to locate a given topic. Until such time as a search option within the archive is available please use one of the above described alternatives.
Self-reliance. Can-do attitude. Personal responsibility. Where did this thought originate? These descriptions of basically the same mind set are found in Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. How so? Its roots in these countries is traced to the Reformation, in particular, Calvinist teachings. Calvinism taught that accumulation of wealth was not a sin as was the prevailing attitude of the Roman Catholic Church. Hard work, thrift and accumulating wealth to bestow upon heirs became a religious teaching.
One of the most respected photographers of the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s was Walker Evans. Evans’ subjects were varied, but he is perhaps best well known for his images of advertising signs. His work stands out from some of his contemporaries such as Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott and others because of the uniqueness of his style.
This slideshow presents some of the work of A. Michael Uhlmann. As a contributing photojournalist based in Texas, Uhlmann has access to the Texas lifestyle as seen in his “Daily Life” collection. His work is not limited to only this collection. What is so special is that Uhlmann’s photographic style is clearly recognizable. Several of his other collections are located in our Texas gallery. His biography is available on our Photographers’ Page.