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Polish Refugees c.1916

HUMAN RIGHTS: POLISH REFUGEES

They could have been you. They could have been me. Refugees present a humanitarian crisis wherever and whenever to include the current situation on our southern border. Presented here are Polish refugees made homeless not once but twice in a generation. As a result of geography, Poland has experienced invasions in two world wars from both Germany and Russia. The lead photo shows Polish refugees on the road during the Great War c.1916. Perhaps some of the same people are seen below as they are once again forced to flee the Nazi invasion in September 1939

 

Polish Refugees c.1939

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San Francisco Ferry Terminal (1914)

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: FOR THE RECORD

What is the significance, after all,  of street photography if it does not provide society with a record of important moments captured for the historical record?  Ahh, “the decisive moment” as Henri Cartier-Bresson would say. Well, here we may have just one of those significant, historical moments frozen in time by a talented street photographer.

The locale is San Francisco in sight of the ferry terminal building: “San Francisco Ferry Terminal” (1914). The date has been changed on the tower to 1915, but we are still in 1914 as these two men are in conversation on the street. Other men stand at the ready next to an automobile. Perhaps one or both of these men are very important? Perhaps they are discussing news of the Great War unfolding in Europe? In any case, a fine example of street photography proving that if you are serious about this craft it is necessary to always have your camera at the ready.

 

On another note, DPI is proud to announce that we have been listed at #40 of the top 50 photojournalism and blog sites by photojournalists for 2018 by Feedspot (https://blog.feedspot.com/photojournalism_blogs/).

Photojournalism Award for 2018

Poverty in San Sebastián, Spain c.1933.

THE BASQUES

At first glance you may not realize the significance of this image. We see a man on a staircase overlooking a railing. Only when we discover that the location is San Sebastián, Spain does the picture become clearer. This is Basque Country and the Basques are treated like second class citizens. Recently, the Basques have voted for independence only to be denied once again by the ruling Spanish government. When we observe the poverty surrounding the man in this image, “The Basques” c.1933,  we begin to understand the reason for the Basque separatist movement.

Lave Cooling Operation

ELDFELL VOLCANIC ERUPTION – ICELAND

To close out our blogs for February we bring you a February event from the past. Here is something that you will not see too often. The eruption of Eldfell Volcano on an island off the southwest coast of Iceland bought out firemen in a “Lava Cooling Operation“; Heimaey, Iceland (February 7, 1973) in an attempt to try and stem the flow of the threatening lava. DPI pays homage to the great, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado as we believe that this photo represents his style of work. In this photo firemen are spraying seawater on the steaming lava.

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Child abuse on a Virginia cotton plantation c.1920.

CHILD ABUSE

Great photojournalism illuminates injustice and moves people to action. “Baby in a Basket of Cotton“, Virginia c.1920 is a disturbing cotton plantation scene in its own right. The image is symbolic of the hardships encountered in the time of slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and tenant farming. But this little girl, too young to walk, appears to be the victim of child abuse as she has welts on her face by each of her eyes. What possible crime could she have committed to deserve this treatment?

The Olive Oil Business

THE OLIVE OIL BUSINESS

Rules are made to be broken. A studio photograph is not something that we would normally post. This photograph is that exception. We encourage and welcome any comments from our viewers. We call this photo “The Olive Oil Business“; U. S. c.1899. Perhaps you had to see the film, but if you did not you must have been living in a cave and off the grid. Our interpretation is purely subjective and we intend no disrespect. Having seen the film you have to ask the question does art imitate life?

Taken during the Korean War c.1952

“Korea: Behind The Barbed Wire”

We present an iconic photograph taken during the Korean War, “Korea: Behind The Barbed Wire” c.1952. As Korea remains a divided nation we can only hope that one day freedom will prevail from the Yalu to Pusan. Having served in the military in Korea from January 1969 to September 1970, my feelings for the Korean people remain strong to this day. This photograph is symbolic of the nature of the conflict from a war that has never ended.

Firemen: Hold The Line

FIREMEN: HOLD THE LINE

We believe that an iconic image deserves its own blog. The U. S. location and exact date of “Firemen: Hold The Line” is unknown.  The assessment of the date is 1919. The term “hold the line” is a military term that we think is appropriate as the fire rages.  A sign partially reads “Electric City” at the extreme left which may give a clue to the location. Possibilities seem to range almost anywhere from Jacksonville, Florida to the state of Washington based on research.