It’s November, and because it’s November we take a moment to remember the sinking of the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior (November 10, 1975). We pay our respects to the brave men who lost their lives and to their families.
DPI is pleased to announce that we have expanded our social networking footprint to include Google+ Collections. And why not? Google+ has 1,600,000,000 active users. Simply search for DISPATCH PRESS IMAGES COLLECTIONS on your Google+ account. Our postings on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flipboard will continue as usual.
DPI welcomes our newest contributing photojournalist, Dermot McGrath. Dermot, a Navy veteran, is based on Long Island. He has traveled to Vietnam several times since the end of the war, and he is deeply involved with the Viet Duc University Hospital Humanitarian Project which is based in Hanoi. This effort sends Vietnamese doctors and nurses for training and observation to several Long Island hospitals.
Our recent blog “Daddy, There’s a Pebble in My Shoe” paid tribute to the artist Norman Rockwell. We have argued that some of DPI’s images remind us of paintings done by Rockwell. His work has had a significant influence upon us which is occasionally reflected in our selection of images. The lead photo in this blog we call “The Knockout“; California (June 1938). It’s connection to Rockwell, we believe, is Rockwell’s “Strictly a Sharpshooter” which was used as the cover for the American Magazine in June 1941.
Pay attention folks. The advice that I am going to give you may save your life and the those closest to you one day. You need to be more aware of persons and things in your environment that may put you in harm’s way. You must train your senses to recognize potential dangers whenever and wherever they may occur. We have all heard the slogan “If you see something say something”, but you need to institutionalize this type of thinking upon yourself on a daily basis.
“The Water Wagon” on a Kansas farm (1936). An iconic image from the Great Depression. The right subject taken at the precise moment in history with the photographer’s keen eye, a good camera and excellent lighting. Proof that you don’t have to be a professional photographer to produce excellent photos.
Sometimes it all comes together as in this photo taken in 1933 at a German port probably Hamburg. A very “busy” image with a lot to digest. The viewer’s eye is moving back and forth between several points of interest.
The scenes of poverty presented here could have come from any number of cities in the United States. One might suspect Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia or Los Angeles at first glance, but the locale for this essay was Norfolk, Virginia. It would be easy to say that the situation in the inner cities has improved, but the truth of the matter is that the conditions causing this poverty remain mostly unchanged throughout the decades before and after these images were taken. This “Inner City” essay is now included in our Americana collection.
On a street in West Berlin c.1953. This man’s expression says it all as a new order replaces a tumultuous recent past.
Beware of False Prophets. Those who would seek to offer a twisted view of the truth through their own media group should be treated with extreme vetting. If you prefer to see the world in virtual terms watch the film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and see what happens to Elliot Carver and the Carver Media Group Network. For those of us who remember reality this photo of the main gate and selection ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland in 1979 is a constant reminder of barbarism carried to the extreme. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke