Friday, June 25, 2021

Breck Philip

"Music has the Power to Create POSITIVE Change" is Breck Philip's slogan. 

Backed by a solid group of Northern California's finest, Breck delivers a set of original tunes mixed with some of his favorite blues to get any live music evening started right! 

His style has a funky R & B vibe backed by a groovin’ rhythm & horn section.

“I enjoy surrounding myself with very versatile musicians that groove. These guys are great to be around and we all enjoy it when the music wanders a bit. We always seem to make it back to camp though! They’re pros for sure.”

Needless to say, Breck is a dedicated boinero and get's his headgear here

At USS Midway where 6 Veterans from the Guitars 4 Vets program graduated of which Breck is an ambassador 


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Shahrokh Hatami

Shahrokh Hatami began his career as a writer for a major newspaper in Tehran, Iran, switching to photography in 1950.

Self Portrait

Beginning in the late 1950s, Hatami was a freelance photographer in Europe and the Middle East, with many of his pictures appearing in Paris Match and other leading magazines. He befriended fashion designer Coco Chanel and took many behind-the-scenes images of her; he also shot fashion magazine covers and celebrity portraits. His subjects included Elizabeth Taylor, Ursula Andress, Julie Christie, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, and other American and European personalities.

John Lennon, by Shahrokh Hatami

Hatami later branched out into motion pictures, working as a special magazine photographer on the sets of  What’s New Pussycat, Casino Royal, Rosemary’s Baby, Doctor Zhivago, and others. He is known for his rare color photos of the Beatles from 1963, when he was sent by Paris Match to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, to cover Beatlemania. He also took photos of the Israel/Egypt peace talks in 1977 and 1978, and rode an airplane with the Ayatollah Khomeini upon his return to Iran in February 1979.

Sharon Tate, by Shahrokh Hatami


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Borys Mykhailov

Borys Andriyovych Mykhailov (1938) is a Ukrainian photographer. He has been described as "one of the most important artists to have emerged from the former USSR."

Born in the former Soviet Union, Mykhailov lived and worked for several decades in his hometown of Kharkiv, Ukraine. He received an education as an engineer and started to teach himself photography. Today he is one of the most successful and well known among the photographers who were already active in the Soviet era. His work combines conceptual art and social documentary photography.

"Before sleep, after drinking"

After the KGB found nude pictures of his wife he was laid off his job as an engineer and started to work full-time as a photographer. In Case History, considered an important part of contemporary art, he examines the consequences of the breakdown of the Soviet Union for its people. He systematically took pictures of homeless people. It shows the situation of people who after the breakdown of the Soviet Union were not able to find their place in a secure social system. In a very direct way Mykhailov points out his critique against the "mask of beauty" of the emerging post-Soviet capitalistic way of life.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Polito Ullloa


Polito Ullloa is one of the best polo horse trainers in the world.

Lauded horse breeder and tamer Carlos “Polito” Ulloa is also the father of Hilario Ulloa, often named the Michael Jordan of the equine set.



Monday, June 21, 2021

Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev from Russia has covered world-changing events for over 25 years, from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the Iraq war, where he was a contract photographer for TIME magazine. Most recently he has documented Arab revolutions and their aftermath in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. 

His work is widely exhibited and has won many international awards.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Betina La Plante

Betina La Plante is an independent portrait photographer who mainly shoots for editorial and personal projects. 

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, La Plante began her career in film and television production, before focusing on photography in 2009. She now divides her time between Los Angeles, California, Europe and Argentina, working on assignments for different clients in the editorial field, as well as private commissions. Her work has garnered international acclaim, and has become known for her soulful and emotional portrayal of her subjects. Recently she has also returned to the film industry as on set stills photographer.

She has been published in numerous international fashion, editorial and fine art publications.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

People of Brisbane

If you are wandering around the city's CBD you could be the next subject of a portrait series entitled People of Brisbane, Australia.

Photographer Jay Anderson has taken to strolling around the city with his camera snapping shots as people go about their day.

"I'm trying to document the people of Brisbane so in 50 years time, when there's one trillion photos to Instagram that are massively altered and fake, they can actually see some real people who lived some real lives," he said.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Bruno Benini

Italian-born fashion photographer Bruno Benini migrated to Australia from Massa Marittima in Tuscany, as a child in 1935, with his mother and siblings. 

After studying Science at Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT University), Benini worked for a brief period for General Motors Holden, returning to Italy in the late 1940s. On his return to Australia, he decided to pursue a career as a fashion photographer, joining German émigré photographer Henry Talbot at Peter Fox studios, at first working first as a receptionist and salesman, then as assistant photographer. 

He also learnt how to become a fashion photographer by moonlighting as a model with Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith and Henry Talbot.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ngoc-Tuan Hoang

I am proud to count Ngoc-Tuan Hoang among my beret customers, a fantastic musician with an interesting bio.

Ngoc-Tuan Hoang is one of the most celebrated Vietnamese guitarists. He is also a composer, writer, poet, playwright, literary editor, translator, teacher, and human rights activist. His musical output includes many songs, orchestral works, incidental music for theatrical productions and, especially, solo guitar works. Many of his guitar compositions have become iconic among virtuoso guitarists in Vietnam.

Since his arrival in Australia as a political refugee, one of the boat people from Vietnam in 1983, Ngoc-Tuan Hoang has published and edited many literary works and established Tien Ve, the most prominent online centre for Vietnamese literature and arts.

He has also been involved in various musical activities, working as composer and performer with many organisations, including the Seymour Group, the Citymoon Contemporary Theatre, the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra, etc.

Ngoc-Tuan Hoang has participated in many recording projects with various artists and musical groups. His compositions and guitar performances have featured in many live concerts in Australia and overseas, and on many radio and television shows, including ABC Radio National’s “The Music Show”, SBS Televison’s “Masterpiece”, to name a few.

Tôi muốn biết - I want to know


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Joel D. Levinson

Joel D. Levinson received a BA in Communications and a Masters in Visual Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded with the Eisner Prize for "Outstanding Achievement in Photography".

Untitled #47

Levinson is an Art Photographer who has had thirteen One Man Museum exhibitions of his work and is represented in forty-two Museum Collections in North America and Europe. During the past nine years there have been 608 of Levinson's photographs added to eighteen Museum Collections.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jacqueline "Jackie" Kennedy

Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier; 1929 –1994) was an American socialite, writer, and photographer who became First Lady of the United States as the wife of President John F. Kennedy.

Her popularity as First Lady was due to her devotion to historical preservation of the White House, her fashion sense, and her devotion to her children, which endeared her to the American public. During her lifetime, Jackie was regarded as an international fashion icon.

Jackie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from George Washington University and worked for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer. The following year, she met then-Congressman John Kennedy at a dinner party in Washington. He was elected to the Senate that same year, and the couple married in 1953.

After the assassination and funeral of her husband, Jackie and her children largely withdrew from public view. In 1968, she left her children in the United States and married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, which replaced her popular image with one of materialism. Even after her death, she ranks as one of the most popular and recognizable first ladies in American history, and in 1999, she was listed as one of Gallup's Most-Admired Men and Women of the 20th century.

Monday, June 14, 2021

The First Rainbow Coalition

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party, notably led by the charismatic Fred Hampton, began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the working-class young southern whites of the Young Patriots. 

Finding common ground, these disparate groups banded together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, calling themselves the Rainbow Coalition.

While the coalition eventually collapsed under duress from constant harassment by local and federal law enforcement, including the murder of Fred Hampton, it had a long term impact, breaking down barriers between communities, and creating a model for future activists and diverse politicians across America.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Fred Stein

Fred Stein was born on July 3, 1909 in Dresden, Germany. As a teenager he was deeply interested in politics and became an early anti-Nazi activist. He was a brilliant student, and went to Leipzig University, full of humanist ideals, to study law. He obtained a law degree in an impressively short time, but was denied admission to the German bar by the Nazi government for “racial and political reasons.” The threat of Fascism grew more and more dangerous and after the SS began making inquiries about him, Stein fled to Paris in 1933 with his new wife, Liselotte Salzburg, under the pretext of taking a honeymoon.

Old Man in Paris, 1936

In Paris they were in the center of a circle of expatriates, intellectuals and artists. In the midst of upheaval, gathering war, and personal penury, Stein began taking photographs. He was a pioneer of the small, hand-held camera, and with the Leica which he and his wife had purchased as a joint wedding present, he went into the streets to photograph scenes of life in Paris. He saw hope and beauty where most people would only see despair. He also became acquainted with and photographed some of the leading personalities of Europe. 

Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, Cafe de Dome, Paris
When Germany declared war on France in 1939, Stein was put in an internment camp for enemy aliens near Paris. He managed to escape, and after a hazardous clandestine journey through the countryside, met his wife and baby girl in Marseilles, where they obtained visas through the efforts of the International Rescue Committee. 

On May 7, 1941, the three boarded the S.S. Winnipeg, one of the last boats to leave France. They carried only the Leica and some negatives. 

Paris in the 1930s

New York was a vibrant center of culture, and Stein seized the opportunity. He met and photographed writers, artists, scientists, politicians, and philosophers whose work he knew through his extensive reading and study. This enabled him to engage them in conversation during portrait sessions. He continued his fascination with humanity, walking through the streets of New York, documenting life from Fifth Avenue to Harlem.

Stein died in 1967 at the age of 58. His portrait of Albert Einstein is his most famous picture: an iconic image of a great soul.



Saturday, June 12, 2021

Lysande tider

 A "very Swedish" clip, showing some nice vintage berets and their wearers. 

Hals Villius takes the viewer on a journey through the history of Vattenfall 1909 – 1999, showing clips from a multitude of old Vattenfall movies.

Thanks Frans

Friday, June 11, 2021

John Butler

At first sight, John Butler is not one to make much of an impression. Quiet, soft-spoken and usually alone, he became known – in the 1970’s – as one of the first organic farmers.

Having, throughout his life also practiced meditation, 4 years ago, at the age of 79, he was recommended to Conscious TV, a Youtube channel, focusing on those with experience of higher consciousness. 

Unwilling at first to face publicity, he was later persuaded to be interviewed. This has since become the most popular item on the channel with 2.5m views.

He said: “When all this started, I didn’t know what YouTube was. I hardly understood the internet. I don’t mind doing it but I wouldn’t mind if it stopped. John’s practice of meditation follows no particular religious teaching, but leads from “silence and stillness to undivided spirit.”

Thanks Thomas

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Trevor Howard

Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith (1913 –1988), known as Trevor Howard, was an English actor. After varied stage work, he achieved star status with his role in the film Brief Encounter (1945), followed by The Third Man (1949).

The Third Man, which Howard starred in alongside Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten for Carol Reed from a story by Graham Greene, was a huge international success, and became the film of which Howard was most proud. During filming in Vienna, Howard was keen to get to his favourite bar for a drink as soon as filming had finished for the evening. On one occasion Howard was in too much of a hurry to change out of his uniform as a British Army major. After a few drinks, he got into an argument and attracted the attention of the Military Police who detained him for impersonating a British officer. The MPs, being non-commissioned officers, then had to summon an officer to arrest him. On the lieutenant's arrival the matter was settled by an apology

Howard did little to stop the stories that he had a courageous wartime service in the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals, which earned him much respect among fellow actors and fans.

However, in a 2001 biography of Howard by the journalist Terence Pettigrew, files held in the Public Record Office revealed he had actually been discharged from the British Army in 1943 for mental instability and having a "psychopathic personality".

Initially Howard's widow, actress Helen Cherry denied this, but after being confronted with the official records, she said that Howard's mother had claimed he was a holder of the Military Cross adding that her late husband had an honourable military record with "nothing to be ashamed of".


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Everett Hoagland

Everett Hoagland is professor emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he taught African American literature and poetry workshops for thirty years. 

Educated at Lincoln University and Brown University, Hoagland was Poet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1994-1998. Beginning his writing in the midst of the Black Arts Movement and Civil Rights era, Everett Hoagland’s many works include: Black Velvet (1970), Scrimshaw (1976), This City and Other Poems (1999), Here: New & Selected Poems (2002), and more recently Homecoming (2014). Hoagland’s poems have appeared in revered literary journals, such as The American Poetry Review and Callaloo. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Fiction, ForeWord Magazine’s Best Poetry Book award, and the Langston Hughes Society Award.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH DBE OStJ (née Welch; 1917 –2020) was an English singer, songwriter and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were very popular during the Second World War.

She was widely referred to as the "Forces' Sweetheart" and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). The songs most associated with her are "We'll Meet Again", "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".

She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the United Kingdom and the United States, and recording such hits as "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" and her UK number-one single "My Son, My Son". Her last single, "I Love This Land", was released to mark the end of the Falklands War.

In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart. In 2014, she released the collection Vera Lynn: National Treasure and in 2017, she released Vera Lynn 100, a compilation album of hits to commemorate her centenary—it was a No. 3 hit, making her the first centenarian performer to have a Top 10 album in the charts. By the time of her death in 2020 she had been active in the music industry for 96 years.

Lynn devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She was held in great affection by Second World War veterans and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Ranger Tim

Tim Hogenbosch (1983) is a Dutch forest ranger and television presenter.

Hogenbosch, also known as Boswachter Tim, works as a forest ranger for Staatsbosbeheer (Dutch Forest Service) and was named the best twitter-poster in the Netherlands in 2018. From 2020, in addition to his work as a forest ranger, he is also the presenter of the children's program Beestenbrigade, which is broadcast by the KRO-NCRV.

In 2020 Hogenbosch won the Televizier Youth Prize with the Beestenbrigade program.