The Beat of New York: A City in Constant Motion

The Beat of New York: A City in Constant Motion

The Beat of New York is a remarkable short film by Thomas Noesner from the production company Stereoscreen, with a soundtrack by Tussaint (which is a remix of a beat created by a subway drummer).  The film makes a fast-paced trip through Midtown, SoHo, the bridges, the subway, Riverside Park and 42nd Street.  It pays close attention to all the people, great and small, who are seen around the city on a daily basis.  The film’s pace of constant motion really captures the feeling of living in a city that’s always in a state of continuous change.

The Beat of New York: A City in Constant Motion

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America in Color: A Showcase of American Society

America in Color: A Showcase of American Society

Photography by:  Constantine Manos, NYC

American Color is a collection photographs by Constantine Manos, superb color photographs that capture the attitudes and expressions of all types of Americans as they interact in public, from Venice Beach to Atlantic City to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.  The series presents a kaleidoscopic view of American culture, which charms, humors, mystifies and astonishes, while asking questions without giving ready answers.

American Color: A Showcase of American Society

Slide Show: America in Color/A Showcase of American Society

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What Visions Burn: A Spectacular $100 Million Museum Art Heist!

What Visions Burn: A Spectacular $100 Million Museum Art Heist!

What Visions Burn is an amazing animated short art film by the painter Ezra Johnson, which tells the story of a pair of cunning art thieves in New York City.  It portrays their audacious museum art heist and its aftermath, in which Johnson intertwines content with style for a unique take on the robber-film genre.  Johnson paints and repaints his canvases to create each frame of the film, providing a rich visual texture and continuity.  He uses the medium of painting to make a film about stolen paintings, and interjects newspaper headlines, made from newsprint collages, into the action.

What Visions Burn: A Spectacular $100 Million Museum Art Heist!

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Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

The unbelievable devastation of New Orleans is almost beyond human comprehension.  The virtually complete destruction of the entire city by Hurricane Katrina, the loss of huge numbers of lives, the ruination of the property and lives of so many, especially the poor and disadvantaged, is a tragedy of historically monumental proportions.

This year, photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally revisited two families five years after Hurricane Katrina and created this photo-essay about the effect of Katrina on children who are living along the Gulf Coast.

Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

In Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Tragic Loss

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A Remembrance of Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Tragic Loss

A Remembrance of Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Tragic Loss

Photography by:  Chris Jordan

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s ravages of New Orleans, a city that not long ago appeared to be completely lost.  Only five years have passed since rotting corpses were floating through the city’s streets, since hundreds of thousands of survivors sat in hotel rooms and shelters and the homes of relatives, finding out from news coverage that they had been forced to join the ranks of the homeless.

The unbelievable devastation of New Orleans is almost beyond human comprehension.  The virtually complete destruction of the entire city by Hurricane Katrina, the loss of huge numbers of lives, the ruination of the property and lives of so many, especially the poor and disadvantaged, is a tragedy of historically monumental proportions.

Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast with devastating force at daybreak on Aug. 29, 2005, pounding an area that included the fabled city of New Orleans and wreaking large-scale damages on neighboring Mississippi.  In all, more than 1,700 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of others were displaced.  Packing a terrifying punch of 145-mile-an-hour winds when it made landfall, the category-4 storm left more than a million people in three states without power and submerged highways even hundreds of miles from its center.  The hurricane’s storm surge pushed a 29-foot wall of water ashore when the hurricane struck the Gulf Coast, which was the highest level ever measured in the United States.  Levees failed in New Orleans, resulting in political and social upheavals that continue a half decade later.

Damage, costing billions of dollars, has made Katrina one of the costliest storms on record.  In New Orleans, floodwaters from the breached levee rose to rooftops in the poorest neighborhoods, and in many areas residents were rescued from roofs of homes that had become uninhabitable.  The hurricane’s roaring winds stripped 15-foot sections off the roof of the Superdome, where as many as 10,000 city residents had been forced to take shelter.  An exodus of hundreds of thousands left the city, many becoming refugees, finding shelter with nearby relatives or restarting their lives in states as far away as Massachusetts and Utah.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper is maintaining detailed Hurricane Katrina Anniversary coverage, as well as an extensive archive of historical news coverage and photographs about Katrina, which can be accessed here.

A Photographic Essay: The Ghost Town

A Photographic Essay: In the Wake of Katrina

Slide Show: A Remembrance of Katrina’s Wake/Portraits of Tragic Loss

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Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

To whom shall I tell my grief?  Misery tears my heart more cruelly than ever.
Can I not find among the crowd of thousands someone who will listen to me?

Grief is a deeply moving short film directed by the German filmmaker Daniel Lang, which is adapted from Anton Chekhof’s short story, Misery.  On a rainy and gloomy night, a battered taxi drifts through the streets of Berlin.  Iona, a Russian immigrant, is behind the wheel.  His son had supported the family by driving the taxi until his sudden, unexpected death the previous week.  Now Iona has taken his son’s place, trying hard to make his way as a blundering taxi driver.  But what he really wants is to find someone, anyone to talk to about his son’s death.

Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

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And a Smile: All Kinds of People Flashing Big Smiles All Over the World!

And a Smile: All Kinds of People Flashing Big Smiles All Over the World!

All Kinds of People Flashing Big Smiles All Over the World!

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