A Global Armchair Field Trip

Jon Rafman is a photographer who does some of his hunting and gathering on Google Street View. Here are some of his selections therefrom, which exemplify his consummate taste.


Un Coin

For the rookies’ first project, here are some unique solutions to the prompt of describing a space.

“For a knowledge of intimacy, localization in the spaces of our intimacy is more urgent than determination of dates.”

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space



Choose your level of artifice, and of belief.

W. o’ W.: Thomas Merton

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”

Hmm… so, good photography=happiness!

W. o’ W.: John Milton Cage, Jr.

“I think society is one of the greatest impediments an artist can possibly have. At every point society keeps you from doing what you have to do.”

“Oh, Indie!”

From the Los Angeles Times Review of Books: “Ontologically speaking, there are few squirmier genre descriptors than ‘indie,’ that colloquial shortening of ‘independent’ that rolls so easily and unchecked from the collective tongue and onto the cultural operating table. Lashed to music and films and fashions and haircuts and God knows what, it’s become a code for an increasingly mild-mannered aesthetic supposedly derived from seventies’ punk and the network of fan-run record labels that followed in its wake. But in the age of mechanical reproduction, it has meant a lot of things to be independent. And in the digital era, it’s become a catch-all genus for anything outside the granulating monoculture. Which is to say; it means everything and subsequently nothing at all.”


This is the beginning of a (poorly-punctuated) review by Jesse Jarnow of Always In Trouble, an account of the 1960s-70s record label ESP-Disk, by Jason Weiss.

Read it all: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type&id=851&fulltext=1&media


Earl Lavon Freeman, Sr.





The Later Von: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azzAPY1–l0&feature=related

…and http://www.examiner.com/article/von-freeman-s-memorial-service-details-announced-for-chicago-jazz-star