“Since 1851, obituaries in @nytimes have been dominated by white men. Just 20% have been women.

Today we introduce Overlooked — a project to write the obituaries for the women who never got them, but should have.”

@jessicabennett  Gender editor & writer 

Visit: Overlooked at the NYTimes

The Birth of the American Horror Film traces our terrifying obsession

Horror movies have always injected us with the thrill we seek when we pay to sit in a dark theater for two hours purposely trying to get scared. There is something about our very nature that makes us wants to venture into the dark recesses of the mysterious and the monstrous. This is what inspired premiere horror film historian Gary Rhodes to unravel the strange history behind how uniquely American horror films emerged in his new book The Birth of The American Horror Film — whether they are ghosts of literature, phantasmagorias, or the darkest fears that lurk in our psyches. Continue reading “The Birth of the American Horror Film traces our terrifying obsession”

19 Of The Oldest Pictures In American History


Mount Ophir, California, 1859–60. Photograph by Carleton Watkins.

While it’s almost impossible to imagine a world today without photos, living in the 19th century meant discovering this new technology for the first time in history. A new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, entitled Paper Promises: Early American Photography, looks back at the influence of early photography in the United States and the many ways in which it shaped the country that we know today.

BuzzFeed News spoke with Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museumabout the research involved in organizing the exhibition and how Americans during the 19th century made use of this new technology:

Former slaves on Mr. Toller's Farm in Virginia, 1862. Photograph by Alexander Gardner and James F. Gibson.

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This Beloved Street Photography Bible Gets an Exciting New Edition – Flavorwire

Street photography didn’t start with Henri Cartier-Bresson. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Charles Nègre, and other predecessors were capturing the comings and goings on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris and beyond in the 19th century. A detailed history of street photography was first collected in a 1994 landmark book called Bystander, by artist Joel Meyerowitz and curator Colin Westerbeck; Laurence King Publishing is releasing a newly revised edition (available November 7), featuring 27 additional photographers, a new chapter devoted to digital photography, and a historical revisit. From the publisher’s press release:

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City bringing new life to music history

We need to be saving more historic locations such as this, especially across the South.   So much great music came out of these spots – in spite of the cruelty and unfairness of the laws of the day.  Where would we be culturally without these influences?  They need to be preserved, celebrated & remembered.

Herbert Riley

Want to get Herbert Riley riled up? Just say something negative about restoring Charlies Place—a project he’s poured his heart and soul into for years.

Charlie’s Place was a thriving nightclub and restaurant on Carver Street from the 1930s to the 1960s. At any time, you could find some of the most famous black entertainers in the world—Little Richard, BB King, Billie Holiday and many others—performing to standing-room-only crowds there.

This is the reason why Walt Disney’s Animation Studio is nicknamed ‘The Hospital’

This is really interesting and one of the few stories about the history of Disney that I had not heard before.

It may not seem like it now, but back in 1923 when Walt Disney founded his now iconic company, it was a huge risk.

Disney had left his job to start the company, had no financial backing, and had brought on his brother to manage the business side so he could focus on his bread and butter at the time – “Laugh O-grams”.

Full Story:  Business Insider – Australia

Crimea and the birth of war photography (From HeraldScotland)

IT was the conflict that brought Florence Nightingale to prominence, had a profound influence on Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy and was responsible for one of the greatest blunders in British military history, the Charge of the Light Brigade. But the Crimean War, which lasted from 1853-56 and claimed more than 750,000 lives, also gave birth to war photography, and it is the power of the images produced by English pioneer Roger Fenton that inspired a new exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

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