Monthly Archives: April 2013
Jean-Michel Clajot’s photo essay on Scarification in Benin delves deep into the sacred ritual of scarring faces. To the western world it may seen barbaric, none the less a custom that is deep rooted in African culture.
“Scarifications can be read like books” says Terri Toré, a miller from Natitingou, who was scarified when he was 15 years old.
Some have suggested that breast cancer has been around for eons. Yet The oppressive society of western and Arab play
Vintage photographic lantern slides show off the beautiful Egypt of the past that protests and instability have obscured
The lantern slide—a transparent image on glass that was magnified and projected onto a surface using a sciopticon “magic lantern”—came of age shortly after it was first introduced by Philadelphia daguerreotypists William and Frederick Langenheim in 1849. The lantern slide greatly broadened the audience for photography, then still a young art, introducing it into academia and the cultural institutions of the day by allowing teachers and museum curators to illustrate their lectures and presentations with projected images.
We’ve seen an heard a lot about Egypt this year, in light of the recent political turmoil. We’ve even had some remix fun with it. (In a no-laughing-matter kind of way, of course.) But beneath what has turned into a highly politicized media talking point lies a remarkable, dignified country full of beauty and tradition. Much like last week’s rare and fascinating look at vintage Japan aimed to rekindle the respect for and fascination with a culture consumed by the recent tragedy and subsequent media coverage, today’s look at these breathtaking vintage lantern slides from Egypt is very much an invitation to take a look beyond the veil of immediacy and revel in the inherent beauty of this land, courtesy of Brooklyn Museum’s fantastic archive.
Arctic people – Saami and Inuit
Tea was cultivated and developed in China about 2000 years ago – initially for medicinal purposes. Buddhist priests brought it as a medicine to Japan about 1500 years ago where the Japanese started to cultivate it not only as a medicine but also as a daily drink.