In July 2012, after enduring bankruptcy, plummeting circulation, staff buyouts, and waves of layoffs, the Philadelphia Inquirer moved out of the “Tower of Truth,” the landmark building it had occupied since 1925. Photographer Will Steacy, the descendant of five generations of newspapermen—his father was laid off in 2011 after 29 years at the Inquirer—captured the newsroom before and after it downsized for the post-print era. Steacy went through volumes of family archives and recently recorded the following conversations with his father about the family’s experiences in the newspaper business.
Charlie Danbury of Trenchmouth sings at the Bad Brains/Trenchmouth “Rock Against Racism” show at the Valley Green Housing Complex on September 9, 1979. This pic is part of a series of photos of the early punk rock scene in Washington, DC shot by Pulitzer prizewinner Lucian Perkins.
This photo, taken from about 200 miles above Earth, shows the divide between East and West Berlin due to the difference in streetlighting. East Berlin has more sodium-vapor lamps with a yellow color, Western Berlin has more fluorescent lamps.
Glad to have you back on earth, Col. Chris Hadfield, but we’ll miss your awesome photos like this one.
Photographer Donna De Cesare traveled to El Salvador in 1987 to “witness and report on war, with all the earnest idealism and naïvete of youth,” as she puts it in her new photo book Unsettled/Desasosiego. What she couldn’t have known at the time was how the experience would shape the next 20 years of her life. She visited refugee camps in Honduras, Jesuit killings on the campus of Central American University, a morgue in Guatemala City. Her work—like that of Larry Towell and Susan Meiselas—is essential to understanding a chapter in Central America’s history that is too often whitewashed or denied.
Watts, Los Angeles, 1994. Three-year-old “Esperanza” named her pet pigeon after her wheelchair-bound teenaged uncle. He was shot by a rival gang member in a drive-by shooting. “The gun on the bed—a loaded pellet gun—was real and dangerous to a three-year-old,” photographer Donna De Cesare writes.
Photographer Chan-Hyo Bae left Korea to study in London, an experience that inspired that these photos. “The prejudice he felt against men from the East, specifically the idea that Eastern men were more ‘feminine’ than their Western counterparts, resulted in work that in that way has a ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ resonance,” writes David Rosenberg in Slate’s photo blog.
In its original home, near Almaty in Kazakhstan, the apple can be the size of a cherry or a grapefruit. It can be mushy or so hard it will chip teeth. It can be purple- or pink-fleshed with green, orange, or white skin. It can be sickly sweet, battery-acid sour, or taste like a banana. Preserving this biodiversity can become a massive project, in life and art.
This is such a lovely interview about the secret lives of non-supermarket apples. We’ve got a feature about heritage apples too—coming to your internets soon. Or pick up our latest issue on the newstands!