July 23, 2009

The coldest capital city in the world. Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, 2008  Richard Wainwright

Ulan Bator 2008 Richard Wainwright



  1. Reminds me of that famous picture of Ralph Ellison.

  2. It occurs to me that the apolcalytpic genre of science fiction generally begins its narrative some years from the present. (“You know, of course, Bob, about the calamitous South Pacific storm season in 2021-22.”) So when dystopian horrors like these cellar-dwellners look like becoming ‘the New Normal,’we just say, yeah, but it’s really the longue durée present, not a harbinger of what’s to come, everybody chill. Must we ourselves undergo this kind of misery?

  3. Reminds me of Kusturica’s Underground. Didn’t know you had migrated here. Look forward to following your blog


  4. kg, I think that the photo you are thinking of–the Gordon Parks one, right?–is inspired by Invisible Man, but to my knowledge, it’s not actually of Ralph Ellison. But I could be wrong.

    rootless, Do photographs of misery help human understanding? “Ask Susan Sontag” would be my reply.

    Rohit, Glad that you found me. And that film has been lingering in the middle ranks of my Netflix queue for some time–I should maybe move it up, on this prompting.

  5. Yes, you are right, Man Peeking from Manhole: Harlem 1949 was part of a series of photographs inspired/based on The Invisible Man, but is not of Ellison himself.

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