With Immigration reform the top priority among lawmakers these past few weeks, it’s clear the billions the U.S. has already invested in the wall that stretches from 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean in California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas could be put to better use.
Photographer Maurice Sheriff has been documenting the construction of America’s Wall since 2006 often risking his life.
The Hearst Castle is no doubt the main attraction in San Simeon but many are not aware of the sprawling 82,000 acre working cattle ranch that surrounds the grounds of William Randolph Hearst’s expansive, opulent estate. The ranch land is so immense it’s said 5 Manhattans can fit inside it’s acreage that stretches to the Pacific.
Although closed to the public, visitors can check out the quaint village of San Simeon, once a part of the Ranch in the 1860’s when it was a whaling village. Located across Highway 1 from the entrance to the castle, San Simeon is a beautiful, scenic place to visit offering kayaking, hiking along the rugged cliffs in the forest high above the Pacific and wine tasting from the Hearst Winery in nearby Paso Robles.
On this day in 1969 Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. They were together for 29 years until her death in 1998. They met at the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” album launch party Linda was photographing in 1967. Although she stopped taking photographs professionally after she had her family, Linda continued to snap intimate family moments which were compiled in the 2011 book, "Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs."
A retrospective of her work is on exhibit at the Pavillon Populairein Montpellier, France through May 4.
One from the archives for the Olympics. A little history on Russian artist Kazimir Malevich who was featured during the opening ceremonies.
During the tumultuous years before the Russian Revolution, Malevich worked with other Suprematist artists in a peasant/artisan co-operative in Skoptsi and Verbovka. This small community of Russian avant-garde poets and visual artists invented a new relationship between word and image to express their central preoccupations with primitivism, Russian Orthodoxy, urban apocalypse, and verbal explosion. Read more here.
Photos of ordinary Russian citizens offer a glimpse of life in Sochi before the Olympics. More here from my review of The Sochi Project, a 5 year study by Dutch photojournalist Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.
On display at the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. an exhibit of photos from Team Rubicon’s first day of deployment to the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The exhibit, on view through the end of the month at Romulo Hall, is open to the public.
Founded in 2010 in the aftermath of Haiti Earthquake, Team Rubicon is a disaster relief organization which combines the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders. To learn more about Team Rubicon please watch this video taken during the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Just try not to shed a tear.