Credits on photos. 

(Reblogged from guardian)

Marlon Brando in a makeup session for “The Godfather” in New York, 1971. (©Steve Schapiro/Fahey/Klein Gallery, Hatje Cantz)

RIP Dick Smith, Oscar winning Hollywood makeup artist on "The Exorcist," “Amadeus,” and “The Godfather”

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.

Read more about his book,  “The American Wall”

"National Geographic Around the World in 125 Years" (Taschen, 3 Vol. Edition, $499)

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.

Hearst Castle Historian Victoria Kastner’s recently published book,  “Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy," features never before seen images of the ranch and its history.

More details here on how to get on the ranch for a special yearly event.


Photo of the Day: Giraffe Family

Photography by Gonçalo Barriga (Paço de Arcos, Portugal); Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

(Reblogged from smithsonianmag)

 “It puts Buckingham Palace to shame… it looks like a weird dictatorship theme park.”

One peek inside ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych’s $75 million opulent mansion and you’ll understand why the Ukrainians protested.  

Despite being filled with extravagant items (A $30 million chandelier, a personal golf course) there was very little looting by the Ukrainian people, many who live in near poverty.

Check out this VICE reporter’s tour of the mansion.

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 Populaire in Montpellier, France through May 4.

An eerie resemblance between the protests in Kiev’s Independence Square and Victor Hugo’s Paris 1832 uprising in “Les Miserables.”

As far as barricades go, not much has changed since the 19th century.

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