Saturday, July 30, 2016

Spectacular photos of 1940s Brazil by a government photographer gone rogue

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A blind street performer plays an accordion.

Image: Genevieve Naylor/Corbis via Getty Images

In 1940, 25-year-old Genevieve Naylor, who had recently become one of the first female photographers hired by the Associated Press, received an assignment from the U.S. State Department to travel to Brazil.

With the war between the Axis and Allied powers expanding into a truly global conflict, the State Department's Office of Inter-American Affairs was tasked with cultivating South American support for the Allies. Naylor was sent to capture the images to illustrate the propaganda campaign and conjure wartime support from Brazil and adjacent countries. Read more...

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I wouldn't exactly call myself a Star Trek fanStar Wars, not surprisingly, is much more my speed. Still, like every geek of a certain age, I watched reruns of what we now call The Original Series (TOS) as a child, back when there was almost no other science fiction to be found on TV.


But I wasn't exactly a discerning critic in those days. I'll never forget the evening that "Spock's Brain," now widely regarded as the worst episode of Star Trek ever, terrified the pants off me at age 7. My tastes have evolved since then; generally speaking, the more recent the Star Trek TV show, the less likely I am to have seen it.  Read more...

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