Author Archives: emilie hanmer

“There are thousands in the phone booth”

In the subway, on the streets, in the park, at the library, red, blue or yellow but always empty! The phone booths have been deserted, thanks to the arrival of mobile phones comfortably installed in almost every urban citizen’s pocket. … Continue reading

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Catching a Glimpse through the Glass

Gilles Peress, Belfast City Center, 1972 Paul Caponigro, Frosted Window No. Two, Ipswich, Mass., 1961 Lisette Model, Reflection, New York, 1950 Aleksandras Macijauskas, In the Veterinary Clinic – 1, 1977 Martin Munkacsi, [Woman reflected in car ornament], 1937 Oh, Kitty! … Continue reading

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Long Live the Books!

For some people, a book is a prehistoric artifact that smells bad (if you have ever wondered why they smell) and that has quickly been replaced by anonymous and insipid screens. For others, books still hold an important space whereas … Continue reading

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Happy 100th birthday Robert Doisneau!

On this day in 1912, Robert Doisneau was born in the Parisian suburb of Gentilly. If Robert Doisneau’s assignment for LIFE in June 1950, known as The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, has been widely reproduced and is world … Continue reading

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The Other Iron Lady

Robert Capa, [Eiffel Tower, Paris], July 1952 On March 31, 1889, twenty-one cannon shots sounded the inauguration of the Old Lady of Paris. Gustave Eiffel realized a technical feat by constructing his eponymous tower in only two years, two months, … Continue reading

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What’s the Point?

Pointing fingers is rude. W. Eugene Smith, British actor, playwright, and composer, Noel Coward, 1949 In western cultural codes and etiquette, we are taught not to point fingers at people, as it is unacceptable. Quite naturally, being pointed at is … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day!

Today is the 14th of March, alternatively March 14 or even 3/14. Not unnaturally, today is also Pi Day. Celebrated by mathematicians all over the world in honor of the number Pi (or π), the ratio of a circle’s circumference … Continue reading

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