An American photographer, Peter Turner, has died aged 83. Pete created spectacular images, some for the covers of record albums. His saturated colours often altered reality and confused observers on his global assignments.
Pulse, the Linnean Society’s newsletter 34, June 2017, has an article entitled Lampblack and Lead, by E. Rollinson.
(H. Bradbury, 1843, 1859)
It tells how G. Cardano gave instructions back in 1550: ‘A fresh leaf is rubbed with verdigris and carbon; soaked in the right amount of colour it is printed on one of two large sheets of paper, so that an almost life-like image remains.’ (De Subtitilitate, Book XIII). Earlier, a physician named Conrad von Butzbach, in his 1425 Codex Auratus, coated paper with oil and used soot from a candle flame to make an impression of a plant specimen.
Scientific advances in materials science and image analysis enable the work of renovation tackle more ambitious challenges. A recent example of this is the Hudson Theatre in Manhattan.
One of Broadway’s oldest surviving theatres, first opened 114 years ago, has been renovated and reopened earlier this year –
— with Jake Gyllenhaal in the revival of “Sunday in the Park With George”. It becomes Broadway’s 41st and newest playhouse, 114 years after it became one of Broadway’s first. Then, it opened with a production of “Cousin Kate” starring Ethel Barrymore.
The theater was built by Henry B. Harris, above left, who ran it until 1912, when he perished on the Titanic. His wife, Renée, also above, survived and returned to New York to operate the theater. She became one of Broadway’s first female producers but she lost it to foreclosure in the Depression.
Located on 44th Street just east of Broadway, the ornate theater has led a life as various as Manhattan itself, with stints as a TV studio (1950s), a reborn theater and then a porn palace (’60s), a rock venue (’80s), and, for the last 20 years, an event space for Millennium Hotels.
After the renovation by the Ambassador Theatre Group of Britain the Hudson is ready to be a showplace again and one of the few new theatres on Broadway.
At the British Museum, there is an exhibition of the popular paintings by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). There are several images of the Fuji volcano.
They are symbols of natural power and human vulnerability. Hokusai’s infatuation with Mount Fuji was much more than an admiration of its beauty. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter told that a goddess placed an elixir of life at the top of the peak, and thus the mountain was a secret source of immortality, as well as a secret reason for Hokusai’ obsession with the mountain.
This gave him a chance to explore and experiment with its beauty.
A section through a present-day volcano shows its hidden structure:
Cross-section through a stratovolcano (vertical scale is exaggerated):
- Large magma chamber
- Conduit (pipe)
- Layers of ash emitted by the volcano
- Layers of lava emitted by the volcano
- Parasitic cone
- Lava flow
- Ash cloud
Jason Shulman photographs entire movies with ultra-long exposures, creating impressionist photographic images:
Alice in Wonderland 1951 –
Dr Strangelove 1964 –
Le Voyage dans la Lune 1902 –
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 –
The Wizard of Oz 1939 –