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HelmutNewton-TVMurderCannesBonhams held an auction: The Art of Fashion Photography, in New York City yesterday. It featured works by a who’s who line-up of photographers from: William Klein and Horst P. Horst, to David LaChapelle and Rankin. At least one third of the lots were unsold. Many others went for around the low estimate. The top seller, for $20,000 (plus fees), was TV, Murder, Cannes (1975) by Helmut Newton (1920-2004).

March-Justice121414The protest marches, disruptions, vandalism and violence are less about correcting injustices than about anarchy and power, even hatred.

“F**ck the justice system. F**ck the police!” Nunu (friend of Eric Garner)

The NYPD is not alone in needing a culture change.

FDNY-ProfessionalServicesThe FDNY responded to a fire in Woodside, Queens today, amid reports that FDNY physical standards, in response to political pressure, are being relaxed, even eliminated, to get more women through the Fire Academy.

Today’s female activists for ‘equality’often times burn down the house to feel good about themselves, while betraying the sacred wisdom that should be theirs.

ProtestNYc2014aProtestsNYC2014Self-preservationists (including Cops) and activists are turning to self-assertion—leading to: “FU–I Am King” (and the ultimate loss of themselves), rather than transforming society by being good.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

 

ICP-SalgadoWhiteMale2014At the International Center of Photography in NYC the current exhibit of recent work by Sebastiao Salgado (“Genesis”) is presented as “a quest for the world as it was, as it was formed, as it evolved, as it existed for millennia before modern life accelerated and began distancing us from the very essence of our being.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

ICP-Cafe1ICP-Cafe (2)International Center of Photography (Cafe) — October 29, 2014

The cup reads: “We love having you here.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

Americans2014“We’re #1!” (“I am King!”) is not the key to sustainability, nor a good legacy. Better to let the Lord be The One.

 

ComicCon2014Helvetika Bold, the social justice superhero, is seeking a paradigm shift at New York Comic Con (or perhaps regression in the service of development).

Photograph: Stephen Wise

5Pointz092514c5Pointz092514d“New York was swishing and jamming one minute and dirty and dead the next.” Flannery O’Connor, The Geranium 

The scene at what was once the 5Pointz graffiti mecca, now a demolition site, offers evidence of different ways that society can be built up and destroyed — by rebels and capitalists, all in the name of progress.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

CGI2014CGI-CrimeSceneAt this year’s Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the operative word, according to Hillary Clinton, is interconnectedness, and the mantra is “Re-imagining Impact.”

Given the nature of CGI (public-private access & engagement), the speakers, the attendees, the sponsors, and alas the credulous press, it’s only fitting that NYPD surrounded the meeting’s venue with “crime scene” tape.

The biggest crime being committed today, especially among society’s elites, is in the setting aside of Logos — and re-imagining the world in their own image. This leads to utilitarianism (with people using others for profit and pleasure), rather than fostering real interconnectedness based on truth and love.

There is a pattern to life that is being violated today by rights activists and capitalists. An example of that came in one of the sessions with Hillary Clinton saying: “We can not grow the global economy if we do not open the doors to women.” She went on to say that “it’s distressing to see how hard change still is…with those external and internal obstacles that are cultural and religious, and based in views of women’s roles and their capacities that are just no longer affordable — they’re wrong and they’re also no longer affordable.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

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