I thought Weegee was a standard mainstay for those interested in photography and/or art, but apparently not. Allow me to share for those who don't know.
Weegee (nee Arthur Fellig) was one of the first photographer's to document crime scenes in New York City, back in the wild days of the 30's and 40's when the mob was knocking people off left and right. He is a huge influence on a number of notable modern photographers.
"In 1938, Fellig was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at night; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene." *
Weegee's stark black and white's documented grimey city life like no one before him, and almost none after.
To find out more about Weegee hop on the google train. There isnt one cohesive website for him, since he was in the ground 30 years before the internet got big.
I don't know about anyone else, but I love to exercise my noggin. In the miami airport earlier this month, I picked up a copy of an old favorite magazine for flexing the brain deck, The Atlantic Monthly. Started in the 1800's to promote independent thinking and liberal politics (think anti-slavery, etc.).
They print some of the most thorough, intelligent (and readable!) journalism out there. Anyone looking for genuine news and unbiased information, this will be appreciated.
They just went through a design overhaul, and I only just discovered their website, but if growing your skull sponge interests you, I would recommend you look into the Atlantic.
You can find them on any newsstand pretty much, or online, here: www.theatlantic.com If you're lazy, they even have a group on Facebook.
All photos borrowed from theatlantic.com's current home page. Hit it.
I am in charge of marching the Darling army. I like paints, painters, paintings, and painted things. I like photos and writing , boards with wheels, drums, typewriters and wheat beer. I like documentaries, 35mm, and video. Darling is mostly me, sometimes a multitude of others.
I like newspapers, black and white, and British humor. Airplanes are my resting place, and I'm still shocked anyone would ever rent me a car. I can name that artist like you can name that street. Tell me and I will forget, but I will remember later I promise. I pay attention.