I found this photo that I have seen a numerous times on an old facebook post one of my friends made. This is a photo of Michael Jackson in 1992 in Libreville Gabon. This is around the time of his Dangerous World Tour. I like this pic because getting on top of the car or busting through the sunroof to acknowledge fans was a common Michael Jackson move, but now the fan base is seemingly all old, high class, African men. Not a women in sight. It is interesting to see that the only people who had a chance to see Michael, or get close to his car, were middle aged men in business attire. Some people are trying to touch him with their finger tips and it looks like some are even trying to make contact with the hand making the peace sign. The two men in the back give it a political type feel because they make me think of secret service agents watching over an important person. This photo reminds me of the egalitarian values that he emphasized us to embrace during his life, which is why I like this photo.
This morning I saw this photo of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and their 8 month old baby girl, North West on the Complex Magazine’s page on twitter. Kim and Kanye recently had the privilege of being on Vogue’s cover page, but the real focus of the photo shoot was North. I chose this photo because I enjoyed the solace in Kanye’s face while holding his child. Usually the media has stories about Kanye’s aggression to report, but here we get a refreshing look at a content and seemingly unstressed Kanye, which I think North should get the credit for. I found this picture on Complex Magazine’s twitter page, which has 351.7k followers, so many people got to see these photos. Those who are not familiar with social media most likely saw the photos in Vogue’s actual magazine issue in a grocery store, gas station, or convenience store. Through this photo shoot, people are able to see how Kanye, Kim, and North appear and function as a family. Both Kanye and Kim always seem to be the focus of the paparazzi, which Kim seems to like more than Kanye, and this photo shoot broadens their platform to establish themselves as the power couple they want to be viewed as by the masses.
The Terracotta Army was discovered on March 29, 1974 by farmers in the Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. This is considered funerary art, which celebrates the life and memory of an icon in Chinese history. These life-size sculptures were created in memory of the Terracotta Warriors, the army of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The sculptures were created to accompany Emperor Qin Shi Huang during the afterlife. Construction of the Emperor’s mausoleum began when the Emperor took the throne at age 13. He was buried alongside these sculptures around 210–209 BC. There were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. Other sculptures like musicians and officials were also found. It is said that the sculpture represent the exact number of soldiers. 700,000 citizens from each region of the empire worked non-stop until the death of the emperor so they could create this subterranean city inside of an embankment. The city was an actual scale model of the palace, the empire and the world. The materials were fortified by automatically activated weapons designed to prevent tomb robbers. This is the largest tomb in Chinese history due to the fact that it is the first Emperor’s tomb that unified the country. It affirms the establishing of the first unified empire, the Qin Dynasty. During the 3rd century BCE, this Dynasty had unparalleled political, military and economic power and boosted the societal, cultural and artistic level of the empire.
This photo by Richard Avedon was taken in Sweetwater, Texas, March 10, 1979. He was well known for his portraiture due to the contrast and quality of pictures because the older model camera he used, which was a 8×10 Deardorff. He chose to photograph working class people in the western United States instead of the idolized cowboys and pretty women.
An important aspect of the photo is the title that includes the boy’s name, Boyd Fortin, which respects his identity. The picture shows a young boy with a snake that he is almost done skinning. He has a blood-stained apron on with a black shirt underneath. His left hand is wrapped in snake intestines that stretch out across his torso up to where his right hand is holding the end of the snake. His body language suggests that he is showing the snake off. The expression on his face in blank and is not fazed by the dead animal. Through this image, Avedon wanted to show Americans the circumstances that their neighbors go through. His goal was to have people see their children in the eyes of Boyd. During this time many products in America were produced by people and resources in the west, but these people were no acknowledged. The snake skin represents the shoes or the belt that a wealthy businessman would wear and how interconnected it is with the oppressed classes.