In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 8, 2013 -
In 2008 the actor Rupert Everett hosted (seemingly from his apartment) a rather strange documentary: The Victorian Sex Explorer
( 2 3 4 5
), an attempt to follow in the footsteps of famed Explorer, translator, and author Sir Richard Burton
and convince us of Sir Burton's passion for sexual experimentation while laying in lots of bathhouses and visiting brothels. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 4, 2013 -
"IN THE COURTYARD OF THE BELOVED
is a visual and aural portrait of Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah
, a Sufi shrine in New Delhi, India. Made from over 18,000 still images and ambient sounds recorded on-site, rapid-fire bursts of kaleidoscopic imagery assemble into fractured collages where a moment expands outwards and then converges back into itself, fleshing out a three-dimensional rendering of place."
posted by gman
on Oct 7, 2010 -
Converting to which
Islam? Most of the new Muslims I read about in the usual media feel impelled to join the "orthodox" Sunni
(if not outright Wahhabi
) variety, as if there is no other. But, as many of you no doubt already know, a non-negligible minority of the world's Muslims are Shi'ite
, whose biggest "Twelver"
branch was made famous by this Ayatollah
To further refute the image of "monolithic" Islam,within the Shia minority are a minority known as "Seveners"
, whose biggest branch
is run by this gentleman
, whose conception of Islam
as "a thinking, spiritual faith, one that teaches compassion and tolerance"
seems more congenial to the self-selected strata inclined to, oh, post to MetaFilter, perhaps especially to "Secular Humanist" atheists like me. (I'll bet some of you can even relate to his divorce
.) Further reading from these links (perhaps with Google's help) should further belie much of the dumbed-down propaganda "mainstream" Americans are spoon-fed about Islam, showing the kaleidoscopic nature of one of today's One True Faiths. (And then there are the almost Zen-like Sufis
, and ....)
posted by davy
on Dec 7, 2004 -
A single photograph
taken in 1913 of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacké—the Santé Serigne Touba, founder of the Sufi sect known as the Mouride (Murid) Way, followed by millions in Senegal and elsewhere—when he was put under house arrest by the French, has provided remarkable consistency to the sect's iconography. Images of the cheikh: 1
, and more
. Story on an art exhibit
and the web site
of the exhibit, including more images of the cheikh. History of Bamba's life in French
and in English
. More on Muridism
posted by Mo Nickels
on Sep 6, 2003 -
The Pakistani Sufi-Rock band Junoon
have released their new English single "No More" which remembers the innocent victims of 9/11 and terrorism everywhere. Penned by Polar Livine of Polarity 1
and Salman Ahmad of Junoon
the song can be heard/downloaded at the Junoon Website
along with they lyrics.
They might not be household names in the US but they are big in the subcontinent and elsewhere. They have appeared on US media many times including NPR
took a deeper look in their role in presenting another face of Pakistan.
Together Salman Ahmed, Brian'o'Connell
, and Ali Azmat
have relentlessly called for peace between India & Pakistan
and raised enough controversy domestically to be banned by several "Democratic" governments in Pakistan.
posted by adnanbwp
on Sep 11, 2002 -