Michael Jackson Is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

Michael Jackson is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

Although it’s hard to believe it’s been six years, it’s soothing, heart breaking and life affirming all at once to see how the love for Michael Jackson is as present as it was on the day we lost him. As Michael once said, “My fans truly are a part of me. We share something that most people will never experience.” After his death, we continue to share our passion and love for Michael with each other.

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My Three Michael Jackson dolls.

Every year on the anniversary of his death I make my way to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, and walk slowly amidst a sea of love of homemade cards, stuffed animals,drawings, paintings, sunflowers, roses and handmade books from all over the globe. I see these offerings as proof. Proof there is love in every corner of the world from Japan to Korea, Italy to Germany to Poland as the fans pay their respects to the man, the man in the mirror who simply wanted to spread messages of love and tolerance, of forgiveness and kindness and of healing the world. When Michael sang, “Another Part of Me”, he was light years ahead in terms of consciousness. With his raised consciousness he acted with fearless integrity and understood the essence of this era: Recognize the other person is you.

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Forest Lawn Glendale,
25 June 2015

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Flowers for Michael at Holly Terrace 25 June 2015

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Bad era. Forest Lawn. 25 June 2015

I am under no illusion about how people judge Michael Jackson fans. And I am perfectly okay with that. I am part of a worldwide team that is fighting against injustice. Because I know who Michael Jackson was, not what the media tried to force feed down our throats. We are not willing to give up our fight against wrong. As Michael held up a mirror to himself, we hold up a mirror to the world, showing that spreading love, not hatred, is the answer.

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Flowers from fans in Denmark. Forest Lawn.
25 June 2015

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Forest Lawn,
25 June 2015

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Miranda – Hong Kong
Forest Lawn,
25 June 2015

I grew up loving Michael Jackson’s music but there was so much more to him than that. It was Michael’s heart I deeply resonated with. I could feel how caring, other-centered and kind he was. And, in a sense, the worldwide grieving helped and continues to help me to feel that we are all one. That even though the loss feels as if it will never have closure, we are never, ever alone.

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Poem to Michael,
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

One Rose for Michael Jackson raised 15,537 roses this year. Seeing all the roses donated from fans around the world moves me to tears as I am enveloped in the sea of love of thousands of roses. And it keeps growing. The first year Robyn Starkand’s team raised 3,000 roses, then 4,500 then 10,000, and now more than 15,000. Every year, all the roses are donated to various charities after June 25.

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One Rose for Michael Jackson.
25 June 2015

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One Rose for Michael Jackson
25 June 2015

At Forest Lawn, I met Andrea Schneider and Lola Anderson from Dusseldorf and Eltville, Germany, who returned to the cemetery last year on June 26 to help donate some of the roses to charity and will be doing the same this year.

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Robyn Starkand (Organizer of One Rose for Michael Jackson) with Andrea Schneider and Lola Anderson from Germany

I also met Nako and Fumiyo from Japan. I loved watching them kneel on the grass in front of Holly Terrace, as they removed all the carefully chosen items from bags they brought with them and arranged it all, which you can see here along with their homage to MJ.

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Nako and Fumiyo from Japan. 24 June 2015
Forest Lawn

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Nako from Osaka, Japan
Fumiyo from Tokyo, Japan
24 June 2015

I delivered roses to the Jewish Home for the Aged to continue to spread the love.

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Roses at the Jewish Home for the Aged

The quilt that the fans in Japan make annually brings me to my knees. The fans meet on weekends throughout the year creating tiny, hand stitched, drawn, painted, individually created, pieces, all in the name of love, to blanket Michael with love. Here are some pieces of the quilt up close.

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Maho & Yasuyo
Quilt from Japan
25 June 2015

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Ayako from Japan

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I especially love the “Heal the Kids” with the flying angel child

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Yurika – Japanese quilt

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Kana – Japanese quilt

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Yuko Jackson- Japanese quilt

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Rie – Japanese quilt

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Ayuno Kuko – Japanese quilt
This piece brought me tears. She wrote “I enrolled high school in this spring. I chosen a art course. I have fun my school life. I want to become able to describe a painting like you well. So I study hard the art. Please watch me.” Look how Michael Jackson has inspired people all over the world! She is studying art and look how beautifully she paints.

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Hiroko – Japanese quilt

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Yurika – Japanese quilt

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Quilt from Japan

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More passion from the Japanese fans’ quilt

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Japanese quilt insert

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Home made card from Wendy

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Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Flower arrangement from Japan

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Marcus Petterman
Germany

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Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Hong Kong Fans
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Hong Kong

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Flowers from around the globe

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The flower arrangements just kept arriving

I met Wiedjai, who traveled from the Netherlands. He is a mechanical engineer who works with sustainable energy. He has traveled to California numerous times in support of Michael. He was here in 2003 and was invited into Neverland along with many other fans. He said he was offered ice cream, drinks, rode all the attractions and the train around the lush property. His description of Neverland is that “it was magic.” He returned in 2005 for the trial, 2009 for the memorial where he says he was very shaky and also returned in 2010.

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Wiedjai from the Netherlands

I spoke to Nora from Budapest, Hungary. “This is my 1st time here.” she told me.

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Nora Pogonyi
Budapest, Hungary

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Over 50 nations are represented on this banner.

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And the flowers kept arriving!

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Tata created all these drawings/paintings.
Michael Jackson fans are uber creative.

Truth4MJ is a project that’s grown through the years thanks to the contributions of loyal Michael Jackson’s supporters committed to spread the truth about him starting from his own words. As he said, “lies run sprints, the truth runs marathons”. We strongly believe the truth about his life, his human nature and that his death will be recognized worldwide in the end.

Jermaine Jackson arrived, greeting the fans with a tremendous amount of care and love with real hugs and handshakes. It took him awhile to get through as he gently took his time speaking to the fans. “Thank you for coming. It’s very tough. I feel like the moment I did when I did the announcement for his passing. You make it easy for me because it’s the love and the support.” He spoke and became emotional, unable to hold back his tears. All the love and support from the fans seems truly important to him.

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Jermaine Jackson
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine Jackson leaving Forest Lawn

In Michael’s book, Dancing the Dream, he wrote, “People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So, I stay in the moment and listen.” Michael understood that everything in our universe has its own vibratory frequency, and when we raise our own vibration, that brings us closer to experiencing and merging with the highest vibration of all – G-d – the original creativity of the universe. As I continue to walk around the sea of love, I can feel the vibration of what Michael Jackson was telling us for decades: Love and be kind to each other. And that, in part, is why he will not be dethroned.

The simplicity of this note is lovely.

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Note to MJ

And, I LOVE this drawing of MJ that’s a combination of Michael and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

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Michael Jackson as The Little Prince

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Bad doll from Japanese fans meets the Thriller era dolls

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Self Portrait – Hannah Kozak

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One Rose for Michael Jackson,
25 June 2015

Michael Jackson is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later


Magical Budapest

Magical Budapest

Budapest has been on my sights for a long time. Despite modern development, Budapest retains magic and old charm around every corner. Buda and Pest were separate towns on opposite banks of the Danube River until 1873, when they were merged. They developed independently and the result is two unique regions; both exquisite.

I stayed on the Buda side of the Danube River, on a recommendation by a friend from Budapest. The area was calm, peaceful and filled with the beauty of green and trees all around me. I traveled daily to catch either the tram, trolley and metro depending on where I wanted to explore. A ten minute stroll and I was in the Castle District and there, I spent the day walking the streets, feeling as if I have traveled back in time to a quiet, peaceful world where I see Baroque residential homes next to ancient Roman stones.

Here is Mathais Church, which is over 700 years old. The colorful character of the church is the manifestation of the cultural interchange on the borderline between East and West. It’s a unique interior created at the end of the 19th century by Bertalan Székely – the leading painter of the age and Frigyes Schuliek – architect

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Mathias Church in Budapest, Hungary

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Mathias Church in Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

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View of Danube River from Mathias Church

The Jewish Quarter, where I went back twice to spend time at the Great Synagogue, the largest Jewish house of worship in Europe. It was built in 1859 and has both Moorish and romantic elements.

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The Great Synagogue Budapest, Hungary

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The Great Synagogue
Budapest, Hungary


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The Great Synagogue
Budapest, Hungary

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Star of David @ The Great Synagogue

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Star of David – The Great Synagogue

I spent time at the Holocaust Memorial’s metal “tree of life”, designed by Imre Varga in 1991. If you look closely, you can see family names of some of the hundreds of thousands of victims.

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The Tree of Life
Budapest, Hungary

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The Tree of Life
Budapest, Hungary

Made my way into a building inside the Great Synagogue and asked to see this antique book:

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Register of Jewish Survivors in Budapest

Always on the look out for wandering cubs and I lucked out when I found this dog who loved to play catch. I’ve never seen a dog leap so high!

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Leaping dog in Budapest

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Leaping Dog in Budapest 2

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Leaping Dog 3 in Budapest, Hungary

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Little Leaping Dog in Budapest

Wandering the streets on the Pest side.

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Budapest

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Budapest street

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Budapest Street Art 2

In Belváros, the inner city of the historical old town of Pest is Rumbach Street Synagogue, located in the eastern section of Budapest.

The synagogue in Rumbach Street was built in 1872 to the design of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner. It served the Status Quo Ante community. It was built not as an exact replica of, but as an homage to the style of the octagonal, domed Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.

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Rumbach Street Synagogue -Budapest, Hungary

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Rumbach Street Synagogue 2 – Budapest, Hungary

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Rumbach Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

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Rumbach Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

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Two men at Rumbach Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

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Door on Pest Side
Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

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Man on street – Budapest, Hungary

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Boy on Street – Budapest, Hungary

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Women On Street – Budapest, Hungary

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Man in Coffee Shop – Budapest, Hungary

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Metro Station – Budapest, Hungary

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Wandering through Budapest

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Girls in Deli at hotel where MJ stayed – Budapest, Hungary

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Man on Street – Pest side – Budapest, Hungary

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@hannah kozak- Budapest, Hungary

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Jewish Quarter – Pest Side,
Budapest, Hungary
I love the detailed tiles on this building

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Budapest, Hungary

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Who’s your mom?
Budapest, Hungary

Magical Budapest


Gurmukh: The light comes from within

Gurmukh:The Light Comes from Within”

Given the spiritual name Gurmukh by Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini Yoga, her name means “one who helps thousands of people across the world ocean” and that she is exactly what she has done. Her name also translates to “face the guru” in Punjabi – which represents the practice of following the ways of the Guru instead of following your animal instincts and the basic desires of the mind. She understands what Yogi Bhajan used to teach us: that we have made deep promises between our soul and our self. Gurmukh is indeed carving her place into the memory of this planet earth and serve this promise. Her life’s teaching, is part of her destiny. She speaks from the voice of her soul, not the fractured, doubting personality that sabotages the intuitive mind.

From her daily sadhana, or spiritual practice, she radiates light as she is forgiving and compassionate. So many people live in the land of duality: making someone wrong so they can be right. Rather she lives in the present, in the now, not in the past. Gurmukh doesn’t have a long list of grievances rather she has friends around the globe and she travels to India at least three times a year. In 2015 she will travel to Kumarakim and Kerala, India as well as Rishikesh, India, California, Puerto Morelos, Mexico, New York, Switzerland, Berlin, Germany, UK, Koln, Moscow, Colorado, NY, Sweden, South Africa, Canada and Massachusetts; so she can spread the teachings of Kundalini Yoga.

She understands that the life force, the chi, comes from within. The more you inhale and exhale “I AM”, the more you understand the transparency of duality. Gurmukh has helped to teach students all over the world, including myself, that when you’re in doubt, stress and worry, to call on your breath, call on your soul, which is your best friend and inhale “I AM. The great strength of those born under the sign of Pisces is their compassionate and charitable nature. Gurmukh is a true Pisces: selfless, spiritual and very focused on her inner journey. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “spiritual force is greater than material force.”

She is the co-founder and director of Golden Bridge Yoga, the premiere center for the study and practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation in Santa Monica, California and also in New York City.

http://www.goldenbridgeyoga.com

Here is a photo I made of Gurmukh at the first Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. 4 June 2004.

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Gurmukh @ Golden Bridge Yoga, June 2004

Here we are outside of Rishikesh, India, where I traveled with her on my first sojourn to India in March, 2006 where I discovered the true meaning of devotion. Four years later, I would begin a photo essay in Jerusalem, Israel inspired by the women in prayer at the Western Wall called Devotion.

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Hannah and Gurmukh – Outside Rishikesh, India

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Gurmukh & Gurushabd on her birthday in Amritsar, India March 2006

Ten years and six months later, on 2 November 2014, at Golden Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica.

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Gurmukh @ Golden Bridge Yoga – 4 November 2014

Gurmukh, Gurushabd 20 December 2014

Gurmukh, Gurushabd
20 December 2014

She seems ageless, as her beauty truly comes from within and not from external traits like hair, clothes or make-up. Gurmukh, like the lotus flower, is continually moving towards the light. Like the lotus flower, she has been to the muddy, yucky, dirty bottom of the pond but she has risen to beauty, to life. The lotus flower has become a symbol of awakening to the spiritual reality of life. Once it comes to the surface of the water, the lotus flower begins to blossom and turn into a beautiful flower. This is Gurmukh.

It’s hard not to love someone who has this printed on her business card:

Travel light.
Live light.
Spread the light.
Be the light.

Yogi Bhajan

Gurmukh:The Light Comes from Within”


Sandra Klein: An Artist with Heart

Sandra Klein: An Artist with Heart

Meeting Sandra Klein in an Aline Smithson class was a gift. Sandra was doing intricate hand embroidered stitching on her photography and I was deeply moved and touched by the detail in her art. Her photographs are poems, and her self portraits are layered with her beautiful heart. She adds text that resonates for her and explores loss, aging and family. Goethe said we see in the world what we carry in our heart and Sandra finds beauty in every corner of her world and her heart. Sandra is also an expert printmaker, with a BFA in printmaking.

Sandra Klein is in a group show running January 11 – April 2, 2015 at the American Jewish University called Wisdom:The Tree of Life.

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Etz Chaim, The Tree of Life is referred to throughout the Torah and is central to Jewish thought, wisdom and teaching. The tree of life is a symbol of knowledge, strength and identity, is in fact, found throughout all spiritual communities. It is often used as a reoccurring theme in poems, songs and visual art both historically and through to present day. The exhibition, Wisdom, The Tree of Life, explores the significance of the tree through the work of four Southern California based artists: Isaac Brnjegard-Bialik, Sandra Klein, Maddy Le Mel and Karen V. Woo.

Sandra Klein-Whisper

Sandra Klein –
Whisper
Archival pigment print
2014

Sandra Klein:  Tea Garden Archival pigment print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Tea Garden
Archival pigment print
2014

Sandra Klein:  Shimmer Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Shimmer
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein:  Green Island Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Green Island
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein: Early Spring Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Early Spring
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein: Snake Tree Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Snake Tree
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein: The Calling Archival pigment print 2014

Sandra Klein:
The Calling
Archival pigment print
2014

Sandra Klein Wisdom: The Tree of Life

Sandra Klein
Wisdom: The Tree of Life

Here is Sandra Klein and another photographer and friend Susan Swihart. Susan is part of a collective in Los Angeles known as The Verge. Susan is an observer, a caring mother of three, a committed artist who finds time to create personal observations and was recently featured on Lenscratch:

http://lenscratch.com/2014/10/susan-swihart-if-only/

Susan Swihart, Sandra Klein

Susan Swihart, Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein, a Jewish soul sister, who, like all of us, is in search of herself. Sandra doesn’t claim to have the answers to life, which makes her all the more lovely to be near. Sandra seems to embody what Goethe wrote about: “If you can imagine it, you can create it.”

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein: An Artist with Heart

Goethe quote

Goethe quote


Photo LA & Classic Photos LA 2015

Photo LA & Classic Photos 2015

From back in the days when Photo LA was at Santa Monica Airport to the latest venue in DTLA at The REEF in the historic LA Mart building, Photo LA is ever evolving and provides me with a way to cross paths with many photography friends. I stopped by JDC Fine Art and was taken by various photography by Paul Cava, and Paul Turonet’s photography & art. I have loved Marjorie Salvaterra’s photography from the moment I saw her black and white series, Her.

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Paul Cava, Belatage (Blue)
2008
Archival Pigment Print
11 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.
Edition #2/5

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Paul Turonet
Tierra Brava explores the challenges, struggles and hopes of life in Mexico along the U.S.-Mexico border. saddle-stitch book with 50 color prints, 1 loose print in folder, 1 double-sided map in brown box.

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Marjorie Salvaterra
When the Universe Has a Bigger Plan For Your Life, 2012
Archival Pigment Print
16 x 24 in. Edition of 20

Marjorie Salvaterra Her - book

Marjorie Salvaterra
Her – book

Shulamit Gallery’s mission it to broaden cross-cultural awareness and understanding through contemporary art. Their primary focus is Middle Eastern artists of diverse backgrounds like Jessica Shokrian, whose self portraiture resonated with me.

http://www.shulamitgallery.com

http://shulamitgallery.com/jessica-shokrian/

Shulamit Gallery

Jessica Shokrain
Boardroom Power Struggle
(Polaroid Series)
2000-2012

Shulamit Gallery

Jessica Shokrian
Boardroom Power Struggle

Amanasalto, a premium photography and publishing company in Tokyo, Japan. The following are all from Amanasalto’s book: Imogen Cunningham, The Eye of Imogen Cunningham.

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Amanasalto

Imogen Cunningham,
Unmade Bed
1957
Platinum and palladium print, 2013
20 x 24 inches
Edition: Open

Amanasalto

Frida Kahlo Rivera

Amanasalto

Imogen Cunningham,
1928

Amanasalto

Imogen Cunningham
The Eye of Imogen Cunningham
Mirror 2, 1923

Photographer Dan Fauci’s Untitled Sharon Lockhart

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Dan Fauci
Sharon Lockhart
Untitled, 1996
Chromogenic print

David Skernick

David Skernick
The Rat Queen, 2015
11 x 14 inches
Archival photograph
Edition 1/15

Aline Smithson’s Revisiting Beauty made the Critical Mass Top 50 for 2014. Smithson captures girls between the ages of 14 – 17 on the cusp of womanhood not fully aware of their own loveliness and physical presence.

This series is inspired by portrait paintings from the eighteenth to the twentieth century including artists West, De La Roche, Stroganov, Sargent, Whistler, Hockney and portraits created in the mid 1900’s by many anonymous painters. Her background as a painter also informs this work. There is a dreamy quality to this series not to mention Smithson shoots with film, giving increased depth and richness to her work always and in particular to Revisiting Beauty.

www.alinesmithson.com

Alinesmithson. com

Aline Smithson
Revisiting Beauty

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Aline Smithson
Pink Feathers, 2013

Shot of Elizabeth Taylor, who never gave a damn what anyone thought.

Timothy White Elizabeth Taylor Culver City, 2000 Archival Pigment Print 40 x 30 inches Ed. 23 of 25

Timothy White
Elizabeth Taylor
Culver City, 2000
Archival Pigment Print
40 x 30 inches
Ed. 23 of 25

Benno Graziani belonged to the founding team of Paris-Match in 1949. He was an exceptional journalist, war photographer, reporter and editor-in-chief who lived intensely the great era of magazines. Suffice it to say it was he who inspired Fellini for La Dolce Vita.

Benno Graziani Jackie Writing,  Ravello, August 1962 Edition 7/10 Silver gelatin, Printed later. Size 23. 6 x 15.7 in/60x 40 cm Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back

Benno Graziani
Jackie Writing,
Ravello, August 1962
Edition 7/10
Silver gelatin, Printed later.
Size 23. 6 x 15.7 in/60x 40 cm
Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back

Another photograph by Benno Graziani of Jackie Onassis:

Benno Graziani Jackie and Paparazzi, Amalfi, August 1962 Edition 5/10 Silver gelatin. Printed later. Size 23.6 x 15.7 in / 60 x 40 cm Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back.

Benno Graziani
Jackie and Paparazzi, Amalfi, August 1962
Edition 5/10
Silver gelatin. Printed later.
Size 23.6 x 15.7 in / 60 x 40 cm
Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back.

Photo-eye Gallery

Curtis Wehrfritz
He Speaks with the raven, first as a boy
Collodion on Velvet Board, 1 of 1
54″ x 36″, 74″ x 52″ w/Frame

Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt
Lion Family Portrait
Maasai Mara, 2003
Archival Pigment Print
29.5″ x 36.75″

Kamil Vognar

Kamil Vognar
Island
Mixed Media on canvas
30″ x 30″

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers
Burn to Shine
Archival Pigment Ink Print
20 x 20 inches

John Dominis

John Dominis
Steve McQueen with pistol at home, Palm Springs, California, 1963
Gelatin silver print, estate bind stamp

Susan Swihart is part of a photography collective known as VERGE, which is sponsored by Duncan Miller in L.A. Swihart an observer who takes pictures to capture small moments and translates her personal experiences into shared ones.

Susan Swihart

Susan Swihart,
Verge Photographers

I just loved the way this man was holding his baby.

I just loved the way this man was holding his baby.

Classic Photos 2015 at the newly remodeled spaces at Bonhams on Sunset featured 20th century artists with vintage masterworks as well as wonderful 19-century material. It originally began with ten exhibitors and now has twenty seven galleries and dealers from four countries.

Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles. Since 1905, Dawson’s Book Shop has been a leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, Western Americana and photography. In fact, Dawson’s is the oldest continuously operating book shop in the city of Los Angeles. Ernest Dawson started the shop in downtown Los Angeles.

After three moves downtown and a transfer of ownership to the second generation of Glen and Muir Dawson, the shop settled on Larchmont Boulevard in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area in 1968. Michael Dawson marks the third generation of the Dawson family to helm this Los Angeles treasure. He had a gorgeous selection of classic photography.

http://www.dawsonbooks.com

Judy Dater

Judy Dater:
Self portrait with stone
1981, gelatin silver

Edward Weston, Nude

Edward Weston:
Nude
1920, printed 1977, Platinum

Lou Stoumen

Lou Stoumen, Black Cat Bar & Brothel, San Juan, P.R.
1941, printed later.
Gelatin Silver

The Scott Nichols Gallery is a fine art photography gallery located in downtown San Francisco. His gallery shows a combination of established, up and coming and contemporary photographers. Scott Nichols, a Southern California native, has been a private dealer since 1980 and is considered one of the experts on Group f/64 and Brett Weston.

http://www.scottnicholsgallery.com

Mona Kuhn, Merle

Mona Kuhn
Merle
2003
Fuji Crystal Archive print
30 x 30 inches

Baron Wolman, George Harrison

Baron Wolman,
George Harrison
1969
Gelatin silver print
7 x 4 3/4 inches

Horace Bristol, PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul

Horace Bristol,
PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul
1944, printed 1990’s
Gelatin Silver print
7 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

www.contemporaryworks.net
This Edward Boubat, Little Girl with Dead Leaves, is one of my favorite photographs. I love the passion of Edward Boubat. He sold his six volume dictionary to fund the purchase of his first camera: a 6 x 6 Rolleicord.

Edward Boubat Little Girl with Dead Leaves, 1946-47/1940's

Edward Boubat
Little Girl with Dead Leaves,
1946-47/1940’s

Erwin Blumenfeld Nude under Wet Silk

Erwin Blumenfeld
Nude under Wet Silk
1936/1940’s
13 1/2 x 10 1/2

Peter Fetterman Gallery

www.peterfetterman.com

Willy Ronis Isabelle, 1990

Willy Ronis
Isabelle, 1990
Gelatin Silver print
14 x 11 inches
Titled and dated in pencil with the photographer’s stamp on verso; Signed in ink on recto

Wolf Suschitzky Charing Cross Road from No. 84 (Marks & Co), 1937

Wolf Suschitzky
Charing Cross Road from No. 84 (Marks & Co), 1937
Gelatin Silver Print
20 x 16 inches
Signed, titled and dated in pencil in verso

Photo LA & Classic Photos 2015


Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas

Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas”

When I pull into Forest Lawn Cemetery, I see a grand festive wreathe decorated in yellows, golds and reds. Five years and six months later, Michael Jackson is remembered, respected and honored at Forest Lawn. Dedications to him continue with Christmas trees left in his honor, complete with home made decorations.

Entrance to Forest Lawn

Entrance to Forest Lawn

People have lovingly decorated spruce, pine and fir trees and left them close to Michael’s resting spot, at Holly Terrace. Three different sizes of trees complete with wrapped gifts, tiny bulbs, sparkling tinsel, and handmade cards with candles underneath.

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas for MJ

Christmas for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

There is a beautiful silence on the sacred grounds. Even the trees seem to understand that G-d is closest to those with broken hearts. There is a Jewish proverb: Do not be wise in words, be wise in deeds. And indeed, Michael walked his walk. He didn’t have to tell others how he helped those less fortunate; he just did. He was a spiritual force that touched billions of souls. When I visited Neverland, I saw the special hospital beds for sick and dying children that Michael had built into the walls of the movie screening room. He was that committed to helping the children. Our culture is obsessed with sex and it’s the cynics that made something pure and innocent, into something evil. I was witness to the opposite.

Forest Lawn tree

Forest Lawn tree

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Forest Lawn for MJ

Forest Lawn for MJ

I wonder if he knew how much light he brought into our world? Does he know how bright his light continues to shine? Michael spread light and was the embodiment of love and yet his loneliness never broke his spirit. As I quietly sit, reflecting on how Michael wanted to heal the world, I am struck by the light streaming through the trees at Holly Terrace. And there is my answer. Michael Jackson’s light touched every corner of the world. A golden reflection of light, lighting in every direction: south, north, east and west. “Heal the World” he sang. If we all cry at the same time, maybe we can.

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MJ at Forest Lawn Cemetery


“He’s not afraid to look at the worst suffering and find the smallest part that’s positive and beautiful.” – Frank Dileo of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas”


Photographer David Bailey at Taschen in Los Angeles celebrates The Rolling Stones “It’s Just a Shot Away”

Photographer David Bailey at Taschen in Los Angeles celebrates The Rolling Stones “It’s Just a Shot Away”

Along with Douglas Kirkland and Melvin Sokolsky, David Bailey is one of the last great living photographers from the film era. David Bailey appeared in person for the first group show since he exhibited in London with artist David Hockney in 1971. Mr. Bailey arrived at Taschen on Beverly Blvd on Saturday, December 13, 2014 for the premiere of the sumptuous book, “It’s Just a Shot Away: The Rolling Stones in Photographs”.

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Photographer David Bailey @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Photographer David Bailey @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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David Bailey @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014


There were surprise visitors like Jack Nicholson, Pamela Anderson, Steven Tyler, photographer Sam Fielding and David Fahey; co owner of Fahey Klein, one of the most respected photo galleries in the world.Fahey/Klein has an inspiring collection of photography, and continues to innovate as its exhibition space changes every two weeks.

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Jack Nicholson @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Pamela Sue Anderson @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Steven Tyler @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Photographer Sam Fielding, David Bailey
http://www.samfieldingportraits.com
Sam is working on “Performer: The Book: http://www.oninstagram.com/profile/performerthebook

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David Fahey of Fahey Klein Gallery

Taschen has a reputation for stunning books and now they have their first, equally impressive gallery in Los Angeles. Here’s a few shots of some of my favorite photographs from the book:

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Photographer: Ethan Russell.
Keith Richards: Patience Please a Drug Free America Comes First, 1972.
48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 14
$13,000
16 x 20 in (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 250
$2,350

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Photographer: Ethan Russell.
Mick Jagger “Lips”, 1972
20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.9 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 50
$2,960
16 x 20 in (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 250
$1,950

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Photographer: Ethan Russell
Keith Richars with Jack and Coors, 1972
35 x 24 in (88.9 x 60.9 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 40
$4,500
20 x 16 (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 100
$2.350

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Photographer: Bent Rej
Keith Richards at Home 1,
19.7 x 19.7 in (50 x 50 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 25
$2,500

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Photographer: Terry Richardson
Rolling Stones, 2013
24 x 20 in (60.9 x 50.8 cm)
Digital C-Type Print
Edition of 5
$5,000

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Photographer: Ethan Russell
Keith Richards Exits “The Starship”, 1972
35 x 24 in (88.9 x 60.9 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 40
$4,500
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 75
$2.100

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Photographer: Anton Corbun
Mick Jagger, Glasgow, 1996
57.5 x 57.5 in (146 x 146 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition 4 of 6: $21.000
Edition 5 of 6: $27,500

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Photographer: Albert Watson
Mick Jagger in Car with Leopard, Los Angeles, 1992
55 x 37.5 in (139.7 x 95.3 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 10
$14,000

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Photographer: David Bailey
Mick Jagger, 1964
35 x 36.8 in (88.9 x 93.4 cm)
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
Price on Request

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Photographer: David Bailey
Mick Jagger, 1973
Goats Head Soup
33.9 x 50 in (86 x 127 cm)
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
20.3 x 30 in (51.6 x 76.2 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 20
Prices on Request

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David Bailey at Taschen

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David Bailey at Taschen

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The photographers

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Taschen: It’s Just a Shot Away

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Taschen

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Goat’s Head Soup with Sam Fielding

Photographer David Bailey at Taschen in Los Angeles celebrates The Rolling Stones “It’s Just a Shot Away”


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