Wednesday, December 2, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 12:27 PM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark speaks backstage at the Nicholas K Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 9, 2012. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Mary Ellen Mark, an artist known for her incredible humanist photography, passed away Monday in New York City. A rep confirmed the news Tuesday morning. She was 75.

Mark was born (March 20, 1940) and raised in Elkins Park. She graduated from Cheltenham High School (“I was head cheerleader,” she told the Inquirer’s Stephen Rea in 2008). In 1962, she received a bachelor of fine arts in art history and painting from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's in photojournalism in 1964 from Penn’s Annenberg School of Communication. She would return to the local institution to receive honorary doctorates in fine arts in 1992 and 1994.

Mark said she got her big break while working for a Penn alumni magazine. On assignment at Rosemont College, she met Pat Carbine, then managing editor of Look, who later took her pitch to photograph London drug clinics.

POSTED: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:35 AM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
A panel from Wednesday's "Pearls Before Swine" comic strip, drawn by "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson. (Steven Pastis / Universal uClick)

Bill Watterson, the cartoonist and creator of the beloved "Calvin and Hobbes," has lived a reclusive lifestyle after ending his popular comic strip back in 1995. Since sending his popular cartoon duo down a snowy hill to explore the world over 18 years ago, Watterson has shied away from interviews and hasn't picked up a pen or drawn another published comic strip.

That is, until now.

This week, "Pearls Before Swine" cartoonist Stephan Pastis secretly invited Watterson to guest draw several comic strips under the guise of second-grader Libby.

POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 3:39 PM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
Up the ante for a local AIDS charity, rethink the way you enjoy your favorite Broadway shows, DIY at PhilaMOCA, kick off Philly’s Flamenco Festival and escape into the tumultuous world of Henrik Ibsen during some of the best (most off-the-beaten-path events) today through Sunday.
POSTED: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 1:33 PM

More than 50 years ago, legendary sci-fi author and humanist Isaac Asimov predicted what life in 2014 would be like for an op-ed in the New York Times. As it turns out, his accuracy is stunning.

Titled “Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014,” Asimov’s op-ed runs down what an attendee should expect to see at this year’s World’s Fair, which apparently is the most antiquated notion in the entire piece. Rightly so, given that Asimov was one of the world’s foremost thinkers before his death in 1992.

Throughout his career, Asimov routinely seemed to be waiting for the “science” side of his craft to catch up with his own imagination—which, as it turns out, took about 50 years or so from his NYT op-ed. The real good news, though, is that Asimov’s unusually optimistic view of humanity’s future seems to be blossoming nicely.

POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013, 1:28 PM
Glen Macnow, of WIP Sportsradio. (Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel)

Glen Macnow has settled on new contract details with SportsRadio WIP. Rather than appear on the midday show with Anthony Gargano, Macnow will serve as "expert contributor," according to a statement.

Macnow will KYW Newsradio's "Reporter's Round-up" and work with Harry Donahue during football season. He will continue to host WIP's Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Ray Didinger. In addition, Macnow will contribute to Phillies pre- and post- game shows on WPHT.

Macnow took a hiatus from his midday show earlier this month due to the contract dispute, but continued to appear on  the Eagles pregame show.

POSTED: Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:22 AM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
What is likely the world's first selfie, taken in 1839 by Philadelphia's Robert Cornelius.

Long before camera phones or Snapchat or Instagram, people have been taking "selfies." And here in Philadelphia, we’ve been doing it the longest.

In fact, we’re home to what likely is the world’s very first selfie. Taken in October 1839 by Robert Cornelius, a Philly-based metallurgist, the photo shows a scruffy Cornelius standing slightly off-center in the frame, arms folded and looking past the camera. Throw a beanie on him, and you’ve got the next great American Apparel model. 

Cornelius snapped the photo, a daguerreotype, outside of his family’s lamp shop, with historians estimating that he had the hold that pose for anywhere from three to 15 minutes. Inscribed on the back is a message reading “The first light picture ever taken. 1839.” 

POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:40 PM

The Daily News' own Dave Maialetti was named one of the "10 Instagram Photographers You Should Follow" by Forbes magazine. And with good reason. Not only is Maialetti an excellent photojournalist for the two papers, but he has a keen eye for street photography as well, capturing often glazed over moments in Philly life.

"Whether he is photographing the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles on Lincoln Financial Field or anonymous citizens along unnamed urban streets, Maialetti’s lens shows great affection for the people and architecture of the City of Brotherly Love," writer Amadou Diallo wrote about Maialetti's work.

Check out Maialetti's feed at @Maialetti and follow him to see more of his work.

POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10:54 AM
Filed Under: Fine Arts
The Rosenbach Museum and Library on Delancey Place (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Today is the perfect day to check out one of the local museums you’ve always wanted to see. That’s because today, September 28, over 15 museums in the Philadelphia area are offering free admission.

In celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, participating museums across the country are opening their doors to share vast historical, scientific, and cultural holdings with the public. Smithsonian Museums are always free, but printing out a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket today will grant you the rare opportunity to explore one of the city’s many hidden treasures without opening your wallet. All you will need is a printed ticket downloaded from the Smithsonian website.

Participating museums in Greater Philadelphia include the Penn Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish History, and many more worthwhile institutions.

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