New York Times photojournalist Tyler Hicks spoke to Fresh Air about his Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs of the terrorist siege at a Nairobi mall in September 2013. In today’s interview Hicks tells Terry Gross about taking this photo:
"It’s a very exposed vantage point so I didn’t spend a lot of time there. But I looked down and saw this incredible scene of a young woman with two children hiding on the floor of a café. You could see shell casings all around them from bullets and they were just petrified, they were completely still and … to me, that photograph really sums up what happened there. Outside of the frame, all around them and on the floor of this mall were bodies, a man next to an ATM machine, a woman still holding a shopping bag who had been killed, and they somehow managed to avoid that."
Photo Tyler Hicks/New York Times
Raymond Pettibon artist, Installation view of Documenta 11, Platform 5, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
“There are many benefits to being an autonomous grown-up. But being able to hide oneself is not one of them.”
Art: Gustave Caillebotte, Rooftops in the Snow, 1878.
Shakespeare invented more than 1,000 words when he was writing, and now we might be able to find out how. Two New York booksellers believe they have found Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary, John Baret’s An Alvearie or Quadruple Dictionarie. Although scholars aren’t quite convinced, you can read the dictionary in full to decide for yourself.
(from the series: ‘chairs unravelled - 2’..pen/wash on paper - colours inverted..30cm x 21cm..(c)thisbiscuit 2014)
Yangon (also known as Rangoon, and meaning “End of Strife”) is a former capital of Myanmar (Burma). Although the military government has officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw since March 2006, Yangon, with a population of over five million, continues to be the country’s largest city and the most important commercial centre.
Yangon’s infrastructure is undeveloped compared to those of other major cities in Southeast Asia, and while many high-rise residential and commercial buildings have been constructed or renovated throughout downtown and Greater Yangon in the past two decades, many remain in poor states of repair and most satellite towns that ring the city continue to be deeply impoverished.
I really like this type of photo and I’d have liked to get more similar shots, but taking photos from the hotel balcony means you need to stay in more than one place to get more than one photo. Which we didn’t.
The moon is as low as a streetlight,
near navy blue over cotton ground.
Maybe the men in charge link each street
with black and white chequered tiles, maybe
they don’t. Maybe they shave too much
and sometimes stare out at night - I hope we can
like a brace of dead birds remember