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"Where are the children?" She would suddenly appear like an over-solicitous mother-bitch breathlessly pursuing her constant quest, head lifted and scenting the breeze. Sometimes her white linen sleeves bore witness that she had come from kneading dough for cakes or making the pudding that had a velvety hot sauce of rum and jam . . . . To her traditional cry she would add, in the same anxious and appealing key, a reminder of the time of day. "Four o'clock, and they haven't come in to tea! . . . . Half-past six! Will they come home to dinner?" . . . . Two are at rest. The others grow older day by day. . . . . For the eldest of us all, at any rate, she has done with looking at the dark window pane every evening and saying, "I feel that child is not happy. . . . " --and for the elder of the boys she no longer listens, breathlessly, to the wheels of a doctor's trap coming over the snow at night . . . But I know that for the two who remain she seeks and wanders still, invisible, tormented by her inability to watch over them enough. "Where, oh where are the children? . . . " - (Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette)

Dorothea Lange - Photographer of the People . . . . . . . "The whole thing, the feelings and tempers and people's attitudes, were very complex . . . "

Home Again by Steve McCurry - "Best known for his evocative color photography, McCurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy." - View the Galleries and Journals, ImagineAsia, and more.

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QUOTES: - "The contemplation of things as they are ~ without error or confusion ~ without substitution or imposture ~ is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention." (Francis Bacon)

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"Yes, the main reason for me to paint is to show the world the things that my people and I love. It is a way of making a living, but more than that - it is to show other people who we are and how we live. It is also a way of learning. Through art you learn about new techniques, about other cultures, about how other people think and live. It lifts you out from the darkness. . . . . " - Dafa (Coex'ae Qgam), January 2000

THE WORK FEATURED ABOVE: - 'Del Fondo de la Memoria Vengo' 1994-1998 - Photography and mixed media ( 1 of 6), 29 x 36 inches. Permission and Copyright, the artist: Lucía Chiriboga. Lucía "was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1954. Today she is the director of that city's Visual Center Workshop for Photographic and Communications Research, a private foundation dedicated to the research, cataloguing and analysis of early Ecuadorian photography. Chiriboga is a sociologist, a photographer and a researcher on the history of photography. She has exhibited her photographic work and collections of historical images in Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, and Beijing, China. Her solo exhibition, Cuenca, Ecuador; she contributed to the 1997 Havana Biennial; and was represented in an exhibition of Latin American women in photography held at the 1997 Arhus festival in Denmark. Chiriboga also has published articles and books including "Portrait of the Amazon, Ecuador 1880-1945" (Retrato de la Amazon�a Ecuador) and "Naked Identity: Early Photographs of Andean Indians" (Identidades Desnudas: La Temprana Fotografia del Indio de los Andes). - (This image was provided by the Art Museum of the Americas) . . . . . . . MUSIC: - 'Shake Sugaree' . . . everything I've got is done and pawned (SFW40147) by Elizabeth Cotten. "Elizabeth 'Libba' Cotten (1896-1987) wrote her well-known song 'Freight Train' at the age of 11 and sang it nearly 80 years. Through her songwriting, her quietly commanding personality, and her unique left-handed guitar and banjo styles, she has inspired and influenced generations of younger artists. Cotten was declared a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984, and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a 'living treasure.' She received a Grammy Award in 1985 when she was 90. Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Produced by Mike Seeger. - (This music file was provided by Smithsonian Global Sounds).


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