Interesting Lady: Deadliest Sniper

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lyudmila-pavlichenko-deadlies-sniper3 Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko (1916 – 1974) was a Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War 2. She signed up for the army when she was a 25-year-old history student from Kiev. As a youth Pavlychenko trained with a paramilitary sporting organization that taught weapons skills and etiquette. Here she became a highly accomplished civilian sharpshooter, so it would seem only natural she wanted to be a sniper. The recruitment officers, however, had trouble assigning a woman, but after she demonstrated her extraordinary skill, the Red Army admitted her. She was one of 2000 female snipers and her confirmed kill score of 309 puts her is top five snipers of all time.

After the war, Pavlychenko went back to Kiev University to finish her master’s degree.




Future Memory

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For his ongoing series Souvenir-d’un-Futur, French photographer Laurent Kronental documents life in large housing projects in the residential districts of Paris. These Grands Ensembles – built between 1950 and the 1980s – with their retro modernistic feel are still the home of many senior citizens. Kronental has captured both the buildings and their occupants; aging yet standing proud.

Marked by the passing of time, these massive, gray buildings, like their elder residents, bear the signs of long lives. And yet, in these wrinkled faces and cracked walls, in the energy of the bodies and of the facades, emerges the pride and pulse that we thought had disappeared.

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Snail Trails

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In the first photograph, they are neatly ordered, in the second, their trails form intricate lines and patterns. Boston-based artist Daniel Ranalli uses snails to ‘paint’ and the result is an interesting collaboration.
DR: This series is based on the drawings made by snails on the wet sand in the intertidal zone. They are part of an ongoing series of works involving collaboration between the snails and me. I choreograph the snails starting positions, and then photograph the marks they make over time.snail-drawings-daniel-ranalli-05snail-drawings-daniel-ranalli-04
DR: I tend to think of the snail pieces as a metaphor for the order we establish in our lives, and how the element of chance enters in to shape the result -regardless of how much we attempt to structure it.The works are usually in time sequences of two to four images.snail-drawings-daniel-ranalli-03snail-drawings-daniel-ranalli-02
All images © Danial Ranalli

Haute Gruau

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René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) was a fashion illustrator in the world of haute couture during the 1940s and 50s. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater and the influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.