Archive for January 12th, 2010

January 12, 2010

Olympic Games, Melbourne, 1956

Ireland’s Ronnie Delany unexpectedly wins Gold for Ireland in the 1500 metre final, pipping Australian favourite John Landy to the post.  In the Olympic tradition, Delany is the first to console his worthy adversary.

January 12, 2010

Olympic Games, Melbourne, 1956 [detail]

Col Elliott of Glenroy is immediately on the blower to his mate Bert Adams: “He was robbed!”

January 12, 2010

Sharpies, Melbourne Showgrounds, 1974

Still from Greg Macainsh’s legendary 1974 film Sharpies.

Narelle from Bayswater is trying to hook up with her friend from Wantirna.  Amid the heat, agro and deafening roar of the Coloured Balls, she is hungry and needs to bot a smoke.

January 12, 2010

Sharpies, Melbourne Showgrounds, 1974

Bored and disinterested, Donna declines to meet Narelle at the Four‘n Twenty Pie stand.   Shane and some of his mates have offered to take her to Northcote and get a souvlaki from Ulysses.  Their excitement is self-evident.

January 12, 2010

Vietnamese Asylum Seeker, Saigon, 1979

“You mean he is a peacock or he’s just called Peacock”

January 12, 2010

Henry Kissinger, US Embassy, Bonn, 1974

Moments before using his hand for a more tasteful pragmatism, Secretary of State Kissinger was snapped picking his nose.

January 12, 2010

Unnamed archaeologist, Laugerie, France, 1908

One can only wonder if the classicist Eric Havelock drew inspiration from this image while writing his Preface to Plato (1963).  It is indeed a fitting emblem of his “silent revolution”.

January 12, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Communist Chinese Militiaman, Peking, 1968

Roughly translated from the Mandarin (这是什么征兆), the phrase “What augury is this?” captures these soldiers’ shared sense of wonder.

January 12, 2010

Gent in Ad, 1959

The first inkling of cervical spine displasia.

January 12, 2010

American Navy Officers, 1959

Chastened Navy Officers avert their eyes after President Dwight Eisenhower (out of frame) tells them to “stop whatever it is they are doing” and pay attention.