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Saw this on Retronaut this evening. As a photographer I found it fascinating and needed to share it. There are lots of bikes in it. There's even a cargo bike.
This image is so full of ambiguity. The four figures have such different attitudes that taken in isolation you'd never connect them, they're all wearing white shirts though - giving it an art directed cinematic quality. A big street almost completely empty, post apocalyptic except history tells us it's an apocalyptic moment. The most astonishing thing is how long that one bloke stood there with the tanks bearing down on him as others (sensibly) fled the scene.
Apparently this image surfaced in 2009
push bikes and white shirts, maybe suggestive of a preconceived Chinese conformity. with a subtle yet powerful contradiction of a pre 'tank-man', tank-man
That site Retronaut has some very good pics of history on there Robert.
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
On a related note, I am reading the book Stasiland, about East Germany before the wall fell. I read that one had to have a permit for (well, everything, I know) riding a bicycle because the mobility that afforded was perceived to be dangerous. On a bicycle, you could get around checkpoints and blocked off areas relatively discretely. Found some interesting photos here:
Coveted Possession: A Woman Defends her Bicycle (1945)
"In 1945, bicycles were a coveted means of transportation. Here, a Soviet soldier attempts to wrest a bicycle from a German woman in Berlin since a special …permission was required to use a bicycle. Photographer unknown."
Permission to Ride a Bicycle (July 24, 1945)
"Germans were allowed to ride bicycles only in exceptional cases, with special permission. Here is a precious certificate entitling the holder to use a bicycle on the authority of the local police of Hohen Neuendorf bei Berlin, issued on July 24, 1945, in German and Russian."
I love those images that capture a moment in history.
I saw this one last week. While not bike related it is to do with sport. It is hard to believe this was America in the late sixties.
The same America which, in some states, made black people sit in the back of the bus and made them send their kids to black-only schools? The same America which, in some states, made gun ownership compulsory?
Situation normal, then.
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