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Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, the film is riveting—a history of modern photography, a psychological study and a noir tale of mystery.
Elizabeth Taylor and Lassie in Los Angeles in 1943. Taylor received $100 a week; the dog made $250. But Elizabeth Taylor was on her way to stardom.
California—An important new bill has passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown protecting abandoned animals has been signed into law in the state of California. AB 1810 removes a state mandate to euthanize any animal abandoned at an animal care facility, including veterinary offices, spay/neuter clinics, animal hospitals, and grooming facilities, if a new home is not found within 24 days. Photograph by Susan Sabo.
The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.
Photograph by Susan Weingartner
"Oh, it’s a perfect day / I’m glad I spent it with you / Oh, such a perfect day / You just keep me hanging on … just a perfect day / You made me forget myself / I thought I was someone else, someone good."
— Perfect Day by Lou Reed
NBA Player of the Week: Jason Collins and his dog Shadow
Congratulations to Don Nelson on being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame today. One of many great stories about “Nellie” … late in his career, Nelson returned as coach of the Golden State Warriors. Soon after arriving, he introduced the “66 rule.” The impetus was Monte Ellis, a young second-year player drafted straight out of high school who was prone to sulking. When things didn’t go his way he’d pout, so Nelson created the “66 rule” — “I’m 66, and too bleeping old to take this crap …”
Pictured: Nelson with his rescue dog Lucky
Interesting article on Tumblr founder, David Karp, in the Sunday New York Times Magazine. Karp is pictured with his dog, Clark. GPOY (Gratuitous Picture of Yourself) is the popular Tumblr tag.
From the exhibition Keith Haring: 1978–1982 a wonderful show at the Brooklyn Museum that explored the early career of the seminal street-Pop artist. The show closed yesterday, July 8, but look for the exhibition catalog and past/future surveys of the artists work. Dogs were an important symbol in Haring’s lexicon.