Who is Santa Claus? In Italy "La Befana" is a good witch who dresses all in black. In the U.S. the Coca Cola Company invented the Santa in red and white robes. The Dutch "Sintirklass" arrives by boat on December 6th. In China, "Dun Che Lao Ren," or Christmas Old Man, brings gifts to children. In Germany the "Christkind" or Christ Child brings presents while families are in church. In Sweden Santa is a gnome called "Juletomten". In Switzerland the "Christkindl" brings the gifts. In England Father Christmas is a stern version of Santa Claus.
Happy New Year by Magnum Photographers
Fireworks, dancing, lots of champagne and promises to do things better next year. Anticipation, celebration, hangover. This essay celebrates the ritual of New Year's Eve. Magnum wishes everybody a happy one.
The World Is Young is a profound and loving book by Wayne Miller, a former principal assistant to Edward Steichen. Each photograph is an exploration and celebration of the simple pleasures of childhood.
Nearly everyone has been subjected to awkward and unfortunate dinner parties or similar occasions, especially during the holidays. Magnum documents some such events, in hopes that you have better luck.
Quote of the Week
It's not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It's their intimate relationship with it."