Things I read while I drank coffee this morning (7.8)


I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

Amazing photoset and read by Kainoa Little

No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017


This album has been on my ‘to take to a desert island’ lists since it came out. (Holy shit 20 years ago). Palo Alto will always be my image of the valley.

On ‘OK Computer,’ Radiohead Saw the Future: Ours


The human race, West says, has been saved by innovation and innovation thrives in cities. Unlike countries, companies and humans, cities seem to be immortal. In the last century cities have been de-industrialised, starved and some have even been attacked with nuclear bombs. And yet they always seem to survive. Ten years ago humanity passed the point by which those who lived in cities outnumbered those who didn’t. Every day a million more people move into cities, and this shouldn’t worry us.

The cities will save us all. Good read on the pace of change and why groups of people slammed together are needed for minds to create and build upon each other.

Are our cities immortal?