My latest photography series, taking a look at the former Embassy of Iran in Washington DC. For detailed information on the history and former state of the structure Alex Aubry has written a concise article on the subject
Egypt Travel Magazine was produced as the official magazine of the Egypt State Tourism Administration. Featured above is issue No. 18 January 1956. This magazine's highlight is a mid century illustration of a wall painting from Egypt's antiquity . The interior features photos of Alfred Hitchcock and Hollywood actress Rhonda Fleming who were visiting Egypt during the period.
Topps, best known for its baseball cards in the United States, issued this colorful 80 card set of Flags of the World in 1956. I enjoyed looking at the countries represented from the Middle East. Iran seems to be the best depicted in comparison to the others, particularly Syria in its depiction of a angry Beduin with a sword and Egypt which apparently in 1956 was still building the great pyramids.
During the IMAX premier in late 2010 one may notice that the set design for Tron Legacy included various non traditional items placed within the "safe house" scenes. While the design itself has borrowed from some influence from 2001 A Space Odyssey, one can clearly view three silver rose water sprinklers on the table under the mid century lamp. This was the brainchild of Darren Gilford, the production designer and I believe he did a magnificent job in development and fabrication this environment.
A typical representation of the Dervish is of men in white gowns spinning around with tall caps on their head. What one should know is that the Dervish often takes vows of poverty, and would often wonder without material need. This postcard is from 1908 in Iran and shows a very contemporary looking man that could have been photographed 60 years later in San Francisco, or even today...