World War II: The Holocaust

World War II: The Holocaust

More of Alan Taylor’s excellent collection of World War II in Photos.

Many of us have seen numerous collections of photographic documentation of Nazi Germany’s “final solution” of concentration death camps and have little interest in seeing more. Alan Taylor is an excellent photo editor and has put together a well-captioned collection that should send chills down anyone’s spine, Jew and non-Jew.

Human beings are capable of terrible things and it’s important to look carefully at images like these to burn that idea into our brains so that we don’t find ourselves in the same place, yet again.

Given our short cultural memory, coupled with the number of people who have no clue that this ever happened, I’m not confident we won’t repeat it in one form or another.

Joel Meyerowitz’ photographs of the aftermath of 9/11 in New York

Joel Meyerowitz has a show up at the Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut that’s well worth seeing if you’re in the area: The City Resilient. The images are spectacular: the superb photography and large scale increases the dramatic impact of the scale of the destruction at ground zero.

Amazon has the book of these images: Aftermath and the hardback is priced very reasonably.

Here’s a second video on how Meyerowitz got entry to the site which no press was allowed in to at the time.

World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans

World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans

Alan Taylor continues his series at the Atlantic’s In Focus on World War II in Photos.

This impressive collection includes a few images from Ansel Adams who was doing commercial photography for the State of California and the US government at the time.

The internment of Japanese Americans remains one of the most embarrassing and stupid ideas in US history, one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s mistakes.

Hull-Oaks Steam Powered Sawmill

Hull-Oaks Sawmill

Hull-Oakes Lumber may be the last steam-powered commercial saw mill in the country, and they’re one of the few mills capable of cutting large timbers up to 85 ft. long. The mill has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. Large long timbers are still used in railroad trestles, the restoration of historic structures, and for the spars and masts of ships.

This is an incredible photo essay and I highly recommend going through it slowly and reading the captions. Watch an 80 foot log get processed by a steam powered band saw. Absolutely amazing.

The larger steam engine was built in 1906 and has a 16 inch cylinder and an 18 inch stroke. In other words, it’s a huge machine. It breaks down less than any other machine in the mill. Incredible. Check the size of that band saw blade. Love the image of the sharpener watching it get sharpened. Check out his legs. Even mill workers have a sense of humor.

I’d consider a trip to Corvallis, Oregon just to see this mill in operation.

[via Steve Splonskowski]