It's a fictional streetscape we wander, here, a metropolis whose buildings, boulevards, and back alleys are in a constant state of flux. This is every place, and yet, no place at all - a city of dreams and a dream of a city.

Here, we explore the life and work of Ivan Illich and his circle of collaborators. There's no comprehensive index to the articles published, but we invite you to use the Search box, to the left, and to explore the Archive links that appear at the bottom of each page. Comments are welcomed.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Smiling, in 1974

Shamelessly, we re-publish this charming photo of Illich, evidently made in 1974 by Gisèle Freund. We found it - using Microsoft's Bing image search service - at a good-looking Mexican site, all in Spanish, called Letras Libres.


(Gisèle Freund, we're pleased to discover, was a German photographer, of socialist bent - born 1908, died 2000. Among other notable episodes, she shot in England for Life magazine during the Depression, shot many top writers and artists in Paris, was a stringer for the Magnum agency, was hounded by the FBI, and in 1981, ended up as François Mitterand's official photographer. We look forward to learning more about her.)

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Writer, photographer, music fan; father and husband living in northern Calif.