Issue 30

The Face, Feelings and Fear edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

The joy of losing composure in four frames

A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see Victorians more formal and stern than they might have been.

Olga Kuraeva is completely consumed with a story

Olga Kuraeva dances with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and says that dance is ‘neither a philosophy nor a job but a means of expressing emotion’. She is completely possessed in this improvisation as she shares a spellbinding story with us.

The defiance and humour of Muhammad Ali

Ali vs. Cleveland Williams, Houston, 1966 

“There was a time when no one was more photographed than Muhammad Ali. The pictures from the ’60s and early ’70s helped define sports in America. I tried to stay away from the iconic images that everyone knows — the one I picked is the one that hangs in my office. I love the way Jim Drake captured the look on Ali’s face during this weigh-in (ironically, this was before the Williams fight and foreshadows what was about to happen to poor Cleveland). There’s something defiant but also comical in Ali’s demeanor, which is how I remember him. And the lighting is just about perfect. He seems serious about his work, which was to knock people out, but as with every Ali press conference, he is the ultimate showman.”

Steve Fine, Sports Illustrated’s director of photography

Anna Karina’s guide to being mesmerising

This BFI video uses clips from Jean-Luc Godard’s films Bande à Part and Vivre Sa Vie to illustrate why Anna Karina becomes such a captivating and iconic figure of the early-1960s.

How much have you ever lost in a coin toss?

This mesmerising scene from No Country For Old Men is intense, suspenseful and quietly terrifying.

A lesson in the look, expressions and movements of a true psychopath by Javier Bardem.


Cover photo: Artwork by Ed Wheeler

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