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    THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY

    Robert Frank, Parade – Hoboken, 1955. © Robert Frank/Fotomuseum Winterthur. A continent is spanned, but its life compressed into a single grief. – Tod Papageorge on Robert Frank’s The Americans (1958) All gods were dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken. So another war was called for. “I imagine that one of the …

  • TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    THE POLYGLOTS

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    THE POLYGLOTS

    Life is full of chip love, strewn with abortive romances, of glances exchanged in a railway carriage that must die premature deaths because at this junction or that our trains take us asunder; because we had met a little too early or else a little too late, or not perhaps in just the right place. …

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    DRINKING ELECTRICITY

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    DRINKING ELECTRICITY

    Francis Picabia, Prenez garde à la peinture, 1916. © Francis Picabia. In the literature, paintings, and press of the 19th-century Paris, the creature most often compared with the ballerina was the racehorse; like racehorses ballerinas were animal machines – fleet, swift, smooth. In the 20th century, dancers became automobiles: driven, motorised, mechanised. In the transition …

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    ROGER TAKES PICTURES FOR ROGER

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    ROGER TAKES PICTURES FOR ROGER

    © Roger Ballen, Take Off/Asylum of the Birds, 2012. Courtesy PUG, Oslo. You see, not so easy, huh? Takes a lot of steps, a lot of steps. So now you found something you like, so what’s so great about that? You’ve seen it all before. Why is it a special moment? Why is it different …

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    BEHOLD, THIS DREAMER COMETH

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    BEHOLD, THIS DREAMER COMETH

    and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said …

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    MON BEAU CHAPEAU

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    MON BEAU CHAPEAU

    A customer asks a gentleman in a London hat shop if he would kindly present him with a cluster of hats from which to choose the very right one. The gentleman thinks for a moment and then returns with only one article, which he decorously hands the customer with the words: “Sir, this is the …

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    SÖDERMALM (PART NINE)

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    SÖDERMALM (PART NINE)

    It is hard to realise that thirty years ago Södermalm was Stockholm’s own bohemian Sleepy Town. Regretfully nowadays Söder is most of all for people who have the means to be “bohemian”, hipsters. When the great Mark Cousins – who made the fifteen-hour-long The Story of Film for television – was in town last autumn …

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    SÖDERMALM (PART EIGHT)

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    SÖDERMALM (PART EIGHT)

    On February 22, 1944, Soviet bombers dropped a load over Södermalm, shelling Eriksdal and Ringvägen. Everything, with just one new exception, that has been built on Söder since the 1960s looks like any barf of dead architecture from the Eastern Bloc. Stockholm’s contemporary pulse is based on how well the past is looking and functioning …