Every generation likes to believe that it came of age at an especially trying moment in history. Millennials have the Great Recession to lament. Gen X had the dotcom bust. The Boomers had Vietnam. And the Silents had the early Cold War, complete with the not-so-silly threat of nuclear war.
But at least when it comes to the job market, I think we can all agree by now that today’s young adults are deserving of at least a few extra pity points. And should there be any doubt, here’s a wonderful, one-chart demonstration of why from a new Pew report. At every education level, the 25- to 32-year-olds of 2013 confronted a higher unemployment rate than past generations did when they were stepping into the workforce. And keep in mind, that’s 2013—four years after the economy was supposed to have started mending.
In 2005, Steve Jobs told a class of graduating students at Stanford University, “for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’”
The idea that we should live each day like it was our last isn’t new, of course, and is supposed to inspire us to, you know, go sky-diving, Rocky-Mountain climbing, and the like. But how would you live this day if it wasn’t your last, but rather the 19,718th-to-last? Or the 8,657th?
A new watch called Tikker claims to have created a way to calculate approximately when, according to its creators, a person is likely to die, and then to input that date into a wristwatch. The idea is that being constantly reminded of his or her own mortality will nudge the wearer to live life to the fullest.
Read more. [Image: Tikker]
The Brazil-based photographer Sebastián Liste spent time at the club’s training center and among the stalwart fans. A look at his photos: http://nyr.kr/1aBW23e
In this week’s issue, Ben McGrath looks at the renewed success of the wildly popular Brazilian soccer team Corinthians: http://nyr.kr/1aAYpTX.
Photographs by Sebastián Liste/Reportage by Getty Images
Creating Self-Portrait Illusions with @vivaladiva_
To see more photos and videos of Malin’s self-portraits, follow @vivaladiva_.
On first glance at Malin Bergman’s (@vivaladiva_) self-portraits, you might think she has her back turned to the camera. But upon closer inspection, the truth is revealed.
"I’m really fond of photos that at first sight look nice and flawless, but when you look closer for a while you start to notice details that give an illusion that not all is as peaceful and perfect as you first thought."
Malin uses her long red hair as a prop to create imaginative self-portraits that make the viewer work hard to determine the mood of the photo.
"Quite early on when I started shooting portraits, I was interested in disguising the faces of the people I photographed, both with masques and simply by asking the person to face away from the camera. The facial expression tells you a lot, but if you hide it, it’s harder for the viewer to interpret the mood in the photo which makes it more interesting and lets the viewer interpret it in their own way."
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, her style began as an art project on self-portraits.
"I started to experiment with my camera and self-timer and thought I didn’t just want to take a plain portrait of my face with the hair hanging down, so I combed my hair over my face. When I looked at the photo in the camera, I saw that you couldn’t really tell if it was taken from behind me or in front of me and I liked that optical illusion."
Malin often uses another subject to adjust lighting and composition, then shows them where to hold the phone as she steps into the frame. She tries to add a small detail to distort reality.
"I get very inspired by the surrealism in my pictures, but I try to make that influence just slightly noticeable. I hope that my photos affects the viewer in a way that makes him/her stop and view the picture one more time and let their own fantasies decide what the photo really shows."
The Hyperrealist Sculptures of Ron Mueck
To view works from Ron Mueck’s current exhibit in Buenos Aires, visit the Fundación Proa location page.
Australian-born sculptor Ron Mueck has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for the past several decades, where he has gained global notoriety for his hyperrealist sculptures fashioned from fiberglass, silicon and resin. By replicating human anatomy in excruciating detail, Mueck dramatizes and explores themes of life and death through sculptures both miniature and massive.
Mueck’s latest works, which debuted in April at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France, recently made their way to Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March, the show will continue its tour through South America at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.
A look at Jonathan Saruk’s photographs of cinema culture in Afghanistan, where going to the movies was previously one of the many activities banned by the Taliban: http://nyr.kr/18Qx7In
Top: Moviegoers watch a Pakistani film at Pamir Cinema, in Kabul’s old
Center-Left: Screening an Indian film at Ariana Cinema, in Pashtunistan Square, Kabul, December, 2010.
Center-Right: Park Cinema employees, November, 2010.city, November, 2010.
Bottom: Winding a reel at Temorshahee Cinema, in Kabul’s old city, June, 2011.