If You don't know HORST... it's safe to say you don't know Fashion.

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Horst P. Horst revolutionized the Fashion industry through his photography. The pretentiousness I find in many fashion photographers today, I realize derive from echoed emulations of the legend in which Horst P. Horst left behind. Simultaneously elevating brand and fashion, in unity through his Photography. His stark, risky (at the time), elegant approach to lighting and contrast, portrayed his his subjects in the semblance of Greek sculptures. This gave way to the surrealism of today’s fashion photography… and paved the way for the tastemakers of today.

His work was incredible… and is still as amazing, engaging, and inspiring to look at to this day.

I deeply appreciate his eye, his talent, and his taste for the human form as an artist.

Here’s to Horst.

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ROBBEN ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

The history of Robben Island is a monumentally rich and equally dark one. From a place of criminals and exiled African and Asian slaves, to an island solely for imprisonment. 

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Today, Robben Island is home to multiple residence who work for the Prison Museum

The prison is no longer active and has been so for years. It was declared a heritage site in 1996, and was developed into a museum through 1999.

BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT

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The Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa was started by this man, Steve Biko. Steve Biko, was a student at the time he began organizing students from his school to speak out against the horrors of Apartheid and the harsh discrimination haunting South Africa at the time. As a student, his words and activism gained great ground from the walls of his collegiate institution to the surrounding communities. This placed him not only at the forefront of the movement… but in the eye of the media and local government. In 1977, the local government decided they had enough of Steve Biko’s continued activism and decided to eradicate him. Steve Biko was arrested and sentenced  to a detention. It was during this time that endured brutal beatings and blunt force to his head. Due to massive hemorrhaging and injuries, he died unattended and alone in a detention center downtown. But his spirit was never to forgotten.

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