A Day Without a Woman

For anyone who thinks there is no need for an International Women’s Day, here’s one reminder from a death squad in Central America that I cannot forget. At dawn on February 20th 1982, I head off to ship film at the international airport, but I first encounter the victim of a right-wing death squad, later confirmed …

Measuring Influence

Earlier this month, TIME magazine devised a list of “the 100 most influential photographs” from across all of history. http://100photos.time.com/ Such an enterprise makes perfect sense coming from the publishing company that hopes to rival the Nobel’s leading figures around the world with their own Man or Woman or Group or Machine of the Year. …

Crowded Wisdom

by J. Ross Baughman excerpted in part from Angle, his memoir published in 2014.        “I know it when I see it.”        In a slightly different context, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart couldn’t define with words very well what he was seeing, but he was sure of his brain’s response …

The Chameleon with a Camera

by J. Ross Baughman an excerpt from Angle, a memoir published in 2014 On 15 July 1983, Woody Allen comes out with his movie Zelig, about an imaginary celebrity from the 1920s and ‘30s who happens to be a human chameleon. The character, brilliantly portrayed in mockdocumentary style by Woody Allen, yearns for any and all kinds …