Pia Laskar writes that a British colleague called Arthur Thesleff (1871-1920) “the greatest living authority on the gypsy problem” and comments on the ends served by such images then and now. Most of the photos appear to be of residents of Central Europe and the Balkans, but there’s one family portrait of Andalusian gypsies. As documents of an ideal, they form an interesting counterpoint to Thesleff’s photos of the utopian Finnish colony he founded in Argentina in 1906. Here‘s an interesting introduction by Teuvo Peltoniemi to this and other settlements. (Re articulate northern European travellers with a particular interest in southern European gypsies: I still haven’t managed to get hold of Jan Cremer Senior‘s reporting from 1930s Spain. His photographs and descriptions of 1920s Balkan gypsies were certainly a lot more lively than Thesleff’s, and it would be interesting to discover what he made of these lands.)
- Gypsy madonna, madonna gypsy
Who’s copying who?
- Gypsies & Sindhis & Catalonia
Hordes of otherwise quite sensible people here spend acres of time (makes sense to me) worrying about whether their sacred language is being polluted by others. Francisco de Sales Mayo was so generous as to extend his concern to Caló, which he claimed had suffered adulteration at the hands of the authors of early nineteenth century …
- A revolutionary Balkan gypsy begging flyer
The gypsy beggars and backing-track musos who work the Barcelona local train service systematically and efficiently are an example to Spanish local authorities looking to improve their act: no grasping, arrogant, incompetent, Weberian civil service; a fine tradition of no-budget graphic design; and simple, effective copywriting in the language most likely to mean something, not
- worrying is wonderful
Over at Iberian Notes (2003/10/16 15:15), John Chappell is worried because La Vanguardia keeps plugging the notion that Americans are … worried. LaVa is wrong, but its chronic confusion on this issue is actually a compliment. Let me explain.