Estadio Nacional, Santiagophoto ©Lorie NovakI have been in Chile since Sunday with my research group “Women Mobilizing Memory” – scholars, artists, friends from NYC, Santiago, and Istanbul. We spent 5 days in Chile visiting memorial sites and celebrating the election of Michelle Bachelat. Now I am on the beach in Concon, 2 hours from Santiago trying to digest it all. Yesterday we visited the soccer stadium where prisoners were taken after the coup on 9.11.73 until the end of November when the stadium was need to play soccer (!). It was an overwhelming experience which I cannot put into proper words yet, so I choose these photos. photo © Lorie NovakA section of the seats remain as they were.

photo ©Lorie NovakIn the bowels of the stadium we are shown where the prisoners were kept. Our guide has led the fight almost single-handed to preserve this © Lorie Novak

Estadio Nacional in Wikipedia 

Transporting History

In March 1999 when NATO started to bomb Serbia, I decided to start saving the front section of The New York Times. My idea was to have a stack of newspapers that signified a war. When the cease-fire was signed, a true resolution had not been reached, so I kept collecting. The World Trade Center was attacked, and I kept collecting. I have not stopped. Until Tuesday, June 19, the 5,000 sections of newspapers were in my studio.

On June 19, the newspapers were moved to Photoville.

See more photos – thanks to all who made this happen.




Tunisia suicide protest Mohammed Bouazizi

I realize with the Tucson shootings, I did not really follow what was happening in Tunisia and the Mohammed Bouazzi who set himself on fire.

Tunisia suicide protester Mohammed Bouazizi dies – BBC

and the Times has republished the famous photo of the Buddhist Monk who set himself on fire in Saigon to protest the war. This image was so shocking then.  I just made the mistake of quickly looking at google images for self-immolation and too horrific to stay on too long. many women. I can still be shocked by photos where I don’t want to look.

The Challenger Explosion 01.28.1986

I remember that I was in the shoe repair store on Bleecker between Broadway and Lafayette and there was a small TV mounted near the ceiling. As I either dropping off or picking up my shoes, there I saw the crash. The owner and I did not know what we looked at. It soon became clear. I think of the Challenger explosion everytime I pass that store.

Original ABC newcast with Peter Jennings = incredible. I recorded the audio AND
CNN live video of Challenger Crash Jan. 28, 1986

Excellent coverage with original photos, interactive, and more on MSNBC

original TODAY show coverage from the next day 1.19.1986 with Jane Pauly

THE BOY A Holocaust Story

The Boy: An Icon For Childhoods Lost In Holocaust NPR

The look of terror and confusion blankets a young boy’s face as he raises his arms in surrender to a German soldier pointing a gun at him.The image, captured in a photograph during World War II, has been seared into the minds and souls of millions since it was seen. But the identity of the little boy — his thin, fragile legs visible beneath a long coat — remains unknown. And as historian Dan Porat tells Scott Simon, his name will likely never be known.