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How Wim Wenders put the snap back into Polaroids

Wim Wenders became a major film-maker when, in the 1970s, German cinema became cool around the world. His hits included The American Friend and Paris, Texas. But Wenders was privately experimenting with one of the most straightforward of visual technologies – the Polaroid stills camera. Thousands of those shots were thrown away – but now a selection of surviving images has gone on display in London. Wenders says when he started taking Polaroid pictures in the mid-1960s it had nothing to do with art. “It was just part of my…

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Everything Everything on how they've turned a 'nightmare' into pop music

Media playback is unsupported on your device “There’s a tide and it’s coming in now,” sings Jonathan Higgs on Night Of The Long Knives, the latest single from Everything Everything. The title refers to Hitler’s bloody purge of the Nazi party in 1934, drawing a parallel to the rise of the right-wing politics in the last two years. Only Higgs isn’t convinced that fascism will sweep everything in its path. “They’re saying it’s a wave but it feels like a dribbling mouth,” he sneers in the single, questioning whether the…

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Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screen

Most evenings, as the sun sets on the bustling National Mall, the tourists scatter, the food trucks drive off, and all goes quiet as the museums close. But every so often after dark, they become lively works of art in their own right. On October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery of Art was alight with a short projection-mapped film, A Perfect Harmony, that highlights the history, culture, and artwork that define the collections. The installation was part of a weekend-long Smithsonian festival titled “IlluminAsia”—which featured Asian food markets,…

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News: InterContinental Hotels Group takes Kimpton brand into Asia

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed three management contracts to introduce its luxury boutique hotel brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, to Asia. Announced at the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, the first Kimpton properties in the region will be located in prime markets in south-east Asia and Greater China. Keith Barr, chief executive, IHG, said: “Our Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand is incredibly unique and we’re thrilled to see our plans to take it global continue to gather pace. “This is the right time to introduce Kimpton to Asia, where…

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News: Corinthia Hotels expands into Brussels, capital of Europe

Work is underway to turn a part-listed, trophy property that has stood vacant for ten years into the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria, injecting true five-star glamour back into the city. Acquired in May 2016, what was the Hotel Astoria in Brussels will now be fully refurbished as the city’s leading luxury hotel. It is due to open toward the end of 2019. The Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria will comprise 126 bedrooms including 36 suites, as well as a grand ballroom (restored from the original, pictured), meeting rooms, several dining venues…

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NHS surgery waits run into years in Northern Ireland

Patients in Northern Ireland are waiting three years to see a consultant about having surgery following a GP referral. The BBC has obtained exclusive figures showing long waiting times before a decision to operate. In Northern Ireland, targets say most patients should be seen within 9 weeks and none should wait over 15 weeks. Yet some patients are waiting 155 weeks or more to see a specialist for spinal conditions. A spokesman for the Health and Social Care board said it was ‘unacceptable’ that waiting lists had grown so long….

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These Never-Before-Seen Photos From “The New York Times” Offer a New Glimpse Into African-American History

There are about 10 million prints in the picture library of The New York Times, with anywhere from 60 million to 400 million photo negatives. Nicknamed “the morgue,” the archive is a living history of the United States. Each day, Times photographers went on assignment, capturing momentous events, leaders of politics and culture, or simply everyday life, and each night, editors selected certain photos for inclusion in the print edition. That selection process was subject to the realities of deadlines, the physical limits of the paper, but also the biases—explicit…

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