Indignity Getty Image Roundup for April, 2024

Indignity Vol. 4, No. 73

Indignity Getty Image Roundup for April, 2024
Miniature painting of CAMP scene, Baburnama, 1585, National Museum, New Delhi, India. (Photo by: Shalini Saran/IndiaPictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)


GOOD AFTERNOON! INDIGNITY took the day off yesterday so your editor could take the family to Dia Beacon before the end of spring break. The big Richard Serras there had been on my mind in the month since Serra died. My wife and I went to see them long ago, but that was before the kids were even around. I thought I had a clear memory of the immense rusted curves under an open blue sky, but that seems to have been a false or mixed-up recollection; they live down in a gigantic indoor gallery, with lots of natural light but nothing otherwise resembling nature. In their presence, though, the surrounding building, for all its hugeness, recedes into insubstantiality. I enjoy coming face to face with art that raises provocative questions, but walking inside one of the Torqued Ellipse pieces slaps the arguing part of my mind into dazed stillness, the way the steel breaks down the surrounding sounds into a resonant mutter. What's left is volume and light and atmosphere and awe. 

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Now that we have left Substack, another thing we are spending our money on is our own subscription to Getty Images, to help keep your Indignity newsletters supplied with relevant and attractive photographs and illustrations. We are paying Getty for approximately a dozen images each month. So far in April, we have used five of those. 

With great pleasure—and warm thanks to our paid subscribers, and one more hearty invitation to our unpaid subscribers to join the paid one—we are using the remaining seven images to present a new edition of our long-running, intermittent END-OF-MONTH GETTY IMAGE ROUNDUP.  This month's theme, in recognition of the nation's ever-expanding, ever-more-embattled student tent protests, is CAMP.

Concert band of the Solovki prison CAMP. Found in the collection of State Museum of the Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
February 19, 1998: M1 Abrams tanks left since 1991 at CAMP Doha. (Photo by Jacques Langevin/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS - 1958: The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus (US) or CAMPer (UK), on display in 1958. (Photo by Icon and Image/Getty Images)
Yasser Arafat, King Hussein, Benjamin Netanyahu and Bill Clinton, negotiations for the Middle East, CAMP David, USA 1998. (Photo by: Universal Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO - APRIL 1: Hundreds of migrants CAMP along with a campfire near the Rio Grande on the border between Mexico and the United States as Texas National Guard reinforce security with barbed wire and chain-link fencing to prevent migrants from crossing the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on April 1, 2024. Trapped in the river, migrants cannot buy food for fear of deportation, and they await an opportunity to cross undetected. (Photo by David Peinado/Anadolu via Getty Images)
A Palestinian mother sits next to one of her triplets, in their tent at a displacement CAMP in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on April 30, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant Hamas group. The UN has warned a heatwave and the proliferation of insects are increasing the risk for diseases at the swelling tent cities in Gaza. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

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Totally blue sky

New York City to Beacon, New York, to New York City, April 29, 2024

★★★★★ A fitful, sweaty night, with someone's air conditioner droning in the background, gave way to a bright morning of soft humidity. It was good to be outdoors while the shadows had some length to them and the washed-down sidewalks were damp. The countermeasures against the threatened heat, shorts and a light t-shirt, were working. The ride up the Palisades Parkway offered a haze-bleached blue roof over walls of tentative green. Here or there a Japanese maple gave a flash of authoritative color. The Serra gallery was cold but the climb up the stairs to the Bourgeois section led to warm, moist air. The patio outside the cafe was perfectly shaded and scented by blossoms. Pollen had dusted the Prius in its parking space. From the George Washington Bridge, Midtown and below were being swept up in a veil of rain, but uptown stayed dry and sunny. Gloom took over in the West 80s and 70s, on the way to the rental garage, but the radar still had the storm stabbing further downtown. Where the breeze up the Hudson had been sweet with flowers, the strengthening gusts on 72nd Street were rank with dog urine. 

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WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS in aid of the assembly of the final two sandwiches selected from Uncooked Foods & How To Use Them: A Treatise On How To Get The Highest Form Of Animal Energy From Food, by Eugene Christian. Published in 1924, and now in the Public Domain and available at for the delectation of all.

Soak the anchovies for an hour or two. Then remove bones and chop fine with tender pieces of celery. Cover unfired wafers with sweet butter, spread this between, and serve on a dish garnished with parsley.

After scraping the raw beef, season it with salt and pepper and spread between unfired wafers.

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The second printing of 19 FOLK TALES is now available for gift-giving and personal perusal! Sit in the strengthening sunshine with a breezy collection of stories, each of which is concise enough to read before the damp ground seeps through your blanket.

HMM WEEKLY MINI-ZINE, Subject: GAME SHOW, Joe MacLeod’s account of his Total Experience of a Journey Into Television, expanded from the original published account found here at Hmm DailyThe special MINI ZINE features other viewpoints related to an appearance on, at, and inside the teevee game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, available for purchase at SHOPULA.

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