Google has just announced that they are hosting an archive of photos that have appeared in Life magazine. In particular, there are about 200 photos related to the Basques, many of sheepherders in the American West, as shown here. Actually, most of the photos are of sheepherders and sheepherding.
Looking at the details of the archive a bit closer, many of these photos never appeared in Life magazine itself, they are from their archived of unpublished photos. Also, all of the photos I’ve found so far are black and white, suggesting they are not the more recent photos (or that Life doesn’t have any photos related to the Basques that are more recent).
However, more searching does bring up other photos. For example, a search on “Bilbao” brought up this photo (among others) showing the night sky with the smokestacks in the background.
If anyone searches through the archive and finds any really interesting photos, please post the links here and share with the rest of us. I’m sure there are some real gems in there.
Malgorzata K. Czarkowska, who I met during a visit to my dad’s family in Munitibar a number of years ago, and who was spending the summer visiting Euskal Herria and getting to know the people, sent me some very nice photos from her time there. She goes after the people a little bit more, juxtaposing the old traditions with the new changes going on. The gallery of her photographs can be found in the Photo Album.
Inaki of Durango Tatu has sent a number of photos of his work before, which can be seen in the Tattoo Gallery. He sends what may be his most ambitious tattoo yet in terms of incorporating Basque symbols. Also, maybe the most radical in terms of placement on the body! 🙂
I revamped the Photo Album, using the NextGEN Gallery by Alex Rabe, a plugin for WordPress that will hopefully make the Photo Album both easier to update and more visually appealing. Any comments greatly appreciated. I have new photos to add to the Album, which I hope to do soon.
Beth writes: My husband and I are big fans of your website! We live in Boise, ID and are very involved in the Basque community here. My husband is half Basque from the Yuriando (sp? I can never remember the correct spelling ha ha) He has quite a few tattoo's dedicated to Basque heritage. The pics are of one of his qtr. sleeves. Note the Oak leaves, Fleur de le, and dancer. The Lion which is on the inside of his arm is from his Basque family crest. He has a few other's, but I don't have pics of those. These were done by Sean Wyett of BlackCat Tattoo in Boise, Idaho.