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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Separados al nacer

by Albano Garcia

(Separados al nacer—the title is a Spanish expression meaning "separated at birth.")

On the right, Paul McCartney with his just-born daughter Mary, photographed by his wife—and the mother of the baby—photographer Linda Eastman, in 1970, for the back cover of Paul's first solo album, McCartney. On the left, the poor, confused Tom Cruise and his wife Katie, with their baby, Suri.

The photographer? No less than Annie Leibovitz, without doubt an addict to hommages. Or maybe she understands better than anyone that we're in the postmodern era and it's impossible to be original? Anyway, she recognizes the link; in an interview she says McCartney's photo is "one of my favorite pictures of a father holding a baby." In the meantime, I can add she spent two weeks with the Cruise family for the Vanity Fair shooting. Poor little baby....



Anonymous Anonymous said...

A phrase in the original post read 'On the left, the poor, confused Scientologist Tom Cruise and his wife Katie, with their baby, Suri'. Now 'Scientologist' has disappeared. Is scientology so powerfull ?

5:49 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Is Scientology so powerful?"

In the protests over the Danish cartoons last year, Ibn Warraq said he witnessed a man in an angry protest mob carrying a large sign that read (in Arabic), "Behead all those who say Islam is a violent religion!"

Scientology makes you leap up and down on couches. Heap big magic. Me no mess with.


6:56 AM  
Blogger Williams Landing said...

I don't recall - did Tom ever actually marry Katie?

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mike, when are you going to blog on the Self-Censorship?

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"So Mike, when are you going to blog on the Self-Censorship?"

I did, but then I censored it.


2:17 PM  
Blogger Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Many Scientologists are embarrassed by Cruise at the moment.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

The founder L Ron Hubbard was a photographer and camera collector!! I have a book on his photography. He left a huge collection of photo equipment at the headquaters in England. There's a link here:

2:14 PM  
Blogger SteveR said...

Hi Mike - funny you should post those two photos (I hadn't seen the new Liebowitz photo yet) - I just recently saw a baby-in-jacket scenario and snapped a quick photo, and my immediate thought was the McCartney back cover (my photo is at )

Best regards,

11:33 PM  
Blogger Irv Williams said...

Yes, L. Ron Hubbard was a photographer - a lousy one! He was also a collector of cameras - an obsessive one. With the hundreds of millions of dollars that he got from the Church of Scientology, he bought every expensive camera and lens made in the world, but it didn't help him in the slightest to make one original photograph. I was there, I knew him and saw his photographs. He couldn't learn to take good pictures because he had to already know everything. That made it very hard for him to learn anything. He was surrounded by yes men telling him what a genius he was all the time, so he never got to hear anything but fawning praise for everything he did or said. That would warp even the best of men, and Ron couldn't get enough of being uncritically adored. Anything less than total adulation was cause for ejection from his circle. A real 'ultimate ego' trip that ended with him dying like Howard Hughes did. Not a pretty ending.

So please, call L. Ron Hubbard a 'camera collector and user', not a photographer.
As a photographer, I was mortified to hear the praise that his PR people heaped on his photos.

10:27 PM  

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