Snapshots of the past

first_imgNicholas Artamonoff was a college administrator, a public works official, the son of a Russian general and military attaché, and an amateur photographer. A private man, he also became  an unlikely champion at the center of a new online exhibit created by researchers at Dumbarton Oaks.The Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection, presented by the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in Washington, D.C., features more than 500 photos that Artamonoff took in Istanbul and at archaeological sites across western Turkey from 1935 through 1945.The photos document sites and monuments, many of which have since fallen into disrepair or have disappeared entirely, which adds to the collection’s historical value.To Günder Varinlioğlu, Byzantine assistant curator of ICFA, the body of work reveals a talented amateur who was intensely interested in photographing his surroundings. Although Artamonoff was not formally trained as an architect or art historian either, the images he captured through his lens are the work of a man who was dedicated to his craft and who had a profound understanding of historical monuments.Varinlioğlu and intern Alyssa DesRochers worked last year to organize the collection, while researching both Artamonoff and his photography. Their efforts have resulted in a new online exhibit. The collection’s photos can be browsed or searched by title, location, or key word.Photographed by Artamonoff in 1935, the Ottoman courtyard with an old cypress tree, Istanbul, Turkey.The images show 1930s Istanbul, a dynamic and romantic setting steeped in antiquity and well worth preserving for posterity. Jan Ziolkowski, director of Dumbarton Oaks, described Artamonoff as a “Casablanca figure,” and his Istanbul as a center of “multicultural, polyglot espionage types.” Even though Turkey is across the Mediterranean from Morocco, Ziolkowski said that the latter “has been in a similar position by being sometimes the edge of a tectonic plate between empires, and sometimes an imperial tectonic plate in its own right.”Invoking tectonic plates calls to mind both the constant gradual change and periodic violent change that affect historic cities such as Istanbul. The relentless sun has faded aged frescoes, and the rhythmic waves have eroded sea walls, while successive iterations of urban renewal have claimed such important sites as the Aqueduct of Valens.Varinlioğlu singled out Valens as an example of the urgency of archaeological preservation. The aqueduct, newly surrounded by a neighborhood in Artamonoff’s 1936 photograph, “represents the dynamism of a major center of population like Istanbul, as reflected by the fresh debris of recently demolished buildings. The urban fabric is like a living organism. Its transformation is inevitable, but it should not proceed in an uncontrolled manner at the expense of the cultural heritage.”In later decades, the neighborhood surrounding the aqueduct made way for a highway. The landscape is sure to change further, but the researchers at Dumbarton Oaks hope that this photo collection encourages the preservation of visual and cultural memories, as well as the thoughtful restoration of monuments.The photos document sites and monuments, many of which have since fallen into disrepair or have disappeared entirely, which adds to the collection’s historical value.In the meantime, there is more work to do. Varinlioğlu and DesRochers continue to research Artamonoff’s life to enrich the collection’s context. They have identified additional Artamonoff works in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. In addition, there are more images from the ICFA inventory that may be by Artamonoff. The exhibit organizers hope that viewers may help determine their authorship. They also hope that scholars, local residents, and others may recognize some of the many unidentified ruins and individuals in the photos.last_img read more

Batesville Swimming Sectional Prelims Results

first_imgSenior Top 10100 back:  Hawkins from 9th to 6th.100 breast:  Hatcher from 2nd to 1st.100 fly:  Hawkins to 10th.Junior Top 10.100 free: Parker from 8th to 4th.200 free:  Miller to 8th.500 free Miller to 7th.100 back:  Parker from 4th to 3rd.Sophomore Top 10.500 free:  Pelo to 10th. BHS is bringing boys back in 8 of 11 events on Saturday.  Parker, Hawkins, Hatcher and Weiler are each coming back in both of their individual events!  All three relays made the championship finals and swimmers made the championship finals in 3 individual events. Top 10 times of all time  Girls:  50 free:  Weiler 21.46-6th fastest ever.100 breast:  Hatcher 1:01.12 NEW SCHOOL RECORD.50 breast split:  Hatcher-2nd.Top 10 swimmers in an event of all time  Girls.100 free:  Parker 52.76 from 10th to 4th!!100 back:  Parker 1:02.60 from 5th to 4th; Hawkins 1:03.95 from 9th to 8th.100 breast:  Hatcher 1:01.12 from 2nd to 1st. Finals Qualifiers.200 medley relay-3rd(Championship Finals). 50 free:  Matt Weiler-3rd (Championship Finals).  100 fly:  Jacob Hawkins-16th. 100 free:  Matt Weiler-2nd (Championship Finals), Thomas Hatcher-9th, Seth Parker-15th.200 free relay-5th (Championship Finals).  100 back:  Seth parker-9th, Jacob Hawkins-11th.100 breast:  Thomas Hatcher-3rd (Championship Finals).400 free relay:  7th (Championship Finals).   center_img 19 of 23 individual swims (82%) resulted in personal best times! Matt Weiler qualified 3rd in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free for Saturday.Thomas Hatcher is 3rd in the 100 breast and set a new BHS record in the event. Improvements:   Grant Greene:  100 free.Nathan Hall 200 free.Zach Hall 200 IM ( 8 seconds), 100 breast.Thoma Hatcher 100 breast.Jacob Hawkins  100 back.Elliot Main  200 free (11 seconds).Kegan Main 100 fly.Clayton McKinley 50 free, 100 fly (5 seconds).Evan Miller 200 free, 500 free (9 seconds).Seth Parker 100 free, 100 back.Damien Pelo 200 IM, 500 free.Ben Schwettman 100 back (4 seconds).Matt Weiler 50 free, 100 free.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.last_img read more

Badgers set for first big test

first_imgJunior outside hitter Ellen Chapman started her season out well at the PEpperdine Classic smashing 49 kills on the weekend en route to MVP honors.[/media-credit]After beginning its 2013 season with a perfect 3-0 start and taking the Pepperdine Classic last weekend, the injury-ridden Wisconsin volleyball team looks to stay undefeated at the North Dakota State Classic this weekend.Wisconsin will first face Northern Iowa, a team that hasn’t missed an NCAA appearance since the 2005-2006 season, before taking on its first ranked opponent of the season in the No. 17 Louisville Cardinals, who posted a 30-4 record last year, in addition to tournament host North Dakota State.The banged-up Badgers were without five of their 16 available players last weekend. In addition to the absence of junior Julie Mikaelsen, whose broken foot forced her to redshirt this season, Wisconsin sat freshman Lauren Carlini and junior Caroline Workman with leg injuries as well as junior Crystal Graff and sophomore Victoria Ito with ankle injuries.Head coach Kelly Sheffield said the team has done a good job of rolling with the punches that come with a depleted roster.“I thought we battled,” Sheffield said. “I think we did a pretty good job of trying to figure things out on the fly … We threw out some lineups that we didn’t really spend any time practicing. We really kind of went in there a little bit blinded. I was proud of our toughness and our figure-it-out ability.”Junior Ellen Chapman was named the Pepperdine Classic MVP after putting up a total of 49 kills on the weekend, including 22 against the tournament host Waves.Chapman has moved this season to right-side hitter in place of Mikaelsen from her previous left-side position. She said the team has been successful thus far in dealing with the numerous lineup adjustments.“I think we’ve overcome it,” Chapman said. “Adversity is one of the main things we’ve been talking about during the whole preseason … I think it’s made us become closer because even if Lauren’s [Carlini] out or if we’re missing a main player like Jules [Mikaelsen], someone needs to step in and fill their spot regardless if you’ve done it in the past.”Juniors Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson were named to the all-tournament team, with Thompson setting a school record in hitting percentage of .909 with 10 kills on 11 attempts and no errors.Thompson said she’s always looking to stay aggressive and seize every opportunity she is given at the net.“I’ve just been working a lot on being up every time in practice,” Thompson said. “I think that’s what helped me the most is just wanting the ball instead of just playing the game.”This weekend may prove to be more challenging for the Badgers. Northern Iowa leads a balanced offense that has five players averaging more than two kills per set, while also digging an average of almost 19 balls per set. Sheffield said the Panthers run a controlled and quick offense that does not make many mistakes.Louisville swept its first match of the season against Syracuse before falling to the country’s top team in Penn State. The No. 17 Cardinals won the Big East conference last season with a 13-1 league record.Chapman said the team needs to improve its serve-receive game for this weekend’s tournament – Wisconsin committed 20 service errors in its win against Pepperdine, the only opponent that UW did not sweep.“Just trying to get those serves in and still staying aggressive is something we need to work on,” Chapman said. “It’s a hard balance to get, but we’re trying to get there.”Sheffield stressed that this early in the season, Wisconsin needs to focus more on improving its overall skills than worrying about its opponents. With so many players currently out of the lineup, he said the team is a “work in progress.”Sheffield said he likes some of the pieces that he has in place and thinks the team flashes some signs of success, but he said the Badgers have a lot of work to do in all areas to reach a high level of play.“It’s going to take us a good month or two before we look like a pretty good team,” Sheffield said. “We’re young, we’ve got a new coaching staff to try and figure people out, and we’ve had very little preseason with these guys. But we have some talent … we’re all just trying to figure it out right now.”last_img read more

Tottenham announce signing of Ligue 1 star

first_img1 Clinton Njie Tottenham have announced the signing of Clinton Njie from Lyon on a five-year contract.Spurs have been on the lookout for a new striker for some time, with Friday’s sale of Roberto Soldado to Villarreal and Emmanuel Adebayor not being given a squad number for the new season leaving Harry Kane as the only senior striker on the north London club’s books.And their search concluded on Saturday, with confirmation of the deal for the Cameroon frontman.“We’re delighted to announce the signing of Clinton Njie, subject to international clearance and work permit,” the Barclays Premier League club posted on Twitter.“The 22-year-old joins from Lyon and has signed a contract with the club until 2020.”Njie, who also celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, can play as a centre-forward or off either flank.He becomes Spurs’ fourth summer signing, after Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld.“I’m very happy to join Tottenham, such a big club in England,” Njie said on“I’m still young, still growing up and it’s a big challenge – the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world.“The club is ambitious and I’m ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims.“Like I said, I’m still learning and I’m here to give my best. I just hope I get the chance to give [back] to the club what they are giving to me.“I’ve always loved playing football and it’s always been my dream to play professional football so when I had my chance, I had to grab it.”There will be a familiar face at White Hart Lane for Njie – his former Lyon team-mate Hugo Lloris. The pair had a year together at Les Gones before the goalkeeper – Tottenham’s newly appointed captain – moved to England in 2012.“He is a very nice person and a good captain,” the forward said. “He has his fighting spirit and his winning spirit and helps the younger players. He is a good leader.”last_img read more