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Can your face fortell your future?

Excerpt of article By WILLIAM MEYERS (WSJ online)

Nothing holds our attention like a human face. So necessary is it for us to "read" faces that our brains evolved two separate neural systems specialized to help—one to recognize whose face it is, and the other to interpret its expression. It is therefore not surprising that when Stephen Pinson, the New York Public Library's curator of photography, set about organizing "Recollection," an exhibition up through Jan. 2 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the library's photography collection, he picked 95 portraits. Among them is Walker Evans's "Lucille Burroughs, Daughter of a Cotton Sharecropper. Hale County, Alabama" (1936).


Asked by tasches at 5:02 PM on Nov. 2, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Lucille Burroughs was married when she was 15. She divorced, married again and had four children. Her husband died young. She never became a teacher or a nurse, as she once dreamed, but picked cotton and then waited tables. She was poor. In 1971, at age 45, she committed suicide by drinking rat poison. You go back to look again at the picture of the 10-year-old, to see if any of that awful story was foretold, to see if there wasn't a way to make it come out better.



    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 5:03 PM on Nov. 2, 2010