La Centrale Elettrica

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Sketch (1914) by Antonio Sant’Elia, futurist architect and a major inspiration for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

 

“the decorative value of Futurist architecture depends solely on the use and original arrangement of raw or bare or violently colored materials”

Antonio Sant’Elia — Manifesto of Futurist Architecture

 

 

Hell’s Angels

Hells Angels, California, 1965. © Bill Ray—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Hells Angels, California, 1965. © Bill Ray—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

“There’s a romance to the idea of the biker on the open road,” Ray says. “It’s similar to the romance that people attach to cowboys and the West — which, of course, is totally out of proportion to the reality of riding fences and punching cows. But there’s something impressive about these Harley-Davidsons and bikers heading down the highway. You see the myth played out in movies, like Easy Rider, which came out a few years after I photographed the Angels. You know, the trail never ends for the cowboy, and the open road never ends for the Angels. They just ride. Where they’re going hardly matters. It’s not an easy life, but it’s what they choose. It’s theirs. And everyone else can get out of the way or go to hell.”

Bill Ray — LIFE Rides With Hell’s Angels, 1965