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Ieoh Ming Pei – great architect

Ieoh Ming Pei – great architect

Ieoh Ming Pei – great architect

Ieoh Ming Pei is one of the world’s greatest architects, famous for his ability to combine old and new architecture. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is the successor of the international style traditions, one of the first five Pritzker Prize winners.
I. M. Pei was born on April 26, 1917 in Canton, China. He was the oldest son of a wealthy banker. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Shanghai. The boy was fascinated by skyscrapers and over the years he became more interested in architecture.
At the age of 17, Pei went to the United States. He studied engineering and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1942 Pei married Eileen Loo. He had four children, two of whom worked as architects.
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Harry Houdini – American illusionist

Harry Houdini - American illusionist

Harry Houdini – American illusionist

Harry Houdini was an American illusionist and philanthropist. Today his name remains synonymous with incredible demonstrations of stage magic and daredevil escapes. Houdini was the greatest stage magician of all time.
Ehrich Weiss (his real name) was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest. According to the documents, the future magician was born in Budapest, although Houdini claimed that his birthplace was in Wisconsin. His parents emigrated to the United States on July 3, 1878, when Ehrich was four years old. He was the youngest of three sons of Rabbi Samuel and Cecilia (Steiner) Weiss (the couple also had a daughter, Gladys).
The family settled in the town of Appleton (Wisconsin), where his father – Samuel Meyer Weiss (1829-1892) became a rabbi in Zion Reform Jewish Congregation.
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George Catlin – American painter

George Catlin - American painter

George Catlin – American painter

George Catlin was an American traveler and painter. He devoted most of his life to drawing and painting Indians. He traveled from tribe to tribe, often alone and almost always made welcome, and he came to know and understand the Indians and their way of life.
He studied the life of 48 Indian tribes for 8 years. Catlin published “Illustrations of the manners, customs and condition of the North American Indians” (with 300 engravings, London, 1841; 1876). In 1844, he published a portfolio of 25 drawings of hunting scenes from the life of the West. In 1848, he published “Notes of eight years travels and residence in Europe” and in 1867 – “Last rambles amongst Indians, Rocky Mountains and Andes”.
George was born on July 26, 1796 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania into a farmer’s family. He was the fifth of 14 children. His mother, Polly, at the age of 8 years (1778) was taken captive by the Indians, but later returned to the civilized world. As a child, George heard a lot of stories about her adventures.
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Frida Kahlo – Mexican painter

Frida Kahlo – Mexican painter

Frida Kahlo – Mexican painter

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was one of the most famous Mexican artists of the 1900s. She was known especially for her disturbing style and her many unsmiling self-portraits. Mexican culture and art of the peoples of pre-Columbian America had a marked influence on her work. Her art style is sometimes described as naive art or folk art. Throughout her life she created striking, often shocking images that reflected her stormy lifestyle.
Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo Calderon was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City into a family of a German-Jewish photographer and an Indian-Spanish mother. When Kahlo was a child, she had polio, and the disease kept her right leg from growing properly. But in spite of the disease, active girl swam, played football with the boys and even did boxing.
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Francisco de Goya – painter to the King and to the People

Francisco de Goya – painter to the King and to the People. Self portrait, 1815

Francisco de Goya – painter to the King and to the People. Self portrait, 1815

Francisco de Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker, one of the first and the most prominent visual artists of the Romantic period. As a young man Francisco worked as a bullfighter. But painting was his passion. After studying art in Rome, Goya returned to Spain and worked as a tapestry designer. Soon he began painting portraits of wealthy Spaniards. By 1786 Goya had become a “painter to the king of Spain.” Goya also painted images of the poor and hardworking people of Spain.
Francisco de Paula Jose de Goya y Lucientes was born on March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos near Saragossa.
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Terry O’Neill – celebrity photographer

Terry O'Neill – celebrity photographer, 2004

Terry O’Neill – celebrity photographer, 2004

Terry O’Neill is a British photographer, best known as a portraitist of celebrities in 60s, 70s.
Terry was born on July 30, 1938 in London. In the 50s he moved to New York dreaming to become a jazz drummer and play in New York clubs. Soon his passion for music gave way to a passion for photography. In the 60s, Terry began to take pictures of the famous musicians, actors, athletes, and to cooperate with magazines including Rolling Stone, Paris Match, Vogue, Life and Look.
In 1956, Terry took picture of a sleeping man on the floor of Heathrow Airport. The man was the English Minister of the Interior. It was his success. The picture appeared on the cover of Sunday Dispatch. So Terry became the youngest photojournalist on Fleet Street, and received access to all cult celebrities of 60s.
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Winston Churchill – British prime minister

Winston Churchill - British prime minister

Winston Churchill – British prime minister

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He was one of the greatest public speakers of his time and Nobel laureate for literature.
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30, 1874, in Oxfordshire, England. He was the eldest son of Lord Randolph Churchill, a Tory Democrat who achieved early success as a rebel in his party. His mother was Jenny Jerome, the beautiful and talented daughter of Leonard Jerome, a New York businessman.
He studied at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
In 1895 Churchill entered the British Army. In 1899 he joined the Conservatives, a British political party. His political career began as a member of the House of Commons in 1900.
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