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Johnny Cash flippin’ the bird at the camera. (Photo by Jim Marshall)
"The story behind the famous photo of Johnny Cash giving the finger during his 1969 San Quentin State Prison gig has been revealed. It’s now come to light that before his death in March 2010, photographer Jim Marshall had asked the country legend to express what he thought of the prison authorities when he played the show. Marshall told the San Francisco Art Exchange: “I said, ‘John, let’s do a shot for the warden’,” before Cash flipped the camera the bird.” [Source: NME]
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Spotlight: St. Petersburg
Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.
"Rocks or stones, explain it as you want, but there is a mystery to St. Petersburg—it really affects your soul." Joseph Brodsky.
St. Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia, but Russian poets such as Joseph Brodsky have highlighted that there is something even more special to the city. With a population of 5,000,000, for several centuries St. Petersburg has been a center for creative people to come together from throughout Russia. Now, the city is home to a growing Instagram community organizing InstaMeets and gatherings.
Want to see St Petersburg for yourself? We’ve gathered together a group of our favorite Instagrammers sharing photos and videos from the heart of St. Petersburg:
- Vera Rolle, rooftops and nature – @verarolle
- Maka Smirnova, foggy landscapes – @maka_smirnova
- Stanislav Liepa, portraits and cityscapes – @liepa_s
- Danya, portraits and InstaMeets – @tertiusalio
To explore the city in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of St. Petersburg’s most popular landmarks:
- Дворцовая площадь/Palace Square - probably one of the most famous locations in the city, with Alexander’s Column in the middle
- Государственный Эрмитаж/Hermitage Museum, see inside the city’s museum of art and culture and the most famous
- Vasilyevsky Island/васильевский
- Tsarskoye Selo/Palace of the Tsars - one of St. Petersburg’s biggest parks with the baroque Catherine Palace and the neoclassical Alexander Palace.