A.E. SAMAAN'S WEBPAGE:
This website is organized by type of creative activity and individual projects. I believe that every work of art and each artistic venture has a life of its own. Thus, I dedicate websites with their own specific graphics and presentation to each project.
Investigative Historian - Author - Designer - Photographer - Fascinated by Free Markets & Free Minds:"A.E. Samaan" is my pen name, and the name I advertise my art and design projects through. "A.E. Samaan" was formalized in 2013. However, I have been creating art either through photography, architecture, or design since college in the late 80s or early 90s. My photography skills have been largely used to document the historical topics that interest me. A friend once described me as an “investigative historian”. I have taken an "investigative" approach to history since my youth, as I am a product of the Cold War by birth, and found myself sifting through propaganda presented as legitimate history because of the Left-Right polemic of that conflict. This was the origins of my mistrust for the history told by a highly politicized and activist academia and mainstream media.
ART PHOTOGRAPHY:Most of my photography work is InfraRed B&W. The InfraRed portion of the light spectrum is invisible to the human eye. Prior to digital cameras, special lens filters and photo film was needed to capture the InfraRed spectrum. Today, you must convert your digital camera in order to enable it to see and capture the InfraRed portion of the spectrum. The results are surreal. PROJECT WEBSITES:
- Florida My Eden ~ InfraRed B&W nature photography of Florida.
- Shades Of Vanity ~ InfraRed B&W nudes.
- Unyielding Vastness (COMING SOON) ~ InfraRed B&W photography of the American West.
DRAWING & PAINTING:I am more intrigued by attempting new approaches than with the results achieved with my limited technical skills. In fact, I often wonder what would result if other more talented artists adopted my process.
- Somatic Canvas ~ This project uses the human figure as its canvas, and through a mix of photography and oil painting, collages the real with the unreal.
- EtherArt (COMING SOON) ~ In the absence of color, the textures and shadows of the paint strokes project an ever-changing image on the wall the art is mounted upon.
ARCHITECTURE & ARCHEOLOGY:I was educated as an Architect and a designer. I minored in Latin American Studies and thus had an understandable interest in Archeology. Pre-Columbian architecture fascinates me, especially that of the Maya civilization. I have photographed it extensively, but not so much with a creative eye than with the intent to capture the subject. Beyond that, I have documented sites and structures from around the world at all times trying to capture the essence of the design. PROJECT WEBSITES:
- Mayan Arch. (COMING SOON)~ This collection of Architectural and Archeological drawings and photos of various sites. (Website coming soon)
MY LIFE AS A WRITER:My focus is in WWII and Holocaust history. I have spent a significant amount of time scouring the archives which hold the papers of the American eugenics movement. The protagonists of this movement would help the Nazis with their quest to breed a "master race." PROJECT WEBSITES:
- Race of Masters ~ This is the website for my first book entitled "From a 'Race of Masters' to a 'Master Race': 1948 to 1848". Buy at Amazon.com
- H.H. Laughlin ~ This is the website for my second book entitled "H.H. LAUGHLIN: American Progressive. American Scientist. Nazi Collaborator.". Buy at Amazon.com
NOT TOO BIG. NOT TOO SMALL:My first book covered 100 years of history of "scientific racism" including all of the cultural, political, and economic factors that contributed to the movement which ultimately culminated in The Holocaust. Squeezing this amount of history into one book inevitably meant editing a lot of material out, which was otherwise interesting and more importantly, relevant to current events.
I also feel that some topics, although discussed in my books, are important enough to expand on them. Furthermore, my research efforts consistently uncover interesting topics that other historians may have overlooked or ignored, and which do not necessarily belong in any of the books I have planned and are too limited in scope to justify a book onto themselves.
Thus, I decided that a series of short essays was an appropriate outlet for this type of content. I don't like "blogging". I personally find reading lengthy online material difficult. An essay seems to be the right format. I intend to write and collect these short essays into a series of books and a website titled: FORGOTTEN BUT RELEVANT
- HARVARD AND THE HOLOCAUST ~ The history of The Holocaust simply cannot be written accuratly without addressing the crucial involvement of Harvard alumni and faculty members.
- DARWIN vs. LINCOLN ~ It has become fashionable as of late to dress Darwin up with abolitionist credentials akin to that of President Lincoln's. This robs Lincoln in order to cannonize Darwin. More importantly, it is an insult to the actual abolitionist activists in the Darwin-Wedgwood family.
- A KEEN UNDERSTANDING OF HITLER'S POLICIES: A Survey of the American Zeitgeist ~ The history of WWII and The Holocaust we have been told is not the account that was documented by the major U.S. newspapers and magazines of the era.
- THE 3/5ths CLAUSE: The "Covert Language" of the Founding Fathers ~ Were the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution truly "racist"? Does the infamous "3/5ths Clause" really mean that they thought blacks to be only partially human?
- H.H.LAUGHLIN: American Scientist. American Progressive. Nazi Collaborator. ~ Harry H. Laughlin influenced the outcome of The Holocaust on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet, no one has ever published a book about him.
- FROM THE PLANTATION AND RESERVATION TO SEGREGATION AND STERILIZATION ~ This paper documents the heavy hand of paternalistic legislation on ethnic minorities.
DESIGN & PRINT:I love machinery and technology. I am particularly interested in technology that allows you to make the products of your dreams. As a writer, I am enthralled at the fact that we are living in the golden age of true desktop publishing. Desktop manufacturing is today at a stage where desktop printing was in the 1970's. There are reasonably affordable desktop manufacturing machines to manufacture three-dimensional products at a click of the mouse with about the same ease as xerographic technology was during the 1970's. I am particularly interested in the plasma cutting and wood routing C.N.C. machines. As a designer, I have always been interested by the design of modern electric guitars. I used to play, but have always been better about designing than actually playing the musical instruments. This is how I am employing the C.N.C. technology. PROJECT WEBSITES:
- Berlez Bass (COMING SOON) ~ Pictured to the right is an upright electric bass of my design, along with a custom made C.N.C. router specifically designed to produce them. (Website coming soon)
MY VICE:There is something to be said for building the machine of your dreams. As a child I spent some summers traveling through Germany with my family, and the memory of those European spec BMW's and Porsches zipping past us in the Autobahn is vivid in my mind. BMW's from the late 70's to late 80's are a weakness of mine. There is nothing like the feeling of controlled power that is driving a 3-Series BMW. As a designer, I am specifically drawn to the Baur T.C. partial convertibles of the era. Progressive lobbyists had scared the auto industry in the early 80's with the alleged "dangers" of convertible autos, and most car manufacturers desisted from producing convertible models. BMW provided the option of having a 'targa top' through the Baur Karosserie, which had produced select bodies for BMW, namely the iconic M1 race car. I have done a top-down and inside-out restoration of a E21 3-Series 323i Baur T.C. and am currently working on an E30 3-Series Baur T.C.
From Napkin Sketch to Silk Scarf::The quick napkin doodle and the journal sketch is a longstanding tradition of architecture students. As a young artist I traveled the world and sketched buildings and structures of historical significance on both scraps of paper and in sketchbooks. It is yet to be seen if it will be a casualty of the digital age. Even though I am not part of the millennial Internet generation, the practice of sketching in journals has gone by the wayside. I used to go through a journal every six months. Now it takes me four to five years to fill just one journal, and most of the content is text, not images. In light of the above, I decided to reminisce on the past by committing to permanence that which was not initially intended to be formalized in such a way. There is something tantalizing to this; to convert a sketch on a 4”x4” paper napkin into a 48”x48” scarf, or some other medium. The fleeting thought, the escaping idea, returned to and finally pinned down to some sort of permanence. Shop for A.E. Samaan's Artwork