In the face of racism, the great African-American jazz saxophonist Lester Young was “cool.” Credited with bringing the word into the modern American vernacular, “I’m cool”
wasn’t Young’s reference to the sunglasses he wore day and night on stage, or the saxophone slung across his shoulder. It was his response to a divided society, a way of saying that he was still in control...
Where I See Fashion
is a tumblr which pairs fashion-related pictures with images containing art/architecture/nature/design/texture elements that could have conceivably inspired them. The "Click to Hide Text" link on the left offers more streamlined viewing experience, or check them out on Instagram
. Via: 1, 2
"Flaunting themselves on Instagram, they are also all proudly and openly gay ... But at the same time, they all look fairly heteronormative: hunky, sporty, the kind of guy who would call himself “masc & musc” in a hook-up app and would never take a photo of himself at Drag Brunch. And all are careful to avoid appearing like they are doing this just to get laid. By showing that, they would be revealing that they are vulnerable and have needs, and an #Instastud can never look unsatisfied with his life." Meet The #Instastuds
- The Cut looks at the gays on instragram who really want to you look at them and how they live. Contains a link to a discussion of “Fire Island Pines, Polaroids 1975 to 1983
” at Salon. (NSFW, nudity)
In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
"I lived in a hut near the summit of Mt. Fuli, the highest mountain in Japan, [more inside]
for five months straight, four years in a row,
for a total of 600 days. Each morning,
I photographed the dawn from the same spot, chasing the ever-changing
drama that unfolded before my eyes.
Memphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has long been aware of strangers making fun of her behind her back due to her size. So aware, in fact, that she has turned the whole concept into a full-blown photography project
. Titled Wait Watchers, the series consists of Morris-Cafiero’s self-portraits in public in which strangers can be seen in the background giving her strange looks and/or laughing. More photos at her website
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.
Along the southwestern border of South Dakota is one of the most poverty-stricken places in the United States—the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people. After 150 years of broken promises, they are still nurturing their tribal customs, language and beliefs. Via [more inside]
Wiki Loves Monuments
: "World's largest photo contest" seeks to create a visual record of world monuments and historic sites on the Wikimedia Commons
. The USA version
focuses on sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Canadian version here
. If you don't see your country among the 30 participating so far, you can volunteer
19-year-old Kelly Hofer grew up in a Hutterite
colony in Manitoba, and his photography
captures his life as a Hutterite
. Recently, Kelly left
to start a new life in Calgary.
is a collaborative project between eight members
who have come together to explore the culture and music of Morocco, which is often poorly represented online to the world at large, thus "beyond digital." The team put together a 9 minute "behind-the-scenes" look at their work
, or you skip the preview and jump into their YouTube channel
, articles on The Fader
, and more on their website
. Highlights: a collection of Moroccan percussion loops
, a photo essay on Morocco's changing culture
, and a collaboration
between Moroccan musician Hassan Wargui
) and Nettle
, a "band project" by DJ/rupture. [more inside]
are an ethnic group of tribes that live in the deserts of Saudi Arabia
and the Sinai Peninsula
, amongst others. The Bedouin have lived a largely nomadic life
, developing a menu
, style of dance
they can call their own. Today they are a culture in transition
as "startling changes
over the last two decades have irrevocably altered the nature of life for the bedouin and for the land they inhabit." However a glimpse into their past can be seen through this great collection of images taken between 1890 and 1920
is a media platform with the latest, most relevant news from the worlds of art, fashion, design, music and film. Recent features include: Harvest by Haroshi: Skate and Destroy
, artworks created with old worn, or snapped, skateboard decks | Disassembly
, capturing relics of our past in a unique, dismantled and exposed form | Murakami at Versailles
, knee-deep in controversy since its inception | and Darren's Great Big Camera
, a short documentary
about a camera that shoots on 14" x 36" negatives and measures 6ft. in length.
The Borneo Blog
- fascinating photographic journey from the late 1960s of life and culture in Kapit, Sarawak, Malaysia*
via Mefi Projects
. [slightly NSFW - some topless locals]
Stunning photographs of the cattle farmers of Sudan
| African ceremonies
| Faces of Africa
| video: African Ceremonies
| Thirty years ago American-born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher met in Kenya and began a relationship with the African continent that would profoundly alter and shape their lives. Their journeys would take them over 270,000 miles, through remote corners of 40 countries, and to more than 150 African cultures.
| About the photographers
(opens with sound to the video) [all links slightly nsfw in a NatGeo kind of way] [more inside]
The Silver People
[nsfw] is a site created by 60's photographer, Jon Stevens, whose shtick is to paint people silver and photograph them. More interesting are his pics of Miles Davis
| The Cockettes Erotic
[nsfw] | Salvador Dali
[nsfw] | his being photographed as the first male mod model
[modest, not]. [more inside]
The Congolese Sape
is a photoessay by Héctor Mediaville on Sapeurs, a male subculture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which is defined by its haute couture clothes. Blogger Eccentric Yoruba
wrote a post for steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana on Sapeurs which was crossposted to Racialicious detailing the history of the movement and linking it to dandyism in general
and explaining its political significance in the 70s, when it was championed by music legend Papa Wemba
(live footage from the 90s
Paula K. Shimatsu-u, who worked
behind the scenes at Twin Peaks
, has a book coming out with previously unpublished photos from on and off the set. Wired has a gallery
that boasts, among other delights, Michael Horse
reading a book beside a deer's head, and Sheryl Lee
with Sherilyn Fenn wearing, respectively, a lovely bobble cap and a very fetching jumper.
"Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand?"
[Some links NSFW]
A daily photoblog of the mediterranean island of Mallorca.
Checking the tags is a good way to trawl the archive.
; customs and traditions
Photo Tampering Through History
. A regularly-updated collection, from 1860 to present, of examples of photo manipulation. Sometimes the changes are made for historical revisionism, sometimes for political maneuvering, and sometimes it's just a "wtf?" The page is part of a larger body of work by Dartmouth's Hany Farid
, who has some other
online. [Warning for the Pepsi Blue detectives: In some of his pages, he's shilling for his consulting services]
Land of the Free, home of the geek.
Steven Schofield takes photos of british sci-fi fans, dressed in character in their homes. He treats it as 'found' photography, which seems to illustrate the subjects vulnerability. The title of the work is Land of the Free - and illustrates how American culture infiltrates, with the ironic edge of questioning the idea of the freedom of choosing to copy the look of these fictional characters. via kottke
"In the late 1920s, young Yoshiyuki received an early Kodak camera as a gift. Since the main livelihood of the town came from the sea, he gravitated there, and soon found a passion for "the simple, even primitive beauty" of ama
– girls and women who harvested seaweed, turban shells and abalone from beneath the coastal waters." "By the late 1960s, they had disappeared. This body of work stands as the final, most comprehensive visual document of the life and work of these divers." [NSFW] [more inside]
The Secret Museum of Mankind
:: "Published in 1935, the Secret Museum is a mystery book. It has no author or credits, no copyright, no date, no page numbers, no index ... The tone of the commentary is dated, and uniformly racist in the extreme, often hilariously so. It reads like the patter of a carnival sideshow barker, from a time when the world was divided between "modern" Europeans and "savages" ... Presented here is the Secret Museum in its entirety, all 564 pages scanned and transcribed-- nothing is omitted or censored ... Treat it as entertainment instead of education (don't take it seriously and don't believe a word it says!), adjust for the blatant racial bias of the time, and enjoy."
. Nearly every culture in human history has sought to encounter and honor the divine, the mysterious, the supernatural or the extraordinary in some way. This most often occurs at sacred sites - special places where the physical world seems to meet the spiritual world.
From ancient wonders
, to Greek temples
, to Biblical sites
, and everything in between, the website has a vast collection of photo galleries
. The website's founder also maintains a travel blog
and posts recent pictures
on Flickr. [more inside]
Love thy Neighbor
Photographer and author Steven Hirsh has photographed the homes of registered New York State sex offenders. A wonderful writer and photographer, this work is chilling, alarming, beautiful. I get that Quentin Tarantino
feeling of beauty and disgust. Look at me, nooooo look away. The series of 24 images are on Hirsch's website
looks different to different people. That alone made me wanna post this cuz that's just hella cool, but after I saw that, I started wondering what does breakfast sound
should we even bother with breakfast? Here's some more
thoughts on breakfast. Hungry yet? This was a great movie
by the way. I guess that one
was okay too. So what did you have for breakfast? [previously]
Eyes on the Nations
is a web site by a young man from North Carolina named Jordan Hill. He's working in various corners of the world to help with community development as a part of a soft christian missionary approach for the University of the Nations
and Youth With a Mission
. He's also a talented and curious photographer with an eye for people
. (Warnings: NSFW if you haven't ever seen old issues of the National Geographic. Worse, some of this is Xanga)
Running The Numbers. This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. [via]
Inner City Youth, London
"In 2002, Simon Wheatley
began photographing London's publich housing developments...and was able to obtain a level of intimacy with his subjects that provides a true picture of the daunting project of growing up in the intimate confines of drug use, societal neglect, and poverty."
This (Flash-based) narrated slideshow features Wheatley's work, and is a look at the culture...and also the music (grime
) "as an artistic response to the place and circumstance, an expression of the violence, bleakness, and neglect..." (via Future Feeder
Post No Bills.
At the intersection
one may unexpectedly
, or at least humor
. Henry Ho shines a light
on it. (42 pages. Or view all thumbnails together)
Sometimes it's hard for me to conceive that other
on this planet lead lives
so dramatically different
from my own.
What if this
constituted your daily commute?
Or if this
were among the challenges
you faced in your daily job
? The native people
and arctic wildlife
galleries offer a glimpse of the past preserved. More wonders at Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography
The Home of Street Photography. My favorite photography site
Not safe for work! 'Hi, this is masamania who create this page, MasaManiA.com. This page is made up of photos I actually take in twon. .I hope I can show and tell you the real, true Japan that cannot be seen in other mas media. I am living in Tokyo, Japan. I was born in Japan, grown up in Japan, study English in Japan. This is the reason I can speak Engrish. Some people complain that my updating and email response is slow. And other people conplain that my englsih is poor. '
XXX: 30 P9RN STAR PORTRAITS (a bit NSFW, obviously)
by photographer Timothy Greenfield
, is a book
that features paired portraits (one clothed and one nude) of the top stars in p6rn, straight and gay, from legends like (best
) Jenna Jameson
, Ron Jeremy
and Nina Hartley to (ahem) rising stars like Sunrise Adams, Belladonna, Chad Hunt. The book
includes short essays on the intersection of p6rnography and culture by a wide range of writers, from Salman Rushdie
to AM Homes
. XXX is, essentially, about the much-dreaded "p6rnification" of the culture at large
, recently featured in the New York Times
As Gore Vidal
writes in the book's introduction, “Doubtless, sex tales were told about the Neanderthal campfire and perhaps instructive positions drawn on cave walls. Meanwhile, the human race was busy establishing such exciting institutions as slavery and its first cousin, marriage.” (more inside, with totally NSFW Terry Richardson)
First person photographs by low income people. Via Bread and Roses
, a cultural resource for the labour movement in the New York area.
Art & Life in Africa.
A resource on African art and culture. Key Moments in Life
is an interesting page which deals with different phases of life. The Peoples Index
gives overviews of the different cultures. The snapshots of daily life in Mali and Burkina Faso
are also worth a look.
The Quiet American
provides glimpses of other cultures via phonographs: snapshots of sound. (The field recordings
in Vietnam are beautiful and evocative.) Vagabonding
also conveys the wonders of travel. What other sites allow non-travelers to experience other parts of the world?
Jorlon khaan bain ve?
The first stop in Oissubke's trip around the online world is the beautiful
land of Mongolia
. Take a moment to leave the America-centric (not that there's anything wrong with that!) Web and see what the internet looks like from someone else's eyes...
I've tried to pick sites that provide unique and interesting insights into the Mongolian internet, not just whatever Google coughed up for "Mongolia". Unless this post particularly annoys people, I'll plan to continue my journey with Liechtenstein in a few days.