Ban on Camera Phones in Iraq
Q: What do you do if your troops take pictures of physical and sexual abuse in American-run prisons in Iraq?
A: Ban cameras, of course. What the people can't see don't happen.
posted by dayvin
on May 23, 2004 -
Domes and Cupolas
From the New Yorker: "David Stephenson's photographs gaze directly up at the interiors of domes, flattening them and - through long exposure times - revealing details and colors that can't be discerned in normal viewing. The results are bright, kaleidoscopic patterns made up of the Moorish arabesques of the Alhambra, the iconic decorations of a former imperial chapel near Moscow, and the cool, almost Mediterranean blues of a Hungarian synagogue."
Stephenson's work is currently on exhibition in New York
. Other pages of his work can be found here
posted by livii
on May 19, 2004 -
I think is the most beautiful variety of flower. If not for my black thumb I'd gladly devote some time to growing this gorgeous flowers. The main link is to the Internet Orchid Photo Encyclopedia. There's apparently a cultural phenomena involving orchids that even includes tails of theft
. A case of Nicaraguan theft has even been likened to rape
. NOVA has done an episode
on it, which sadly I haven't seen. They're an amazingly diverse species.
posted by substrate
on May 15, 2004 -
Playing With Time
uses time lapse photography and computer animation to show events
that normally happen too fast or too slow for humans to perceive. (via Neat Net Tricks newsletter)
posted by Jaybo
on May 15, 2004 -
are a window into human histories, they tell the stories of the past through the stark
presence of objects and architectures
. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of ruins
is the subject that is missing
in the photographs; the people who once worked, lived, walked, talked, slept and dreamed in these spaces
posted by papercake
on May 12, 2004 -
facettes de la petite mort
No nudity, but not safe for work. I love it when eroticism is found where you might not expect it. Like, simple facial expression, for example.
posted by travis
on May 11, 2004 -
Polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba.
Wildlife photographer Ken Bereskin has a nice collection of polar bears
frolicking in the snow. This itchy bear
is so frustrated, he's using the rippled ice of a frozen lake to
scratch himself. If you need a change of temperature, he also has over 500 images
of wildlife from Uganda and Kenya, including big
(a mother cuddling
, a cheetah chomping
down on a gazelle
, and a young lioness shredding
a skeleton to pieces
eating the cheetah's leftovers, a black-headed heron eating
a venomous boomslang snake
, and a scary-looking
taking it all in from above). He also has a smaller
of desert wildlife from the dunes of Etoshia National
Park in Namibia. (His real job is working for Apple, and he has a
that hasn't been updated in eons, but evidently that's not as much fun
as chasing after hungry carnivorous animals in the sweltering heat, or
risking frostbite in the snow).
posted by invisible ink
on May 6, 2004 -
features rare stills and artwork for viewing, with a healthy (but not exclusive) emphasis on cult cinema, and only occasional reviews and comments to compete with the goodness and/or bad-assedness
. A movie fan shares his wealth with the world.
posted by LinusMines
on May 3, 2004 -
They that go down to the sea in ships
, a really hauntingly beautiful collection of images of seafarers from the past. Some of the images have handwritten notes on the back as well. It's good to get a glimpse of the people and decades lived in by most of our grandparents. Who knows where all those digital images we all take will end up one day.
posted by rhyax
on May 2, 2004 -
- You upload your face and complex recognition software returns three celebrities you most resemble. Which are you? The software is surprisingly accurate!
(Marginally NSFW: thumb nailed obscenity)
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Apr 16, 2004 -
A gently melancholy collection of photographs of abandoned shops, hospitals, housing estates, public lavatories, and much more. See also Britannia Moribundia
, on the national obsession with dinginess and decay. This is where England most truly excels: in all the characterful shabbiness of its drizzled parks, soiled launderettes, frayed tailors, abject chemists .. and cowed solitary cafes.
posted by verstegan
on Apr 16, 2004 -
is a collective of young photographers dealing with documentary and photojournalism. They publish a quarterly magazine called Issue
that has photos and stories by independent photographers. Great pictures
posted by sciurus
on Apr 15, 2004 -
A world wide panorama shoot.
On Saturday, March 20, more than 170 photographers in 39 countries around the world celebrated the Equinox by creating VR panoramas. This site showcases the results of their efforts. (Quicktime needed)
posted by Ljubljana
on Apr 15, 2004 -
The Great Mirror.
"A collection of about five thousand photographs taken over the last 30 years by Bret Wallach, a geography professor at the University of Oklahoma. With few exceptions, the photos show cultural rather than physical landscapes and are intended to illuminate the people who have shaped these landscapes and are reflected in it." [Via wood s lot.]
posted by homunculus
on Apr 11, 2004 -
I saw a feature on ESPN last night about Britt Gaston and Cliff Courtney,
two Georgia teenagers who are indelibly linked to history as the kids who ran alongside Hank Aaron
after the famous 715th home run. Then I googled around a bit and discovered Jim Leavelle,
the former Dallas cop who will forever be known as the guy in the hat
watching Ruby take care of Oswald in the precinct basement. And then there's Mary Ann Vecchio,
a 14-year-old runaway who was photographed wailing over a dead body at Kent State in 1970. And, of course, there's Afghanistan Girl.
Can anyone think of other bystanders to historical events whose faces we all know but identities remain anonymous? Is there anyone who has not yet been rediscovered?
posted by PrinceValium
on Apr 7, 2004 -
Transits of Venus occur every 130 years or so when Venus can be observed passing across the face of the sun. Chasing Venus
is an online exhibition by Smithsonian Institution Libraries that tells the story of how the transit has been observed since the 17th century, with early observations in England
, illustrated accounts of expeditions
by 18th century astronomers to various parts of the world, and early uses of photography
to record observations in the 19th century. Includes links to animations
of transits reconstructed from Victorian photographs, and details of a lecture series
on Thursdays in April and May (first one April 8). The first transit since 1882 is this year.
posted by carter
on Apr 4, 2004 -
The Untitled Project is a series of photographs of urban settings accompanied by a graphical text layout. The photographs have been digitally stripped of all traces of textual information. The text pieces show the removed text in the approximate location and font as it was found in the photograph
posted by Ljubljana
on Mar 30, 2004 -
are something i've never really understood, but should. This was the best stab at explaining I've ever read.
posted by mrben
on Mar 28, 2004 -
The Kodak vs. the King
of the the Belgian Congo (aka the Congo Free State) from it's heyday under the personal rule of the very evil King Leopold
. The contrast between the photographs used by Leopolds apologists
and those used by his enemies
(lead by the remorseless E.D. Morel
) is probably unsurprising but interesting as evidence of perhaps the first propaganda war to be dominated by photography. Also, the first genocidal atrocity to be, very partially, documented photographically.
The kodak has been a sore calamity to us. The most powerful enemy that has confronted us, indeed.... Every Yankee missionary and every interrupted trader sent home and got one; and now -- oh, well, the pictures get sneaked around everywhere, in spite of all we can do to ferret them out and suppress them.
Mark Twain, King Leopold's Soliloquy
(most links go to the excellent boondocksnet
site which takes as its starting point Mark Twain and his anti-imperialist campaigns and branches out most impressively from there)
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Mar 20, 2004 -