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In the midst of life I woke to find myself in the East End of London

Spitalfields Life is a blog about an East London neighbourhood. Sometimes it's about the dogs of Spitalfields. Sometimes it's about the wallpapers of Spitalfields. Or the leather shops of Spitalfields. Or people in Spitalfields who collect pictures of dogs. [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Apr 6, 2013 - 11 comments

Worth scrolling down for the owl

Racial Misprofiling When "Arab" stock photos go terribly wrong (SLTumblr)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 6, 2013 - 71 comments

BRRRAAAIIIIINNNNSSSS!!!

Pictures of some brains from the Texas State Mental Hospital. (Not for the squemish.) "I walked into a storage closet filled with approximately one-hundred human brains, none of them normal, taken from patients at the Texas State Mental Hospital. The brains sat in large jars of fluid, each labeled with a date of death or autopsy, a brief description in Latin, and a case number."
posted by OmieWise on Apr 5, 2013 - 35 comments

Time Spent With Cats is Never Wasted

"When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?" Russian photographer Andy Prokh has captured adorable photos of his daughter Catherine who grew up with their gray British Shorthair cat.
posted by peagood on Apr 4, 2013 - 27 comments

The Llama Stares Back

Animal Eyes
posted by bigbigdog on Apr 4, 2013 - 45 comments

up close & personal

Polaroid Portrait Mosaics by Italian photographer Maurizio Galimberti offer intimate and compelling views of his subjects. How it's done: a portrait of Chuck Close, another portrait artist.
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 31, 2013 - 2 comments

A town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes

Photos of Manhattan after the blackout caused by Hurricane Sandy.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 30, 2013 - 21 comments

What does it mean to create a new work of art in the digital age?

Judge Rules William Eggleston Can Clone His Own Work, Rebuffing Angry Collector. The U.S. District Court has dismissed collector Jonathan Sobel’s lawsuit (PDF) against photographer William Eggleston. The collector objected to Eggleston's selling new, larger-format editions of the famous dye-transfer images that the artist first produced in the 1970s and early 1980s.
posted by R. Mutt on Mar 30, 2013 - 28 comments

Kamehameha!

Kotaku has an article about the latest Japanese schoolgirl trend: fake martial arts attacks à la Dragon Ball. The spoofed Kamehameha attacks aren't new, but the ubiquity of mobile phone cameras makes for some hilarious shots. Previously on Kotaku.
posted by Athanassiel on Mar 27, 2013 - 34 comments

The Battle We Didn't Choose

The Battle We Didn't Choose. Some photographs. It's a little bit heart breaking.
posted by chunking express on Mar 27, 2013 - 35 comments

Sightseer Americanus in its natural habitat

You've probably seen Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park. But you may not have realized it's just the most famous image of the entire Sightseer Series, created by photographer Roger Minick over more than 30 years.
posted by scody on Mar 27, 2013 - 29 comments

Pilotez notre fabuleuse machine à remonter le temps

Paris 1900-2013 by photos: Color photographs of Paris from the 1910s side-by-side with photographs of today. Now with swipey magic.
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 26, 2013 - 16 comments

Two Short Films About the Fragrant Harbor

So Long, My Hong Kong pairs well with Hong Kong in 7000 Pictures.
posted by milquetoast on Mar 25, 2013 - 6 comments

The Vietnam War like you've never seen it

In 1967, Charlie Haughey was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned to work as a photographer, tasked with taking morale-boosting pictures of service members. He shot over 2,000 images, the vast majority of which were never published and languished in boxes and envelopes. Until now. [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Mar 25, 2013 - 43 comments

Old People Wearing Vegetation

Old People Wearing Vegetation. Seniors from Norway and Finland (NSFW) model wearable art made of plants, in Eyes as Big as Plates. [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Mar 25, 2013 - 9 comments

For squares only

Folks who love and/or hate modernist architecture: the functionmag tumblr might be fun. Via things.
posted by mediareport on Mar 24, 2013 - 17 comments

NASA or MOMA? Play the Game!

Here are some pictures. Were they taken in space, or painted here on Earth?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 22, 2013 - 29 comments

Sky Crystals

Photographer Don Komarechka uses a complicated process of focus stacking to extend the depth of field of his unbelievably beautiful extreme macro photographs of snowflakes. [via] [more inside]
posted by quin on Mar 22, 2013 - 9 comments

drawroF

Forward by Messe Kopp is a clever one shot video filmed then reversed to a very neat effect. [via]
posted by quin on Mar 20, 2013 - 17 comments

Operation Overlord

PhotosNormandie is a collaborative collection of more than 3,000 royalty-free photos from World War II's Battle of Normandy and its aftermath. (Photos date from June 6 to late August 1944). The main link goes to the photostream. You can also peruse sets, which include 2700+ images from the US and Canadian National Archives.
posted by zarq on Mar 19, 2013 - 12 comments

"Urgent… Have possibility of taking photos… Send film" -Auschwitz 1944

Is looking at photographs like those of the bloody birth of Bangladesh (possibly NSFW? one photo is of corpses) "an ethically and politically necessary act that connects us to our modern history of violence?" In The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence, Susie Linfield challenges the idea that photographs of political violence exploit their subjects and pander to voyeuristic tendencies. An excerpt.
posted by spamandkimchi on Mar 19, 2013 - 3 comments

where the wild things are

Wilder Mann - photos of traditional animal costumes of Europe, by Charles Freger. Also in National Geographic, and in the New York Times' Lens Blog:
“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger, 38. “For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness.”

posted by moonmilk on Mar 18, 2013 - 29 comments

All this energy calling me, back where it comes from....

The Cleveland Memory Project is an archive of photos, postcards, videos, recordings, clippings, ebooks, personal papers, maps and other historical "goodies" about the city. "It's a collaborative endeavor of many local historical societies, public libraries and government agencies who have mounted their own local history." On Flickr. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 18, 2013 - 5 comments

Abercrombie & Fitch & Zizek

In 2003, Abercrombie and Fitch approached Slovene philosopher and culture critic Slavoj Žižek to write ad copy. The results were odd. (And NSFW.)
posted by Rinku on Mar 17, 2013 - 66 comments

Peter Parker is underpaid

Guilt, gratitude, music photography. Freelance Australian music photographer Leah Robertson writes about being underpaid, and how pervasive it is in the industry. Check out rates from around the world at Who Pays Photographers?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 16, 2013 - 20 comments

She Who Tells a Story

I feel creatively emboldened to personally say something on the subjects that I am documenting. In terms of how it is produced, intellectually I am more excited than I have been in years. I am envisioning so many more possibilities for the work ... I feel for first time empowered on my own terms. We are calling our own shots and have created somewhat of our own institution.
An interview with the six-woman Middle Eastern documentary photography collective Rawiya, whose name means "female narrator" in Arabic. [more inside]
posted by nangar on Mar 13, 2013 - 2 comments

Not that Toy Story

"Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world; saying, “at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play.” Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions. (previously)
posted by Grandysaur on Mar 12, 2013 - 16 comments

But why is the girl in the ravishing red Lego dress so sad?

In Pieces, on display at the OpenHouse gallery in SOHO through March 17th. New York based LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya and Australian photographer Dean West (Warning: annoying Flash interface) create magic together. [more inside]
posted by misha on Mar 12, 2013 - 8 comments

Come on little guy, you can make it, no no, too far, try again!

Newly weaned harbor seal pups attempting to climb onto a surfboard with a camera attached: Seal Pup Slip n' Slide [slyt | adorable ]
posted by quin on Mar 12, 2013 - 21 comments

FOUND

"FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public."
posted by chunking express on Mar 11, 2013 - 15 comments

Hidden Photographs of a Hidden People

A box of magic lantern slides, owned by a doctor who died in 1940, turned out to hold many images of the Romany Travellers who came to Sussex each year to take part in the hop harvest. The pictures have been published, with commentary by the Romany historian Janet Keet-Black, in the pamphlet Hidden Photographs of a Hidden People (PDF of full pamphlet). You can also watch a slideshow which includes more images and interviews with Keet-Black, magic lantern expert Peter Gillies and the Romany Traveller Penfold sisters. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Mar 10, 2013 - 7 comments

Lonely Planet photographer shares his work.

Iran as the West rarely sees it. reddit user mossikan shares lovely photos of modern-day Iran, with thoughtful captions revealing a vibrant culture generally at odds with its current "mainstream" portrayals in Western media. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Mar 9, 2013 - 46 comments

"I would like to hold Meeno one last time, please"

Photographer Hiroyuki Ito remembers his cat.
posted by lalex on Mar 9, 2013 - 73 comments

Art in the Tumblr age

"Artists often cling to control of their work and the context of its display, but to interact with Tumblr, they must give up that control. Art on Tumblr might get seen by many people, but 1,000 reblogs doesn’t mean anyone will be looking at your art next week, know that you made it, or be having a critical discussion. Given these reasons, it would make sense for artists to be wary of putting their work on Tumblr. But this isn’t always the case; a younger, more internet-savvy generation has embraced the web 2.0, feeling that the costs outweigh the benefits." -- Ben Valentine looks at Tumblr as art, in the opening essay of the world's first Tumblr art symposium, which can be followed on livestream. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 9, 2013 - 30 comments

"Will take photos for $10, $25, or $100."

Ourspot will let you hire amateur photographers for as much (or little) as you want. [more inside]
posted by The Girl Who Ate Boston on Mar 8, 2013 - 121 comments

Scott Kelby on composition

Photoshop guru/author Scott Kelby speaks about composition and editing (65 mins). [more inside]
posted by starman on Mar 7, 2013 - 12 comments

Photos of Istanbul from 1920s-1940s, by Nicholas Artamonoff

Nicholas Victor Artamonoff was a talented Russian amateur photographer who lived, studied and worked in Istanbul from the 1920s to the 1940s. He took many photos, mainly black-and-white, of architecture, archaeology, and street scenes, in Istanbul and also elsewhere in Turkey. A collection of images has now been made available by the Dumbarton Oaks Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives. [more inside]
posted by carter on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 comments

NYC Past

NYC Past Large-format historical photos of New York City.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Mar 5, 2013 - 13 comments

The Lake

Photographer Geoff Tompkinson has just released this hypnotically gorgeous time lapse of Lake Hallstatt in Upper Austria. [via]
posted by quin on Mar 5, 2013 - 8 comments

Mantas Last Dance

In an effort to raise awareness of the hunting of manta-rays to near extinction, Shawn Heinrichs made this beautiful underwater video of a model swimming with the mantas in their natural habitat. [more info at the via]
posted by quin on Mar 4, 2013 - 14 comments

Models and their Mothers

Models and their Mothers by Howard Schatz. Interview. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 27, 2013 - 35 comments

The Yellow River Surging Northward Rumblingly

Zhang Kechun's photo series "The Yellow River" contains 40 photos of China's second longest river, ranging from cinematic to surreal, plus a lyrical introduction to the series. [via BoringPostcards at MetaChat]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 comments

Not Tentacle Porn (well, kinda tentacle porn...)

The sex lives of octopuses is often difficult to photograph in the wild, however Dr. Roy Caldwell got very fortunate with a pair in his lab. Here are some very rare pictures of the Abdopus aculeatus octopus mating, with a photo by photo explanation of what is happening.
posted by quin on Feb 25, 2013 - 54 comments

Don't Forget Your Past

Photos of 30 Beautiful Abandoned Places and Modern Ruins. Each place identified below. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 24, 2013 - 24 comments

Slip Sliding Away

The Englishman and the eel is a photo essay of 93 images (thumbnails here; 2 pages) and article by London photographer Stuart Freedman that "attempts to look at (amongst other things) the significance and the decline of the eel and its fading from the changing London consciousness" with snapshots of "those palaces of Cockney culture, the Pie and Mash shops." [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 24, 2013 - 30 comments

Living Large in Hong Kong.

These apartments are so small they can only be photographed from the ceiling. "According to the Society for Community Organization, 100,000 of the city’s laborers live in sub-divided apartment units averaging 40 square feet (3.7 sq m)."
posted by chunking express on Feb 23, 2013 - 62 comments

Artistic Portraiture

Bill Gekas creates gorgeous homages to Old Masters with his 5-Year-Old daughter. On his blog he shares his set-ups e.g. The Letter… and the cookie!, Potatoes.
posted by unliteral on Feb 18, 2013 - 10 comments

Mongolian Eagle Hunters

The Last of the Mongolian Eagle Hunters. "In remote Mongolia, a few men continue the dying tradition of training golden eagles to hunt. Australian photographer Palani Mohan describes his project to document what remains of this centuries-old culture." [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Feb 17, 2013 - 11 comments

Powerful Portraits of Workers at Femme Auto in Senegal

Photographer Anthony Kurtz visited Femme Auto in Senegal and took portraits of the mechanics and auto body workers there. They're really gorgeous shots, and it's always great to see badass women doing it to it in a male dominated field. (Via)
posted by infini on Feb 17, 2013 - 17 comments

vu par David Lynch

David Lynch on his favorite photographs. As the honorary curator of the 2012 Paris Photo collection, David Lynch discusses some of his picks.
posted by shakespeherian on Feb 15, 2013 - 6 comments

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