Life in Timbuktu:
how the ancient city of gold is slowly turning to dust
(a long-form article from the Guardian with an accompanying photo gallery
Insect photographer Alex Wild explains the effect of copyright infringement
on his business; he has decided to give up commercial photography, partly due to the time he spends going after infringers. Alex Wild previously
It's a sex crime.
"It is not on the (usually, but not always, female) victim to take 'enough' measures to protect herself but rather on the (usually, but not always, male) victimizer to choose not to commit said sex crime. That notion was lost on the Disney Channel back in 2007. They treated Vanessa Hudgens like a sinful child after personal nudes were leaked and stated that 'Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.' "
Perfectly Timed Dog Pictures.
Does what it says on the tin.
Last Tuesday afternoon, a 30-inch water main
burst beneath Sunset Boulevard on the northern edge of the UCLA campus, creating a geyser
dozens of feet high. It took more than three hours
to shut off the flow of water; by then, eight to ten million
gallons of water had been released. The water flooded
the UCLA campus
, damaging the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion
and trapping hundreds of cars
in underground parking structures. [more inside]
is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself
, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW)
. Buy her photozine
, see photos from an exhibition
, or read her text blog
. [more inside]
A 10-Part Series By Alan Taylor.
"One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1914, a series of events set off an unprecedented global conflict that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 16 million people, dramatically redrew the maps of Europe, and set the stage for the 20th Century."
plays in the band The Nunnery
and takes 35mm photographs
of the underground music scene in Boise, Idaho.
plays in the band Underpass
and takes 35mm photographs
of the DIY punk scene in Vancouver, British Columbia.
This Makes Me Uncomfortable
- A Pinterest Board for innocently disturbing things (Slightly Not Safe For Work, Certainly Not Safe For Sanity)
7 Days of Garbage
is a photo portrait series by Gregg Segal. His subjects are surrounded by the garbage they accumulate in a week. (More of his work: Gregg Segal
Your terrible gig photographs – and how they could be improved
The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Opens Its Gates Again
: (Class) Action Park, perennial MetaFilter favorite, is back in business! [more inside]
Black Glamour Power
- a Collectors Weekly interview with Nichelle Gainer of Vintage Black Glamour (previously)
: "A lot of people think of vintage black pictures as either civil-rights photos or black ladies at church, or maybe sharecroppers picking in the cotton fields and sweating from the hard work. That’s fine. Those are our pictures. But that shouldn’t be the only image of us. It’s nice to see a black woman who is not sweating in the field, but glistening from all this bling, like Josephine Baker, dripping in diamonds. Sometimes you want to see that. Why not? It’s easy to take glamour for granted. You can be a white woman, and you can care less about Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich, and that’s fine. But you know what? Black women haven’t had the same option." [more inside]
The SFMTA has published excerpts of their photo archives
from donated collections, spanning the post-1906 earthquake period all the way up to modern times. [more inside]
Huayhuash: Mountain Biking in the Andes
- This spectacular range is remote and forbidding. In early 2014, three friends set out on a mountain bike adventure during the rainy season, encountering jaw-dropping vistas and challenges galore. In addition to the video, the trip is chronicled in a beautiful (but potentially browser-busting) multi-media feature in Bike Magazine
; also, via a photo gallery in Outside
James Minchin's backstage photos taken during the filming of Mad Men show, among other things, Ken holding a Macbook
Do you lament the loss of the terrible real estate agent photographs that were curated at It's Lovely, I'll Take It
)? Or it's later extension as a wing of the Cheezeburger
Well, fret no more!
Tumblr Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs
is here to continue the fine tradition of suggesting that some real estate agents may lack even the most basic sales skills.
Photographer Chris Herwig
) has successfully kickstarted a photo book on the oddball bus-stops of the former Soviet republics, compiled over 12 years and spanning 12 countries. You can browse many of the photos at Herwig's website
. Reporter Alina Simone reported on the project and the bus stops
for PRI's The World. The PRI site also has a video slide show of the stops narrated by Herwig.
Spring Fashion Preview
, by Hannibal Burres and friends on Funny or Die's new humor "magazine
", The Occasional
(Warning: most links contain artistic nudes) In February, Chicago curator Paul-David Young announced a gallery show
featuring found, sometimes nude self portraits from an unknown artist. Claiming to not know the identity of the artist, Young romanticized the unknown origins of the photos, implied the artist was impossible to find, and drew parallels with the Vivian Maier
story. After some light digging, however, Animal New York
was quickly able to identify the subject as digital artist Molly Soda
, who has a popular presence on YouTube
and Tumblr. [more inside]
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
What's the last photo on your phone - and would you share it with a stranger? San Francisco-based interactive artist Ivan Cash asks a number of people in New York
, Los Angeles
and San Francisco
to share their last photo and the story behind it. (via feature shoot)
Who better to document many old and lost baseball parks than a guy who played in them? Jerry Reuss
, 220 game winner, thrower of a no hitter
, broadcaster, man who played in 4 different decades (60s, 70s, 80s and 90s) did just that. [more inside]
The Fed Up
project has collected over 7000 student-submitted photos of school lunches from across the US. They'll be used to create a map and report to make a case for better school lunches. [more inside]
If you've seen images of NASA, you've seen the work of Bill Ingalls
, Project Manager and Senior Photographer for NASA Headquarters, who started out as an intern with NASA, and has worked now for the agency for 25 years. You can see a ton of images on the NASA HQ Photos account on Flickr
(plus non-NASA photos on his personal Flickr account
), and he even has a few short videos on Vimeo
. You can read about NASA photographers, including Ingalls
, and hear Bill talk about his work with NASA and photography in general
in this 365 Days of Astronomy podcast (related: the super moon photo
, and Neil deGrasse Tyson's response to the super moon hype
Top Secret: Images from the Stasi Archives A collection of images from the book, including more disguises, images of house searches, hand-to-hand combat techniques, hidden cameras, and even fake beards, is available free of charge at Simon Menner’s website. [more inside]
Popped At is a real-time stream of images
being shared on Twitter. Unfiltered, potentially nsfw.
When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that
. Via r/ColorizedHistory
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]
Some people interpreted the Geotaggers' World Atlas maps to be maps of tourism. This set is an attempt to figure out if that is really true. Some cities (for example Las Vegas and Venice) do seem to be photographed almost entirely by tourists. Others seem to have many pictures taken in places that tourists don't visit. Blue points on the map are pictures taken by locals (people who have taken pictures in this city dated over a range of a month or more). Map of photosets (scroll through photo thumbnails to discover new cities in the photoset [more inside]
, a series of portraits of residents of Portland, Oregon (one nude). [more inside]