Since 2006, Alice Proujansky has photographed childbirths around the world
for a project entitled 'Birth Culture.' Her intent is to highlight
'the universal aspects of childbirth, elements that are culturally-specific and the struggle to provide women with safe, respectful maternity care.' Images: Photographer's site
. NYTimes Gallery
. Some photos may be NSFW.
Getty Images launched the “Lean In Collection” Monday in partnership with LeanIn.org, featuring more than in contemporary work and life
and Getty Images partner to create a collection of positive, power images of women.
“The most important thing for us is that you felt like the woman had agency, not like the image was happening to her, but she was the protagonist of her own story — they all should feel like the hero of their image," says Pam Grossman director of visual trends at Getty Images.
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
) has attracted a loyal following in doing the Sisyphean work of calling out Twitter photo spammers and scraper accounts by tracking down, correcting and debunking images and giving attribution to the source. Twitter is awash in "interesting photo" accounts particularly since images started appearing in timelines -- some of the most successful of which may be the wildly popular @HistoryInPics and @EarthPix founded by 2 teenagers who allegedly earn $40,000+ a month
. PicPedant's debunking can be vastly amusing. Here are a few greatest hits: no, not a baby panda
but an Etsy doll; no, not Japanese cherry trees
but an infrared scene from Stockholm; no, not a real moon
, but a photo manipulation. He's even called out Madonna
for lack of attribution on an image that went viral after her tweet. Keep on keepin' on, you crazy pedant.
This week the Getty Museum announced that it is making 4600 digital images
of public domain materials in its collections freely available, with plans to release more as their status is confirmed. You can browse the collection here
, or take a look
at some selected highlights
. Want more free images? Try these repositories
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]
Enter some text about your interests or research topic into the Serendip-O-Matic,
and get an intriguing array of related images and primary sources from the Digital Public Library of America
, and Flickr Commons
. A One Week | One Too
The New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery
offers over 870,000 historical images related to the 'city that never sleeps,' including maps
as well as video
recordings. A selection of 53 images from the collection can be seen at In Focus
. [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.
Guantánamo prison library for detainees. [tumblr]
New York Times reporter Charlie Savage
set up a Tumblr dedicated to cataloging some of the books available in the Guantánamo prison library for detainees.
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
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
The Cleveland Memory Project
is an archive of photos, postcards
, videos, recordings, clippings
, 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]
"Outcasts are my kind, they try harder. From strip joints to Burlesque theaters, I went on a quest and met the 'Legends', these dominating characters of the quintessential American art of strip tease. Hours of confidence on tapes, intimate photo sessions, they peel off and reveal the hidden layers of their life with throaty emotion. Their memories reflecting the memories of the land. Vietnam vets and bikers are their loyal patrons..." The Living Art Of Risqué
, a photo essay from Marie Baronnet, features portraits of former strippers aged 60 to 95, accompanied by short bio-vignettes in their own words. [NSFW; nudity] [more inside]
Vietnam - Looking Into the Past.
Vietnamese photographer Khánh Hmoong takes pictures of Vietnamese landscapes and buildings, then superimposes a photograph from the past over the modern day setting. His work is similar to FILMography (previously on MeFi)
, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov's World War II gallery: Link to the Past
, and Ben Heine's Pencil Versus Camera
The Great Wall of China
(長城) took 2000 years to build, and stretches for 5500 miles. Yet pictures
of that wonder of the world in popular media are typically restricted to the tourist-visited sections closest
. (There are several sections
of the wall near that city.) Kuriositas has gathered some images that present the Wall from other areas.
is a tumblr devoted to images of chrome: the lettering, logos, and ornaments adorning old automobiles (and bicycles and cameras and appliances).
True Adventures in Better Homes
- Here is a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or “sweats” meets Better Homes and Gardens. These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all danger and darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.
"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices
is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
(some later images NSFW; or are they
? [but seriously, some possibly even more nsfw than this
]) "Sculptors" "today", what with their
"plank piece I & II
", "planking" back when it was "cool", before it was hip; there are at least 47 pages of wonderful
, mercifully, none relating to "planking". [more inside]
Stéphane Missier alias Charles le Brigand (and/or Carlito Brigante)
is a Brooklyn-based urban photographer and filmmaker. "From the Bronx to Brooklyn, I capture the real New York, the one I like to call 'RottenbutBeautiful'." Flickr Sets
. [more inside]
Inspired by Andrew Sullivan's recent post
on views outside airplane windows, BuzzFeed compiled a collection of "100 incredible airplane window views" from Flickr
. (bandwidth-heavy single page version.) Click through slideshow at Business Insider.
"It is only fitting that the story of the brain should be a visual one, for the visuals had the ancients fooled for millenniums. The brain was so ugly that they assumed the mind must lie elsewhere. Now those same skeletal silhouettes glow plump and brightly colored, courtesy of a variety of inserted genes encoding fluorescent molecules.
A glossy new art book, “Portraits of the Mind
,” hopes to draw the general reader into neuroscience with the sheer beauty of its images." Slide Shows: The Beautiful Mind
and Portraits of the Mind [more inside]
offers a curated collection of art-photograph wallpapers for mobile devices (it's affiliated with Poolga
Last week, Gizmodo asked their readers to submit wallpaper-sized pictures of bugs.
Today, 294 colorful images of creepy crawlies
were posted to galleries on their site: 1
, 6 (bandwidth alert: those pages are very picture-heavy)
and also to Flickr
, where high-resolution versions can be downloaded. This project is part of their weekly "Shooting Challenge"
. Each week's results can be seen in individual sets on their Flickr account
has been featured here once
before, but Jim Griffioen's site
photo-documenting his discoveries in and around Detroit deserves a look.
Griffioen was recently interviewed [direct mp3 link]
on the American Public Media radio program The Story
. [more inside]
Photomontage timeline, 1850-2007.
Spirit photography, trick photography, comic montages, Photoshop, etc. [more inside]
You are interested in the unknown
... the mysterious
. The unexplainable
. That is why you
. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you
, the full story of what happened
on that fateful day
. We are bringing you all the evidence
, based only on the secret testimony
, of the miserable souls
, who survived this terrifying ordeal
. The incidents
, the places
. My friend
, we cannot keep this
any longer. Let us punish
. Let us reward
. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts
of a flickr collection of old snapshots
is a website that lets you mix and match
online images to make fashion sets
. While it has received favour from Web 2.0 pundits
, fashion bloggers
, and major craft blogs
, it has also drawn massive ire
from artists that claim copyright infringement
and use of personal photos
. The anti-Polyvore pressure mainly comes from Etsy sellers
, with some support from artists on DeviantArt
, Red Buddle
, and independent artists
- all coming together on Flickr
. We Heart It
are also seen as suspect. While Polyvore tries to assuage copyright fears
, amidst growing pressure to shut down
, many of Polyvore's current users are counter-petitioning for the site to stay
The Demarco Digital Archive
holds 10,000 images and documents gathered by Richard Demarco
, gallerist, Beuys collaborator, founder of the Traverse theatre and a key figure on the Scottish arts scene since the '60s. [more inside]
Photographer and photo editor Geoffrey Hiller has created Verve to feature photos and interviews by the finest young image makers today. Verve is a reminder of the power of the still image. Verve will also point you to new photo agencies, publications and inspiring multimedia projects.
30 Incredible Abstract Satellite Images of Earth
"From 400 miles away, the earth transforms into abstract art. The global landscape is impressionist, cubist and pointillist." Nice NASA images from 2000, downloadable as wallpaper.
The Power of Photography (might or might not be NSFW)
with accompanying articles: Stricken Child crawling towards a Food Camp 
| The Falling Man 
| The Youngest Mother 
| Born Twice 
is kind of like del.icio.us
. A frequently updated website with high quality photographs of Scilly. Here are some of my favorites
, an online/offline photo magazine "for photographers like us who fall somewhere in between the strict definitions of 'amateur' and 'professional,'" launches today.
The impresario of JPG is Derek Powazek
, the author of Design for Community
, who has a long history of building interesting Web-based community sites, including the personal-storytelling site Fray.com (currently on hiatus
). The co-founder of JPG, Powazek's wife Heather Champ, created the haunting Mirror Project
- photographic desktop wallpapers. Just keep hittin' previous.
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