"I remember having rootbeer floats on the porch swing on hot summer nights... I remember playing with my cousins and the neighbors in the side yard. I remember running to the train tracks just a few blocks away and counting the train cars (sometimes over 100!) as they streamed by. I remember 'Uncle' Bill showing me his missing finger that he lost while working the trains... This is someone else’s house now but my memories still live there.
" From Disappearing Places
: An archive and collective map of places that no longer exist, at least not as they once did. [more inside]
I Know Where Summer Goes
Photos by Ryan McGinley. Some nudity; fireworks; fun, longing.
The Photographic Dictionary
defines words through the personal meaning found in each picture. M
is for mask
is for ephemeral
is for twin
if for alone
The Insect Close-ups Flickr Pool
is full of fascinating pictures. There are all kinds of wonderful images to be found, of spiders
, water striders
and those superstars of the insect world, bees
. You can also search a map
for pictures by location. If you want to take your own bug photographer Mark Plonsky has written a short how-to guide
. He has taken some pretty great photographs of insects
is a bi-monthly online photo magazine that promotes work from established artists and emerging artists side by side. In the current issue, I particularly like the work of David Eisenlord and Suzanne Revy. It also features the recently posted
Richard Rinaldi piece, Touching Strangers. There are also three archived issues. [A few images nsfw] [more inside]
: aerial panoramas of 18 famous Himalayan mountains, from
the Digital Himalayas Collections
, which include all kinds of interesting things: old
photographs, short films from the 1930's
, rare books and manuscripts
in the languages of the locals in these remote parts of the world at high altitudes.
Pattern Recognition, mostly serene paintings, illustrations and photographs from a variety of sources, grouped according to similar motifs: Interiors in paintings
l light and shadow
of quiet intimacy, daydreams, dreams l very early Vogue and Vanity Fair covers 1
l portraits of children
l children's book illustrations
. [more inside]
, gently vulnerable and evocative, vintage photographs. [more inside]
Trains of Russia
, photos from Pavoroz.com
, a site about the railways of Russia, the Baltics and the C.I.S. (Commonwealth of Independent States
). More than 50 000 pictures of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, EMU and DMU trains, draisines, stations, tracks, etc. The collection is updated daily. The Turkestan-Siberian railway
. [more inside]
Brutal or Amazing?
- this is just one of many fine posts on the Photo Africa Blog
, an excellent source of in-the-wild animal and nature photos and reports from bush field guides. Also see: Madikwe Lions
Tsukiji knife photos
by Tony McNicol. List of published articles. List of selected photo galleries. I’ve been taking photos of a 240 year old knife shop in Tsukiji fish market.... If you buy a knife at the shop you can bring it back to be sharpened for free. [more inside]
struggles to remove the photographer from portraiture, moving contra Richard Avedon
Three series: Sleepers
Send audio postcards to your friends. Free. Upload any photo of yours or image off the web and any MP3 you choose in a single upload process, then enter your email address and that of the person to whom you wish to send the mix. Done— it’s simple. p.s. postcard does not sell, spam, or share the email addresses of senders or recipients. via
- mapping the locations of album cover photographs. Feel free to contribute
The Future Generator
at the London Transport Museum
is a forecasting look at the effect of transport on climate change in London. But you can get a sense of history as well. The museum's collection originated in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations. They moved to the present location in 1980. Londoners can take a trip back in time
on the Metropolitan line and enjoy a special day out in Metro-land as two historic electric trains run special excursions on Sunday 14 September 2008. [more inside]
The People of the Omo Valley
, Ethiopia, use their faces
as canvases, using natural elements at hand
in an especially beautiful, natural fashion show. These photographs
[flash] were taken by Hans Silvester, a German photographer who spent 10 months in the Omo Valley
. [more inside]
Signs that point to both a tenuously emerging future, as well as the dusty fingerprints of the neglected past. Brooklyn Signs.
They're everywhere; languishing on doorsteps, hanging out in the middle of the road, dangling off street signs, peeking out of piles of garbage, reclining in the middle of the sidewalk, riding the bus for free. London Bananas.
Photos from North Korea.
Photographs from a 2 week long trip to North Korea by photographer Eric Lafforgue.
Who can forget when Harmony and Grits played at Nero's Nook? This is a big stack of pics that I scanned as a single collection. Most are 8"x10", but a few are snapshots. They represent something of a snapshot of the bar and entertainment scene in the Gulf Coast resort town of Fort Walton Bch, FL, circa 1970s. Most are of bands, entertainers and a few strippers. If you are from this area, you may well recognize some of the faces. They are in no order.
Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.
Meet Adolf Hitler
. Godwin! Look right into Stalin's eyes
. 350 people from the dictator's country, Photoshopped together to create eerily alive photographs. (via kottke, via conscientious) [more inside]
The Sidney D Gamble Photograph Collection at Duke University
consists of about 5,000 newly digitised pictures, taken predominantly in China between 1917 and 1932. Browse
by subject, category or location tags. Photos taken in 1908 are to be added in the future. [via]
, Romanian photographer. [nsfw] [more inside]
New York City in (mostly) black and white.
A huge collection of photos starting in the 1880s—some beautiful, all fascinating. Previously.
Six days ago, the Chaitén volcano in Chile began a surprise eruption
. So far, more than 8000 people have been evacuated, and NASA has tracked the results from space
. Even more stunning however, are the images that occurred when a thunderstorm collided with the volcanic plume
MetaFilter's own dirtdirt
has been taking a polaroid photograph every day
since July 14th, 2002
. That's 2114 images as of today. He has other cool sets
on his flickr page
, my favorite being his pictures of school lunches
welcomes visitors and indigenous peoples of all tribal nations and provides a casual village environment to share and network their culturally relevant creative work
, information and opinions. (previously
Arizona Then and Now
-- When paired with vintage images of the 19th and 20th centuries, Arizona photographers Allen Dutton and Paul Scharbach's modern-day images reveal the changes that have shaped the state's landscape during the past 100-plus years. They searched the state to locate the precise spots from which to rephotograph the scenes captured by their predecessors, endeavoring to achieve the same angles, perspectives, and lighting as in the early photographs.
Then and Now
presents works from 8 South African documentary photographers - each contributes 10 photos taken during apartheid and 10 made since the democratic elections of 1994. (On display at Duke University
through July 27.) [more inside]
The War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, 1942-1945 collection
is a searchable
online archive which "contains approximately 7000 photographs and 317 Kodachrome slides which have been arranged into 18 series" (quoted from the Scope and Content page).
Links to photo series are under the Container Listing header. Alternatively, you can just browse through them all
. [more inside]
has been adorning his face and head with various objects and posting photographic portraits online since July 2006
. Dutch artist Levi van Veluw
also likes to modify his face by putting things
on it and photographing the results
Washington's Other Monuments
is a photoblog by photographer Lloyd Wolf
chronicling "the many sad memorials erected by friends & family to honor murder and other violence victims in the Washington DC area. These spontaneous, homemade, heartfelt creations are found on streets throughout the region. They are often the only physical tribute to the many slaying victims." Washington Post article
. [via Eddie Campbell]
- 59,237 of them. This group is about collecting photographic evidence that toys get up to things when people are not around. Well, not just that - It is also simply a space to collect good images of toys for everyone to enjoy. (via dorian) [more inside]
USA 1940-1950 USA 1939-1969.
Color photographs. [Possible NSFW ads.] [more inside]
"Using information provided earlier about their weekly routine, the photographer will arrive on the scene, and unseen, take shots
of the subject
." This is what Izaz Rony of Methodizaz
says he can do for you for several hundred bucks
. Or, perhaps use this self-hired paparazzi service as a present
"Without posing and artifice, the camera captures only the natural beauty
of the person." Flash website [via
]. [more inside]
Missouri's digital archives
of African American portraits. African American portraits
from Florida's archives. The Black Archives
of Mid-America. Missouri's archives
, with a specific section for the African American community
in northeast Missouri. [more inside]
"New" photos emerge of Lincoln's second inauguration
The Library of Congress has discovered new photographs taken in 1865 at Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration. For years they were filed under President Grant's archive, mislabeled into obscurity. Incidentally, this week will be the grand opening of Lincoln's summer "cottage"
in northwest DC.
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 
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."
Saved from a lynching
: Enrico Dangino, friend of Vigilante Journalist
photographs a man seized by a mob and about to be set ablaze, then, with the help of his compatriot, frees him. More
photographs and blogging from the ground in Kenya's current political crisis from Vigilante Journalist. via