A flashy website ...
but the photos are beautiful, especially the portraits. Some look as if they could have come straight from the pages of 'Life' magazine c.1935.
Note: A couple of pics are NSFW
posted by essexjan
on Feb 11, 2005 -
Documentarian Bruce Jackson
found "a group of about two hundred 3x4" identification photographs made between 1914 and 1937... in a drawer in the Arkansas penitentiary in the summer of 1975"; this (slideshow
) is the online record of an exhibition.
It is impossible to look at these images and not think about the persons depicted there. But, save for one fact that is a given—and what we find in or infer from these images—we know nothing about those persons, and never will. The given is that they are all prisoners: for whatever reason, they have been deprived of liberty, the single piece of enduring proof of which is the image at which we presently gaze. The conclusions we draw, the feelings we have, the narratives we suppose—they are all our own. The images are mirrors, resonating with aspects of our selves we perhaps never before encountered.
Many of them are haunting; this one
has been turned by time into a work of art. (Via Ramage
posted by languagehat
on Dec 21, 2004 -
OK, Seattleites, see the American flag here
? On the sidewalk below is where your 3rd & Pine McDonalds now sits. Man, I can see five buildings here that are still standing, but that red brick one at the lower right got replaced early
. Now here's the Northern Life Tower
. Note how the bricks lighten towards the top, so as to make it look taller from below--very subtle, that. It's one of Seattle's two Art Deco buildings, the other being the Exchange Building
. You can cut through that one, coming off the ferry at First Avenue and take the elevator to walk out on Second Ave rather than climb that steep hill, you know.
And consider on what playground equipment
our grandparents got to play. Lucky stiffs--you can't even find a decent 50s era swing set in a park in this town anymore. Penny Postcards From King County
, from Penny Postcards of Washington
, from Penny Postcards
. Man, I loves me some vintage postcards. And if you do, too, check that last link--it's got all 50 states.
posted by y2karl
on Dec 19, 2004 -
Virtual Reality Panoramas of Slovenia. This virtual guide is an attempt to present world landmarks with the point to - Slovenia. The goal of this project is to display the cultural and natural heritage of our planet with interactive Virtual RealityPanoramas. The project started in 1996 and is updated almost every week, so welcome to check it On-line!
This presentation is a part of work in progress. Today it consists of 3610 Virtual Reality Panoramas, 1283 high resolution full screen QTVR-s and more than 16.000 photos (also wallpapers in three standard resolutions), which is about 80 % (hm..?) of the project (Slovenia Landmarks only) .
By Slovenian artist Bostjan Burger
posted by jokeefe
on Nov 25, 2004 -
A long-lost treasure too toxic to touch:
Construction at New York City's Harlem Community Justice Center recently revealed a room piled high with records documenting the building's former life as an early 20th century prison. They offer a peek into the street life of ca. 1900 NYC and scholars are already interested - there's only one problem: the room also contains decades worth of toxic pigeon droppings. (NY Times - registration required).
Photos (click on the "records rescue" link at the bottom) of the room are available at the great correctionhistory.org which also offers histories and photos of other out-of-the-way corners of NYC like the Hart Island Potter's Field.
posted by ryanshepard
on Nov 5, 2004 -
- A Collection of Unexpected Photography
- "FILE Magazine publishes images that treat subjects in unexpected ways."
posted by dobbs
on Oct 6, 2004 -
I Like To Watch:
A photographic record of cats transfixed; self-referential cats; cat Witnesses of Our Time; cat onlookers; cats gazing stupidly at infinity; lightly hypnotized brainpan-fried cats; feline couch potatoes; cats afflicted by the staring disease; briefly and easily amused cats; UN observer cats; guilty bystander cats. All in all, an extremely important investigation into the perennial question of how to hold a cat's attention. [Click on "Cats", funnily enough.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 21, 2004 -
A Picture's Worth
:: a slightly different kind of photo blog -- a single (often excellent) photo, accompanied by a short (often poignant) essay which explains the emotions, memories or thoughts that the photograph triggers for the photographer.
posted by anastasiav
on Apr 27, 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 -
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 -
Photoshop is fourteen years old this month. I am sitting in its hometown
and have version 7 on my Gateway. Loretta Lux
was trained as a painter and now uses digital images via photoshop for her art
. (NYTimes article
) News photographers have lost
their jobs for using it. Some would argue that photoshop is a new medium
and I would agree. I will use it next to shape the images that will promote my sons' landscaping business.
posted by JohnR
on Feb 29, 2004 -
- photographer Bobby Neele Adams fuses two photos of the same person from different points in their life, with an unsettling effect
. He uses the same technique for couples
, a unique portrait idea for you all you coupled Mefites. (nsfw, bare breasts) His Broken Wings
series is also worth noting.
posted by madamjujujive
on Feb 2, 2004 -