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Chang'e 3 moon shots

The China National Space Administration released all of the images from their Chang'e 3 moon landing mission (previously), including hundreds of amazing true color, HD photographs. Some 35 GB of datasets, including photographs of and by the Yutu rover have been difficult to retrieve outside of China and have been mirrored by Emily Lakdawalla at planetary.org.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Feb 1, 2016 - 27 comments

Unpublished Black History

"Every day during Black History Month, we will publish at least one of these photographs online, illuminating stories that were never told in our pages and others that have been mostly forgotten.... other holes in coverage probably reflect the biases of some earlier editors at our news organization, long known as the newspaper of record. They and they alone determined who was newsworthy and who was not, at a time when black people were marginalized in society and in the media."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Come on, let's go for flight over the dwarf planet Ceres!

Look out the window and be sure you don't miss the neat stuff! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 29, 2016 - 7 comments

On this spot

On This Spot is a history blog that focusses on then and now photography, comparing historical and contemporary photographs of the same locations. Locations include cities and battlefields in the UK, Germany, France, Japan and Canada.
posted by Dim Siawns on Jan 29, 2016 - 8 comments

photography, life, art, and Los Angeles

Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin has been documenting the Los Angeles urban landscape for over a decade. His latest project, The Los Angeles Recordings, examines the physical structure of neighborhoods and how they are molded and reconfigured by outside elements (demographics, gentrification, the passage of time.) “The Los Angeles Recordings is a project I’ve been working on in some way, shape, or form for over a decade. Very soon after getting into photography, I recognized the medium as a way I could show others the city as I viewed it. LA’s people, landscape, and topography exist in a state of constant change that is, in my opinion, rarely portrayed from street level." [h/t] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 27, 2016 - 4 comments

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Planning a romantic evening, a night of meteor watching or taking pictures of the milky way or auroras? Want to know the closest, darkest place to observe the night sky? Consult the Light Pollution Atlas for the darkest viewing areas near you. Yes, even those of us residing outside the borders of the USA. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Jan 25, 2016 - 38 comments

Afghanistan 1970 – 1975 Images from an Era of Peace

A Collection of Vintage Photographs from The Heart of Central Asia - By Joseph Hoyt. His Tales and Travelogues with a very good map. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 comments

The Polaroids of the Cowboy Poet

“I’ve heard about people gripping the rails of their deathbed, thinking the void awaits them. But that can’t be it, can it? (SLWAPO)
posted by PussKillian on Jan 19, 2016 - 2 comments

Song of a Coast

Song of a Coast is a short photo-essay about a particular time and place along the coast of Bangladesh rendered in gentle light.
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 18, 2016 - 1 comment

Ditch the DEET, get a Cock ring in Peru

In Zanzibar, life moves pole pole. Tunis does not rock the casbah. Barcelona is a gin and tonic town. Maps are worthless in Ulaanbaatar. Altitude is a bastard in Ganzi. Eating local in Hargeisa means devouring "a metric shit-ton of gamey, tough, and greasy camel meat." And nothing can prepare you for platzkart on the Trans-Mongolian Railroad. These are some of the many things you can learn from Roads and Kingdoms' regular feature, Know Before You Go.
posted by zarq on Jan 14, 2016 - 33 comments

They’re as dysfunctional as I’ve seen.

Vivian Maier Developed. “While the posthumous discovery of Maier’s remarkable images and her years in Chicago have been well documented, there has been scant coverage of her upbringing. With the discovery of credible new sources, the mystery surrounding her American family and childhood has been solved.” New research delves into the life of Vivian Maier and the unhappy family she was born into. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero on Jan 13, 2016 - 4 comments

As Subtle as the Pose

Jennifer Moss on Fashion Photography: With this renewed awareness, I started noticing that it can be as subtle as the pose. I, myself, told models to hunch their shoulders, lean forward, angle the head. Industry standard. But why was it industry standard?
posted by frumiousb on Jan 8, 2016 - 34 comments

Nobody walks in LA, and for fleeting moments, no one drives there either

Some years back, Matt Logue photoshopped cars and people out of Los Angeles street scenes for a photo series titled Empty L.A. (see also, previously). More recently, Alex Scott has been wandering around L.A. freeways in the middle of the night to catch moments where the roadways are empty.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 7, 2016 - 13 comments

The Creation of Manchester

The Manchester Evening News has a slideshow of the city partying hard to ring in the New Year. One photo in particular has caught the attention, and critical acclaim, of the internet.
posted by roolya_boolya on Jan 1, 2016 - 48 comments

Syria, Segway, Caitlyn and Paris

The Guardians best photographs of 2015 (Some links NSFW) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 29, 2015 - 8 comments

"Those who choose to exist and identify outside of the binary"

Meg Allen's photo documentary project BUTCH 'attempts to explore the butch identity and aesthetic through a series of personal portraits'. This Buzzfeed article selects a few pictures and has some quotes from the artist.
posted by howfar on Dec 28, 2015 - 19 comments

Continuous Until 4 AM

Photos of everyday life in 1950s NYC found in an attic decades later.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 26, 2015 - 41 comments

Spectacular images, troubled lake

Ontario photographer Dave Sanford's photos of waves on Lake Erie capture weather conditions on the world's eleventh largest lake. Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of only 62 feet (19 metres). This makes it prone to a weather phenomenon known as a "seiche." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Dec 23, 2015 - 23 comments

Médecins Sans Frontières: A Year in Pictures

The following photographs represent a small selection of our most powerful images of 2015. They crossed our desks, held our gaze and moved us during a particularly traumatic year.
posted by standardasparagus on Dec 21, 2015 - 3 comments

Factory-produced: Photographs 1964-1970

BBC Arts::Photography - "Billy Name was the in-house photographer at Andy Warhol's Factory studio, where he lived from 1964-1970. A newly published book, Billy Name: The Silver Age, collects his work to tell the story of that heady time." [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Dec 21, 2015 - 6 comments

Hunting with Eagles- Palani Mohan

Hunting with Eagles (MoJo article) is a photography book by Palani Mohan (web site, many photos, navigation arrow on the right of your browser screen). "The eagle hunters, known as burkitshi, are members of Mongolia's Kazakh minority, living in the remote valleys of the Altai Mountains in the country's far west. Australian photographer Palani Mohan spent five years traveling there, documenting the nomadic lives of the 50 or 60 men who still hunt as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago."
posted by HuronBob on Dec 20, 2015 - 9 comments

that amazing light

Despite the dwindling membership, there are still around six million Freemasons all over the world. The photographer focused on capturing the lodges in California, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado where he’s based. Despite the different locations there’s a uniformity between all of Jamie’s images and they begin to blend into one archaic space where dingy doorways and curtain-clad assembly rooms are the norm. - Jamie Kripke: Freemasonry
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 16, 2015 - 50 comments

Aerial photos of airports, with a detour into abandoned airstrips

MeFite backseatpilot likes airplanes, airports and photography, and combined those into a collection of photos of New England (and beyond!) from a mile high. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 11, 2015 - 12 comments

A township could not be exactly six miles on each side

Grid corrections : places where North American roads deviate from their otherwise logical grid lines in order to account for the curvature of the Earth. You could drive out there your whole life, de Ruijter realized, and not realize that certain stop signs and intersections exist not because of eccentric real estate deals, but because they are mathematical devices used to help planners wrap a rectilinear planning scheme onto the surface of a spherical planet.
posted by desjardins on Dec 10, 2015 - 41 comments

Mindsuckers

Engrossing Portraits of Parasites and the Creatures They Zombify
posted by Artw on Dec 8, 2015 - 33 comments

Why old sports photos often have a blue haze

Why do old sports photos often have a blue haze? Hint: it has nothing to do with film speed or color temperature.
posted by zanni on Dec 6, 2015 - 104 comments

People react to being called beautiful.

"I'm taking pictures of things I find beautiful..." (slyt)
posted by Windigo on Dec 4, 2015 - 66 comments

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.

Want to get an idea whether it'll be worth hauling your kit out to your favourite spot to capture a magnificent sunset? Consult the sunset forecast at SunsetWX. Forecast valid in continental US and adjoining fringes only. And SunCalc will let you know exactly where the sun will cross the horizon from your vantage point. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Dec 1, 2015 - 17 comments

The Daily Life of Darth Vader

Born on Tatooine. Recently got into photography.
posted by ladyriffraff on Nov 29, 2015 - 13 comments

Because (Wild) Life is Funny

The Winners (and a small flock of runners-up) have been named in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 29, 2015 - 16 comments

I don't know if they're the best. I don't know if there's even 100.

100 Best Photographs Taken Without Photoshop (or, at least, 100 pretty cool photographs that are well worth scrolling through if your turkey coma doesn't allow for any serious reading.)
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 26, 2015 - 33 comments

Girls: Sad + Empowered

In a recent Dazed article, artist Audrey Wollen explains "Sad Girl Theory" and how it's empowering women on the internet. [more inside]
posted by ourt on Nov 25, 2015 - 85 comments

hope, love, and a teddy bear

We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
posted by infini on Nov 24, 2015 - 8 comments

Birds "looking directly down the lens with pride."

Captivating bird portraits by Australian wildlife photographer Leila Jeffreys. Extensive interviews and more photos here and here.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Nov 20, 2015 - 9 comments

With no hunger for the real

Photojournalists put their lives on the line every day, after all, and a photograph is less likely to contain bias, right? "With his new photobook War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict, David Shields is taking aim at what he characterizes as the “war porn” routinely seen on the front page of America’s most respected paper of record." [more inside]
posted by the_querulous_night on Nov 19, 2015 - 18 comments

Sticks and Stones

Donna Pinckley photographs interracial couples and writes the negative comments they have been subjected to underneath
posted by growabrain on Nov 14, 2015 - 37 comments

“the few comprehend a principle, the many require an illustration.”

Frederick Douglass's Faith in Photography by Matthew Pratt Guterl [The New Republic] How the former slave and abolitionist became the most photographed man in America.
He wrote essays on the photograph and its majesty, posed for hundreds of different portraits, many of them endlessly copied and distributed around the United States. He was a theorist of the technology and a student of its social impact, one of the first to consider the fixed image as a public relations instrument. Indeed, the determined abolitionist believed fervently that he could represent the dignity of his race, inspiring others, and expanding the visual vocabulary of mass culture.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Nov 8, 2015 - 4 comments

"and the gates to hell opened"

"In those terrible moments we did not know if the ship was below the water or still floating! But like a miracle the windows cleared again, and 'Stolt Surf' continued its brave battle against the waves." Amazing photographs and first-person description by Karsten Petersen of the chemical tanker "Stolt Surf" running afoul of a strong hurricane and rogue waves in the North Pacific, 1977. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 4, 2015 - 19 comments

"A quotidian object would have a small peephole... "

"The lenses measure less than a centimeter in length; the [often pornographic] photographs glued to them are the size of the head of a pin." The Kinsey Institute talks about Stanhopes, the Snapchat of the 1850s, made of everyday objects such as rings, thimbles and rosaries. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Nov 3, 2015 - 27 comments

CGAP Photo Contest

"Now in its 10th year, the annual CGAP Photo Contest aims to demonstrate the ways financial inclusion can help poor people transition out of poverty and lead more financially secure lives." Note, it's worth reading the "Why it’s Relevant to Financial Inclusion" paragraph for each photo. (CGAP (The Consultive Group to Assist the Poor) "...is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGA..")
posted by HuronBob on Nov 1, 2015 - 4 comments

Shake Cats

A cat's inherent dignity being so assaulted is delightfully photogenic.
posted by smoke on Oct 28, 2015 - 43 comments

Meet The Uyghurs

Kevin Kelly spent two weeks in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) in far west China. “This area has more in common with the culture of Turkey than with Beijing. It's kebab with chopsticks. But this is really China. In fact it is the largest province of China.“ Here are 120 photos of the "Silk Road".
Kevin Kelly loves to travel: Read the “Previous Lives“ part on his bio. 
KK's Asia travels on Metafilter before, here and here. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 28, 2015 - 36 comments

What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island.

What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island.
posted by chunking express on Oct 26, 2015 - 35 comments

Old NYC

Old NYC Mapping New York City (and beyond) using old photos from the NYPL.
posted by ColdChef on Oct 26, 2015 - 12 comments

Come join us on this adventure

Rus (from Ukraine) and Alla (from Russia) just spent six months travelling the US in a Subaru and took lots of pretty pictures. They visited: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada , New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
posted by desjardins on Oct 23, 2015 - 32 comments

Twenty Years of Dogs

"Dog Years": in which a dog's portrait is taken twice, years apart. [more inside]
posted by cjelli on Oct 20, 2015 - 65 comments

“the ideal often clashes violently with the truth”

Visual Literacy in the Age of Open Content by Allana Mayer [JSTOR]
We have similar stories all throughout history: the moment when a perception—whether a literal way of seeing or a figurative mode of thinking—is assaulted and fundamentally shifts, a non-reversible alteration, a displacement from one’s old ways. Western society has seen plenty of moments like these, moments where a perceptive or critical threshold has been crossed.
posted by Fizz on Oct 20, 2015 - 5 comments

Time and Tide

Life behind the Three Gorges Dam
The major themes of the China story - unprecedented socioeconomic change, environmental crises, the thirst for energy, the destruction of historical and cultural heritage - are all here, framed against the backdrop of millions of ordinary Chinese struggling to cope with the powerful man-made and natural forces beyond their control. Would the huge sacrifices be worth it in the end...
Photo-Essay, over time, by Singaporean photo-journalist Chua Chin Hon
posted by infini on Oct 18, 2015 - 5 comments

2015 Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Contest Winners

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posted by lemuring on Oct 17, 2015 - 10 comments

When you look in the mirror, who do you see?

Reflections of the past is an award-winning photo series by commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey. [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Oct 15, 2015 - 11 comments

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