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Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution

Sophie Gamand has created a photographic series of pit bulls wearing flower crowns to challenge the common association of pit bulls with violence. Inspired by Rococo and Baroque traditions of portraiture, the photographs reveal another side to these often-maligned dogs.
posted by Athanassiel on Oct 4, 2015 - 168 comments

Memories of Future Past

Photographs of crumbling modernist architecture in Paris. This is a sampling of the photography in Laurent Kronental's "Souvenir d'un Futur" exhibit, showing the crumbling majesty of Paris' architectural experiments during a period of great growth.
posted by ChrisR on Oct 2, 2015 - 34 comments

"We thought we’d rather die in a plastic boat than die there."

"For the next several days, I’m going to be sharing stories from refugees who are currently making their way across Europe." Humans of New York went to Greece (and will go to other locations) to talk to newly-arrived refugees fleeing Iraq as well as some locals. It will be posting their stories and photos. There are spots of kindness, however, as you'd expect, they are largely terrifying and tragic. (Warning: Human suffering and death.) [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Oct 1, 2015 - 18 comments

Candid Yakuza

In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld. In 2015 The economist created a short film about that project. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 comments

RIP Peter Dean Rickards

Peter Dean Rickards, the self-taught photographer, writer, and filmmaker whose work helped to both define and complicate the aesthetic of modern dancehall and challenged easy assumptions about Jamaican culture and art, passed away at the end of 2014. (All links may be NSFW.) [more inside]
posted by Dip Flash on Sep 27, 2015 - 2 comments

RIP Honey Lee Cottrell, photographer

Photographer Honey Lee Cottrell died on September 21st of this year. She was a cofounder and the first staff photographer for the lesbian erotica magazine, "On Our Backs". Some of her photography may be found in the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York. Her papers will be cared for by the Cornell University Library Human Sexuality Collection. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Sep 27, 2015 - 18 comments

Wildlife Comedy Photography is a thing

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards* showcases wild animals caught in amusing, unflattering, or otherwise hilarious poses. The shortlist: part 1, part 2 (*Google thinks this site has been hacked. Proceed cautiously.)
posted by That's Numberwang! on Sep 27, 2015 - 14 comments

The Family Album

The life and times of a family with a surprisingly large amount of well-known friends ...
posted by criticalbill on Sep 24, 2015 - 12 comments

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing herself. Gillian wearing Warhol. Gillian wearing many faces, one of the ten most important artists today. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 22, 2015 - 7 comments

Camera Restricta

A disobedient tool for taking unique photographs Camera Restricta is a speculative design of a new kind of camera. It locates itself via GPS and searches online for photos that have been geotagged nearby. If the camera decides that too many photos have been taken at your location, it retracts the shutter and blocks the viewfinder. You can't take any more pictures here.
posted by steinwald on Sep 15, 2015 - 63 comments

Josef Sudek

Josef Sudek (1896 - 1976) was a Czech photographer, best known for his haunting night-scapes of Prague. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Sep 13, 2015 - 6 comments

The Messengers

The Messengers Discussing grief and guilt and hope for the environment with a photographer who takes pictures of albatrosses that have died from ingesting plastic.
posted by primalux on Sep 12, 2015 - 7 comments


GoPro on a weather balloon over Arizona (photo)
Reddit comment describing the student project
Video showing preparation details and more footage of the earth (stay for the slo-mo shot of the balloon bursting at high altitude) [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Sep 11, 2015 - 5 comments

Of pod bay doors and monkey suits and cigarette breaks and embryos.

Yo, Kubrick freaks (and that's pretty much everybody here, right?), check this fantastic collection of behind-the-scenes pics from the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 10, 2015 - 27 comments


Each photograph is the product of an incredibly meticulous process, in which Lee asks each model to rotate slightly as he takes anywhere from 20 to 30 photos. [NSFW]
posted by mimo on Sep 5, 2015 - 17 comments

Take Better Selfies

Also, take more of them. But better.
Anand Prasad offers a guide to selfies for men, and more importantly: why we should take them. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Sep 4, 2015 - 116 comments

A collaboration across time and space

Australian photographer Jane Long's project "Dancing With Costică" brings new life to photos shot by Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte 80 years ago. [more inside]
posted by valetta on Sep 3, 2015 - 3 comments

best friends, best cuddlers, pyjama wearing blanket hoggers

Playing with bubbles, frolicking outside, after a bath, taking a nap. Meet Darren and Phillip, a pair of sweet Staffies from Brisbane: The Blueboys! [h/t]
posted by divined by radio on Sep 2, 2015 - 12 comments

Going back to summer in Igboland

“Before the trip, Nigeria was a dim set of associations in my mind: my parent’s stories of their childhood, highlife cassette tapes, dated images from Google searches, negative news headlines, the taste of rice and stew. Going back gave me vivid experiences to call part of my life, to draw from when I talk about the country, my identity, what kinds of people I come from, and the roots of why I do what I do.”
posted by ChuraChura on Sep 2, 2015 - 2 comments

the river of blue fire

Reuben Wu walks the Ijen and Bromo Tengger Semeru volcanoes.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 1, 2015 - 7 comments

the f-stop of the human eye

Differences between eye and camera: practical implications, Ming Thien [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 31, 2015 - 23 comments

Indian stairwells

Rudimentary stepwells first appeared in India between the 2nd and 4th centuries A.D., born of necessity in a capricious climate zone bone-dry for much of the year followed by torrential monsoon rains for many weeks. It was essential to guarantee a year-round water-supply for drinking, bathing, irrigation and washing, particularly in the arid states of Gujarat (where they’re called vavs) and Rajasthan (where they’re baoli, baori, or bawdi) where the water table could be inconveniently buried ten-stories or more underground. Over the centuries, stepwell construction evolved so that by the 11th century they were astoundingly complex feats of engineering, architecture, and art.
posted by curious nu on Aug 31, 2015 - 20 comments

... well, I'd like to start with caviar...

Dying To Eat, food photographer Henry Hargreaves and creative director Charlotte Omnès recreate the meals from the James Bond novels
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 25, 2015 - 29 comments

Unusual Traveler

Christian Lingr says: "Bored from studies I quit everything when I was 18-years-old and started traveling around the world. Now I’m 27 and have visited 97 countries, From Nigeria in Africa to North Korea in Asia. I always travel on a low budget and I never use guidebooks. Here are some of the hidden beauties around the world." His incredible blog UnusualTraveler.com
posted by spock on Aug 24, 2015 - 9 comments

One weird trick to stop the baby inquiries!

A photographer in London did a new-baby photo shoot with an adorable puppy named Humphry standing in for a human infant in order to send a message. (SLBuzzfeed)
posted by Fig on Aug 21, 2015 - 43 comments

Man Trying to Figure Out What Just Dropped on Him

"When you see an image of smiling people on an ad or a website, there's a pretty good chance it's a stock photo — a generic picture of some situation, like "Woman Laughing Alone with Salad." There are easily millions of stock photos online for download, usually for a price. But the WNYC Data News Team is adding a few more: photos illustrating quintessential NYC situation"
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 18, 2015 - 129 comments

0.01 Megapixels in two colors

Kodak’s First Digital Moment
“It only took 50 milliseconds to capture the image, but it took 23 seconds to record it to the tape,” Mr. Sasson said. “I’d pop the cassette tape out, hand it to my assistant and he put it in our playback unit. About 30 seconds later, up popped the 100 pixel by 100 pixel black and white image.”

posted by octothorpe on Aug 17, 2015 - 32 comments

Have you seen this woman?

On April 3, 1946 a young girl was photographed looking out over the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. Sixtynine years later this picture has gone viral in Poland leading to a search for this unknown woman, who if still alive, would be in her eighties and could be living anywhere in the world.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 16, 2015 - 16 comments

#046 - I hate smiling

365 Parisians by fellow Parisian (born in Kazakhstan, raised in Spain) photographer Constantin Mashinskiy: I decided to take one street portrait, every day, of a random Parisian stranger until I had reached 365 pictures, and met 365 people. Mashinskiy at work in the streets of Paris and short interview.
posted by elgilito on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 comments

"You can't move to New York City unless you're not afraid to fail."

Millennials of New York. True stories from real millennials living in New York City.
posted by grouse on Aug 13, 2015 - 31 comments


A computational approach for obstruction-free photography takes out the chain link fence obscuring the target of your photo, removes reflections, and--this is the crazy TV show part--can even build a separate image from the reflection. It uses multiple frames and magic math to build up the two "clean" images. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Aug 5, 2015 - 28 comments

Clash of the Canadians

Starting on August 3, Narratively has been publishing a week of stories by Canadian photographers. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Aug 5, 2015 - 1 comment

Beautiful storms.

Fourteen days and 12,000 miles of storm-chasing result in one beautiful video.
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 30, 2015 - 25 comments

Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?

Isobel Varley had her first tattoo when she was 49, then went to become a Guinness Record holder for the most tattooed female pensioner. She died recently. Part of a Guardian photo series of "Aged Rebels"[slightly NSFW]
posted by growabrain on Jul 28, 2015 - 17 comments

"Why can't an amputee be shot with glamour?"

Photographer Shoots Powerful (and Sexy) Nude Portraits of Amputee Veterans. More Michael Stokes photography. NSFW.
posted by Jacqueline on Jul 23, 2015 - 20 comments

Is this a selfie?

Is this a selfie?
posted by alms on Jul 22, 2015 - 76 comments

The destruction of Penn Station

We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed. So wrote Ada Louise Huxtable in a NY Times editorial condemning the destruction of Penn Station. The outrage was a major catalyst for the architectural preservation movement in the United States. In 1965, the New York Landmarks Law was passed, which helped save the iconic Grand Central Terminal and more than 30,000 other buildings from similar fates.
posted by Obscure Reference on Jul 21, 2015 - 37 comments

(Let me be your) Foto-Eisbär

From the 1920s to the 1960s, German people loved to pose with actors dressed as polar bears. Large images here, smallish images here. In German: a gallery and a book article (The Foto-Eisbär: an unusual memento of beautiful moments). Other pictures from the internet: Wehrmacht soldiers with a person in polar bear suit. Revelers in polar bear costumes (with poodle), Berlin, 1929. And many, many others. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 comments

The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch
posted by incomple on Jul 18, 2015 - 201 comments

In conventional camera terms, it’s a 75mm lens at f/8.7

A story in the Atlantic about "Ralph", the camera taking the tan-and-sepia-toned high-resolution photos of Pluto.

Because different materials shrink at different rates, “We actually built the mirrors and the chassis out of aluminum so that as they shrink, they would shrink together, to maintain the same focal length."
posted by artsandsci on Jul 15, 2015 - 7 comments

Line up perfectly

The appeal of symmetry in art or inanimate objects (74 submissions currently and growing). Previously.
posted by growabrain on Jul 7, 2015 - 27 comments

"When you change your inner voice, your entire world changes."

After seeing a young friend struggle with body image and depression, Florida-based photographer Natalie McCain was inspired to start the Honest Body Project, a series of portraits of mothers showing their beauty and imperfections to their children, paired with their stories in their own words. “My goal with this project is to help mothers everywhere learn to love their bodies and wear them proudly in front of their daughters,” McCain says. “Stop calling yourself fat. Stop shying away from being in photos. Stop body-shaming. Learn to love your body, and in turn, set a good example and start conversations with your children about how women really look.” A small number of images may be NSFW or triggering. Further details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 7, 2015 - 7 comments

The Man Who Saw America

Looking back with Robert Frank, the most influential photographer alive.
posted by heyho on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 comments

Hey! You got macro in my ultra-wide lens

A lot of people were intrigued when Venus announced their 15mm ultra-wide macro lens the other day (sample images and video), but ultra-wide macros are possible with any wide angle or ultra-wide lens and a thin extension tube. Clay Bolt and Paul Harcourt Davies have been doing it (very well) for quite a while. They even authored a beautiful (and inexpensive) 93 page eBook on the subject. More sites for information & inspiration? LearnMacro.com ||| Wide Angle Macro Photography Close-ups with Impact (part 1) ||| Part 2 ||| Part 3 ||| The Art of Wide Angle Macro Photography by Shawn Miller ||| [more inside]
posted by spock on Jun 24, 2015 - 14 comments

Taking the wide view

The Daily Overview takes a zoomed out look at our world to give us all a little perspective. There's a daily feed, or a top ten. Some highlights here on It's Nice That.
posted by janell on Jun 19, 2015 - 5 comments

...oh my God! -- it’s full of pixels!

1.47 Gigapixel panorama of Barack Obama's 2009 Inaugural Address
4-Gigapixel panorama of the surface of Mars
34-Gigapixel panorama of Prague
152-Gigapixel panorama of Rio de Janiero taken from Sugarloaf
272-Gigapixel panorama of Shanghai
320-Gigapixel panorama of London
• Currently the largest: this 365-Gigapixel panorama of Mont Blanc. [story]
• GigaPan has a wide variety of panoramas in their gallery.
Blakeway Gigapixel specializes in sports stadiums in full attendance (where you can tag people you recognize) and National Parks sites like the Grand Canyon

posted by not_on_display on Jun 17, 2015 - 26 comments

If debt is invisible, how do you photograph it?

Inspired by Flemish portrait paintings, in which the wealthy would have themselves painted with all their worldly possessions around them, photographer Brittany M. Powell realized that, by photographing indebted people in their households, she was also capturing their debt.
posted by Dashy on Jun 16, 2015 - 52 comments


20 years of space photos: an oral history of Astronomy Picture of the Day
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 15, 2015 - 12 comments

Windmill Not Included

Tilting the Streets of San Francisco (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 11, 2015 - 19 comments

Garry Winogrand- Photographer of the streets

Things Garry Winogrand Can Teach You About Street Photography An amazing post about the life and work of Garry Winogrand, a street photographer (who HATED that phrase) who took millions of photographs in his lifetime--so many, in fact, that he died without seeing half a million of them.
posted by ColdChef on Jun 10, 2015 - 15 comments

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