lets you make anaglyphs and stereo animated gifs, like these
. (You can control the point of focus with your mouse in the flash versions.) Instructions for making it work on a Mac.
"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.
The Pacific War Photographs
of Pfc Glenn W. Eve — "In the summer of 1942, the U.S. Army called up a skinny California boy barely out of his teens. But at 5’9’’ and 125 pounds, Private Glenn W. Eve was deemed unfit for combat.
He might have spent the duration of World War II at a desk, except that he had field skills the Army needed – he was a gifted artist, draftsman and photographer who'd spent the previous four years working for the Walt Disney Co.
In July 1944, they promoted him to private first class (Pfc) and assigned him to the Signal Photo Corps, bound for the Pacific to document the war. This is his collection, never before published. All comments in quotes are Pfc Eve's, written on the back of the photo."
Pascal Ken, after taking several trips to Japan between 2007 and 2011, took some beautiful, dreamlike infrared photos of Tokyo
It's the weekend according to UNIQLO CALENDAR
, portraying the
four seasons and forty-seven prefectures of Tiltshift Timelapse Japan. Music by Fantastic Plastic Machine
internet classic UNIQLOCK
"Pretty much all haikyo that contain items related to the building’s past are interesting. On the odd occasion even empty structures are too. But while memory-filled houses and sorry-looking snake centres are fascinating in their own very different ways, there’s arguably something that little bit special about a long-abandoned school." An abandoned but perfectly preserved Japanese school
. [more inside]
The Burns Archive
is a collection of over 700,000 historical photographs that document disturbing
subject matter: obsolete medical practices and experiments, death, disease, disasters, crime, revolutions, riots and war. Newsweek posted a select gallery
this past October, as well as a video interview and walk-through
with curator and collector Dr. Stanley B. Burns, a New York opthalmologist. (Via) (Content at links may be disturbing to some.) [more inside]
Yowayowa Camera Women Diary.
An enjoyable photoblog: lots of jumping and rubber rain boots.
Japan Air Raids
"is an ongoing project to build a digital archive dedicated to the international dissemination of information about the World War II air raids against Japan." They have seeded it with quite a bit of material (e.g. Target Tokyo, narrated by Ronald Reagan in the documentary and propaganda
section) and promise there is much more to come. [Warning, some images may disturb] [via]
Yoshida-ryo: Dilapidated, decrepit and downright dirty. A photo essay about a Kyoto University dormitory first built in 1913 that still houses student squatters for the ultra low price of ¥2,500 (about USD$25) a month. No wonder it looks like this [more inside]
Grandma and cat.
Miyoko Ihara's award-winning photos
of her 85-year-old grandma Misao and her cat Fukumaru. [more inside]
Stray Cats in Tokyo
as seen by professional photographers. [more inside]
In the 1880s at a time when most Europeans were denied access to the Japanese interior an Italian photographer managed to capture many images of Old Japan. These were then beautifully and realistically hand painted and serve as a remarkable record of a world long since disappeared. Victorian-era photos of Japan.
– photographed by Torii Ryuzo
Urban exploration Japan: abandoned mining town.
Step into the doctor's office for a dose of creepy. Three-part photo essay. [more inside]
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]
Paradise: The Gardens of Tokyo
. A collection of amazing photographs of Japanese gardens as taken by Tim Porter. [more inside]
"In the late 1920s, young Yoshiyuki received an early Kodak camera as a gift. Since the main livelihood of the town came from the sea, he gravitated there, and soon found a passion for "the simple, even primitive beauty" of ama
– girls and women who harvested seaweed, turban shells and abalone from beneath the coastal waters." "By the late 1960s, they had disappeared. This body of work stands as the final, most comprehensive visual document of the life and work of these divers." [NSFW] [more inside]
Bert Teunissen - Domestic Landscapes.
Photographs of (mostly) senior citizens in their living rooms and kitchens. [more inside]
photographed by Felice Beato
, a pioneer 19th century photographer who documented the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny
and the Anglo-French military intervention in China
before opening a studio in Yokohama in 1863. He also seems to have been the first photographer in Korea
.Wikipedia NYPL archive First two links are units in MIT's Visualizing Cultures project
"What is so striking about the work is that EVERYONE is crossing a line:
The couples who are engaged in sex in public, the Peeping Toms who trespass on that intimacy, the photographer who has betrayed his acquaintance's trust, and of course US -- so willing to look at what was not meant for us to see." See also: NYTimes slideshow Layers of Voyeurism (Via boingboing)
Some amazing photos
of the storm sewer system in Tokyo. (Further reading
A nice set
of photographic glass-plate transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910. These "Yokohama photographs" were sold to foreign tourists between about 1868 and 1912. I found the Crafts and Trades section
- from this
. Photographs from an exhibition at the University of Tokyo. [related]
The Walter Pennino Photo Collection of the Occupation of Japan.
Eighty photographs of Japan under Allied occupation taken around 1948, from children enjoying a picture-card show
, to fishermen
, to repatriated soldiers
. (Follow the "pic index" link on the front page to see the thumbnail images.)
Photos from Hiroshima in August of 1945.
Long supressed by the occupying U.S. forces, a highly unsettling (and decidedly NSFW) collection of photos from the days immediately after August 6th. Via
The old and the new Japan in one frame
. The delicate relationship of Oyako, parent and child. In 1982 American photographer Bruce Osborn
began what has become his lifelong work. For the last 25 years he took pictures of one parent with one child in a white studio setting.
of several galleries full of Japanese "urban ruins" photos, including abandoned amusement parks
, apartment blocks
, bowling alleys
, & much more, including Battleship Island
, the (previously posted
) abandoned coal mining island off the coast of Nagasaki. Via
Quicktime VR photos of Tokyo
- large drains
- etc. The nav is mainly in Japanese but the "VR List" link, lower right, seems to be the main index.
Joe Nishizawa's new photojournalism book, Deep Inside
, is a visual exploration of the amazing, highly mechanized world under Japan's urban areas. This brief interview with the author
is accompanied by several interesting photos.
Howard French - Asia photos
Photos from across Asia by Howard French, who works for the New York Times. Includes many photos of the 'Disappearing Shanghai' that is being obliterated by the city's relentless urbanization.
Avenue is a site of a snap photograph. Please enjoy it slowly.
Here's a Japanese site of exquisite photographs. And lest I be accused of self-posting, let me say for the record that I neither took nor posed for the photos in the Orange Swan series
The Digital Silk Roads Project
continues to grow apace with more additions from the Toyo Bunko
rare books archive. Now available online, among others, are Les grottes de Touen-Houang
, The Thousand Buddhas
and several German books, including Chotscho
. Unfortunately, all of the high resolution images are greyscale. [related]
The Peleliu Project.
The tiny Micronesian island of Peleliu
was the site of one of the bloodiest battles
of World War II. The U.S. invasion
of the Japanese occupied island began in September of 1944
, and was expected to last only a matter of days. Casualties
on this 5 square mile island
reached 20,000 by the end of the two-month struggle
. U.S. soldiers were forced to pour aviation fuel into caves and ignite them in order to end the standoff of those who refused to surrender
. One determined group of 34 Japanese soldiers remained in hiding until they were discovered in April of 1947.
Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class Russell Fee
returned from Peleliu with a fierce, uncompromising vision of America which would have a profound impact
on the life and work of his son. Fifty-three years later, armed with his father's snapshots and diary which he had just uncovered, James Fee
went to Peleliu to see with his own eyes the place where his father's vision had taken shape. The result
of his five year quest is The Peleliu Project
. more inside
Tsuga Recreational Area
: abandoned Japanese amusement park photos (translation here
A Tale of Two Chinas,
by photographer James Whitlow Delano
Whole swaths of cities have vanished
, to be transformed with developments that have quickly made them look more like Houston, Qatar, or Singapore than the ancient China
of our mind's eye. The old hutong, or alleyways, of Beijing that once formed a mosaic of passageways and the siheyuan, or walled courtyard houses, have been largely razed
. The old brick rowhouses of Shanghai, are now being leveled and replaced by modern high-rises. Traditional marketplaces, residential neighborhoods
, streets where medicine shops or bookstores bunched together, are now either gone or have been rouged up as tourist destinations
, part of a new synthetic, virtual version of China's incredible past.
The energy fueling this transformation bespeaks a powerful but often blind, unquestioning faith
in an inchoate idea of progress that takes one's breath away
, often literally. (Unrestrained growth has left China with the dubious honor of having 9 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world). Delano
's new book is
"Empire: Impressions from China
". More inside.
Misty Keasler's photographic essays
range from quirky views of her east Texas extended family and Japanese love hotels to unsettling essays on orphanages and the Guatemala City dump. flash. via gordon.coale.
Harajuku Street Style.
Oh those crazy cool Japanese kids! The streets of Harajuku
are as much a fashion playground as they are an exhibit of Why You Should Never Pair White Boots with Gold Chains
. This is, of course, in line with the existing weirdness of the brilliant Katamari Damacy
, mayonnaise-and-squid pizza
, and the "no caption required" homoerotic dating sim "le, Tatemasu!"
Gorgeous images of night-time urban Japan (Japanese titles, English alt tags, 1024x768 images available). Includes: sleeping bullet trains
, Tokyo Harbour tunnel
, tail lights
, Narita airport
, Mount Fuji
, Tokyo Disneyland (1
), and many more.
Not safe for work! 'Hi, this is masamania who create this page, MasaManiA.com. This page is made up of photos I actually take in twon. .I hope I can show and tell you the real, true Japan that cannot be seen in other mas media. I am living in Tokyo, Japan. I was born in Japan, grown up in Japan, study English in Japan. This is the reason I can speak Engrish. Some people complain that my updating and email response is slow. And other people conplain that my englsih is poor. '
Memories of a Dog
. Moriyama Daido
in the streets
of Japan's major cities
. Made with a small, hand-held camera, they reveal the speed with which they were snapped
. Often the frame is tilted vertiginously, the grain pronounced
, and the contrast emphasized
. Among his city images are those shot in underlit bars, strip clubs, on the streets or in alleyways
, with the movement of the subject creating a blurred suggestion of a form (warning: NSFW images if you scroll down the page)
rather than a distinct figure.
best known picture, Stray Dog
, (1971) is taken on the run, in the midst of bustling street activity.
It is an essential reflection of Moriyama's presence
as an alert outsider in his own culture.
Moriyama is also a toy-camera
enthusiast (his favorite
is the Polga
. He has worked in the US, too
: "N.Y. 71
". (more inside)