The argument over whether photography should be considered an art form seems laughable to us today. Yet, beginning in the 1880s and lasting into the 20th century, members of amateur photographic clubs and societies the world over deemed the topic of artistic photography worthy of a decades-long shouting match. PhotoSeed
, representing an evolving online record of this early fine-art photography movement, is a rich collection of photographs
representing numerous vintage processes. From delicate platinum to exquisite hand-pulled photogravures, images produced singularly or published in portfolios and journals, as well as vintage source material, investigate the roots of the online galleries with the PhotoSeed Highlights
posted by netbros
on Oct 25, 2012 -
[raises envelope to temple]
Human bone cancer. Sea gooseberry larva. Bat embryos. [tears open envelope, blows inside, removes paper, reads]
Some of the winners of the 38th Nikon Small World microphotography
posted by Egg Shen
on Oct 23, 2012 -
"I replied to ads people had posted to the casual encounters section of craigslist. I asked if I could photograph them in visual representations of their ads. Some said yes.
" [NSFW: naked people.]
posted by davidstandaford
on Aug 29, 2012 -
'At Angola Prison in Louisiana, model inmates or "trustees" are encouraged to participate in "hobby craft" as a part of their rehabilitation. Hobby craft is an arts program that involves painting, wood & leather working, taxidermy, furniture building, and many other disciplines.In many cases, they are given special workshops, tools and even private studios to work in.The goods are sold to the public at the prison’s annual rodeo and art fair. The money raised is then split mainly between inmates' families and prison administration, with the inmates themselves receiving only a small amount to buy more materials for the next fair. A sad irony is that this rehabilitation will rarely benefit the prisoners in the outside world because 90% of them have life sentences, and will end up being laid to rest at "The Farm."' A photographic essay.
posted by I love to count
on Jun 20, 2012 -
: Artist Jamie Sneddon and photographer Kevin Rozario-Johnson take cityscapes and add in elements from classic videogames with delightful results. [more inside]
posted by quin
on May 16, 2012 -
manually snapped frames in-between the frames the animator intended to use, in order to capture the animation process in action. Not sure if the actual time-lapse has been released, but more on the elaborate production of it is available here
posted by gman
on May 13, 2012 -
(NSFW) The contemporary meaning of Shibari
describes an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage.
Hikari Kesho aka
Alberto Lisi is an Italian photographer
, some of whose
could be called sublime
Fotofest 2012 Biennial – The Art of Contemporary Shibari Exhibit is currently
with these artists
, all of whom have links to their websites, some of which are more extreme than others.
posted by adamvasco
on Apr 18, 2012 -
True Adventures in Better Homes
- Here is a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or “sweats” meets Better Homes and Gardens. These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all danger and darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.
posted by Artw
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Observations, stories and photographs by and of art model, sometime dancer, Alex B.
posted by Trurl
on Apr 8, 2012 -
"While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture." Seat Assignments will be on view in San Franscisco's Catharine Clark Gallery from April 14th through May 26th.
posted by Greg Nog
on Apr 6, 2012 -
"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices
is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
posted by taz
on Mar 20, 2012 -
is the creation of Terry Border, a photographer and sculptor with a flair for visual puns created using every day objects, clever lighting and twisted wire. [more inside]
posted by quin
on Feb 16, 2012 -
NSFW Lucien Clergue
is a French Photographer from Arles, and renowned for his Nu zébré
He was a friend of Picasso
and Jean Cocteau
He still gives the occasional talk
Ansel said to me "I have been here for 40 years and I have never seen what you see."
Clergue: " I am Mediterranean by birth. What you see, I don't see. I look at the details."
posted by adamvasco
on Feb 2, 2012 -