In my unending search for just the right vintage images for our articles, I have looked through thousands of photographs of men from the last century or so. One of the things that I have found most fascinating about many of these images, is the ease, familiarity, and intimacy, which men used to exhibit in photographs with their friends and compadres. Male Affection: A Photographic History Tour
: Meet 1864's greatest rogues, then become one yourself. Try your face on different mugshots, and add the best of them to Copper's growing collection of New York's most notorious. Con men, petty thieves, prostitutes...Oh, and you.(via BBCAmerica)
Since 2009, a thread on the Skyscraper Page forums
has been dedicated to trawling for old photos and stories of Los Angeles, mostly from the LA Public Library
and USC Archives
. Thousands of posts have accumulated into a fascinating portrait of the city. [more inside]
Photos of Rhodesian military vehicles
taken between 1979 and early 1980 with a Kodak Instamatic.
is an historical photo narrative with such gems as "Photobooth
", "Last Prisoners Leave Alcatraz
", Dorothea Lange:"Internment
", and the very sexy "Tally Ho
". *Nudity and other possibly offensive photos for some*
NYC's Department of Records has officially announced the debut of its photo database, releasing 870,000 photos of the city and its operations to the public. Here are some of the best ones
. Here is the link to the gallery itself
(though good luck getting in right now). [more inside]
Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg. It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidean determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
So wrote John Updike in his moving tribute to Red Sox legend Ted Williams
-- an appropriately pedigreed account for this oldest
and most fabled
of ballfields that saw its first major league game
played one century ago today
As a team in flux
hopes to recapture the magic with an old-school face-off
against the New York
Yankees, it's hard to imagine the soul of the Sox faced the specter
not too long ago. Now legally preserved
, in a sport crowded with corporate-branded superdome behemoths, Fenway abides
, bursting with history
, record crowds
, and occasional song
. [more inside]
Kahlo produced art that was self-reflecting — 55 of her 143 known paintings
. A cache of her 6,500 personal photographs was unsealed in 2007
, and a small selection
of those -- 259 total images -- are now on display in an exhibition entitled "Frida Kahlo: Her Photos
," at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA until March 25th. Images: Washington Post
. PBS: Interview
with exhibit curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. [more inside]
Earth in perspective:
- Stratocam takes the most beautiful landscape satellite photographs from Google Maps, as voted on by visitors, and switches them every few seconds, with a fullscreen mode.
- ChronoZoom is an interactive, zoomable HTML5 timeline of the entire history of the universe, from the Big Bang to Homo Sapiens, with embedded video and lectures.
"Much of the history of Black people, particularly our intimate history, is still unseen and unexplored." Beautifully understated, The Black Vernacular
is a communal memorial to this history. [more inside]
There was a time when we were one of the worst, if not THE worst prison systems in the country.
How we got there was simple. It was money.
“When I first drove up to the gate in the summer of 1971, my dog was with me in the car. I drove up to a little shack with a guard. The guard was wearing a pistol
and I realized he was a prisoner. The only people I saw carrying guns were convicts.” - Photographer Bruce Jackson
If you have a taste for a certain flavor
of North American
, 20th century rebelliousness
, you may enjoy a photo blog called The Acid Sweat Lodge
. Contains some NSFW images
. And lots of bad-assery.
Teenage bicycle messengers carried messages
around American cities in the early 20th century, including red light districts. Social reformer and photographer Lewis Hine documented their lives in image and text.
are an ethnic group of tribes that live in the deserts of Saudi Arabia
and the Sinai Peninsula
, amongst others. The Bedouin have lived a largely nomadic life
, developing a menu
, style of dance
they can call their own. Today they are a culture in transition
as "startling changes
over the last two decades have irrevocably altered the nature of life for the bedouin and for the land they inhabit." However a glimpse into their past can be seen through this great collection of images taken between 1890 and 1920
Vintage photographs of Toronto at night
is brought to you by the same people who put out Toronto in photos from the 1850s to the 1990s
, and several other sets linked within.
World War II in Photos
"A retrospective of World War II in large-size photo stories. 900 photos in all, over 20 chapters, telling many of the countless millions of stories from the biggest conflict and biggest story of the 20th century."
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
East Village photographer and all-around good guy Bob Arihood passed away last week.
Bob chronicled the struggles and changes of the Tompkins Square Park neighborhood
in photographs both online in his blogs, Neither More Nor Less
, and Nadie Se Conoce
, sold pictures and columns to the New York Times, and was often found on 7th St and Avenue A, in front of Ray's newstand
, hanging out with a wide assortment of local characters. He documented the lives and experiences of the folks most people attempt to pass without making eye contact. He knew all their names
and their stories
. [more inside]
After the Final Curtain:
Photographically documenting neglected and abandoned theaters throughout the United States. [via
It's probably too late to take your Hasselblad aboard a Space Shuttle
, but if the opportunity arises, read the Astronaut's Photography Manual
(PDF) and you might capture photos like this one
The secretive NRO celebrated 50 years of spying from space
with a one-day surprise public exhibition of a just-declassified KH-9 Hexagon "Big Bird" imaging satellite
. Between 1963 and 1986, a constellation of KH-7 Gambit, KH-8 Gambit 3, and KH-9 Hexagon satellites
, all revealed after a half-century of secrecy, returned high-resolution film exposures of Cold War targets from orbit by parachute.
Ana Lee's fashion blog
is in Russian but with its insane number of HQ photographs [don't forget to click the "далее"]
, you won't care. For example, her two posts about Carol Alt
almost certainly comprise the greatest documentation of that model's career to be found anywhere in the world.
Woodward Avenue through the years.
A historical photo gallery of Detroit's Main Street.
Still, Expo is regarded as the best world's fair ever. Its success changed the world's view of Canada, and more importantly, it changed the way Canadians viewed themselves. For the first time the country basked in the pride and the glory of its talents and accomplishments. A nation had come of age. (previously) [more inside]
The Getty Museum offers some videos of modern artisans demonstrating art techniques from the past.
Don't miss the wet collodion photography process
- today you can carry a camera in your pocket and look at pictures on your phone, but in 1860 you needed a horse-drawn darkroom to get those shots. [more inside]
more than 400 photographs in Moscow
and St. Petersburg with his hand held Graflex camera
, a state-of-the-art device that allowed its user to shoot without a tripod. His photographs of pedestrians, street vendors and aristocrats are rare glimpses of everyday life before the upheavals of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution — and sparked huge interest in Russia among history buffs and local museums."
Remember R. Crumbs, A Short History of America
? Now you can DIY with What Was There?
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]
Images of a People's Movement
- more than 18 pages of photos and dozens of first-hand narratives, interviews & recollections
of the 1951-1968 Southern Freedom Movement by the Civil Rights Movement Veterans
. (These are just samplings - it's a deep and rich site.) [more inside]
A large chunk of the Yad Vashem Photo Archive
has been made available online. The first batch consists of 130,000 photographs and more will follow. The photos and their keywords are indexed and searchable via Google. Readers can contribute to the archive project by adding stories, comments and further documents linked to the photos. Photos range from the horrific
to the charmingly mundane
. [more inside]
contains a surprisingly large database of aerial photography dating back to the dawn of aviation, with a Google-Maps-like interface. [more inside]
"The Museum of the City of New York is pleased to announce the soft launch of its online collections portal
[where you can] view more than 50,000 newly digitized photographs by Berenice Abbott, Samuel H. Gottscho, Jacob A. Riis, the Byron Company, the Wurts Brothers, and many others."
Faces from the Past
is a blog of beautiful images of fascinating people, including Djuna Barnes
, Audrey Hepburn
, Louise Brooks
. [more inside]
Photos from the Los Angeles Times Archives
from Shirley Temple to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"It is only fitting that the story of the brain should be a visual one, for the visuals had the ancients fooled for millenniums. The brain was so ugly that they assumed the mind must lie elsewhere. Now those same skeletal silhouettes glow plump and brightly colored, courtesy of a variety of inserted genes encoding fluorescent molecules.
A glossy new art book, “Portraits of the Mind
,” hopes to draw the general reader into neuroscience with the sheer beauty of its images." Slide Shows: The Beautiful Mind
and Portraits of the Mind [more inside]
Vintage photos of women in sport.
"At the turn of the last century women in the western world were finding a voice, both collectively and individually. As the Victorian era lapsed in to memory and the Edwardian Era commenced many women chose to pursue sports." [more inside]
Slaves of the moment
: "The Mexican Agustín Víctor Casasola
, with the intermittent help of his brother Miguel, began to set up around 1900 one of the most important photographic archives
for the history
of a country. However, the international recognition of these almost 500,000 photos
has not matched its importance. Born in 1874 and raised in the years of the Porfirio Díaz government, Agustín Casasola was a direct witness
to all the adversities that led to modern Mexico, and breathed as nobody else the air of a country and a city that developed during the first third of the 20th century at a runaway pace."
The contraption was "created from a mishmash of lenses and computer parts and an old Super 8 movie camera." It was the size of a toaster, ran off "sixteen nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter
" and took 23 seconds to record an image to cassette tape. But when Steve Sasson and his team of Kodak technicians
presented the world's first digital camera to the public in 1975, they were asked: 'Why would anyone ever want to view his or her pictures on a TV?' [more inside]
Katrina: Then and Now.
Comparing scenes of devastation after Hurricane Katrina struck 5 years ago and what they look like now.
Claiming 57k historic videos and 7MM photos free to browse (pay to download). Single-link-dig-through-it-yourself-and-let-us-know-if-you-find-anything-great, okay?