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hope, love, and a teddy bear

We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
posted by infini on Nov 24, 2015 - 3 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 - 17 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 - 26 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 - 3 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 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

The Seventeen Faces of Julian Vandervelde

The Seventeen Faces of Julian Vandervelde [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Oct 13, 2015 - 12 comments

Houston to Ground Control (SLYT)

Artist Tom Kucy raided the NASA Apollo Project Archive of photos to create a short film titled "Ground Control".
posted by msbutah on Oct 13, 2015 - 3 comments

Low cost 30 day project

Sunset Silhouette Selfies
posted by Mitheral on Oct 13, 2015 - 3 comments

"This is how they protect me."

"Every society struggles to care for people with mental illness. In parts of West Africa, where psychiatry is virtually unknown, the chain is often a last resort for desperate families who cannot control a loved one in the grip of psychosis. Religious retreats, known as prayer camps, set up makeshift psychiatric wards, usually with prayer as the only intervention." NYTimes. Links contain upsetting images and video. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 11, 2015 - 6 comments

Now you see me now you don't.

Liu Bolin is the invisible man. He paints his entire body to exactly match the scenery behind him and is camouflaged so well it is sometimes almost impossible to spot him.
More of his art and a TED and previous.
posted by adamvasco on Oct 11, 2015 - 19 comments

Starring Catherine Deneuve

An unusual rock formation in Chattanooga appears perilously balanced; but more than thirty people can stand on its top at one time. It's called Umbrella Rock. In one of the earliest picture of Umbrella Rock is of soldiers taken in 1863. Today, of course, it looks different. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 11, 2015 - 27 comments

"Trains are quieter than people think."

A woman is arrested for trespassing after doing yoga poses for photos on the live tracks of the Washington DC metro, months after photographs surfaced. Barely a month before her arrest, in a nearby DC suburb, a train runs over a teenager who was posing for photographs with his girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Oct 11, 2015 - 129 comments

Pretty floating spheres of water

RED 4K Video of Colorful Liquid in Space. "Once again, astronauts on the International Space Station dissolved an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water, and captured images using a camera capable of recording four times the resolution of normal high-definition cameras. The higher resolution images and higher frame rate videos can reveal more information when used on science investigations, giving researchers a valuable new tool aboard the space station. This footage is one of the first of its kind. The cameras are being evaluated for capturing science data and vehicle operations by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama." [Via]
posted by homunculus on Oct 10, 2015 - 19 comments

Photographs of Bangladesh

The state of mental health in Bangladesh - a photo essay. Other photos from Bangladesh by Allison Joyce.
posted by tavegyl on Oct 10, 2015 - 1 comment

One Square Mile at a Time

The Jefferson Grid (SLIG) [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Oct 9, 2015 - 6 comments

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 - 188 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

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