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It certainly a-pier-s to be the same

London-based blogger Diamond Geezer was astonished by a painting by Bob Dylan of a pier in Norfolk, Virginia. Mostly because it seemed to be based on a photograph that he'd taken of Blackpool Pier. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Jan 20, 2017 - 8 comments

Chinese Whiskers

When Marcel Heijnen took a picture of cat hanging out in a shop in Hong Kong, he didn't know he had just uncovered his next project. He calls it "pure serendipity."

"[I moved to] an area that is rapidly gentrifying, with new cafés and galleries coming up left right and center, but it’s still rooted in tradition, as well — there’s loads of dried-seafood shops and traditional Chinese medicine halls," he said. "I noticed a cat sitting on the counter of one of those stores and photographed it on my iPhone. Then, another and another."
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jan 14, 2017 - 31 comments

Belief and Fear in Ungurtas

Many believe Bifatima Dualetova to be one of the last Sufi dervishes in Kazakhstan. I first met her in September 2010 while traveling in Central Asia. The locals that I was staying with in Almaty told me about a shaman woman living on the outskirts of the small village Ungurtas, close to Kyrgyzstan's border. "The last house in the village, at the foot of the 'Sacred Hill,'" they said. ...... I ended up staying with her for more than two months, from January to March 2011, documenting her rituals and practices, herding sheep, and working on my van.
Photographer Denis Vejas documents the practices of one of the country's last Sufi dervishes. Russian language post (Google Translate). Note: some images of animal sacrifice.
posted by Rumple on Jan 9, 2017 - 6 comments

Faking fake

Still File, by Skrekkøgle, is a series of photographs staged to resemble e.g. unconvincingly photorealistic raytraced 3D graphics. Making-of photos included. Skrekkøgle hijinks previously.
posted by cortex on Jan 2, 2017 - 20 comments

New Perspectives

TIME Magazine selects the Best Drone Photos of 2016. (Deslided version)
posted by capricorn on Dec 30, 2016 - 12 comments

Both famous and not famous enough

Earlier this year seldom seen photos that Gisele Freund took of Frida Kahlo were published. (Amazon).
Freund now has her own archival website.
There are the writers; the Artists and the actors.
She was the first female member of Magnum in 1947 and was described by the New York Times as both famous and not famous enough.
She has been on the Blue previously.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 26, 2016 - 3 comments

Women at Work

"A truck driver, butcher and firefighter are some of the subjects in the latest project by the photographer Chris Crisman. This series portrays women at work and focuses on occupations traditionally seen as male dominated. Crisman’s children were part of the inspiration for Women’s Work - to show them that they could be anything they wanted to be, and to illustrate that gender should not define employment possibilities"
posted by byanyothername on Dec 11, 2016 - 19 comments

the joy of editing in the light of the mind

Princeton University has just launched a new archive showcasing the photographic works of Minor White. White, a founding editor of Aperture Magazine, found inspiration in Steiglitz' concept of Equivalence, as well as in his own complicated sexuality.
posted by selfnoise on Dec 9, 2016 - 9 comments

The least influential images of all time

These 100 photographs did not change the world and had no influence whatsoever (unlike these ones), but we should be thankful for their existence anyway. Includes hamsters, Sarah Bernhardt's foot (and dog), lovers, a large balloon, a kangaroo, some clouds and various types of human beings. (short article about this collection, in French)
posted by elgilito on Dec 8, 2016 - 36 comments

Salterns for the better

Aerial Images of Salterns That Blur the Line Between Photograph and Painting "Photographer David Burdeny [...] began the series SALT: Fields, Plottings and Extracts in 2015, using aerial photography to explore some of the world’s most vibrant salterns in Utah, Mexico, and Australia. Gazing upon the images it’s difficult to determine whether the expressive boxes of color are produced with a camera or paintbrush, or if the gestures were made by hand or nature."
posted by Celsius1414 on Dec 2, 2016 - 7 comments

Striking Portraits of Lonely Cars in 1970s New York

Nighttime scenes of parked cars and deserted streets, photographed by Langdon Clay (1974-76).
posted by philip-random on Dec 1, 2016 - 47 comments

I’ve got to get one frame where his damn private parts are covered!

Deadspin's David Davis takes a look back at the iconic photo of sports' first streaker (not counting the Olympics). Ian Bradshaw's snap of a naked Michael O'Brien at an England-France rugby match was named the World Press Photo of the Year for humor and won several other awards.
posted by Etrigan on Nov 29, 2016 - 14 comments

The life in Peterborough

Amateur street photographer Chris Porsz wandered the streets of his native Peterborough for hours in the 70s and 80s, capturing brief portraits. After rediscovering his trove of photos, he was inspired to recreate some of the shots for his second book, Reunions (SLBuzzfeed).
posted by Diablevert on Nov 28, 2016 - 11 comments

The 100 Most Influential Photos of All Time

Time magazine presents what it believes to be the 100 most influential photos of all time, from Joseph Nicéphore Niépce's 1826 View from the Window at Le Gras (the first known permanent photograph) to Nilüfer Demir's Alan Kurdi (a three-year-old refugee from Syria washed up on a Turkish shore). WARNING: Many of the images are of violence, death, loss, and their aftermath.
posted by Etrigan on Nov 23, 2016 - 33 comments

I don't know if Steve Axford is a fun guy but his fungi photos are fun!

Steve Axford photographs fungi. Fungi that is blue, orange, yellow, and purple. Fungi with gills and without. And not just fungi, but also other living things around the world.
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 22, 2016 - 11 comments

Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.

Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. Steve Axford shoots mushrooms from around the globe in addition to the ones found in his native Australia. Martin Pfister lights them from behind with tiny LEDs. Vyacheslav Mishchenko shoots mushrooms along with various creatures. And time-lapse photography shows the eerie power of the fruiting bodies bursting through the soil.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 16, 2016 - 19 comments

Tintype Type Celebrity Portraits

Celebrity portraits that look like old tintype photos. Yes, its a mindless, silly post with old timey looking photos of celebs, but its all that I can manage this week.
posted by WalkerWestridge on Nov 10, 2016 - 18 comments

"You Are So Beautiful"

Turkish travel photographer Rotasiz Seyyah has a project whose idea is simple: he tells the people he meets that they're beautiful and captures their responses. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 3, 2016 - 11 comments

The exceptional genderqueer art of Mathu Andersen

Celebrity make-up artist, photographer, and Instagram luminary Mathu Andersen has spent most of his career on the margins of popular aesthetics and gender expression. He is most widely known as RuPaul's makeup artist, and was nominated in 2015 for an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special for an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. But the self-proclaimed 'wig whisperer' has a broad range of styles and techniques that you can find in his self-portraits. You probably don't have enough time to master his skeleton face design for Halloween, but you can give his Cat Lady Transformation of James St. James a try. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 31, 2016 - 10 comments

And the Father Of The Year Award goes to…

Joshua Hoffine brings his children's nightmares to life in a new book and gives them motion in his first short film, Black Lullaby. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 30, 2016 - 13 comments

The dance floor is a quarter inch by quarter inch

aeon digital magazine posted the video Beautiful Chemical Reactions. The video is from a site Beautiful Chemistry, which is "a collaboration between University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and Tsinghua University Press (TUP)." [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Oct 28, 2016 - 3 comments

Horsemen of the Lesotho high plains

Photographer Thom Pierce photographed horsemen and herders in Semonkong, Lesotho The gorgeous vistas of the mountain kingdom make for a spectacular backdrop. Pierce was originally in the area documenting the suffering of workers in Gold mines.
posted by smoke on Oct 27, 2016 - 3 comments

That monkey clearly loves his snowball

The finalists for the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced.
posted by Etrigan on Oct 18, 2016 - 49 comments

Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

My Memento Mori project follows the tradition of the 16th Century Dutch Vanitas painting movement, which took decaying objects as its subject matter, symbolizing the ephemeral nature of life and the certainty of death. Though none of the subjects I have photographed are endangered, they pay homage to the many species that have been pushed to the margins of existence and of their habitats by the relentless growth of human civilization.Bobby Neel Adams exhibit at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, through October 30.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 17, 2016 - 0 comments

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Profiling a mix of practical effects, Photoshop®, photographer effort, modelling and correct angles this series of tricky photos presents the photo and then with a click shows how they were setup. Part 1 {1 - 15}, 2 {16 - 30}, 3 {31 - 45}, 4 {46 - 53}. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Oct 15, 2016 - 24 comments

Lost In Shinjuku

Lost In Shinjuku A series of double, triple, quadruple, and quintuple exposures taken over one night in October in the Shinjuku area. [via mefi projects]
posted by not_the_water on Oct 15, 2016 - 9 comments

brought to you by Bethlehem Steel

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- photographs of corrosion by Alyssha Eve Csük [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 12, 2016 - 12 comments

The Photography of Arthur Rothstein

Links to works of American photographer and chronicler of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Oct 12, 2016 - 1 comment

Super Size

The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture [NYT link] Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country to capture that system, in all its scope, grandeur and dizzying scale. His photographs are all the more remarkable for the fact that so few large food producers are willing to open themselves to this sort of public view [more inside]
posted by helmutdog on Oct 5, 2016 - 25 comments

Power of tower

Building human towers in Spain - Every year in Spain, a Catalan tradition of building Castells—human towers reaching up to 10 stories—takes place. [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 4, 2016 - 24 comments

Boots (borrowed directly from our cowboy friend)

A week ago GQ published a fashion shoot featuring rock climbers (warning: autoplaying video with sound). Outdoor Research offered its own take.
posted by jedicus on Sep 26, 2016 - 34 comments

If you put a silk dress on a goat he is a goat still.

Photographer Kevin Horan took portrait photos of goats. Who could say "No" to that face? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 26, 2016 - 29 comments

The Opposite of a Muse

In the course of two decades, a medical secretary in Paris persuaded scores of renowned photographers to take her picture. A clip from the short art film “I (comme Isabelle)” about Mège’s work. [Nudity]
posted by growabrain on Sep 18, 2016 - 17 comments

3,536 exhibitions online

The Museum of Modern Art has digitized a HUGE amount of material from past exhibitions. The history goes all the way back to the founding of MOMA in 1929. Exhibition catalogs are available for download as pdfs!
posted by OmieWise on Sep 16, 2016 - 16 comments

Modern artsists informed by their Native American heritage

Jason Garcia, who also goes by Okuu Pin (Tewa for Turtle Mountain, the name for Sandia Mountain) is a traditional clay artist from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, except his art isn't strictly traditional. His work is his effort to document the ever-changing cultural landscape of Santa Clara (8 minute interview and overview of his art), as seen in his 'Tewa Tales,' clay tiles painted as silver-age covers, depicting the Pueblo Revolt and the colonization of New Mexico. For more, see Jason Garcia's short bio video for North American Native Museum (Nordamerika Native Museum) in Zurich, Switzerland, for a past exhibition titled "Native Art Now." Vimeo user Dylan McLaughlin/Invisible Laboratory has 10 more short bio videos from other artists in the exhibit. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 14, 2016 - 4 comments

The Antithesis of Instagram, or its Essence? Yes.

"Most photography books talk about depth of field and depth of focus, but few of them give a formula for it. Here it is. N is the F-number, f is focal length, C is pixel size, and U is distance to the scene. We'll study this formula in lecture, and you'll be invited to experiment with depth of field in weekly photographic assignments."
Lectures on Digital Photography: How Cameras Work, and How to Take Good Pictures Using Them. A free 18-lecture course taught by Marc Levoy, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford, and Principal Engineer at Google. Via. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Sep 6, 2016 - 17 comments

How is babby cosplayed?

Photographer Laura Izumikawa's baby turned out to be a great sleeper, so she used the opportunity to dress her napping baby in pop culture costumes and post the photos to Instagram.
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 31, 2016 - 19 comments

El sueno americano

Tom Kiefer was named one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015 in the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards based on his El Sueno Americano project, which emerged from his work as a janitor at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Over an 11-year period, he salvaged and cataloged hundreds of personal items thrown away in the facility. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Aug 25, 2016 - 6 comments

Fingerwave Saint

“I wanted to create images that portray black women in a way that would inspire them not to be necessarily pretty, which is what most beauty stuff is about, but to kind of embody that and more within themselves,” Ms. Crowe said [NYT]. “Everything starts within you and how you feel about yourself. It’s just trying to glorify black women and make them imagine themselves beyond their wildest dreams.” [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Aug 25, 2016 - 4 comments

#breakfast

"By elevating the otherwise ordinary experience of eating breakfast into a social event, even if that socializing is all digital, the solitude of many breakfasts becomes more bearable." Breakfast on Instagram Is Magical and Insanely Popular, by Alana Massey for Extra Crispy.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 24, 2016 - 22 comments

Bauhaus Online

Harvard Art Museums has made available a searchable digitized collection of over 32,000 Bauhaus artifacts: including paintings, photographs, drawings, textiles, sculptures, periodicals. [more inside]
posted by cwest on Aug 24, 2016 - 3 comments

Wandering New York

Wandering New York is a blog where amateur photographer Joseph Raskin posts new photos of various New York City neighborhoods every night.
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Aug 22, 2016 - 5 comments

Fictitious Feasts

A series of pictures of food as eaten in world famous scenes in literature. Charles Roux creates these fictitious meals, photographs them and then eats them. His goal is to collect the photographs in a book, putting the meals back on paper, where they belong.
posted by Too-Ticky on Aug 20, 2016 - 48 comments

What would birds in flight look like if time was all smushed together?

Ornitographies by Xavi Bou. [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 19, 2016 - 29 comments

What if they had colors back then?

This nifty app colorizes black and white photos. Background.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 13, 2016 - 18 comments

"A Remarkable New Photo Map of Old London"

Citylab: "Launched last week, Collage, The London Picture Map allows you to trace London’s visual history street by street. Supported by the City of London Corporation, it’s the result of two full years of digitizing and mapping images from the London Metropolitan Archive and the Guildhall Art Gallery, which together possess the largest collection of London images in the world." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Aug 5, 2016 - 6 comments

My God, it's full of stars.

Astronomy Photographer of The Year - 2016 shortlist.
posted by smoke on Jul 28, 2016 - 13 comments

Why did God make me an outcast and a stranger in mine own house?

Victorian Women of Color: A Rare ViewPhotos of Women of Color from this era are hard to come by, especially "family" photographs. Sadly these beautiful and touching images go unnamed. A couple of these photos were taken when there was still slavery in the United States. [Downtown LA Life Magazine is] honored to present these images as part of our dedication to the photographic history of our country. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 25, 2016 - 15 comments

Through Our Eyes

Through Our Eyes gave disposable cameras to 100 homeless people in Spartanburg, South Carolina and asked them to take pictures of their lives.
posted by holyrood on Jul 24, 2016 - 10 comments

Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?

A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge (SL NYMag) [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 20, 2016 - 15 comments

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