Transits of Venus occur every 130 years or so when Venus can be observed passing across the face of the sun. Chasing Venus
is an online exhibition by Smithsonian Institution Libraries that tells the story of how the transit has been observed since the 17th century, with early observations in England
, illustrated accounts of expeditions
by 18th century astronomers to various parts of the world, and early uses of photography
to record observations in the 19th century. Includes links to animations
of transits reconstructed from Victorian photographs, and details of a lecture series
on Thursdays in April and May (first one April 8). The first transit since 1882 is this year.
posted by carter
on Apr 4, 2004 -
The Untitled Project is a series of photographs of urban settings accompanied by a graphical text layout. The photographs have been digitally stripped of all traces of textual information. The text pieces show the removed text in the approximate location and font as it was found in the photograph
posted by Ljubljana
on Mar 30, 2004 -
are something i've never really understood, but should. This was the best stab at explaining I've ever read.
posted by mrben
on Mar 28, 2004 -
The Kodak vs. the King
of the the Belgian Congo (aka the Congo Free State) from it's heyday under the personal rule of the very evil King Leopold
. The contrast between the photographs used by Leopolds apologists
and those used by his enemies
(lead by the remorseless E.D. Morel
) is probably unsurprising but interesting as evidence of perhaps the first propaganda war to be dominated by photography. Also, the first genocidal atrocity to be, very partially, documented photographically.
The kodak has been a sore calamity to us. The most powerful enemy that has confronted us, indeed.... Every Yankee missionary and every interrupted trader sent home and got one; and now -- oh, well, the pictures get sneaked around everywhere, in spite of all we can do to ferret them out and suppress them.
Mark Twain, King Leopold's Soliloquy
(most links go to the excellent boondocksnet
site which takes as its starting point Mark Twain and his anti-imperialist campaigns and branches out most impressively from there)
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Mar 20, 2004 -
by Frank Phillips. ". . .I always keep in mind the goal of capturing the bug from an angle that we humans don't normally see...and I believe that it shows in my work."
posted by Feisty
on Mar 9, 2004 -
run by 21 Troy Birdsall of Fairbanks, Alaska. Gorgeous video and photographs of the Northern Lights.
posted by Feisty
on Mar 8, 2004 -
Photoshop is fourteen years old this month. I am sitting in its hometown
and have version 7 on my Gateway. Loretta Lux
was trained as a painter and now uses digital images via photoshop for her art
. (NYTimes article
) News photographers have lost
their jobs for using it. Some would argue that photoshop is a new medium
and I would agree. I will use it next to shape the images that will promote my sons' landscaping business.
posted by JohnR
on Feb 29, 2004 -
a photo journalist blogs on the conditions in Haiti. No photos yet.
The place is awash with drug money, probably on both sides - Philippe is the former police chief of a town where i've heard reports of people walking down the streets with suitcases full of money, probably not sourced from shaking down shoe cleaners. The chimeres that searched us on the way down from Saint Marc a few days ago were clearly high on some upper, i'd guess coke, amphetamines or both, or maybe crack.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Feb 27, 2004 -