Cowboy Photographer Erwin E. Smith
didn't just photograph cowboy life - he lived it
. This website presents more than 750 images
from the surviving collections of Smith's work. These online reproductions were made from Smith's original negatives, irreplaceable objects that capture the old-time cowboy
as he really was—a working man on horseback
. (via research buzz)
Picasa is now part of Google. Download Picasa version 1.6 for Free!
The question: why? What does Google want with digital photo organiser software?
ONE AFTERNOON IN THE LATE 1970's, deep in the labyrinthine interior of a massive Gothic tower in New Haven, an unsuspecting employee of Yale University opened a long-locked room in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium and stumbled upon something shocking and disturbing.
Shocking, because what he found was an enormous cache of nude photographs, thousands and thousands of photographs of young men in front, side and rear poses. Disturbing, because on closer inspection the photos looked like the record of a bizarre body-piercing ritual: sticking out from the spine of each and every body was a row of sharp metal pins. The case of the Ivy League posture photos
Need some hot school bus action?
It's got photos from an actual school bus driver's perspective
and 440 school bus photos by my calculations. Next month features a new gallery with school buses by International. I'm all tingly with anticipation!
is the weblog of a "freelance photojournalist traveling across the US on a mission to hit all 48 contiguous states." Some nice photos.
I Like To Watch:
A photographic record of cats transfixed; self-referential cats; cat Witnesses of Our Time; cat onlookers; cats gazing stupidly at infinity; lightly hypnotized brainpan-fried cats; feline couch potatoes; cats afflicted by the staring disease; briefly and easily amused cats; UN observer cats; guilty bystander cats. All in all, an extremely important investigation into the perennial question of how to hold a cat's attention. [Click on "Cats", funnily enough.
- "is a very simple, fast, reliable free image host. It is perfect for linking to auctions, message boards, journals, and other websites. There is no registration or login, all you have to do is submit your picture." This looks very useful. I find the most popular pictures
on the site curious though.
The driver, I found out later, was drunk, from Texas, and had only one arm.
[Warning: there are at least 35 megabytes worth of jpegs, which take some time to load. YMMV]
Via Presence Server
Joe Previtera, a 21 year old student at Boston College, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felonies after dressing as a hooded Iraqi prisoner in front of a military recruitment center in downtown Boston
. Previtera faces misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace and felony charges of making a false bomb threat and using a hoax device. The charges apparently reflect the District Attorney's concern that Mr Previtera might have been mistaken for a terrorist
beautiful photos from d. hirmes
My Urban Dig
:: Found Objects in Alison's HouseBe sure to check out the archives
Ban on Camera Phones in Iraq
Q: What do you do if your troops take pictures of physical and sexual abuse in American-run prisons in Iraq?
A: Ban cameras, of course. What the people can't see don't happen.
Dsicipline, Strength, Beauty, Youth
'Bodies in Formation' is a wonderful exhibition of photographs and ephemera, that illustrates Soviet-era mass gymnastics displays in eastern Europe. Via plep
They that go down to the sea in ships
, a really hauntingly beautiful collection of images of seafarers from the past. Some of the images have handwritten notes on the back as well. It's good to get a glimpse of the people and decades lived in by most of our grandparents. Who knows where all those digital images we all take will end up one day.
Pre- and post- explosion
satellite images of the Ryongchon train station in North Korea.
A Picture's Worth
:: a slightly different kind of photo blog -- a single (often excellent) photo, accompanied by a short (often poignant) essay which explains the emotions, memories or thoughts that the photograph triggers for the photographer.
Still romanticizin' the beat generation?
Lovely shots from the Venice West Picture Essay - a photo chronicle of the beat generation in venice west, california circa 1958….from the out-of-print "the holy barbarians" by lawrence lipton
by Frantisek Staud.
Who Is That With Jeremy?
Bill Clinton, Puff Daddy (or is that P. Diddy?), Kirsten Dunst, Spike Lee, the entire cast of Oz... Jeremy's dad has an obscene talent for getting his kid into famous arms for a snapshot.
lets people around the world share their travel photos and experiences with each other. (via idle type)
Cape Town Skies
: Photo gallery with more than 2000 images.
One year later
"It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home"
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."
The Kamagasaki Gallery.
Background to and photographs of a Japanese slum.
Beyond Compare: Women Photographers On Beauty
"An international photography exhibit from Dove that aims to inspire dialogue, move beyond stereotypes and challenge women to question their definition of beauty.
(Flash, mostly safe for work)
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.
: an excellent photographic journal of Islam's annual pilgrimage.
More Mars Express images.
The German space agency (DLR) has the biggest and fastest loading set of Mars Express images I've seen so far. Among them is one which apparently was not part of the press kit (it hasn't been in any MEX-related report), and is not on the official ESA site
: This one
. It shows the Spirit rover landing site in Gusev crater -- and the area is covered with a green substance. Olivine or salt, perhaps. It should be highly interesting to get spectral readings. [Note: These images are, to my knowledge, near true color like all other MEX/HRSC photos.]
State Library of Tasmania, Heritage Collection Image Library
Not Fooling Anybody
What happens when your local Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, or Planet Hollywood goes out of business and is taken over by a lesser-known or less-well-funded business? Bad storefront conversions
that's what. :: via Satan's Laundromat ::
'Home of England's crop circle makers.' Circle stories, images
I've become addicted to Satan's Laundromat
-- a photoblog based out of Brooklyn that shows NYC daily in all its weird and wonderful glory.
The news at a glance.
Categorized news photos. [via slashdot]
Through the lens of a soldier.
Pictures taken by CPL Prieve of the 101st Airborne in Mosul, Iraq
More Magnificent Obsessions - 14to42.net
- "This site intends to survey all of the signs in New York City from 14th Street to 42nd Street." Great photos of Ghost Signs
, signs painted on buildings
, signs attached to buildings
, window signs
, modern signs
, graffiti signs
, and even some pretty creepy signs
, along with some surprisingly complete histories of the businesses the signs were made to advertise.
A large collection of panoramic views of Norwegian cities.
Possibly the largest collection of its kind, it gives you the opportunity to navigate trough Oslo, walk into certain shops or just have a look at the famous Vigeland park.
With convenient clickable map.
Photographs of New York City
overlayed and linked from a subway map
, with the photo links
specific to the position of the points clicked.
Now class, please turn in your (meta)homework
Several classes at Stanford have started relying on multimedia-intensive collaborative websites. A quick browse through the gallery and you will find classes that either rely on blogging or run entirely "wiki style"
. While it seems thrilling to see students stimulate and build ideas off one another, will this concept ever filter down to your average high school class? It seems that the whole principle of wiki comes at odds to traditional conventions of authorship. Surprisingly, in this course
, students can choose the option of being assessed solely on their experimental participation on the wiki site. When classwork consists of students adding and changing each other's comments, how would you grade each student individually? (By the way, there are a lot of pretty pictures in the gallery.)
is a Croatian photography showcase intended to "educate the public in the field of war photography, to expose the myth of war and the intoxication of war, to let people see war as it is, raw, venal, frightening, by focusing on how war inflicts injustices on innocents and combatants alike." Search by Photographer, War, Award or Collection, though the site is obviously new-ish and has a small database. Here's a particularly stunning one
from their current collection
("A Decade of War").
is holding its first-ever photo contest
, open to all adult non-professional photographers to submit entries in five categories. (Professionals may want to see about freelance opportunities here
.) I find it particularly nice that there is no entry fee, and no citizenship requirements. For inspiration you may want to browse a gallery of Smithsonian freelance photographers
or view the beautiful (and seasonally appropriate) Ghost Towns by Night Light
and pick up a few tips on night photography
from the photographer.
Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs
Er, no, not photographs of
Shakespeare--that would be difficult--but of Shakespeare's plays in performance, 1870-1982. Covers productions in all media; photographs can be browsed by dramatic genre (tragedy, comedy, etc.). On a related note, see also Harry Rusche's Shakespeare Illustrated
(outstanding and extensive site devoted to nineteenth-century paintings of scenes from Shakespeare's plays).
The Internet is made out of people.
Warren Ellis wants to see your face. Once you read the original post, hit the main site
to see what the Internet has sent him so far. Does that tickle your fancy? He's done this before; once he asked us to show us the world with our cell phones
, and once he asked us to send him video
. (Start with those posts, and move forward, and dodge the messed up archives from August.)
On the other hand, some people just want pictures of cats