really nice photographs
May 20, 2003 6:19 PM   Subscribe

extraordinary photographs [via newstoday] from todd hido. photographs and the ability to see so many new young photographers work every day - is one of my favorite aspects of the web. additional favorites here, and here. anyone else have any little known faves?
posted by specialk420 (23 comments total)
I think has some really good photographs, considering he posts like 4-5 new ones a day, and they appear to be taken on the spur of the moment as opposed to being carefully orchestrated (which is good too).
posted by Hildago at 6:33 PM on May 20, 2003

I love Hido's stuff, especially his homes at night series. I actually got to meet him a year or so ago, when he dropped by to snap my photo for this. He was really down to earth and we talked about his book and shows.
posted by mathowie at 6:39 PM on May 20, 2003

oh yeah. those are great. i should have added a bandwidth warning to the link above - so many good photos out of japan
posted by specialk420 at 6:43 PM on May 20, 2003

"Something is taking forever to load. Exiting."

posted by azul at 6:58 PM on May 20, 2003

Ditto, azul.

And why in the hell is he using Flash? Don't get me wrong, I love good flash when it's implemented right. But there's no animation. There aren't any images (except for the gallery pictures) -- just a tan background on half the screen. He doesn't even embed the fonts, so he's not doing it to preserve the type. And his "gallery" times out on slower connections, even though the percentage indicates the file is loading correctly. My GOD what a terrible, fucked site implementation.

For his sake, I hope the pictures are good.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:51 PM on May 20, 2003

(a little later)

Well, at least the browser's cache function works correctly. For slower modem users, if your connection gets timed out, you can try loading it again and it should start from where it left off.

Check out the "older" link at the bottom of page for my opinion on these photos.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:59 PM on May 20, 2003

I like Hido's photos. I'd really like to see him cover Detroit.
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:07 PM on May 20, 2003

C_D - you really think these photos are ugly? I guess there's no accounting for taste... I thought they were some of the best looking photos I've seen in quite a while.
posted by jonson at 10:16 PM on May 20, 2003

just curious but are you fond of the images or the design? the design IMO overpowers the images on each site with the exception of the dacafe site once you enter the galleries. the work is....well, just a little underwhelming but the beauty of photography is that it's completely subjective.
posted by photoslob at 11:20 PM on May 20, 2003

Also look at other night photographers:
(Troy Paiva)
posted by Marki at 11:24 PM on May 20, 2003


Sometimes, photographers who post their stuff on the web embed images in Flash to prevent others from ripping them off. I have no idea if this is the case here though, since even the site navigation uses Flash.
posted by DaShiv at 12:19 AM on May 21, 2003

Some interesting work here. Good band too.
posted by davebush at 3:41 AM on May 21, 2003

I'm partial to this guy because I've known him for going on 20 years. He does amazing portraits.

Ian Mcfarlane
posted by fletchmuy at 6:47 AM on May 21, 2003

I can't see the purpose of using Flash to protect the photos from been copied. Screenshots are only a keypress away.
posted by tyamada at 7:16 AM on May 21, 2003

But screenshots are *significantly* less likely to be taken than "right click->save as". You'd have to really want the picture to use the screen shot.

Oh, and by the way, what's up with all of the nudity in photography? I know that it's art and that the human body is beautiful, but guys can still look at "art" or "pornography" and be turned on--the "art" often does it even better. I have to avoid a good number of these types of sites for this very reason.
posted by psychotic_venom at 7:27 AM on May 21, 2003

<potential_derail apologies="in advance">
the ability to see so many new young photographers work every day - is one of my favorite aspects of the web.

Very much agree. There's masses of excellent photography on the web (and plenty of dross, as well), much of it almost unnoticed, I suspect, but deserving of greater recognition - and discussion. Which leads me to suggest a project I've been considering putting together for a while now: Photofilter. Anyone interested?
posted by normy at 7:42 AM on May 21, 2003

what's up with all of the nudity in photography?

why are you afraid of the naked human figure - i suggest some of Man Ray's photos - wonderful stuff.

i agree - Hido's flash interface detracts from his photo graphs - there are way to use flash to present ones photos in a way that beats straight html - this isnt one of them. erik refner does a nice job using flash.
posted by specialk420 at 7:49 AM on May 21, 2003

I like this stuff, but I know the guy.
posted by elvissinatra at 8:24 AM on May 21, 2003

I understand the impetus to use Flash to secure photos, but damnation I would have liked some of those for wallpaper.
posted by UncleFes at 8:38 AM on May 21, 2003

posted by crunchland at 8:45 AM on May 21, 2003



count me in.
posted by specialk420 at 10:22 AM on May 21, 2003

Thanks for the cool links, specialk420. I really liked the Hido stuff.
posted by timeistight at 11:25 AM on May 21, 2003

great idea and some great pictures.
posted by sie yin at 11:55 PM on May 21, 2003

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