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Previously unseen early Martin Parr photographs published in new book
Martin Parr – Early Works features images from multiple series including The Non Conformists, his first major body of work after finishing art school. Created between 1975 and 1979 together with wife Susie Parr, the project documented their then-home town of Hebden Bridge and the local people’s fading ways of life. It shows an early dedication to British tradition and its inherent quirks and banality, all with his characteristic sense of wry humour.
photography  art  england 
yesterday by terry
Martin Parr's 40 years in the life of Wales: 'Let's face it – people are funny'
The first photograph in the show is a black-and-white image from 1975 of a bemused middle-aged couple at the summit of Snowdon, evidently wondering what they should do now. As ever with Parr’s work, there is a twist, a trace of sardonic humour: the woman appears to have brought several handbags on the ascent ...

Parr, who is 67 and was born in Epsom, Surrey, says his Welsh photographs should be seen in the context of a lifelong project to document the whole of Britain, an endeavour now reaching an even larger audience thanks to the “idents” he has done for BBC One. As they draw breath between programmes, viewers are treated to Parr’s clips of like-minded people coming together: potholers, bhangra dancers, kayakers, lifeguards, junior footballers, female boxers, wheelchair-using rugby players, bog snorkellers.
3 days ago by terry
The first surviving photograph of the Moon: John Adams Whipple and how the birth of astrophotography married immortality and impermanence
Four years into it, the thirty-year-old Whipple would awe the world with his stunning photographs of celestial objects — particularly his photographs of the Moon. Louis Daguerre himself had taken the first lunar photograph on January 2, 1839 — five days before announcing his invention, which marked the birth of photography — but his studio and his entire archive were destroyed by a fire two months later. Whipple’s remains the earliest known surviving photograph of the Moon — an image that continues to stun with its simple visual poetics even as technology has far eclipsed the primitive equipment of its photographer.
moon  space  photography  history  time 
6 days ago by terry
A photographic survey by Jessica Wynne of chalkboards filled by mathematicians
Wynne tells Colossal that she enjoys photographing the dusty work surfaces because of “their beauty, mystery and the pleasure of creating a permanent document of something that is ephemeral.” The “Do Not Erase” photo series, soon to be published in a book by Princeton University Press for release in 2020, includes boards from institutions and universities around the world. Wynne hopes that viewers can appreciate the aesthetic of the worked surfaces while “simultaneously appreciating that the work on the board represents something much deeper, beyond the surface.”
art  photography  maths  universities 
8 days ago by terry
We wanted to find a unique way to photograph flowers. After some research we came across the work of Japanes artist, Makoto Azuma. His work inspired us to experiment with flowers frozen in ice. When we froze the flowers every arrangement reacted differently. As it froze, bubbles formed at random. After a few days of experimentation we dropped some ice blocks into a swimming pool and were mesmerized by the results. When immersed in water, the ice cracked and created a totally unique canvas. Within the process of freezing and thawing, strange and exciting things happened.
art  photography  flowers 
20 days ago by terry
California Trip: how Dennis Stock caught the darkness beyond the hippy dream
His iconic portraits of James Dean in a wintry New York won him fame. But it was his travels in the west coast that brought out his true genius, as he captured the cracks in the 60s counterculture
art  photography 
21 days ago by terry
Robert Frank: the outsider genius whose photographs laid bare America's soul
His stark masterpiece The Americans changed photography. Yet there was more to this countercultural hero who captured the debauchery of the Stones – and his own personal tragedies
art  photography 
21 days ago by terry
Abandoned shuttles from the Soviet Space Program
The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world’s  oldest and largest operational space launch facility.

Yuri Gagaran was shot into space from here.

The Buran program was the largest and most expensive project in the history of Soviet space exploration.

Only one of the Buran shuttles completed one unmanned orbital spaceflight in 1988.

The shuttle was unfortunately destroyed when a hangar collapsed in 2002.

The program was stopped in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
space  photography  russia 
24 days ago by terry
Portraits of Ellis Island immigrants
Between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island served as an immigration inspection station for millions of immigrants arriving into the United States. The first immigrant to pass though the station was 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork, Ireland, one of the 700 immigrants arriving on the opening day on January 1, 1892. The first and second class passengers were considered wealthy enough not to become a burden to the state and were examined onboard the ships while the poorer passengers were sent to the island where they underwent medical examinations and legal inspections. These images of people wearing their folk costumes were taken by amateur photographer Augustus Sherman who worked as the Chief Registry Clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925. The people in the photographs were most likely detainees who were waiting for money, travel tickets or someone to come and collect them from the island.
photography  immigration  history 
28 days ago by terry
UK's best sea view photography competition 2019
National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.
photography  environment  nature 
28 days ago by terry
Clive Marshall's Associate Distinction in Fine Art Photography
During several visits to the building, I was inspired greatly by the shadowy, empty areas and passageways that were lit only by hastily rigged safety lighting or by the daylight that filtered through broken blinds. It seemed to me that the building was like an abandoned subterranean city.
photography  light  coventry  urban  derelict 
6 weeks ago by terry
Photographs of animals and architecture are sliced and rearranged into bizarre collages by Lola Dupre
Spain and Scotland-based collage artist Lola Dupre (previously) continues to surprise and delight with her unusual composite images. Rather than incorporating unique individual collage elements that contrast with each other, Dupre works with repetition and duplication to build bizarrely proportioned pets, buildings, and human figures. By layering and off-setting shards of the same photo in a sort of visual syncopation, Dupre stretches and bends otherwise familiar subjects into surreal images.
art  photography  animals  architecture 
6 weeks ago by terry
The photography of Margaret Bourke-White
Bourke-White held numerous “firsts” in her professional life—she was the first foreign photographer allowed to take pictures of Soviet industry, she was the first female staff photographer for LIFE magazine and made its first cover photo, and she was the first woman allowed to work in combat zones in World War II. Gathered here, a small collection of the thousands of remarkable images she made over a lifetime.
art  history  photography 
6 weeks ago by terry
CutUp – Studio Oefner
Oefner deliberately selected still and video cameras to slice apart. This is an allusion to his earlier photographic work, where the image made with the camera is the “art” and the camera itself is merely a tool. For this series, the tool is transformed into a piece of art. It is at the same time a deconstruction of the technology of image capturing, revealing the beauty underneath the surface of these objects.
art  sculpture  cameras  photography 
6 weeks ago by terry
Vintage cameras dissected with a saw and suspended in resin by Fabian Oefner
For his latest series titled “CutUp,” artist Fabian Oefner (previously) used a band saw to slice film and still cameras into pieces, revealing their beautiful and complex inner workings. The pieces were rearranged, reassembled, and suspended in resin in interesting configurations. Each new sculpture transforms the tools for making art into new works of art designed to be viewed from multiple angles.
photography  sculpture  art  camera 
7 weeks ago by terry
Leeds City Centre: Seeing Red
Red brick buildings on every turn, alongside ornately carved stone features and more elaborate glass domed shopping arcades than you can count.

Leeds mixes the old with the new to great effect, creatively designed.
leeds  photography  architecture  colour 
7 weeks ago by terry
Photo essay: Windows in crisis – the decline of Athens' commercial cityscape
In Athens, when you walk in the center, you pass long distances of vacant shop windows that eventually constitute the façade of the public space. As an interior architect I thought it is quite ironic: the fact that those spaces meant to be open interior spaces, are now only offering to the passer-by their 2D surfaces. That is how the idea of the ‘windows’ came. I saw them as windows ‘in’ and ‘of’ crisis.
economics  greece  urban  photography  society  architecture 
7 weeks ago by terry
Chart-Like composite photographs by Dan Marker-Moore show the progression of the 2019 solar eclipse
Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore (previously) flew south to document the solar eclipse that occurred in Chile on July 2, 2019. While many professional photographers also documented the event, most images capture the singular moment in one image. Marker-Moore decided to break out the progression in orderly chart-like designs.
moon  photography  charts  design 
9 weeks ago by terry
The forbidden images of the Chinese internet
Some removed images are unsurprising: depictions of state-sanctioned violence, cartoons disparaging government leaders, and aerial shots of protests. But many of them appear innocuous at first glance. All images—even harmless ones—of top Chinese political leaders are banned, except on official websites and approved blogs. For other content, moderators tend to err on the side of caution since private companies, rather than the government, are responsible for complying with state guidelines. After President Xi Jinping eliminated term limits, for example, censors temporarily banned the letter “n,” which was likely a reference to the math symbol and was used to poke fun at the undefined length of his tenure.
china  politics  art  photography  internet  censorship 
9 weeks ago by terry
What the nanny saw: Vivian Maier's street photography
Maier spent her working life caring for the children of families in New York and Chicago. What none of them knew is that she also took thousands of photographs that were discovered by chance and published after her death
11 weeks ago by terry
The winners of the 2019 iPhone photography awards are gorgeous
The winners of the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) have been announced, providing more proof that you don't need an expensive camera to take breathtaking photos.
iphone  photography 
11 weeks ago by terry
Abkhazia: A vacation in a non-existent country
Jonas Bendiksen’s photographic exploration of the one-time top holiday destination for the Soviet elite
photography  georgia  russia 
12 weeks ago by terry
Bringing black and white photos to life using
While it is impossible to replicate the exact conditions in which the original photo was taken, it is possible to add colour to the photo to help us imagine what the photographer could have seen in that instant. It is incredible — almost magical — how a little bit of colour can bring us that much closer to that specific moment in time.
And as such, for our hackathon in January, our team decided to build a deep learning colouriser tool trained specifically for old Singaporean photos.
ai  colour  photography 
july 2019 by terry
The greatest photos ever? Why the moon landing shots are artistic masterpieces
The legacy of Earthrise has never stopped growing – and the Earth, as seen by unmanned spacecraft, has never stopped shrinking. When Nasa’s Voyager probe reached the edge of the solar system it turned to take a picture of a tiny Earth alongside its neighbouring planets. The Hubble telescope and its like have shown us a sublime, colourful universe whose light-filled dust clouds are light years across.

Yet the photographs taken by the Apollo 11 astronauts and the handful of humans who followed them remain unique. They are still the only portraits of our species on another world.
photography  space  moon  nasa  astronomy  science 
july 2019 by terry
Hong Kong police clash with protesters in shopping mall
The demonstration began peacefully, with people marching for a few hours shouting slogans and weaving through heavily residential neighborhoods alongside a river. However, the atmosphere quickly became tense after police deployed pepper spray, which galvanized crowds to deliver supplies, including helmets and goggles, to the front lines, demarcated by barriers set up by protesters to block police.

Following a standoff that lasted several hours on the street, police attempted to clear crowds off the roads by sending in riot police, eventually pursuing protesters who hadn’t dispersed from the scene into the shopping mall, New Town Plaza. There, protesters hurled objects including umbrellas, helmets, and bottles at the police, who were at one point vastly outnumbered. After reinforcements arrived, officers in riot gear charged up escalators to the various floors of the mall, using batons and pepper spray as they beat their way toward protesters. People were also seen throwing objects at police officers from upper levels of the mall.
hongkong  photography  china 
july 2019 by terry
What do people in solitary confinement want to see?
According to many human-rights organizations, the prolonged lack of human contact and sensory deprivation that inmates experience in solitary confinement qualifies as torture. The legislative campaign that Tamms Year Ten spearheaded succeeded in closing the prison. The photo-request project continued, in affiliation with the watchdog group Solitary Watch. Now known as Photo Requests from Solitary, it is run by Reynolds, Jean Casella, a co-director of Solitary Watch, and Jeanine Oleson, a professor of photography at Parsons School of Design.
photography  crime  society 
july 2019 by terry
A bird’s-eye view of how protesters have flooded Hong Kong streets
Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16, and marched almost two miles (three kilometers), protesting a proposed extradition bill and calling for the city’s leader to step down.

It was the largest of three major protests against the bill that were held over eight days. More demonstrations are scheduled for Wednesday, ahead of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka, Japan. The composite images below help show the enormous scale of the June 16 demonstrations.
china  hongkong  politics  protests  photography  society 
june 2019 by terry
New AI deepfake app creates nude images of women in seconds
As we’ve seen with previous examples of deepfake pornography, the quality of the output is varied. It’s certainly not photorealistic, and when examined closely the images are easy to spot as fake. The AI flesh is blurry and pixelated, and the process works best on high-resolution images when the target is already wearing revealing clothes like a swimsuit.

But at lower resolutions — or when seen only briefly — the fake images are easy to mistake for the real thing, and could cause untold damage to individuals’ lives.
ai  fake  deepfake  photography 
june 2019 by terry
Ethereal portraits created using a desktop scanner by Maitha Demithan
Artist Maitha Demithan has worked in a variety of media over her career, and in 2009 landed on the use of scanography to create portraits. This process involves using a scanner that comes in contact with the subject but does not expose the intense light source to the sitter’s eyes. The dream-like scanned images have a dramatic focal field, in which the in-contact surface of the subject quickly fades to black, and the subjects’ eyes are usually closed, distancing their inner thoughts from the viewer. Despite the large-scale finished products, Demithan actually works with a desktop-sized A4 scanner. She takes up to 100 images and then digitally layers and stitches them together, playing with the combination of different focal points and textures to create a printable collage.
art  photography  portraits 
june 2019 by terry
Not Photoshopped: Pixelated food sculptures look like digital creations
Japanese art director Yuni Yoshida is well known for her surreal digital creations, particularly those manipulating the human body into unnatural forms, but a new series takes the opposite approach. “Layered” is a collection of food photography in which fruit, burgers and other food items are cut apart and rearranged in pixelated or spliced forms, making them look like Photoshopped images.
art  photography  food  sculpture 
june 2019 by terry
Bye Bye Camera - an app for the post-human era
In a climate where endless hype has people paranoid about AI stealing humans’ jobs, a new app called Bye Bye Camera uses neural networks to eradicate humans from the world altogether. Bye Bye Camera simply removes people from photos and fills in the background. The app is being launched today by an artist who goes by “Damjanski” and his art collective Do Something Good.

"The app takes out the vanity of any selfie and also the person. I consider Bye Bye Camera an app for the post-human era. It’s a gentle nod to a future where complex programs replace human labor and some would argue the human race. It’s interesting to ask what is a human from an Ai (yes, the small “i” is intended) perspective? In this case, a collection of pixels that identify a person based on previously labeled data. But who labels this data that defines a person immaterially? So many questions for such an innocent little camera app."

A lot of friends asked us if we can implement the feature to choose which person to take out. But for us, this app is not an utility app in a classical sense that solves a problem. It’s an artistic tool and ultimately a piece of software art.
art  photography  ai  apps 
june 2019 by terry
Photoshop tutorial: How to remove a background in Photoshop
Removing the background from a photograph can be a really tricky task, particularly if the subject you want to cut out has lots of hair, or if the background is exceedingly complex. Here, we take you through the process of removing a background from an image using Photoshop to help you overcome that challenge.
photography  software  photoshop 
june 2019 by terry
New art project seeks to reveal the “real size” of modern life's most famous behind
“The wait is finally over,” we’re told. “Hundreds, potentially thousands of images of the world’s most famous body part have been analysed and carefully measured. Interviews have been read through and words evaluated. Everyone has always known that it’s big, but exactly how big is it?”

Ida-Simon is, of course, talking about Kim Kardashian’s behind. No mere attempt at digital titillation, the pair describes the project, simply titled The Bum as “a commentary on the time we live in.”
art  photography  celebrity 
june 2019 by terry
Cindy Sherman: clowning around and socialite selfies
Highly influential New York artist Cindy Sherman made taking selfies an art form before the word even existed. Throughout her career she has experimented with costume, prosthetics, makeup and digital photography to create highly exaggerated and ofttimes grotesque character studies.
art  photography 
june 2019 by terry
Huge Cindy Sherman retrospective goes on show at NPG next year
Titled Cindy Sherman, the exhibition will feature around 180 works, including the seminal series Untitled Film Stills. Shot from 1977-1980 in New York, the 70-strong series cemented both her reputation and her approach – manipulating her own appearance to explore the complex relationship between facade and reality.

Also on show will be all five of Sherman’s Cover Girl series, made in 1976 when she was a student, as well as more recent work such as Clowns and Society Portraits, plus material from her studio that gives an insight into her working process.
art  photography 
june 2019 by terry
Cindy Sherman gets first UK retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery
Understanding and exploring that tension lies at the heart of Sherman’s art, Moorhouse says. And this tension is ever more pressing when seen through the prism of social media and projected identity. 

“No other artist interrogates the illusions presented by modern culture in such a penetrating way,” Moorhouse says. “Advertising, fake news, social media, even pornography—no other artist scrutinises so tellingly the façades that people adopt or our struggle to make sense of what’s presented to us via our cultural outposts.”
june 2019 by terry
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 shortlist gallery
Check out an incredible selection of shortlisted images from the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition. From aurorae and skyscapes to galaxies and the Moon, see the universe in a whole new light.
space  photography 
june 2019 by terry
Shortlist announced for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 awards
From thousands of entries, the judges have selected the 38 best images of our galaxy and beyond. Among the shortlisted pictures are those of a nebula appearing to spread its wings like a bird and another known as the Fiery Lobster nebula.
space  science  photography 
june 2019 by terry
140,000 visuals of outer space are free to the public in NASA’s image library
The library spans the last hundred years, and users can narrow searches to focus on any timeframe between 1920 and 2019. Each file also contains a thorough caption including the date and contextual information about the content. Explore the library on NASA’s dedicated website and see more updates from space on the Administration’s official Instagram.
nasa  science  space  photography 
june 2019 by terry
Tech Effects: How photography impacts you
We take millions of photographs. How are all of our snaps affecting our eyes, brains, and bodies? WIRED Senior Editor Peter Rubin looks at the ways that selfies can distort our self perception, shoots with a pro photographer, and examines the way that all those images are affecting our moods and memory.
june 2019 by terry
Adobe’s new AI tool automatically spots Photoshopped faces
The world is becoming increasingly anxious about the spread of fake videos and pictures, and Adobe — a name synonymous with edited imagery — says it shares those concerns. Today, it’s sharing new research in collaboration with scientists from UC Berkeley that uses machine learning to automatically detect when images of faces have been manipulated.
deepfakes  photography  fakes  technology  software 
june 2019 by terry
The best gadgets under £30
Lomography B&W disposable camera, £15.90 - Experience the wonders of pre-digital photography and produce some arty B&W content that will be difficult to upload to Instagram. The back of the camera includes important instructions about “how to wind the film on” and “get it developed”. Whatever that means.
cameras  photography  gadgets  shopping 
june 2019 by terry
Take an exclusive look inside Nasa's colossal, unseen archives
Redgrove has spent nine years photographing items from the space agency’s rich history in loving detail. It took him five years just to arrange access, and to persuade Nasa to open up archives that had been left untouched since the original missions. “Some items were so fragile I was nervous just putting the lights near them,” he says. Others, like some of the gloves and helmets, were in cabinets that hadn’t been opened in five years and had to be broken into.
nasa  space  photography 
june 2019 by terry
City: A poignant illustration of John MacLean’s internal and external worlds
The collection of photographs that follow below were taken by MacLean around the world, though there is little that intimates this multiplicity of location. The images share an abstract quality; amongst them, there is a repetition of graphic lines and openings, of windows used as secondary frames within the camera’s own, and of light utilized not to illuminate subjects, but to create silhouettes. “The camera allows my internal world to overlap with the external”, MacLean explains. “It fuses these two together to create a third place.” In ‘City’, this sentiment is quite literally enacted—MacLean has designed a city of his own; its success as such is due to the homogenous nature of metropolises around the world, and to his own distinct aesthetic.
photography  urban  architecture 
june 2019 by terry
Zhang Kechun documents the bleak reality of China’s Yellow River
Once a site of prosperity, the river is filled with a spiritual history in Chinese mythology. “I decided to take a walk along the Yellow River… so that I could find the root of my soul”, explains Kechun in his artist statement. “Along the way, the river from my mind was inundated by the stream of reality. Once full of legends, [the river] had gone and disappeared. That is kind of my profound pessimism”, he writes. Zhang spent four years documenting the river, the results of which reflect a bleak reality: industrial sabotage, pollution, and the long-term effects of floods are portrayed through grey and beige tones. The river has flooded many times and with such extreme consequences, that is has become known as the River of Sorrow.
china  photography  environment 
june 2019 by terry
Sanatoriums of the former Soviet Union
Artist and Writer Jason Oddy is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the ‘Sanatorium’ series.
photography  russia  ukraine 
june 2019 by terry
Sanatorium | Jason Oddy
In 1999, ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Oddy spent a month exploring some of the hundreds of ex-Soviet sanatoria that from Odessa down to Yalta in the Crimea line the Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. Inside places such as the Magnolia Prophylactorium (previously the Buildings, Roads and Machinery Prophylactorium) or the Valery Chkalov Sanatorium (named after a Soviet aviator hero) he found himself face to face with the leftovers of a political system at once recognisable and yet totally alien. Hydrotherapy treatment corridors. Relaxation rooms. Armless statues of heroic peasant women. All perfectly normal in a state where collectivisation and surveillance must have seemed inescapable and where holidays took place beneath an undying communist sun.
photography  russia  soviet 
june 2019 by terry
Photographer reunites people he first spotted on the streets 40 years ago
Chris Porsz took photos of people in his hometown of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the late 1970s and 80s. Decades later he set out to find them with incredible results. “It’s been very satisfying to witness so many reunions and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they meet old friends.”
photography  street  time 
june 2019 by terry
Everyday objects manually transformed into functional film cameras
It’s not uncommon to see, in any situation from a museum to a public park to see both amateur and professional photographers capturing moments using technology ranging from sleek smartphones to cumbersome lenses. Less common is the sight of a photographer shooting with a loaf of bread, mannequin, or shed.
art  design  photography  cameras 
june 2019 by terry
Night photography of urban Japan
Photographer Jun Yamamoto (a.k.a. jungraphy) takes these subdued (but somehow also vibrant) photos of Japanese cities at night.
art  photography  japan 
june 2019 by terry
Photos: Take a look at D-Day, then and now
The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings will fall on June 6. Here, we take a look back at iconic images of the day and at modern photos related to the day’s events.
war  history  photography 
june 2019 by terry
11 incredible D-Day Landing pictures that show the beaches then and now
The following pictures combine original photos taken on and around D-Day with others taken in 2014 and show holidaymakers in the sun, largely oblivious to the horror that took place where they stood over 70 years ago.
history  photography  france 
june 2019 by terry
The 29 never seen before photos of Horsforth through the years
These photos have been plucked from the Yorkshire Evening Post archive and showcase life in the town during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. They feature local landmarks, street scenes, as well as pubs, restaurants and shops that you may remember.
leeds  horsforth  photography 
june 2019 by terry
20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square: how events unfolded
Revisiting the protests, from the beginning of the student uprising to the brutal crushing of dissent by the Chinese regime
china  news  photography  politics 
june 2019 by terry
Fernando Maselli creates infinite mountainscapes in his quest for the sublime
To create his works, he photographs mountainous areas from different angles over a period of days; something only possible because of his training as a climber. Later, in the studio, he combines these images, creating a new landscape that through repetition attempts to achieve what he calls the “artificial infinite effect…[and] the concept of the sublime as it was defined by Burke”.
photography  art  environment 
may 2019 by terry
Why I won’t be joining the queue at the top of Everest
Everest has become largely detached from the rest of climbing and mountaineering. It has become a trophy experience, drawing too many otherwise without much interest in the sport, validated by media coverage that sees Everest as being endlessly “conquered” rather than passé.
photography  mountains  tourism 
may 2019 by terry
Stationary stationery: street furniture as office supplies – in pictures
During National Stationery Week earlier this month, Neal Whittington, the founder of the cult London stationery shop Present & Correct, went on an online quest to find images of oversized art related to pens, pencils and erasers in the style of the artist Claes Oldenburg. Rather than just finding images of sculptures, he discovered public furniture inspired by office equipment: paperclip bike racks in Washington DC, a keyboard seating area in Russia, an eraser bench in Prague.
street  photography  sculpture  office  humour 
may 2019 by terry
The political life of Theresa May – in pictures
A look back over May’s political career, from being elected as MP for Maidenhead in 1997 to Brexit, the snap election that backfired and her onstage dancing at the 2018 Tory conference
photography  politics 
may 2019 by terry
Victor Obsatz's portrait of Marcel Duchamp
In March 1953, the Greenwich Village gallery owner Michael Freilich (RoKo Gallery) asked 28 year-old Victor Obsatz to photograph Marcel Duchamp in his apartment on West 14th Street. The resulting double-exposure print pleased Duchamp very much, as he chose it especially for the front and back covers of Robert Lebel’s 1959 catalogue raisonné.

The work has since become one of the most popular and sought-after images of the artist, and has been reproduced in a number of well-known texts on Duchamp, Dada, Surrealism, and recently in the The National Portrait Gallery’s 2009 exhibition "Inventing Marcel Duchamp, The Dynamics of Portraiture."
duchamp  photography  art 
may 2019 by terry
"Crowded Fields" by photographer Pelle Cass
“I’m still fascinated by the body in motion and the strangeness of time (although I’m sick of watching college sports!). To make the compositions, I put my camera on a tripod, take up to a thousand pictures, and compile selected figures into a final photograph that is kind of a still time-lapse. I change nothing — not a pixel. I simply select what to keep and what to omit. It all happened precisely as you see it, just not at the same time.”
art  photography 
may 2019 by terry
The Two Duchamps
He is known as the godfather of conceptual art, yet Marcel Duchamp was also a great admirer of the Pre-Raphaelites, and had strong affinities for their craftsman-like approach and their 'tortured explorations of sex, chastity and desire'
art  duchamp  painting  sculpture  photography 
may 2019 by terry
The story behind Philippe Halsman's surreal photograph “Dalí Atomicus”
The original, unretouched version of the photo reveals its secrets: An assistant held up the chair on the left side of the frame, wires suspended the easel and the painting, and the footstool was propped up off the floor. But there was no hidden trick to the flying cats or the stream of water. For each take, Halsman’s assistants—including his wife, Yvonne, and one of his daughters, Irene—tossed the cats and the contents of a full bucket across the frame. After each attempt, Halsman developed and printed the film while Irene herded and dried off the cats. The rejected photographs had notes such as “Water splashes Dalí instead of cat” and “Secretary gets into picture.”
dali  photography  art  cats 
may 2019 by terry
The photo that changed modern portraiture
In a world before Photoshop, it took the ingenuity of Salvador Dali and photographer Philippe Halsman—plus some deft cat-throwing—to produce this gravity-defying scene.
dali  video  photography  art  cats 
may 2019 by terry
50 famous artists brought to life with AI
When I was growing up, artists, and particularly twentieth century artists, were my heroes. There is something about only ever having seen many of them in black and white that makes them feel mythical and distant. Likewise, something magical happens when you add color to the photo. These icons turn into regular people who you might share a pizza or beer with.
art  photography  ai  colour 
may 2019 by terry
Historic street view: an image for each of the 181 years since the dawn of photography
Just a decade after the first surviving photograph was taken, photography became widespread enough that, today, the Canadian film archivist and YouTuber Guy Jones could assemble this parade of streets worldwide – one photograph for each year from 1838 to 2019. The resulting montage offers a scattershot urban history of modernity, chronicling seismic shifts in transportation methods and fashions, as well as the more subtle evolutions of storefront signage and roadway surfaces.
photography  video 
may 2019 by terry
Jarring juxtapositions of prosperity and conflict by Uğur Gallenkuş
Turkish artist Uğur Gallenkuş uses split images to emphasize the grave differences between war-torn countries and privileged, peaceful societies. Gallenkuş often specifically references Western visual culture in his juxtaposed images, such as Christian iconography of the Madonna and child, and the Instagram aesthetic of the ice cream cone portrait. In each composite image, the Istanbul-based artist pairs a carefully matched slice of prosperity with jarring documentation of conflict and poverty to show what occupies the attention and defines the experiences of people around the world, depending on where they live.
may 2019 by terry
Photographer Spotlight: Jackie Jack
A lovely series by New York-based photographer Jackie Jack. Aiming to  capture the daily atmosphere of the city’s Chinatown community, Jack explores the diverse cultural background of the neighbourhood through its narrow streets, layered with collage-like assemblages of storefront displays, signs and crowds
photography  china  usa 
may 2019 by terry
Put your head into gallery
Georgian artist Tezi Gabunia wants to trigger a dialogue about hyper realistic issues in art. His modus operandi is falsification. In his work “put your head into gallery”, Gabunia wanted to bring the galleries and the art to the people, and not the other way around.
art  galleries  museums  photography 
may 2019 by terry
When Hollie Fernando forgot her age, she decided to take her first self-portraits
“Funnily, it all started late one night when I couldn’t remember my age and I had to google myself to work it out," she tells It’s Nice That. "I thought I was 26 but it turns out, I’m actually 27 and I was a bit sad at having lost a whole year of my life just like that.”

As she googled her date of birth, she found a website that tells you precisely how many minutes, hours and days you have been alive for. The website told her she’d been alive and breathing for 9979 days. “I thought this was a weird sign. As I was randomly pondering my age just as I was about to fall asleep, I realised I had enough time to pull together a little project on my 10,000th day on earth.”
photography  time  age 
may 2019 by terry
We used Snapchat’s gender-swapping filter on famous composers… and the results are terrifying
Snapchat has introduced a new filter, where you can see what your face would look like if you were the opposite sex... so we tried it out on a few classical composers.
ai  gender  machinelearning  photography  snapchat  classical  music 
may 2019 by terry
After years of copyright limbo, Vivian Maier comes to London
Greenberg met with Maloof in 2011 and negotiated a deal to represent the archive. But as the pair started to introduce her work to collectors, trouble brewed. In June 2014, a Virginia-based lawyer and photographer, David C. Deal, claimed to represent Francis Baille, Maier’s first cousin once-removed. Baille, a native Frenchman, had no idea he was related to Maier, but genealogy experts declared him her closest living relative. Deal filed a legal case, claiming Baille was the rightful heir of her estate and thus—according to federal American law—the owner of the copyright. The case was passed to the public administrators office in Chicago, which created an estate in Maier’s name. Greenberg, Maloof and lesser owners of Maier’s negatives were barred from printing, exhibiting or selling her work.

After more than two years of legal wrangling, the case was settled out of court, with the terms remaining confidential. “We came to a royalty agreement,” Greenberg says. “It went backwards and retrospectively covered anything we had ever sold. We’ve worked with them ever since.”
photography  copyright 
may 2019 by terry
2019 outlook on the shipment by product type concerning cameras and related goods (pdf)
Via Benedict Evans newsletter: "Fascinating set of charts for the Japanese camera industry. The compact camera is now mostly gone thanks to smartphones, but the higher-end removable-lens cameras have stabilized, and at a much higher revenue than pre-digital, and lens sales are doing great. Also, the customer for these cameras is now younger and less male. Digital has opened up pro/hobbyist cameras even as smartphones killed snapshot cameras."
cameras  statistics  japan  charts  photography 
may 2019 by terry
Fun with Snapchat's gender swapping filter
Snapchat's new gender-bending filter is a source of endless fun and laughs at parties. The results are very pleasing to look at. As someone who is used to working with machine learning algorithms, it's almost magical how robust this feature is. I was so duly impressed that I signed up for Snapchat and fiddled around with it this morning to try and figure out what's going on under the hood and how I might break it.
ai  snapchat  photography  gender  machinelearning 
may 2019 by terry
Otherworldly photos of an Arctic city
Taken over seven months in 2012 to 2013 as part of her Days of Night/Nights of Day project, Russian photographer Elena Chernyshova’s images reveal what it’s like to live in one of the world’s most isolated cities. In Norilsk, winter lasts nine months – and during the polar night the sun doesn’t rise for two months.
photography  russia  documentary  video 
may 2019 by terry
Winners of the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition
Losing Wings: Winged Life Winner. Most mound-building termites in sub-Saharan Africa are eyeless, wingless, subterranean creatures. But once a year, termite queens produce winged offspring that are destined for a different existence. When the first heavy rains mark the end of the dry season, millions of these ecosystem engineers make a dramatic appearance, emerging en masse in a synchronized, if short-lived, nuptial flight. “A few minutes after landing on the ground, most individuals break off their wings and start looking for partners,” says the scientist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki. Within a day, the ground can literally be carpeted with discarded wings, providing padded walkways for a variety of other creatures—including the small, winged carpenter ants in this photo, which had just completed a mating flight of their own.
nature  photography 
may 2019 by terry
Photograph of multicolored “Cloud” galaxy by amateur photographers combines 1,060 hours of exposure
The individual photos that make up the 14,400-pixel-wide image were captured between July 2017 and February 2019 using a 160mm refracting telescope at an observatory in Chile that is owned by the photographers. The colors in the image are not what you would see if you traveled 163,000 light years to get LMC. Ciel Austral used special filters that (based on which elements are present) highlight parts of the visual spectrum.
space  photography  astronomy 
may 2019 by terry
Restless cities cycle through day and night in time slice videos by Dan Marker-Moore
The skylines of Los Angeles, Kowloon, London, and Shanghai move through dawn, daytime, and dusk in precise slivers that capture specific moments of natural and man-made light. In an interview with Adorama, the photographer explains that he usually uses between 20 and 40 unique images to strike a balance between providing noticeable visual shifts and containing the busyness.
photography  time 
may 2019 by terry
Time Slice: Iconic buildings and monuments photographed over time by Richard Silver
Time Slice is an ongoing series of photographs by Richard Silver that explores how iconic buildings and monuments change in appearance from day into night. Silver shoots some 36 photos at intervals over several hours and then layers them into a final composition.
photography  time 
may 2019 by terry
Animated photo collages by Qi Wei Fong shimmer to life as time passes
Several months ago we featured a photographic series called Time is a Dimension by artist Qi Wei Fong that depicted layered collages of landscapes and cityscapes photographed over a 2-4 hour period. Fong has since taken the project a step further by animating the images in this new series called Time in Motion.
photography  time 
may 2019 by terry
The passage of time captured in layered landscape collages by Fong Qi Wei
In his latest series, Time is a dimension, Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei (previously) explores just that idea by shooting landscapes from a stationary position over a 2-4 hour period and then digitally slicing the images to create a layered collage.
photography  time 
may 2019 by terry
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