Posts tagged photography

“Now, as hundreds of iPhones capture an arrest at an OWS protest in the name of justice, no one can doubt that some of these images can and will also be singled out at some point in the name of the aesthetic.

But does the time-lag involved in moving from the streets to the museum (or to the hip blogosphere) work against their reciprocity?

When the marginal becomes the fashionable, does a genre like street photography lose its street cred? The financial crisis of the 1930s helped provoke the hard-nosed solidarity of the Photo League, both its politics and its aesthetics, whereas our own crisis is shadowed by skepticism on both fronts.

“Ever since Susan Sontag’s On Photography formalized the conventional wisdom that photography is dangerous—from the presumption of its ‘photographic’ veracity to its powers of exploitation—an acute sensitivity to photographer-subject relationships has bred within the medium an identity politics that’s not easily negotiated.

This discomfort is heightened, in conjunction with technological innovation and class stratification, by the type of camera one uses, the motives for and context of its use, the social background of both artist and subject—all can be seen as capable of compromising the radical camera ethic of the Photo League.”

Lucy McKeon on the “Radical Chic” of political photography.

Bicycle Ride, Japan
Photograph by Sun Jie, My Shot
A couple riding a bicycle in front of me, Shinsaibashi, Osaka

What Makes This a Photo of the Day?

Many times what makes a photograph special are the small details that you don’t notice right away.

I was first drawn to this photograph by the moment captured—part of the blur of city life.

But what I love most are the high-heeled shoes worn by the woman perched on the back of the bicycle. — Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

(via nationalgeographicmagazine)

As much as I dislike staged photography, I think there is something to this.

The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror.

Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia.

Love this collection of celebrities and their vintage cameras.

Full collection.


100 Portraits of Women and Men Between the Ages of 1 and 100

1 to 100 Years Project is an awesome portrait project by Belgian photographer Edouard Janssens in which he photographed 100 women and 100 men at each age between 1 and 100.

His goal was to show the aging process in a positive manner and to provide an interesting visualization of the link between generations.

He didn’t handpick the subjects either — all the participants volunteered through the project’s website (excluding the kids, of course).

Interestingly enough, Janssens himself appears in the project — his self-portrait can be seen at number 50 on the men’s side.

The photographs were also arranged into slideshow videos:

(via mostlywellbehaved)

Long exposure shots of fairground rides in Coney Island by Andreas Feininger.

See more here.

(via annie)

Agfa advertising by Herbert Leupin (1956)

Gandhi’s funeral - shot by legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

time // space 

‘A series that involves recording a location, to show the passing of time in a montage style. There is a sense of intimate intricacy of how time moves, and how people, albeit in a different time, are actually closer to one another and traveling in the same shared space.

I’ve always been intrigued by the constant subtle changes in my urban environment. Every subtle shift affects my feelings and thoughts, hence my images respond acutely as a poetic reflection of myself in this environment.

Working on this series, I explore how time moves in this seemingly static urban space. The people become the moving energy flowing through this space, marking the changes, forming the time.

These images also explore my fascination that there are probably many time dimensions in this universe. We may have a ‘life’ that exists similarly on a different path, one minute before or after the one we’re living now.

We merely just exist in this current dimension, and sometimes when time paths collide, we have déjà vu experience.’

John Clang

We take 4 times as many photos as 10 years ago

How many photos have you ever taken? 

1000memories explores further.


We asked Instagram users to show us what they love about New York City — whose bustling streets, amazing architecture, and unique people make it one of the most vibrant places on Earth.

The results? Amazing. See for yourself: Instagram Tribute to NYC

Grimsvotn volcano erupts

A plane flies past a smoke plume resulting from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, May 21, 2011.(Olafur Sigurjonsson/Reuters)

A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano in Iceland, May 21, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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A digital camera that offers “delayed gratification”

Holga. D bills itself as the perfect camera for people who are nostalgic for the blurry, leaky, yellowy photos of yore, but still attached to some of the conveniences of digital technology, which is pretty much everyone over the age of 20, right?

Designed by Finland-based Saikat Biswas, Holga. D mimics the original Holga — that crappy, bare-bones, made-in-China toy camera that can’t take a decent picture to save a life — in nearly every way, except that it’s rigged to download images.

But, like an old Holga, it doesn’t have a display window so you can’t actually see the images until you throw ‘em on your computer. And like an old Holga, the biggest feature is, in Biswas’s telling, “lack of features!” No fancy sensors, no micro-lenses, no nuthin’. The point: to bring “back the joy and delayed gratification associated with good old analog photography.”

Kathmandu, Nepal: A sparrow feeds on an offering placed in the mouth of an idol

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