Tag Archives: photography

kubrik’s paper-bag camera

9 Dec

It’s Friday, a day on which I really only post fluff. Today’s topic: Stanley Kubrik’s photographic history.

Before he made 2001: A Space Odyssey or A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrik was a photojournalist for Look magazine, “their youngest staff photographer on record,” writes Caroline Stanley. “Kubrick’s striking black and white images of 1940s New York City—which were often shot on the sly, his camera concealed in a paper bag with a hole in it—hint at the dark beauty and psychological drama of his later creative output.”

A photo by Stanley Kubrik during his tenure as a photojournalist for Look magazine

Kubrik's work is largely cinematic, writes Caroline Stanley

More of Kubrik's photos can be seen at Flavorwire

via Kottke

wood wind

23 Nov

National Geographic posted a selection of its 2011 photo contest submissions. Alison Wishart submitted the following.

"Blow'n in the Wind" by Alison Wishart for National Geographic

They’re all worth seeing. Especially the underwater ones.


22 Nov

The images below are of the Congo, from photographer Richard Mosse’s Infra series. Their coloring comes from their use of Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued military film. Like other infrared systems, living things are rendered in a pinkish red; everything else is a stark gray-black.

The series is a compelling statement about the built environment when you think about it. All the man-made structures are dead, practically invisible. like black holes in a very-much-alive Seuss-like world.

Lava Floe by Richard Mosse

House Of Cards V

Flower Of The Mountain

Blue Mask


416-page prose poem

9 Sep

One of the families written about in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men reads somewhat like a 416-page prose poem. Flip to a random page and this is what you might find:

“This creature, this center, soul, nerve, see he is now born, and I have said, how he is globed round, with what shall make and harm him: what are the constituents of this globe? What are the several strengths of their forces upon him?”

Turns out James Agee was a poet, but I half wish the assignment to write about three tenant families in the Deep South during the Great Depression had gone to a journalist instead. Continue reading

how many a’s in your alphabet soup?

7 Sep

This book is so brilliant, I’m surprised no one beat Ursus Wehrli to it. The premise? Take an everyday scene and sort it.

Jason Kottke’s favorite combination is worth checking out as well.


31 Aug

Via Kottke, spliced portraits of pairs of relatives by Ulric Collette showing facial similarities.

Some are downright incredible.

This last could easily be one woman. The two are twins though, so it’s not so startling.

Some of the others though, like the father and daughter just above, look more and more alike the longer you look; check out their smile lines, brow lines, and nose shape.



26 Jul

One photo can decide the fate of your day.

Matt & Laura

Today will be good.

Muybridge in 1893, 2011

9 Mar

In my Reader today, from Gapers Block:

Eadweard Muybridge debuted the first motion picture device, the zoopraxiscope, at the 1893 Colombian Exposition. Read more about Muybridge, including his now lesser-known, racier stuff.

Funny how things swirl around. Muybridge was mentioned in the Radiolab episode I wrote about two weeks ago.

sharpie ink

17 Mar


i loved this. for anyone who hasn’t been there, http://www.deviantart.com


18 Feb





none of these photos are mine