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Old photos of New York

Posted on May 1, 2012 in Antiques, Architecture, History, New York, Photography

Insanely beautiful and cool early 20th century photos of New York from the NY Municipal Archives were published on The Atlantic website. Check them out.

Carmen & Lupita, Conjoined Twins

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 in Dysfunction, Fashion, Health, Photography, Quotidien things

The image above is by photographer Annabel Clark and featured in the NYTimes Lens piece, A Most Intimate Bond, about the conjoined twins, Carmen and Lupita Andrade. The photographs are stunning. The challenges of living presented in these otherwise quotidian incidents raise interesting design questions about alleviating the struggle of having two heads and chests and four arms.

New pix of OKI

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 in Architecture, Brooklyn, Featured, Photography, SS&CO projects

I met photographer Naho Kubota when Brutus magazine brought her here to shoot our home, and the pictures she took were so amazing that I asked her to come back and take more like this one above of our kitchen. Check out Naho’s work and check out the pix she took of our place.

Joshua Foer bio pic

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 in People, Photography, Web

I’ve seen a lot of bio pics on about pages and wrestled plenty with how to deal with my own. Author Joshua Foer gets a cigar.

Ice Queen Helene

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 in Nature, Photography, Science

Nasa satellite Cassini captured this beautiful shot of Saturn’s ice moon, Helene. Poor Ansel Adams never got to space. More here…

(via KR)

Vivian Maier

Posted on May 22, 2011 in Art, History, New York, Photography

Mother Jones has this incredible story in the May/June issue about a real estate agent who randomly bought a box of negatives at a yard sale or something and discovered Vivian Maier, a previously unknown amateur photographer whom I assure you will become known as one of the great and most prolific street photographers of mid-century America. She was allegedly well travelled as well, carrying her Rolleiflex with her everywhere. Can not wait for a show and monograph! There incredible examples in the Mother Jones article. There is also a blog run by John Maloof, the man who discovered her work posthumously, and seems to have dedicated his life to shining as much light onto her as he can. It’s an amazing story and my jaw is still on the floor at the notion that someone so profoundly gifted went totally unknown. She may be new favorite photographer. Sorry to even suggest it, Roy.

Full color Depression pix

Posted on May 22, 2011 in Art, Cinema, Color, History, Photography

NPR had a piece last week about gorgeous Depression Era full color photographs. And they are amazing. That early 20th cent divergence when representational media went black & white as captured by photography and painting took its color into an abstract land of blobs and streaks left a hole in the collective memory that’s hard to color in. So it’s always a treat to see color from a period that seems only memorialized in black & white. These remind me of the late 90′s when UCLA restored and released John Ford’s full color footage of the landing at Normandy. Except with less red. See the full cache of photos at the LOC site.

Legotron, Mark I: 4×5 camera made of Lego

Posted on May 11, 2011 in Color, Craft, Photography, Toys

I am probably late to the party on this one given the March publishing date but I needed to note it for combining two of my passions: analog photography and lego. I love any quirky thing made from Lego, but photographer Cary Norton has stolen the show by making a functioning 4×5 camera and some sharp exposures (with light leaks but so what they look great.) Also, the camera is gorgeous. Brava Cary! Read on…