A new exhibition at the European House of Photography in Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie or MEP) showcases two giants of 20th Century photography. These are Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu. We’re massive fans of their body of work and have a small collection of their books.
As regular readers of this blog know, we love to surf every chance we get. So when a new artful, beautifully designed coffee-table book about surfing comes along, we’re very excited. The book is “Afrosurf,” a thick tome devoted to a thorough survey of African surf culture. Produced by Mami
. . . . . This video of four audio-visual artworks by artist Reuben Wu are sublime and otherworldly. The juxtaposition of artificial light and nature feels warm, ethereal and magical. Wu has played around with the practical in-camera light effects to create the visual look of these works, which
Prince Philip, a.k.a., the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, past away last week. There was live media coverage of the Duke’s funeral last Saturday. Attendance of the service was limited due to COVID, and the seating arrangements of attendees followed social-distancing protocols. One of the
True story: An MFA student at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. made a pin-hole camera using an empty beer can. The student attached the beer-can cam (or, perhaps “beer-cam” is more apt and concise?) to the side of a telescopic dome at the university’s Bayfordbury Observatory and aimed
Artist-photographer Andi Schmied’s latest project called “Private Views” is a photo collection documenting the incredible views from some ultra-luxury high-rise apartments in New York City. For the project, Schmied posed as a Hungarian billionaire looking to buy an exclusive luxury condo. She then photographed the apartments and views afforded by
. . . . . Gordon Parks was a multi-faceted artist who worked across diverse mediums, but his photography capturing the 20th Century Black- American experience is what he’s best known for. In a short “mini-documentary” video titled “What Gordon Parks Saw,” Park’s rich, creative life and his powerful body
A man in Tennessee has spent over five years taking detailed telescopic photos of a single constellation. The man is Matt Harbison and his obsessive astro-photographic endeavor is called Project Orion. Harbison took 2,508 hi-resolution images of Orion and spent some 500 hours on his project. He then stitched together
“Accidentally Wes Anderson” is a new book of photography compiled by the folks behind the Instagram account @accidentallywesanderson. The account collects images of locales — buildings, interiors, spaces — that look like locations or elaborate films sets that might appear in a Wes Anderson film. Anderson has a distinct, recognizable
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The New Yorker magazine has a fascinating photo essay in its Photobooth series of photographer Josephine Sittenfeld’s then-and-now “Reunion” images. These are photos of her Princeton college classmates. Among them is Ellie Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” fame. It’s a touching testament to age and time.
The artwork of Australian-Iraqi artist Toba Khedoori leaves a distinct impression. Her works are primarily finely detailed, photo-realistic pencil drawings in monochromatic lead or color on massive sheets of waxed paper. The drawings tend to be focused on discrete, single objects set in a vast emptiness — a chair, a
On a recent visit to the Arcana bookstore in Culver City, in Los Angeles, we checked out some beautiful coffee-table books on surfing and surf photography. Among these was a book titled “Surfing San Onofre to Point Dume: 1936-1942.” It’s a collection of sepia-toned photos by Don James documenting his surfing
Time magazine recently published the “100 Most Influential Images of All Time.” It’s a stunning mixed collection of iconic, powerful and beautiful images. Among these images is the first photograph ever taken, a picture from 1826 titled simply “View from the Window at Le Gras.” The image shown above is a 1968 photo