Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Why Didn’t People Smile in Old Photos?

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Ever wonder why people in old paintings and photographs generally don’t have smiles on their faces? We explored this subject a little back in November 2012, and found that reasons may have included technical limitations, oral hygiene, and the seriousness of formal occasions.

Over at the Public Domain Review, Nicholas Jeeves has written up an in-depth piece on this subject that comes to some different conclusions.
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Photos of India’s Endangered Professions

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New York City-based photographer Supranav Dash is interested in India’s occupations — not the rich and glamorous ones, but the ones held by those who are lower in the society’s Caste System.

For nearly 200 years, certain groups of people were not allowed to deviate far from their family’s prescribed occupations. However, in recent years things have started changing. Many of the common age-old tradesmen jobs are rapidly disappearing, and Dash is using his photography to document them before they vanish completely.
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Hollywood Actresses Speak Out In Favor of Anti-Paparazzi Child Protection Law

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Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified before the California Legislature on Tuesday in support of an anti-paparazzi bill that would ban taking pictures of children without their parents’ written consent. Read more…

Print for Prints Transforms Donated Prints into Portraits for Third World Families

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Photographs may have become depressingly common in your world, but there are still vast chunks of the globe where images are rare and powerful.

A new charity is hoping to fill some of that void by offering portrait sessions and prints in impoverished areas, funded by the sale of prints by noted photographers.
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Why Do We Want Better Cameras If We Keep Making the Photos Look Worse?

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There was a time in the mid to late 90s when Nirvana was all the rage, people wore too much flannel, and the design world was pre-occupied with “grunge.” Ironically, the proliferation of digital design via Aldus Pagemaker led to a decidedly analog look that was epitomized by David Carson’s Ray Gun magazine – a vehement statement against clarity, cleanliness and legibility. Carson even went so far as to lay out an entire magazine piece in Zapf Dingbats because it was “just a really boring article.”
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Big Print Marketplace: Helping Photogs Trade Prints Through Tumblr

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Sure, the vast majority of photos created these days never live beyond a few seconds on an LCD screen. But it’s still true that one of the ultimate compliments you can pay to an image is that you’d like to hang it on your wall.

Thinking about that and the steep prices demanded for gallery work, photographer Duncan Wright decided the photography world could use a little more of a sharing ethic. So he created Big Print Marketplace, a Tumblr site that helps photographers trade prints with each other.
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Giant Sidewalk Camera Spreads Joy

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Ever had trouble getting a quality smile from a client? Then you might want to think about building a giant replica of a Polaroid camera and plopping it on the sidewalk.
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8% of British Adults Take Stealthy Photos of Beautiful Strangers, Survey Finds

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Have you ever covertly taken a photo of an attractive stranger when out and about in public? If you have, then you’re no different than 8% of Brits, at least according to a recent survey. Read more…

Groin Punches and Verbal Abuse: The Perils of Celeb Photography

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While finding it hard to hit the bars set by Lamar Odom and Kanye West, celebrities and wannabe famous people continue to pioneer new avenues for abusing photographers. Read more…

Snapping Instagram Photos of Food May Actually Help Things Taste Better

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Annoyed at people who have a habit of snapping a quick food photo before every meal? There might be a scientific explanation for why some of them do so: scientists have found that that rituals such as snapping a quick food pic may actually help make eating more pleasurable for the eater.
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