One of the most interesting photographic mysteries of the 20th century is the story of the ‘Mexican Suitcase’ — something that is neither a suitcase, nor Mexican. What it is, is three boxes of roughly 4,500 negatives that depicted the Spanish Civil War, and were lost for more than 50 years.
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German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle created this short feature on the history of Leica in light of the 100th year anniversary of the brand’s existence. Oskar Barnack created his first functional Leica model back in 1914, and its compact size sparked a revolution in photography.
The video also offers a glimpse into the exhibition in Hamburg titled, “Eyes Wide Open: 100 years of Leica photography” that features 500 works created with Leica gear.
(via Leica Rumors)
P.S. Leica also created its own video in a brilliant ad that recreates 35 of history’s most iconic images. Be sure to check that one out.
Noted Nigerian photographer Chief S.O. Alonge was the very first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin in Nigeria, and for some five decades, he captured thousands of Kodak glass-plate negatives of the ritual, pageantry and regalia of the Nigerian obas (kings), their wives and retainers.
Now, these rarely seen images and the fascinating world they preserved are being pulled out of the archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and shown to the world once more. Read more…
The other day I created a Google+ album of photos from our holiday in France. Google’s AutoAwesome algorithms applied some nice Instagram-like filters to some of them, and sent me emails to let me have a look at the results. But there was one AutoAwesome that I found peculiar. It was this one, labeled with the word “Smile!” in the corner, surrounded by little sparkle symbols.
It’s a nice picture, a sweet moment with my wife, taken by my father-in-law, in a Normandy bistro. There’s only one problem with it. This moment never happened. Read more…
Did you know that after National Geographic published its first wildlife photographs in July 1906, two of the National Geographic Society board members “resigned in disgust“? They argued that the reputable magazine was “turning into a ‘picture book'”.
Nowadays, anybody with an Internet connection has seen tens if not hundreds of photographs taken from space. Astronauts tweet them, Hubble sends them down… rovers even putter around planets other than our own taking pictures.
But it all started with the photograph above from 1946, the first ever photo taken from space. Read more…
Typically, colorizers focus on famous images. Photos like the V-J Day kiss photo from Times Square, or historic portraits. Honk Kong resident and Photoshopper Victor Liu’s focus is more specific. His new project is all about Hong Kong, and he’s hoping that his colorized images will encourage others to rediscover the city’s past. Read more…