Posts Tagged ‘history’

Your Government at Work: Documerica Chronicles 1970s America

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The mandate for Documerica was intriguingly broad — “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” — and photographers responded with striking images covering everything from pot-smoking form to toxic smog.
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Oscar Gustav Rejlander (1813-1875): The “Father of Art Photography”

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Elaborately staged tableaus have become a staple of fine-art photography and something of their own medium — the artistry of a Gary Salter or Annabel Mehran image is as much in the building of the scene as the actual photography.
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Photos of Manhattan’s Own Disconnected Payphone Graveyard

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Underneath Manhattan’s West Side Highway, at 135th and 12th Avenue, photographer Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography discovered something pretty cool: at least 100 old disconnected payphones stacked unceremoniously and rusting away. Read more…

How the Other Half Lives: Photographs of NYC’s Underbelly in the 1890s

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Jacob A. Riis arrived in New York in 1870. As the economy slowed, the Danish American photographer found himself among the many other immigrants in the area whose daily life consisted of joblessness, hunger, homelessness, and thoughts of suicide. So when he finally found work as a police reporter in 1877, he made it his mission to reveal the crime and poverty of New York City’s East Side slum district to the world.
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Finding an Old Photo of My 95-Year-Old Grandpa as a 6-Year-Old Boy

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About a year ago, I was sitting around narcissistically Google-ing myself when I came across the photo above of “Robert C. Paetz + Mother”. It was dated 1923 and was being sold for $12 by a man named Paul in Northern California.

I quickly did the math and figured it was my 93-year-old grandfather and my great-grandmother, Matilda (who eventually lived until 102 when I was 16).
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Why the Camera Industry Clings Onto the Design of Early SLR Bodies

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Have you ever wondered why the professional photography industry is dominated by cameras that carry on the design tradition that was started by classic film SLRs?
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Tintype App Brings the Magic and History of Tintype Photography to iOS

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A few days ago, we told you about an app called Koloid that allowed iOS users to capture some of the look and feel of wet collodion photography using their iPhone. The $1 app let you not only take photos, but ‘develop’ them as well by tilting your phone to run chemicals over them.

The new app Tintype doesn’t go quite that far, but when it comes to authenticity, creator Michael Newton has made sure that his app brought the most accurate looking tintype processing possible to the iOS world. Read more…

Kodak’s Problem Child

How the blue-chip company was bankrupted by one of its own innovations

Jun 10, 2013 · Kenny Suleimanagich

This Zoomable Composite Aerial Photo of San Francisco is Like a 1938 Google Earth

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What you see above is an ultra-high resolution aerial photograph of San Francisco as it looked in 1938. The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection put the image together using 164 large format black-and-white photos of SF that were shot in 1938. When viewed through a zoomable image viewer, the composite photo is pretty much a 1938 version of Google Earth’s satellite view.
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The Story Behind the Iconic “Tank Man” Tiananmen Square Photo

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When the Chinese military moved into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989 to forcibly remove pro-democracy protestors, an anonymous man famously decided to place himself in front of the long column of Chinese tanks that were rumbling into the area. Photos and videos of the incident were immediately published and broadcast around the world. AP photographer Jeff Widener’s “Tank Man” photo, shown above, is widely considered to be one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century.
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