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Exclusive Photo Gallery: The People of New York Comic Con 2014

Comic Con: a place for all your dreams to come true… that is, if you’ve ever dreamed of being a superhero, a Wookie, a Lego figure, or, um, a penguin. As ever, this weekend’s New York event attracted dedicated cosplayers from around the country (and around the world), and the results of their labor were some truly extravagant and remarkable costumes. Our ace photographer Andrew Boyle was there all weekend with his camera, and the result is a bumper photo gallery of some of the best portraits we’ve ever had the honor of publishing. Click through and check them out! … Read More

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Mega Minimalist Movie Posters: Can You Guess the Films?

Great design stands the test of time. In the case of these iconic film posters, abstracted by London-based designer and art director John Taylor, the images are resilient enough to remain recognizable even when given the minimalist treatment. Taylor’s Film the Blanks series, which we first learned about on Co.Design, remixes cinema’s most famous one-sheets down to their core elements. He posts the images on his website and encourages readers to participate in a guessing game. “Filmtheblanks.com evolved from a personal project into a daily global quiz and jumped from computer screen to silkscreen as a series of limited edition prints,” Taylor writes. So for contemporary film poster fans who prefer Taylor’s stripped down versions instead of the originals, he has various ephemera available for sale on his website. In the spirit of Taylor’s quiz, we’ve featured ten of his designs past the break—with the titles blacked out (highlight or double-click to view). … Read More

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Stunning Photos of the World’s Oldest Living Organisms

If you’ve done any kind of traveling outside the United States, it will quickly dawn on you just how young America really is. Brooklyn-based artist, 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and TED speaker Rachel Sussman has photographic evidence. Her The Oldest Living Things in the World series, which we first spotted on Photojojo, documents the artist’s research and travels across continents in search of the world’s oldest inhabitants—continuously living things that have weathered 2,000 years or more. … Read More

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Gorgeous Cult Movie Posters Spotlight Unforgettable Characters and Scenes

The collage-style movie poster can be a cliché, a Photoshop nightmare, or both, but Polish designer Grzegorz Domaradzki manages to make it beautiful and new again in a series of lovely illustrated posters. From Mulholland Drive to True Romance to Fargo, the images below (spotted via BOOOOOOOM!) are sure to remind you of your favorite characters and moments from cinema’s most beloved cult classics. … Read More

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Maps Reimagine American Cities as Tolkien-esque Fantasylands

We all have our escapist fantasies. Some might live them out by going on, say, a Quilting or Saw-themed cruise (same crowd, really), some might steal away to an idyllic countryside Boot and Breakfast; others escape simply by re-imagining the places in which we live — and of which we so often tire — as fantastical settings. For example, in just about every city, it’s quite easy to translate Lord of the Rings locations to various neighborhoods: any city’s stagnant body of water/ mafia dumping-ground is obviously the Dead Marshes, any city’s mayoral office could be the Eye of Sauron, and any junior high could be that muddy mess where the Uruk-Hai are made. … Read More

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Delightful GIFs Bring Street Art to Life

Just as street art livens up urban landscapes, A.L. Creg livens up street art. The Spanish photographer and motion designer transforms the still images that decorate cities into playful animated GIFs. Click through to see some of Creg’s best work, spotted via My Modern Met, and follow him on Tumblr for updates. … Read More

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The Dark, Disconcerting Surrealism of Herbert List

Surrealism wasn’t all fun and games, y’know — for every melting Dalí clock or playful Magritte pipe/non-pipe, there’s a scalpel slicing into an eyeball or a disconcerting piece of psuedo-Freudian weirdness. German photographer Herbert List’s work definitely tended toward the latter end of the surrealistic spectrum, as amply demonstrated by this selection of images, which recently resurfaced on art blog Beautiful Decay. The images are of anatomy models, with their skin peeled back to reveal whatever artificial viscera that medical students were supposed to be studying, but the way List photographs them makes them look awfully, awfully lifelike. Start your Wednesday with these, and thank us for the rest of the day! … Read More

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The Fascinating 100-Year Journey of Black Cinema Through Its Film Posters

Reel Art Press’ Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art by John Kisch and Tony Nourmand is a centennial celebration of black film poster art. Part history lesson, part art book, the hefty volume features a foreword by scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee. “The wealth of imagery on these pages is taken from The Separate Cinema Archive, maintained by archive director John Kisch,” the publisher shares. “The most extensive private holdings of African-American film memorabilia in the world, it contains over 35,000 authentic movie posters and photographs from over 30 countries.” The posters span the early race films (created for an all-black audience, featuring all-black cast members) to contemporary African-American historical dramas like Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. See a preview of this essential title in our gallery, with thanks to Juxtapoz, and then visit the publisher for more information. … Read More

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A Beautiful Six-Year Photo Series Documenting the Lives of Two Transgender Girls

For six years, documentary photographer Willeke Duijvekam photographed the everyday lives of two young transgender women, Mandy and Eva, who were born boys. Duijvekam captures their physical transformation into confident young women, but the photographer’s ability to reveal their inner worlds is quite beautiful. Duijvekam likes to embark on long-term projects to enhance the bond between photographer and subject. The intimacy is evident here as Duijvekam’s camera is allowed inside the most sacred of spaces: the teenage bedroom. Duijvekam’s book of Mandy and Eva’s photos echoes the girls’ connection. As Beautiful/Decay explains: … Read More

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‘David Bowie Is’ the Movie Doesn’t Do ‘David Bowie Is’ the Exhibit Justice

A documentary about a museum exhibit is a hard sell. Why not skip the middle man and see the exhibit for yourself? But when it comes to David Bowie, there are no rules. Fans will not only come out for a documentary cataloguing the Victoria & Albert Museum’s groundbreaking David Bowie Is exhibit, they’ll travel far and wide to see the V&A’s career-spanning deep-dive in person. … Read More

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