Photography

Disconcerting Street View Screencaps of Scenes Google’s Cameras Were Never Meant to Capture

Google Street View has proven to be a rich source of material for artists since it was introduced in 2007 — there have been a variety of fascinating Street View-based projects, from a journey into post-earthquake Fukushima to mind-bending digital art. (There’s Street View-centric music, too.) Still, artist Jon Rafman has raised the bar with his 9 Eyes project, a series of hugely disconcerting screenshots that capture things Google’s cameras definitely weren’t meant to see. Our friends at ANIMAL New York, where we spotted Rafman’s work, describe him as “the Tarkovsky of Google Street View art,” a label that seems pretty much spot on. (Also, if Rafman’s name sounds familiar, it might be because he directed the terrifying video for Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Still Life (Betamale).”) Click through for some of the best images from the project, and visit Rafman’s website for heaps more. … Read More

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Gorgeous Photographs of Exotic Dancers From the 1890s

Burlesque is an art form that still thrives today in progressive artistic spaces (that is, pretty far away from Scores). The tradition has a long history in America, incorporating talents such as musical abilities and athletic feats. (To strip, as the wise Stephen Sondheim wrote in the classic American musical, you’ve got to have a gimmick.) Exotic dancers today, however, look much different than their artistic predecessors, and these images of burlesque performers taken in the 1890s (found via Lost at E Minor) are a lovely look at the creativity and fashions of a budding artistic movement that celebrated femininity and sexuality. … Read More

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Eerie Photographs of the Nighttime

Photographs taken at night often have a spooky, ethereal sensibility to them. That naturally applies to the work of Manchester-based Neil Warburton, whose series Night Fog Studies (spotted via Faith is Torment) is made up of images that could easily pass as stills from a David Lynch film. Warburton himself describes his work as a “photographic exploration in how dense fog, light, and objects interact at night,” and while that’s pretty evident on a surface level, Night Fog Studies also provides a sense of the silent, haunting beauty of life in the dark.  … Read More

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Stunning Infra-Red Photographs of Arctic Landscapes

Photography traditionalists like me are sad to see the slow decline of film as a medium, and not just because of its old-world charm. Cross-processing and other processing techniques can produce some amazing colors, and so, it appears, can taking infra-red film to the Arctic. NYC photographer Daniel Zvereff did exactly that, and the result was these remarkable images. As per Feature Shoot, where I first saw these pictures, “the dazzling fuchsia, crimson, and lavender tones are produced when the film reacts to the chlorophyll in plants.” Sadly, Kodak no longer makes the Aerochrome film that Zvereff used, so these are some of the last pictures that’ll be taken with it — Zvereff has 15 rolls left, and plans to return to the Arctic next summer. … Read More

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Modern-Day Photo Recreations of Marc Chagall Paintings Illuminate the Artists’s Enduring Influence

Marc Chagall was an early modernist who dabbled in a variety of artistic forms, creating for himself a lasting legacy as a preeminent Russian artist. It makes sense, then, that artist Olga Ush, herself a multi-disciplinarian, would pay homage to some of Chagall’s famous works with digitally manipulated photography. Her series Chagall Today (spotted via Faith is Torment) recreates those iconic paintings in modern-day scenes. Chagall’s works “have a specific meaning for every Russian,” Ush explains, with “each painting [containing] a great deal of real Russian spirit, even those which were done in France.” Take a look at Chagall’s work and Ush’s recreations after the jump. … Read More

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Kahn & Selesnick’s Beautiful and Surreal Photos of the Natural World

Kahn & Selesnick is an artistic collaboration between Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, photographers and installation artists who create haunting photos that combine the abundant beauty found in nature with the surreal whimsy of men pushing themselves to the limit. In their Truppe Fledermaus series, excerpted below, their photos are an invitation to a carnival that disappears with the seasons, and their old-timey touches create worlds that seem like they could’ve existed, even if they didn’t. … Read More

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Vivian Kubrick’s Photos Captured on the Sets of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead). She also made appearances in several films, including Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems clear that father and daughter shared a deep creative bond. Vivian recently took to Twitter to share a wonderful series of photos that she captured while hanging out on the set of her father’s famous films. It’s like seeing Kubrick’s movies with a new pair of eyes. The rare images include Vivian lounging in the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, playing with a baby chimp during the making of 2001, and more. An incredibly touching photo of father and daughter together reveals the special relationship they shared. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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Terry Richardson Gaslights Accusers, Blames Internet in New Open Letter

In a lot of ways, the only surprising thing about Terry Richardson’s open letter to “correct” the “rumors” about his conduct over the years is that it’s taken him this long to write it. There’s certainly nothing surprising about its content — it’s exactly the sort of combination of gaslighting and nebulous whinging one might expect from a man who wants to salvage his reputation without actually addressing the allegations against him (the latest of which surfaced this week). … Read More

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Haunting Photos of Modern-Day Ruins

There’s something particularly resonant about the shuttered buildings captured in Canadian photographer Susan Dobson’s series Sense of an Ending — they call to mind the giant decaying monument to hubris in Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Queen of Versailles, evoking how all our works eventually return to dust. As per Faith is Torment, where we first saw these, the artist herself describes this series as an exploration of “how photographs have the ability to sit outside of any definitive time period, and to feel dislocated in time… for me, the series evokes images I have in my mind of the ruins from WWII that were still evident in Germany when I lived there as a child.” Either way, the images are dramatic and striking; you can see more of Dobson’s work at her website. … Read More

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Amazing Historical Tattoo Photos From Taschen’s 25th Anniversary Edition of ’1000 Tattoos’

In the 25th anniversary edition of Taschen’s 1000 Tattoos, art historian Burkhard Riemschneider and Amsterdam-based tattoo-world legend Henk Schiffmacher (who also runs the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum) explore the history, lives, and stories behind tattoos. It’s a grand tour through what tattoos have meant to us through the ages, from tribal body art to bikers and circus ladies. Here are some of our favorite photos from the book of tattoo… Read More

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