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Reverse SAD: 10 Works of Art That Celebrate Winter

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I feel for people with seasonal affective disorder. I really do. And I can sympathize, too, because as soon as spring turns into summer, as the air gets muggy and heat gets oppressive and the big comforter is consigned to the closet for another year, I get reverse SAD. I really do. If you’re like me, this time of year is like waking from a shitty night’s sleep in a room that’s too hot to get comfortable to find that a cool change has finally come — it’s like you can function again, like the brisk wind has blown away a fug of depression and fatigue. And look, even if you don’t feel this way, there’s a lot to like about winter, and many of our greatest artists have done a wonderful job of capturing the mood of this time of year.
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50 Sublime Coffee Table Books for the True Sophisticate

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Let’s face it: the coffee table book is not just a book; it’s an item designed to indicate the relative level of sophistication of its owner. It’s a fetish object which ideally turns the sophistication dial up to “high.” Displaying coffee table books is, thus, essentially an invitation to people to judge you. A lot of people go wrong there, in my opinion. So here are 50 books that should be populating your coffee table instead of the latest collection of Vanity Fair‘s photo… Read More

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11 Lovely Vintage Photos of Famous Artist Couples

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Following the wedding season-fueled momentum of seeing famous authors and famous musicians in love, it’s time to tap into the equally rich vein of young, occasionally happy artist couples. In some cases, the photos below are as memorable and picturesque as the art these duos made. Art nerd couples, in particular, should take note; your search for the perfect Halloween costume may be over.
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A Selection of Essential and Alternative Landscape Photographers

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Today would have been Ansel Adams’ 110th birthday. Whoa! The famous photographer and environmentalist pioneered his own exposure and contrast system, and lugged a large-format camera across the American West to produce what are some of the most memorable natural landscapes in the history of photography. We’d like to give him a standing ovation by highlighting a few essential landscape photographers, as well as some evocative, alternative talents mining similar themes and scenes. Enjoy! Just don’t blame us if you’re suddenly struck with a violent bout of wanderlust or impassioned environmentalism.
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Ansel Adams’ Street Photography of 1940s Los Angeles

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Ansel Adams was famous for his signature series of landscapes, spindling trees, ominous clouds and cliffs, but he also had bills to pay. He had clients. He had assignments. In the ’40s, Fortune Magazine sent him to document Los Angeles’ aviation industry. He shot workers at a steel plant, but also dawdled around LA a bit, snapping oil rigs and boulevards and friends at bowling tournaments, friends at bars, friends staring off at the Santa Monica coastline. He ultimately decided that “none of the pictures were very good,” and donated the photos to the Los Angeles Public Library. Are they? Ansel Adams Los Angeles exhibit goes on view at LA’s drkrm Gallery on February 18th, but you can take a look at the loot right here, in our gallery, and judge for yourself. From dusty Burbank to bustling Downtown LA… let’s go!
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Polaroid Masterpieces: Highlights from The WestLicht Collection

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Back in March the Vienna-based WestLicht Museum of Photography purchased the International Polaroid Collection from the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, saving it from being sold off piecemeal with the rest of the bankrupt company’s holdings. Made up of 4,400 photos by 800 international artists, including such well-known names as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol, this massive body of work was shot primarily in the ’70s and ’80s using special custom made cameras and film that was not available on the market — all provided by Polaroid’s founder, Edwin Herbert Land. Beginning today, 350 of the images will go up on display in Austria; click through to view a selection of highlights from the collection, including our absolute favorite — ANDY SNEEZING.
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Video of the Day: Go Inside of Ansel Adams’ Darkroom

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We’re a sucker for any behind-the-scenes look at photographers’ work spaces. But when that photographer just so happens to be Ansel Adams, and the darkroom just so happens to be custom built, things get even more interesting. Click through to take a tour of Adams’ home in Carmel, California, and listen to his son Michael discuss some of his father’s most iconic images.
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