photography

Vintage Photos of Spring Breakers

Spring break season is upon us — a time when students everywhere step away from the books to decompress and indulge. Films like Spring Breakers paint a colorful picture of the MTV generation binging on drink, drugs, and sex once the temperature starts to rise and their weeklong break from the stresses of school affords them the freedom to sow their wild oats. Were the students in past a tamer bunch? Celebrations seem wilder these days, but some things never change — as evidenced by these vintage photos of spring breakers ready to get their party on. … Read More

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50 Costume Test Photos from Famous Films

Costume test photos are a necessity for filmmakers and designers in order to get a clear picture of how colors, fabrics, and styles (and usually hair and makeup) will appear on the big screen. Inadvertently, the snapshots sometimes reveal a different, carefree side of the star in costume. The photos often become works of art themselves. After spotting a set of delightful Marilyn Monroe wardrobe test photos, featured past the break, we searched for others from all our favorite films. … Read More

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Time-Bending Collages of 18th-Century Paintings of London and Google Street View Photos

Between environmental degradation, our changing economy, and the growing population, cities across the world continue to sprawl. Redditor Shystone provided a visual for the changing face of one metropolis by juxtaposing 18th and 19th-century paintings of London with present-day Google Street View snapshots. The architectural collage seamlessly blends in places, while other fragments show the striking changes throughout history. Click on to take a closer look, and head to Shystone’s gallery for more information. … Read More

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Stunning Makeup Portraits That Transform Models into Living Paintings

We’ve admired the photographs of Alexander Khokhlov and face paintings of Valeriya Kutsan before. The collaborative duo transformed models with striking back-and-white designs — and most recently, turned women into living artworks. Each woman’s face has been disguised as a two-dimensional painting in different styles and mediums — including graphite, watercolor, oil painting, and abstract art. In many cases, the only thing that belies the illusion is the model’s eyes or strands of hair. We spotted the new series on Lost at E Minor, and feature Khokhlov’s photos and Kutsan’s makeup designs in our gallery, below. … Read More

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Black-and-White Photos Diagramming the Architecture of the Body

New York-based photographer Naama Sarid-Maletá captures organic movement and architectural angles in her conceptual photo series that we recently spotted on Juxtapoz. The black-and-white images were undoubtedly inspired by the artist’s five-year career as an architect. The photos feature models gracefully arching and twisting their bodies — almost like a refined version of the photos and drawings that Jean-Martin Charcot captured of women from the Salpêtrière hospital. The taut gestures and hard-edged lines create a beautiful tension. Take a closer look at Sarid-Maletá’s architectural bodies in our gallery. … Read More

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Gorgeous Polaroid Photos by ‘Solaris’ Director Andrei Tarkovsky

Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s films — Solaris, Andrei Rublev, and Stalker among them — were renowned for the beauty of their imagery, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that he was an aficionado of the Polaroid camera, a format not exactly known for its aesthetics. On the other hand, it’s no surprise at all to learn that Tarkovsky managed to use the medium to take photos often breathtaking in their loveliness and remarkably evocative of mood. Some of the Tarkovsky Polaroids were published back in 2006; now a Russian photo blog has digitized and presented the entire collection. Click through for a selection of our favorites. … Read More

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10 Contemporary Artworks That Confront Mortality

“Have you ever heard a death rattle before?” the neurotic Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) asks Edward Norton’s character in David Fincher’s Fight Club. It’s a morbid, but amusing moment in the film that we thought of when looking at the work of Saskia Moore this week. Reality Sandwich featured the artist’s sound piece Dead Symphony, which we discuss past the break. It explores the sounds of near-death experiences. Artists have pondered mortality for centuries, and we’ve singled out ten contemporary artworks that confront the subject head-on. … Read More

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10 Radical Art Projects That Celebrate Women’s Bodies

We’ve known for a while that Barbie’s body is impossibly petite. Her slender figure and absurdly small waist don’t leave enough room for her internal organs, and her tiny ankles and feet would actually force her to move around on all fours. Still, the Mattel icon remains a standard of beauty for many young girls — sometimes with damaging results. When we spotted an art project inspired by Barbie’s cruel measurements, which we feature past the break, we felt compelled to round up other artworks that challenge the status quo surrounding female body… Read More

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Why Annie Leibovitz Is Wrong About the State of Photography

A reporter at the Cannes Lions Festival, surely seeking a quotable moment, asked Annie Leibovitz yesterday to describe the state of her profession. The resulting video is actually low on zingers, but even if you acknowledge her accomplishments and reputation (and set aside those stories about how, despite her reputation, she’s actually had a difficult time selling her work), there’s still ample reason to believe that Ms. Leibovitz no longer knows what she’s talking about. … Read More

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The Wedding Photos of 25 Musicians in Love

They frequently have a reputation for boozing, partying, and breaking hearts, but sometimes musicians settle down and get married. We spotted a great wedding photo of The Velvet Underground’s John Cale marrying designer Betsey Johnson that inspired us to track down other snapshots of musicians who tied the knot. Click through to see what they wore, the traditions they broke, and the lucky (or unlucky) partners they got hitched… Read More

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