photography

Striking Photos of Depression and WWII Era Movie Theaters and Posters

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This fall, we’ve been perusing the newly-opened Yale archive of photos from the Great Depression and the World War II era. All the pictures were created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OW) in order to document what life was like around the country.

The photos below look at movie theaters, audiences, and posters from the 1930s and ’40s, ranging from America’s most rural counties, dotted with migrant workers, to New York City and Washington, D.C.
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Photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s Diary of the New York Art World and Downtown Scene in the 1980s, Plus a Talk with the Artist

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Jeannette Montgomery Barron is known for her portraits of the New York art world and downtown scene in the 1980s — a vibrant, creative chapter in the city’s history. She’s photographed some of the world’s most famous artists, including Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat (thanks to a 1984 assignment from gallerist Bruno Bischofberger), and cultural figures of the time. From the Mudd Club and the Palladium, to the Factory and Bianca Jagger’s social circle, Jeannette Montgomery Barron was there with camera in hand.
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Pop Culture Icons You Didn’t Know Posed for ‘Playboy’

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This weekend, Raquel Welch, a sex symbol of the ’60s and ‘70s who helped pioneer atypically sexy and strong female characters in cinema, celebrated her 75th birthday. Welch made a fur, prehistoric bikini appealing and was often photographed in provocative poses. But she caused a stir when she posed nude for Playboy at the age of 39. It was an unexpected move for a woman her age during that time — but she’s not alone when it comes to women who shocked readers and the popular culture at large by posing for the magazine. Here are other unexpected stars who you might not know took it all off for the magazine.
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Nightmarish Creatures Created From Discarded VHS Tape

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For the analog boys and girls living in a digital world, the work of French multimedia artist Philip Ob Rey should capture your interest. The Iceland-based creator was recently brought to our attention due to his use of discarded VHS tapes. Ob Rey creates nightmarish figures using the black magnetic tape and photographs them wandering the frozen Icelandic landscape. They’re fantastical, horrific, and darkly beautiful. Lovecraft would approve. The artist created an entire narrative about the creatures, which you can take in on his website. “In the form of an outstanding installation skeletonned with VHS film-rolls, he will present V, his new project. V senses, V awakenings, V Beings half-God half-Mortal staged through five medias, from the 80’s to our (analogue film, digital 8mm videos, smartphone…) sublimed within a post-modern archeologic research, V visions, V HumantropicSenses, V-HS,” Ob Rey writes of the ominous beings. See more of Ob Rey’s video giants in our gallery.
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Stark and Moving Photographs of Post-Recession America

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During the summer of 2013, photographer Noah Emrich embarked upon a 12,000-mile trip around the US, with the goal of capturing the post-recession American landscape. “The towns I visited are the sites of disinvestment; those places exploited in order to support the upward growth of our financial and corporate sectors,” he says in a statement. Bountiful, his new book from Done to Death Projects, is the result of that journey.
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