In the modern age, it’s both incredibly easy to fake photographs (everyone and their mother is a Photoshop expert these days) and relatively difficult to actually pass them off as legitimate for any length of time (no one can hide on the Internet). But it wasn’t always that way. We recently discovered the awesome website Museum of Hoaxes, and we’ve been indulging in the history of fake photographs, from the first faked photo in the 1830s to much more recent attempts. Click through to check out a few of the most famous photo hoaxes in history, and let us know if we missed your favorite (or if you’re a true believer) in the… Read More
1. The first official image of Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — a biopic which will focus on the last four months of the President’s life — has arrived online, and we think the resemblance is pretty uncanny. The film hits theaters in November, which hopefully means that we’ll be seeing… Read More
Some of Jason D’Aquino’s drawings are only one inch by one inch in dimension. While some of you might find the idea of creating something so tiny absolutely masochistic, D’Aquino excels at it — and we’re damn impressed. Jason’s graphite miniature artworks are incredibly detailed and amazing to behold. The artist works exclusively on vintage matchbooks, which he gleans from estate sales, flea markets and antique shops. We’d like to believe that D’Aquino has superhuman eyeballs, but he admitted that high magnification goggles help his process along. He also sometimes uses a single hair brush, which makes us squirm with frustration just thinking about it. Usually Jason works on four to six pieces at a time, taking a few days to complete them if he takes few breaks (no easy task).
So, why the matchbooks? D’Aquino finds the nostalgic material “common, but charming” and appreciates the built-in scale reference, providing instant proof of his miniaturization mastery. (Show off.) His pop culture subject matter (Marilyn Monroe, Black Dahlia, Belushi, and more) also centers the work on a certain moment in history, figure, or time period — bringing the whole sentiment full circle.
You can peek at D’Aquino’s work in person at Los Angeles’ famous La Luz de Jesus Gallery in a show that opens June 1. He’ll also be sharing work at Art Basel (Switzerland) this summer. Check out Jason’s amazing miniature drawings — many which have never been exhibited before — in our gallery below. … Read More
We first saw this series of famous black and white photographs made new with a little recoloring over at Thaeger. While the concept isn’t earth-shattering, the results are pretty amazing — taking moments from the history books and reinventing them for a new generation. How else are we to fully appreciate Albert Einstein’s smart sweater, or Charlie Chaplin’s baby face, sans mustache? The portraits in Sanna Dullaway’s series have that reach out and touch quality, and the iconic “event” pictures breathe new life into each memorable moment. Margaret Bourke-White’s photo of the breadline during the Louisville flood in 1937 has been reprinted in blurry black and white so many times, it’s refreshing to actually see the expressions on each person’s face. Meanwhile, Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square circa 1945 proves that making out is always better in color. Click through for a closer look at select photos from the series. … Read More
1. The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and Kanye West leads the pack with seven nods; hot on his heels are Adele, Bruno Mars, and the Foo Fighters, who each scored six nominations. View the full list of nominees here.
2. Nicholas Cage’s rare copy of “Action Comics”… Read More
Before pocket-sized puppies became the norm amongst the rich and famous, alligators and drunken deer could be found mingling at gatherings of noblemen and politicians. These strange pets were quirky sidekicks rather than illegal domestic beasts, providing unlikely friendship to some of history’s most influential figures. And that tradition isn’t entirely in the past — even now, celebrities will occasionally defy the teacup-poodle norm to join the ranks of our bizarre pet-owning forefathers (and raise their Los Angeles neighbors’ eyebrows in the process). Check out some lions, tigers, and bears after the jump. … Read More
The Associated Press just blew our minds: a complete nitrate film reel dating from a century ago. Featuring a dramatized version of Abraham Lincoln. Directed by and starring the older brother of legendary director John Ford. Found intact in a New Hampshire barn. Francis Ford’s silent film When Lincoln Paid will debut at Keene State College after a yearlong restoration project by the National Film Preservation Foundation. This story comes from so far out in left field that we have to wonder if Banksy had anything to do with it. But nevermind us, watch two whole clips for yourself! Without further… Read More
A death mask, as the name suggests, is a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following death. Life Magazine just posted a slideshow of 12 rather famous ones, and we’ve picked five of our favorites for you to ID after the jump. But don’t get cocky. Thanks to slight distortions of the features caused by the weight of the plaster during the making of the mold, subjects can sometimes be hard to recognize. So we’ll give you a few hints. There are two famous poets (one Italian, one English), one American president, a German painter, and one playwright who you probably read in high school more than once. Good… Read More