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Pixar cast reunion for Vanity Fair

Pixar cast reunion for Vanity Fair

To accompany a recent spotlight in Vanity Fair of Pixar, the powerhouse animation studio produced this reunion picture of all alumni of Pixar films. The image was inspired by J. R. Eyerman’s iconic photograph of moviegoers watching a 3D film. Pixar’s Bob Pauley and Guido Quaroni discuss the challenges of composing this picture from getting the tone (“They don’t live in the same world, so we had to achieve this without making our teeth hurt.”) to the technical scale right.

Jonathan Andrews' "WWII Bunkers"

Jonathan Andrews' "WWII Bunkers"

British photographer Jonathan Andrews is best known for his large, evocative images of cold, deserted landscapes seemingly untouched by man, but his work that’s attracting the most attention now focuses on just the opposite: what man has built and left behind. Trekking through France, Belgium and the Netherlands, Andrews sought out abandoned WII bunkers and photographed them at night, lit eerily by what look like war-era search or emergency lights. The images are pretty frightening. The bunkers act not only as permanent reminders of war, but the buildings themselves are, on their own, an odd amalgam of architecture of the past and future. On the one hand the bunkers are very purpose-driven, minimal concrete blockades built to withstand bombs and gunfire, but they’re also bulky and functional in the same way as the pyramids, or as the Death Star from STAR WARS. So not only does the architecture of the bunkers inadvertently carry the weight of distinct historical (or imaginary) moments, but when seen in Andrews’ frightening light they act symbols of doom, haunting reminders of past misdeeds that live on.

New York Sleeps

New York Sleeps

Exhibiting currently at London’s Wapping Project Bankside is Christopher Thomas’ photo series of iconic landmarks in New York City devoid of people. The artist spent a few years on this project, which required a lot of early mornings while using a custom-made large format camera.

Mao impersonators

Mao impersonators

Wired features the photography of Tommaso Bonaventura who traveled to China to capture portraitures of Mao Zedong impersonators, many of whom freelance in “patriotic stage productions” and “work a lively circuit of banquets, holiday celebrations and weddings, at which they deliver famous Mao speeches in his dialect.” What’s interesting (to my western sensibility) is Wired’s…

7 minutes with The Sartorialist

7 minutes with The Sartorialist

This is a thoughtful and beautifully executed (much like his photos) 7 minute documentary and behind the scenes with Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist. It’s a treat for any fan of his work. I especially liked the moment in the short film when he asked to take a photo of a fashionably dressed woman. You…

Photo of Mark Twain holding Tesla light

Photo of Mark Twain holding Tesla light

I love the element of danger and wonder in this photo of Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla’s lab that was published in a 1895 article titled “Tesla’s Osillator and Other Inventions.”

"Lovely photograph" wins National Geographic 2010 photo contest

"Lovely photograph" wins National Geographic 2010 photo contest

Aaron Lim Boon Teck was the grand prize winner of National Geographic’s 2010 photo contest with this spectacular photo. He explains: “Trekkers [who] were able to make it up to the crater rim on time [were] able to camp overnight to witness the eruption [the] whole night long,” Boon Teck, of Singapore, wrote with his…

Before Abbey Road

Before Abbey Road

Kottke posted this neat photo taken before the iconic one was snapped which would later appear on the cover of the Beatles “Abbey Road” album. From Wikipedia: The cover designer was Apple Records creative director Kosh. The cover photograph was taken by photographer Iain Macmillan. Macmillan was given only ten minutes around 11:30 that morning…

Scene in New York: CHRISTMAS STORY leg lamp

Scene in New York: CHRISTMAS STORY leg lamp

My friend Annie and one of my favorite food bloggers spotted and snapped this great photo in Tribeca of the controversial leg lamp from A CHRISTMAS STORY aka “the B.B. gun movie.” Relatedly, what ever happened to Peter Billingsley, the child actor who played “Ralphie” in the aforementioned movie? He grew up to become a…

High speed camera freezes the world

High speed camera freezes the world

This person pointed his high speed camera at travelers waiting on the platform while his train sped by. The result is neat, and what’s cool is that anyone can do this with a relatively cheap camera. Read more details behind this video from the creator. The recap also explains how if at first you don’t…

The most beautiful images on Google Street View

The most beautiful images on Google Street View

I’m a big fan of artist Jon Rafman’s one part detective and one part curatorial digital project, 9 Eyes. He scours Google’s Street View and other blogs to find and compile compelling snapshots of what he writes “captures what Cartier-Bresson titled “the decisive moment,” as if I were a photojournalist responding instantaneously to an emerging…

Earth gazing: best view of Earth ever

Earth gazing: best view of Earth ever

I love this photo posted at NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day of astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson gazing out the window from the International Space Station. I agree with Madeleine Robins that this picture is “the perfect cover for the perfect unwritten/unread SF novel I wanted to read when I was thirteen.” Also, is it…

Richard Barnes photographs Unabomber's cabin

Richard Barnes photographs Unabomber's cabin

Photographer Richard Barnes transforms the forensic space of the infamous homegrown domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, into something resembling an intentional art installation, attempting to “bridge the gap between the banal and the extraordinary, the cult of celebrity and the seductiveness of the infamous.” After his capture, the FBI removed Kaczynski’s entire cabin…

High speed video of popcorn popping

High speed video of popcorn popping

I’m a proponent of anything in high speed videography, especially when it involves my favorite movie theater snack (after Raisinets of course). [Via]

Famous movie scenes recreated with LEGO

Famous movie scenes recreated with LEGO

Alex Eylar uses LEGO bricks and meticulous set-ups to recreate stills of famous scenes from American cinema. For this iconic shot from THE SHINING, he writes: The Shining twins are one of the few things in this world that REALLY creep me out. I saw that scene on TV when I was little; it’s always…

Ted Sabarese Juxtaposition

Ted Sabarese Juxtaposition

I like this photo series “Creature Couture” by New York photographer Ted Sabarese where he juxtaposes female fashion models with artist (and also an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer) Nick Cave’s various “Soundsuits.” Over the last decade Mr. Cave has become known for making colorful, extravagant sculptures with this kind of double life: they can stand alone…

One year anniversary of Souza's President Obama photo of the day

One year anniversary of Souza's President Obama photo of the day

White House photographer Pete Souza has become a blogosphere (at least among the left side of it) favorite for his pictures of President Obama and his family, particularly his “Photo of the Day” (POD) that is featured and refreshed daily on the White House website. To mark its one year anniversary, Souza “chose the following…

Interactive: Gloves of the World Series

Interactive: Gloves of the World Series

The New York Times has an interesting interactive photo website of various fielders gloves from past World Series. Hover over any portion of a mitt to see a close up of that section. Above is Babe Ruth’s mitt from 1926. [ Editorializing alert] Go Giants!

First ever seamless photo of an entire redwood tree

First ever seamless photo of an entire redwood tree

Photographer Nick Nichols, National Geographic and a team of technicians created for the first time a seamless photograph of an entire ginormous single redwood tree. This composite photo of the 1,600 year old tree was stitched together from 84 separate photos. Here’s a behind the scenes video of how this was accomplished.

Winner of Chicago Art Institute’s Henri Cartier-Bresson photo contest

Winner of Chicago Art Institute’s Henri Cartier-Bresson photo contest

This photo won Chicago Art Institute’s Henri Cartier-Bresson Photo Contest which in the spirit of Cartier-Bresson captured a “fleeting moment from everyday life.” Now that Fall is officially here with its colder temperatures rain, this winning photo makes me long for those lazy summer days.

James Franco is a drag

James Franco is a drag

Check out these photos of (dilettante?) actor James Franco taken by Terry Richardson.

Superheroes wedding

Superheroes wedding

Wedding photographer Tony Hoffer snapped this fun group picture of the party at Erin and Tim’s wedding. As a (spoiler alert) comic book geek I love that the guys dressed like superheroes.

Amazing photo of Darth and Luke

Amazing photo of Darth and Luke

I love this photo, which I’ve never seen before, from a coffee table book “The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” of behind the scenes photos from the set of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. View some of the photos at Vanity Fair. The impact of the famous scene of Darth Vader revealing to…

The unstill life of Julie Blackmon

The unstill life of Julie Blackmon

New work by Julie Blackmon. More images after the jump.
As the oldest of nine children and the mother of three, domesticity is a prevalent factor in photographer Julie Blackmon’s work as well as in her daily life. Her latest exhibition, “Julie Blackmon: Line-Up,” at the Robert Mann Gallery, is a study of classic art historical motifs reinterpreted with scenes from her own childhood. Those who have never experienced the frenetic environment of a house full of children can get a glimpse of that world from Blackmon’s chaotic mash-up of crawling babies, running toddlers and scattered toys. To children, everything is a potential plaything, be it a bookcase, a chandelier or the new family car. The children in Blackmon’s work (actually her own children, nieces and nephews), take over the entire photograph, invading all four corners of the frame. Even in some of the quieter compositions, that sense of playfulness juxtaposed with impending disaster is immediate. But what strikes you first about these photographs is the impossibly perfect compositions. They’re so perfect, in fact, that it comes as no surprise that the final product is a digitally compiled series of individual shots. It’s precisely this aesthetic that got Blackmon a spot on PDN’s list of “30 New and Emerging Photographers” and why she was named American Photo’s “Emerging Photographer of 2008.”

Art of the title sequence to NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

Art of the title sequence to NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

I was in Virginia this past weekend for a wedding and while resting in the hotel room, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE was on the tube. I forgot how funny and unique that movie still is. It reminded me to share this interesting interview with the director Jared Hess about the film’s memorable opening sequence, which was created…