photography

Never before seen LIFE photos of Hells Angels

Never before seen LIFE photos of Hells Angels

LIFE posted online a gallery of great photographs of Hells Angels that have never been previously published or publicly seen before. The pictures were snapped in 1965 by LIFE photographer Bill Ray who accompanied writer Joe Bride as they spent a few weeks with this infamous motorcycle gang. I particularly like the photo above, which…

1908 camera lens captures NYC today

1908 camera lens captures NYC today

With the assistance of a mad Russian lens technician, photographer Timur Civan attached a vintage “Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat hand cranked cinema camera lens” circa 1908 onto his Canon EOS 5D Mark II. He then roamed Manhattan taking photos and instantly transported New York City back to a pre-digital era.

Tilt-shift Van Gogh

Tilt-shift Van Gogh

Artcyclopedia applies one of our favorite little gimmicky photo tricks, tilt-shift photography, to Vincent van Gogh’s rich paintings, which lends itself quite well to this technique. The results are quite stunning. [Via]

Vintage photo of Jay-Z during his hard knock life days

Vintage photo of Jay-Z during his hard knock life days

I’m really digging this pre-Reasonable Doubt photo by Jayson James Zeigfeld of Jay-Z snapped before he became JAY-Z and back when it looked the rapper still had 99 problems.

A pictoral guide to avoiding camera loss

A pictoral guide to avoiding camera loss

Predating the (fake) “cute girl who quits job on a dry eraseboard” which hit a collective nerve and went rapidly viral earlier this summer is this funny “pictoral guide to avoiding camera loss” by Andrew McDonald, which he claims he keeps on his digital camera to ensure its proper return to the owner if it’s…

The story behind Kodak's first digital camera in 1975

The story behind Kodak's first digital camera in 1975

What you see above is Kodak’s first digital camera, that is a camera that didn’t require any film. Developed by talented people in their Apparatus Division Research Laboratory in Rochester and unveiled in December 1975, this Frankensteinian device utilized scavenged parts, such as the lens from a Super 8 movie camera.

Murat Germen in Istanbul

Murat Germen in Istanbul

I was in Istanbul last week and on a rather unusual rainy day I ventured to Istanbul Modern. I did not know what to expect from the museum, but was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon the work of Murat Germen. The exhibit, called Way, is a series of photographs of cities, people, and they…

Bob Willoughby and Audrey Hepburn

Bob Willoughby and Audrey Hepburn

Shortly before he passed away last year, Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby signed 1,000 copies of Taschen’s latest release, “Bob Willougby, Audrey Hepburn; Photographs 1953-1966.” Willoughby shot dozens of actors over the course of his career, including Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor, but Hepburn belonged to a small group of “special people,” and he always referred to her as his muse.

James Welling's Glass House

James Welling's Glass House

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is showing James Welling’s Glass House images through March 2011 and it may just be enough to get me to Minnesota before the cold sets in. Welling’s shots of Phillip Johnson’s iconic Connecticut home are a revelation. Using a digital camera and colored filters he recreates the building with new great effect. It’s as if one is peering through stained glass into Johnson’s house. They’re a treat for die-hard modernists like myself.

Bullet time photography

Bullet time photography

Dutch photographer Alexander Augusteijn stops time and captures these incredible high-speed photographs of bullets shooting through water drops. He explains: I use a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations. The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other…

Take Ivy finally available!

Take Ivy finally available!

Until quite recently, very few people knew about “Take Ivy,” a discontinued fashion book of photos published in 1965 with a cult following. I had actually blogged about it a couple years ago when a friend mentioned it. I explained then, “In the late 1960s Japanese photographer Hayashida visited our Ivy League universities and documented…

Signing out with Josef Schulz

Signing out with Josef Schulz

I’m guessing Waffle House
Josef Schulz has exhibited only once in the US, but that doesn’t mean the Dusseldorf-based photographer hasn’t made his mark in the international art scene. In fact he’s made his mark by removing the marks of big, brand-name companies and showing the form that remains once the logos are gone. “Sachliches,” one of his earliest series, shows what hulking box-like structures big name retail stores really are once their signs are digitally removed. Earlier this year, Schulz debuted his latest series, “Sign Out,” a clever look at fast-food and gas station signage. See if you can guess them all.

Learn how to do awesome things

Learn how to do awesome things

Popular Science has a photo gallery of “30 Awesome College Labs” that will have you questioning the meaning of your life as you stare at your beige cubicle walls. Pictured above is Missouri University of Science and Technology’s experimental mine where students “learn how to implode buildings, design fireworks displays, blast smooth slices of stone…

Where's the bike shop?

Where's the bike shop?

A Reuters photographer snapped this photo of co-owner Christian Petersen peering out the window of his awesomely decorated bicycle shop located in Altlandsberg, Germany. In case you’re wondering, there are about 120 bikes mounted on the building. [Via]

Look a farm animal in the eye?

Look a farm animal in the eye?

Spent much time at farms or ranches? For most of us, the answer is “no”… which may explain why films like Food Inc. have proven so shocking. Most of us could go a lifetime without actually seeing an animal that will end up on our plate.

British photographer and political activist Neil Young (no, not that Neil Young) wants to change this… and his upcoming photography exhibit You, like me: intimate portraits of farmed animals is designed to get viewers looking directly into the eyes of farmed animals.

What's in your bag?

What's in your bag?

Photographer Jason Travis’ “Persona” is a voyeuristic collection of Atlanta residents and the stuff in their bags. Now I understand why some guys and gals lug around such large bags and purses. Aside from the simple interestingness of this project, viewing his series is even more enjoyable for the volume of attractive people Jason photographed.…

The longest photographic exposure

The longest photographic exposure

In 2001 New York City’s Museum of Modern Art invited Michael Wesely, renowned for “inventing and refining techniques for making photographs with unusually long exposures,” to photographically document the comprehensive renovation to the museum’s Midtown building. From the summer of 2001 to the building’s completion in 2004, Wesely’s cameras captured the construction site with their…

Photos of contraband items seized at JFK

Photos of contraband items seized at JFK

What you see above is just a small sample set of illegal items detained or seized at JFK airport from passengers and express mail entering the United States. Over a span of five days Taryn Simon snapped 1,075 photos of contraband stuff. The New York Times has a nice interactive page with some of these…

Life through the lens of a Polaroid

Life through the lens of a Polaroid

In 1979 Jamie Livingston, a “a New York-based photographer, film-maker and circus performer,” received a Polaroid camera. Soon after, he began a project where he snapped one Polaroid photo a day. This continued every day for 18 years until October 25, 1997 when he passed away from cancer. The photos were eventually organized by friends…

Funny short film about a couple resigned to their Zodiac Killer fate

Funny short film about a couple resigned to their Zodiac Killer fate

Something Left, Something Taken- Full Version from Tiny Inventions on Vimeo. Max Porter, a regular reader of our SUNfiltered blog and one half of the talented married duo behind Tiny Inventions (a Brooklyn-based animation firm), wrote in to share a funny independent short film he created with his wife Ru Kuwahata. SOMETHING LEFT, SOMETHING TAKEN…

Flying (falling?) mobile homes

Flying (falling?) mobile homes

Peter Garfield’s “Mobile Homes” series stopped me cold in my Interneting steps. The artist’s non-photoshopped images casually freeze a moment in time where a disintegrating single family home floats in the air over nondescript suburban neighborhood. It’s unclear whether the houses are in a state of falling or flying like a nightmarish version of Pixar’s…

The Original Copy at MoMA

The Original Copy at MoMA

Lee Friedlander’s “Mount Rushmore”
For those too impatient to wait the 8 hours for exposure required by Joseph Niepce’s camera obscura, 1839 was a pretty exciting time. It was the year Louis Dageurre perfected his daguerreotype, which didn’t fade and needed less than 30 minutes for exposure. It’s also the starting point of MoMA’s upcoming exhibition “The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to today.” Don’t overlook that tiny preposition of. When the daguerreotype popularized photography, one of its very first subjects were sculptures. It satisfied a dual purpose. One, as sculptures were less mobile (if not entirely immobile) than paintings, sculptors needed their work photographed so it could reach a wider audience. Second, sculptures made ideal subjects. 30 minutes may be a lot less than 8 hours, but it’s still a pretty long time to ask a person to pose without moving.

The view from extreme cockpits

The view from extreme cockpits

Wired has a gallery of photos by Dan Winters of the cockpits and the pilot’s view of various extreme vehicles, from the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane (top speed: 2,193 mph) to the world’s longest cruise ship to a zero emission hydrogen rocket car that goes 199.7 miles per hour. They are all slightly more…

Running on Empty: Los Angeles sans people and cars

Running on Empty: Los Angeles sans people and cars

Running on Empty from Ross Ching on Vimeo. Inspired by Matt Logue’s “Empty Los Angeles” photo series, which I had previously blogged here, Ross Ching compiled this time-lapse video titled “Running on Empty” of neighborhoods and roads in Los Angeles totally empty of people and cars. It’s as if the entire sprawl of LA was…

Shadow art

Shadow art

Artist Joe Penrod has cornered the market of painting shadows of objects using the common blue painter’s tape. The effect is pleasing. Penrod’s work also reminds me of this older New York Times article about a Brooklyn artist, Ellis Gallagher, who back in 2005 outlined chalk shadows of “fire hydrants, street signs and bicycles all…