3/25/09

Where the Wild Things Are

3/23/09

Radiology Art

From the artist's website:

In the summer of 2007, artist and medical student Satre Stuelke started the Radiology Art project. Dedicated to the deeper visualization of various objects that hold unique cultural importance in modern society, this project intends to plant a seed of scientific creativity in the minds of all those inclined to participate. Stuelke acquires the images on an older four-slice CT scanner that is used for research.

http://www.radiologyart.com/

James Howard Kunstler

The Tragedy of Suburbia

The Songjiang Hotel in Shanghai

By Atkins Architects
http://www.atkinsdesign.com/flash.htm

3/17/09

American Eugenics Movement-Image Archive

Congress of Freaks, Ringling Brothers Circus
click to enlarge (please!)
http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/index2.html?tag=1014

3/16/09

Roger Ballen Disturbs



From Ballen's website:
The art of Roger Ballen is impossible to forget. It goes deep. Gets at places we didn’t know were there. Maybe hoped weren't there. It makes us wild. It opens us up to those uncertain, shocking and frighteningly banal aspects of the waking dream, twitching between animal and human, the clean and the unclean, the animate and the inanimate, the lived and the imagined, the natural and the performed. So despite the fact that his early and mid-period works – stretching, say, from the late 1970s through to the 1990s - were made under the guise of the photo-documentary tradition, there was always something else going on, something much sharper, much hotter. Arguably, the dynamic is this: Ballen’s complex artistic vision transforms particular historical and social issues into private, felt, internally experienced matters.


http://www.rogerballen.com/

3/15/09

The Photomaton



3/14/09

Loretta Lux's Digital Children





http://www.lorettalux.de/


Review from Time Magazine:

Stare into the eyes of a Loretta Lux portrait long enough, and you're bound to feel both completely mesmerized and completely spooked. Lux's starkly pale, prepubescent subjects haunt the viewer from inside the image as if they were hiding some terrible secret. Remarkably captivating yet exceedingly eerie--the formula has turned the German photographer into an art-world phenom, earned her the coveted Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography and made her a millionaire.

A former painter, Lux, 38, brings her images to life with the attention to form, shape and color that she learned at the easel. The artistry begins at the photo shoot, but her signature style--the brushstrokes of her new medium--comes later, at the computer. First she strips out the background and replaces it with a quiet setting--a grassy field, an abandoned building--from her personal stash of paintings and pictures. Then she erases any object that crowds the picture, like a tree or toy, so the child appears to be part of a dream. "I don't care about traditional photography," Lux says. "I want more control."

Lux started taking children's portraits nearly eight years ago, when she shot a couple of rolls of film of her nephew. It took her only one day with that little boy to realize what comes across so vividly in her work: children are the perfect subjects to photograph. "They have no reservations," she says. "They are the most honest models."

But exactly what her portraits are supposed to mean remains a mystery, and Lux doesn't offer many clues, saying only that the images, which can take up to a year to complete, are less about the subjects than they are a metaphor for the idea of childhood. "I want people to decide what to see," she says. Whatever they do decide, they're not likely to forget it.

John Lehr Photography


http://www.johnlehr.net/index.html

David Maisel- Aerial Photography





From Maisel's website:

For more than twenty years, David Maisel has chronicled the tensions between nature and culture in his large-scaled photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes. In the multi-chaptered series Black Maps, Maisel’s aerial images, printed at a scale of up to 48"x96", become sublime meditations on what the curator Anne Tucker has termed "the engaging duality between beauty and repulsion.”

http://www.davidmaisel.com/

3/13/09

Ingar Krauss - Portraits of Children

http://www.mdf.ru/english/festivals/fotobiennale/2002/childrenchildhood/cateye/

Bill Sullivan's Portraits - The Subway Turnstile Pictures




Click photos to enlarge

From Sullivan's website:
I developed a situation so that various subjects could be defined by the constraints of exactly the same mechanical apparatus. The scenario consisted of someone passing through a subway turnstile. At the moment that the subjects passed through the turnstile, unknown to them, I took their picture stationed at a distance of eleven feet. I stood there turning pages of a magazine observing subjects out of the corner of my eye, waiting for only the moment when they pushed the turnstile bar to release the shutter.

http://www.3situations.com/BillSullivanWorks/BillSullivan.html

Elaine Duigenan's Photography - Mysteries of Generation








These are the coolest photographs I've seen in a long time. Taken by Elain Duigenan over the course of three years at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. They are of 200 year old animal specimens which were preserved by pioneer anatomist John Hunter (1728 - 1793).

http://www.elaineduigenan.com/gallery_61231.html

The Library of Congress - Digital Collections

There is an AMAZING online collection of digital materials at the Library of Congress.

Photos above are from the panorama section. Click to enlarge.

http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital_new.html


More online digital photo collections

New York Public Library
NYPL Digital Gallery
provides free and open access to over 685,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm

Online Archive of California
Provides access to tens of thousands of photographs, paintings, graphical materials and other types of images.
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/search.image.html


Corbis
http://pro.corbis.com/

Great Volkswagen Ads









3/12/09

Spencer Tunicks's Nudes





From his website:


Artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick's installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance.


http://www.artnet.com/usernet/awc/awc_thumbnail.asp?aid=425378777&gid=425378777&works_of_art=1&cid=129836