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Trump, punch, golf and bird

The Atlantic's top 25 News Photos of 2017, 2017: The Year in Photos 1, 2, 3 (some possibly nsfw)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 10, 2017 - 17 comments

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”

Flickr's Top 25 Photos of 2017. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 7, 2017 - 30 comments

Refugees Are Welcome Here

The Story of Seven-Hundred Polish Children (1966) (18’05, Black & White) [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert on Dec 3, 2017 - 7 comments

AfroArt

Amazing and beautiful portraits of African-American kids and young adults (via Kottke)
posted by Stark on Nov 29, 2017 - 8 comments

A social experiment in demographic diversity

Revisiting the Greenbelt Towns, a Forgotten 1930s Attempt at American Utopia - “They didn’t want these towns built because they would be put into direct competition with the private housing market.“ (NYT blog) - StoryCorp interviews with long time Greenbelt residents
posted by The Whelk on Nov 1, 2017 - 13 comments

La Divine Comtesse

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837 – 1899) was an Italian aristocrat, a secret agent/courtesan sent to plead the cause of Italian unity with Emperor Napoleon III, and a photographic artist whose association with French photographer Pierre-Louise Pierson from 1856 to 1895 resulted in about 700 portraits of herself (Metropolitan Museum, Réunion des Musées Nationaux), many of them extravagant, excentric, and truly fascinating, such as the famous Game of madness (Scherzo di follia). Those in a hurry can click on Buzzfeed's top 25 Castiglione pictures. Others pictures and explanations can be found below the fold. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Sep 16, 2017 - 10 comments

I don't know why Li'l Mushie sings in allcaps, he just does, ok.

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posted by Lexica on Aug 8, 2017 - 2 comments

"A happy and Quiet Valentines Day with no drains blocked!"

The Guardian's Underwhelming UK Holiday Photos (previously) has grown into a rich archive. Enjoy underwhelming photos of office Christmas decorations, heatwaves, snowmen, (and again), pancakes, and many more. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jul 25, 2017 - 10 comments

We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason

Just trees. (From MeFi's Own Alan Taylor.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 19, 2017 - 24 comments

Birdhouse in Her Soul

Beautifully Designed Tiny Houses... For Birds. The houses all started a couple of years ago, when illustrator and wildlife artist Jada Fitch -- also an avid birder -- decided to make a new bird feeder that could provide a more interesting backdrop for her photos. For the first house, "She carved out a door and windows, and attached a little porch on the front of the structure to act as a perch. She then added the interior décor: painted throw rugs, framed ‘portraits’ of bird family members, and cardboard couches and armchairs, creating a whimsical living room in the process. Lastly and most importantly, she scattered seed across the furniture and floor and Duct taped the house to her window." Her sense of humor is evident in a post of her latest bird feeder: Agent Cooper's Hawk at Twin Beaks' Black Lodge. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Jul 5, 2017 - 21 comments

You're Perfect

Rainbow Gathering photographs by Kate Harnedy.
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 21, 2017 - 27 comments

ARE THEY NOT THE PICTURE OF PACT-MATES? THIS COULD BE YOU AND ME

The adventures of Antler Guy and Neighbor Steve
I have the feeling that the families get along great except for Steve. Like, the wives are baking (questionable) brownies together, the kids are playing together, Antler Guy occasionally takes Son and Timmy to school (no car, just carries them in huge swinging strides through a nexus of ungoldly sights in a swirling netherworld shortcut. Sometimes they stop for McDonalds). Hell-wife gave them a potted Audrey Jr., Steve’s wife (who I now christen Sharon) gave them a begonia. One time Steve tries throwing holy water but all Antler Guy does is thank him, saying that no, Antler Guy isn’t Catholic but it’s the thought that counts, he is so kind to water his creeping deathshade vines regardless.
posted by Lexica on Jun 7, 2017 - 13 comments

Plantation Mystique

The American landscape is dotted with places that witnessed enormous tragedies, and much like Flossenbürg they have now been absorbed into the everyday landscape. Unlike Flossenbürg, though, many of these American sites clumsily negotiate their dark heritage or simply ignore it in favor of aesthetically pleasant contemporary landscapes.
The Aesthetics of Bliss and Trauma in Plantation Weddings: archaeologist Paul Mullins continues his series on "dark tourism".
posted by Rumple on May 15, 2017 - 56 comments

I promise to bring yall the hottest show EVER.

The Internet is Roasting Bow Wow for Pretending to Fly on a Private Jet to New York and It’s Amazing
posted by Lexica on May 11, 2017 - 23 comments

Signs From The March For Science

CNN has a slideshow (doesn't reload entire page for each image) of 11 signs from the March For Science. WaPo has their own single page picture set. Time has a decidedly anti-Trump editorial selection. Boston gets really nerdy, which is sort of expected.
posted by hippybear on Apr 22, 2017 - 106 comments

Loving

The Loving Project talks with interracial couples about their experiences with race and being together. We are the Fifteen Percent, inspired by the Cheerios ad, [previously] publishes user-submitted photos of interracial families on its tumblr. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Mar 16, 2017 - 16 comments

A confounded box of whistles

Robert Götzfried has taken some amazing photographs of church organs. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Mar 10, 2017 - 15 comments

Or eight legged Proclaimers?

Numerous pictures of animals that look like they're about to drop the hottest albums of the year.
posted by howfar on Feb 24, 2017 - 31 comments

It certainly a-pier-s to be the same

London-based blogger Diamond Geezer was astonished by a painting by Bob Dylan of a pier in Norfolk, Virginia. Mostly because it seemed to be based on a photograph that he'd taken of Blackpool Pier. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Jan 20, 2017 - 13 comments

Scrimmage, Touques, and Yaks

Teaching Hockey in the Himalayas. A photo journey from the HELP fund.
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 16, 2017 - 2 comments

Belief and Fear in Ungurtas

Many believe Bifatima Dualetova to be one of the last Sufi dervishes in Kazakhstan. I first met her in September 2010 while traveling in Central Asia. The locals that I was staying with in Almaty told me about a shaman woman living on the outskirts of the small village Ungurtas, close to Kyrgyzstan's border. "The last house in the village, at the foot of the 'Sacred Hill,'" they said. ...... I ended up staying with her for more than two months, from January to March 2011, documenting her rituals and practices, herding sheep, and working on my van.
Photographer Denis Vejas documents the practices of one of the country's last Sufi dervishes. Russian language post (Google Translate). Note: some images of animal sacrifice.
posted by Rumple on Jan 9, 2017 - 6 comments

The least influential images of all time

These 100 photographs did not change the world and had no influence whatsoever (unlike these ones), but we should be thankful for their existence anyway. Includes hamsters, Sarah Bernhardt's foot (and dog), lovers, a large balloon, a kangaroo, some clouds and various types of human beings. (short article about this collection, in French)
posted by elgilito on Dec 8, 2016 - 36 comments

Fat Cats

Photographs of fat, fluffy felines. Just what it says on the tin. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Nov 10, 2016 - 36 comments

\m/ CONGRATULATIONS \m/

Couple Encounters a Black Metal Band in Woods During Engagement Shoot
posted by Artw on Oct 21, 2016 - 47 comments

Lean wit it, rock wit it

Once you've tried all the usual poses with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can use other posing tourists as your props.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 5, 2016 - 15 comments

Men In Hats

Charles W. Cushman's Kodachrome pictures of NYC in the 1940s
posted by The Whelk on Sep 1, 2016 - 30 comments

What if they had colors back then?

This nifty app colorizes black and white photos. Background.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 13, 2016 - 18 comments

"A Remarkable New Photo Map of Old London"

Citylab: "Launched last week, Collage, The London Picture Map allows you to trace London’s visual history street by street. Supported by the City of London Corporation, it’s the result of two full years of digitizing and mapping images from the London Metropolitan Archive and the Guildhall Art Gallery, which together possess the largest collection of London images in the world." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Aug 5, 2016 - 6 comments

For his birthday, some wonderful pictures of President Obama.

A very nice collection of 55 photos taken by White House photographer Peter Souza. "Since 2009, Souza has compiled an annual “Year in Photos” gallery; a collection of 75-100 of his favorite photos from the previous 12 months. I went through all of the albums and have compiled 55 highlights. "
posted by OmieWise on Aug 4, 2016 - 51 comments

The Weed Route

In the winter of 1980 The Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) abandoned almost 2000 miles of track between Miles City, Montana and Cedar Falls, Washington -- part of a passenger and freight shipping route known as the “Pacific Coast Extension.” Today, what's left of the Extension is "cut up among different railroads and the best engineered rail line through the rugged Rockies and Cascades is but weeds and trails, a vital transportation artery no longer available to shippers and the American economy." But in August 1980, before it was abandoned, two former locomotive firemen and engineers spent $400 to rescue a track-maintenance railway car, a 1952 M-19 Fairmont Speeder, from a scrap heap in a Maine train yard. They used it to travel the route and took photos along the way. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 27, 2016 - 20 comments

Vintage aerial photos of rural America

Vintageaerial.com is a photo archive of over 25 million photos from flyover country (PDF), capturing a time and place that may no longer exist. Some of us rural folk may have grown up with aerial pictures of their farms on the walls. My family had two pictures, one from 1967 and one from 1983. Pretty cool archive if you're interested in that kind of thing. Previously something similar.
posted by cass on Jul 22, 2016 - 10 comments

Bill Cunningham 1929-2016

Bill Cunningham, the street fashion photographer who rode his bike all over NYC in that functional blue smock, has died. If you haven't seen this 2011 documentary (previously) you've missed a gem. See also his video channel at the NYT and this New Yorker profile from 2009. His assistant posted this photo to Instagram 2 days ago, saying that Bill was under the weather, but some reports are saying that he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke recently.
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2016 - 75 comments

Their own personal Jesuses

In the northern Romanian region of Maramure?, roadside crucifixes are part of the countryside landscape and a symbol of people’s spiritual views. Traditionally, they were handcrafted locally and so they were also visual displays of local art. But local handcrafting skills are quickly disappearing and their preservation hardly encouraged. And so the locals switch to representations of Jesus mass produced somewhere in the world. The new plastic Jesus does not reflect the old spirit of the villages but a new trend instead, a mix of consumerist practicality and kitsch. In an ongoing series, photographer Vasile Dorolti tries to capture these People and Crosses, before they disappear. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos on May 1, 2016 - 3 comments

Growing up with Star Wars

I Grew Up Star Wars had been collecting and posting photos of people growing up with Star Wars for almost a decade now. It is chock full of photos of kids with amazing retro toy collections, fake looking Darth Vaders signing autographs and a ton of Christmas and birthday photos. While it is fun just to look at the old photos, the site also demonstrates the influence this franchise has had on people over the years. [more inside]
posted by metaboy on Apr 10, 2016 - 27 comments

Windows on Earth

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted 1,000 photos during his year in space.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Roadtrip like it's 1966

Every year for the last 50+ years the BC Ministry of Transportation has had a instrumented truck drive every mile of every highway in the province to record highway conditions. Part of the instrumentation is millions of pictures (one every 10-30 metres). The Ministry has compiled selected sets of those pictures from 1966 into video photolog trips of selected highways. Highway 1 from Lytton to Revelstoke; The Island's Malahat; Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish; [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 28, 2016 - 17 comments

"Those who choose to exist and identify outside of the binary"

Meg Allen's photo documentary project BUTCH 'attempts to explore the butch identity and aesthetic through a series of personal portraits'. This Buzzfeed article selects a few pictures and has some quotes from the artist.
posted by howfar on Dec 28, 2015 - 19 comments

Continuous Until 4 AM

Photos of everyday life in 1950s NYC found in an attic decades later.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 26, 2015 - 41 comments

Loafs of Northern Darkness

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posted by ignignokt on Dec 14, 2015 - 13 comments

Aerial photos of airports, with a detour into abandoned airstrips

MeFite backseatpilot likes airplanes, airports and photography, and combined those into a collection of photos of New England (and beyond!) from a mile high. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 11, 2015 - 12 comments

I'll do this until the election.

One man is replacing guns with sex toys in photos of GOP politicians. That man is Matt Haughey.
posted by maxsparber on Dec 7, 2015 - 167 comments

This Is Not Real

This Is Not Porn (.net) (previously here) has been showing "rare, candid, funny, beautiful, strange and awesome celebrity photos" for five years. But now the site has added a category for debunking fake celebrity photos, whether through a frivolous use of photoshop, a malicious use of photoshop, or simply a misidentification. Also, don't miss the collection of gifs.
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 28, 2015 - 9 comments

I don't know if they're the best. I don't know if there's even 100.

100 Best Photographs Taken Without Photoshop (or, at least, 100 pretty cool photographs that are well worth scrolling through if your turkey coma doesn't allow for any serious reading.)
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 26, 2015 - 33 comments

"and the gates to hell opened"

"In those terrible moments we did not know if the ship was below the water or still floating! But like a miracle the windows cleared again, and ." Amazing photographs and first-person description by Karsten Petersen of the chemical tanker "Stolt Surf" running afoul of a strong hurricane and rogue waves in the North Pacific, 1977. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 4, 2015 - 19 comments

A 249,999,900% return on your investment in a photo

A $2 photo purchased at a junk store has been verified as only the second known image of Billy the Kid. It may sell for $5 million.
posted by COD on Oct 16, 2015 - 52 comments

HIPSTER BARBIE IS SO MUCH BETTER AT INSTAGRAM THAN YOU

Wired Magazine introduces us to Socality Barbie:

Socality Barbie is a fantastic Instagram account satirizing the great millennial adventurer trend in photography. It’s an endless barrage of pensive selfies in exotic locales, arty snapshots of coffee, and just the right filter on everything. Anyone who’s flipped through an issue of Kinfolk gets the aesthetic. And it’s everywhere on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 7, 2015 - 94 comments

It is surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon

From a Million Miles Away, NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 5, 2015 - 74 comments

Behind-the-scenes On 'Big Adventure'

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, he's just posted some never-before-seen photos from the set of that classic comedy. Time to hit play on the movie, or perhaps enjoy a very rare promotional song by Pee-Wee and his friend Allee Willis! Of course, for the more literary inclined, you could always pick up an interesting book on the subject. Viva Pee-Wee!
posted by ktoad on Jul 26, 2015 - 49 comments

2,500 people in their clean picnic clothes

One hundred years ago today, the SS Eastland, about to set out for a company picnic in Indiana, tipped over at its dock in the Chicago River with over 2,500 people aboard. Eight hundred and forty-four of them died in one of the worst non-military maritime disasters in American history. The Chicago Tribune has published some previously unseen photographs of the recovery efforts. [warning: a couple of these are potentially disturbing] [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jul 24, 2015 - 39 comments

Time Marches On, Algorithmically

Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos: Paper [PDF] and video by Ricardo Martin-Brualla, David Gallup, and Steve M. Seitz: We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 18, 2015 - 13 comments

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