Stanley Kubrick’s Underground NYC

In 1946, Stanley Kubrick, then aged only 18, took these photographs of the New York Subway and had them published by LOOK magazine.  He photographed for the magazine from 1945 to 1950.

According to Helen O’Brian, head of LOOK’s photographic department, Kubrick generated the highest number of published articles of any photographer she had worked with. At the time, Kubrick was the youngest photographer LOOK had had on its books.

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Jung Lee’s Neon Type Installations

Korean artist Jung Lee is showing her first exhibition in Dubai at Green Art Gallery. Lee has two series—Day and Night and Aporia, which means “coming to a dead end” in Greek.

The Aporia series was inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discoursem which tells the story of the ineptitudes of people in love. According to Barthes, when one falls in love the beloved becomes a mystery and one will ceaselessly try to figure out the reasons for their mysterious feelings. The desire to express one’s love produces lies and conflicts leading to a dead end. For Lee, those empty phrases reveal the solitude and sorrow of modern people today.

In the works entitled Day and Night, Lee focused on ‘God’ and ‘Love’ as the two main words reflecting her interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy where he highlighted the belief that true faith and love would lead you to heaven. Lee produces a cluster of those “divine” words and places them floating over the sea as reproductions or in a heap, demonstrating one’s desire to salvation. Thus Lee’s constructed photographs evoke amorous intensity with a coolness that enables the viewers to find their own way into this world, to have their memories stirred, to consider what it means to be alive in time.

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Making a Fireplace

8) Drape two strings of flashing Christmas lights, orange and white, in a grey silk.

Mike deserves 99% of the credit for this, but I’m not above taking my 1%.


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Smiles Auto-Awesomed

Auto-Awesome Smile

Auto-Awesome Smile

Google Plus Photos now offers a new form of auto-awesome, their service best known for adding snow to winter photos, sparkles to Christmas tree lights, and turning successive photos into animated gifs. This one is called “Smile” and it truly lives up to its name.

Smile looks for photos with people positioned identically and analyzes their smiles. If it finds smiles that are better (using their secret smilegorithm) in the various photos, it creates a new photo and merges the best smiles together.

My initial inclination was that it would run just as poorly as most red-eye removal filters, where something just seems off about the photos. I was wrong.

Below are two photos taken recently at a wedding in Sonoma. Above, you’ll find Google’s new photo created from the best smiles in the images below. Give it a try yourself by uploading various photos of you and your friends smiling and/or not smiling in photos. I’d love it if you can share your findings as well.

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Klaus Leidorf, Aerial Photography


Perched at the window of his Cessna 172, photographer Klaus Leidorf crisscrosses the skies above Germany while capturing images of farms, cities, industrial sites, and whatever else he discovers along his flight path, a process he refers to as “aerial archaeology.” Collectively the photos present a fascinating study of landscapes transformed by the hands of people—sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening. Since the late 1980s Leidorf has shot thousands upon thousands of aerial photographs and currently relies on the image-stabilization technology in his Canon EOS 5D Mark III which is able to capture the detail of single tennis ball as it flies across a court. You can explore over a decade of Leidorf’s photography at much greater reslution over on Flickr. All images courtesy the artist.

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