Sublime Street Photographs Of Hong Kong In The 1950s And 1960s

Sublime Street Photographs Of Hong Kong In The 1950s And 1960s

Hong Kong is all about the food. The smell of delicious stuff, some of it unidentifiable only to Bellamists and delving biology professors and coroners, hangs in air so soupy and thick it seems to be keeping the new skyscrapers upright. I’m wrong, of course. Hong Kong is all about human life, which is everywhere, packed tightly and possessed of an atavistic self-containment – the closest thing modern humanity has to Babel, Jericho or maybe Sodom. Continue reading »

11 Stunning Colorized Photos Showing The Street Life Of Victorian London From Over 140 Years Ago

According to Tom Marshall, a professional photo colouriser: “n the mid-1870s, Scottish photographer John Thomson captured the daily toil and struggle of the ‘street folks’ of London, in a series of photos that laid the foundations for modern photojournalism. Working with a radical journalist called Adolphe Smith, Thomson produced a monthly magazine ‘Street Life in London’ from 1876 to 1877.

The photographs Thomson took depict real life in London, showing the poorest of the poor and how they managed to survive, in scenes that could have been written by Charles Dickens. Smith would interview the subjects of the photos, often preserving the unique dialects and expressions of a world now long forgotten, and the photos lent authenticity to his text. Thomson and Smith published their photos and interviews in a book in 1878 from which the following images were taken.

I believe that colourizing images can allow a modern audience to engage better with the subject, especially in an age where we see thousands of images on a news feed every day. Colour brings out hidden details, which are often lost in black and white, and it causes the viewer to pause and look. This is not to say that the original images are not fascinating in their own right, but I believe that the addition of colour helps to enhance the scene and forces the viewer to spend more time looking into it and reading the accompanying caption.”

11 Stunning Colorized Photos Showing The Street Life Of Victorian London From Over 140 Years Ago

“There are, undoubtedly, many most honest, hard-working, and in every sense worthy men, who hold licenses from the Watermen’s Company, or from the Thames Conservancy. That these men are rough and but poorly educated is a natural consequence of their calling. Never stationary in anyone place, it is difficult for them to secure education for their children, and regular attendance at school would be impossible unless the child left its parents altogether. Continue reading »

17 Vintage Photos From The Public Archives To Give You A Different Perspective

July 4, 1983. Watermelon eating contest
17 Vintage Photos From The Public Archives To Give You A Different Perspective

I’ve always liked the vintage photos. It seems to me that I can peek into the lives of people who lived dozens of years ago and just from a capture, I can build an entire novel in my mind. For example, there are 5 people wearing hats and suits and playing cards somewhere on a public place. Continue reading »

Breathtaking Color Photographs Of The American South Taken By William Eggleston In The Late 1960s And Early 1970s

Breathtaking Color Photographs Of The American South Taken By William Eggleston In The Late 1960s And Early 1970s

Until the 1970s, color photography was considered inappropriate for the artwork. Only black and white photographs met the standards of art critics. But then came William Eggleston and showed that color images can have a place in modern art. The colors in Eggleston’s photos are saturated and intense, the characters pose in front of the camera, and traditional ideas about photographic composition are abandoned. Continue reading »

In Between Times: Lyrical And Nostalgic Atmosphere Of The Soviet Ural Region In Beautiful Black And White Photographs Of Ivan Galert

In Between Times: Lyrical And Nostalgic Atmosphere Of The Soviet Ural Region In Beautiful Black And White Photographs Of Ivan Galert

People in a hurry, waiting for a tram at a bus stop or resting on the bank of a river, picturesque provincial sketches, new buildings and parades are the main subjects in the photographs of Ivan Galert taken at the end of the Soviet era in Sverdlovsk and nearby. Continue reading »

Vintage Photos Capture Lovely Moments Of Australian Children In The Summer

Vintage Photos Capture Lovely Moments Of Australian Children In The Summer

Feeding a baby cangaroo, rabbit trapping, playing with hoop, tyre and wheel, swimming, etc., these beautiful photos from State Library of New South Wales that captured lovely moments of Australian children in the summer from between the 1910s and 1930s. Continue reading »

Artist Paints Life In Russia With A Drop Of Irony

Artist Paints Life In Russia With A Drop Of Irony

From a fierce-looking ticket controller to a fashion diva spotted on a subway train – these images are common for any Russian. And even though these images might seem like rather grotesque portrayals, that’s not the case for the author himself. Continue reading »

Tenement Kids And The City – Glasgow In 1975

Tenement Kids And The City – Glasgow In 1975

“All of these photos were taken on a weekend return from art college to visit my parents in the east end of Glasgow in 1975,” says John J Brady. “I obviously hadn’t mastered the camera and light meter combo that I’d borrowed from the college and the original negatives are in a poor state. But the images capture a place in time.” Continue reading »

Beautiful Postcards Capture Everyday Life Of American Indians In The Early 20th Century

Old Carreta, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, circa 1901
Beautiful Postcards Capture Everyday Life Of American Indians In The Early 20th Century

The collection is comprised of postcard views of Navaho, Hopi and Pueblo Indians; pueblos; interiors of Hopi houses; ceremonials; and blanket weaving. Views of American Indians, Blackfoot, Apache, Hopi and Pueblo are prints of paintings, some by Winold Reiss for the Great Northern Railway, W.E. Rollins and Fred Harvey. Continue reading »

Striking Black And White Photographs Of New York City’s ‘Mean Streets’ In The 1970s And 1980s

Striking Black And White Photographs Of New York City’s ‘Mean Streets’ In The 1970s And 1980s

Renowned photographer Edward Grazda began his career in that version of NYC. The black and white photos in Mean Streets offer a look at that desolate era captured with the deliberate and elegant eye that propelled Grazda to further success. It’s a version of New York that has been all but scrubbed clean in the financially solvent years that have followed, but the character of the city has been indelibly marked by the scars of those years. Continue reading »

40 Funniest Finalists For Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

40 Funniest Finalists For Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Prepare yourself for some rib-tickling laughter because the Comedy Wildlife Awards (previously) has announced its 40 fantastic finalists from the 2019 competition, which has been an absolute treat for the judges with possibly the best entries we have ever had. The Overall Winner and Category Winners will be announced on 13th November and don’t forget to have your say (and a laugh) and join in the judging for the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award. Continue reading »

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2019: The Best Shots From This Year’s Competition

The annual photography exhibition opens at the Natural History Museum in London on 18 November. Nearly 50,000 entires from professional and amateur photographers were submitted this year and 100 will be on display. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall on 15 October.

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2019: The Best Shots From This Year’s Competition

An ever-adaptable raccoon pokes her bandit-masked face out of a 1970s Ford Pinto on a deserted farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the back seat, her five playful kits trill with excitement. On this evening, she paused at the exit to check the surroundings before squeezing out to spend the night looking for food. (Urban wildlife category). (Photo by Jason Bantle) Continue reading »

“Impressions Of The Roaring Twenties”: 40 Found Snaps That Show Lifestyle Of Young People In The 1920s

"Impressions Of The Roaring Twenties": 40 Found Snaps That Show Lifestyle Of Young People In The 1920s

The 1920s were a decade of parties, money, and extravagant lifestyles. The decade portrayed the American Dream of women, money, alcohol, music, and partying. Continue reading »

“Sunken Time”: Soviet Russia, XX Century, 1962-1992, In Black & White Photographs By Mikhail Dashevsky

"Sunken Time": Soviet Russia, XX Century, 1962-1992, In Black & White Photographs By Mikhail Dashevsky

Photos of famous Russian photographer Mikhail Dashevsky – persuasive evidence of Soviet society “era of developed socialism.” Black-and-white photos, devoid of pathos and gloss, hypnotically immerse the viewer in the recent, but forgotten time. reality (casual as we would say today) – Moscow, province, village, children, elderly – the main themes of photos in the book. Continue reading »

Photographs Of ‘El Segundo Barrio’ Of El Paso In 1972 By Danny Lyon

Photographs Of 'El Segundo Barrio' Of El Paso In 1972 By Danny Lyon

Documerica was a program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” in the United States from about 1972 to 1977. These particular photos shot in Kodachrome by Danny Lyon are all of El Paso and in particular the Second Ward which was described as a classic ‘Barrio’ on the Mexican border. Continue reading »

Artist Draws Silly Comics About Her Life With Husband And Their Pets

Artist Draws Silly Comics About Her Life With Husband And Their Pets

According to Sarah Harmon: “Bored with my 9-5 job, I started making comics about my life with my husband, our two dogs, and cat during my free time!” Continue reading »

Soviet ‘Thaw’ Of The 1960s Through The Lens Of Vladimir Lagrange

Soviet ‘Thaw’ Of The 1960s Through The Lens Of Vladimir Lagrange

Happy workers from the staged, ideologically verified photos were replaced by reporting footage of the real life. The quasi thaw in Soviet politics led to a thaw in photography, as well. The official propaganda shots faded into the background and were replaced by vivid moments of real life. Continue reading »

Life Of The 1850s: Amazing Photos That Show How The World Looked Like Over 160 Years Ago

Drinking and cards, circa late 1850s
Life Of The 1850s: Amazing Photos That Show How The World Looked Like Over 160 Years Ago

Over 160 years ago, the world was in a state of transition. The Industrial Revolution had laid the groundwork for an upcoming rapid modernization; steamships and telegraph lines were making the world a smaller place; the United States was struggling with the issue of slavery and trying to avoid a civil war; and a relatively new invention was becoming an indispensable tool for artists, documentarians, and journalists: the camera. Continue reading »

“75 Parisiennes”: French Photographer Spends 6 Years Capturing Women In Paris

Mélanie, métro Anvers
"75 Parisiennes": French Photographer Spends 6 Years Capturing Women In Paris

This book in which a selection of 75 photographs are presented, is the outcome of six years of work by the portraitist Baudouin on the women of Paris. The photographs are a tribute to these Parisiennes, whose diversity and complexity have caused rivers of ink to flow. Continue reading »

Stunning Rare Photos Of The Emperor Nicholas II Fooling Around With His Friends In 1899

Stunning Rare Photos Of The Emperor Nicholas II Fooling Around With His Friends In 1899

These photos cannot be called rare but still they are very cool to look at. They were taken in 1899 at Wolfsgarten castle not far from Darmstadt. On the photos are emperor Nicholas II, his spouse Alexandra Fedorovna and their friends – princess Ingeborg of Denmark, the Duchess of Darmstadt and prince Nicholas of Greece. As you may see nothing human was alien to the Russian arostocracy then. The images are more than a century old but the friendly and relaxed atmosphere featured on them is still felt very clearly. Continue reading »

At Home With The Rolling Stones: Surprising, Charismatic, Scandalous, Intense And Reckless, Here Are The Early Stones As Never Seen Before

At Home With The Rolling Stones: Surprising, Charismatic, Scandalous, Intense And Reckless, Here Are The Early Stones As Never Seen Before

In 1960, childhood friends Keith Richards and Mick Jagger reconnected by chance on a train. More than 45 years later, the Rolling Stones remain superstars in the fickle world of rock ‘n’ roll. This collection of photographs provides a unique record of the band before they became the icons of rock. Most of these images have never been published before, making this book a must-have for the Stones’ legion of fans. Continue reading »

They Want Their Houses To Be Brighter

They Want Their Houses To Be Brighter

Riser blocks of flats in Russia are usually so dull and unattractive that one probably wants to skip this view when he enters the house. But some dwellers are ready to do something to make their everyday reality brighter and more joyful. Continue reading »

Atmospheric Retro Images Of The USSR As Photographed By American Professor Thomas T. Hammond

Atmospheric Retro Images Of The USSR As Photographed By American Professor Thomas T. Hammond

Thomas T. Hammond, an American professor at the University of Virginia and a specialist in the history of Russia and the USSR, was taking photographs of Soviet Russia for long time, nineteen years during the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s. He paid many visits to the USSR with his family, saw Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Yaroslavl, Samarkand, Pyatigorsk, and Riga. Thomas used his photos as illustrations for his works – thus, for example, National Geographic Magazine published his material in a 1966 article, “A first look at the Soviet Union – An American in Moscow”. Continue reading »

Russian Artist Creates A Crazy Sole Drinking Art Project

Russian Artist Creates A Crazy Sole Drinking Art Project

An artist from Samara named Arseniy gave an unusual and risky performance at a height equivalent to a five-storey building. He created the image of a boozer sitting at a table, with a carpet behind his back. The performance became a part of the art project “1m2” devoted to the chase after a living space. Continue reading »

Brilliant Solutions To Problems You Never Knew Existed

Beijing Subway Allows Riders To Pay With Plastic Bottles
Brilliant Solutions To Problems You Never Knew Existed
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These clever product designs tackle problems you might never even thought existed. From treating trash as a currency to pay for your subway ticket to putting a ‘winter chamber’ inside the shop to test out cold-weather gear before buying. Continue reading »