Flowers, fetishism, felines, and females of Nobuyoshi Araki

Araki by Araki is a massively thick book that bares the soul of an artist who has no agenda other than to share his eclectic obsessions. As he states in the interview that runs in the book, “I don’t have anything to say. There is no special message in my photos.”

Read the rest

Photographs of "hermits" in Eastern Europe

escape_2

Traveling through Russia and Ukraine, Danila Tkachenko photographed "people who have decided to escape from social life and lived all alone in the wild nature, far away from any villages, towns or other people. The photo series is titled Escape. From CNN:

141117120716-07-cnnphotos-escape-restricted-horizontal-gallery

Tkachenko tracked some of them down by calling local authorities, park rangers, newspapers and nature reserves, though it's difficult to track down a man who has chosen to be lost.

"Often the information is not accurate, so many trips went in vain," Tkachenko said.

The hermits live in homes made of local resources -- lumber, burrows in the ground or caves -- and eat what they hunt or gather. If they fall ill, Tkachenko said, they live with the condition or treat themselves with folk methods. He said one man lost his vision completely but continues to live by himself in the woods.

141117120628-01-cnnphotos-escape-restricted-horizontal-gallery

"Hermits escape from society, find freedom in nature" (CNN)

Escape (Danila Tkachenko)

World's oldest photograph, and more cool "oldest" objects

oldest-photo.jpg__800x0_q85_crop Smithsonian posted a gallery of "ten of the world's oldest everyday objects," including the above photo by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce from 1826 or 1827, thought to be the oldest surviving photograph.

Read the rest

Stunning photos along road between Tokyo and Kyoto

Kevin Kelly says: "The Nakasendo is an old road in Japan that connects Kyoto to Tokyo. It was once a major foot highway, but today small sections retain some of its historical feel. In October I walked along 5 short sections of it, staying at traditional inns along the way. The Nakasendo is full of history and many artists and poets over the centuries have travelled along it, including Basho, the haiku genius. We met a lot of characters, too, and thoroughly enjoyed the exquisite details that make up this country."

See all 83 of Kevin's photos here (If you like these, check out Kevin's book, Asia Grace)

Photos of forgotten brains in a mental hospital

brainnnn

In the basement of the University of Texas Mental Hospital, photographer Adam Voorhes stumbled upon hundreds of strange brains in formaldehyde that had been abandoned for decades.

Read the rest

Debt, a photo project

DebtPortrait22

Spurred by her own financial hardship experiences, photographer Brittany Powell embarked on "The Debt Project," a series of formal photo portraits of myriad Americans in debt accompanied by their handwritten debt stories and, eventually, audio interviews. Powell is hoping to complete the project with funding from a Kickstarter campaign.

Read the rest

Gorgeous time-lapse video of Europe

Andrew Walker's beautiful time-lapse clips of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic are a real treat for desk-chair travelers like me. "Moment Abroad"

Lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by forgotten photographer William Mortensen

With an eye for the occult, the grotesque, the melodramatic, and the erotic, William Mortensen was the target of scorn by famous photographers, including Ansel Adams, who called Mortensen “the Devil,” and “the Antichrist.” His work is reexamined in American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen.

Read the rest

Yang Yongliang: astonishing dystopian landscape photos

apeopaoe

Over at Vantage, Yang Yongliang's breathtaking dystopian landscapes, each composited from hundreds of his own photos and video stills of the region around Shanghai, China.

Read the rest

Photos of Studio 54 (1978-1980)

untitled

Photographer Tod Papageorge's new book Studio 54 documents the infamous 1970s New York City disco during its coke and boogie-fueled heyday. See a sampling of the photos over at Paper and buy a copy from publisher Stanley/Barker here.

Papageorge writes:

“The 66 photographs in this book were made between 1978-80 in Studio 54, a New York discothèque that, for a handful of years, was the place where celebrities, partygoers, and those crazy for dancing most wanted to be and be seen. Because of this, it was difficult to get into: the imperturbable doormen who doled out access according to rules that only they seemed to know made sure of it. The most evident way of winning them over was to be beautiful, but only the famous or socially connected could assume that they’d be shooed around the flock of hopefuls milling on the street side of the entrance rope and through the door. Once inside, though, everyone there seemed thrilled by the fact, no matter how they managed to accomplish it, a feeling fed by the throbbing music and the brilliantly designed interior, which, from night to night, could suggest anything from Caliban’s cave to a harem.”

studio54_3

A history of functional toy cameras

Written by pop-culture authors Buzz Poole and Christopher D. Salyers (who is also a toy camera collector), Camera Crazy is an attractively photographed collection of functioning toy cameras, which were popularized in the 1960s when the plastic 120 film “Diana” hit the market for only $1 a pop. Although always a hit with children, toy cameras have also been revered by collectors and photographers who welcome the artistic challenge of shooting with a plastic box that offers only a fixed focus and single shutter speed. From 1970s Mick-A-Matics and Gobots Cameras (1985) to Tamagotchi Cameras (1997) and Lego Digital Cameras (2011) – and everything in between – this book pays homage to over one-hundred of these cameras as well as many photographs produced by these “toys.” With a camera now included in every smart phone, I hope toy cameras don’t become a thing of the past.

Camera Crazy by Buzz Poole and Christopher D. Salyers

Take a look at other beautiful paper books at Wink. And sign up for the Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

Photos of abandoned discotheques

untitled

Photographer Antonio La Grotta captures the lost decadence inside abandoned discotheques in Italy.

Read the rest

Scanning your negatives will bring your memories into the digital age: here's how

Your old film photos need an upgrade. Enjoy Dean Putney's guide on how to get the best quality from your boxes of negatives as painlessly as possible.Read the rest

Vantage: gorgeous new photography publication

1*kkVa8ng11ItBw5fSvo0MbA-1

Over at Medium, my colleague Keith Axline (former Wired photo editor) launched a magnificent photo publication called Vantage, with photo essays ranging from astonishing photo microscopy to a fascinating series on long-exposure photography to an aerial photo collection from Dronestagram.

Read the rest

Kickstarting an open hardware SLR networking add-on


Danny sez, "Lumera is an open-hardware, open source prototype that plugs into your fancy SLR camera, connects to your phone via WiFi or Bluetooth, and lets you automatically upload pictures to sites like Flickr or a USB backup, change your camera settings like focus or ISO settings, or run timelapsed photograph sessions."

Read the rest