These two curious and rare "gun cameras" bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "shoot a photo." Both are exceedingly rare artifacts and will be on the block at the 37th Annual Leitz Photographica Auction next month. At the top is the Leica Gun Rifle developed by E. Leitz, Inc. in the mid-1930s. Inspired by wildlife photographer Attilio Gatti, there were only a dozen or so made. It's estimated to go for around €200,000. The Royu 1 pistol camera is a prototype from 1952. According to the auctioneers, "Due to the durability problems of the Bakelite case and the limited availability of the 9.5mm film in Japan, the camera never went into production." It's estimated to sell for €60,000 – 70,000.
The Getty has digitized 60,000 Ed Ruscha photos as 12 Sunsets, a 35-year exploration of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In 1966, decades before the origins of Google Street View, artist Ed Ruscha published a photobook called Every Building on the Sunset Strip. Via Getty: Using a motorized camera mounted on the back of a… READ THE REST
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Yesterday, Politico and CNN journalist Ryan Lizza tweeted the photo of an idiotically gleeful fellow inside the US Capitol absconding with a lectern. The photo was distributed by Getty Images, a news photo agency, and so Lizza's tweeted caption read "Via Getty, one the rioters steals a podium from the Capitol." Contrary to the retweets… READ THE REST
Add another piece of bad news to COVID's destructive fallout: it might be further wrecking your eyesight. With so many of us working from home, the time many now spent in front of a screen is on a drastic rise, now reaching up to 13 hours a day or more. All those device screens just… READ THE REST
Sometimes, you run across an item that's so functional and necessary that you've gotta have it. Other times, you find something that's so wonderfully geeky that you've gotta have it. The sweet spot is when you can find something that scratches both of those distinct itches. These Star Trek edition KeySmart Pro Key Organizers with… READ THE REST
With so many different protocols, competing frameworks, and differences of opinion floating around, it's often tough for the text industry to come together and agree on virtually anything. However, time and circumstance can occasionally come together to codify a certain app, tool, or technique as the one true way to get things done. When it… READ THE REST