Simone de Beauvoir & Jean-Paul Sartre Shooting a Gun in Their First Photo Together (1929)

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In late 2012, an exhibition called Shoot! Existential Photography was held in London. And it traced the history of an unusual attraction that started appearing in European fairgrounds after World War I — the photographic shooting gallery.


1923 Photo of Claude Monet Colorized: See the Painter in the Same Color as His Paintings

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On the History in Color Facebook page, artist Dana Keller presents a series of colorized historical photographs, helping to “remove that barrier between the past and our modern eyes, drawing us a little bit closer to the reality in which the photo was taken.


Getty Images Makes 35 Million Photos Free to Use Online

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Founded in 1997, Getty Images has made a business out of licensing stock photography to web sites. But, in recent years, the company has struggled, facing stiffer competition from other companies …. and from online piracy.


The Haunting Final Portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Part of Victoria Will’s Civil War-Era Photo Collection

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No one here gets out alive, but who will live on in the public’s memory?
Last month, photographer Victoria Will enticed present-day luminaries to sit for tintype portraits at the Sundance film festival.


Marilyn Monroe Reads Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (1952)

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We’ve taken you inside Marilyn Monroe’s personal library, which included “no shortage of great literary works – everything from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, to Ulysses by James Joyce, to Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Plays Of Anton Chekhov.


Patti Smith Documentary Dream of Life Beautifully Captures the Author’s Life and Long Career (2008)

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My wife jokes that I’m pretentious for my love of what she calls “tiny awards” on the covers of movies—little laurel leaf-bound seals of freshness from the art film festival circuit. It’s true, I nearly always bite when unknown films come to me preapproved.


Designers Charles & Ray Eames Create a Promotional Film for the Groundbreaking Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera (1972)

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For several decades of its history, the Polaroid was called a “Land Camera” after the company’s founder Edwin Land, and the product line included not only consumer devices but also high-end machines like the SX-70, a folding SLR camera introduced in 1972.


Watch Laurence Olivier, Liv Ullmann and Christopher Plummer’s Classic Polaroid Ads

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Before Urban Outfitters and Project Impossible, before the adorable bickering ubiquity of spokespeople James Garner and Mariette Hartley, Polaroid kept things classy by entrusting its reputation to the most serious of serious actors.
Take Laurence Olivier.


How the Iconic 1968 “Earthrise” Photo Was Made: An Engrossing Visualization by NASA

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Let’s let NASA paint the picture for you:
In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.


Hand-Colored Photographs of 19th Century Japan

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This week, The Public Domain Review (PDR) posted a series hand-colored albumine prints (“a process which used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper) from 19th century Japan. They date back to 1880.
Some of the prints, like the one below, certainly have a foreign quality to them.


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