Andy Warhol’s 85 Polaroid Portraits: Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, O.J. Simpson & Many Others (1970-1987)

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Polaroid photography, which looked about to fade out forever for a while there, has in recent years made a comeback. Chalk it up, if you must, to a grand revaluing wave of the physically analog in our age of digital ephemerality — the same tide on which enthusiasm for vinyl, zines, and even VHS tapes has risen again.

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Paris Through Pentax: Short Film Lets You See a Great City Through a Different Lens

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Maison Carnot, an ad studio in France, has produced a delightful short film that lets you see Paris through the viewfinder of the classic Pentax 67 camera. Antoine Pai, one of the filmmakers, told Petapixel, “As Parisians, we are so used to the charm of our city that we forget sometimes to take a minute and observe.

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Dennis Hopper’s Photography, Now On Display in London, Documents a World “On Fire With Change”

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Early in his long career, Dennis Hopper found time to “do history a favor,” using his camera to document a world “on fire with change.”
Good timing. The period from 1961 to 1967 was a less than fertile period for him as an actor after some less than professional behavior landed him on the Hollywood naughty list.

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Pierre Bourdieu’s Photographs of Wartime Algeria

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If you know the work of Pierre Bourdieu, you probably know it as sociology, or perhaps philosophy. Whatever you call the discipline he worked in, the man remained thoroughgoingly concerned with the dynamics of power in every context.

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Colorized Photos Bring Walt Whitman, Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller & Mark Twain Back to Life

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When disco pioneer Giorgio Morodoer released a colorized version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis – featuring a soundtrack with Billy Squier, Pat Benatar and Adam Ant, no less – film purists everywhere howled with disbelief at how the film’s moody black and white had been turned into Easter egg pinks and blues.

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Archive of 5,000 Images Document the History of San Francisco and the Vehicles That Put It in Motion

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Taken at the fog-shrouded Ferry Building in San Francisco in January 1906, just months before a massive earthquake leveled the up-and-coming city, the striking image above comes from The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Photographic Archive, an archive that provides a “visual history of the city’s public transportation his

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Lewis Carroll’s Photographs of Alice Liddell, the Inspiration for Alice in Wonderland

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One of the great polymaths of the 19th century, Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) —mathematician, logician, author, poet, Anglican cleric—took to the new medium of photography with the same alacrity he applied to all of his pursuits.

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Pablo Picasso Poses as Popeye (1957)

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Suffering from tuberculosis, André Villers spent eight long years at a sanatorium in the French Riviera town of Vallauris, starting in 1947.

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The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive

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Last summer we told you that the J. Paul Getty Museum launched its Open Content Program by taking 4600 high-resolution images from the Getty collections, putting them into the public domain, and making them freely available in digital format. We also made it clear — there would be more to come.

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Painter Paul Gauguin Plays the Harmonium with No Pants or Shoes (Circa 1895)

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What do we have here? Painter Paul Gauguin playing a harmonium at the Paris studio of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech Art Nouveau painter, in or around 1895. How this came about — how Gauguin decided to strip off his pants and shoes and start playing that pump organ — we’ll probably never know.

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