Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

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City of Shadows

August 7, 2008

These images are, as several of the commenters have said, beautiful and frightening. I more than half expect that the frightening and the beautiful go hand in hand in hand in hand (see the images to know what I mean). I just don’t know how to talk about them: frighteningly beautiful…beautifully frightening.

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Harold Lee Miller and Fair Culture

June 4, 2008

A friend of mine turned me on Harold Lee Miller a local photographer who not only happens to be very, very good, but is publishing a book on fair culture this winter through the Indiana Historical Society Press. I just viewed the pictures available on his website and they’re quite engaging.

I know that sounds like a toss-off compliment, equivalent to “They were nice in the good parts and good in the nice parts” but each picture really has its own personality despite sharing compositional elements and backdrop. Some pictures are unsettling, others are comfortable. Some show animals and their people as partners, others show the people being very much in control. I’m not here to write picture-by-picture reviews (although I am enamored of the guy with the cow) you just need to go check out the site yourself.

Miller style is clean and simple which is part of their engaging nature because it is immediately evident that there’s a lot of passion in these photos but it being delivered to the viewer through subtle signals that cease being subtle immediately upon discovery.

I would personally like to see a wider spectrum of fair culture represented in the finished product, but even if there isn’t, the photographs on display here offer firm assurance that the book will be worth picking up.

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I’m a Sucker

June 3, 2008

[via Ruth’s Blog]

The New York Times yesterday had a fantastic story that relates the only reason I enjoy going to yard sales: the possibility of finding something so completely cool and rare that it might justify countless hours perusing old Avon perfume bottles shaped like cars and books that weren’t worth 25 cents when they were printed.

Two Indiana women on their way back from a camping trip in Kentucky in 2003 bought a zebra-striped trunk only to find inside several black & white prints (and a bunch of old clothes). The prints were from famed tabloid photographer Weegee, the man who helped blaze the path for Diane Arbus and Andy Warhol (among several others).

The Indianapolis Museum of Art, will announce this week the receipt of the collection, meanwhile, the Times website has some of Weegee’s photographs in a slideshow.

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Yeondoo Jung

May 29, 2008

Not Indiana-related but still freaking awesome.

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