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"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2 for 1 Celebrity Portraits by Photoshop Artist Gesichtermix

Impressive... and sometimes freaky results from these celebrity mash-ups by Gesichtermix. Try and guess who the celebrities are before you look at the description below each photo.

Leonardo DiCaprio / Sean Penn

Jennifer Lawrence / Claire Danes
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Sylvester Stallone

Natalie Portman / Scarlett Johansson

Ewan McGregor / Colin Firth

Jennifer Lopez / Halle Berry

Robert de Niro / Kevin Spacey

Emily Blunt / Christina Ricci

Pharrell Williams / Channing Tatum

Rihanna / Katy Perry

Ben Affleck / Daniel Day-Lewis

Charlie Sheen / Ashton Kutcher
Steven Spielberg / Woody Allen

Robin Williams / Brendan Fraser

Shaquille O'Neal / 50 Cent

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Paris a 100 Years Ago...In Colour. C'est très Magnifique!

Albert Kahn (1860 -1940) was a French banker and philanthropist, known for initiating The Archives of the Planet, a vast photographical project. Spanning 22 years, it resulted in a collection of 72,000 colour photographs and 183,000 meters of film.

 In 1909, Kahn travelled with his chauffeur and photographer, Alfred Dutertre to Japan on business and returned with many photographs of the journey. This prompted him to begin a project collecting a photographic record of the entire Earth. He appointed Jean Brunhes as the project director, and sent photographers to every continent to record images of the planet using the first practical medium for colour photography, Autochrome plates, and early cinematography. Between 1909 and 1931 they collected 72,000 colour photographs and 183,000 meters of film. These form a unique historical record of 50 countries, known as The Archives of the Planet.

 Kahn's photographers began documenting France in 1914, just days before the outbreak of World War I, and by liaising with the military managed to record both the devastation of war, and the struggle to continue everyday life and agricultural work [via wiki]

Kahn commissioned four photographers to collect images set specifically in cosmopolitan Paris: Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon. They utilized pioneering technology that employed colour filters made from microscopic grains of dyed potato starch. The artists began documenting the city in 1914, just days before the outbreak of World War I. The images collected portray the everyday struggle of real life, juxtaposed with a joie de vivre characteristic of Parisians, in a city on the brink of devastation brought on by a war that would alter the world.[via mymodernnet]

The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn Europe on the Brink BBC Documentary

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Behind the Scenes of TIME’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photo Shoot

"You get almost star-struck when you meet R2-D2." ~ Photographer Marco Grob


Han Solo ( AKA Harrison Ford)
John Boyega poses for Swiss photographer Marco Grob

23-year-old British actress Daisy Ridley. Ridley will star in her first film as the character Rey, a female scavenger who was abandoned by her family when she was five years old, in the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

 Adam Driver plays the villain.The details of Driver’s villain character, Kylo Ren, have remained extremely secretive during the lead-up to the film’s Dec. 18 release. 
Lupita Nyong'o

Gwendoline Christie: Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, Commander Lume in The Hunger Games series and now, Captain Phasma in the upcoming Star Wars sequel. Her costume has particular significance, she tells TIME. "It is rare that women get to play a character and below the neck they are really covered up to the extent that you cannot really see the flesh outlines of their body," she says. "It felt really progressive to me. And consequently I'm very proud to play this part because yeah, you look at her and she looks badass. But also it means something much deeper and it represents something of proper progressive thought." 

Oscar Isaac who takes on the role of X-wing pilot Poe Dameron

Friday, December 11, 2015

Photographer Camilo José Vergara's New York in the 70's

Chilean-born Camilo José Vergara began photographing American ghettos when he was a Notre Dame undergraduate; he continued while earning a master's degree in sociology at Columbia University. He is best known for his photographs of New York City; his imagery captured the soul and essence of life in the Bronx circa 1970.

His works have been widely exhibited, most recently in the New York Historical Society (Martin Luther King Jr.: The Dream Continues, 2013), the Museum of the City of New York (Tiny Towers: 1970–2011, 2011–12), and the National Building Museum, Washington D. C. (Detroit Is not Dry Bones), 2012; How the Other Half Worships, 2009). Amongst his publications are Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto (forthcoming, 2013), How the Other Half Worships, 2005, The New American Ghetto (1995), and Twin Towers Remembered (2001).

In 2002 Vergara was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant and he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2013.

"East 167th Street, South Bronx." 1973
 "Bronx River, Bronx." 1970

 "Girls with Barbies, East Harlem." 1970
 "Fifth Ave at 110th Street, East Harlem." 1970

"Hoe Avenue at 172nd Street, Bronx." 1970

Teenagers in the Melrose Section, South Bronx, 1970
 "Puerto Rican wedding, East Harlem." 1970

"Cadillac Fleetwood, Harlem." 1970

"View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street." 1970