France, 1942 – Nazi Germany occupies Paris. A frightened woman hurriedly gathers all the possessions she can carry and takes one last look around her lavish apartment. The south of France will be safer, she reassures herself. German soldiers have been raiding apartments for days in the Pigalle red light district and with each seized apartment they’re getting closer to hers. She picks up a battered suitcase and closes the door for the last time. It won’t be opened again for 70 years.
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Hilarious Portraits Brought To You By Wind
Who says that all photography has to be “about” something? Utilizing high-speed wind, his good sense of humor and his subjects’ open-mindedness, photographer Jonathan Robert Willis has crafted a series of photos that are flat-out hilarious. Willis aptly dubbed the series “Wind”, and in each shot, models posed in front of a blower for 15 minutes while Willis captured their rather contorted mugs. Suffice it to say that the pictorial spread is much-welcomed by us not so photogenic folk. Design Faves has even more of Willis’ work for your perusal.
This past week, images of the bruised, broken bodies of thousands of Ukrainian protesters shocked the world. After a standoff that had lasted for months, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych authorized security forces to fight Ukrainian protesters with force, a decision that claimed the lives of many. Using stun grenades, water canons and firearms to quell dissent, Kiev’s once-pristine Independence Square has quickly fallen into a bloody, peace-forsaken war zone.
To honor its 125th year of publication, the iconic yet ever-evolving National Geographic magazine has released many never-before-seen photographs from its archives via an incredibly user-friendly and modern Tumblr account. The professionally curated collection of these photos goes by the name of FOUND, and gives us a clear vision (often startlingly so) of lost decades and cultures that may seem unreal against a present-day backdrop.
Below is a highlighted collection of 25 time-capsule images that were once lost, but now are FOUND.
The Kodak Company, founded by Robert Eastman in 1888, is widely credited for bringing photography to the masses. Eastman pioneered the use of photographic film and ‘film rolls’ that would quickly take the place of collodion and gelatin dry plates. With the advent of photographic film, and the release of his $25 camera (valued at $600 today) simply known as the Kodak No. 1, Robert Eastman brought a new world of expression and artful documentation to the common hobbyist.
One of the Kodak camera’s major advances was that even at the $25 price tag, it came preloaded with 100 exposures. At the end of the 100-shot roll, the customer would then return the camera to Kodak to have their photos developed and receive another roll of film. In a photographical world defined by the immediacy of Instagram and Snapchat, this lengthy process of receiving and sharing moments is nearly unfathomable.List View
Eastman would later release an even more affordable camera to the marketplace. At a mere price of $1, the new cardboard-box based Kodak Brownie camera transformed Eastman’s small into a full blown international sensation. With its low price and incredible ease of use, it was the Brownie that us photo image-obsessed ilk can thank for first introducing us to the traditional ‘snapshot.’
Over personal photography’s 125 year history, the devices and methods we use to take pictures have naturally evolved along with our technological advancements and tastes. Thanks to the National Media Museum’s Flickr Commons collection, we can now glimpse into the origins of our courtship with “instant” photography, as well as one of the world’s first populist art forms. All photos included were taken between 1888 and 1890.
All images come courtesy of The Huffington Post.
What would have been the largest amphibious operation in human history had it taken place, Operation Downfall served as the Allied Forces’ plan to invade Japan at its southernmost main island and expand northward from there. However, the operation failed to materialize after the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the Nagasaki bombings led to the Japanese’ surrender.