31 Photos That Encapsulate The Crisis In Ferguson, Missouri

August 15, 2014

Police Weapon

Police gunning down an unarmed teenager, descending on non-violent protestors with tanks and special-ops forces, streaming tear gas in the eyes of journalists who ask too many questions and arresting those who are simply doing their jobs. Is Ferguson, Missouri our first taste of what a police state in the United States might look like?

The demonstrations and the descent into authoritative madness came days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, a largely black neighborhood in the outskirts of St. Louis. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by a police officer following a dispute whose details remain unclear.

On Wednesday, a wide swath of Ferguson residents and those interested in the story–parents and children, religious leaders, political activists and journalists alike–began to congregate along West Florissant Avenue, one of Ferguson’s main streets, to express their opposition to Saturday’s events. St. Louis is one of the most segregated cities in the country, and many participants believe Brown’s killing was yet another act of racially-motivated police brutality. Others marched in protest of the militarization of our nation’s police forces and the seemingly negative relationship between their power and accountability.

Ferguson Arms Up

Things devolved into chaos relatively quickly, as participants began to loot and burn down gas stations, and police officers–yet again–took it upon themselves to restore “order” by over-the-top displays of force and threats of arrest if demonstrators didn’t vacate the premises immediately.

Meanwhile, journalists for publications like The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested after simply doing their jobs–recording footage of police officers, an act which is in fact legal. Al-Jazeera America reporters were later subjected to tear gas while police smashed their cameras and lights.

Ferguson Don't Shoot

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Photo Farewells: The Last Known Photographs Of 15 Icons

August 14, 2014

If one holds stock in cliches, then it is true that pictures are worth a thousand words. But when said picture is someone’s last known photograph, that proposed value increases immensely. Naturally, our fascination with celebrity icons and the culture they reflect and create extends to their final images caught on film. Some may consider seeking these photos out to be a morbid pastime, others would see it as a remembrance, but these sorts of photos undoubtedly serve as a reminder of our own mortality; that even the best and brightest of us are not immune to the inevitable. We may try to see some telling truth in their eyes, some lesson to take from their lives.

Below are the final known photographs of several celebrities and well-known figures whose time ran out too soon, whose demons led to unspeakable tragedy, and whose reign of terror ended before they had the opportunity to unleash any more cruelty onto the world.

Last Known Photographs: John Lennon

The final photograph of John Lennon captures the former Beatles front-man signing an autograph for his soon to be killer, Mark David Chapman. Chapman, also pictured, would return to the musician’s apartment a few hours later and shoot him several times as Lennon returned home with wife Yoko Ono.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Last Known Photographs Hoffman

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Go Home, Banksy: Our Guide To DUMBO Street Art

August 11, 2014

We here at All That Is Interesting’s headquarters in Brooklyn, NY love to uncover the world’s most amazing, bizarre, and interesting corners and share our findings with you. Sometimes, though, we don’t need to go very far. In fact, our office is located in DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass) – home to some of the borough’s best street art.

Back in 2013, the DUMBO Improvement District, Two Trees Management Co, the New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program, and the Jonathan LeVine Gallery invited eight internationally renowned artists to paint eight different murals in an effort to beautify the neighborhood. They’re centered around a four-block radius along the BQE.

We sent All That Is Interesting’s own Chris Altman out on the streets with nothing but the clothes on his back (and photographer Killian Simon) to document these backyard beauties. This is what happened:

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Brooklyn Street Art Yiko Shimizu

New Yorker, award-winning illustrator and Hello Kitty creator Yuko Shimizu teamed up with painter Coby Kennedy to create some octopus-inspired mural magic. You can see it for yourself on Jay Street/BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art DALeast

Beijing born and Cape Town-based artist DALeast began creating street art in 2004, and has quickly risen to international prominence. Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art DALeast 2

DALeast is a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video maker, and his mural is located on Pearl Street/ BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is responsible for this incredible Lotus Woman mural, but this is hardly his first well received work of art. In fact, you are likely already familiar with his work. Fairey is the mastermind behind Obama’s 2008 “Hope” poster, and his art has been shown at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, just to name a few. Lotus Woman is located at Bridge Park 2 (behind York Street F stop). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art CAM

Native Brooklyn artist Craig Anthony Miller (aka CAM) designed and painted this enormous work of art at Bar & Grill Park, York Street between Pearl and Adams. This owl mural isn’t CAM’s only contribution to the Brooklyn beautification project. He is an “integral part of the visual fabric of the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, NY.” Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Stefan Sagmeister

Artist Stefan Sagmeister designed this mural, and painter Coby Kennedy brought it to life. Sagmeister started designing early: by age 15 he’d already created an Austrian youth magazine “Alphorn,” and since then he’s gone on to design for clients like the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. His mural is on Jay Street/BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Faith47

If you’ve ever been to Cape Town, South Africa, chances are you’ve seen lots of art by Faith47. She’s self-taught, and her art often deals with political, economic, and emotional disillusionment. Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Faith47 2

Her works adorn the streets of London, Shanghai, Paris, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Nairobi, and Melbourne, among many others. Faith47’s mural is on Pearl Street/ BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Gilberto Aceves Navarro

This one isn’t a mural, and is wasn’t part of the DUMBO Walls Project, but it’s so cool we had to include it. Gilberto Aceves Navarro created this aptly named “Las Bicicletas” exhibit to encourage discussion about bikes, biking, and urban living. It’s located a few blocks south of the York Street stop of the F-train, but there are more “Las Bicicletas” exhibits (122 sculptures total) all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. Source: Killian Simon

Going Behind The Scenes Of Summer’s Hottest Movies

August 10, 2014
Transformers Filming in 2014

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Although people haven’t flocked to movie theaters too frequently this summer (blame it on the World Cup, maybe?), there have been more than a handful of new films to get excited about. From Disney’s Maleficent to the all-new Guardians of the Galaxy, the summer’s hottest films have gotten people talking. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at 2014′s summer hits and misses.

Guardians of the Galaxy

While Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest in a string of rapid-fire Marvel movies, these guardians aren’t your average bunch of superheroes. Based on the Marvel comic-book series, this group of superheroes consists of various imaginary and otherworldly characters, including a spunky raccoon named Rocket Raccoon. To create these diverse characters, the film—which features big-name actors like Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel—required its fair share of special effects. These two images go behind the scenes to give viewers a quick look at the time and energy that went into creating this unique group of superheroes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Behind the Scenes

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Stills from Guardians of the Galaxy

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Margarita Kareva’s Enchanting Photographic Fantasies

August 10, 2014
Margarita Kareva Snow White

Everyone recognizes the classic beauty of Snow White, one of the most adored fairytale princesses of all time. Source: Facebook

Russian photographer Margarita Kareva is both the subject and author of a fairy tale. Just three short years into her photography career, and she has already carved out a niche – as well as an ever-expanding fan base – in the world of fantasy photography.

Specializing in images that beautifully transform her female subjects into princesses and witches alike, there is a definitive fairytale feel in each portrait. Some are based on specific, well-known stories, but all are inspired by her love of fantasy books.

Combining real props and costumes with digital manipulations and other surreal elements, Margarita Kareva captures the wonder and imagination children feel growing up with magical characters and locations, bewitching us with her technical and creative capacities.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXVII

August 8, 2014
Small Man Nature Trees

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Scenic Self-Portraits To Make You Feel Wonderfully Small

Small Man Nature Canyon

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It’s easy to misunderstand our size and importance in the scope of the universe. Current natural events suggest that yes, people do have a knack for altering–and perhaps irrevocably so–our climate and ecosystems. And when you look at just how vast these systems and landforms are compared to our puny stature, it’s pretty mystifying that we can. The photos at 500PX highlight that stark contrast, and we encourage you to check it out.

Small Man Nature Desert

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