From his decorated war service to his infamous womanizing to his gifted oratory, John F. Kennedy was the world’s first made-for-television politician and statesman superstar. Today marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963, when he was serving as the 35th President of the United States. In the gallery below, we look at fascinating photographs of John F. Kennedy across the span of his life:List View
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If History Were Documented On Instagram
In case you missed it, this week Oxford Dictionaries made ‘selfie’ the word of the year. What better way to commemorate the sweeping amounts of self-absorption and frenzied sharing culture attributed to millennials than with some of history’s most renown figures taking to the ‘gram and filtering their accomplishments? While self-aggrandizing in their own right, it’s fun to imagine what–if anything–notable figures like Napoleon and Darwin would have projected to others on social media platforms. To see the entire list of historical luminaries’ Histagram accounts, head to Bored Panda.
The study of the supernatural has long been a controversial field, and William Hope’s Victorian spirit photography is no exception to that rule. Recovered from a dusty second hand bookshop in the English countryside, Hope and his set of ‘spirit’ photos come with their very own backstory of intrigue and infamy.
Over 800 of these moai statues are sprinkled along the Polynesian island. The area was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and rightly so. These ancient heads are the most creative use of volcanic ash we’ve ever seen.
Incredible Photos From World War One, Now In Color
In honor of Veterans Day, the arts writers at Time have compiled an eye-opening series on World War One as seen through the trenches. The catch? It’s in color. When looking at the historical, the mind naturally thinks in black and white–especially way back at the beginnings of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it was precisely at this time that the French Lumiere brothers introduced the autochrome technique to the world of photography, as seen in these photos. Sealing natural color into permanent glass negatives via emulsion layers, autochrome drastically altered photography’s future. Though it seems a bit unnatural to examine participants in the Great War in such a saturated light, autochrome adds dimension and life to subjects whose formerly black and white faces inspired little curiosity within history textbooks.
The Reality Of “Happily Ever After”
For those of you who blame the deceiving phrase “happily ever after” for your unrealistic–and somewhat masochistic–approach to relationships, you’ll delight in photographer Dina Goldstein’s project, Fallen Princesses. Featuring a wrung-out and wrinkled Snow White chasing after a horde of saggy-diapered tots to a machine gun-clad Jasmine fending off foreign interventions, bombs and drones, Goldstein brings a bit of disenchanting realism to the enchanted lives of Disney princesses. Says Goldstein, “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues”. For more on Goldstein’s dystopian depiction of what awaits a princess after the fairytale ends, head over to Demilked.