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My beloved is in Prague right now and the evidence suggests that it is hard to take a bad photo there. 

Weather Man

Evgenia Arbugaeva, via Things Magazine



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The Queen and the Duke

Monk’s specs

If you’re ever tempted to think you’re cool, just remember that Theolonious Sphere Monk was wearing those specs in 1947.

Monk and crew

one person here understands what Easter is all about

Mikhail Svetlov / Getty

tallgrass prairie

Bluestem grassland, Chase County, Kansas, 31 October, 1979. Photograph by Terry Evans. Click image for story.

a clash of cultures in London

Bridging Home, London, 2018 © Do Ho Suh

it me

eye massager

This eye massager from the Wellcome Collection looks like something out of Harry Potter


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Venice in snow

New York Times

Portobello Road Market (1960s)

Norman McCaskill

Norman McCaskill


Susannah Hays, Sacra Theoloigie

well, back to work

Daniel Stier, Ways of Knowing

Old Penn Station


I like the Rebuild Penn Station project, if only because of all the pictures of old Penn Station. There are some cool architectural sketches too:

Bruce Chatwin at Sotheby’s

For me, his great gift – on the page and in person – was visual generosity. He made you see different things and look at things differently. It was not works of art in galleries that interested him so much as objects, particularly those from which a story could be extracted. On the wall of his attic room in Albany, the apartment block in Piccadilly, was the king of Hawaii’s bedsheet: apricot-coloured, patterned with a shoal of jumping fish, looking like a Matisse. Chatwin had turned up at Christie’s on his bike to buy it in the 1960s. In the small Eaton Place flat designed by John Pawson – pleated like origami to hide his books – he hung pictures he had made by cutting coloured drawings from the catalogue of a broom manufacturer: rows of pinky-red-and-white toothbrushes, elegant and comic. In all his houses, he kept a prayer inscribed in Latin by the artist-poet David Jones: “May the blessed Archangel Michael defend us in battle lest we perish in the terrible judgment.” When he fell ill he took it with him in and out of hospitals.

Susannah Clapp

bonitavista: La Valletta, Malta (photo via baiba)

Robert Iwrin’s Dawn to Dusk, in Marfa, Texas


Spectators at the Wall of Respect, Chicago. Photograph by Robert Sengstacke (1967)


‘Cylindrus’ by
Dennis Ramos

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and a primatologist named Antje Engelhardt are demanding that a San Francisco federal court declare a macaque monkey named Naruto the rights holder of a few famous selfies the monkey allegedly took in the Tangkoko Reserve on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2011. The monkey, the named plaintiff in the case, is suing a publisher and David Slater, the British nature photographer whose camera was swiped by an ape while the photographer was on a jungle shoot. Slater has published a book with the pictures the monkey took of himself, and the monkey is seeking damages for copyright infringement.


Andy Goldsworthy throwing sticks


THE DAILY PIC (#1422): I was blown away when I saw these almost unknown early photos of Andy Goldsworthy at work. They are in his solo show now at Galerie Lelong in New York, in a side room hung with all kinds of rare documentation of Goldsworthy’s first interactions with nature, which have a wonderfully raw, exploratory energy. I’m particularly fond of how these photos of his Hazel Stick Throws (there are another seven shots) capture Goldsworthy’s energetic toss, while making the sticks themselves look like a drawn abstraction at rest on the photo’s surface. That contrast foreshadows the tension Goldsworthy has always achieved between his work as performance and object. His hazel throw feels like a more Romantic, British-inflected version of John Baldessari’s great ball toss.

(Image copyright Andy Goldsworthy, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York)

When I saw these on my tiny iPhone screen they originally attracted my attention because it looked like the negatives had been scratched 🙂

Filed under: photography

The construction noise almost drove me out of my mind, but in the end they did a nice job.

Chilling on a rainy day

Milton’s pram!

Unsexy Halloween costumes, via Matt Novak and John Clifford on Twitter


A man herds sheep with the help of his collies in Scotland, 1919. Photograph by William Reed, National Geographic Creative

For Michaelmas: Jacob Epstein, St Michael’s Victory over the Devil (1958), Coventry Cathedral

eastmanhouseMain Street, Saratoga Springs, Original photographer: Walker Evans, 1931

gelatin silver print
Image: 20.6 x 16.4 cm
Overall: 25 x 20.1 cm
National Origin: United States

nemfrog: Firefighers practice a rescue, 1913

Mies van der Rohe, Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper project; Berlin, 1921-2, opaque version of photomontage; here


Men blast granite to build tunnels for a hydroelectric project in Australia, 1963. Photograph by Robert B. Goodman, National Geographic Creative

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