Here is a fairly large gallery of images from found film, taken during WWII. They were developed by The Rescued Film Project. Now, normally when you see these galleries, they are images of things happening in Europe, where the fighting was taking place; pictures of destroyed street corners, blown-up equipment, etc. These, however, show what was taking place on the homefront, a perspective that can go unnoticed. That is why these images are interesting to me.
A fantastic series of photos showing various offices around the world, shot in places such as Texas, Russia, Yemen, and Liberia among others. It’s incredibly interesting to see the environment that people spend their time in. These photos show such a difference from one country to another and among different levels of bureaucracy. When viewing these images, be sure to let your eyes take in every corner of each office and imagine yourself working in that room, coping with the mounds of papers stuffed in every corner, or dealing with the lack of technology, or starting each day off by writing the date and a Bible verse on a blackboard. It’s surely fascinating to see how people all over the world deal with such a common thing.
There is a certain age at which everyone must have some sort of adventure. Michael Huniewicz had one in the country of Mauritania, where he rode on top of an iron ore train across the Sahara Desert, capturing incredible images along the way. His entire gallery is widely diverse, having traveled just about eveywhere from the looks of it. It is easy to get lost in the exhaustive amount of photos he has presented on his website. Spend a few minutes on a journey-by-proxy across the desert.
As if Dennis Hopper wasn’t already practically the epitome of the word “cool”, here is a gallery of his photographic work to enjoy. Dennis’ “counterculture cred” allowed him to get into some unique situations for a photographer. He perfectly captured images of all aspects of life – fairly straightforward street scenes, bullfighting, and lots of Hippie acitivities, but most notable are his photos of people like Andy Warhol, Ike and Tina, The Grateful Dead, etc. His work behind the lens rivals the work he did in front of it.
Someone has uploaded an incredible gallery of production stills from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you’re a fan of the movie, or of Stanley Kubrick, you will love this set of photos that cover everything from the primate monolith war to the rotating space station to the inner components of HAL himself.
Vivan Maier was a nanny, and nothing more than that for all outward appearances. But she lived a double life – part of the time she was a nanny, part of the time she was a street photographer in Chicago, IL with an acute eye for catching people in just the right moment. She never told anyone about her photographs. It wasn’t until after she died that her work was discovered when a real estate agent named John Maloof purchased a box of negatives, with no idea who took the photos or what the subject of the photos was. His discovery was shocking – over 10,000 negatives containing some of the best street photogaphy from decades past that has been seen. Here is a great article from Chicago Magazine detailing Vivian’s life and the discovery.
Also, check out Vivan Maier Prints, the website that John Maloof created to showcase Vivian’s work.
This article from Chicago Magazine profiles photographer Art Shay’s favorite subject – his wife Florence. The photo series is simply amazing, and nothing I type here can possibly do justice to what you will find, so click the link and see for yourself.