Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jodi Bieber and the Other Afghan Girl

About two months ago, Steve McCurry and his portraits were featured on this blog, with his world famous photograph of the Afghan Girl taken over 25 years ago mentioned in passing. This week's photograph draws some inspiration from that image, although it turns that inspiration into something both haunting and stirring. This is the portrait of another Afghan girl, Bibi Aisha as photographed by Jodi Bieber.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Public Enemies: The FBI Most Wanted

The last two posts have dealt with images of criminals and lawbreakers of the past, so what better way to end this week than to feature the photographs and mug shots of America's most wanted fugitives of the present. These are the faces of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Usual Suspects: Old Sydney Police Mug Shots

These aren't stills or publicity photographs for a 1920s era gangster film. Instead, these astonishing images are actually mug shots and booking photographs from criminals arrested in Sydney and around New South Wales in the early decades of the 20th century.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Weegee: The Papparazzi of the Night

It's time to step away from curious encounters in the country and focus on the seedier side of midnight in the city. Herein presented are the gritty photographs of lawbreakers, victims and crime scenes as seen by the early 20th century photographer Arthur Fellig, more popularly known as Weegee.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Amy Stein: Not So Domesticated Animals

What happens when humans encounter animals in the wild? Or better yet, what happens when wild animals encounter humans in the city? And do these rare and not-so-rare occurrences hold any lasting value beyond the moment? The answers to these questions might be found in photographer Amy Stein's Domesticated series.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Joel Sartore: Rare and Beautiful Creatures

A few days from now, the world will observe Endangered Species Day on May 22. That's the date set aside by the Endangered Species Coalition, a group dedicated to protecting creatures and their habitats that are in danger of vanishing. What better way to commemorate this occasion than to feature the photographs from Joel Sartore's Rare series.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Irving Penn: Small Trades, Big Pride

The previous couple of posts highlighted the gloomy side of labor, but those shouldn't dissuade you from the idea of manual labor or work in general. Both Lewis Hine and Sebastião Salgado sought to expose the hardships faced by laborers in their working environment, but Irving Penn's Small Trades project created half a century ago illustrates the exact opposite by portraying these workers in a beautiful light.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sebastião Salgado: The Modern Face of the Worker

The images of child laborers photographed by Lewis Hine in the previous post are like a faint memory from a distant past, but the reality of today's working man isn't so far removed from those of the previous feature. The harsh reality of manual labor as captured by Hine a century ago is still reflected in the faces of today's laborers as photographed by Sebastião Salgado.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Sunshine Award

A big thank you to Heel in Mint who runs the Heel in Mint Blog for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! If you want to learn more about the fashion industry, the Heel in Mint blog is your ticket.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Lewis Hine: The Littlest Laborers

This week saw many countries commemorate International Workers Day. While many labor groups use this day to advocate for improvements to their present working condition, this day should also be used to celebrate how much has improved for workers all over the world. These improvements are quite striking when you see the historic photographs of child labor as captured by the legendary photographer Lewis Hine.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


With the news currently flooded with the news of Osama bin Laden's death, it would be a good breather to feature something different. Finishing off the first part of this blog's first astronomy series is a post that features neither a photograph nor a photographer. Instead, it's an amazing piece of artwork from a very talented artist.