Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Winners

Some of the today's best photographic portraits come from lesser known artists and photographers. In order to highlight these worthy portraitists, the National Portrait Gallery has partnered with Taylor Wessing to recognize the best images in this field. These are the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Winners. (WARNING: This post contains NUDITY).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The US Department of State's Guide to Passport and Visa Photography

Anyone who's ever gone to school, applied for a job or voted in governmental elections will have had his identification photo taken. The look of the ID picture is so fundamental that a beginner can have his taken without any instructions. However, in case of passports and visas, the State Department isn't taking any chances by making instructions plain and obvious to avoid mistakes. The US Department of State's Guide to Passport and Visa ID Photography.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Lonely Planet Photo Mosaic Competition 2010 Winners

National Geographic isn't the only publication that boasts an active online fan base. Lonely Planet has also been encouraging its users to share their own photos on its website. A couple of years ago, it announced an online photo contest and received an impressive array of travelers' photos. Here are the winners of Lonely Planet's Photo Mosaic competition.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012 Winners

One of the most iconic organizations of photojournalism is National Geographic. The documentary institution has produced some of the best photographers of this generation, and continues to inspire newcomers to the medium. With the influx of new photography enthusiasts over the last few years thanks to more affordable camera equipment, National Geographic has opened up its website to amateur photojournalists with its Travelers Magazine and recognized the best of amateur photography. These images are the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Muhammad Ali: Still The Greatest as photographed by Neil Leifer

While the 2012 London Olympics may be over, that doesn't mean that the world should stop celebrating some of the greatest sports photographs in history. Here's one of the best images in sports photography, and probably in all of 20th century photojournalism: Neil Leifer's overhead photograph of Muhammad Ali raising both hands in victory as the defeated Cleveland Williams sprawls unconscious on the ring at their Houston bout in 1966.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The 1908 London Olympics: The Greatest Games Ever Played

As the 2012 London Olympics draws to a close, plenty of historic moments have been recorded for posterity. The City of London has made itself proud with these games, but over a hundred years ago, London hosted the games set to the tune of a different climate. These wonderful images show the same passion and sportsmanship exhibited by athletes today. Truly, the greatest games ever played were hosted during the 1908 London Olympics.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Howard Schatz and Beverly Ornstein: The Different Body Types of Olympic Athletes

Turn on your television nowadays and it's likely that you'll stumble onto some news of the London 2012 Olympics. Looking at the sports individually, it would seem like all athletes have the same muscular body type, but when seen side by side, their differences are astounding. The different body types of Olympic athletes is presented in glorious detail by Howard Schatz and Beverly Ornstein.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Jamel Shabazz: Old School Street Photography

Scott Schuman may be the most popular fashion street photographer today, but back in the day another more conspicuous artist was busy documenting the street fashion of Brooklyn. The old school street photography images that Jamel Shabazz took some 30 years ago resonate with the same kind of passion and energy found in today's digital images.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Scott Schuman: Light Catcher

Scot Schuman of The Sartorialist blog continues to inspire photographers and fashion enthusiasts all over the world with his simple yet powerful images of ordinary people with extraordinary fashion sense walking the streets of New York, Milan, London, and other metropolitan cities. Now the photographer cum "Light Catcher" will be releasing his new book, "Closer" on August 29 and is sure to entertain and inspire countless others for the very same reasons.