Photography

20 December 2008

Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

jessica jenkins

Naples takes its Mafia anguish to the streets

Today, on 20 December, Naples leads Italy on to the streets to protest about political indifference towards the Camorra…

17 December 2008

Northern Dreams

Northern Dreams

Gentlemen’s entertainment in eastern Wyoming
Speaking of the ‘Aesthetics of emptiness’, Mike Kippenhan also sent us this picture of Northern Dreams (above), a gentlemen’s club in the sparsely populated

11 December 2008

The aesthetics of emptiness

The aesthetics of emptiness

the picture department

Pictures of empty and abandoned spaces in the US and Japan
Abandoned buildings and places have always invited photography.

4 December 2008

Happy go lucky local goes out in style

Happy go lucky local goes out in style

john l. walters

John Ross’s photo book of pub regulars, lovingly designed by Browns
British pubs close down all the time. But few of these closures are marked by the publication of a beautiful, limited-edition book of photographs. John Ross’s The Wheatsheaf RIP, designed by Browns and printed by Moore, on paper by G. F. Smith, is a paean to the Wheatsheaf, a Young’s boozer in Borough Market near London Bridge, writes John L. Walters.

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.

19 November 2008

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

john l. walters

Encores for Magnum photographer at the London Jazz Festival
We’re halfway into the London Jazz Festival, and the annual event has already delivered three great audio-visual experiences, writes John L. Walters, including movies, animation – and now some black and white documentary photography.

4 November 2008

Just like our own dear Queen

Just like our own dear Queen

the picture department

‘White Obama’ poster conjures up the spirit of Colors on voting day
Coming into town on a damp Tuesday morning, it was cheering to see a graphic design splash on the front page of free newspaper Metro. Reminded us of our own dear Queen, as envisaged by Colors.

15 October 2008

Innocence and experience

Innocence and experience

liz farrelly

Vintage prints from a Barcelona photography studio in Franco’s time
From 1956 to 1998, FotoRamblas was a photography studio on Barcelona’s main pedestrian boulevard, the forever hip and happening Las Ramblas, writes Liz Farrelly.

11 October 2008

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’

john l. walters

New York Magazine celebrates 40 years plus with a handsome special
OK, maybe it’s not a classic cover. But the 40th anniversary issue of New York Magazine has all the other ingredients that non-New Yorkers expect from (and value in) the title: meaty, readable features, effective use of illustration, funny and revealing info-graphics and great photography, such as these punchy portraits (below) of New York actors (‘They’re here, they walk among us’) by Dan Winters. Other subjects include Meryl Streep, Tim Robbins and Robert De Niro. Of course.

22 September 2008

Record design framed

Record design framed

john l. walters

Does ‘Spin’ reduce graphic design to the level of art on a wall?
The Spin exhibition is small, free, easy to find (if you’re in or near London) and won’t take up too much of your time, writes John L.
 
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