Photographer Lee Friedlander, born this day in 1934, aimed to capture the “American social landscape.” 

[Lee Friedlander. New York City. 1966.]


Happy birthday Chuck Close! This study for a well-known self-portrait hints at his process. 

[Chuck Close. “Study for Self-Portrait.” 1968.]


Ansel Adams' eery, beautiful moonrise over a church and cemetery near Hernandez, New Mexico


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For his famous Cowboys and Girlfriends series, Richard Prince appropriated many images directly from the glossy Marlboro cigarette advertisements, then re-photographed, cropped and eliminated the text. This subtle act of re-photographing advertising images and presenting them as his own, initiates a new, critical approach to the production of art but is not dissimilar to the art-historically rooted method employed by Marcel Duchamp and the ready-made. 


A photographer for Coco Chanel for over three decades, Horst P. Horst was strongly supported by members of the fashion community, including the prominent fashion editor Diana Vreeland. In addition to his fashion shots and portraiture, Horst photographed landscapes, architectural interiors, and still lifes throughout his career. Embraced by the art world, Horst began exhibiting his work in significant art galleries as early as 1932, and continued throughout his career.

Pictured: New York Still Life, 1946, by Horst P. Horst


Back in 2006, a group of 6 artists transformed an airplane hangar into the world’s largest pinhole camera. What did they do with it? Create the world’s largest photograph, of course. 

The 107 ft. wide by 31 ft. high photo is on display at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia through November 2014.

The World’s Largest Photograph Goes on Display

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Polaroid inventor Edwin Land, the Steve Jobs of his day, was born on this day in 1909 – here are some timeless lessons in ingenuity and innovation from the story of Polaroid


This Man Took 445 Photobooth Portraits of Himself Over 30 Years, and Nobody Knows Why

For three decades, starting in the 1930s, he did the same thing. He’d sit inside a photo booth. He’d smile. He’d pose. 

And then—pop! pop! pop!—out would pop a glossy self-portrait, in shades of black and white. There he was, staring back at himself … and grinning. And, sometimes, almost scowling. There he was, mirthful. And, sometimes, almost scornful.  

The man—nobody knows who he was—repeated this process 455 times, at least, and he did so well into the 1960s. Nobody knows for sure why he did it. Or where he did it. All we know is that he took nearly 500 self-portraits over the course of thirty years, at a time when taking self-portraits was significantly more difficult than it is today, creating a striking record of the passage of time. 

The man’s effort is now being shared with the public in the form of a collection being shown at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick. “445 Portraits of a Man,” the exhibit is appropriately called, takes these early, earnest selfies and presents them as art.

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