Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Foot Soldiers

NYC photographer Christopher Griffith took extraordinary pictures of the worn and blackened hands of Manhattan shoe shiners.



Whitney Museum Official Timelapse

This time-lapse video shows the construction of the Whitney Museum of Art's location in New York’s Meatpacking District from October 2011 - April 2015.


Berlin, July 1945

This film produced by Kronos Media shows Berliners returning to daily life after WW2 amid horrific destruction.


The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish

This short silent film from 1916 is a thinly veiled parody of the Sherlock Holmes series. Douglas Fairbanks stars as Coke Ennyday, a "Scientific Detective" with a cocaine habit. The film was released in 1916, a year before the Harrison Act that regulated narcotics came into force.

Directed by John Emerson, the story was written by Tod Browning, director of the notorious Freaks. Anita Loos wrote the film's intertitles.

Thanks Bruce!

What Frida Wore

Classic cats-eye glasses worn by Kahlo

After artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her personal effects in a bathroom at their Mexico City home and stipulated it be locked until 15 years after his death. In 2004, fifty years after Kahlo's death,  Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako was invited to photograph Frida's wardrobe and belongings.

Kahlo’s right leg was thinner than her left after childhood polio – and it was later
fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20s.
As a result, she wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses that concealed her lower body

Kahlo’s leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with
embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached

Frida is an exhibition of Miyako's photographs of some of the 300 unseen relics of Kahlo's life at Michael Hoppen gallery, London SW3, from 14 May to 12 July

There is a book and also a documentary film of Ishiuchi's encounter with Kahlo's belongings.

More: The Guardian

Monday, May 04, 2015

English Writers' Houses

This is a great piece by Nick Channer on the homes behind some of the great works of English literature.

The Brontë sisters: The Parsonage, West Yorkshire

‘Haworth expresses the Brontës; the Brontës express Haworth,’ wrote Virginia Woolf after a visit to the home of the three sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. ‘They fit like a snail to its shell.’ One of the first things visitors see is the dining room, which was also a parlour where family members gathered and where the Brontë sisters fleshed out their novels, endlessly circling the table and reading extracts aloud to each other. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey were written here.

Dylan Thomas: The Boat House, Carmarthenshire

Thomas moved to the Boat House at Laugharne, 40 miles west of Swansea, in 1949. It was the house of which the poet and his wife always dreamed. The view from his writing shed – a ‘water and tree room on the cliff’ – inspired many of his poems. Here he would observe the eternal cycle of the tide and the variable, often dramatic, weather conditions of the estuary. Visitors find the cluttered study strewn with books, cigarette packets and discarded notes, just as it was when Thomas was working.

Lord Byron: Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Overlooking lakes, gardens and 300 acres of parkland, Newstead Abbey was almost in ruins when Byron inherited the estate at the age of ten. In addition to hosting wild parties, he indulged in pistol practice in the Great Hall, boxed in the drawing room and allowed a tame bear and a wolf to roam the corridors.

More: The Guardian

The Golden Age Of Automotive Styling

The "golden age" of the Detroit auto industry spawned gorgeous works of automotive styling. Robert Edwards collects pieces of this art and his collection is now part of an exhibit called American Dreaming: Detroit’s Golden Age of Automotive Design, spanning the period from 1946 to 1973.
Packard 1953 by Ben Kroll or Richard Arbib

Sketch by Rodell Smith

Cadillac ElDorado 1964 by Wayne Kady
The show opened last week at Lawrence Technological University near Detroit.
See a trailer for the upcoming associated documentary American Dreaming.

Spring Comes To Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens comes to life in this lovely time-lapse video.

Christo To Connect Italy's Lake Iseo With Floating Golden Fabric Piers

American artist Christo is bringing his work to Lake Iseo, Italy. Visitors will be able to walk from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo on a 3-kilometer-long floating dock system covered  by 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric. The Floating Piers exhibition will be Christo’s first large scale project since The Gates was realized in 2005.

More: designboom

Andre Kertesz, Watching From Above

“Surveillance” is a show at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto featuring photographs by Hungarian photographer Andre Kertesz, who died in 1985, made using telephoto lenses, or a telescope attached to his camera.

A Window on the Quai Voltaire, Paris. 1928
Estate of André Kertész

More: NYTimes