Barbie is recognizable for many reasons, not the least of which is her long blonde hair and warped 39-18-33 measurements, but photographer Sarah Haney has taken that impenetrable plastic smile and put an entirely different spin on it. The photo series presents the familiar doll in some frankly unfamiliar situations, like being apprehended by the police, stripping for money, and nursing a hangover. The black and white, grainy film-still quality of the images lends a haunting, overcast vibe that doesn’t spare Ken, either: he drinks alone at night, has affairs, and dresses in women’s clothing. It’s fascinating to see the childhood toy depicted in a way that makes her beatific smile seem all too eerie. See a few more after the jump and at the link. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
You would think that with the level of universal fame Kate Moss has achieved, she … wouldn’t deign to be photographed looking lascivious by her friend, the seedy predator otherwise known as Terry Richardson. However, I have to give it to Kate — all one needs to do is give the girl a cigarette and a leather jacket, tousle her hair, snap some otherwise pretty typical photos, and the results exude the implacable coolness that Moss is famous for. I like these pictures, but that has far less to do with the photography/photographer and more to do with the fact that Kate so effortlessly owns every frame she’s ever graced. It’s no wonder she’s been modeling’s premiere wunderkind for going on 20 years now. These shots aren’t set that differently from the grimy photos Richardson took recently of Lindsay Lohan, but they manage to be worlds apart. [High Snobiety]
If you’re a photography enthusiast you might know that the daguerreotype was the first widely used photographic process, invented in 1839. If you’re a cute boy enthusiast you should probably know that the Tumblr blog “My Daguerreotype Boyfriend” documents some of the hottest dudes ever captured on copper plates. With substantial mutton chops and swagger, most of these guys would look right at home ordering a PBR in a modern-day hipster bar, but I’ve gotta say, skinny jeans and hoodies have got nothing on a nicely pressed Civil War uniform. Keep clicking to check out a few more… [My Daguerreotype Boyfriend]
Photography team Inez and Vindoodh (pictured) have worked with virtually all of the top names in the fashion biz — Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Gisele Bundchen, to name a few — but one thing they absolutely won’t do? Shoot underage girls. The talented pair, who have a new book out called Pretty Much Everything, spanning their 26-year career (it’s $700, and we want it), say that not shooting young girls was a conscious statement toward the fashion industry. “They start at 14 and everyone says to them, ‘Wow, you’re incredible. You’re so skinny. You look like a boy.’ And once that girl is 18 and her body is finished growing, all of a sudden it was like, ‘Oh, she’s fat,’” explains Inez. “The poor girl. She’s just growing. We felt it was unethical to support that. You get judged anyway and it’s not easy. You have to really know who you are first. And at such a tender age—between 14 and 18—you’re figuring out who you are.” Well, at least somebody in the fashion industry gets it. [Style]
Holy disturbing, Batman! These little nuggets are much too small to be sucking on the cancer sticks! Thankfully photographer Frieke Janssen didn’t give the children real cigarettes or cigars — they are “smoking” cheese. The artist was inspired, apparently, by that two-year-old boy in Indonesia who smoked 40 cigarettes a day. The depressing thing is, though, that lots of people won’t realize smoking is gross at any age. [Neatorama] Keep reading »
If you were a fan of Patti Smith’s moving memoir Just Kids, then you’ll probably be really into this great book of photographs by Judy Linn. But even if you haven’t read Smith’s incredible elegy to her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, you’ll probably want to check out Linn’s work. She and Patti developed a quick and fast friendship, which informed the intimate nature of the photographs Linn was able to snap of Smith and her various friends and lovers. Her photographs are a stirring chronicle of Smith’s pre-fame life, and a quiet glimpse into a true artistic collaboration.
Yeah, yeah, nature is beautiful, and all that … but have you really seen it up close? The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, according to their website, “honors the world’s most extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects,” and extraordinary they are. This year’s winner, Charles Krebs, photographed the feeding of Rotifer Floscularia ringens, with its cilia carrying water containing food. You can check out the runners up and other honorable mentions, as well as galleries from years past, at the Olympus BioScapes website.
Lately, I’ve been fancying myself a bit of a photographer. Thank you, Instagram! But I think I’m ready to graduate a camera that isn’t my phone. And that uses actual film—remember that stuff? And so, I am lusting after this camera which takes gorgeous fisheye photos. And looks so much like something a character on “The Jetsons” would carry.
Who beat Justin Timberlake up? Tell us! Was it you? Was it over a girl? We bet it was over a girl? Oh wait, what? He wasn’t really beat up? This is just a photo from photographer Steven Klein’s Iguatemi Photo Series, which will be shown in Sao Paolo, Brazil, this month? Phew. It wasn’t looking very pretty there for a minute. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »