Photographer Tom M. Johnson grew up in Lakewood, a suburban town outside of Los Angeles. After many years of traveling and living abroad, the artist now has a different view (as most people do) of his home country and town. He saw the differences, the similarities, and photographed what made his particular town unique in the world. Johnson has recently published a series called Lakewood: Portraits of a Sacred American Suburb. [Read more...]
Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early half of the 20th century, it captivated the imagination of a world pre-Photoshop and gave many a memorable image of great times. [Read more...]
California has a look and feel unlike any other place in the world. Not only does it sit firmly behind the wheel — pole position — taking us all to the promised land of the future; but, it can never fully shake the traditions of the past. There’s something cosmic about the ocean, occult about the deserts, and mystical about the sun and moon of California that separate it from anywhere else. It’s not something easily explained to people, it’s something felt. Like having a glass of red wine while watching the sun set over the hills from a balcony overlooking a canyon, the sunlight kissing the brush gently as the shadows take hold, carrying everything into the night. Photographer Harper Smith catches these divine moments for us on film… maybe so we don’t have to burn them into our collective consciousness, hoping to keep their vision before us in silent wonderment. [Read more...]
Life in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky has changed a lot in the past 100 years. What was once a vibrant culture, filled with traditional ways of living, methods of supporting yourself and a reliance on community, is quickly disappearing, if not gone all together. In the early 1980′s, photographer Shelby Lee Adams stumbled upon a forested ‘holler’ called Beehive, the home of the Napier family. Their way of living stunned him. Chickens ran through the yard, hound dogs came running, small cobbled together homes had ceder smoke wafting out of their chimneys… with just one small line for electricity, it was truly like stepping back in time. [Read more...]
No art seems to have better represented the American good life than that of the iconic Norman Rockwell. Over thirty years after his death, his traditionally themed works still resonate with a huge audience of fans, warming peoples hearts with their down to earth home-cooked goodness. Now ISM in collaboration with Muckenthaler Cultural Center are bringing together contemporary reinterpretations of his work created by 40 current artists. [Read more...]
For his book, 66 Drives, Andrew Bush photographed from his car while traveling 10 to 70 mph through Los Angeles and other parts of the Southwestern United States. His photos document a piece of America often seen, and often overlooked. Check out more or buy the book at andrewbush.net.