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Hand Colored Photographs of Japan in the 1880s

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world we can access photos instantly from almost every part of the planet, but almost 130 years ago, photos weren’t nearly as commonplace. It’s no surprise then, that images that were seen from other locations around the world shaped global perceptions and even identity. One such example was the collection of Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari and his series on the fascinating nation of Japan. [Read more…]

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“Make Me Beautiful.” That’s What Esther Honig Said When She Sent Her Picture Around the World

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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“Make me beautiful.” That’s the simple instructions Esther Honig sent with her un-altered portrait to Photoshop enthusiasts around the world. What the Kansas City-based freelance journalist received back is an insightful and sometimes startling observation on beauty standards across various cultures… as well as a hilarious look at what can qualify as “Photoshop skills.” [Read more…]

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World Traveling Photographer Takes Portraits of All of His Couchsurfing Hosts

Saturday 06.21.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most incredible things about travel is immersion into a new culture and Couchsurfing is the perfect platform to make this happen. To be a host in your own city and find hosts when you travel makes you feel less like a tourist and more like a part of the global community. New places. New friendships. New experiences.

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti invites viewers into the amazing world of Couchsurfing in his latest photo series. We have been a fan of Galimberti for quite some time. His amazing themes for travel photography, such as Children’s Favorite Toys and Grandma’s Home Cooked Meals around the world model the similarities in the human experience as well as the cultural differences that make us unique, and this series is no different. [Read more…]

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Who Knew Disney Janitors Made Art With Their Mops?

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Redditor TheVantasy made a splash recently when she revealed a little known fact about the janitors at Disney World: they draw cartoon characters with their mops. That’s right, while they’re out cleaning up after the hoards of people who visit the park each day, they also take the time to stop and entertain the unsuspecting folks around them. We have to hand it to Disney on this one – sometimes their ideas truly are magic. [Read more…]

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Around the World in 80 Diets: A Photographic Study of People and Their Daily Eating Habits

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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Photojournalist husband and wife duo Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusion have come up with yet another poignant theme for their latest book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. They spent 3 years visiting 30 countries, asking 80 people from all walks of life to share with them the visual answer to the simple question, “What do you typically eat in 1 day?” The portraits themselves are compelling and very telling of the way culture and occupation shape a person’s diet, and thus health. Along with each photograph is a list that details all of the items along with the total calorie count. [Read more…]

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

Saturday 03.15.2014 , Posted by
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One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch. [Read more…]

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Before They Pass Away: Powerful Images of Vanishing Indigenous People Groups

Wednesday 02.05.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is rapidly developing and merging each day, it is more important than ever to preserve the unique traditions of indigenous cultures across the globe. One photographer embarked on a worldwide journey to document vanishing indigenous people groups. With the goal to document every existing indigenous culture, British photographer Jimmy Nelson packed his 50 year old plate-film camera and traveled away. [Read more…]

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Artist Seeks to Tell the Untold Stories and Capture Images of Every Native American Tribe in the U.S.

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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As we see the destruction that Western Civilization is causing to the Earth, the Native American way, that the colonists tried to take away with the forceful acquisition of land, no longer looks so savage. With a deep appreciation for the land and profound spiritual connection to all living things, the Native Americans were “going green” long before it was cool. Imagine how different things would be if settlers worked with the Native Americans and learned from them rather than backing them into reservations and forcing them into a monetary economy. While the N-word and other racial slurs are culturally taboo, we still propagate Native American derogatory stereotypes, even making millions off of them with sports teams like the Washington Redskins. Seattle-based photographer Matika Wilbur has set out to challenge the prejudices about Native Americans by photographing and interviewing members of all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. [Read more…]

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A Snapshot of Central Valley California Workers

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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If you grew up in the Central Valley of California, you were aware of the mass amounts of fruit orchards and dairy farms beside the long stretches of highway 99, and the changing face of the social demographic in the region. LA-based photographer Sam Comen set out to shed light on the growing population of the Chicano and Mexican men and women who are redefining the region, as much as the “Okies” did in the dustbowl era of the 1930s. He chose to focus on the small community of Lost Hills. [Read more…]

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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week

Saturday 04.27.2013 , Posted by

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Well known for his eye-opening book Material World: A Global Family Portrait where he asked an average family in 30 locations to empty out their homes to show their possessions, Peter Menzel came up with another brilliant book idea. Teaming up with his wife Faith D’Aluisio, the duo got to spend time with 30 families around the world and analyze their weekly groceries for Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week. In the book they describe the weekly food purchases and costs, showing photographs of the family at home, at the market, in their community, and these portraits of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. [Read more…]

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