Here's part 3 of the The Big Picture's 2012 round up.
Here's part 2 of The Big Picture's 2012 round up.
Olympic rings panorama from Tower Bridge via Reddit
@Big_Picture has the deatils on their website.
Amazing 64 Megapixel image of Earth up over at Flickr, courtesy of NASA's new Earth-observing Suomi NPP satellite.
Just been remided of Jamie Livingston's amazing, touching and powerful photography project - where he took a Polaroid photo every day for 18 years, ending at his deathbed.
You can see many of the photos here.
Via Chase Jarvis
A wired Brad Pitt and a suited Michael Shannon amongst the video portraits in this year's New York times: Hollywood Edition.
35mm movie camera from the Lomo team and their ongoing "what is digital?" theme
360 Cities has a powerful 360 degree panoramic photo documentaing the utter devastation wrecked on Hiroshima by the first atomic bomb in 1945.
An estimated 4.7 square miles of the city were destroyed, including 69% of it's buildings. The domed building in the centre of the photo still stands today as a monument to the destruction, next to the incredibly moving museum and peace memorial which document the events.
Fascinating set of photos over at www.simonmenner.com where the photographer has curated photos from the vast, formerlly secret archive of East Germany's Stasi secret police.
"In a time that is more and more defined by mechanisms of surveillance the "gaze of the Big Brother" seems ever more omnipresent. This brings me to the point to ask myself what it really is that the Big Brother sees. Can the terror such a repressive system spreads be found in these images? Or is the "gaze of evil" pretty banal and we have to attach the terror ourselves?
Mostly the results of surveillance remain hidden. An outstanding exemption is the work of the East German Stasi, which has been made widely accessible after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I believe that these archives can broaden our understanding of the function of surveillance and repression."
Great set of photos up at The Independent documenting life in the DPRK.
Odd Zelig-style quirk of history, with Lee Harvey Oswald in the background as John Wayne chows down with some marines on a visit. Details here
With only one mission remaining, there's still time for a Space Shuttle photo-op - and Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli got this amazing image as he departed the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz capsule. More fantastic potential wallpapers on the official Flickr page.
Despite the blatantly home made stylings, Sean Young has a great selection of personal photos on her apparently 'official' and seemingly up-to-date website, including this great batch from her days on the set of Blade Runner.
the Silent Film Director iPhone app is still free today (in case you want to shoot in black and white without sound). Comes w "Evil Plan FX"
as any of you who've flown Chimp Air know, we're always watching the skies, but it looks like @stefmara has won that game: she tweeted these pics of the shuttle from her iPhone
New instalment of on-set photos up at jeffbridges.com - from True Grit and taken by the man himself. Looks like a fun shoot.
That's Matt Damon's tragoedia/comedia above.
Take a look at Irina Werning's lovely photo project Back To The Future, which re-creates childhood photos years later.
turn your iPhone into a slightly more complicated camera with this TurtleJacket add-on
"Turtle Jacket turns your iPhone into a unique multi-purpose digital camera. There are 2 tripod mounts, 2 strap holes and a 37mm thread (female) for conversion lenses."
Great shot of a low-flying airplane over Russell Square. Via Google Maps.
The Big Picture has a round up of some of the winners from the 2011 World Press Photo awards.
It was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster last week - a traumatising event that I remember watching on live TV as a child and one that would set back the space programme by many years.
Via The Big Picture
Been meaning to put this up for a while: a great set of early colour photos from the Library of Congress. It's so strange to see an era we are so accustomed to seeing in black and white represented in such vivid colour. For the first time, you feel that these are real people that you can relate to as humans. So real that the photos look magically art directed.
Via Vincent Laforet
It's not all chimp friendly vistas of Hong Kong skylines and snowboarding however, with earthquakes dominating this year's selection.
UPDATE: Part 2 of 3 can be found here.
Nice photo + video piece over at The New York Times, with 14 Hollywood A-listers playing 14 classic film archetypes. James Franco comes out well as usual, but so do Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton and others.
Shot by photographer Solve Sundsbo, on the forthcoming Red Epic digital cinema camera.
v interesting photography blog: guess the lighting
"Armed with only a wacom tablet, less-than-mediocre drawing skills and an acute sense of smell, professional photographer Ted Sabarese guesses how individual images were lit by other photographers and then sketches corresponding lighting diagrams. It's what you always wanted to know but didn't know who to ask."
for all of you who thought you were Blade Runner fans... an intense re-edit from François Vautier:
"An experimental film in tribute to Ridley Scott's legendary film Blade Runner (1982)
This film was made as a unique picture with a resolution of 60.000 x 60.000 pixels (3.6 gigapixels) It was made with 167,819 frames from Blade Runner."
Sad news that photographer Corrine Day has passed away.
It's 60 years since the war started in Korea. The Big Picture has a round up.
when did this happen? Aiptek 3D camcorder: Aiptek's new 3D-HD camcorder is the most powerful on the market today. Utilizing powerful, dual-HD sensors allows you to capture 3D stills and videos that can be converted with the included software to work with most major brand 3D televisions. The 3D-HD has a built-in 3D LCD for instant playback, or you can connect it to your PC via USB, or to your HDTV via HDMI. It also has the ability to shoot video and capture still photos in standard 2D. Open up a whole new Dimension of video with Aiptek's 3D-HD camcorder.
Sunday June 7th marked the 66th anniversary of D-Day. The Big Picture says it best.
The Big Picture has a topical round up of photos - documenting 1980's huge volcanic eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington state.
in case you missed yesterday's Metro, another fun project: Stefan Le Du has been taking pics of his Stormtroopers every day
A typically outstanding collection of pictures up at The Big Picture, documenting the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
This one caught my eye. Look how neat those protest signs are!
The US National Archives have made a large chunk of their Documerica project from the 1970's available on Flickr. In the wake of the Nixon-created Environmental Protection Agency, the project set up to document the environmental state of the US at the time - with Koyaanasqatsi-esque results.
Star Wars On Earth - great set of photos from Cédric Delsaux over at WorldFamousDesignJunkies
More info has emerged on the forthcoming third LP from Band of Horses, Infinite Arms, due to arrive on May 18th. The satisfyingly familiar cover is by Christopher Wilson, who's portfolio looks like a peek inside my iPod. Buy the image from The Funeral single here.
Looks like old favourite Sub Pop have got the heave-ho however, with the release coming via Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia/TopSpin.
Nothing makes for a lazy blog post quite like a new set of photos from The Big Picture. Here's New York City AND Las Vegas from above.
superheroes at war on Flickr