Archive for the ‘Finds’ Category

shorpy.com

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Quantity and quality are the pleasures and problems of sites that collect and distribute images (like Flickr and others). Confronted with an overwhelming mass of pictures and their equally overwhelming lack of quality, you feel like sitting next to a friend who guides you through 100s of pictures of a recent trip. There are a few exceptions though, and the one I enjoy the most at the moment is shorpy.com. It offers some archaeology of every day life and provides a certain context to the pictures, which are accompanied by comments and discussions. But the real pleasure of Shorpy is that it functions like a school for composition. Most of the pictures are based on classical composition schemes; there is an air of solid formal work there and you can learn a great deal why some pictures are more efficient than others.

Sgrafo vs Fat Lava

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Check out this school of taste. It’s a great collection by French curator Nicolas Trembley who back in the good gold days of VHS founded, together with Stéphanie Moisdon, the Bureau des vidéos à Paris. “Sgrafo vs Fat Lava” tells you how taste changes and how something that you hate(d) can become beautiful—well, almost. (A review.) Nicolas Trembley also runs the blog for the Syz Collection, which makes a private collection public through visual associations, real information, and some deadpan analogies.

Tîpî Zankoy Silêmanî

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Tîpî Zankoy Silêmanî—Faruq & Kamîl

Awesome Tapes from Africa

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Awesome Tapes from Africa