Thursday, 5 February 2009
The Museum of Found Photographs.
'Photographs that you either found or purchased at thrift stores, auctions, or flea markets. Please join if you are a collector of historical or vintage photographs. Let's create an archive of amazing photographs from the past.'
Black and White Photographs of America in the 1940s.
'In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, the Arkansas artist known as Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America between 1939-1945. Critics have hailed Disfarmer's remarkable black and white portraits as "a work of artistic genius" and "a classical episode in the history of American photography."'
St. Andrews University Photographic Archive.
A nice collection of early photographs, and photographs of Scotland.
'This website offers you access to the amazing wealth of photography held within the Special Collections Department of the University of St Andrews Library. Here you will find masterpieces of very early photography from one of the world’s outstanding collections, as well as thousands of images taken by masters of the art, both professional and amateur, over the last century and a half.'
Photos of Leningrad under Siege Superimposed on the Presentday City.
'Painted mud-flaps of rickshaws & cycle carts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.'
Howard Finster: Man of Visions.
'In 1976, Howard Finster was sixty years of age and had lived a full, hard, life. He had worked as a plumber, a grocer, a carpenter, a bicycle repairman, and as a traveling preacher in Georgia and Alabama. He had no inkling of his impending calling to create art, so late in his life. As he was repairing an old bicycle one day, touching up some of its scratches by applying small amount of white tractor paint here and there there with his finger, he had a vision. '
Cocktails of the Hedgerow.
How to make vodka and nettle cordial etc.
'Times are hard - these days, if you want luxury you'll have to forage for it. Fed by Birds is here to help, so we bring you cocktail recipes derived from the land. Let Ray Mears drink sap; we expect something a little more exciting from the wilderness. '
The Global Peace Index.
'The Global Peace Index (GPI) is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations’ and regions’ peacefulness. It is maintained by the Institute for Economics and Peace and developed in consultation with an international panel of peace experts from peace institutes and think tanks, together with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia with data analysed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.'
With an interesting map.
The Flying Mystics of Tibetan Buddhism.
'The historical anecdotes in Tibetan literature and oral tradition that speak of mystics with powers of levitation and flight find their way into Tibetan art. The North American viewing public would be enthralled with the theme, both as an exhibition and as a reader.'
Red Hmong Women, Vietnam.
Caravaggio's 'Rest during the Flight into Egypt'.
'The “Rest during the Flight into Egypt” is one of the masterpieces of the young Caravaggio. The composition is divided by the figure of the angel seen from behind, intent on playing the violin, a rather innovative iconographic element, which has only the odd precedent in Italian figurative tradition...'
The Book of Eclipses.
16th century illustrations of eclipses.
Grand Alphabet Amusant.
''Grand Alphabet Amusant' by E Morel, ~1890; extracted from a pdf hosted among the ancient childrens literature at the Braunschweig Digital Library (the complete book has been posted above. There is next to no information about the illustrator online).'
Look at This Cat!
'I made Look At This Cat because I figured there are a lot of cats out there that people should look at.'
Sheets from a Teenage Sketchpad, 1976.
The Milky Way Over Mauna Kea.
Annular Eclipse: The Ring of Fire.
Labtayt Sulci on Saturn's Enceladus.