Gordon Parks was an American photographer and director, probably best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1970s blaxploitation movie Shaft.
Recently, the Gordon Parks Foundation discovered a series of over 70 unpublished photographs in an old storage box marked ‘Segregation Series’. This never before seen series provide the modern audience with a fascinating insight into the every day lives of African Americans in the 1950s and 60s. The pictures are particularly notable for being in colour which was still fairly uncommon for photographs at that time.
The shirtless young anti-war protester in this photo is Frank C. Plada. He later died in Vietnam.
Last October, I blogged these photos of famous women whose photographs had been altered using the Adobe graphics editing software Photoshop.
Here, a bunch of laugh merchants go to town on the way the program is often used and abused:
This is an on-going photographic project by Diego Goldberg of Buenos Aires.
Apparently sports riots are the most common form of riot in North America (who knew?). But, whilst these are usually the result of massive celebration of a win, in Vancouver it seems only to happen when the home team loses. This is what happened yesterday.
So unusual is it that a riot should come after a sports team losing a game, that the phenomenon is now being termed the ‘Vancouver effect’ by academics such as Jerry Lewis, an emeritus professor of Sociology at Kent State University, Ohio. Of 200 separate sports riots in North America studied by Lewis, none of them ever followed a loss.
It’s not all bad though, look at this absolutely fantastic photo taken from the streets of Vancouver last night:
Remember when Britney Spears kissed Madonna and the world’s parents were falling over each other in the rush to condemn her for her sordid and irresponsible actions which clearly didn’t take into consideration their innocent little offspring? I bet not one of those parents for a second stopped to think ‘Hey! What if I just turned off the television?’. Such a solution would be too simple, of course. Why feel guilty for subjecting your children to images of a sexual and unsuitable nature, when you could just spend your time whining and guiltlessly doing nothing instead?
Jonathan Hobin, an American art director and photographer has set up a series of pictures depicting children at play with games based on news events of the past few decades. The project, named In The Playroom imagines what kind of effect the media has on children now and in the future. They’re though-provoking, to say the least.
The Two Towers
Boxing Day 2005
Irina Werning is an Argentinian photographer based in Buenos Aires. I recently encountered samples from her latest project: ‘Back to the Future’. This involves recreating old photos of people, taken when they were very young. I’m sure we can all think of a photo we’d love to recreate from scratch the way Werning has done.