January 31, 2012

20 Fascinating Photographs Show the Gritty Reality of 1980s New York City

Fascinating photographs show the gritty reality of 1980s New York City, a time when the city was blighted by criminality and the newly-completed Twin Towers pointed towards a brighter future.

The images were captured by photographer Steven Siegel during the 1980s - a time where Times Square was a haven of pornography and prostitution and much of the riverside was derelict and crumbling.

January 30, 2012

Soviet Photos 1960-70-ies

On the construction of the oxygen-converter shop Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant, 1973 - ALEXANDER Abaza team. 

Winter evening with the music, 1960 - Andriy 

It is not my goddamned business, 1965 - Vladimir Bogdanov


Winter, 1965 - IVAN Lunkov

January 29, 2012

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January 27, 2012

37 Fascinating Photographs Taken With Kodak’s First Commercial Camera from the 1890s

These days, cameras range from the incredibly user-friendly (point and shoots, smartphone cameras) to the complex and multi-featured (high-end DSLRs and the like). But one thing’s for sure: we wouldn’t have any of them if it weren’t for the Kodak.

Before Kodak came along, photography just wasn’t feasible for the average person, given how costly it was and how bulky the cameras could be. With the creation of the Kodak No. 1, with its pre-loaded film and relatively attractive price, regular folks could take their own photographs for the first time.

From the National Media Museum:
The Kodak camera was the invention of an American, George Eastman (1854-1932). It was a simple, leather-covered wooden box – small and light enough to be held in the hands. Taking a photograph with the Kodak was very easy, requiring only three simple actions; turning the key (to wind on the film); pulling the string (to set the shutter); and pressing the button (to take the photograph). There wasn’t even a viewfinder – the camera was simply pointed in the direction of the subject to be photographed. The Kodak produced circular snapshots, two and a half inches in diameter.
Here are 37 fascinating photos, dating from around the 1890s, taken with Kodak No. 1s. Are these amazing or what?


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