April 30, 2012

Photos of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots

On April 29, 1992, a jury in Ven­tura County ac­quit­ted four LAPD of­ficers of beat­ing Rod­ney G. King. The beating, caught on am­a­teur video­tape, sparked a na­tion­al de­bate about po­lice bru­tal­ity and ra­cial in­justice. After the verdict, angry crowds gathered on street corners across Los Angeles. The in­ter­sec­tion of Florence and Normandie in South L.A. became the flash point, but it was a scene eer­ily re­peated in many parts of the city in the hours that fol­lowed.

April 29, 2012

Stealthy Street Photography by the Czech Secret Police

In the 1970s and 80s the Czechoslovakian secret police, among other things, were charged with surveying the population without their consent or, for that matter, knowledge. Taking pictures from under coats or inside suitcases, the secret police kept tabs on the goings on of the general public. And while the act itself is voyeuristic and creepy, the pictures turned out surprisingly well.

All of the images are featured in a new book entitled Prague Though the Lens of the Secret Police published by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

The History of Space Photography

Photograph of Great Comet of 1882, Nov. 14, 1882 (Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa).

First view of the Earth from the moon, photographed by Lunar Orbiter 1. The spacecraft was about 730 miles above a portion of the moon not visible from our planet. Aug. 23, 1966.

A photograph of Earth taken from Apollo 17, 1972.

A view from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite of nearly the entire heavens in false color.

Entire surface of Venus from Magellan, which was in orbit Aug. 10, 1990, to Oct. 12, 1994.

April 28, 2012

15 Extraordinary Color Photographs Capture Street Life of the U.S in the 1970s

These pictures are from a photo collection called The Seventies. The majority of them were taken on the streets of Pittsburgh - where the photographer lived. There's also a couple of shots of hippies and a flower selling girl in Oklahoma. The traffic jam and overturned taxi cab pictures were taken in Pittsburgh after the 1971 World Series victory.

April 27, 2012

Good Morning Vietnam: Kate Moss by Bruce Weber for Vogue US, June 1996

Bruce Weber writes about the editorial “Good Morning Vietnam” on Vogue US, June 1996:

“The huge crate arrived in Saigon. It looked like it was built for a pygmy elephant, but in it was a John Galliano dress from Paris. Photographing in Vietnam is a challenge to begin with, let alone carrying around a dress the size of a John Deere tractor. Fortunately, we never lost that dress, but the idea of looking for an elder Vietnamese man with a beard to be photographed with Kate Moss became my obsession.

“As soon as we arrived in Saigon, we started looking for him. I saw hundreds of motor scooters all around. Some of these tiny scooters held families of three or more, carrying a plate-glass window, or a mattress. It looked like everyone was waiting for an accident to happen. Yet, in a van with seats covered in white cotton and embroidered with flowers, Chris and Terry Lawrence – our forever faithful production team – would serve us hot tea and Pringles chips as I stared out the window looking and praying for the older Vietnamese man to pass by on a bicycle.

"On our second day, we went to The Sunshine School, founded by Christina Noble, an Irishwoman who wrote a book called Bridge Across My Sorrows. She rescued orphaned children from the streets, gave them medical care and clothes them. It was wonderful to watch Kate, Brana Wolf – the Vogue editor – and my crew playing with the kids. I took a lot of pictures, and I think that was the day that I fell in love with photographing Kate.

"Finally, on our last day, the crate was opened in a field north of Saigon. It was in the middle of nowhere and reminded me of our ranch in Montana. Brana, Nan, Kim (our guide) and Terry unpacked the dress, which was so huge that it needed all of them to carry it and dress Kate. The sun was about to go behind a grove of trees, when all of a sudden this elderly Vietnamese farmer with a white beard, dressed in his pajamas (which incidentally matched Kate’s dress), walked toward us from out of nowhere. Kim politely asked him where he was going, and he calmly said that he was ‘walking across this field to say goodnight to my grandchildren.’ She then asked him if he would mind posing with Kate, and he bowed his head in an elegant gesture. His grandchildren came out in the field and couldn’t imagine their grandfather being photographed in his pajamas with this beautiful young girl. He left us just like he came, just disappearing into the softness of the evening.”


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