farm city!

DOCUMERICA.

August 26, 2010
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Danny Lyon. Photographer / Filmmaker. USA.

I’m reading Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, about a white kid growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Gentrification, urbanism, graffiti, the beginning of rap music – all themes in the life + the book.
As these things go, I stumbled across a bunch of photos of Brooklyn in the 1970s – taken by Danny Lyon for DOCUMERICA, a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.
And so, Brooklyn summertime, stoop-sitting, graffiti and concrete playgrounds.


city-swim.

August 17, 2010
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Greg Miller. Photographer. New York, New York.

Greg Miller’s series of swimmers’ portraits. The top two are from a series shot on a large format 8×10 camera, entitled Asser Levy Pool from 1995.
The bottom two are from a follow-up shoot at the same pool, this summer. They were shot on an absurd-looking polaroid camera (pictured).
Nothing like a city swim…


writers’ houses.

August 13, 2010
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M + E. Analog Graphic Design. USA.

Two-colour screenprinted posters of writers’ houses. By M+E, A.N. Devers to announce the launch of her Writers’ Houses website.


strings and smiles!

August 12, 2010
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James R. Murphy. Photographer / Educator. New York.

I found these photos on a website that is curated by a teacher named James R. Murphy. He used string figures as a way to teach students math. Robin Moore was a student in his class in the 1980s and she took this set of photos.
There are about 60 really great photos here.
I chose smiling subjects but there are also stern faces, serious mugs. All with strings!


interior.

August 6, 2010
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Elements of a Home.

A real wood cook stove! In an urban setting!
That shit is dreamy…


more things.

August 6, 2010
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nacktkultur .

August 5, 2010
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Gerhard Riebicke. Photographer. Germany.

‘Nude Culture’ was a movement in 1920s Germany. Gerhard Riebicke was there, documenting scores of Aryans jumping, playing, shooting bows-and-arrows, naked.
I’m not so into nudism, but I frequently swim naked. And I less frequently bike naked.


lots (of one thing).

August 5, 2010
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mail!

August 5, 2010
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Andrew Bush. Photographer. California.

From his series Envelopes.
Literally hundreds of photos of envelopes. Of all kinds. Of all shapes. Of all sizes.
Check them out here.


toy machine.

August 4, 2010
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Ed Templeton. Photographer. California.

Ed Templeton is a pro skater. He also takes really great photos. Most of his work documents the youth culture – skateboarding, smoking, loving. I guess I like it because that’s really what life in the suburbs is about. And I’m just another product of it all.


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