Soviet Moon Images.
'Russian probes returned the first images of the Lunar
far side and the
first images from the Lunar surface. While a manned
landing was never
accomplished, the final phase of Soviet exploration
included a number of
impressive robotic missions, returning samples and
Down and Out:
Photographs of Workers in
'The pictures show working people in the so-called
informal sector of
India's economy. They are snapshots of their work
experiences - long
hours, difficult work conditions, migration - in a
range of industries
as textiles, diamond cutting, sugar manufacturing,
brick making, and
construction. The pictures are rich in colour and
expression, but the
reality they depict is stark.'
Special days required special art -
the upgrade was probably a penny or
This 1937 example has boilerplate text -
"give Ma message number six,
like it" - but it was special enough that the
recipient saved it for
in a scrapbook.'
Lovely collection of flower close-ups from someone's garden.
Photographs of the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom.
The Age of Innocence.
Photographs of the World Trade Centre.
'This is a set of pictures I took on a visit to New
York in 1989. Back in those days, my picture taking
rate was at a fairly modest level compared to now
(much less than the equivalent of 4-8GB per day...
when on holiday). Given that, I'm (pleasantly)
surprised with how many of my pictures of the World
Trade Centre turned out quite well. They were iconic
and eyecatching buildings. It was only on the last
day of my holiday that I was able to go to the roof
of the South Tower. Three of the pictures here were
taken while I was waiting (in hope!) for word that
the roof was open (it was closed when I first arrived
because of wind speed)...'
Lawrence Denny Lindsley Photographs.
'This collection represents the landscape and nature
photography of Laurence Denny Lindsley. During his
career as a photographer, woodsman, wilderness guide,
and miner, Lindsley took thousands of photographs of
Washington State including scenes around Mount Rainier
and the Cascade Mountains, Eastern Washington, and the
Pacific Ocean beaches on the Olympic Peninsula. Using
a discerning eye, Lindsley captured images of
extraordinary geologic formations in the Grand
Coulee region, cloud formations, mountain storms,
wildflowers, and historic images of steamboats and
settlements around Lake Chelan. '
Colour Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years
Ago and Today.
'In this article there are some interesting photos
of a few Russian churches made in 1910 and today.
The fact that makes them more interesting the 1910
photos are color photos also!'
'Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii
(1863-1944) received a few patents for his color
photo technique. He traveled across Russia in the
beginning of the 20th century and made thousands of
photos. I visited his exhibition and the photos
are really stunning, especially when you understand
that they were made 100 years ago but are fully in
color. That's a real lost world of Russia before the
Soviet era, before WW2 and WW1.'
Edith Wharton's World.
'In her long career, which stretched over forty years
and included the publication of more than forty books,
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) portrayed a fascinating
segment of the American experience...'
Portraits of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Theodore Roosevelt,
Henry James and other Gilded Age notables.
'The Ants are a community of cubic-inch microrobots
at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. There are
two main goals for this project. The first is to
push the limits of microrobotics by integrating
many sensors and actuators into a small package.
The second is to form a structured robotic community
from the interactions of many simple individuals.
The inspiration behind this idea comes from nature
-- the ant colony.'
Images of Ceylon.
Old photographs of Sri Lanka.
'The institution of photography in Ceylon was
first established in the mid 1840's and was
practiced quite extensively towards the end
of the 19th Century. During that period there
were dozens of local and foreign artist who
took up the challenge to record the daily
events which took place in the beautiful and
mysterious island of Ceylon in the form of a
Vogue Picture Records 1946-47.
Post-WWII attitude and optimism.
'As only a popular and mass-market art form is
able to do, Vogue Picture Records offer an
unselfconscious reflection of the social attitudes
and values of the period immediately after World
War II. American consumerism had been put in check
by the Great Depression and rationing during World
War II, and these discs reflect both the post-war
optimism and America's new desire to leave that era
behind. Even in their manufacture, Vogue discs,
made their aluminum cores, could not have been
made during the War when aluminum was rationed
due to the demands of airplane manufacturing. '
Home Sweet Home: Life in 19th Century Ohio.
'Before the age of radio, television, and other
electronic diversions, families made their own
entertainment in the home by playing games, reading
aloud, performing plays, and, of course, by making
music. Children were taught to play the piano and
sing from an early age and sheet music was widely
available and inexpensive. The whole family
participated in the music-making...'
Hall of the World's Ugliest Corvette.
'This is -- used to be -- a 1985 Corvette. The
owner, who calls himself "Buckeye", says: "Women
love this car. Every time I stop for gas, women
come up to me. I could have as many girlfriends
as I want -- old ones, fat ones, anything. They're
all over me." '
Tamamura Kozaburo: Silk & Ceremony.
'This In-Focus Portfolio highlights three partial
collections of Tamamura's photography from the Taisho
Period (1912 - 1926) entitled by the artist as: "The
Ceremonies of a Japanese Marriage," "The Silk of
Japan" and "The Ceremonial Tea Observance in
The Top Ten College Pranks of All Time.
'The staff at the Museum of Hoaxes studied hundreds,
if not thousands, of examples of the genre of the
college prank to find the ten most worthy of immortal
fame. The pranks were judged according to three
criteria: creativity, fame, and shock value. '
Anticrepuscular Rays over Florida.
'What's happening over the horizon? Although the
scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more
unusual is occurring than a setting Sun and some well
placed clouds. '
Children of Hope.
'Photos taken last July 30, 2006 at Baseco Compound
in Manila. This is a settlement near the pier (Manila
Bay). The place covers around 300 hectares. Many
families here make a living from their surroundings,
by clearing the bay area of plastic and other
Turn of the Century Posters.
'Hundreds of American posters printed from 1893
through the first years of the 20th-century.
The collection represents the inception and
heyday of magazine, book, and newspaper posters
of the last decade of the 19th-century, and well
into the 20th-century.'
The Glass Slipper Project.
'Here's your chance to help a Chicago high school
student be the "Belle of the Ball" at her high school
prom. The Glass Slipper Project collects new and
almost-new formal dresses and accessories and
provides them, free of charge, to Chicago high
school students who are unable to purchase their own
prom attire. We distribute the dresses at Glass
Slipper "boutiques," where each student receives
individual assistance from a volunteer "personal
shopper" as she shops for the dress of her dreams.
To date, we've helped more than 7,000 young women
attend their proms in style! '
A Day in the Life of Africa.
'On February 28th, 2002 95 photojournalists from
26 countries spread across the African continent
for a 24-hour photo shoot. Their mission was to
capture the day-to-day life of Africans...'
Bob's Puzzles Collection.
'Beginning in the 1970s I have developed a
system for classifying jigsaw puzzles which makes
sense to us.' Jigsaw puzzles dating as far back as
the 19th century.
Vietnam Photo Gallery.
'Vietnam offers its visitors a great diversity of
beautiful landscapes, as well as a vibrant traditional
culture and lifestyle. This gallery tries to portrait
those aspects of the country in 700 images resulting
from 13 cumulated weeks of travel in from 1998 to 2002
by a photographer of Vietnamese ancestry. '
Miro's Black and Red Series.
'In 1938 the Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983)
created a landmark series of eight etchings in
black and red. This Web site and the exhibition
it accompanies celebrate The Museum of Modern Art's
acquisition of an entire set of these etchings. '
'Greenham Common - a name linked world-wide with
the awesome potential of nuclear deterrence and the
protest movement it gave rise to.'
'But there is a bigger story; here we explore the
history of one thousand acres of open land near
Newbury in Berkshire.'
'At 5:45 AM on January 17th, 1995, a violent
earthquake struck the city of Kobe. In the 30
second quake, 5000 people lost their lives, and
billions and billions of dollars were lost. '
'However, to this day, specialists say that Kobe was
lucky. If the quake had struck 30 minuets to an hour
later, the death toll would have been 50000. If the
quake had struck any time between 8 am to 9 pm, the
death toll would have been around 150,000 because
of the crushed office buildings, the packed subway
system, and the ever crowded streets and highways.'
The Aberfan Disaster - 21 October 1966.
'On the 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them
children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid
onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales. '
'These pages were initially set up as part of a
project to catalogue and conserve an archive of
material relating to the disaster held at Merthyr
Tydfil and Dowlais libraries. Their objective is to
act as a starting place for those interested in
finding out about the disaster. '
My Father's Hand.
'My father can no longer hold a pen. He is in a
wheelchair and is suffering from Parkinson's and
Alzheimer's. Here are some of his drawings.'
'My father, Samuel Wray lives in Newport Beach with
my mother, Ellie. She cares for him full-time, and
would love for the world to see a little bit of his
prolific talent. '
India's Jewellery Villages.
'Ornate jewellery worn by tribals in the southern
Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the
centuries is unique and eye-catching. Here a Lambani
woman, Jamkhabai, wears studded earrings called
All the Mighty World: The Photographs of
Roger Fenton 1852-1860.
Early British photography.
'The photographic career of Roger Fenton (1819-1869)
lasted only eleven years, but during that time he
became the most famous photographer in Britain.
Part of the second generation of photographers who
came to maturity in the 1850s-only a decade
after the process was invented-Fenton strove to
elevate the new medium to the status of a fine art
and to establish it as a respected profession. He
was the first official photographer to the British
Museum and one of the founders of the Photographic
Society, later named the Royal Photographic Society,
an organization he hoped would help establish the
medium's importance in modern life.'
David Goldblatt: Photographs from South Africa.
'David Goldblatt's work is about buildings and
structures in the South African landscape. It is,
in part, about actual structures--bricks, mortar,
mud, and corrugated iron. But it is also about
ideological structuring: about the mental constructs
that underpinned the structures of South Africa in
its colonial era and more specifically, the apartheid
years, the locust years, of its recent past. '
The George Bennie Railplane/Monorail.
'These photos show the proof-of-concept test track
that was built in 1930 for the George Bennie
Railplane at Milngavie, just outside Glasgow,
Scotland. The Railplane was almost a monorail,
with the car being suspended from one rail while
wheels underneath ran on a stabilizer rail to
prevent the car from oscillating from side to
side. The full title of the system was "The George
Bennie Airspeed Railway" (GBAR)...'
The Railplane was intended to combine the
advantages of aircraft and railway technology.
Most of my knowledge of it came from "Railway
Wonders of the World", a two-volume railway
encyclopedia that was published in parts, in 1935...'
FBI File: Bobby Frank Cherry.
'On September 16, 1963, in the midst of the civil
rights movement, the Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed with
dynamite. Four African American girls were killed.
Three men were convicted of the crime, with KKK
member Bobby Frank Cherry being the last (in 2002).
At the link above is the surprisingly slim file that
FBI headquarters kept on him.'
Montreal Expo 1967.
Collection of photos of Expo 1967, found on a street
'Anybody who has had an encounter with the McDonald's
Corporation, whether as an employee or a customer,
is invited to comment in this community. This
community was started as a place for both workers
and customers to gripe about McDonald's, but some
positive input is welcome, too.'
A Pictorial Trip to the Heart of
'On the far western flank of India's Himalayan
Mountains another great range runs nearly parallel
from southeast to northwest. The highest peaks of
the Zanskar Mountains like those of the Himalayas
are perpetually covered in snow and threaded by
glaciers. Further to the East, the Ladakh Range
parallels the Himalayas and the Zanskars. Eventually
all three ranges run into the Karakorum Mountains
that form the northeastern boundary of the Indian
State of Jammu and Kashmir. The land between and
among these ranges is known as Ladakh...'
Burkina by Matt: Photography from
'This website is a collection of photographs taken
during my Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso from
2001-2003. During those two years I worked as a
physics/chemistry teacher at a secondary school
in a village named Kouka. Since then, I have continued
to combine photography with travel.'
Celebrity Caricature in America.
'During the height of its vogue between the two
world wars, caricature of the famous permeated the
press and graced New York City café walls, theater
curtains, and silk dresses. Unlike editorial
cartoonists, caricaturists did not attempt to
expose, analyze, or criticize. "It is not the
caricaturist's business to be penetrating," Ralph
Barton insisted; "it is his job to put down the
figure a man cuts before his fellows in his attempt
to conceal the writhings of his soul." These artists
highlighted the public persona rather than probing
beneath it, reconstructing its exaggerated components
with a heightened sense of style and an antiseptic
US National Parks Gallery.
The National Parks of the United States represent
an extraordinary variety of pristine natural
environements at the scale of a continent. This
image collection is the result of a monumental
project to photograph in depth each of the National
Parks, using when possible a large format camera. In
the summer of 2002, I became the first photographer
to complete this project, by achieving the goal of
visiting each of the 58 US National Parks. '
Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!
'The "Justice for Janitors" campaign in Los Angeles
in April 2000 is the subject of the beautifully
illustrated bilingual children's book we have
excerpted here. The campaign aimed to organize
the largely immigrant workers who clean the city's
office buildings each night. The book was inspired
by the extraordinary efforts and courage of the
people who work as janitors. '
Abandoned Bicycles of New York.
'New York has a lot of abandoned bicycles. I don't
know why. Do people forget the combinations or keys
to their locks? Do they forget they had a bike? Most
of the bikes pictured here are pretty cheap bikes.
Some of the bikes appear to have been abandoned long
ago. Consider this ever-growing photo album a way to
remember those forgotten bicycles. '
'Brightly coloured beach huts are an essential part
of the British coast. They go together with ice
creams, sandcastles and the unreliable British
weather to form part of our experience of summer
by the seaside...'
Functions and geometries
for your viewing pleasure, from the
astroid to the
Witch of Agnesi.
Pacific Electric Subway: A Forgotten Part of
Los Angeles History.
'People driving along Glendale or Beverly
boulevards near Downtown Los Angeles may have
noticed a peculiar tunnel embedded in a hillside.
Most people don't know what it's there for aside
from an example of urban decay: The building
alongside it is a canvas for grafitti artists
and homeless people are known to live around it.
Locals refer to it as "The Belmont Tunnel" or
simply as "The Tunnel." Many are unaware what
the tunnel was actually used for.'
'Although Los Angeles has a popular modern subway
line running from Downtown L.A. to North Hollywood,
very few are aware that the city once had a subway
75 years ago. '
The Memory Project.
Skilled art students produce high-quality portraits
for children living in orphanages around the
'...Given that children who have been
abandoned, neglected, abused, or orphanes usually
have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the
portraits is to provide them with a special
memory of their youth and to help honor
their heritage and identity.'
Colour on Tokyo's Streets.
Strange and wonderful Japanese street fashions.
'The portraits gathered in photographer Shoichi
Aoki's book Fruits point the way to an
extraordinarily colorful array of youthful
self-expression in a country typically not
known for that - Japan. '
'There is energy and creativity in the teenagers
who wear a mixture of high fashion and homemade
ensembles. On the streets of Harajuku in Tokyo,
they create a novel and intriguing record of life. '
Kings of Africa.
'It took Daniel Laine, three years 1988 - 1991)
of effort and intense diplomatic steps to realize
this fantastic work. During this period, he was
able to photograph 70 soverains, descendants of
the great African dynasties.'
There are still several hundred monarchs on
this continent. While some amongst them have
been relegated to the level of touristic
curiousities, others still maintain significant
traditional and spiritual power. Born of dynasties
which marked the history of Africa until the
twentieth century, these kings are the source
of underground power with which "modern governments"
have to exist.'
The history of early expeditions to Mount Everest, the
people of Tibet and Nepal, the 1953 expedition,
The Magnificent Eleven: The D-Day Photographs
of Robert Capa.
'Perhaps the best known of all World War II combat
photographers, the Hungarian-born Capa had made a
name for himself well before climbing into a landing
craft with men of Company E in the early morning
hours of D-Day. He risked his life on more than one
occasion during the Spanish Civil War and had taken
what is considered the most eerily fascinating of all
Photographs of Native Americans.
'Indian Nations is the result of visits to
nineteen Indian Reservations in the Western
United States made over a period of four years.
This is a preview of some of that work...'
'My sister and her date before their senior
prom. Oh, the things you can make people do just
by holding a camera. '
The Garden Scrap Book of Lois
'Lois was a young woman during the First World
War, and as many young men never returned home,
she did not seriously entertain the thought of
'To enrich her life she participated in many
activities that young women of her time enjoyed.
Charity work, Teas, the Junior League and the
Poughkeepsie Garden Club all brought her immense
'It was during the 1920s to 1940s that Lois
collected magazine clippings of American gardens
that she found particularly fascinating.'
'This online exhibition features 15 images from
her scrapbook. It is a wonderful sample of "New
England" garden designs and trends from the period
1920 to 1940. '
In Search of Agenoria.
Black and white photographs of
the industrial heritage of the West Midlands.
'The river Stour is a tributary of the Severn, in
North Worcestershire & Staffordshire. This was an
area of early industrialisation of the iron trade
well before the growth Coalbrookdale, and the
Ironbridge Gorge. It should not to be
confused with Constable's scenic Stour in Suffolk,
instead we have a heroic River described by Nash in
his history of Worcestershire in the 1790's as the
hardest worked River in the Realm. '
Small Town Misfit.
A chronicle of
small crimes in smalltown America.
'Police found a 26-year-old man hiding inside a dryer in the laundry room at Gable
Oaks apartments on Colleton Street on Aug. 20. The man was wielding a box cutter and
a buck knife. He had stolen $2.74 in change and was arrested for burglary, yielding an
unlawful weapon and petit larceny.'
Hog Heaven: Celebrating 100 Years of the
'...For the most part, however, Harley-Davidsons,
like all motorcycles, are enjoyed by individuals
and groups who find biking a wonderful way to get
where they are going. Who in on-the-road-America
has not seen bikers tooling along the highway
whether on a Fall outing, in a parade, making a
statement, or raising money for charity?