During the turn of the 19th century, China was home to a lovely clash of East-meets-West culture. And lucky for us, Louis-Philippe Messelier, a French wool trader turned photojournalist, was there to capture the energy of the period in this series of black and white photos. Anything from unusual street performers, pristine countryside, film studios, [...]
The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things has evidence that beauty contests used to be more imaginative affairs. Take for instance, the Miss Perfect Posture pageant with X-rayed contestants (1956), the Most Beautiful Ape pageant with contestants donning ape masks (1972) and the Sausage Queen contest (1955).
Do you remember the film Amélie? There was a craze for collecting old discarded photographs from photo booths at the time. Way before that, in 1973, Ms. Katherine Anne Griffiths took her first photo booth picture at the age of 11. Since then, she’s been documenting her life through photo booth pictures. Photobooth Journal‘ is both her personal photographic journal and a blog for lovers of photo booth photography, with many gems from the past.
Google recently demonstrated their ability to predict flu outbreaks across America weeks in advance of the outbreaks themselves. It would seem that they are more than just a pretty search engine. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve now teamed up with Life Magazine, what was the cornerstone of photojournalism for the Twentieth Century, to digitize 95 per cent of their image bank that never saw the light of day. Now millions of photos stretching from the 1750s to the present day are available on Google Images at the click of a button.