Sunday, November 25, 2007

Berenice Abbott : NYC Newsstand 1935

Berenice Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991 -- Photographer, "Newsstand, 32nd Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan."

Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott, 1935-1938

Hundreds of black and white photographs by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) from her Changing New York Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project. The Library's collection holds about 80% of the project's 302 images; this presentation includes variant and discarded images, plus other work Abbott produced as a project employee.

Thousands of images from the New York Public Library are available by clicking here.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sarkozy by Ricardo Bloch

Amphibious Andromeda, Ricardo Bloch's image and sound diary, features a storefront window on his life and work. The Paris-based artist and photographer also makes books portraying people's living spaces.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Watts Riots, Los Angeles : 1 Aug 1965

Looted Storefronts From Watts Riots, LA. August 1, 1965. More View Images.

Burger King Baghdad No. 3 in the World

The Baghdad Burger King is now the third busiest in the world.

"WATERTOWN, Wis. - With America at war and in need of a few good men, Jon Schoenherr expected a warm reception when he walked into an Army recruiting office in this Midwestern farm community, intending to enlist. But a sergeant gave the 17-year-old some surprising news. "He told me I'd have to lose a little bit of weight,' said Schoenherr, who dropped 50 pounds to qualify. Besides terrorists, germ warfare and nuclear weapons, military officials increasingly worry about a different kind of threat - troops too fat to fight"

KFC Smashed After Riots in Karachi 2003

Interior of KFC restaurant is viewed through broken windows following a riot in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sunday, August, 17, 2003. A mob of youths threw bricks at a KFC resturant and smashed glass windows at a Caltex station during protests following a funeral for a Shiite Muslim doctor gunned down the day before in Karachi. (AP/Photo Shakeel Adil )

Riots in Dublin 2006 : McDonalds

Lindsay Lohan Shopping

Lindsay Lohan shopping in LA: Oftentimes it's not what's on the racks in the store, but whose racks are in the store. Nothing sells the contents of a store better than someone buying its contents. The semiotics of fashion sales involves the following equation: Princess + mad search through store + a hundred maids in waiting + a thousand court photographers + credit cards + the desire to be where you're not + a stage upon which to be where you're not = Visibility (Sales). Paparazzi took this photo from just outside the store and offered it up on a hundred websites; the "browser" as Store Front Window.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cafe de Flore Paris

Café de Flore, Paris. The so-called "Existentialist Cafe", where French existentialists – Jean-Paul Sarte, Simon de Beauvoir – used to meet and where Zhou Enlai, Leon Trotsky, and Ernest Hemingway frequented in the early 20th century when they were in Paris. More from this blogger here.

Joel-Peter Witkin

Fictional Store Fronts: Camera Store Window (2004) Joel-Peter Witkin