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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken. Polaroids of Afghanis Who've Never Seen a Photograph. The Wakhan corridor located in the northeastern corner of Afghanistan, is a less-traveled region by foreigners.

Polaroids of Afghanis Who've Never Seen a Photograph

French photographers Fabrice Nadjari and Cedric Houin (aka Varial) decided to journey off to the remote district because of their growing fascination with the country, further heightened by a New York Times article about the area. Being that the land is so rarely visited, the duo's photo series titled Wakhan, An Other Afghanistan is incredibly fascinating. The rural area, which holds about 12,000 residents on its 140-mile strip of land, is bordered by Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China, making for an eclectic blend of cultural influences. The photographers document the Wakhis' diverse portraits against their natural landscapes. Using Impossible Project film, Nadjari and Varial took Polaroids of the people and then followed by taking shots of the villagers, many of whom had never even seen a photograph, holding their Polaroid portraits.

Are These the World’s “Luckiest” Photos? A lot goes into making the perfect photograph: a good eye, impeccable composition, and lighting skills, for starters.

Are These the World’s “Luckiest” Photos?

Yet, sometimes, you need a little bit of magic for the right image to unfold before your lens, a stroke of luck that aligns the various elements and then, your quick instinct to capture the moment. We’ve rounded up a few great examples from both classic and contemporary photography just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. These are all fantastic photographers to begin with, so take a look and decide: Are these shots lucky or are they just good?

Yes, as wrong as it feels to call anything Garry Winogrand has ever ever done “lucky” instead of simply “brilliant,” this shot of NY’s El Morocco club from 1955 is captivating. Compelling Portraits of Circus Performers. We spotted these fascinating photos of circus performers in Andrew Shaylor’s Behance portfolio and have been dreaming about running away to start our own misfit troupe ever since.

Compelling Portraits of Circus Performers

The UK-based photographer states on his website that he started out searching for the proverbial Bearded Lady and Siamese Twins — figures most of us have only encountered in places like the movies — but quickly discovered that those characters are a creation from the past. “There still exists a handful of small family-run circuses, but very few show with performing animals and the advent of political correctness has meant circuses have now become a little sanitised,” Shaylor explains. That doesn’t mean his subjects are any less magical and mysterious, as you’ll see in our gallery past the break. Shaylor has also documented the lives of rockabilly enthusiasts, boxers, and tattoo fiends. Click on for more black and white visions of circus folk. Image credit: Andrew Shaylor. Where Children Sleep: James Mollison's Poignant Photographs. By Maria Popova What the Amazon rainforest has to do with the Kaisut Desert and Fifth Avenue luxury.

Where Children Sleep: James Mollison's Poignant Photographs

On the heels of this morning’s homage to where children read and learn comes a curious look at where they sleep. That’s exactly what Kenyan-born, English-raised, Venice-based documentary photographer James Mollison explores in Where Children Sleep — a remarkable series capturing the diversity of and, often, disparity between children’s lives around the world through portraits of their bedrooms. The project began on a brief to engage with children’s rights and morphed into a thoughtful meditation on poverty and privilege, its 56 images spanning from the stone quarries of Nepal to the farming provinces of China to the silver spoons of Fifth Avenue. From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. 8-year-old Justin plays football, basketball and baseball. Photographer Dennis Manarchy Builds Giant Camera. In a world where all things small are considered beautiful and cool, a photographer is doing something quite drastically different from the norm.

Photographer Dennis Manarchy Builds Giant Camera

Dennis Manarchy is in the process of creating a camera that is so huge, it captures 24-foot tall realistic photographs of incredible detail. Photoshop-ing these pictures would be totally out of the question. The camera itself is a thing of wonder. It’s huge, to say the least. At 35 feet long, 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide, it’s large enough to fit a small apartment into. Of course, blown up photographs of people are not new, we get to see plenty of those every day on billboards.

Speaking of plans, Manarchy has big ones for his dream camera. Via Reddit Stumble. Fourandsix Technologies - Photo Tampering throughout History. Two young cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, produced a series of photographs purportedly showing small winged fairies.

Fourandsix Technologies - Photo Tampering throughout History

These highly publicized photos created a sensation, and although some believed them to be fake, many believed them to be real. Many years later, the cousins admitted that, though the photographs were not manipulated, the fairies depicted were actually cardboard cutouts posed in the scene. Nevertheless, they continued to claim that they had seen fairies. 73 Links and Photos That Will Make Your Photography-Loving Head Explode « Light Stalking. It’s been a truly wonderful week online in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy collecting the best set of links to tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone.

73 Links and Photos That Will Make Your Photography-Loving Head Explode « Light Stalking

This is a really great list highlighting wonderful work by some of the best photographers who are active online, and we hope you enjoy looking at these pieces as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you. Check out the Toad’s photoblog featuring Canadian landscapes and historical artifacts, and his Fine Art Landscape Photography website. Ask JoeB: Chainlink Fence – another wonderful and highly informative blog post from Joe Baraban discusses textures and lines in art.

The image being critiqued is just wonderful, producing fabulous leading lines and a frame for the slightly out of focus window in the background. This is a truly wonderful post sure to teach almost everyone something about image composition, and specifically photography. Broken – wow, this is amazing. New York leper colony: Eerie pictures inside abandoned world of lost island.

Snowbound: The window has fallen out of the wall in this science classroom in the school (left) while tiles cling to a long-abandoned bathtub (right), one of two in the western wing of the tuberculosis pavilion Misplaced: The altarpiece from the chapel was moved to a maintenance building before the island was abandoned where it still sits on a table Mary Mallon (above, right) was the most infamous patient at North Brother Island where she spent nearly three decades of her life.

New York leper colony: Eerie pictures inside abandoned world of lost island

Despite being healthy, she was a carrier of the typhoid virus – and is believed to have been responsible for 43 infections and three deaths. ‘Typhoid’ Mary, an Irish immigrant who emigrated to the U.S. in 1884, worked as a cook from 1900 to 1907. She was first identified as a carrier by medical researcher George Soper, who concluded she was responsible for a spate of infections linked to where she lived and worked. But she refused to listen to him. It was soon a home to six lepers. 50 Greatest Cameras of All Time. Best Cameras of All Time: Photography Monthly masters and retailers chip in to help us compile a list of the 50 greatest cameras of all time.

50 Greatest Cameras of All Time

UPDATE - 21/10/11: A little over a year ago Photography Monthly unveiled its list of the 50 best cameras of all time. With a number of significant cameras released in the past year we thought we would revisit our 'best cameras' list and evaluate whether any of the year's newcomers warrant a spot. You might be surprised by what we decided. A list like this is always going to stir controversy, and no doubt you have some strong feelings about the cameras on this list - as well as the cameras not on this list. We'd love to hear your opinions on the best cameras of all time in the comments below.

The 50 Greatest Cameras of All Time A photographer’s ‘first’ camera will always be the one which holds a special place in their heart, whatever we move on to owning. They are all winners in our eyes. Greatest Cameras of All Time... Related Articles. 10 Ways To Improve as a Photographer. Famous Photogs Pose With Their Most Iconic Images. Jeff Widener holds his photo of Tank Man in Tienanmen Square from 1989.Photo: Tim Mantoani Steve McCurry holds his 1984 photo of a young woman from Peshawar, Pakistan.

Famous Photogs Pose With Their Most Iconic Images

"I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula. "Photo: Tim Mantoani Neil Leifer holds his photo, Ali vs. Liston, which he took on May 25, 1965 in Lewiston, Maine.Photo: Tim Mantoani Bill Eppridge stands with his photo of Robert F. Kennedy after his assassination on June 5, 1968.Photo: Tim Mantoani Elliot Erwitt: "The picture I am holding was snapped in 1974 just across the street from my apartment in New York's Central Park.

Mark Seliger: "Originally an inside opener for Rolling Stone cover story of Nirvana in conjunction with the release of In Utero, my first Polaroid (with Negative) was by far the most emotional and revealing of his spirit. The Tank Man of Tienanmen Square. “I felt like there was kind of this void,” says Mantoani. Colorizing Classic Black and White Photos.

When you come across black and white photographs from the past, do you ever wonder what colors are meant to replace the varied shades of gray? Sweden-based artist Sanna Dullaway re-imagines photos from yesteryear in vibrant, realistic hues. The series features portraits of well-known people throughout history including Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Anne Frank, and a young Charlie Chaplin without his signature mustache. Dullaway's color restoration project breathes new life into these aged, colorless images. Though many of them are wonderful, in their own right, there's something new and fresh about the photographs after the artist has reworked the coloring in Photoshop. Dullaway, who is also known as MyGrapeFruit, is an active member of Reddit, where she takes requests for re-coloring old personal images.

Sanna Dullaway's deviantART and Flickr via [thaeger] Camera Exposure Infographic. Zone System. A Simplified Zone System By: Norman Koren This tutorial on the Zone System, written by Norman Koren, will be of primarily interest to newcomers to photography who use negative film — either colour or B&W. Even experienced transparency users will find it of interest as a review of an often misunderstood topic. — Michael Reichmann Why Negatives? Most professionals work with color slides instead of negatives because clients demand them.

Why then would a serious photographer choose to work with negatives? Introduction to The Zone System The first thing you need to know is that exposure meters are dumb, really dumb. Ansel Adams developed the zone system to cope with this situation. "Expose for the shadows; develop for the highlights. " Ansel Adams used a view camera and developed each sheet film negative individually. We present a simplified zone system that will enable you to expose your image correctly most of the time. Zones The zone system begins with a zone chart. Proper Exposure Links. Ultimate Exposure Computer. Imagine an exposure computer so advanced that it uses your eyes as a sensor. The processing unit is as powerful as your brain. The computer is accurate over a light range from reflected starlight through the light produced in a hydrogen fusion reaction. This computer weighs nothing and operates without batteries.

It comes with instructions to allow you to implant the capabilities of the computer directly into your own memory so you can accurately judge a correct exposure by simply looking at the type of light that the subject is in. You are using this computer right now! Everything I've said above is true. The fact is that the concept of photographic exposure is extremely simple. Knowledge of photographic exposure is essential to controlling the creative side of the photographic process.

But first, a word about copyright. WHY YOUR LIGHT METER LIES TO YOULight meters can be less accurate than you might imagine. How do you compensate for the fact that your meter is lying? So it goes. This Is Not a Photograph. Eggleston's connection to indie continues today; it's interesting to see how his work and worldview are being refracted by Washed Out's Ernest Greene, whose music itself reflects the languid pacing of Southern life.

In a recent interview, Greene-- whose Life of Leisure features a cover snapshot of his wife floating in the ocean during their recent honeymoon, and whose nom d'indie perfectly syncs the aural and visual components of his music-- talked about the simple pleasures of moving back home: "I started to realize what a beautiful place (Perry, Georgia) was and how great a place it is for a kid to grow up... What Perry loses in culture or a live music scene, it gains in seclusion and nature. Look at William Eggleston's photographs if you want a glimpse of the culture in Perry. " And most of all, we hang. Greene's good friend, South Carolinian chillwave exemplar Chaz Bundick records as Toro Y Moi. Toro Y Moi's Leave Everywhere Washed Out's Feel It All Around 7" and Life of Leisure EP.

Joseph Szabo’s Compelling Portraits of Teenage America in the ’70s and ’80s. Adored by the likes of Sofia Coppola and Dinosaur Jr. (check out the cover of Green Mind), Joseph Szabo’s revealing photos of teenagers hanging out at Jones Beach, Rolling Stones’ concerts, and in their Long Island bedrooms during the ’70s and ’80s are remarkably timeless. Self-conscious battles, restless longing, and guiltless bravado play out in Szabo’s pictures, which display an intimacy only a photographer who got to know his subjects up close and personal could demonstrate. The artist first photographed the students in his classroom as a way to break down the teacher/pupil barriers. Eventually he found himself at their parties and on the beach, where artist and subjects continued to connect. Filmmakers George P.

Joseph Szabo, Dawn in Her Room, 1985. What Ended Kodak’s Moment?