Exposure

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Exposure: Andy’s Food Mart by Tibor Kalman and M&Co
The virtue of the vernacular


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Exposure: License Photo Studio by Walker Evans
The building as camera


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Exposure: Drape (Cavalcade III) by Eva Stenram
Abducted in plain sight


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Exposure: Mrs. E.N. Todter by Dion & Puett Studio
Art and the Ladies’ Field Club


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Exposure: Rayograph with Gun by Man Ray
The poetry of the cameraless photo


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Exposure: Clive Owen in character by Dan Winters
Anatomy of a publicity picture


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Exposure: Assicurazioni Generali by Tošo Dabac
The textual unconscious of Zagreb


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Exposure: Motion Efficiency Study by Frank Gilbreth
The ghost in the grid


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Exposure: Commuter in Tokyo by Michael Wolf
How to cope with compression


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Exposure: Ford Motor Plant by Charles Sheeler
The cathedral of industry


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Exposure: Adamanese Man by Maurice Vidal Portman
Photography for anthropologists


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Exposure: Domestic Interior by Nicole Bachmann
Design for everyday life?


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Exposure: Cement Sky by Marla Rutherford
A fetish for motels


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Exposure: Wintery Forest by Yang Yongliang
Building the new China


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Exposure: Nurse Midwife by W. Eugene Smith
The mystery of birth


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Exposure: Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman
The photographer as performer


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Exposure: Guts of the Beast by Marcus Nilsson
How to take a food picture


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Exposure: Woman Mourning by Don McCullin
What are images of suffering for?


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Exposure: Cabaret de l'Enfer by Harry C. Ellis
The ghoulish cavern in the villa of Ormen


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Exposure: Chimpanzee by James Mollison
Looking into the face of an ape


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Exposure: Operating Room by Augustine H. Folsom
Early surgery as public theater


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Exposure: Francis Bacon by Bill Brandt
Portrait of the artist or photographer?


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Exposure: Oildale by Rudy VanderLans
The dismal beauty of an oil field


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Exposure: House #3 by Francesca Woodman
Fabricating a phantom girl


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Exposure: Copacabana Beach by Thomaz Farkas
A pioneer of Brazilian photography


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Exposure: Bar in Valparaiso, Chile by Sergio Larrain
The ambiguity of soft focus


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Exposure: Suburban House at Night by Todd Hido
The pleasure in not knowing


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Exposure: Man with a Bandaged Head
The aftermath of extreme weather


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Exposure: Portrait of Space by Lee Miller
Frames within frames in the desert


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Exposure: H.P. Lovecraft by Lucius B. Truesdell
The master of horror


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Exposure: Morandi’s Objects by Joel Meyerowitz
The sublime in ordinary things


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Exposure: Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker
The performance of a picture


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Exposure: American Hermit by Alec Soth
Alone in the great outdoors


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Exposure: Pirelli Calendar Model by Peter Lindbergh
The production line of glamor


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Exposure: Kreuzberg Tower in Berlin by Hélène Binet
The aura of a building


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Exposure: Marlene Dietrich Billboard by Brassaï
Superhuman mystique of a star


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Exposure: Crashed Car by Arnold Odermatt
Fast and Furious: a retrofit


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Exposure: Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude
Beauty, androgyny, and threat


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Exposure: Beauty Salon in Kraków by David Hlynsky
The Surrealism of window displays


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Exposure: Crime Scene in Paris by Alphonse Bertillon
The killing of a bank messenger


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Exposure: Children at Play in the City by Shirley Baker
The freedom of the street


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Exposure: Rossellini and Lynch by Helmut Newton
A primal lovers’ tryst


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Exposure: Woman Mailing a Letter by Clifton R. Adams
The spell of vintage color


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Exposure: James Nachtwey by Antonin Kratochvil
Portrait of a war photographer


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Exposure: Dysturb poster in Paris by Jeanne Frank
Taking photojournalism to the street


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Exposure: American Family by Ralph Eugene Meatyard
The otherness of other people


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Exposure: Bookstore in Barcelona by Gabriel Casas
A new vision of the book


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Exposure: Invisible Man by Gordon Parks
The view from an electric cave


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Exposure: Kuwait, 1991 by Sophie Ristelhueber
The scars of a desert war


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Exposure: Newport Baths by Max Dupain
Sun, sea, and disconnection


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Exposure: The Eiffel Tower by Germaine Krull
A Paris icon made abstract


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Exposure: Reem-B Robot by Vincent Fournier
The mental life of a machine


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Exposure: Salvation Army Barracks by Jack London
Down and out in early 20th-century London


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Exposure: Flypaper and Flies by Jacques-André Boiffard
A cold eye on insect carnage


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Exposure: The Gamble by Peter Kennard
The clandestine operations of power


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Exposure: Pages from Fabrik by Jak Tuggener
The dark undercurrents of industry


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Exposure: Head below Wires by Roger Ballen
Absurdity in the South African outland


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Exposure: Surface Transit by Eva Fuka
The shock of New York in the sixties


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Exposure: Rue du Temple, Paris by Gail Albert Halaban
The lure of a lighted window


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Exposure: J.G. Ballard by Brian Griffin
The science fiction of the ordinary


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Exposure: Brodsky, the Tie Seller in Paris
Every photograph is an enigma


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Exposure: Lens bookshop in Sutton by Lloyd Rich
The rediscovery of lost moments


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Exposure: Luigi Russolo’s Noise Machines
Sonic conjurors of experimental music


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Exposure: Butlin’s holiday camp by Edmund Nägele
A sixties vacation in glowing color


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Exposure: Cat and I by Wanda Wulz
Modernity, femininity and the feline


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Exposure: Restaurant de la Réserve by Jean Gilletta
Wonder and yearning by the sea


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Exposure: Berlin scene by Wolfgang Zurborn
The hidden order of the random


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Exposure: Mother and Child by Philip Jones Griffiths
The gendered power relations of war


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Exposure: The Colossi of Memnon by Francis Bedford
Mysterious emanations from the desert


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Exposure: The Simulator by Dora Maar
The chamber of Surrealist visions


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Exposure: El Paso Street by Stephen Shore
The street corner: an uncommon place


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Exposure: Rise Up You Are Free by Dominic Hawgood
A post-photographic view of exorcism


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Exposure: Striporama street scene by Vivian Maier
How good was the photographer nanny?


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Exposure: Viktoria Modesta by Nadav Kander
Changing perceptions of impairment



Observed | June 14

The late William Helfand had an incredible collection of medical prints, posters, and advertising emphasized "quack" pills, potions, and snake oil cure-alls. Hear his daughter, and our co-founder Jessica Helfand pay tribute to his "quackery” obsession. [BV]


Observed | June 11

“Beer cans are officially the new record sleeve.” The rise in craft brewing has spurred a beer aisle design renaissance. [BV]


Observed | June 10

Seeking 1000 people who eat. ZOE‘s experts are marrying nutritional science with machine learning to perform the world‘s largest study of individuals‘ unique nutritional responses. Visit joinzoe.com to sign up. Read this NYTimes article to see why. [BV]

A new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates amateur photography from 1890–1970 through the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster. John Foster assembled this collection of anonymous found images over the past 20 years, some of which can be seen in his Design Observer column. [BV]


Observed | June 06

An in-depth look at an urban mall designed to revive downtown San Diego that is set to be destroyed, from Alissa Walker. [BV]


Observed | June 05

Congratulations to Susan Kare, Patricia Moore, MIT D-Lab, Tom Phifer, Tobias Frere-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Derek Lam, Ivan Poupyrev, Open Style Lab and all the winners of the 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards! [BV]


Observed | June 03

The first in a series of articles about the early days of the space age, in celebration of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing:
How NASA selected the first astronauts (and why no convicts have walked on the Moon). [BV]


Observed | May 30

Felice Frankel has donated hundreds of images taken during her early career as a landscape architecture photographer—Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Richard Haag’s Bloedel Reserve, and Dan Kiley’s Miller Garden—to MIT libraries to create a learning resource. [BV]

As a kid, I had no idea that Peter Max was so derivative (Heinz Edelmann, Andy Warhol, Push Pin). I just knew his work was everywhere, and he got to sign it. To me he was the most famous artist in the world. That makes this story so depressing. [MB]


Observed | May 29

London Street Photographer Nick Turpin highlights five photographers making candid public photographs on the fringes of street photography. [BV]


Observed | May 28

An essay from Rob Walker on the tension inherent in what we do with the time we have, and how we try to make more. [BV]

NBA players are no longer waiting for shoe companies to give them personal logos — they are creating their own. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | May 24

Congratulations to Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand! The Observatory made dezeen’s list of 14 of the best architecture and design podcasts to subscribe to. [BV]


Observed | May 23

From Atlas Obscura: 18 of the world’s most wondrous public transportation options. [BV]

Iceland’s environmental ministry says Justin and his Belibers have nearly ruined Fjadrárgljúfur canyon. But even for the non-famous, selfies are ruining national parks and the great outdoors around the world. Go outside but leave your phones at home. [BV]


Observed | May 22

How do you create a logo for a presidential candidate? On this week‘s The West Wing Weekly: West Wing & fonts. The guests are our co-founder Michael Bierut, who designed Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 logo, and Leslie Wah, who made the campaign logos in Season 6 of the West Wing. [BV]


Observed | May 21

Wanna play with some Brutalist buildings? Skyline chess has a new offering of London’s most-notable architecture from the Brutalist movement including the Trellick Tower, Petty France, Centrepoint and Cromwell Tower. [BV]

Design Observer co-founder @jessicahelfand is heading to Malta this week as an external critic working with Professor Vince Briffa, recipient of the Tribute to Art and Innovation award at this year’s Venice Biennale. [BV]


Observed | May 20

Book lovers will want to pay close attention to a new collaboration between Designers & Books and Peter Kraus’s Ursus Books & Gallery in New York. This installment: A Flowering of Creativity: Ladislav Sutnar and F. T. Marinetti. [BV]


Observed | May 15

We can‘t wait to explore Boston this fall when we host The Design of Business | The Business of Design conference at MIT. Bike-commuting, T-riding, and monorail-tweeting around Boston with transit-oriented 20-something NUMTOT founder Juliet Eldred. [BV]


Observed | May 14

What year is it? Why does it matter? While chronology and dating might not be exciting, they are the stuff that history is made on, for dates do two things: they allow things to happen only once, and they insist on the ordering and interrelation of all happenings. [BV]

“We should not be excessively interested in books”, wrote Roy Gold, biblio-graffiti outsider artist, and a bookish man. [BV]


Observed | May 13

You may not love sports, but it’s hard not to enjoy sports photography, especially for it’s innovativeness. Case in point: Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer hit a grand slam when he set out to capture a double play on film. [BV]


Observed | May 10

In the 1950s and 1960s artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. [BV]


Observed | May 09

Early cinema is often remembered as an exclusively black-and-white affair—the bold and often fantastical colors that flickered across the earliest film reels are frequently left out of our greater cinematic history. More neglected still are the women responsible for those dazzling hues. [BV]


Observed | May 08

We’re addicted to likes, retweets, and reshares, and our addiction makes us distracted and depressed. Tristan Harris believes that tech is ‘downgrading humans’ and that the words we use to describe the problem are tepid and insufficient. It’s time to fight back. [BV]

Created for animators aiming to perfect their rendering of animal gaits, this video combines illustration, biology, and physics, and is a joy to watch! [BV]

The compelling history and impressive prints of the earliest printing press in the Uruguayan territory. [BV]


Observed | May 07

Our very talented friend Rob Walker has a new book out today! Get yourself a copy of The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy In the Everyday and be inspired. [BV]


Observed | May 02

Gail Bichler and Jake Silverstein look back at a year designing The New York Times Magazine. [BV]



Jobs | June 16