Historic Photos of the Lincoln Memorial
This is a fascinating collection of images put together by Alan Taylor at The Atlantic.
I haven’t been to Washington, DC in many years but I can say with certainty that standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial is awe inspiring.
This collection of images shows the mall in front of the memorial as a swamp, before it was developed. Amazing.
Mike Nichols, an American Master
This is a brilliant biographical documentary on the late director Mike Nichols done by his early standup improv partner, Elaine May.
Mike Nichols is best known as both a theater and movie director and he’s directed some incredible movies including: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (his first film), The Graduate, Silkwood, Heartburn, Biloxi Blues, Working Girl, Postcards from the Edge, Regarding Henry, The Birdcage, Charlie Wilson’s War, and many more.
The American Masters documentary is based in part on an interview Nichols did with the producer Julian Schlossberg where Nichols tells the story of his life. May has taken the interview and added all of the relevant contextual information including interviews with many of the people Nichols knew and worked with, period photographs and video, and much more. It’s an incredible story of an incredible life and even if you’ve never seen his films or plays, my guess is you’ll find it fascinating.
This show aired on PBS in the United States January 30th (last night) and you can watch the entire thing here on the web at the above link. The web video will expire on February 27 so I highly recommend watching it soon. I’m not sure how and where this video will be available in the future.
Here’s a small tidbit on the making of the documentary: Filmmaker Interview with Producer Julian Schlossberg.
Today in history (January 4th)
Alan Taylor at The Atlantic has put together a fantastic collection of images.
It was amazing for me to put faces to Popeye and Olive Oyl (#5).
Flickr Commons Participating Institutions
It started with The Library of Congress in June, 2007 and has grown considerably since then.
The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives.
And they’re doing just that.
I could have posted a lot of stuff here but I hope anyone who reads this will follow the links and poke around. If you have a blog, all of these images are easily embedded. I like to give some context when I use things like this but it’s not always possible.
Walt Whitman, image by Mathew Brady, 1865
From Flickr member The U.S. National Archives.
Rear end of Bridal Veil mill from hotel. Palmer, Oregon. 1910
From Flickr member The Field Museum Library.
Hungarian Gypsies coming into Ellis Island, 1905
Ruth St Denis in a Burmese solo dance, 1923
From Flickr member New York Public Library
Överenhörna Church, Södermanland, Sweden, 1905
Evertsberg Chapel, Dalarna, Sweden, 1900
From Flickr member Swedish National Heritage Board
First Flight with the Wright Brothers
Alan Taylor has put together a great collection of familiar and new (to me) images of the Wright brothers’ first flights. Incredible how far we’ve come.
What’s great about this video is the editing: Douglas Gautraud has told a story in a most imaginative way. I love the particular part of history his grandparents lived in and the kinds of things they collected. Great stuff, very nicely put together.
World War II 4×5 Kodachromes
This link has been on my desktop for a while and trust me, it’s well worth checking out. These are spectacular images, most of them staged, of a variety of American workers on the job (posed) during the big gear up for World War II. The image quality is incredible; Kodachrome was amazing film for getting color right and larger format Kodachrome made for some spectacular images.
The Woman Behind Apple’s First Icons
This is a great piece on Susan Kare who was part of the original Macintosh team and did all the icons and typefaces on the first Mac.
The Macintosh computer is 30 years old today and Apple has some great images and stories up at their web site commemorating this birthday: Macintosh at 30.
My old friend and colleague Craig Hickman who’s a professor in the digital arts program at the University of Oregon (where I taught) and wrote the popular program Kid Pix, was featured today on the Apple web site as an important contributor to the Macintosh’s evolution.
Making art kid-friendly
Kid Pix was and remains incredible, but Craig wrote lots of software including an amazing virtual camera that ran on the 128K Mac. Here’s Craig’s online version of Virtual Camera.
For more on the evolution of Kid Pix check out: Kid Pix – The Early Years.
This isn’t just a history of lager style beer, it’s a great overview of the evolution of all beer brewing. Very well produced.
The history is fascinating and the photography excellent.