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Matchbox Art

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In 1892 the Mendelssohn Opera Company in NYC was the first company to use matchboxes for advertising purposes. Supposedly the manager had the cast decorate them by hand with details of the show and images of the stars. The opening night was a success and matchbox advertising became a new industry, perfect for all sorts of products and messages, since everybody used matches. However, by the seventies, the introduction of disposable lighters put an end […]

Hong Kong Yesterday

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Actor, photographer and director Ho Fan (1931 – 2016) was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong with his family in 1948. Hong Kong, under British rule at the time, was a chaotic city with a large population that was growing swiftly due to refugees fleeing the Chinese civil war and the Japanese invasion. In many of his photographs taken during the 1950s the strong diagonals and shadows create a dreamlike stillness far removed […]

Down at the Sweetheart Rink

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When Bill Yates was given a Kodak Brownie camera at the age of ten, it was the start of a lifetime of pictures. Artist’s Statement: I happened upon an old wooden structure built in the 1930’s in the Six Mile Creek area of rural southern Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL. The sign on the building read “Sweetheart Roller Skating.” The owner was just driving up. “Mind if I shoot some pics?” I asked. “Sure, but if […]

Cool Dudes 5

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In the old days the Samurai were Japan’s military nobility and their traditions were forged in the course of a thousand years, but by the end of the 19th century, their demise was inevitable. Fortunately for us, portraits survive of the last samurai. Old photographs of those proud warriors who lived by strict rules or bushidō: the way of the warrior. Loyalty, martial art skills, honor and heroic bravery were essential characteristics of these fearsome […]

Tangible Time

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Parisian photographer Julien Knez found a set of old photos of Paris taken between 1871 and 1968 and decided to go back to the exact location and retake the photograph from the  same angle. It is a great way to see how the city is a living, thriving organism; how times have changed. The series is collected in his book Paris, Fenêtres sur l’Histoire. (via: boredpanda.com / designyoutrust.com) Song for today: April March – Deux […]

Dare Alla Luce

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For her series Dare Alla Luce – Italian for ‘to bring to the light’ – Canadian artist Amy Friend has used vintage photographs and pierced them with tiny pinholes. By then illuminating the photos from the back, she has produced patterns that highlight or sometimes eclipse parts of the original image, thus creating new magical work, filled with mystery and nostalgia. On her website, she writes: I have continued to work on the Dare alla Luce […]

Interesting Lady 15

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Starting out as an extra in the early days of silent cinema Anna May Wong (Los Angeles, 1906) was one of the first Chinese-American actresses on the silver screen. She managed to land several roles but was often cast as the stereotypical Dragon Lady. Disillusioned about the discrimination she encountered she moved to Europe in 1928 where she became a sensation and worked with people like Marlene Dietrich. During the 1930s, she went back and […]