1. Gothamist: Check Out The Old Theater That’s Been Hiding Out Over A Bodega In The East Village
Photo: Kevin Shea Adams
     
  2. Went Downtown to the Central library today and picked out a bunch of photography books. This is basically what I spent about an hour and a half of my afternoon doing today. 5 notes, double sided, of really really good photographs. 
Over the next few days I’ll try and get a hold of as many as I can, and I’ll post them on here for all of you to see!

    Went Downtown to the Central library today and picked out a bunch of photography books. This is basically what I spent about an hour and a half of my afternoon doing today. 5 notes, double sided, of really really good photographs. 

    Over the next few days I’ll try and get a hold of as many as I can, and I’ll post them on here for all of you to see!

     
  3. The Beatles
    Outtakes from the Hard Days Night cover photo shoot sessions. 

    Photographs by Robert Freeman (© Apple Corps.)

     
  4. From San Jose Mercury News:

    A man and a woman were hit at 11th Street and Broadway by a silver Mercedes, after a male driver ran a red light, said Joe Jackson, 37, of Oakland, who witnessed the incident.

    The driver was irritated by protesters walking in front of him.

    Onlookers said the driver deliberately ran over the pair, accelerating after a man hit on the hood of the car.

    The windshield was splattered with what appeared to be a milkshake.

    After the car stopped at the other end of the intersection, the driver switched seats with his female passenger.

    About 40 people gathered in the intersection and some pulled open the driver’s door.

    The woman inside shouted: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”

    The injured man and woman were taken away in ambulances.

    Police let the driver go.

    UPDATE: KGO-TV is saying the protester sustained non-life threatening injuries and the OPD is handling the investigation.

    Both photos: Anda Chu/Mercury News

     
  5. ”..this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook”

    Which means about 4% of them will probably be any good.

    Also:

    ”..every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s.”

    Holy hell!

    Still, can’t help but say the expression “quality vs quantity.”

     
  6. 1.5 Million

    The Archives collection at Westerns Weldon Library currently holds 1.5 million negatives from the London Free Press. All of the Free Press’ photographs from 1938 to 1992 — an incredible plethora of London history archived for safekeeping. 

    Unfortunately, all of the photos are also locked away in cold storage where no one can see them. I mean, you can see them, but you have to tell them a day or two in advance which exact negatives you want to look at so they can take them out of cold storage and have them ready for you to look at. If they aren’t what you wanted, you have to do it all over again.

    If you don’t know which negatives you want, you have to go down to D.B. Weldon, and flip through page after page of text — indexes that summarize all the photographs in the collection. Needless to say, this isn’t a very visually pleasing way of finding what you want to look at.

    If you want to use any of the photos, say scan them for use in a project - or say you want to post them on your blog so you can show people (hello!) - you have to pay money — something like $5-10 per image. If you want to use them for anything, you have to pay even more money. Which is understandable, they have to make money some how, but even so. It seems like they want to tack on a fee for just about anything.

    No wonder most of London is ignorant of this massive photo collection — Western Library is just sitting on it. I understand they have a small staff, and that digitizing 1.5 million negatives would be an immense undertaking, but in the long run it would be beneficial. Instead of having to take negatives out of cold storage, people could just look at the digitized versions for the ones they want, eliminating any change of negative damage. Also, with the internet, people would be able to look at London history from their own computers in a way that has never before been available.

    And with a continual amount of images coming in that would also need to be digitized, you think even starting the process would be better than nothing — at the current rate the negatives are just piling up. Before you know it, they will have to scan even more negatives.

    London history, in one word, is hidden. Locked away in a freezer. Oh how I wish it wasn’t so.

     
  7. Detroit, MI, US
    July 1967
    Photos by Lee Balterman of LIFE Magazine

    Aftermath of Detroit race riots.

    Wikipedia: 1967 Detroit Race Riots