1. instagram:

    Mapping the Geography of Poverty with @mattblack_blackmatt in California’s Central Valley

    To see more scenes from the California Central Valley and learn more about The Geography of Poverty project, follow @mattblack_blackmatt on Instagram.

    Photojournalist Matt Black (@mattblack_blackmatt) shares stark black and white images from the farmlands of California’s rural Central Valley, where he was born and raised.

    “It just hasn’t seemed right for me to go to some far-flung place when there are so many stories and important things to do right around me,” he explains.

    To convey the impact of years of drought and economic hardship, Matt launched the Geography of Poverty project on Instagram, where he weaves together a landscape of photos, census data, and map coordinates.

    “I’m trying to portray a certain environment, to build a world,” he continues. “The goal of the project is to quite literally put places on the map.”

    As one of the founding members of EverydayUSA (@everydayusa), he now joins a dozen photographers who collaborate to share stories of life across the country. “Everyone is pursuing their own distinct thing,” says Matt, “but together the work is making a different sort of statement.”

  2. yodamanu:

Hôtel du Nord. St-Pierre de Chartreuse, July 2014.

    yodamanu:

    Hôtel du Nord. St-Pierre de Chartreuse, July 2014.

  3. ariellecohen:

    Vivian Maier makes me want to buy a camera.

    Now you see why I love her work so much?

  4. lostsplendor:

    Beneath the Rails: Views Below the New York City Subway by Berenice Abbott, New York City, c. 1935/36 via NYPL on Flickr Commons

  5. kafkasapartment:

Wyoming, 1954. Elliott Erwitt. Gelatin silver print

    kafkasapartment:

    Wyoming, 1954. Elliott Erwitt. Gelatin silver print

  6. Film noir historian Eddie Muller in Dashiell Hammett’s restored San Francisco apartment.

    Film noir historian Eddie Muller in Dashiell Hammett’s restored San Francisco apartment.

  7. While the BBC documentary does acknowledge the various owners and researchers that have become characters in the Vivian Maier story, it falls victim to the same traps that Maloof’s documentary is criticized for: speculation about Maier’s mental sanity, framing her story as a detective story – a mystery that needs to be solved. Ultimately, what both documentaries reveal is that, in our culture, a woman who dares to wander on her own – in the seedy part of the town or in the world – is still met with anxiety and suspicion.

I wish people’d talk about Vivian Maier not as a mystery, but as an artist: we should talk about her work, celebrate it, publish it, catalogue it. The mystery is not where journalists and media people try to place it, it is why do her pictures touch me so deeply? And this has nothing to do with her backstory. This is purely about her eye, her sense of composition, this combination of personal vision and technical skill that makes an artist.

    While the BBC documentary does acknowledge the various owners and researchers that have become characters in the Vivian Maier story, it falls victim to the same traps that Maloof’s documentary is criticized for: speculation about Maier’s mental sanity, framing her story as a detective story – a mystery that needs to be solved. Ultimately, what both documentaries reveal is that, in our culture, a woman who dares to wander on her own – in the seedy part of the town or in the world – is still met with anxiety and suspicion.
    I wish people’d talk about Vivian Maier not as a mystery, but as an artist: we should talk about her work, celebrate it, publish it, catalogue it. The mystery is not where journalists and media people try to place it, it is why do her pictures touch me so deeply? And this has nothing to do with her backstory. This is purely about her eye, her sense of composition, this combination of personal vision and technical skill that makes an artist.

  8. criminalwisdom:

Supreme Detective Agency New York City, circa 1943. Photo by Weegee. (Via ckck)

    criminalwisdom:

    Supreme Detective Agency
    New York City, circa 1943.
    Photo by Weegee. (Via ckck)

  9. retronewyork:

Brooklyn Bridge 1946
photo by Arthur Leipzig

    retronewyork:

    Brooklyn Bridge 1946

    photo by Arthur Leipzig

  10. alexsegura:

Photo by Bert Hardy, London, 1949.

    alexsegura:

    Photo by Bert Hardy, London, 1949.

    (Source: 20th-century-man)

  11. livelymorgue:

    March 16, 1976: On a rainy day on the Brooklyn Bridge, a lone walker made the passage to Manhattan — and occasioned a caption writer to wax poetic, and a little enviously, about the fine view this lone figure was being presumed to enjoy. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

  12. hoodoothatvoodoo:

A water shortage in New York has these three young women washing their clothes at one of the lakes in Central Park.
New York, 1949

    hoodoothatvoodoo:

    A water shortage in New York has these three young women washing their clothes at one of the lakes in Central Park.

    New York, 1949

  13. bygoneamericana:

Under the El. New York, 1942.
By Marjory Collins

    bygoneamericana:

    Under the El. New York, 1942.

    By Marjory Collins

  14. howtoseewithoutacamera:

by Stanley Kubrick
New York, 1947.

    howtoseewithoutacamera:

    by Stanley Kubrick

    New York, 1947.

  15. howtoseewithoutacamera:

by Brett Weston
Airshafts, New York, 1945

    howtoseewithoutacamera:

    by Brett Weston

    Airshafts, New York, 1945