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


The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | January 18

Beautiful weather rendering from Will MacNeil. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | January 14

A New European Bauhaus? [JH]


Observed | January 13

Though it was later determined to be troll-driven, design twitter went bananas this week over the new CIA rebrand. [JH]

Women either decide or strongly influence 70% of all automotive purchases yet are 73% more likely to suffer injury in a car crash, and 17% more likely to die than the average man. A design problem? [JH]


Observed | January 12

Joy, disillusion, success, failure, hiring, finances, office space—just some of the topics in All in a Day’s Work, a new animated series about being an entrepreneur from our friends at Mailchimp in collaboration with It’s Nice That. [BV]


Observed | January 11

When Pac-Man arrived in 1980, it revolutionized gaming. The original game is at the root of a rich design tradition, one that goes well beyond detailed graphics and fluid controls. [BV]

Can the story of a pandemic be told in a single headline every day? David Rainbird collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic that was 2020. [BV]


Observed | January 05

Paul Klee’s notebooks—nearly 4,000 pages of them—are now online. [JH]


Observed | December 30

“On cream-laid paper there is no “forward” button.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the lost art of paper correspondence. [JH]


Observed | December 29

Job of the week: Yale’s British Art Center is looking for a new Design Director. [JH]


Observed | December 21

Renowned Swiss Designer Armin Hoffman dies at 100. [JH]

Screw mediocrity: Scottish industrial designer Neil Ferrier weighs in on a typographic mistake that turned out to benefit his career. [JH]

“That the cover of a book — something produced with a finite shelf life — could grip us throughout such a bitter, caustic year is either a triumph of artistry or a sign that our collective alarm bells are still not ringing loudly enough.” Matt Dorfman, Art Director for the New York Times Book Review, selects his favorite covers of 2020. [JH]


Observed | December 17

How custom fonts became the ultimate corporate flex. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

First world problem of the week, or, why graphic design matters on your wine list. Behold: vinography! [JH]

Italian architect Stefano Boeri introduces prefabricated timber and fabric pavilions as Covid-19 vaccination stations in public piazzas across Italy beginning in January. (H/T Adina Karp.) [JH]


Observed | December 14

Pantone names its colors of the year for 2021. [JH]

Apparently not all architects declare. [JH]


Observed | December 11

“Royalty Now” is an ongoing art project by graphic designer Becca Saladin that reimagines queens, kings, emperors, statesmen, nobles, (and a few famous musicians, scientists and artists) as contemporary people. Follow her on Instagram. [JH]

Forest Young, Vivianne Castillo, Kelly Walters, and Dori Tunstall—among others—on the new design rules and why they matter. [JH]


Observed | December 10

Currently streaming: What Next? A virtual symposium discussing luxury as a concept and the ethical and moral questions surrounding it. [BV]


Observed | December 07

One week left to help support St. Bride’s magnificent library—and contribute to their efforts to digitize it for the rest of us. [JH]

Typography. Esports. Discuss! [JH]

Everything you ever wanted to know about a rejected Paul Rand logo for Ford Motor Company—from 1966—but were afraid to ask. (With apologies for the term “fancy-schmancy design trends” which would make Mr. Rand spin in his grave.) [JH]


Observed | December 03

Help our friends at Class Action fund their next campaign, a series of billboards in the hotly-contested state of Georgia. [JH]

Kern in hell! Announcing: Hell Vetica (via Victoria Brown). [JH]


Observed | November 30

Help our friends at Unit Editions produce a long-overdue monograph on the work of artist and designer Ed Fella. [JH]


Observed | November 18

You may congratulate yourself for being a good listener, but often it’s the powerful who get to listen and decide what to hear. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]

Why the Google Workspace rebrand isn’t as bad as the Internet would have you believe. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 17

Aaaaaannnnnnd—that’s a lawsuit. Banana Republic gets sued over an Ampersand. [JH]



Jobs | January 18