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 22

Eye-watering amounts of money pour into Artificial Intelligence, and new technology empires are being forged before our eyes, but AI is a house divided by a decades-old rivalry. [BV]


Observed | January 19

“Our lives should be marked not by “comps” and metrics and filters and proofs of concept and virality but by tight circles and improvisation and adventure and lots and lots of creative waste. And not just to save ourselves, but to save each other.” [JH]


Observed | January 18

How architects write fictional architecture. [JH]

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]



Jobs | January 23