November 14, 2007

Spies, irony, and evil

Interesting recent photo finds:

  • Wee cams:
  • Try and stop us:
    • Strictly No Photography sticks it to the Man with an entire site composed of photos taken exactly where they’re forbidden. [Via]
    • "Photo-bans at pop art shows — irony impairment, or Dadaism?" asks Cory Doctorow.  "I wasn’t even allowed to photograph the ‘No Photographs’ sign. A member of staff explained that the typography and layout of the signs was itself copyrighted."
  • Darkness:
    • The NY Times has been covering some grim episodes in the history of humanity, as seen through photography:
      • The personal photos of Nazi death camp guards are a study in chilling banality.  See the accompanying slideshow.
      • Photographer Nhem En was made to photograph prisoners who had arrived to be tortured by the Khmer Rouge. “I had to clean, develop and dry the pictures on my own and take them to Duch by my own hand," he says.  "I couldn’t make a mistake. If one of the pictures was lost I would be killed."  On a related note, Khmer leader Pol Pot’s 1973 Mercedes limo is for sale on eBay.
      • The paper also features a multi-part essay from documentarian Errol Morris, charting his efforts to find the exact location of a famous photo from the Crimean war (the so-called Valley of the Shadow of Death).
    • Flickr hosts a small gallery of images from French nuclear tests. [Via]  In college one of these images adorned the basement wall of our hovel in South Bend, IN.
Posted by John Nack at 8:31 PM on November 14, 2007

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