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Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture

An extensive survey of buildings lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed Dan Barasch, co-founder of New York City‘s Lowline (a football field-sized abandoned plot of underground land in the Lower East Side) argues in his newest book, Ruin and Redemption in Architecture, that there are four status updates for old buildings: lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed. Barasch documents buildings all over the world in these various …
Tags: Books, Photography, Design, Interviews, New York City, Architecture, Dan Barasch, Lower East Side, Lowline, Barasch, Phaidon


The Best One-Volume History of Photography

A spread from Photography: The Definitive Visual History by Tom Ang A few reflections about histories— I used to be a pretty good resource for histories of photography and their relative value. I'm not any more. I used to hungrily absorb a lot of the histories I came across; nowadays it's been quite a while since I did more than skim through one. The histories I know mostly relate to the medium as it was practiced when I was younger, for the simple reason that I read them back then and the pe...
Tags: Books, Photography, Chicago, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Abraham Lincoln, Michael C Johnston, Mortensen, Eakins, Hockney, Frank Frazetta, Jonathan Green, Newhall, Tom Ang, Gilles Mora, Life Library of Photography Seventeen


Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Environment, World news, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Nuclear Power, Chernobyl, Urban Exploration, Pripyat, David McMillan


The History of Photography

I have a question. Just personally curious. Have you ever read a history of photography? I won't specify what or which. Long online article, ancient classic from the '30s, whatever. You can answer just plain yes or no if you like, and I'm not going to slag anybody for a "no" answer. Mike (Thanks to c.d.embrey) P.S. Also, check out the Featured Comments for the "Too Easy" post below—just added. Original contents copyright 2019 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserve...
Tags: Books, Photography, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Too Easy


It’s time to stop running away: how to unearth peace and presence in an overconnected world

Kate Merrick has a way of making you feel like you’re old friends. She wears her heart on her sleeve—the first time I met her we cried together about losing her young daughter to cancer and then laughed together only moments later about the aromatic joys of raising pigs. Her true heartbeat is unearthing what it means to practice presence with authenticity, seeking the peace of Jesus with vulnerability, and leaning into Sabbath with expectancy. Kate has learned to walk in defiant joy, even in t...
Tags: Books, Hope, Instagram, Israel, Love, Religion, Jerusalem, Guest Posts, Peace, Jesus, Kate, Matthew, James, Lazarus, Mary, Bethany


Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purcha...
Tags: Art, Books, Business, Photography, Gambling, Economics, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Social exclusion, New Jersey


Stonewall at 50: stories from a gay rights revolution

In June 1969, in the violent wake of a police raid on a New York bar, Stonewall was born – a defining moment remembered here by those who protestedThe Stonewall riots started in the early hours of 28 June 1969 during a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, a favourite haunt of gay and lesbian New Yorkers. As customers were hauled out in handcuffs, the crowd outside erupted into fury. That night’s rioting was followed by days of further violent demonstrations in the neighbourhood. ...
Tags: Books, Photography, UK, New York, Protest, Culture, Art and design, LGBT rights, New York Public Library, Stonewall, Baumann, Art and design books, Diana Davies, Stonewall Inn Greenwich Village, Resistance Stonewall, Jason Baumann


The Gentle Art of Tramping ~ Stephen Graham

'The adventure is not the getting there, it is the on-the-way. It is not the expected; it is the surprise; not the fulfilment of prophecy but the providence of something better than prophesied.' Sometimes a book arrives and I can barely contain the excitement, and even though I had read The Gentle Art of Tramping by Stephen Graham in a proof copy I was still delighted when this arrived... A brown paper package tied up with string á la Sound of Music, to reveal... The book and some Ken...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, Instagram, Russia, Jerusalem, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester, New Zealand, Cambridge, Romania, Edinburgh, Vancouver, Mediterranean, Genoa


Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


I’ve Been Off Instagram in 2019 (and Book Review: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport)

This past New Year’s day I was sitting in the lounge of the top floor of a very nice hotel in Taipei, looking out over the green hills. I had a lot to be grateful for, on a number of levels. I had been off the grid for the previous 10 days. I opened up my phone and went online for the first time. I opened Instagram and began to scroll through. The first photo was someone posing in a Happy New Year’s photo from a Four Seasons in Hawaii. The next photo was someone at an epic party at a different F...
Tags: Books, Instagram, Mexico, Sales, Hawaii, New York Times, Middle East, Taipei, Cal Newport, Cal, Henry David Thoreau, Marie Kondo, Walden, Twitter Facebook


David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at his studio. It’s up a small mews and sprawls so casually across two floors that it still feels like the 60s inside. “Look at you,” he says. “Your buttons aren’t even done up right.” I look down at my jacket: that bit is true. But I tell him: “I’m not ...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Gordon Brown, Social history, David Bailey


Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books


That’s How Bored Bookstore Employees Entertain Themselves

If you ever decide to visit Bordeaux, France make sure you visit this Instagram-famous bookstore Librairie Mollat that is well-known for its ongoing photo series called Book Face. Its employees have found an activity that brightens the day for them and their customers. Book Face is based on a technique called trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) and its main goal is to use realistic images to create an... Source
Tags: Books, Photography, Design, Library, Mashup, Bordeaux France, Librairie Mollat


Domestic Science: How to Sweep a Floor, Perfectionist’s Edition

Everybody should know how to sweep a floor. I got into the habit in college when I lived with a half dozen other reprobates in a shambolic wood-frame home on the edge of campus on the low Iowa prairie. Our house was a typical undergraduate hovel, with yellowed linoleum tiles that curled up at the seams and a Sears stove that hadn’t been cleaned since the 1950s. Some kind of rodent lived behind it. One of my roommates, a real freethinker, was the first to take up sweeping. Gradually, it caught on...
Tags: Cleaning, Books, Diy, Instagram, San Francisco, Iowa, Sears, Haydenville, Andrée Jardin, Cleaning Products & Supplies, Hannah Beatrice Quinn, Dustpans & Brushes, Brooms & Dustpans, Haydenville Broomworks, Haydenville Broomworks You, Turner Harper


Inside the bascule chamber: secrets of Tower Bridge – in pictures

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs of Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world and a defining symbol of London, provide insight into the workings of the largest and most advanced bascule bridge of its time• Tower Bridge by Harry Cory Wright is published by Thames & Hudson Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Technology, London, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Engineering, Art and design, Tower Bridge, The Thames, Thames Hudson Continue, Harry Cory Wright


Lust for Los Angeles: A Lifestyle Guide to LA

Photographer Olivia Lopez brings an insider eye and impeccable design direction to her debut book Lust for Los Angeles: A Lifestyle Guide to LA. With 200 pages of imagery and copy, the book acts as both a guide and a sociological study of the city. From architecture and landscapes to dining and style destinations, Lopez’s journey covers a wide swath of neighborhoods and cultural necessities.
Tags: Photos, Books, Photography, Design, Photo Books, Los Angeles, Travel Guides, Travel Books, Lopez, DTLA, Olivia Lopez


One Good Book: Guest Counterpoint [REVISED]

[Ed note: Working in a rush, I made a big, bad editing mistake and posted only a truncated version of this article yesterday. This is the full version. If you already read the first part here yesterday, please skip to the subsection with the heading "Then and now" and continue reading to the end. My sincere apologies to author and audience for my error. —Mike]   Written by Moose I bought Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski based on Mike's recommendation. I would recommend that his hypothet...
Tags: Books, Photography, Vancouver, Venice, Moose, Elliott Erwitt, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Russell Miller, Mike, Michael Wood, Dylan, Szarkowski, John Szarkowski, Fred Herzog, George Barr


One Good Book: Guest Counterpoint

Written by Moose I bought Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski based on Mike's recommendation. I would recommend that his hypothetical friend not bother. No single book is sufficient to be worth the trouble, unless it's a "check off the list of topics" library; in which case, who cares? I just don't get that book. And yes, I do open it and browse from time to time, hoping that it has changed, hoping that I have not, at least in that direction. As Mike says, it's a history, a collection of h...
Tags: Books, Photography, Vancouver, Venice, Moose, Elliott Erwitt, Michael Johnston, Mike, Dylan, Szarkowski, John Szarkowski, Fred Herzog, Erwitt, William Eggleston, Thomas Tierney, Sony Music Archives Library


Dapper Dan’s Harlem

Created in collaboration with Gucci and limited to an edition of 500, Dapper Dan’s Harlem is a leather-bound book centered around the influential designer/haberdasher’s influence on hip-hop culture. Printed in Italy, the book features photos of friends, admirers, street scenes in Harlem and some of Dan’s work—shot by Ari Marcopoulos. Reminiscent of a bible, the book is an essential for style enthusiasts.
Tags: Books, Photography, Fashion, Design, Style, Italy, Street Style, Gucci, Harlem, Dan, Dapper Dan, Ari Marcopoulos


Random Excellence: Nathan Benn

Nathan Benn, Gatorland, 1981. Edition of 15, $2,800. Remember our friend Nathan Benn? He has a new book out. First, you can see an engaging little mini-portfolio of his Florida pictures over at Photo-Eye. They're JPEGs of prints for sale in limited editions. The book is called A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs. Here it is at Amazon UK and The Book Depository. Photo-Eye has it too, although TOP doesn't get a spiff there. There are some more of the pictures at the Amazon page, including ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Florida, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Nathan, Amazon UK, Nathan Benn, Random Excellence, Gabriele Basilico, Bord de Mer, Fulvio Senore, Nathan Benn Mike


Changin' Times

I'd like to thank everyone who commented on Thursday's question (if you could recommend one book, what would it be?). I was a bit surprised the post didn't get more comments (xx so far—I'll fill in the "xx" in a few minutes) and I admit I was hoping for a few more recommendations of more recent, digital-photography-related books. In part to educate myself. I chewed on that for a while this morning, and I guess the bottom line is that I have to accept that photo culture is changing. A long time a...
Tags: Books, Photography, Congress, Universities, Ed Ruscha, Jesus Christ, Charles Harbutt, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Carter, Thomas Jefferson, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Garry Winogrand, Lin


Destroyer: An Under-the-Radar Restaurant Serving Food from the Future

Jordan Kahn, the enfant terrible of LA dining (in a past life, he visually outed an LA Times restaurant critic), has been quietly operating Destroyer, his tiny 16-seat Culver City breakfast and lunch spot, since September 2017. The inspiration for the interiors? “I wanted to create a minimalist space void of superfluousness, a neutral canvas for the food, ceramics, and people,” he says. “Often, the professional kitchen is a space associated with noise and chaos. I wanted to create a more tranqui...
Tags: Books, Instagram, California, La, Restaurants, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kahn, Mason, LA Times, Culver City, Instagrammer, Behr, Oakland East, Jordan Kahn, Laure Joliet


First Look: Leadership Books for March 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of CompromiseHorst Schulze As the co-founder and former president of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Schulze led the company to unprecedented multi-billion dollar growth, setting the business vision and people-focused standards that made the Ritz-Carlton brand globally elite. Schulze's principles are ...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Don, Ritz Carlton, Morey, Mark Miller, Schulze, Julie Zhuo, Jeremie Kubicek, Steve Cockram, Peter J Dougherty, Princeton University Press Like, Ritz Carlton Hotel Co Schulze, FollowingJeremie Kubicek


One Good Book

This morning I've finally finished adding the "Featured Comments" to the "Museum Tricks" post. It makes good reading, I think. There are some great ones. Bear in mind too that "Featured" comments are merely representative comments, not necessarily all the "best" ones. There are some great comments in the Comments Section, too. Comments are featured here on TOP so people who don't have time to read all the comments can conveniently read a few. Advance notice: I have to take tomorrow off to deal w...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Society, David, Moma, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, John Szarkowski, David Van Elslande, Gisele Freund


These Pictures by Early African-American Photographers Did More Than Capture a Moment

These photographs declared the worth of their subjects within a larger society that often denigrated them
Tags: Books, Photography, News, Uncategorized, Civil Rights, Fine Art


The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space.

To celebrate the organization’s first 60 years in space, The NASA Archives features 400+ photographs and rare renderings—spanning the moon landing, rovers on Mars and more. Launched in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was the world’s first civilian space agency with a focus on peaceful exploration—despite it being founded as part of the Space Race. With notes from science and tech journalists, NASA historians, …
Tags: Books, Photography, Space, Science, Design, Photo Books, History, Nasa, Reading, Mars, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Archives


Get A 111 Page 8×8 Or 8×11 Photo Book For Just $7.99-$14.99 Shipped After 3 Stacking Discounts From Shutterfly!

Signup here for a code for a free Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Book You will get a code valid for a free (plus shipping) 8×8 Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Book or it will be valid for $17.99 off larger Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Books on top of the current 40% off sale. This code expires 3/31. This deal was […]
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Cote de Texas: Trends for 2019

First of all, a bit business! I am discovering that I like to write short stories on Instagram when the topic is not long enough to put on the blog.  Also, Instagram gives me the ability to quickly write about more topical events.   Such as this weekend when Lee Radziwill passed away, I could write a tribute about her within an hour of hearing the news, without it being a longer story on the blog [Author: [email protected] (Joni Webb)]
Tags: Books, Instagram, Joni Webb, Cote de Texas, Lee Radziwill



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