Category Archives: Visual

Photography: Richard Avedon

Photography: Richard Avedon

For more than fifty years, Richard Avedon’s portraits have filled the pages of the country’s finest magazines. His stark imagery and brilliant insight into his subjects’ characters has made him one of the premier American portrait photographers. Born in New York in 1923,Richard Avedon dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marine’s photographic section. Upon his return in 1944, he found a job as a photographer in a department store.

Name That Painting!

Name That Painting!

In February 2010, the Paris-based band Hold Your Horses! released a music video to go with their song “70 Million,” which became an immediate success. In the video, the band members recreated famous paintings, taking the viewer on an entertaining tour through art history. Try to identify as many paintings as possible, then compare your results with the list of the actual paintings below the jump. Enjoy – and let us know your scores! And, of course, Happy Bastille Day.

“Moments” by William Hoffman

“Moments” by William Hoffman

William Hoffman is a 23 year old filmmaker living in Brooklyn, New York. He’s interested in fiction and nonfiction — but mostly the space in between. To learn more about Will, visit his website at http://www.anyoneeverything.com. For more information on his current projects and collection of short films, visit his production company ~ Everynone at (www.everynone.com).

Photography: Rodney Smith

Photography: Rodney Smith

“Since my photographic beginnings, I have always photographed people with hats, Welsh farmers with their tweed caps, French farmers with their berets, Americans with their fedoras, etc. It was always a small gesture to distinguish one region from another.

As time went on and my subjects became different I never abandoned the love of the hat. It is not that I grew up with people wearing them. My adolescence was during the Kennedy years when the hat was being discarded for youthful vigor, and a display of as much hair as possible. The Beatles seemed to begin the end of the hat.”

Rodney Smith