I love James Ball’s colourful photographic history of computers.
These machines are grossly under-powered compared to the devices we use today. Still, they’re a wonderful reminder of how far we’ve come, and what lies ahead for us in technological terms. This Telefunken RA770 (circa 1970) is one of my favourites:
Every Tuesday night, Lillian Tomasino laces up her roller skates, puts her arms around her partner, and glides in sweeping circles across the floor of Moonlight Rollerway. Holding each other like ballroom dancers, she and Tom Clayton move effortlessly to the jaunty, classic tunes played live on a Hammond organ above the Glendale, California, rink.
We take for granted that we can take photos with our phones and share them instantly. We don’t really think about it and that this capability is only 20 years old.
Did you know that Philippe Kahn is credited with inventing the first camera-phone and he did it to capture the birth of his daughter? Here is his story:
This is the first photo taken with Kahn’s prototype camera phone:
As incredible as his creation was at the time, I am even more impressed with his wife. There she was, pregnant and about to give birth, and she encouraged him to build the critical connection he needed to connect his camera to his phone and laptop.
Jem Cresswell has published a remarkable photographic tribute to some of our ocean’s giants, humpback whales titled “Giants“.
His collection of black and white images are dramatic and beautiful. According to Cresswell’s website, he photographed these whales over a three year period between 2014 and 2016 in the south Pacific, during their annual migration to Tonga.
You can’t look at these images and not see the majesty of these magnificent mammals. While you’re at it, set aside a couple of minutes and watch the behind-the-scenes video to see how Cresswell approached his shoots:
Quartz’s article about a tangle with President-elect Trump about a photograph CNN used for a publication about the 2016 Presidential Elections is pretty instructive.
According to Quartz’s Johnny Simon, CNN’s photographer wasn’t granted access to Trump for follow-up photos after his election and resorted to photographing Trump from the crowd at his victory party. The resulting photographs weren’t as flattering as studio photographs made previously.
Trump apparently complained about the victory party photograph used for the second edition of the CNN publication and Simon made a good point:
The dustup around Unprecedented teaches a pretty obvious lesson for the president-elect: If Trump wants better pictures of himself, the first step would be to let photographers in.
Donald Trump's dissatisfaction with a photo taken of him at his victory party serves as a valuable portrait photography lesson and a reminder that he may want to be more accommodating when it comes to the press.