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Friday, December 9, 2016 / Labels: , ,

Photo of the season: Plastic face protection from snowstorms

December 9, 2016 /Photography News/ Winter might be a perfect time for some fun, but snowstorms can be hazardous to your skin if you don't take adequate precautions.



We have little information about this Gaga-like headgear other than what's provided by the Netherlands Nationaal Archief: "Plastic face protection from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939. Photographer unknown."

Although this was a failed experiment, winter storms are a seasonal reality we need to face, therefore make sure you watch weather reports and keep warm.


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Monday, November 7, 2016 / Labels: , ,

2015 Nepal earthquake aftermath. A photo essay by Jan Møller Hansen

by Jan Møller Hansen 

Woman at home in Sindhupalchowk towards the Tibetan border. The family was now living in the truck. Sindhupalchowk, 6/6/15

November 7, 2016 /Photography News/ Nepal was hit by two strong earthquakes on April 25 and May 12, 2015, and during the following months by hundreds of aftershocks. 14 hilly and mountainous districts in the central northern parts of Nepal were heavily affected. Some 9000 people were killed and 22,000 injured. Half a million homes and buildings were destroyed or partly damaged. Many villages and living quarters were leveled to the ground. Many children were traumatised from the events. 

In the weeks and months after the earthquakes, families, neighbours and friends were helping each other to cope with the disaster. Moral and financial support was pouring in from abroad from donors, civil society organisations, the Nepali diaspora and private companies. Nepal received a lot of sympathy from the international community and private persons.

One and a half year after the devastating earthquakes many people have still not received the expected assistance from the Government of Nepal and other agencies. The humanitarian work and reconstruction were seriously delayed due to politics and bureaucracy and thousands of families have since been struggling in the affected districts. Much of the funding committed to the humanitarian work and reconstruction might never be used. Reconstruction has picked-up one year after the disaster, but there is still a long way to go before people and the lives are fully restored to normal.  

The images in the series are taken during the year that followed the earthquakes.

The trade town of Chautara in Sindhupalchowk, 16/5/15

Earthquake aftermath in Bhaktapur, 9/5/15

Villagers rebuilding their home in the remote village of Kerauja, which was completely destroyed by landslides trigged by the earthquake. Kerauja, 7/12/15
Traumatised earthquake survivor. Sindhupalchowk, 16/5/15
Girl living in a truck together with her family. Sindhupalchowk, 6/6/15
Kathmandu after the earthquake, 30/4/15
Buddhist monk praying for the deceased and the survivors of the earthquakes, Kathmandu, 20/6/15

About the photographer

Jan Møller Hansen is a self-taught and international award-winning photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 2013 to 2016. He speaks Nepali and has in-depth knowledge about the Himalayan region. While living in Nepal, he photographed women, children and men living in slums, brick kiln workers, earthquake survivors and many others. He experienced both earthquakes in Nepal that happened on 25th April and 12th May 2015. 

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Friday, October 28, 2016 / Labels: ,

130-year-old photographs: The Statue of Liberty under construction

October 28, 2016 /Photography News130 years ago today, the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in New York Harbor, when France dedicated the monument to celebrate "the Alliance of the two Nations in achieving the Independence of the United States of America and attests their abiding friendship."

Here is a wonderful collection of photos showing the Statue of Liberty under construction:

Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberté. 1883. Photographs by Albert Fernique (1841-1898)

Model of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs
Model of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Men at work at the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Men at work at the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the external area of the workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty, and a group of men gathered in front of the left foot of the statue.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the external area of the workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty, and a group of men gathered in front of the left foot of the statue.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, showing the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding, the head and torch at its feet.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, showing the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding, the head and torch at its feet.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.] Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.] Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

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Remembering Mary Steen, Denmark's first female court photographer

Mary Steen, self-portrait 1889
Mary Steen, self-portrait 1889


October 28, 2016 /Photography News/ Born 160 years ago today, on 28 October 1856, Mary Dorothea Frederica Steen was a Danish photographer and feminist. In 1884, at the age of 28, she opened a studio in Copenhagen where she specialized in indoor photography, a difficult art at a time when electricity was not widespread. The photographs she took at the Flerons' house on Copenhagen's Vesterbrogade are among the first showing people inside their own homes. She later became Denmark's first female court photographer, working not only with the Danish royals but with the British royal family too. Around 1895, Princess Alexandra invited her to London where she photographed members of the royal family, including Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. 

Photograph of Queen Victoria and Princess Beatrice inside Windsor Castle taken by Danish photographer Mary Steen in 1895
Photograph of Queen Victoria and Princess Beatrice inside Windsor Castle taken by Danish photographer Mary Steen in 1895
Mary Steen also played an important part in improving conditions for female workers and encouraging women to take up the profession of photography. In 1891, she was the first woman on the board of the Danish Photographers Association. She was also active in the Danish Women's Society (Dansk Kvindesamfund) where she sat on the board from 1889–1892. Together with Julie Laurberg, she photographed the leading figures in the Danish women's movement. In 1891, she received a grant from the Reiersenske Fond, a trade association, which allowed her to travel to Germany and Vienna.

She campaigned for better working conditions for women including eight days holiday and a half day off on Sundays. She treated her own staff well, paying good wages. Her example was widely followed.

As a result of growing deafness, she closed her studio in 1918. She died on 7 April 1939.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / Labels: , ,

World Animal Day: A celebration in 17 photos


October 4, 2016 /Photography News/ World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4, since 1931 when a group of ecologists hoping to get attention for the plight of endangered species introduced it at a convention in Florence, Italy. October 4 was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. The day is now set aside as a time to reflect on all of the animals we share this world with, and our involvement with them - and to spur action to commemorate that respectful relationship. Below is a collection of old photos of animals around the world (17 photos).

Yawning koala bear. Fox Photos. The Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum
Yawning koala bear. Fox Photos. The Daily Herald Archive, National Media Museum
Kangaroo & girls, ca. 1925 - ca. 1945, by Sam Hood.
Kangaroo & girls, ca. 1925 - ca. 1945, by Sam Hood.

Suckling, Shackleton - Rowett Expedition, Antarctica, 1921 - 1922. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.
Suckling, Shackleton - Rowett Expedition, Antarctica, 1921 - 1922. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.
Dog riding a trycicle, photographer unknown. National Media Museum
Dog riding a trycicle, photographer unknown. National Media Museum
 
Boy with pigeons at [Circular] Quay, Sydney, 22 June 1935, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.
Boy with pigeons at [Circular] Quay, Sydney, 22 June 1935, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

Cat in the window, 1930s, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales
Cat in the window, 1930s, by Sam Hood. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales
Wreck of the "Gratitude", Macquarie Island, 1911. Notes: First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Wreck of the "Gratitude", Macquarie Island, 1911. Notes: First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
"Christening of bears" at Koala Park, September 1938, by Sam Hood. Notes: Koala Park is a small zoo in the Sydney suburb of West Pennant Hills.From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales
"Christening of bears" at Koala Park, September 1938, by Sam Hood. Notes: Koala Park is a small zoo in the Sydney suburb of West Pennant Hills.From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales
Two exhibitors eye eachother's charges, Sheep Show, ca. 1945, Jeff Carter, Walkabout photograph. Notes: This photograph is from a collection of images taken for Walkabout magazine, between 1934 and 1974. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales
Two exhibitors eye eachother's charges, Sheep Show, ca. 1945, Jeff Carter, Walkabout photograph. Notes: This photograph is from a collection of images taken for Walkabout magazine, between 1934 and 1974. From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales
Police dog, Tess, 29 January 1935, by Sam Hood
Police dog, Tess, 29 January 1935, by Sam Hood

Margaret Shaffhauser with bull terrier at the Canine Association Show, 3 Nov 1934
Margaret Shaffhauser with bull terrier at the Canine Association Show, 3 Nov 1934
Cat sitting on a radio, 1930s, Sydney, by Sam Hood
Cat sitting on a radio, 1930s, Sydney, by Sam Hood
Study of a girl with ringlets teaching her dog to sit up, 1930s, by Sam Hood
Study of a girl with ringlets teaching her dog to sit up, 1930s, by Sam Hood
Yap Yap (dog) in cart pulled by Achong - Trundle, NSW, n.d., unknown photographer
Yap Yap (dog) in cart pulled by Achong - Trundle, NSW, n.d., unknown photographer
A group of Dalmatians and their owners before the judges, 1920s or 30s, by Sam Hood
A group of Dalmatians and their owners before the judges, 1920s or 30s, by Sam Hood
Girl photographing a dog, photographer unknown. Collection of the National Media Museum
Girl photographing a dog, photographer unknown. Collection of the National Media Museum

Ninely and Nine, by Joseph Gale (1830-1906). Collection of the National Media Museum
Ninely and Nine, by Joseph Gale (1830-1906). Collection of the National Media Museum


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Saturday, September 24, 2016 / Labels: , ,

Early 20th century movie stills: Vim Comedy Company

September 24, 2016 /Photography News/ In early years of American movies, Jacksonville, Florida, experienced a brief turn in the spotlight as one of the hubs for filmmaking on the east coast. 

The Vim Comedy Company, based in Jacksonville and New York, was one of several film studios operating in the Jacksonville area in the first three decades of the 20th century. 

Most of the images presented here were collected by one of the Vim actors, William "Billy" Bletcher (September 24, 1894 – January 5, 1979), while working at the studio between 1915 and 1917. 

Before going out of business in 1917, it employed such stars as Oliver “Babe” Hardy, Ethel Burton, Walter Stull, and Kate Price, as well as Swedish-born director Arvid Gillstrom.  

The Florida Photographic Collection contains more than 158,000 images, representing the most complete portrait of Florida available.


Motion picture scene, 1916. This image was collected by filmmaker William "Billy" Bletcher (1894-1979) while working for the Vim Comedy Company between 1915 and 1917. The small film studio was based in Jacksonville and New York. The company produced hundreds of two-reel comedies (over 156 comedies in 1916 alone). Before going out of business in 1917, it employed such stars as Oliver Hardy, Ethel Burton, Walter Stull, Arvid Gillstrom, and Kate Price. Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gillstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910s. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company. Tallahassee pennant in the background. L-R: Ethel Burton Palmer, Bobby Burns, and Walter Stull.
Motion picture scene, 1916. This image was collected by filmmaker William "Billy" Bletcher (1894-1979) while working for the Vim Comedy Company between 1915 and 1917. The small film studio was based in Jacksonville and New York. The company produced hundreds of two-reel comedies (over 156 comedies in 1916 alone). Before going out of business in 1917, it employed such stars as Oliver Hardy, Ethel Burton, Walter Stull, Arvid Gillstrom, and Kate Price. Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gillstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910s. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company. Tallahassee pennant in the background. L-R: Ethel Burton Palmer, Bobby Burns, and Walter Stull.
Motion picture scene, 1916. Harry Naughton, Ethel Burton, and unidentified actors. Unable to tell which individual is which.
Motion picture scene, 1916. Harry Naughton, Ethel Burton, and unidentified actors. Unable to tell which individual is which.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  L-R: Bobbie Burns, Ethel Burton, (?), and Walter Stull.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  L-R: Bobbie Burns, Ethel Burton, (?), and Walter Stull.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  L-R: Rosemary Thebe and Harry Myers.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  L-R: Rosemary Thebe and Harry Myers.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  Ethel Burton Palmer is to the left and an unknown actor to the right. Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gillstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910s. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  Ethel Burton Palmer is to the left and an unknown actor to the right. Ethel Burton (Palmer) was a popular comedic actress who made her debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1915. She co-starred in several Billy West comedies (a popular Charlie Chaplin imitator), and was married to director Arvid Gillstrom, a Swedish-born filmmaker who directed many of the West comedies. Burton did little acting after the 1910s. Most of the films she made in Florida were with the Vim Comedy Company.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  L-R: Walter Stull(?), Harry Meyers, and Rosemary Thebe.
Motion picture scene, 1916.  L-R: Walter Stull(?), Harry Meyers, and Rosemary Thebe.
Motion picture scene from Strangled Harmony, 1916.  L-R: Bobby Burns, (?), Ethel Burton Palmer, (?), Walter Stull.
Motion picture scene from Strangled Harmony, 1916.  L-R: Bobby Burns, (?), Ethel Burton Palmer, (?), Walter Stull.


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Friday, September 16, 2016 / Labels: ,

In photos: Four decades of Oldsmobiles (1897 -1938)

September 16, 2016 /Photography NewsGeneral Motors, also known as GM, was founded on 16 September 1908, in Flint, Michigan, as a holding company for Buick, then controlled by William C. Durant. At the turn of the 20th century there were fewer than 8,000 automobiles in America and Durant had become a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles in Flint, MI, before making his foray into the automotive industry. Today GM employs more than 200,000 people around the world. 

General Motors Company. Oldsmobiles 1897 - 1938. Photographs courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Our First Oldsmobile - 1897

1900 - Oldsmobile, curved dashed ru[n]about, 1 cylinder

1901 - Oldsmobile, curved dashed runabout, 1 cylinder

1903 - Oldsmobile PIRATE special 1 cylinder racer, holder of 1 mile straight record.. 1903

1904 - Oldsmobile , curved dashed runabout model 6, 1 cylinder.. 1904

1909 . Oldsmobile Model D, 4 cylinders

1910 - Oldsmobile Model 23-24, limited, 6 cylinders

1913 - Oldsmobile Model 40, 4 cylinders

1915 - Oldsmobile Model 43, 4 cylinders

1926 - Oldsmobile Model 30-D, 6 cylinder, Landau Sedan


1935 - Oldsmobile Model F-35, 6 cylinder

1936 - Oldsmobile Model F-36, Touring Sedan, 6 cylinder

1937 - Oldsmobile Six Convertible Coupe - Family outing

1937 - Santa Claus writes O.K. on a new Oldsmobile Six

1938 - Lady with the fox terrier trying to shift gears in a new Oldsmobile eight cylinder convertible coupe

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