Tuesday, December 10

nigerian nostalgia project.

Lagos Municipal Transport Buses at Race Course in the 70’s, Vintage Nigeria

Interior of a European textile store, Nigeria 1930s.
Vintage Nigeria

Ibadan Teaching Hospital,1950
Vintage Nigeria

via lostinurbanism

Celestial Church of Christ (Aladura), 1982Vintage Nigeria

Fishermen in Calabar, 1981
Vintage Nigeria

Children in Calabar, 1981
Vintage Nigeria

Photo by Paul Almasy. Nigeria, 1972

A beach in Apapa, 1910s
Vintage Nigeria

Twins Seven Seven/Taiwo Olaiyi Salau (his real name) - musician, actor, poet and writer. His music (as is his art) is heavily rooted in Yoruba culture and mythology.

View of Afikpo Village. Ebonyi, Nigeria. 1950
Vintage Nigeria

The Nigerian Nostalgia Project is a wonderful archive collecting photographs of Nigeria from the late 19th century to the 1990s. The blog is run by Nigerian-raised Olayemi, alongside other administrators. They write:

The Nigerian Nostalgia Project serves as a place for the estimated 6 million Nigerian users online to gather and piece together through commentary and discussion, the fragmented history of our collective recent past. In the Group, pictures are posted from a variety of sources that highlight lifestyle, achievements, values, thought processes, and standards that existed in Nigeria prior to 1980 in contrast to what holds today. This is an interactive and emotional experience for the group participants as it emphasizes what is perhaps a basis for our national pride. Parts of our history are neither comprehensively documented, nor part of the standard education curriculum nor generally understood. The group activities add value by reconnecting many people to the ideals which were present prior to, and at the inception of, the independent Nigeria. They are critical to any effort to motivate the Nigerian population as the country strives to rediscover its identity and confidence, and position itself for sustainable future growth.

Click here for more.

Monday, May 20

innis mcallister.

Shots by Innis McAllister, primarily a fashion/beauty photographer, who also happens to have a beautiful personal portfolio.

Thursday, May 2

marten lange: another language.

Round and round we go, cracked like the paper skin of a hollow pavement.

via Dazed Digital, (with a lovely interview to boot)

Marten Lange's Another Language can be found here

Wednesday, April 17

kate joyce.

The work of Kate Joyce intones a mood I have yet to place, but there’s no doubt it is a very pleasing one. This mini-portfolios page sums her eye up well, a mix of the static and the motion-full, little black and white and rainbow hued poems (she calls them soliloquies). Very nice.  

Tuesday, February 19

john schabel.

Tne West Collection say it best:

Schabel's celebrated series of "Passenger" photographs were taken during that space in time that occurs when people have been seated in their seats, but the plane has not yet taken off. His muted, black and white images capture people completely unaware that they are being photographed. Schabel himself was inspired by his own fascination with airplane journeys and the whole amalgam of experiences that can be found within a flight. 

via It's Nice That.

Monday, February 18

jonas unger: gérard depardieu

Jonas Unger takes incredible portraits of everyone. But this series of actor/Loire louche/passport carrying Putinite Gérard Depardieu - from 2010 - are pretty cream of the Jersey milk bottle.

Unger's photographs were used to illustrate a story in this week's New Yorker: Lauren Collins on Depardieu "parting ways" with his home country after the government introduced the  ("largely symbolic") seventy-five-percent "supertax" on the wealthy. A nuanced and thoroughly enjoyable essay on celebrity, the power of words, French politicians, brute eroticism - brilliant. Please do read.

Jonas Unger's website here.

Update: New Yorker's Photo Booth blog posted this little interview with Unger...

I arrived just before breakfast in the courtyard of the old service quarters at his château in Saumur, France. It was a nice, sunny Sunday morning. He greeted me from the balcony, standing there in his underwear. When I asked him if he was O.K. with me taking a picture of him and he agreed, I knew that it was going be a great story, and that I would capture something special.

Sunday, February 17

michael schlegel: massiv II, massiv III

In the wild west, myths about nature were called tall tales. Truths about nature were always harder to name.

And in walks the sublime. Lunar slander, here on earth. 

Italy, Iceland, Germany, Australia, Turkey here