Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. ... For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer's realm of imagination.
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January 17th, 2017
Memorial photography was a method to deal with grief in Victorian times. People were not usually photographed in life, so their loved ones wanted a memorial: a last look.It was a way to honor and cherish their loved ones after death, to have a lasting memory. Death from disease was common.
Jewish teenager Anne Frank and her family may have been discovered “by chance” in their secret apartment in Amsterdam, according by the Anne Frank House museum.
This is Catherine Nichepor. She comes from the USA. According to Photobooth Journal, Catherine was very curious about the new Photomaton machines she had read about in the news. When the first booth arrived in her town in the mid 1930s, she was on
They are accident scenes of cars, scooters, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, trams, buses, trains, boats, airplanes and pedestrians in, around and far outside Amsterdam in the late 1940s.
January 16th, 2017
The Jazz Age was a period in the 1920s, ending with the Great Depression, in which jazz music and dance styles became popular, mainly in the United States, but also in Britain, France and elsewhere. The Jazz Age is often referred to in conjunction with the Roaring Twenties.These vintage photos will prove that why
Life in the mid 20th century was quite different in so many ways. No home computers, mobile phones or digital cameras around the house, and the TV had a smaller number of channels broadcasting a few hours a day. Explore how life was fun in the mid-20th century through this gallery of 43 candid vintage snapshots, and see how
'Midnight Cowboy' is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The film was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight in the title role alongside Dustin Hoffman. Notable smaller roles are filled by Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vacc
January 15th, 2017
On July 31, 1954, freelance photographer Rosemary Gilliat and her girlfriends, Anna Brown, Audrey James and Helen Salkeld, packed up Helen's Plymouth station wagon and began their 12,391-kilometre road trip across Canada.During the next 38 days, they crossed five provinces and four states, travel
The goth subculture is a contemporary subculture found in many countries. It began in England during the early 1980s in the gothic rock scene, an offshoot of the post-punk genre. Notable post-punk groups that presaged that genre are Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and Bauhaus. The goth subculture has survived much l
This is freakn' hilarious!"YMCA" cover live on a parody TV show in Finland 1979. Background dancers by Jari Samulin Dance Group.
According to Flashbak, Računari was a computer magazine of the former Yugoslavia which lasted from 1984 until the late 1990s – surviving the economic turbulence and wars of the 1980s-90s, and even outlasting the co
In 1941, Frances McLaughlin-Gill (1919-2014) and her twin sister Kathryn entered a photography competition in Vogue. Both were finalists and Kathryn landed a job with Vogue photographer Toni Frissell. It was she who recommended that Frances should be introduced to her art director Alexander Liberman. He hired McLaughlin-Gil
January 14th, 2017
Russell Lee (1903 – 1986) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). His technically excellent images documented the ethnography of various American classes and cultures.These wonderful photos Lee captured everyday life at Pie Town, New Me
Some people collect stamps. Other people collect license plates. Or coins. Or vintage soda cans... Stacy Waldman collects Dicks–vintage photos of people, places and things named Dick. As she told Flashbak, “
It was a good time to be a college student in 1967. You could sit in your dorm room and listen to a strange new Beatles album called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Need a cheap eat? McDonald's has a new bite called the Big Mac. Nothing to do on Thursday night in spring? Stay in and watch Batman
The earliest historical record of makeup comes from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt (c.3100-2907 BC). Romans widely used cosmetics by the middle of the 1st century AD.Makeup helps people, most of women, more beautiful and more confident in their meetings, but few know that it truly flourished in the 1920s.
January 13th, 2017
Amanda Lear's first meeting with Salvador Dalí took place around autumn 1965 in Le Castel, a famous Parisian restaurant and nightclub, and gave the beginning to an over-15-year-long friendship. Lear has since been the painter's muse and closest friend, although, as she herself repeatedly marked, their relationship
Remember the bad photos you got from Olan Mills and other photography studios back in the 1970s and '80s? What background would you use? The autumn leaves, the southern grove or the fake library with all the books, that was the worst!
A photograph showing victims of the Titanic being buried at sea has been uncovered. The black and white image was taken days after the tragedy, on April 15, 1912, on board body recovery ship the CS Mackay Bennett. Bodies in sacks are piled three high on deck before being tipped overboard as the ship's priest conducts a serv
Hot dogs are an all-American meal any day of the year. They have long been a part of our family dinner table, from Skinless franks to Oscar Mayer wieners to the gourmet dogs of the modern grocery aisle. Let's take a look at some vintage print advertisements that will either have you hungering for hot dogs or opting for
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. During antiquity, it was the site of a Roman city called Emona. It was under Habsburg rule from the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918.Situated at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea
January 12th, 2017
In November 1964, the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) selected the Orion to replace the Neptunes of No 11 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond. These ten aircraft, A9-291 to A9-300 , were P-3B-95-LO and -100-LO variants. The first was handed over on 10 January 1969. Unfortunately, on 11 April, A9-296 was written off when a defe
In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. In the following decades he documented his life, revealing to the public eye, what it was never supposed to see.
Before selfie sticks, and before cell phones, there still was life! The agitations of great need for making self portraits has existed no doubt before this semi-delusional time, except of course there wasn't immediate and total access to the possibility of addressing the somewhat narco-curiosity to self aware recording.
George Plemper is a United Kingdom-based photographer who took these amazing pictures. They are social documentary portraits of teenage girls from a time when he lived in Thamesmead and Woolwich, and worked at the Polytechnic of the South Bank in South East London between 1976 and 1982.Take a look...
January 11th, 2017
Charles "Ches" McCartney, (1901–1998) also known as the Goat Man, was an American itinerant wanderer who traveled up and down the eastern United States from 1930 to 1987 in a ramshackle wagon pulled by a team of goats.He claimed to have covered more than 100,000 miles and visited all states exc
Antiheroes is an Instagram photographic project by Spanish artist Susana Blasco that combines vintage photographs with everyday objects to create funny and bizarre portraits.The project was born by accident when Blasco wa
No American artwork has been parodied more than Grant Wood's American Gothic. The story behind the painting is that he was driving around the town of Eldon Iowa and saw an old farmhouse that had a fancy window in it, and he thought it was a bit silly to have a fancy window on such a plain house. So he paid his si