On a recent afternoon, an older man and woman self-consciously configured themselves in front of the south reflecting pool at the 9/11 Memorial. The man placed his hand on the woman’s hip in an awkward clasp and grinned broadly as another person took their picture with a digital camera. A girl in a Yankees cap took a selfie with her camera phone, the Freedom Tower soaring into the sky behind her, the reflecting pool draining into nothingness. She was smiling. An Ethiopian man asked me to take a photo of him and his family. They wore blank expressions, though the youngest girl with them hammed for the camera with her [...]
Indie porn star Colby Keller is apparently working out some life/art scheme to give up everything—in fact he's given away everything he owned, for free. And, at last evicted by his terrible landlord, he's moving out of Baltimore after nine years. He hasn't made clear where he's going, but somewhere west of Baltimore.
Tomorrow marks the end of #piecesof8 and my final disposal of worldly possessions here in Liberty, Tennessee!
— Colby Keller (@colbykeller) May 31, 2014
One thing he's given away is his Instagram account. Overnight, suddenly, the account became the property of his friend Dena. Reaction was mixed! Mad, amused, intrigued, welcoming, [...]
Here's the nine best Instagram videos and the one best Vine of Beyoncé last night at Barclays. Um. Good Lord! GOOD LORD!
"'When I think about Instagram, I think about moments,' said [CEO Kevin] Systrom. He's explaining how life is short and taking pictures is the only way to preserve memories destroyed by naturally declining brain functions, but in less words."
If the digital revolution made it possible for anyone to become a photographer, then one can argue that instagram has emerged as the ultimate space in which the masses showcase their art. Once dismissed by smug elitists, digital photography has come in to its own in the last several years. And it's time to celebrate that fact.
Samsung Digital Imaging is holding a global competition inviting 32 Instagram stars from 8 countries to prove that their city is the most photogenic. Samsung Digital Imaging and VICE Media Inc. have come together to celebrate the release of the all-new web connected GALAXY Camera. 32 Instagram stars from 8 countries [...]
For the past year, Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright have led The 78 Project, a New York-based operation that aims to create an archive of the whole of contemporary American folk music using 1930s-era recording equipment. Inspired by the field recordings of Alan Lomax, Steyermark and Jones Wright use Presto machines that directly transcribe the recordings onto an acetate disc—it's a one-take, one-track recording technique. These sessions, which so far have included such musicians as Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, and Loudon Wainwright III, are also filmed and posted online as part of a web series. The two recently completed a recording circuit in the South, and [...]
Attendance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art reached a record high of 5.68 million people in its fiscal year 2011; it rose again, significantly, to 6.28 million in 2012. It fell, slightly, in 2013, to 6.2 million. Attendance numbers for fiscal year 2014 should be available in two weeks or so.
But, while attendance may be flat (or not! we'll see), have you checked out how many followers the Met has on Instagram?
Shelley Jackson has been telling a story written in snow on Instagram for weeks now. (You would start from the bottom, obvs.)
Do you remember what happened this week?Beyoncé
I’m not necessarily in the Beysus congregation but I sure as debt don’t knock it, either. When our beloved 'net is doubled over in self-fondling and editorial side stares during the slime-time of year called My Ranking Of Niche Garbage Ranks Higher Than Yrs, it’s gorgeous to see a Member of Modern Camelot release quality you can count on that spreads happiness and excitement throughout my visible spectrum. Tear up all your lists! Joy to the world, the Bey is come.Golden Globe Nominations
Knives out! Award season is upon us, let the parade of faces begin! Good faces, [...]
RED: Do not take photographs inside your polling place, fool. Is your Instagram a crime? Likely!
TAN: Do not show anyone a photograph of your ballot or your ballot. These laws—for instance, Oregon's—are commonly phrased as "A person may not show the persons own marked ballot to another person to reveal how it was marked." This is how poll watchers look for forced voting and bullying. Like when your mom checks your ballot to make sure you voted for Glenn Beck or Roseanne or whoever.
BLUE: GO NUTS UP IN THERE. (Do not go nuts. There are lots of grey areas. Do check your state!) Also?
Two things you're supposed to read today:
• On Facebook buying Instagram: "Companies once made sleds or dreamcatchers or software, but that’s all outsourced; an Internet product is very often a thing that lets other people make things—a kind of metaproduct—and you can get 30 million people working for you, for free, if you do a good job of it."
• Are comments actually bad for web business? "In conversations I’ve had with peers in the internet publishing world lately, as well as a resurgence of chatter about comments both online and in schmoozy-cocktail-space, I’m starting to come to a conclusion: comments are more trouble than they [...]
One of the exhibits at the Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, is a room of human hair. The room has an odd purplish tint to it, cast by the climate- and light-control systems that slow the hair's decay. A display case holds two tons of human hair from an estimated forty thousand people. “Please do not photograph the room of hair,” Pawel Sawicki, a press officer of the museum and my group’s guide, told us. “We don’t know exactly when it will all turn to dust."
Photographing the hair might hasten its disintegration. But also, the museum balks at letting patrons take pictures of human [...]
In 2014 People Cross The Street In The Cold To Snap A Photo Of Broken Glass Just So They Can Put It On The Internet
"The building, located across the road from Central Park, is often the subject of portraits. Photos illustrating the effect of the cracked glass started popping up on Twitter and Instagram soon after the accident, and despite the freezing temperatures on Wednesday morning, people crossing the plaza where the store is located stopped every few minutes to get a quick shot."
The Miranda Kerr Waistline Fiasco—in which the Victoria’s Secret model instagramed a photo misrepresentative of her body’s true dimensions—shouldn’t have inspired yet another meditation about the prevarications of Photoshop. We all know about Photoshop—how it's used and what it’s capable of. We’ve all got Photoshop’s number. What The Miranda Kerr Waistline Fiasco should, and with any luck will, turn out to be is a watershed event about our culture’s new and exciting interpretation of the word “support.”
To recap: last week, Victoria’s Secret had a fashion show. Unable to participate, Kerr stealthily instagrammed a photo of herself from last year’s show and included the caption: 'Sending love and best wishes [...]
Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap. It didn't have the lowest rents—in the California of three recessions ago, a Silver Lake bungalow or blocks-from-the-beach Santa Monica apartment were even more affordable than the chilly city by the bay—but it was the only West Coast town you could survive in without a car. With a $35 Fast Pass, all the smelly buses and dinky Muni trains and even the cable cars were there for the riding to and from work, whether you were a bartender or a waiter or (like me) a very fast typist irregularly [...]
With the election tomorrow, the Annotated White House Flickr Feed takes one last fond look at the campaign photos streaming out from Election 2012. Here to make sense of the images are The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox and Huffington Post political reporter Jason Linkins. This week's important discoveries: The Romney team's love affair with Instagram is flourishing; Paul Ryan may have a good reason for always wearing that windbreaker; if Barack's going out, he's going out his way; and meet Joe Biden, HUG MACHINE.
ANA MARIE: This looks really apocalyptic to me, for some reason.
JASON: Ahh, yes, Red Rocks, where the white people [...]
Say that Peter DaSilva is coming over to take your photograph. The San Francisco-based photographer has shot them all, from Ev Williams to Mark Hurd to Hunter Walk to Carol Bartz to, now, Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, the Instagram darlings of the moment, to accompany the front-page New York Times story about their sale to Facebook (for a billion in cash and stock, basically about a week after Instagram raised $50 million, at a $500 million valuation). And Peter's done it all without kicky filters! Tee hee! Anyway so of course maybe this photograph will end up on the front page of the New York Times and you [...]