Exposure

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Exposure: Andy’s Food Mart by Tibor Kalman and M&Co
The virtue of the vernacular


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Exposure: License Photo Studio by Walker Evans
The building as camera


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Exposure: Drape (Cavalcade III) by Eva Stenram
Abducted in plain sight


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Exposure: Mrs. E.N. Todter by Dion & Puett Studio
Art and the Ladies’ Field Club


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Exposure: Rayograph with Gun by Man Ray
The poetry of the cameraless photo


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Exposure: Clive Owen in character by Dan Winters
Anatomy of a publicity picture


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Exposure: Assicurazioni Generali by Tošo Dabac
The textual unconscious of Zagreb


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Exposure: Motion Efficiency Study by Frank Gilbreth
The ghost in the grid


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Exposure: Commuter in Tokyo by Michael Wolf
How to cope with compression


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Exposure: Ford Motor Plant by Charles Sheeler
The cathedral of industry


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Exposure: Adamanese Man by Maurice Vidal Portman
Photography for anthropologists


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Exposure: Domestic Interior by Nicole Bachmann
Design for everyday life?


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Exposure: Cement Sky by Marla Rutherford
A fetish for motels


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Exposure: Wintery Forest by Yang Yongliang
Building the new China


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Exposure: Nurse Midwife by W. Eugene Smith
The mystery of birth


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Exposure: Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman
The photographer as performer


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Exposure: Guts of the Beast by Marcus Nilsson
How to take a food picture


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Exposure: Woman Mourning by Don McCullin
What are images of suffering for?


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Exposure: Cabaret de l'Enfer by Harry C. Ellis
The ghoulish cavern in the villa of Ormen


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Exposure: Chimpanzee by James Mollison
Looking into the face of an ape


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Exposure: Operating Room by Augustine H. Folsom
Early surgery as public theater


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Exposure: Francis Bacon by Bill Brandt
Portrait of the artist or photographer?


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Exposure: Oildale by Rudy VanderLans
The dismal beauty of an oil field


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Exposure: House #3 by Francesca Woodman
Fabricating a phantom girl


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Exposure: Copacabana Beach by Thomaz Farkas
A pioneer of Brazilian photography


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Exposure: Bar in Valparaiso, Chile by Sergio Larrain
The ambiguity of soft focus


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Exposure: Suburban House at Night by Todd Hido
The pleasure in not knowing


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Exposure: Man with a Bandaged Head
The aftermath of extreme weather


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Exposure: Portrait of Space by Lee Miller
Frames within frames in the desert


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Exposure: H.P. Lovecraft by Lucius B. Truesdell
The master of horror


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Exposure: Morandi’s Objects by Joel Meyerowitz
The sublime in ordinary things


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Exposure: Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker
The performance of a picture


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Exposure: American Hermit by Alec Soth
Alone in the great outdoors


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Exposure: Pirelli Calendar Model by Peter Lindbergh
The production line of glamor


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Exposure: Kreuzberg Tower in Berlin by Hélène Binet
The aura of a building


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Exposure: Marlene Dietrich Billboard by Brassaï
Superhuman mystique of a star


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Exposure: Crashed Car by Arnold Odermatt
Fast and Furious: a retrofit


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Exposure: Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude
Beauty, androgyny, and threat


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Exposure: Beauty Salon in Kraków by David Hlynsky
The Surrealism of window displays


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Exposure: Crime Scene in Paris by Alphonse Bertillon
The killing of a bank messenger


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Exposure: Children at Play in the City by Shirley Baker
The freedom of the street


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Exposure: Rossellini and Lynch by Helmut Newton
A primal lovers’ tryst


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Exposure: Woman Mailing a Letter by Clifton R. Adams
The spell of vintage color


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Exposure: James Nachtwey by Antonin Kratochvil
Portrait of a war photographer


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Exposure: Dysturb poster in Paris by Jeanne Frank
Taking photojournalism to the street


Rick Poynor
Exposure: American Family by Ralph Eugene Meatyard
The otherness of other people


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Exposure: Bookstore in Barcelona by Gabriel Casas
A new vision of the book


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Exposure: Invisible Man by Gordon Parks
The view from an electric cave


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Exposure: Kuwait, 1991 by Sophie Ristelhueber
The scars of a desert war


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Exposure: Newport Baths by Max Dupain
Sun, sea, and disconnection


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Exposure: The Eiffel Tower by Germaine Krull
A Paris icon made abstract


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Exposure: Reem-B Robot by Vincent Fournier
The mental life of a machine


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Exposure: Salvation Army Barracks by Jack London
Down and out in early 20th-century London


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Exposure: Flypaper and Flies by Jacques-André Boiffard
A cold eye on insect carnage


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Exposure: The Gamble by Peter Kennard
The clandestine operations of power


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Exposure: Pages from Fabrik by Jak Tuggener
The dark undercurrents of industry


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Exposure: Head below Wires by Roger Ballen
Absurdity in the South African outland


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Exposure: Surface Transit by Eva Fuka
The shock of New York in the sixties


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Exposure: Rue du Temple, Paris by Gail Albert Halaban
The lure of a lighted window


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Exposure: J.G. Ballard by Brian Griffin
The science fiction of the ordinary


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Exposure: Brodsky, the Tie Seller in Paris
Every photograph is an enigma


Rick Poynor
Exposure: Lens bookshop in Sutton by Lloyd Rich
The rediscovery of lost moments


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Exposure: Luigi Russolo’s Noise Machines
Sonic conjurors of experimental music


Rick Poynor
Exposure: Butlin’s holiday camp by Edmund Nägele
A sixties vacation in glowing color


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Exposure: Cat and I by Wanda Wulz
Modernity, femininity and the feline


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Exposure: Restaurant de la Réserve by Jean Gilletta
Wonder and yearning by the sea


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Exposure: Berlin scene by Wolfgang Zurborn
The hidden order of the random


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Exposure: Mother and Child by Philip Jones Griffiths
The gendered power relations of war


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Exposure: The Colossi of Memnon by Francis Bedford
Mysterious emanations from the desert


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Exposure: The Simulator by Dora Maar
The chamber of Surrealist visions


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Exposure: El Paso Street by Stephen Shore
The street corner: an uncommon place


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Exposure: Rise Up You Are Free by Dominic Hawgood
A post-photographic view of exorcism


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Exposure: Striporama street scene by Vivian Maier
How good was the photographer nanny?


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Exposure: Viktoria Modesta by Nadav Kander
Changing perceptions of impairment


The Design Observer Cooperative

Observed | October 20

Designer Peter Cho has introduced a daily drawing challenge—perfect for us all. Sign up here. [JH]


Observed | October 19

Shalom Schotten, a graphic designer at Thames & Hudson for over fifty years, has died. Remembered for his talent, kindness, and patience, the Austrian-born designer was 86. [JH]


Observed | October 14

“Either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate, and problem-solve.” Nominations for The Earthshot Prize begin on November 1. [JH]


Observed | October 09

Politicizing the duck stamp. (Sigh.) [JH]


Observed | October 08

“It Is What It Is”: All of Donald Trump’s Transgressions is a set of four artist’s books in which Trump’s transgressions are recorded and assigned colored cards as if by a referee in soccer. A monumental informational graphic work, Siglio Press needs your help to get it published. [BV]


Observed | October 07

Behold: the dawn of X (and why it’s a design story). [JH]

What is good design if not drama? Twenty-six movies every design lover should see. [JH]

Today, the Getty Research Institute launched 12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive, an interactive website that allows users to discover thousands of photographs of Sunset Boulevard taken by artist Ed Ruscha between 1965 and 2007. Stamen Design founder Eric Rodenbeck writes about the project and the many gems they found along the way. [BV]


Observed | October 06

Run—don’t walk—to pick up your copy of the new book by Roman Mars + Kurt Kohlstedt. [JH]

The existence and etymology of “uppercase” and “lowercase” is a fascinating tale. [BV]


Observed | October 05

The Japanese fashion designer Kenzo has died of complications from COVID-19, in Paris, his adopted home for more than half a century. He was 81. [JH]


Observed | October 02

The first Monday of every October is World Architecture Day: herewith, American architects choose their favorite Architects and buildings. [JH]

Do you think they provided allen wrenches in 1958? The IKEA museum has posted 70 years of their catalogs. [BV]


Observed | October 01

Wix debuts their bespoke typeface: Madefor. Madefor was designed in collaboration with its in-house studio and type foundry Dalton Maag. [BV]

Alexandra Lange on Wes Anderson: the fixation, the following—and now, the book. [JH]


Observed | September 30

How do you design for the future when the future you are designing for will not exist? [JH]


Observed | September 28

How Biden prepares for the debate of his life: intense preparation, rehearsals, and briefing books—and “he’s a sans-serif man! Mr. Biden has long preferred the Arial typeface,” notes the New York Times, “14 point”. [JH]

“He wanted accurate science, and he wanted great design.” Pioneering science fiction designer Ron Cobb dies at 83. [JH]

Dozens of examples of lettering for jazz musicians, collected by Reagan Ray from album covers and posters. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | September 22

City Monitor is part of New Statesman Media Group’s innovative new data journalism division, which will provide essential business intelligence across topics such as energy, cities, banking, media, and technology, among others. Follow them here. [JH]

Nicolas Heller is helping save New York City, one Instagram post at a time. [BV]


Observed | September 21

Help support this monumental public messaging campaign promoting the patriotism of science, religion and voting from Class Action Collective. [BV]


Observed | September 17

The strange, uninspired history of Spotify’s bland logo. [BV]


Observed | September 16

Behold: Calamityware! (Via Kim Baer.) [JH]


Observed | September 01

Got a Very Serious Book to sell about the dangers of radical right-wing overreach? In book publishing, this is the summer of the Sith Lord design palette. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]


Observed | August 20

Design criticism is everywhere. Why are we still looking for it? A must-read essay from Jarrett Fuller. [MB]

Goodbye mosh pits, hello “personal platforms.” A new music venue in the UK was designed for socially distant concerts. [BV]


Observed | August 18

Contactless filming: design for never leaving home. [JH]


Observed | August 17

No books were harmed in the testing of these animals. [JH]


Observed | August 14

How do activism slideshows go viral on Instagram? By co-opting popular design aesthetics from brands. (via Blake Eskin) [BV]



Jobs | October 24