Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights, and urban life.
Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50’s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
I’m loving these bizarre sculptures and paintings by German artist Tilman Hornig. I’ve scoured the internet and unfortunately can’t find a single press release or article on the artist but I guess sometimes the pictures do all the talking. More work by Hornig after the jump. (via)
Armed with only a razor blade and a big imagination Parisian artist Thomas Louis Jacques Schmitt AKA Thom Thom slices, cuts, and excavates public billboards and ads to create wonderous works that resemble tile mosaics. As Thom Thom cuts away a the layers of ads new messages, images, and faces appear showing us what was there all along but we could not see. (via)
The good folks at Burberry have gathered a great collection of musicians to create a brilliant campaign promoting their line of Aviator glasses. Comprised of British bands The Daydream Club, Life In Film, Marika Hackman, and One Night Only, each video is a classic stripped down, black and white music video that takes all the typical cliche gimmicks we’re used to seeing in music videos and focuses on what matters, the music. Each band has it’s own unique sound ranging from alt folk, garage rock, and classic rock but with a modern twist. Watch all the videos after the jump.
Cradle of Mankind is the newest series by Canadian-born photographer, Joey L. Shot in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, and featuring portraits of the various tribes that inhabit the area. The photographs are a deeply moving, visual homage to the tribal peoples of Ethiopia, the birthplace of Homo sapiens.
The photographs from Cradle of Mankind, along with Joey L.’s documentary film, Faces of a Vanishing World (watch the trailer after the jump)– which first aired on Ovation TV in September 2010, chronicle the artist’s deep interest in Ethiopia, and the rapid transition of it’s oldest cultures. During his time in the country, Joey L. lived with various tribes in the region, learning the different customs of each while capturing individual portraits. Though these tribes may seem untouched by time, they are in fact in constant danger of disappearing forever. The artist states in a 2010 NPR interview that he is interested in anthropology and likes photographing different cultures, “but the ones I’ve been paying attention to lately are the, I suppose what you’d call vanishing ones, … the cultures that are on the verge of extinction, tribes that are threatened by progress and losing their language and losing their ways of life that they’ve sustained for thousands of years.”
See a selection of Cradle Of Mankind from June 21st-August 4th 2012 at Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles
I always see those “Keep Austin Weird” stickers everywhere and now that I’ve seen the work of Jaime Zuverza it all makes sense. This Texan illustrator/designer’s lo-fi sensibility mixed with ironic retro imagery is the stuff that’s dreamed of for rock posters. Each mixed media poster is magnificently stranger than the last proving that Jaime is doing his part to keep thing pretty damn weird in Austin!
Recently Beautiful/Decay teamed up with our good friends over at Stickerobot.com to print a few new custom stickers and boy did they come out great. We’ve been working with Stickerobot for many years and we love their high quality full color vinyl stickers that hold up whether they are stuck indoors or out. To celebrate the awesome new batch of stickers we just got in we’ve teamed up with Stickerobot.com to bring you a special 10% off code exclusive to Beautiful/Decay readers. Simply visit their site, order your custom vinyl sticker in any size (did I mention you can do full color stickers!), and use the discount code BD10 at checkout to save some cash on your next batch of stickers! Check out more examples of high quality stickers and their many artist collaborations after the jump!
Italian photogprapher Lorenzo Vitturi describes his work as “hand-made visions” where each body of work consists of a completely constructed new world where each visual element is hand crafted with the utmost attention to detail. For his latest project Anthropocene Vitturi created a strange industrial world filled with debris, strange colored horses, and surreal body builders. Vitturi say’s about this project:
“This project is the result of a reflection about the relationship between man and nature, as it proposes – in line with 16th Century naturalistic painting – a symbolic system able to visualize the intersection between this two dimensions. Up to the early 20th Century nature had been represented as an unspoiled, pure space animated by uncontrollable forces; today, after just one Century, nature has proved to be a fragile system whose survival is highly dependent on an increasingly pervasive and destructive anthropization. In such a context, where all equilibria and “rules of the game” are being overthrown, how can we still depict nature and men? Nature is loosing its natural features, while men are increasingly taking control over the whole cycle of life. Starting from this paradox, my project consists in a series of images where site-specific installations built within a derelict location play a central role. In this visions the “mis en scene” becomes a tool for representing a nature which appears less authentic and indeed more and more a cultural product. Each image is the result of a meticulous process of scene design and construction. The materials used were scattered construction and industrial remains, natural pigments and fake plants.”
See more images from Anthropocene and some very nice behind the scenes photos of the construction of the shoot after the jump!