Series of Photographic Portraits: A Century of Photographs

August Sander, Jungbauern, Westerwald, 1914

Helmar Lerski, Everyday Heads, 1931

Heinrich Riebesehl, People in an Elevator, 1969

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait in Drag (Reddish-Brown Wig, Plaid Tie), 1981/82

Michael Schmidt, Aus der 81-Teiligen Serie Frauen, 1997-1999

Judith Joy Ross, Protesting the U. S. War in Iraq, 2007

Series of Photographic Portraits: A Century of Photographs

Series of Portraits: A Century of Photographs is an exhibtion of 20th century portrait photography, which is presently on display at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg. Portraiture is one of the traditional genres in art and was a driving force behind the invention of photography in the 19th century. Portrait photography continually redefines itself, between dissolution of the traditional concept of the subject in the masses, toward the pursuit of individuality and identity. The image of the human being is subject to constant change, which is also reflected in photography, sometimes with spectacular results.

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Scenes From the Suburbs: Navigating an Oppressive Dystopia

Scenes From the Suburbs: Navigating an Oppressive Dystopia

I wish I could remember every little moment,
But I can’t/ Why do I only remember the moments that I do,
I wonder what happens to the others.

Scenes From the Suburbs is a 30-minute short film directed by Spike Jonze, a companion piece to Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning third album, The Suburbs.  The movie premiered this year at Germany’s Berlinale Festival and was screened the SXSW Film Festival in Austin.

The film is a meditation on life, a remembrance of things past by a group of friends who spent a languid summer together in an unnamed town that was taken over by the army. Back then, a summer, so long ago. They couldn’t leave town, because outside the country was at war, and the military controlled life and all the  gateways. The teenagers wandered aimlessly about town. Winter was a long way off, and love and longing and friendship still meant everything.

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Melvin the Magical Machine: A Machine with Its Own Identity

Melvin the Magical Machine: A Machine with Its Own Identity

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine (or just Melvin the Machine) is a wild four-minute short film created by members of the design studio HEYHEYHEY. Art space MU asked HEYHEYHEY to design their show for the Dutch Design Week, Holland’s major design event. Mu gave them complete freedom on one condition: the show wasn’t to be a show of new products, but it should rather be a moment. Since they like a challenge, they decided to build a massive chain reaction with an identity.

Melvin is best described as a Rube Goldberg machine with a twist. Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best, performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction, Melvin has an identity. Actually, the only purpose of this machine is to promote its own identity. Melvin takes pictures and makes videos of his audience, which he instantly uploads to his blog, Facebook and Twitter account. Besides that he makes his own merchandise. All of this within 4-minutes of craziness, which you just have to witness yourself.

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