The Lonely Ghosts of New York City’s Past

The Lonely Ghosts of New York City’s Past

Photography by: Jem Cohen, NYC

The ghostly Polaroids that filmmaker Jem Cohen has taken of New York City over the past 30 years remind him of “a sleepwalker’s view of the city.” The impressionistic images, filled with vaporous landscapes, acid colors, deadpan close-ups and long, lonesome vistas, could be said to capture those parts of the city its residents have forgotten, or even what the city has forgotten about itself.

The same can be observed about Cohen’s short films, NYC Weights and Measures (2006) and Lost Book Found (1996), which capture the lonely solitude that exists beneath the often deafening noise and frantic bustle of the city’s streets.

Read more about Jem Cohen’s work in The New York Times here.

Jem Cohen: Lost Book Found (1996)

Jem Cohen: NYC Weights and Measures (2006)

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Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock photographer Autumn de Wilde and The Decemberists have teamed up with The Impossible Project to create a deluxe box edition for the band’s new album, The King Is Dead. Autumn de Wilde was joking when she first offered to take a couple thousand Polaroid shots of her friends in the folk-rock band the Decemberists. But they called her bluff, and a few months later she’d accumulated more than 2,500 single- and double-exposed photos of the five band members, which were taken during recording sessions for the new album and around their hometown haunts in Portland, Oregon. All of the pictures were taken on Polaroid Type 100 peel-apart film provided by The Impossible Project, a group of former Polaroid employees who banded together in 2008 to rescue the beloved instant cameras from total obsolescence.

Here’s a video-montage of de Wilde’s Polaroid photographs, accompanying the band’s new song from their album, Down by the Water. Then take a look through the slide show presenting more of de Wilde’s unique and dramatic Polaroids.

The Decemberists: Down by the Water

Slide Show: The Decemberists in Polaroid

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The Controversial Art of Robert Mapplethorpe

The Controversial Art of Robert Mapplethorpe

This piece is a tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe and is comprised of photographs, a video and slide show that present selected works dating from 1969 to 1988.  The photographs focus on three traditional genres: still life, nudes and portraits.  Mapplethorpe’s photography captures a stark beauty, often implying a more ominous and forbidding world of sexuality and violence.  His artistic work, frequently controversial, invests his still life and portrait subjects with an erotic charge that transforms and ennobles them.  Mapplethorpe’s photography captures the peak of bloom, the apogee of power, the most seductive instant and the ultimate present that stops time and delivers the perfect moment into history.  Speaking to his influence on the world of modern art, photography will never be the same.

The Controversial Art of Robert Mapplethorpe

Slide Show: Robert Mapplethorpe/The Perfect Moment

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