The Photo Blog

July 2 2014 11:58 AM

America’s Vanishing Historic Movie Theaters

During the golden age of Hollywood, the excitement of going to the movies wasn’t only about seeing the stars on screen. It also meant spending time at the neighborhood movie theater, an architecturally ornate center of the community’s social life.

Photographer Stefanie Klavens has long been interested in 20th-century American popular culture, specifically its aesthetic qualities, and has created a photographic series of iconic movie palaces titled “Celluloid Dreams.”


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July 1 2014 11:00 AM

This Is Where Rice Comes From 

Rice is a staple food for more than one-half the world’s population, but for many of its consumers, its origin is distant and mysterious. Last year, Scott Gable, a photographer who has long been interested in the industrialization of food production, decided to satiate his own curiosity by discovering the people and places behind this ubiquitous food. “The end product is a package of rice or a rice cracker or a rice snack but at the very start of it, rice is still a real food product surrounded by real people and real culture,” he said.

June 30 2014 11:50 AM

Inside a Colorado Marijuana Dispensary

Based in Denver, Colorado, photographer Theo Stroomer has long been covering marijuana legalization. During an assignment to cover Medicine Man, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana dispensaries, Stroomer asked if he could spend some additional time photographing the establishment for a broader story.

June 29 2014 11:00 AM

Otherworldly Photos of Mysterious Megalithic Stones

Stonehenge may be the most famous prehistoric monument, but it’s by no means the only one. In 2003, photographer Barbara Yoshida was on a trip to Scotland when she photographed the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of standing stones in the Orkney Islands. She spent the next 10 years photographing lesser-known and rarely photographed megalithic stones in more than 15 countries and on three continents. Her photographs will soon be published in the book, Moon Viewing: Megaliths by Moonlight. “I’m drawn to places that are spiritual and have a depth of mystery, that have a sense of timelessness and history. These stones were obviously set up for ritualistic purposes, and people have continued to interact with them over thousands of years and invested them with meaning and resonance,” Yoshida said. “They have enormous power and a presence that you can feel when you're among them. We may not know much about the cultures that erected them, but this mystery is what draws me to them. I wanted to record my subjective perceptions and capture some of that mystery.”

June 27 2014 12:07 PM

Natural Landscapes Turned Surreal by Artificial Light

Barry Underwood’s work draws inspiration from his background in theater, his interests in art history, and the ecological and social history of specific environments. He has also been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time at artist residencies where he has created photographs of landscapes lit by both natural and artificial light, some of which are part of his series “Scenes,” currently on view at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in New York.

June 26 2014 11:03 AM

A Look Back at Iconic World Cup Moments

Soccer and photography have changed a lot since the first World Cup in 1930, and Getty Images has the proof. Its Hulton Archive has millions of images dating all the way back to that first showdown between nations in Uruguay that, together, tell a story about the development of the game and the means we have of capturing it. “From glass plates to film to color to digital technology, it's all about ultimately getting the moment,” said Matthew Butson, vice president of Getty Images’ Archive. “Whether it’s 1930 or 2014, you've still got to get your finger on the shutter button. That's why I like these images—a split second earlier or later and you wouldn't have gotten the shot.”

June 25 2014 11:00 AM

The World Needs More Redheads

In 2011, the world’s largest sperm bank, Cyros International, briefly stopped accepting donations from men with common Scandinavian features, including red hair and light eyes, citing a lack of demand from customers. “We are very happy with redheads and what hair color people have, but our job is to supply all races, all hair colors and all eye colors and our problem is that we are located in this part of Northern Europe,” Cyros’ director, Ole Schou, told BBC News at the time. “We supply worldwide so we need more of non-typical Danish characteristics in our crops.”

June 24 2014 11:56 AM

Stunning Portraits of Mixed-Race Families

Fascinated by the evolution of identity, the photographer Cyjo, who styles her name CYJO, has created a series of portraits that examine how race, ethnicity, and heritage contextualize a person as an individual, and how they coexist within the framework of a family.

Cyjo identifies herself as a Westerner of Korean ethnicity (she was born in South Korea and raised in the United States) and photographed the series “Mixed Blood” from 2010–13 in both New York and Beijing. She has explored the dynamic between individual and collective identities in her previous work via a more abstract approach, but, with “Mixed Blood,” she uses the more literal approach of portraiture. 


June 23 2014 12:13 PM

One Photographer’s Searing Images of India and Pakistan

In his career as a photojournalist, Daniel Berehulak has visited more than 40 countries and witnessed world-changing events including elections, wars, and disasters. The exhibition, “Daniel Berehulak: Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan,” focuses on the last five years of Berehulak’s work, and captures a wide range of the human experience, from joy to misery to hope.

June 22 2014 11:35 AM

A Haunting Look Inside Some of America's Abandoned Shopping Malls

Photographer Seph Lawless had been traveling the country photographing a variety of “abandoned and broken” buildings for his bookAutopsy of America, when he came across two buildings from his past: Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio and Randall Park Mall in North Randall, Ohio. Growing up in nearby Cleveland, Lawless spent lots of time in both of the malls during their heyday with friends and family. “The malls were great. They were thriving and vibrant – much like the economy at the time. That was a happy time for most Americans. The malls were filled with shoppers and tenants,” he said.