black and white, silver gelatin and other monochromatic photography

Haunted Air: A Macabre Collection of 25 Historical Halloween Photographs

The book Haunted Air, first published in 2010, is simultaneously creepy and beautiful. The hardcover book with the skeleton costume on the cover is filled with anonymous historical Halloween photographs taken from 1875–1955 that have been collected by artist, musician, and composer Ossian Brown. The book is a glimpse into the roots behind the tradition now known as Halloween and depicts truly haunting Americana with a foreword by – appropriately enough- David Lynch, director of the weird and wonderful. (more…)

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The Stars and Stripes in Black and White. Great Photos of The American Flag.

We are so used to seeing the American Flag in its colorful splendor, we can forget that images of Old Glory in black and white can be just as powerful. For this fourth of July, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite black and white photos of the American Flag by such respected photographers as Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Elliott Erwitt and many more. And not the photos you’re used to seeing, either. Enjoy (more…)

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Welcome To New York 1911. Amazing Footage Will Take You Back In Time.

Welcome to New York, 1911. Youtuber Guy Jones came across some astounding old footage from the New York Museum of Modern Art’s film library. The documentary footage was taken in New York over 100 years ago, three years before the outbreak of World War I. MoMA’s restoration of New York 1911 was derived from the original nitrate print of the film and looked surprisingly good; with added music by Ben Model. But Guy Jones improved upon it by adding ambient sounds, instead of music, to the silent footage and slowing down the speed for a more natural appearance. (more…)

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Halloween in 70’s Park Slope, Brooklyn. 35 Nostalgic Photos.

The Bionic Woman, Bambi, and Cinderella [masks on]
The Bionic Woman, Bambi, and Cinderella [masks off]

Taken between the years of 1974-1978 by photographer Larry Racioppo, these terrific vintage photos of kids trick or treating in South Park Slope, Brooklyn will bring back nostalgic memories of Halloween to Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. (more…)

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Sam Shepard Was The Right Stuff In So Many Ways (Tons of great photos)

photo by Larry Busacca, 2014

He was cool. He was smart. He was sexy. He was Sam Shepard, a brilliant playwright, talented actor and all around badass who he lost his life to ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, yesterday at the age of 73. We take a look back at his impressive career, life, loves and accomplishments. (more…)

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