© ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz, 1964, Grande Dixence, Staumauer (Hérémence)

© Roman Vishniac, early 1930, People behind bars, Berlin Zoo

Roman Vishniac was well known for documenting Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the start of the Holocaust. From 1935-1938 he created some of the most recognizable and replicated images of the era, but his work didn’t end there. The Vishniac archive spans 60 years: starting in the early ‘20s in Berlin and ending in the late ‘70s in New York and until recently most of it had never been seen.

“Until we started doing this research, he was only known for four years of work,” says Maya Benton, ICP’s curator of the Vishniac Archive. “They’re tremendously powerful and iconic photographic records, but were also only four years of a 60 year working life. I think that his unpublished work really puts him on par with the great photographers of the 20th century.”

At the end of August The International Center of Photography and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched the groundbreaking joint archive project that was nearly a decade in the making: a digital, searchable database featuring 40,000 objects from Vishniac’s massive collection. (read more here and here)

© Minor White, 1960, 72 N. Union Street, Rochester

“So that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

© Sandro Miller, 2014, American Gothic

American photographer Sandro Miller collaborated with the actor to recreate some of the most famous portraits captured throughout history. The project is titled, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.” (via PetaPixel)

Original photo by Gordon Parks. ‘American Gothic,’ 1942.

More pictures here.

© Dave Hendley, Feb. 5 1972, Whitehall, London

'Police arrest man at demonstration against the 'Bloody Sunday' killings.’

This photograph was published on the front page of The Times newspaper.

(thanks to davehendley!)

B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get? (live, 1972)

The King of Blues live at New York’s Maximum Security Prison, Sing Sing.

B.B. called it one of his greatest performances, New York’s Daily News called it one of the greatest concert moments in live entertainment:

"There was a riot at Sing Sing prison but it was a riot of music, emotion, enthusiasm and good feelings. What a day. What a concert!" Jerry Oster, New York Daily News

I saw the amazing documentary “B.B. King: The Life of Riley" yesterday which made me go all goose-pimply. So, together with the Sing Sing Prison Concert footage, this is an absolute must-see for music lovers! Enjoy!

Here’s a great photo of a live performance in Hamburg, Germany in 1971:

       © Heinrich Klaffs, Nov. 1971, B.B. King live at Audimax, University of Hamburg

It was shot by Heinrich Klaffs, a freelance journalist, photographer, police reporter and editor at the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. In 2010 he started uploading his rock, pop and jazz archive of photos to Flickr. The collection is very diverse, from Jazz Drummer Art Blakey through to The Who. Find more photos here.

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at Rivington Place, London, UK

The Black Chronicles II is a newly curated exhibition exploring black presences (African and Asian) in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of studio photography.

Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition presents over 200 photographs, the majority of which have never been exhibited or published before. As a curated body of work, these photographs present new knowledge and offer different ways of seeing the black subject in Victorian Britain, and contribute to an ongoing process of redressing persistent ‘absence’ within the historical record.

A highlight of the show is a dedicated display of thirty portraits of members of The African Choir, who toured Britain between 1891-93, seen here for the first time. Perhaps the most comprehensive series of images rendering the black subject in Victorian Britain, these extraordinary portraits on glass plate negatives by the London Stereoscopic Company have been deeply buried in the Hulton Archive, unopened for over 120 years.

These are presented alongside those of other visiting performers, dignitaries, servicemen, missionaries, students and many as yet unidentified black Britons. Their presence bears direct witness to Britain’s colonial and imperial history and the expansion of Empire. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
Sep 12 - Nov 29, 2014

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© Arnold Odermatt, 1965, Buochs, Switzerland

Arnold Odermatt joined a Swiss police force in 1948 after being forced to give up his original career as a baker and pastry chef for health reasons. As a policeman he first appeared with his camera at the scene of an accident to take photos to complement police reports, people found this odd. At that time, photography was anything other than an independent means of providing the police with evidence.

A colleague once observed Arnold Odermatt as he took pictures for the force and was suspicious. He was ordered to report to his commander immediately. Odermatt managed to convince his superiors of the quality of the work he was doing. They allowed him to convert an old toilet in an observation post into a makeshift dark room. When the observation post was moved into another building several years later, he was finally given his own laboratory. (+)

Find more of his work here.