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It’s a Sporting Monday! Three Old, Three New.

There’s been a lot of sportiness going on in my world lately, how about in yours? I found myself at a sports bar last night to watch the US Open Women’s final, and I was surrounded by 23 or so TVs excitedly blasting the football season’s premiere. I’m not historically a sports fanatic, but there was something comforting about all those glowing screens. Plus, I have Yankees tickets for tonight. So I’m really in the mood.

I’ve also been enjoying The New York Times’ Play Magazine recently, there’s a lot of strong photography. I thought it would be fun to explore some old and new sports photography juxtapositions. So here are three of each.


Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Women's tennis league section leaders." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.


May 30, 1925. Chevy Chase, Maryland. "Miss Florence Skadding and H.J. McMullan. Opening of new pool at Columbia Country Club."


Humberside Collegiate in Toronto, sometime in 1950


Favre in the throwback New York Titans uniform worn by the Jets earlier this season. Photo by Vincent Laforet.


U.S.C. football coach Pete Carroll. Photo by Levon Bliss.


Offshore Sailing School’s becalmed Florida classroom. Photo by Cass Bird.

Go team! See more work by Vincent Laforet, Levon Bliss and Cass Bird.

Tuuuesday Round Up!

Here we are at Tuesday again, and it’s time for our roundup! What’s been going on in photo news? Let’s take a look….

1. Famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman dies at 98. Some really stunning images have surfaced this week as a result. See a selection here.


I’d live here, surely. Where did he put the tripod?

OK, next.

2. Interesting photo world news; three prominent nature photographers cede from major stock agencies and create their own– Wild Photography. Included in the bunch is a favorite of mine- National Geographic shooter David Doubilet.


Read about their new business plan here. And yes- these are two nudibranches, as well as a shot of David at work.



3. Chris Bickford’s images of surfing on The New York Times Lens Blog. (His first time shooting in water!)



4. Also on the Lens Blog- a young David Burnett captures moon spectators in 1969. Tell me you’ve gone this week without seeing some awesome anniversary shots of the moon landing, and I won’t believe you.


5. Just for fun: check out some strangely beautiful liquid suspension still lifes here.


6. They had a tripod, but something went wrong with the flash:

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. “Mrs. John Nolan, children’s party.” A good if eerie example of what happens when the shutter opens before the flash goes off. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

via Shorpy.


Have a great week!

So Long, So Nice to Know Ya, Kodachrome.

Sigh. Today brings the unsurprising but nonetheless heartbreaking announcement that Kodachrome is going to meet it’s (film)maker.

I’ve always loved the incredible richness that came with shooting the chrome– of course many early color masters like Eggleston were fans, and for several decades thereafter the stuff was king in the photo world.

I thought it would be fitting to post some of my favorite 4×5 chromes to mark this tragic day. These are from Shorpy, and were taken in the ’40s, many for the Office of War Information. If you want to read and see more of these images, read a past post of mine, here.

In the meantime, take a look.


October 1942. “Lieutenant ‘Mike’ Hunter, Army test pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.


December 1942. Detroit, Michigan. “Hanna furnaces of the Great Lakes Steel Corporation. Stockpile of coal and iron ore.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information.


Chicago, April 1943. “Mike Evans, a welder, at the rip tracks of the Proviso Yard, Chicago & North Western R.R.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.


Butte, Montana, in September 1942. 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Office of War Information.


June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. “The crew of an M-3 tank learns all the ways of causing trouble for the Axis with a 75mm gun, a 37mm gun and four machine guns.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, OWI


Spring 1943. “Romeroville, near Chacon, New Mexico.” View full size. 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier for the Office of War Information.


Detroit, July 1942. “Looking north on Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees Building with the Fisher Building at the distant left, and the Wardell Hotel at the right.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel.


September 1942. “Learning how to determine latitude by using a sextant is Senta Osoling, student at Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles. Navigation classes are part of the school’s program for training its students for specific contributions to the war effort.”  4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.


Nov. 1941. Etna, Pennsylvania. “Blast furnaces and ore at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel mills.”4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama dont take my kodachrome away

goodbye, old pal.