midcenturymodernfreak:

1961-64 Café Moskau | Architects: Josef Kaiser & Horst Bauer | Berlin, Germany

The large mosaic at the entrance is by painter Bert Heller. The Sputnik in original size was a gift from the Ambassador of the USSR. The sign lettering  on the roof was designed by the graphic artist Klaus Witt. - Via: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

pierre-ollier:

darwinmagazine:

The Books of 2013

Klaus Pichler – Skeletons in the Closet

 

Through the masses of work that have been celebrated and praised over2013, there is one photographer and his project about the back scenes of museums, which sticks, clearly in the front of my thoughts. The said photographer, Klaus Pichler has presented all of his hard efforts capturing the surreal and humorous scenes of the back corridors and rooms of The Natural History Museum in Vienna. The book from the start sets the scene, a small circle window on the front cover to reveal a bear poking its head through, looking at us, this   not only assures us of an interesting look into this setting, but also a chance to sit and ponder amongst its ambiguity and surrealism. It is important to state, before we go any further that Pichler expresses that none of the exhibits and subjects have been moved or place, a chance of stumbling upon a weird and wonderful back entrance of the strange and unknown.

 

The audience from there on in, is greeted with images of taxidermies, jarred specimens and models. The tone of the book, as you make your way through the pages is that a light hearted and subtle one, the thoughts of how many magnificent creatures, which have now being shoved into a corner, raises questions. Museums like this are for educational and scientific purposes; they provide answers and chance to get closer to a various species of animals. Yet as the title suggests, Skeletons in the Closet, guilty thoughts soon begin to sink in as we question our place and stance on the killing and maintenance of the animals after they have passed. One image in particular, which stands out, full of clues and hints placed by Pichler is the Landscape painting seemingly trapped within one of the museums many corridors. It acts as a strong metaphor; a beautiful setting is depicted; yet it is un attainable to that of the inhabitants of the museum now. Its this level of wanting to be able to obtain something yet it is still out of reach, one reason why the animals are posed and manipulated by the Museum to make them feel as life like as possible yet still not quite reaching the finish line of believability.

 

 The project not only addresses the purpose of museums as a whole, but also the strong relationship we think we have with animals, you could easily suggest certain stories developing in each image, fox’s fighting and a bear walking about the corridors as well as sharks swimming lengthy rooms and dogs patiently waiting for their master. How we view and approach the images is what makes this book and project so successful, it plays into our human nature to go of in wild directions of imagination yet places firm and fitting ideas of serious ideas and question we should discuss about our place in the world, through animal protection an conservation.

 

- words by Harry Rose

You can pick the book up here!

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve just ordered it, can’t wait to have it in my mailbox. 

lensblr-network:

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fastcompany:

Think your office is soulless? Check out this Amazon fulfillment center.

Ben Roberts’ Amazon Unpacked isa haunting series of photographs that exposes the inner workings of Amazon’s massive fulfillment center in the English Midlands.

Locals hoped that the center would boost the local economy, which was devastated by the closure of a coal mine, the area’s main employer. Instead, Roberts explains, Amazon workers are turned into ‘human robots’ and guaranteed little-to-no job security.

"An Amazon fulfillment associate might have to walk as far as 15 miles in a single shift, endlessly looping back and forth between shelves in a warehouse the size of nine soccer fields. They do this in complete silence, except for the sound of their feet. The atmosphere is so quiet that workers can be fired for even talking to one another." 

For Roberts, this isn’t about how something you order off of Amazon comes to your door. It’s about how fulfillment centers like Rugeley represent the invisible cost buried in every low Amazon price.

 

iwanttobelikearollingstone:

House Pictures, 1990
Fascinated by his mother’s real-estate photos as a teenager in New Jersey, Wessel shot this series of bungalows in Southern California from the armrest of his truck more than thirty years later. Playfully candy-colored, these houses suggest a human presence only in details, such as a modest cooler left curbside or a garden hose coiled against the side of a house. Although different in color, the structural similarities of the bungalows, as well as the similar compositions of the photographs themselves, imply both the futility of originality and the manufactured quality of the American dream of home ownership.
06.29.13 /17:26/ 446
letselopetoday:

“In October 2011, I purchased three rolls of negatives from an estate sale. The film belonged to a recently deceased sailor from WWII. The only information I was given from the seller was that he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and a closeted gay man.”
Photographs of Fox by Pacifico Silano
(via Photographs of Fox : Pacifico Silano)
05.19.13 /18:20/ 32

girlsandguns:

deathproofdesign:

“Kaufmann house” Richard Neutra, Palm Springs. 1946…

my dream house forever

bentrovatodiary:

Metro

Photography by Sisilia Piring
Modelling by Kat Vo
Styling by Mike Giglia
Makeup & Hair by Myah Underwood

Canvas  by  andbamnan