While the awkwardly angled, lips-pursed cell phone "selfie" may be a strictly 21st century iteration of the self-portrait genre, it's worth noting that even famous people—and professional photographers—have engaged in the practice from time to time. AnOther magazine has rounded up a few such gems, from a Roloflex family snapshot by Jackie Kennedy with her husband and sister-in-law to Cecil Beaton's selfie with Mick Jagger, on set in 1968.
Fingerprints are classified into three patterns: arches, loops, and whorls. In a style somewhat reminiscent of Pointillism, artist Nicholas Jolly has used these shapes to create a series of drawings. Very cool!
Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer, professor of New Media at UCBerkeley and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years, so he kind of knows a thing or two about the future of photography. Now-a-days he just puts on his Google Glass and captures some of the most amazing street photography I've ever seen. He creates these diptychs (done in post) with a film noir feel to them, then shares them with us photo freaks via Instagram (@koci_glass). As he told Lightbox, "Street photography with Google Glass feels natural — and the science fiction level is very high."
I just started following Things Cut in Half (@halfpics) on Twitter and am fascinated with the images posted—photos of a vast array of cross-sectioned objects, from a tube of toothpaste to a camera lens to a hand grenade. Enthralling for people like me who are intrigued with how things are put together!
L.A. street art has had a couple of boosts of late: This week the city council voted to lift a decade-old ban on outdoor murals, and last month the Getty Research Institute created LA Liber Amicorum, a book that binds together 143 works on paper from more than 150 of Los Angeles's leading street artists. From the Getty: “The title and the spirit of the book were inspired by a 400-year-old manuscript in the Getty Research Institute's collections, a liber amicorum ("book of friends"), which was originally bound with blank leaves that multiple contributors then filled with illuminated coats of arms, watercolors, poetry, and calligraphy as mementos for the owner.”