Weekend reading brings you interesting photography links every Friday.
The theme this week is historical photos. I read an interview with David Bailey once where he said that photography is an intrinsically sad medium, because every photo, once taken, is about something that happened in the past. The Dead Poets Society has a memorable scene where Robin William’s character shows his class an old photo of previous students. So perhaps old photos can remind us to seize the day as well as provide us with a window into the past. Whether photos are ten years old or a hundred they are the closest thing we have to time travel. Go back in time with this week’s links.
Monovisions has a collection of photos taken of bedouins in Egypt from 1898. This fascinating set of images, originating from glass plates, shows a way of life that has disappeared. There are some beautiful portraits among the photos.
Time magazine has put together a list of what it considers to be the 100 most influential photos of all time. You can explore the stories behind the photos, selected by an international team of knowledgeable curators, at the dedicated website.
Rare Photos Show World War II From the Soviet Side is a story on the New York Times Lens blog. History from a different perspective than we are used to seeing in the west.
The Daily Mail shows some haunting black and white images taken by photographer Costică Acsinte, whose work spans nearly six decades from 1925 until 1984.
The Daily Mail (again) also shows a fascinating set of images from rural England in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Finally, new meets old as photographer Chris Porsz tracks down people he originally photographed as part of a street photography project dating back 40 years. In his project Reunions he recreates the original photos, showing just how much the people in them have changed.