The world’s best-known portrait is not a painting, nor a photograph, but a work of graphic design — yet most designers are unaware of the origins of this world-famous image. (via The world’s Best-Known Portrait is not a painting, nor a photograph… but a work of graphic design: Observatory: Design Observer)

This beautifully crafted book (published by pie books) shows off the brilliance of the Japanese bred dogs that playfully narrate this very visual book. Designers Kazuya Takaoka and Sachiko Kuru intersperse typography and information design in between the chapters. (via “The Graphics of Japanese Dog” by Kazuya Takaoka and Sachiko Kuru: Inspiration by Matt Sung - design:related)

The shorter the focal length, the more field of you view you can capture. With something like a 15mm fish eye lens or the 19mm that Eastwood used, the effect is really obvious. Your face would be extremely deformed, like the rest of the environment. But as you go up, the distortion gets more subtle. Sometimes this distortion can make a face prettier than it actually is. Sometimes the effect makes a face uglier. Since this subtler distortion is not obvious, your mind just buys the image thinking that this is what the person looks like.

(via This Image Shows How Camera Lenses Beautify or Uglify Your Pretty Face)

Swedish artist/jeweler George Chamoun has made a digital collage series called Iconatomy. The series merges present day icons with their counterparts from yesteryear.

“The pictures are not morphed in any way. What you see is a collage of two different people in each picture. Did it take me a long time to find the right pictures? Hell yes it did!”

(via George Chamoun | Iconatomy | bumbumbum)


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Binh Danh received his MFA from Stanford University in 2004 and has emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war, both in Viet Nam and Cambodia. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis.

(via Binh Danh invented the chlorophyll printing process in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through photosynthesis | Feature Shoot)

Reddit’s Smsilton took this incredible 60mm macro shot of an iconic MC Escher painting being refracted through a drop of falling water, and documented the process: (via Photo: Escher painting refracted in a drop of falling water – Boing Boing)

San Francisco-based photographer Ryan Heffernan took these dramatic shots for a Japan Rags ad campaign. What looks like a freeze-frame photograph captured with split-second timing is actually a composite of three different stills. (via Making the Plunge)

That’s one skillful retoucher working with Heffernan.

The War in Hipstamatic

A rare and beautiful look at Afghanistan, through an iPhone. 

Left: An elderly refugee from Helmand province at the Charahi Qambar refugee camp on Feb. 14.

Right: An Afghan boy in the village of Kunder, Helmand province, on Oct. 29, 2010.

(via The War in Hipstamatic - An FP Photo Essay | Foreign Policy)