Historical Photography

Great Australian photographs: Frank Hurley's The Raid – an audio essay

The sixth instalment in our audio-visual series on celebrated Australian photographs. This week we look at the works of Frank Hurley, best known for his pictures of the first world war and of Antarctica<p><i>Click on the audio buttons to hear the conversations between the Guardian Australia picture</i> …

Military History

John F Kennedy at 100 - in pictures

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of America’s most glamorous president, John F Kennedy, who was assassinated at the age of 46 in 1963


World Leaders Meet for G7 in Italy: Pictures

East Africa

Art History: The Evolution of Landscape Painting and How Contemporary Artists Keep It Alive

In the contemporary realm of painting, artists often dabble in styles inspired by past artistic movements. One genre that has particularly strong roots in the past is landscape painting. Today, contemporary artists who work in this style visually demonstrate the ways in which their work has been …

Art History

These arresting photographs by the young Stanley Kubrick show why he became a great director

From office lingerie models to Chicago street scenes, his camera caught it<p>The best filmmakers are often photographers. But not every snap shooter can …


Photography: a Short History and Why you need to care about it

<i>Photography is all around us,</i> and we’re so lucky to carry a camera with us everywhere, in our pockets. But where did it all start? Here’s a short …


Photographer Spotlight: Carl Mydans

Military testing at Fort Totten, L.I. This image appeared in the Dec. 13, 1937 photo essay: Army Defends The U.S. From A<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Carl Mydans—The …


Hiroshima Graph

71 years have passed since the last World War—since Hiroshima was bombed. The final vestiges of the conflict have faded from the landscape, and “hibakusha” (victims of the bombing) are disappearing day by day. There are few people left to tell the story of the conflict’s bitter aftermath. I began …


See the Civil War Through the Lens of Its First Photographer

American Civil War

Susan Faludi: ‘In My World, Photographs Lie’

My father, Stefanie Faludi, died just before dawn on May 14, 2015, in the woman’s ward of a Budapest hospital, at the age of 87. It had been 11 years since her sex reassignment surgery and, not coincidentally, 11 years since our reunion after a quarter-century of estrangement. In the days after her …


Thomas Annan: Glasgow's Leading Photographer

Get to know the preeminent photographer in Glasgow, Ireland, from the late 19th century with his documentary photographs of the city's most …


The composed and colour driven photography of Alexander Kilian

There is an ethereal, saturated hue on each of Alexander Kilian’s photographs that transforms even the most ordinary of objects.Read more


The Distinct Art of Richard Avedon’s Portraits

“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such …


Beyond the Decisive Moment: 'The Truth Isn’t Told in a Single Photo'

The phantom limb is a phenomenon well known in the medical world and apparently to about 80% of the people who suffer amputations. In this most …


Shack life: the beach huts of the Royal national park – in pictures

Bushwalkers trekking along the coast of Sydney’s Royal national park have for generations looked on with envy at the shacks occupying some of the park’s most picturesque beaches. About 200 ramshackle huts hug the coast at Era, Burning Palms and Little Garie, remnants of Depression-era settlements …


African Americans in the armed forces – in pictures

From the civil war to Iraq, African Americans have played a key role in the US military. A new book in the Double Exposure series, Fighting For Freedom, features a concise history of their involvement, drawing on the photographs held in the collection of the Smithsonian

Black History

The Dapper Daredevil who Documented America’s Skyline in the Making

<i>W</i>here do I start with this photograph? The dapper shoes? The Gene Kelly stance? The delicate ease with which he’s holding that enormous camera? Or …


Newly discovered color photos show everyday life in Soviet Russia through American eyes

The Manhoffs were there at the height of the Cold War<p>Martin Manhoff’s color photos of Soviet life in the 1950s seem almost unreal when we look at …


16 famous first photographs in history: from the oldest photo ever to the world’s first Instagram

My Modern Met:<p>While the term photography was coined in the early 19th-century, Greek mathematicians had been making pinhole cameras since the 4th …


See the Rare Richard Avedon Photographs of Jackie and John F. Kennedy That Are Now on View

May 29, 2017 will be the one hundredth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birthday. In honor of the occasion, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has organized an exhibition, titled “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times”. It’s a large show, which traces how the advent of …


Nicholas Osborn's extensive 20th Century found images collection

Osborn spent the last twenty years digging through these lost images at flea markets and estate sales, in antique stores and online, searching for …

20th Century

Here’s a Hyperlapse Journey Through the Ancient City of Rome

Ukranian timelapse photographer Kirill Neiezhmakov has released a gorgeous new short film titled, “A Gift from Rome.” It’s a timelapse and hyperlapse …


Pictures of the Week 5.4.17


These vivid color photos from the 1890s used retouching to make the world more real

More than seven million photochrom postcards were printed<p>Of all the early color photographic processes to live and die, photochroms were perhaps the …


Sand Sculptures of Mythology and the 7 Wonders in Pictures

Brazil Travel

I Photographed Auschwitz And Birkenau In Color

As I always try to make something special, something different, my idea was to photograph this these horrific places in color.<p>In order to represent …


Watch: The fierce war photographs of a woman who almost vanished from the history books

Gerda Taro gave her life to her work<p>During the Spanish Civil War, Gerta Pohorylle and her lover Andre Friedmann created a persona together: “Robert …


These intimate photographs show New Orleans prostitutes in all of their erotic humanity

No lewds, plenty of nudes<p>It was his own secret. This odd little man of dwarfish proportions had a way of putting women at ease. Perhaps it was his …


Discover How an Early 20th Century Photographer Shaped Her Identity...

Back during the turn of last century, women generally were shying away from fields such as photography.<p>There were, however, a few <b>strong-minded women</b> …


See Rare Photos of Jackie and John F. Kennedy Before They Go on Display at the Smithsonian

The exhibition of Richard Avedon portraits will commemorate the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth.<p>In honor of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, the Smithsonian is featuring a rare exhibit of Richard Avedon portraits of the Kennedy family. The only artist granted access to …