Stop by Christie’s on October 19 for your chance to bid on a complete set of Renaissance silver playing cards made in 1616 by Michael Frömmer in Augsburg, Germany. It is the only known complete set in the world and is estimated to sell for $150,000-250,000.
The chronological series begins in 1936, when a 16-year-old girl from Tilburg in Holland picks up a gun and shoots at the target in a shooting gallery. Every time she hits the target, it triggers the shutter of a camera and a portrait of the girl in firing pose is taken and given as a prize.
And so a lifelong love affair with the shooting gallery begins. This series documents almost every year of the woman’s life (there is a conspicuous pause from 1939 to 1945) up until present times. At the age of 88 Ria van Dijk still makes her pilgrimage to the Shooting Gallery.
One Million by Hendrik Hertzberg is a new edition of a 1970s book that helps the average joe comprehend just how large one million is. Each of its 200 pages has 5,000 dots and occasionally individual dots are highlighted for their statistical significance. (via fastco)
For four months only HaltaDefinizione is offering an interactive gallery of 10 masterpieces photographed with their high-definition technology. Up to 1,000 photos are stitched together to create each work, allowing you to zoom in and examine centuries old paintings millimeter by millimeter. Ooh Paul Biro can use it to hunt for some latent Boiticelli thumbprints!
It took 23 seconds to record the digitized image to the cassette. The image was viewed by removing the cassette from the camera and placing it in a custom playback device. This playback device incorporated a cassette reader and a specially built frame store. This custom frame store received the data from the tape, interpolated the 100 captured lines to 400 lines, and generated a standard NTSC video signal, which was then sent to a television set.
A collection of stunning and tragic photos from the Vietnam War by photographers Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Sal Veder, Rick Merron, Bill Ingraham, John Nance, and Nick Ut. Be forewarned there are a handful of pretty difficult images.
Since Listen to the Echoes was released a little over a month ago, many people have asked about the full-page photographs at the front of each chapter in the book. Here’s the story. Ray Bradbury is a pack-rat. A borderline hoarder. The man saves everything. His west Los Angeles home is museum of his life. Everything is there, from the many autographs he collected as a teenager in Hollywood; to the shelves and shelves of books gathered over a lifetime; to rooms overrun by toys. There are matchbooks going back to the 1940s. Political buttons for candidates he supported in the 1950s. Fan letters written to him throughout his career. Original, hand painted animation cels from a range of classic Disney films, given to Bradbury personally by Walt Disney himself. It’s all in the house.
I have asked Bradbury a few times, “Why do you hold on to everything?”
The answer: “Because all of these things around me are my metaphors.”
Fernando Aguerre found these wooden-bodied, vintage Cadillac funeral cars while exploring an old barn in Argentina. Estimated to have been built sometime in the 1940s their creator is unknown. More photos on Jalopnik. (thnx Jorge)