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Spirit Photo Fakes: Katie King January 5, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Spirit Photo Fakes: Katie King

The Count (a regular contributor here) is to blame. Beach had hoped to spend just a couple of thousand nano-seconds on spirit photography, but it is so extraordinarily interesting. Last time we looked at some late nineteenth-century photographs where ghostly  loved ones were portrayed with their families in the most transparent fakes.  But what about […]

Photo Fakes and Irresponsible Buffoonery August 9, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Photo Fakes and Irresponsible Buffoonery

   ***Dedicated to Invisible who sent the first paragraph and wrote the second*** The camera never lies, a picture is worth a thousand words, the architecture of light and shadows: photography in short. Enjoy this little extract from an Arthur Conan Doyle biography. During Conan Doyle’s last lecture in Nairobi…he showed a photograph taken of […]

Crowds #3: Crowds as Art July 4, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Crowds #3: Crowds as Art

***Dedicated to Andy the Mad Monk*** Beach has previously confessed to a thing about crowd photographs: he has put up posts showing August 1914 madness and orators in front of thousands. However, what if the crowd itself is taken out of its random passions and ordered into a work of art? This was the intuition […]

The Commissar Vanishes April 19, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Commissar Vanishes

After yesterday’s post on cinema gimmicks, Beachcombing found himself wondering about why cinema alone of the great arts seems to prosper under totalitarianism. From there he got all excited about Soviet kitsch and spent an hour in his armchair where he got reacquainted with one of his favourite books of the last couple of years: […]