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Weegee the Photographer

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by elgrayso

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Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and ’40s, and he developed his signature style by following the city’s emergency services and documenting their activity.[1]Much of his work depicted unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. Weegee published photographic books and also worked in cinema, initially making his own short films and later collaborating with film directors such as Jack Donohue andStanley Kubrick. [from Wikipedia] weegee-aka-arthur-fellig-ca-1952-naked-hollywood-bookweegee-recto140a3dba4d-28e1-4743-95d0-8d1a01ba599cWEEGEE_1938_Children_on_Fire_Escapetumblr_m5j2fxvHTK1r146zvo1_12808weegee_2070_19939_weegee_133_1982_custom-c1b5ee3b348e309c8996d24e4fdf0e0f37e1b95e-s6-c10Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 5.53.25 PM

Steve’s Weird House

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by elgrayso

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I was recently in Seattle and researched some things to do before I got there. One thing I found extremely interesting was Steve’s Weird House. It’s literally the house of a man named Steve and it looks nuts. It’s a mansion obsessively decorated head to toe with the strangest things on earth. I sent him an email asking if there was any way I could get a tour, but alas, no response. Not to disappoint, however, I was able to find a detail high-res interactive panorama for each of the rooms of the house. I highly recommend visiting this site to take the virtual tour. Your mind will be blown.

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Steve, let me see your house!!

 

 

Hidden Mother Photography

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2012 by elgrayso

This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image. [from Hidden Mother Flickr group]

    You can see more hidden mother photography here.

Denise Grünstein

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , on June 4, 2012 by elgrayso

Café de L’Enfer (Hell’s Cafe)

Posted in Photography, Satan with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by elgrayso

A hot spot called Hell’s Café lured 19th-century Parisians to the city’s Montmartre neighborhood—like the Marais—on the Right Bank of the Seine. With plaster lost souls writhing on its walls and a bug-eyed devil’s head for a front door, le Café de l’Enfer may have been one of the world’s first theme restaurants. According to one 1899 visitor, the café’s doorman—in a Satan suit—welcomed diners with the greeting, “Enter and be damned!” Hell’s waiters also dressed as devils. An order for three black coffees spiked with cognac was shrieked back to the kitchen as: “Three seething bumpers of molten sins, with a dash of brimstone intensifier!” [from National Geographic]

Easter Bunnies

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on April 8, 2012 by elgrayso

Happy Easter!

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for more creepy Easter bunnies, visit sketchy bunnies.

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Posted in Death, Photography, Science with tags , , , , on December 16, 2011 by elgrayso

Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) describes reported cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. There have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years. [from Wikipedia]

Haunted Air: Halloween Photos 1875-1955

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2011 by elgrayso

Happy Halloween! I thought I would celebrate by showing you some really awesome photography. Haunted Air is a brand new book (released in the last few days) of Halloween photos taken between 1875 and 1955. I don’t own this (yet!), so I can’t say too much about it, but I will say the photos I have seen immediately reminded me of the old school creepy masks found in some of Diane Arbus’ work. The book is appropriately introduced by none other than David Lynch.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by elgrayso

 

 

 

 

Vaudeville Ventriloquist Dummies

Posted in Dolls, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by elgrayso

For more information, visit this post at Public School.

Les Diableries

Posted in Art, Photography, Satan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by elgrayso

Diableries were French stereo photographs (two images viewed at once to create a 3d effect) made during the 19th century. They depicted Satan in daily life, historically noted as a critique on the rule of Napoleon III. Due to their unsavory depiction of the elite, the creators did not provide many clues as to who they were.

For more information, please visit That’s A Negative and Laughing Bone, for this is where I have obtained most of the information and images.

Giant Head or Baby in a Bonnet?

Posted in Photography on June 17, 2011 by elgrayso

Answer: It’s a baby in a bonnet.

What Is It?

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by elgrayso

Answer: no, it’s not the elephant man! tilt your head to the left 90 degrees to see the photo of a sleeping dog.

Murderous Mary

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by elgrayso

The Elephant's Infamous Hanging

Joel-Peter Witkin

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by elgrayso

Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarfs, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and physically deformed people. Witkin’s complex tableaux often recall religious episodes or famous classical paintings. [from Wikipedia]

Anna Akhmatova, 1998

Le Baisier, 1982

Interrupted Reading, 1999

Eggs of My Amnesia, 1996

Cupid and Centaur, 1992

Begotten

Posted in Art, Movies, Photography with tags , , , , on March 14, 2011 by elgrayso

“…makes Eraserhead look like ‘Ernest Saves Christmas”- Critics’ Choice, Time Magazine

Diane Arbus

Posted in Art, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by elgrayso

Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of “deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.”A friend said that Arbus said that she was “afraid… that she would be known simply as ‘the photographer of freaks’”; however, that phrase has been used repeatedly to describe her.

In 1972, a year after she committed suicide, Arbus became the first American photographer to have photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale.Millions of people viewed traveling exhibitions of her work in 1972-1979. From Wikipedia.

All the images shown are from the book Untitled simply because that is the one book of hers I own. I believe they are some of the last she captured before she took her own life. The book was compiled after her death.

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