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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Remarkable Portraits of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars

Napoléon Bonaparte won the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history.

Napoléon's final defeat was the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Even after his death in 1821, the surviving soldiers of Grande Armée revered his historic leadership. Each year on May 5, the anniversary of Napoléon's death, the veterans marched to Paris' Place Vendôme in full uniform to pay respects to their emperor. These photographs were taken on one of these occasions, possibly in 1858.

All the men — at this time in their 70s and 80s — are wearing the Saint Helena medals, issued in August 1857 to all veterans of the wars of the revolution and the empire. These are the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armée and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia.


Quartermaster Fabry, 1st Hussars

Sergeant Taria, Grenadiere de la Garde, 1809-1815


Monsieur Vitry, Departmental Guard

Monsieur Dreuse of 2nd Light Horse Lancers of the Guard, c. 1813-14


Grenadier Burg, 24th Regiment of the Guard, 1815


The Place Vendôme was decked out in garlands of immortelles as the old soldiers of the Empire performed their homage
THE TIMES OF LONDON, MAY 1855


Monsieur Moret, 2nd Regiment, 1814-15


Monsieur Dupont, Fourier for the 1st Hussar

Quartermaster Sergeant Delignon, in the uniform of a Mounted Chasseur of the Guard, 1809-1815


Monsieur Maire, 7th Hussars, c. 1809-15

The identity of the photographer is unknown unfortunately.  Some of the images are slightly blurred, which indicates that the men may have found it taxing to remain still for the duration of the exposure, which in the 1850s would have lasted a number of seconds. 

This is the type of camera that was likely used back in 1857:
Wet Plate Camera |1850-1860 | Tailboard | 9x12cm



Monsieur Mauban, 8th Dragoon Regiment, 1815

Monsieur Schmit, 2nd Mounted Chasseur Regiment, 1813-14


Monsieur Lefebre, Sergeant 2nd Regiment of Engineers, 1815


Monsieur Loria, 24th Mounted Chasseur, Regiment Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Monsieur Loria seems to have lost his right eye.
Monsieur Verlinde of the 2nd Lancers, 1815

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stunning Underwater Photographs by Christy Lee Rogers are Reminiscent of Classical French Baroque Paintings

The underwater ‘muses’ photo series by Christy Lee Rogers is reminiscent of  French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin.

The Hawaiian visual artist produces her colourful, luminous works by submerging her models interlaced bodies, draped in vibrant fabrics, into water and capturing the refraction of light which gives the photographs a painterly effect.



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Muses Christy Lee Rogers Underwater Photography Underwater Photos Baroque Characteristics Baroque Paintings
Muses Christy Lee Rogers Underwater Photography Underwater Photos Baroque Characteristics Baroque Paintings
Muses Christy Lee Rogers Underwater Photography Underwater Photos Baroque Characteristics Baroque Paintings
"Alive" by Christy Lee Rogers
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Muses Christy Lee Rogers Underwater Photography Underwater Photos Baroque Characteristics Baroque Paintings
Muses Christy Lee Rogers Underwater Photography Underwater Photos Baroque Characteristics Baroque Paintings

Muses Christy Lee Rogers Underwater Photography Underwater Photos Baroque Characteristics Baroque Paintings
Christy Lee Rogers poolside in between shots.
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Nicolas Poussin: A Dance for the Music of Time 
(c.1634 - 1636



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dogs Catching Treats! by Photographer by Christian Vieler

German photographer Christian Vieler has been snapping these amusing gobbling quadruped shots since 2013, when he bought a portable flash that allowed him to work with shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000th of a second.

 He was with Lotte, his Labrador retriever, when the equipment arrived. “To make her move and in order to test the ‘freezing options’ of the flash, I started throwing treats at her,” Vieler said. “Days later, when I cleaned my hard drive, I noticed how funny the shots were.”

These hilariously sweet images will certainly add some joy to your day.




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Monday, May 14, 2018

17 Year Old Stanley Kubrick: Life in New York

The Museum of the City of New York has presented a new reading of the work of one of the 20th century’s great masters of storytelling by displaying, for the first time, a photographic archive of more than 120 stills shot by Kubrick for the general interest magazine Look from 1945 – when he was a 17-year-old high-school graduate from the Bronx – to 1950.

 The commissioned stories range from profiles of celebrities such as Montgomery Clift to photo essays on urban life, such as A Day in the Life of a Shoeshine Boy.

 A new book published by Taschen accompanies the exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Kubrick’s cult science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Boxing [at the] Police Athletic League [Two boys boxing.]

Show Girl [Rosemary playing cards in the dressing room.]

Palisades Amusement Park [Children looking at a roller coaster.]


How People Look to Monkeys [Crowd looking at a monkey in a cage.]
Paddy Wagon [Gun used in the production of the television show Paddy Wagon.]

People Mugging [Man and woman walking down the street.]
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People Mugging [Man smoking a cigar.]
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People Mugging [Portrait of a man on the street.]

Rosemary Williams, Show Girl [Kubrik photographing Rosemary Williams.]

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs is at the Museum of the City of New York until October 28, 2018. Entrance is free