Sistine Chapel zoomable, 360° tour. Pretty amazing.

Link to The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel tour, info about the ceiling here and the Holy Website.

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“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

Each picture represents a before and after ‘the dissapearance’ shot.

Picture above (1970): Maria Irma Ferreira, Maria Susana Ferreira; picture below (2006): Maria Susana Ferreira

From Zeit Online:

During the military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983 nearly 30,000 people disappeared without trace. Der Fotograf Gustavo Germano gehört zu den Opfern des Staatsterrors. The photographer Gustavo Germano is one of the victims of state terror. Er verlor seinen ältesten Bruder. He lost his oldest brother. Mit seiner Fotoserie zeigt er auf eindrückliche Weise, was mit einer Familie geschieht, aus deren Mitte plötzlich ein Mensch gerissen wird. With his photo series, he shows in an impressive way what happens to a family from whose midst a man is suddenly broken. Germano hat Familienfotos aus den Siebziger Jahren nachfotografiert mit den Menschen, die die Militärdiktatur überlebt haben. Germano has rephotographed family photos from the seventies with the people who survived the military dictatorship. Manchmal fehlt ein Familienmitglied, manchmal gleich mehrere. Sometimes missing a family member, sometimes several. Einmal ist nur das Kind am Leben geblieben, ein anderes Mal ist die Ehefrau alleine zurückgeblieben oder die Schwester, wie auf den Bildern links. Only once the child is still alive, another time the wife is left behind alone, or the sister, as in the pictures on the [below].

1975: Omar Darío Amestoy, Mario Alfredo Amestoy

2006: Mario Alfredo Amestoy 2006: Mario Alfredo Amestoy

1976: Orlando René Méndez, Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva, Leticia Margarita Oliva 1976: Orlando, René Méndez, Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva, Leticia Margarita Oliva

2006: Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva 2006: Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva

1969: The photographer Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Germano HM Diego, Eduardo R. Germano

2006: Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Diego HM Germano 2006: Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Germano HM Diego

1974: Clara de Atelman Fink, Claudio Marcelo Fink

2006: Clara Atelman de Fink 2006: Clara de Atelman Fink

1968: Roberto Ismael Sorba, Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba

2006: Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba 2006: Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba

1973: Mario Eduardo Menendez, Luis Maria Pirro 1973: Mario Eduardo Menendez, Luis Maria Pirro

2006: Luis Maria Pirro 2006: Luis Maria Pirro

1975: “La Tortuga Alegre, Río Uruguay. Entre Ríos. Entre Ríos. Orlando René Méndez, Leticia Margarita Oliva Orlando René Méndez, Leticia Margarita Oliva

2006: ”La Tortuga Alegre”, Río Uruguay. 2006: “La Tortuga Alegre, Río Uruguay. Entre Ríos Entre Ríos

Thanks to Daniel de W. for submitting this.


Lost collection of Ansel Adams photos found at garage sale worth $200 million.

From CNN:

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Rick Norsigian’s hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter.

Two small boxes he bought 10 years ago for $45 — negotiated down from $70 — are now estimated to be worth at least $200 million, according to a Beverly Hills art appraiser.

Those boxes contained 65 glass negatives created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early period of his career. Experts believed the negatives were destroyed in a 1937 darkroom fire that destroyed 5,000 plates.

“It truly is a missing link of Ansel Adams and history and his career,” said David W. Streets, the appraiser and art dealer who is hosting an unveiling of the photographs at his Beverly Hills, California, gallery Tuesday.

The photographs apparently were taken between 1919 and the early 1930s, well before Adams — who is known as the father of American photography — became nationally recognized in the 1940s, Streets said.

“This is going to show the world the evolution of his eye, of his talent, of his skill, his gift, but also his legacy,” Streets said. “And it’s a portion that we thought had been destroyed in the studio fire.”

How these 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass plate negatives of famous Yosemite landscapes and San Francisco landmarks — some of them with fire damage — made their way from Adams collection 70 years ago to a Southern California garage sale in 2000 can only be guessed.

The person who sold them to Norsigian at the garage sale told him he bought them in the 1940s at a warehouse salvage in Los Angeles.

Photography expert Patrick Alt, who helped confirm the authenticity of the negatives, suspects Adams carried them to use in a photography class he was teaching in Pasadena, California, in the early 1940s.

“It is my belief that he brought these negatives with him for teaching purposes and to show students how to not let their negatives be engulfed in a fire,” Alt said. “I think this clearly explains the range of work in these negatives, from very early pictorialist boat pictures, to images not as successful, to images of the highest level of his work during this time period.”

Alt said it is impossible to know why Adams would store them in Pasadena and never reclaim them.

The plates were individually wrapped in newspaper inside deteriorating manila envelopes. Notations on each envelope appeared to have been made by Virginia Adams, the photographer’s wife, according to handwriting experts Michael Nattenberg and Marcel Matley. They compared them to samples provided by the Adams’ grandson.

While most of the negatives appear never to have been printed, several are nearly identical to well-known Adams prints, the experts said.

Meteorologist George Wright studied clouds and snow cover in a Norsigian negative to conclude that it was taken at about the same time as a known Adams photo of a Yosemite tree.

In addition to Yosemite — the California wilderness that Adams helped conserve — the negatives depict California’s Carmel Mission, views of a rocky point in Carmel, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, a sailing yacht at sea and an image of sand dunes.

“The fact that these locations were well-known to Adams, and visited by him, further supports the proposition that all of the images in the collection were most probably created by Adams,” said art expert Robert Moeller.

Moeller said that after six months of study, he concluded “with a high degree of probability, that the images under consideration were produced by Ansel Adams.

Silver tarnishing on the negatives also helped date the plates to around the 1920s, Alt said.

“I have sent people to prison for the rest of their lives for far less evidence than I have seen in this case,” said evidence and burden of proof expert Manny Medrano, who was hired by Norsigian to help authenticate them. “In my view, those photographs were done by Ansel Adams.”

Norsigian, who has spent the last decade trying to prove the worth of his discovery, is now ready to cash in — by selling original prints of the photographs to museums and collectors.

“I have estimated that his $45 investment easily could be worth up to $200 million,” Streets said.

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J.D. Salinger RIP

From Seattle PI:

NEW YORK — J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

“The Catcher in the Rye,” with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight – and concern.”

Enraged by all the “phonies” who make “me so depressed I go crazy,” Holden soon became American literature’s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel’s sales are astonishing – more than 60 million copies worldwide – and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams – to never grow up.

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