from Building an Igloo by Ulli Steltzer (text and photos), Douglas & McIntyre, Toronto, 1981
Tookillkee Kiguktak and his son Jopee demonstrate building an igloo. They live in Griese Fiord, on Ellesmere Island (Canadian arctic).
There are no passengers on spaceship earth.
We are all crew.
Ã¢â¬â Marshall McLuhan
These photographs are all from the Apollo Image Gallery Archive. The Apollo program was the United States spaceflight effort which landed the first humans on EarthÃ¢â¬â¢s Moon. The archive holds a massive collection of photographs from each mission. I selected these images based on their interesting qualities and how they could be pieced together to tell a small visual story.
I tried to capture these in between moments that feel intimate when the subject for one second, the subject forgets that theyâre being photographed.
The selection of photographs here come from Martin Schoellerâs series titled, âClose Upâ. Working with a medium format camera, Kino Flos light banks, and a very shallow depth of field he creates these richly textured, extremely intimate photographs. He captures the expression he is looking for by emphasizing the eyes and lips, and keeping everything else secondary. Martin perfected this approach to close-up portraiture through a lot of time and energy spent photographing friends and family at first, and then anyone willing to stand in front of a shower curtain outside a Lower East Side deli. Family, friends, homeless people, crack victims â there was nobody famous involved in the beginning.
LET’S BUILD A CRYSTAL – THE KINÉMAX BY DENIS LAMING
Above is the most literal, architectural interpretation of crystals that I could find. It’s a theater, the Kinémax, at an amusement park in France that revolves around the future. The park,Futuroscope, opened nearly 25 years ago and the Kinémax has been an emblem of the park ever since. It’s kind of amazing. The theater, like most of the structures around the park, was designed by Denis Laming. “Denis Laming was only 34 years old when he submitted his design proposals for Futuroscope in early 1984.” He could not have known that he would spend much of his future in the park, adding new pavilions. Many are clever, but none of his pavilions after the Kinémax are as immaginative or surprising.
One of three executive suites in Paris, designed by legendary fashion-turned-interior designer Azzedine Alaïa.
From an article by Laura Bradley:
The mark of a good designer, or in fact any creative, is a strong, recognisable signature. Azzedine Alaïa has plenty: a monochrome palette, second-skin dresses, accentuated waists, laser-cut accessories. So it seems only right that the Tunisian designer who opened his first Parisian atelier in the 1970s, now turns his hand to interior design. As well as designing and producing four collections per year, and personal orders, Alaïa has overseen the conversion of a 300 sqm loft in a traditional 17th century building located in the Rue de Moussy of Marais district of Paris, into three exclusive suites. Better still, the building is located next to his boutique, atelier, showroom, warehouse and private dwelling – guests who stay will enjoy breakfast from Alaïa’s private kitchen.
The apartments feature a wealth of 20th Century modernism, including works by Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, Serge Mouille, Pierre Paulin, Harry Bertoia, Osvaldo Borsani, Kwok Hoi Chan, Arne Jacobsen, Sori Yanagi, Elenora Peduzzi-Riva and Gianfranco Frattini.
Ikea is based on the idea that the customer takes some expenses away from the company. You pick up the flat boxes from the storage shelves, take them home and put the furniture together yourself. And sure, the prices are affordable. But somehow, the putting-things-together part isn’t necessarily…