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As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.
Dating back to the mid-15th century and still used today, tarot cards began as a card game and progressed to map mental and spiritual pathways for mystics and psychics. The Major Arcana (trump cards) are based on “elite ideology in the Italian courts of the 15th century,” which many modern mystics are unfamiliar with. In this fun project by Giulia Pex these cards are revisited, as real people reveal the personalities of each character. In her signature photography/illustration combo, she re-imagines the major arcana cards.
Paintings by Donald Roller Wilson
Looking at these paintings will leave you scratching your head trying to make sense of them but they are nonetheless well executed and to read his statement about them is really hilarious.
Ok, upon viewing this body of current, transitional paintings, you will begin to experience an ever-increasing apparition, one usually occurring during passover, of the holy virgin—the imperial mother of the universe—appearing before the nut farm creatures, frequently in disguise as a house fly, or a general electric refrigerator which has become lodged in the top of a tall pecan tree—with her door open, the light on, giving support to a whole, spiral-cut, honey-roast picnic ham resting on her third shelf up from the bottom. And while the “apparition” scares the holy s—- out of most of the children – naughty betty, in her own way, understands the sightings, and becomes “semi-dangerously” activated, and motivated by them…
This panorama of the River Thames, engraved by Charles Vizetelly in 1844, was printed in four parts in the London illustrated newspaper Pictorial Weekly. “When readers joined the four parts together, the completed illustration extended to 14 feet in width,” writes the British Library, which has digitized the panorama in seven sections.
The illustration captures ten miles of river, including London landmarks like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, as well as wharfs and warehouses that were sites of commerce and trade. (The Pictorial Weekly captioned the images with proud notes on that commerce: “[The Thames’] bosom bears the ships of all nations, freighted with the richest and rarest products of the earth.”) Tiny carriages and figures traverse the river’s bridges, and boats loaded with all manner of cargo pass by.
Paris-based artist Sébastien Del Grosso combines his talents as an illustrator and photographer to create incredibly creative self-portraits. Taking on an almost cartoon-like aesthetic, the series is titled “L’esquisse d’une vie,” translating to “The Sketch of a Life.”
As you can see from the image below, creating one of these images takes several steps and requires that Del Grosso ply his skills in several artistic arenas. What’s left when all is said and done is a unique hybrid between photography, sketching, and digital art.
If you wonder whether you’re over- or underpaid at your job, here’s one place to start. Reddit user Dan Lin has created one (very long) chart that shows 820 US occupations and how much they pay. Jobs are color-coded by their industry — a few high-paying health care (fuchsia) jobs are clustered at the top, while food service jobs (green) tend to be toward the bottom. Check it out below, or click on the image for a version where you can zoom in. (Via,)
This 1886 directory map shows every San Francisco business north of Market Street, between Dupont Street (now Grant Avenue) and today’s Embarcadero.
The map is printed with Market Street running from northwest to southeast, when, in reality, the avenue crosses the city from southwest to northeast. To align the map to the same neighborhood in today’s San Francisco, mentally spin the image so that the diagonally printed legend at the bottom center of the map (“Post Publishing Company”) is flush with the bottom of your screen.
The San Francisco Post, according to an 1881 directory of American newspapers, was one of the most-read papers in the city. It catered in particular to the businessmen of the booming town, which was then experiencing a post-Gold Rush, pre-earthquake period of expansion: “Mining men, brokers, and the great mass of people who deal in stocks and mining securities, are its constant readers.” The map was a good promotional tool for a newspaper looking to show that it was on board with San Francisco’s business community.
Families of Revolutionary War veterans applying for government pensions had to prove their relationship to the soldier in question. Many of them included illustrated family records in their petitions for payment, which are now kept at the National Archives. (Here are a few pages with more examples of this kind of record.)
The range of types of family records shows the diversity of visual traditions in the young United States. The first image below is hand-illustrated and lettered in German. It’s part of the tradition of fraktur, a Pennsylvania German folk art in which illustrators produced customized documents to mark important points in people’s lives.
1895: Five hand-drawn illustrations of Los Angeles were published on the Jan. 1, 1896, Los Angeles Times front page.
This special 40-page edition, known as the Midwinter Number edition, promoted the virtues of the fast-growing city.
The Jan. 1, 1896, L.A. Times front-page story began:
Nature must have been in her most genial mood when she molded the spot where Los Angeles now stands, and perfected its environment. Her endeavor must have been to give a fit setting to the city of the future, which, with prophetic eye, she saw, down the dim vistas of Time, standing, as it stands today, a city of beautiful home, of inviting loveliness, and of unlimited possibilities.
There is probably no city in the United States that is better known throughout the country as a desirable place of residence than is Los Angeles of today, with its enticing charms of climate, its wonderful business activity, its modern residences of constantly changing architectural design, set each in its delightful garden of bloom and fragrance, amid nodding palm and pepper, with clinging vines and flowering bush, and generous expanse of greensward, fresh in December as in June, and as fragrant at the old year’s close as is the sweet Maytime of an eastern summer…