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“We Are All the Same”: A Conversation with Josef Koudelka

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What makes an artist? Questions for the great Czech photographer. More»

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Skeletons Carousing in Hell

Stereograph with skeletons and Satan / French, 1860s or 1870s

Skeletons in our closet. More»

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“Where You and Image Blend”: On Learning from Minor White

Somerville, Massachusetts / Carl Chiarenza
© Carl Chiarenza

“Concentration, contemplation, and meditation were at his core whether making, studying, listening, or engaging. He preferred to be alone with silence, spirit, self.” More»

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Minor White and Me

Minor White in Connecticut, 1973 / John J. Weiss
© jjweiss 1973/2014

“There was an interminable pause. Then Minor cleared his throat once more and asked, ‘When can you start?’” More»

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Transformed by Minor White

Vicinity of Naples, New York / Minor White
The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White (MWA 55-48). © Trustees of Princeton University

“Two of Minor White’s images helped me to survive.” More»

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Show Us Your #VictorianPose

#Victorian Pose

Look judgy and flash your monocle! The #VictorianPose sweepstakes is here. More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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