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January 04, 2009

Twilight of the color photo

Twilight of the color photo | As printed snapshots vanish, we're losing more than shoe boxes full of mementos - The Boston Globe
Our rituals have already shifted. We no longer hand vacation photos around patiently at dinner parties. If we do reach for our photo albums, the collections start to thin out around 2006. Family pictures migrated from our desktop to our "desktop," and showing off a wallet photo is suddenly very rare. Instead, we flip open to the snap on our cellphones, where our beloved's low-res face competes brightly with the time, date, and number of bars. (Many of our friends are smiling away inside that camera phone.) Printing is still just as easy and cheap as it ever was, but given the option, we now prefer to save - or upload - instead. That tells us something about our appetite for convenience, but even more about what we want from photographs in the first place. The object itself, no matter how crisp and permanent, how lush or mysterious, turns out to matter less than our ability to capture, store, and share an image. Without the print, photography's magical power - to freeze a moment in time - is still ours. In fact, although we continue to think of the photograph as a physical thing, we are finding out that it better serves our needs without being printed. But as with each of our advances, something else is being lost. It is easy to think of the print and the digital image as the same thing, but they're actually very different. Even as cameras tout their ever-increasing megapixels, nearly everything we view is projected out at 72 dots per inch, the standard resolution of a monitor. The resulting pictures are back-lit, vivid, and very easy to scan, so we hardly notice how hard it is to look into them.

January 02, 2009

Photo Gallery: the Ski Jumping World Cup

Ski Jumping World Cup - The Big Picture - Boston.com

January 01, 2009

Photo Gallery: The Chronicle's Best of 2008

SF Gate: In Kentfield, Calif. a tree fell crushed a man's car and ... (Mike Kepka / The Chronicle) Multimedia (image)

December 31, 2008

Photo Gallery: Gaza

Israel and Gaza - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 20, 2008

Photo Gallery: The Best Photos of the Year (part 3)

2008, the year in photographs (part 3 of 3) - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 18, 2008

Photo Gallery: The Best Photos of 2008 (part 2)

2008 in photographs (part 2 of 3) - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 17, 2008

The Face of my Nightmares #2: The Hungry Stones

grinding.be -- Stoned Smiles

Photo Gallery: The Best Photos of 2008

The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3) - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Tumor Rat, Get the Hell Away from the Cryochamber Power Cords!

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December 15, 2008

Photo Gallery: the 2008 Greek Riots

2008 Greek riots - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 12, 2008

Photo Gallery: The Hajj and Eid al-Adha

The Hajj and Eid al-Adha - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Yesterday marked the end of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice" - which also marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. One of the pillars of Islamic faith, the Hajj must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by any Muslim who has the ability to do so. This year, nearly 3 million Muslims made the Hajj, without major incident, and are now returning to their homes across the world. Muslims who stayed closer to home celebrated Eid al-Adha, commemorating the the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God. Traditional practices include ritual prayers, the sacrifice of animals (usually sheep), distribution of the meat amongst family, friends and the poor, and visiting with relatives.

December 10, 2008

Photo Gallery: Guantanamo Bay

Scenes from Guant´┐Żnamo Bay - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 08, 2008

The Statue Swing of Warsaw

Statue Swing in Warsaw at Urban Prankster

Photo Gallery: The Green Sahara

Green Sahara - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 05, 2008

PORN AND KITTENS!!!

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Photo Gallery: the 2008 Asian Beach Games

2008 Asian Beach Games - The Big Picture - Boston.com

December 03, 2008

Photo Gallery: Flooding in Venice

Venice under water - The Big Picture - Boston.com