Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thought for the day.

"—art is so persistent in all our cultures because it is a means of the culture to survive. And the reason for that, I believe, is that art, at its fullest capacity, makes us attentive.

...I also believe, curiously, that beauty, which is very often something we confuse with art, is merely a mechanism to move us towards attentiveness. You realize we all have a genetic capacity and need to experience beauty, but beauty is not the ultimate justification for art. It is merely the device by which we are led to attentiveness.”

-Milton Glaser

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Charles W. Cushman

Today Kirtsy.com posted a selection of photos taken by Charles W. Cushman. He donated over 14,500 photographs taken on Kodachrome slide film between 1938 and 1960 to Indiana University and the entire (at least it seems like the entire) collection is browse-able online.

The photos are so clear and colorful. There are genre headings, like Night Photos, where I found the above photo of San Francisco taken on July 4, 1940.

And subject headings like dirt roads, where I found the above: a corn field in Indiana in 1938.

If you have a couple minutes, or a couple hours, to kill online, I highly recommend taking a look.