Sony World Photography Awards 2015 Shortlist

This 144-year-old Wisteria in Japan looks like a pink sky


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These stunning photographs, which look like a glorious late evening sky with dashes of pink and purple, are actually pictures of Japan’s largest wisteria (or wistaria, depending on whom you ask) plant.

This plant, located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, is certainly not the largest in the world, but it still comes in at an impressive 1,990 square meters (or half an acre) and dates back to around 1870 (the largest, at about 4,000 square meters, is the wisteria vine in Sierra Madre, California). Although wisterias can look like trees, they’re actually vines. Because its vines have the potential to get very heavy, this plant’s entire structure is held up on steel supports, allowing visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms.

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“Godzilla: The Art of Destruction” hardcover book, offering a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ reboot film


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Author Mark Cotta Vaz has temed up with Insight Editions publishing to create Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, a 156-page hardcover book that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Godzilla reboot film from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

The book is currently available to pre-order online from Insight Editions and Amazon, with a release date of May 13th, 2014.

This visually stunning book will delve into the making of the movie and showcase its incredible production art. Presenting an extraordinary new vision for the beloved character through a dynamic selection of concept illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and other preproduction materials, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction will be the definitive book on one of the most anticipated films of 2014. Also featuring interviews with the director and key crew and cast members, the book will tell the complete story of the making of Godzilla from concept to final frames.

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“Godzilla: The Art of Destruction”, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ reboot film

Godzilla The Art of Destruction

Godzilla The Art of Destruction

Godzilla The Art of Destruction

Godzilla The Art of Destruction

Godzilla The Art of Destruction

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Artist Profile: The imaginative photography of Puzzleman Leung



Photographer Puzzleman Leung captures mysterious, blurred scenes that the young talent creates in his mind. The resulting images radiate something timeless and airy as if Puzzleman captured a fleeting moment that might not even took place in real life.
The scenes are often underlaid with a certain sense of humor that stems from an obvious overdramatic behaviour of the protagonists. Puzzleman Leung lives and works in Taipei.

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A look inside the “Street Art Seoul” book


Author Kwon Jin Kim has published “Street Art Seoul,” the first to ever compile works of Korean street art in book form. After traveling around the capital city from 2008 to 2013, Kim gives us almost 250 pages of images and descriptions of graffiti and their history, evolution, and characteristics per neighborhood.
The book features 200 of Seoul’s best works.
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A look inside the “Street Art Seoul” book


Artist Profile: Photographer Gao Rongguo presents of a photo essay of elderly identical twins in China


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Chinese photographer Gao Rongguo has created a touching series of photographs that juxtaposes pairs of identical twins in China. That catch is that they are all over the age of 50 – we get to compare not only their appearances, but how their lives have remained similar or how they’ve changed.

Ringguo’s photo series is a wonderful exploration of nature vs. nurture. Biologically, all of these siblings hould be nearly identical, but their different life experiences may (or may not) have caused them to grow apart or to change in different ways. They seem nearly identical, yet they are both unique individuals who have made their own life choices. The artist returned to his native Shandong province to find these pairs of twins.

He/she used to have the same face, living in the same family, but their lives changed due to various reasons after growing up,” Rongguo said. “I take these identical twins in their fifties face-to-face. This is a way similar to the way one would look into the mirror.”


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Photo Essay: 21 of the most beautiful Japanese cherry blossom photos of 2014


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The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every spring, but their beauty never gets old, so we’ve collected some of our favorite photos of this year’s cherry blossoms in Japan.

In Japan, the blossoming of the sakura begins in April, when students go back to school or people go back to work after the holidays. Japan’s national weather service even tracks the movement of the “sakura front,” which is an imaginary line that travels south-to-north every season and heralds the blooming of the sakura. This line’s progression in Japan is marked on this convenient sakura calendar.

The cherry blossom is tied to the ancient Japanese tradition of hanami, or picnicking under a sakura tree. The fact that the cherry blossom has heavily featured in ancient Japanese art has made it a staple of both historical and modern Japanese aesthetic. Although it is also native to China and Korea, it is generally associated primarily with Japanese culture, which is why it often accompanies the Japanese diaspora into cities around the world.

While sakuras are probably best viewed with a Japanese castle, mountain or garden in the backdrop, they might also be planted somewhere in your city as well. They provide a great opportunity to go have a beautiful springtime picnic!


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Photo Essay: 21 of the most beautiful Japanese cherry blossom photos of 2014

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This is how manhole covers look in Japan…

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There are many different ways that artists and city municipalities can work together to decorate their cities, but it seems like city administrators in Japan have come up with one solution that is as unexpected and whimsical as it is creative and beautiful – decorated manhole covers.

Each municipality takes pride in its manhole cover design, which can display anything from municipal symbols and local landscapes to abstract patterns or illustrations of local legends. There’s even a Japan Society of Manhole Covers!

It all started in the 1980s, when Japan began modernizing sewage infrastructure in more rural areas. These expensive changes were met with resistance until one bureaucrat came up with an inspired solution – give cities the opportunity to decorate their manholes and display their local pride. Eventually, the whole phenomenon was described by Remo Camerota in his book Drainspotting.

For some of the best examples of just how elaborate and beautiful these manholes covers can get, check out these photos by S. Morita. This photographer’s Flickr account is chock full of images of Japan’s colorful and creative manhole covers.

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Instagramer Kei Yamazaki photographs beautiful morning meals

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Kei Yamazaki is a graphic designer in Japan who is a self-proclaimed breakfast lover. Her Instagram account is positively bursting with gorgeous images of her homemade morning meals that will make any challenged cook or hungry late-riser jealous. And we hear you, “Yeah yeah, it’s just breakfast, so what!

But 232,238 followers can’t be wrong; these are breakfast plates you’re going to want to see (and eat)!


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Kei can even make granola look absolutely delicious! If you’d like to see more of her stunning plates, take a look at her instagram account @keiyamazakiWe’ll leave you with this final picture so you can image assembling and then eating one of these delicious plates of food art.

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Photography: The backstory behind Ansel Adams famed photos of incarceration camps


Many have seen or heard about Ansel Adams photographs of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans in incarceration camps… Fewer know the backstory.

By 1942, Ansel Adams has established a successful career as a commercial and landscape photographer. He’d traipsed about the American West, capturing in glorious black and white the now-famous images “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome,” and “Taos Pueblo.”

That same year, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans who lived on the West Coast were forced from their homes and businesses and sent to live in one of 10 relocation centers scattered from Southern Idaho to California and east to Arkansas.

In 1943 and 1944, Adams turned his camera lens to the eastern foot of California’s Sierra Nevada where the Manzanar Relocation Center housed more than 10,000 Japanese-Americans. The resulting photographs first became an exhibit for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, then a book, “Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans.”

Now 50 images from that book are in Spokane as a part of “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams” at the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University.

The prints, all made from the original negatives housed in the Library of Congress, were originally exhibited in 1984 by the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art. When the Fresno Met went bankrupt and was forced to sell off its permanent collection, the “Born Free” prints were purchased by Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Johnson has curated the current exhibit, which also includes photographs taken at Manzanar by the famed photographer Dorthea Lange, a first edition copy of Adams’ book, three drawings by artist Chiura Obata, who was held at the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah and other historical artifacts that put the exhibit in context.

The images feature something we’re not used to seeing in Adams’ famous landscapes: faces.

Paul Manoguerra, the Jundt’s curator and director, says even so, many still look like Ansel Adams photographs.

There’s one called ‘Monument in Cemetery,’ ” Manoguerra said. “Even though its subject is the internment camp’s cemetery, it’s backdropped by an entire Western landscape. And there are a number of images where landscape, I would say, is still the subject matter. There’s plenty of portraits, there’s plenty of images of everyday life, but you can still see Adams’ interest in landscapes in the images of the exhibition.”

In going to photograph at Manzanar, Adams clearly was not taking an objective or journalistic viewpoint with him. The book’s title, “Born Free and Equal,” seems to indicate that Adams was troubled by the forced relocation of American citizens. In case there’s any doubt, he once wrote in a letter of his intent: “Through the pictures the reader will be introduced to perhaps twenty individuals … loyal American citizens who are anxious to get back into the stream of life and contribute to our victory.”

Its release in 1944 “drew some protests – and was even publicly burned – for being ‘disloyal,’ ” as the Seattle Times noted in a 2011 article about an exhibit of Adams’ Manzanar photographs on Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Still, as Manoguerra noted, Adams got criticism from both sides.

His images, some people felt, were too benign. And others felt he was of course making too strong of a protest,” he said.

If he had to pick a personal favorite from the exhibition, Manoguerra said, he would point to “Birds on a Wire, evening,” from 1943. The subject matter is exactly that: birds on a telephone wire above the camp, with a telephone pole off to one side and the Sierra Nevada in the background.

For me the metaphor of a bird on a wire, that liminal state of being unsettled, comes across in that image,” he said. “And then just off to the left he has a telephone pole, which has its own cruciform composition, and it’s all backdropped by the sun and some clouds and the mountains, and it’s just a beautiful image to me.”

One of the things that Adams does with the photographs and the text of the book, Manoguerra said, is work with the idea of what it means to be an American.

I think a visitor to the exhibition very quickly picks up on that as an ongoing discussion,” he said. “And I think a subtext of that is the cleavage between the idea that all people are born equal, and the reality.”

The exhibition was organized to coincide with the book’s 50th anniversary by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles. The Jundt marks the exhibition’s first stop, and it will tour the country for the next couple of years.

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