TopFoto Celebrates Austrian History Photolibraries
Major collections of Austrian history reside in the Austria Press Agency (APA) and Austrian National Library (ONB) image libraries, represented by TopFoto, which shows off these unique collections of mittel-European culture, lifestyle, personalities, fashion and sport.
Image: Speedway solo machines in front of the grandstand, Vienna 1930 © TopFoto.
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Chasing Tail – In Pursuit of the Red Squirrel from NaturePL
Cairngorms photographer Neil McIntyre has dedicated 20 years to following the lives of his local red squirrels. His images - the result of countless hours of watching and waiting - shine a light on one of Britain’s most celebrated mammals. But perhaps more importantly, they help to make the case for a wilder Scotland.
NaturePL represents the work of Neil McIntyre and many other outstanding wildlife photographers.
Download their full story PDF, including text, here or visit the image gallery here.
This is a story from SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a team of photographers, filmmakers, writers and designers committed to amplifying the case for a wilder Scotland. Over the coming months, Nature Picture Library will be presenting a series of stories from the project showcasing Scotland’s outstanding natural assets and its journey towards ecological restoration.
Photo © SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / naturepl.com
Karsh Photo of Winston Churchill Used on £5 Note
This is a photo of Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh, captured in 1941 during the early years of World War II. It is said to be one of the most widely reproduced photos of all time.
Karsh, represented by Camera Press, regarded as one of the best portrait photographers, had been waiting to photograph Churchill after he spoke to the Canadian Parliament. After the speech, Church was brought into the Speaker’s Chamber, where Karsh had set up his camera and lighting equipment the night before.
In his book “Faces of Our Time,” Karsh recounts how Churchill was in a bad temper from the moment he walked through the door:
He was in no mood for portraiture and two minutes were all that he would allow me as he passed from the House of Commons chamber to an anteroom. Two niggardly minutes in which I must try to put on film a man who had already written or inspired a library of books, baffled all his biographers, filled the world with his fame, and me, on this occasion, with dread.
Church had not been told that he would be photographed on this occasion. He relented, but at the same time pulled out a cigar, lit it, and began puffing away.
Here’s what happened next, in Karsh’s words:
Churchill’s cigar was ever present. I held out an ashtray, but he would not dispose of it. I went back to my camera and made sure that everything was all right technically. I waited; he continued to chomp vigorously at his cigar. I waited. Then I stepped toward him and, without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, “Forgive me, sir,” and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant that I took the photograph.
By plucking the cigar from Churchill’s mouth without permission, Karsh was able to elicit a fantastic pose and facial expression from the great leader.
The photograph is celebrated for capturing the defiance that Churchill and Britain were feeling at the time. The leader would later say to the photographer, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.” Thus, Karsh titled the photo, “The Roaring Lion”.
This portrait appears on the £5 note that is the first UK banknote to be made of polymer.
Mary Evans Loves Dinosaurs and Sci-Fi!
Digging around for dinosaurs? Searching fruitlessly for aliens in space? Then may we recommend Stocktrek? Mary Evans represents 5,000 images from specialist resource, Stocktrek Images, bookending their historical collection with digital artwork on dinosaurs and prehistory alongside dazzling depictions of the future encompassing sci-fi, fantasy, space and alien life.
These digital artworks are vivid, eye-catching and of excellent quality and offer an unparalleled illustrated resource of life on earth from Palaeozoic era through to eras in the far-distant future that haven’t even been named yet. When Mary Evans claim to offer all periods of history, the Stocktrek collection really does fill in any missing centuries!
View an inspiring selection of these images here.
Elegant Clutter - A Natural Collaboration
NHM Images are showcasing examples of the incredible artwork Elegant Clutter have created using pictures from the NHM Images Library. Elegant Clutter offer a bespoke, design led artwork service and are now busy designing creative interpretations of the museum’s imagery for original projects.
Stunning etchings, watercolours and photography can be combined together to create stories and talking points. Elegant Clutter have mixed these bespoke designs with their digital print capabilities to present striking results in the form of fine art prints, feature wall coverings and direct printed media on timber, metal and glass.
Image: ©Elegant Clutter - using a weedy seadragon - Plate 38 from Zoological drawings by Ferdinand Bauer.
Elegant Clutter have showcased perfectly how the NHM Image Library’s art and photography can be used for creative projects.
Website: NHM Images
Jock Lodge in Kruger National Park by the de la Harpes
Aside from the wildlife and conservation photography that famed South African photographers Pat and Roger de la Harpe produce, they also shoot promo material (both stills and video) for safari and game lodges. They’re just back from the Kruger National Park and Jock Safari Lodge where they shot a bunch of new publicity material for both.
The visual media content includes shots and video of animals in the park including lions, leopards, hippos and elephants, as well as the sumptuous Jock Lodge itself.
Website: Pat and Roger de la Harpe Photolibrary
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