A photographic peek into North Korea
Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder is one of the few members of the western media to gain access into the secretive, isolated nation of North Korea. Above is the latest sampling of his work documenting the country, and you can follow him on Tumblr here.
Photos: David Guttenfelder / Associated Press
Los Angeles, 1959.
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The lighter side of life in Los Angeles
Photographer Mel Melcon has long been attracted to some of the stranger sites L.A. offers, and as you can see, the city offers plenty of opportunities for bizarre scenes.
As for the spectacular arrest of the amazing Spider-Man above, Melcon recounts the scene:
As they were about to put the handcuffs on the man, one of the officers grabbed my arm and stopped me from taking photos. I guess he thought it would be bad public relations if I caught them in the act of arresting a superhero.
Look through some more photographic oddities over at Framework.
Photos: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
Colorful photography lessons from the Philippines
Our own Luis Sinco has been working on the first South Pacific Photo Workshop in the Philippines, set in Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental Province.
Alongside Magnum photographer Eli Reed and Armando Arorizo, owner of the Los Angeles’ Perfect Exposure Gallery, Sinco has been guiding an internationally diverse set of students through the basics of photography throughout the bustling city streets and vibrant wilderness.
Participants in the first South Pacific Photo Workshop include, from left: Mark Bermas, Juliet Gim, Dennis Welter, Kenan Tuada, Hersley-Ven Casero, Roman Hampl, Jeff “Ruby” Rubenstein, Luis Sinco, Armando Arorizo, Sophia Sinco, Lisa Blumenfeld, Eli Reed and Paul Benzi Sebastian Florendo. Not pictured: Phil Prins and Mark Besario.
Photos: Hersley-Ven Casero, Phil Prins, Mark Bermas, Eli Reed
my weekend lazy l.a. drive-by photography.
top: hollywood freeway and 1st street bridge near little tokyo with downtown l.a. in the distance.
mid: hollywood freeway and a condominium painted like an analog tv you would find on the streets on cahuenga blvd. in hollywood.
bot: hollywood freeway and macarthur park’s beautiful lake dump-your-bodies-here on wilshire blvd.
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Sometimes, a photographer doesn’t get their shot - and this is the face they make.
From the original caption:
Aug. 23, 1954: Los Angeles Mirror photographer George Lacks portrays his frustration after narcotics suspect huddled under blanket on right refused to come out and have his picture taken at the Central Police Station.
Silver fire rages, with San Bernardino National Forest at risk
The fire, which has spread across 16,000 acres near Banning in Riverside County, is currently being combated by more than 1,400 firefighters - who so far have successfully contained 25% of the blaze.
But according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Eric Solomon, today’s calm conditions so far could take a turn for the worst, pushing the flames toward the southern San Bernardino National Forest.
Photos: Stuart Polley / EPA, Allen J. Schaben, Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
Southern California’s gambling armada
During the 1920s and 1930s, gambling ships were a common sight along the southern California coast, floating between legal loopholes until a swift crackdown in 1939.
There may have been a gambling ban in California at the time, but state jurisdiction only extends three miles out to sea. Meanwhile, gamblers assumed that the lack of a federal ban on the practice kept them relatively in the clear. At least until Aug. 1, 1939…
From the Times’ original article on the final straw for law enforcement:
Moving the arm of California law out to sea yesterday representatives of the state and county governments closed three gambling casinos off Santa Monica and Long Beach and blockaded another, marooning 600 patrons on board.
More than 250 deputy sheriffs and district attorney’s investigators participated in the raids, which were conducted with utmost secrecy.
At Long Beach, the Mt. Baker (The Showboat) and the Tango were boarded and taken over by officers who placed nearly a score of men in custody and seized more than $30,000 in stakes.
For more on the lawless nearby Pacific, and The Rex, a single ship which was frequented by more than 850,000 individuals in a year, head over to Framework.
Photos: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Wide World Press
Panoramic Tokyo, in extreme detail
The photo above is a sample of the ridiculously-detailed panoramic shot taken by photographer Jeffrey Martin. Coming in at a whopping 150-gigapixels, the full photo would be 330 feet wide if fully printed out.
It took months to assemble and stitch the nearly 16,000 photos from about 128 gigabytes of jpeg files into three sections that were then combined into the 360-degree panorama, which itself was a 200gb psb file.
Photo: Jeffrey Martin / 360gigapixels.com
Published caption, May 27, 1946: ALL LIT UP: The lights of battleships, cruisers, air craft carriers, destroyers and other Navy craft throw a 40-minute display into night sky above Long Beach Los Angeles Harbor as Foreign Trade Week comes to close. (Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library)
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Death toll in Spain lowered, driver detained
Spanish authorities have lowered the death toll in the tragic train derailment near the northwest town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain Wednesday. Nonetheless, the shocking accident claimed the lives of 78 passengers, and now officials are shifting some attention to the driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo.
Garzon Amo, currently in the hospital with injuries sustained during the wreck, will soon be questioned by police eager to unravel the cause of the disaster.
For more info, head over to World Now.
Photos: La Voz de Galicia, Monica Ferreiros / Associated Press
Syria: 100,000 dead with no end in sight
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked a grim landmark in the ongoing Syrian civil war today. As attempts to get peace talks between the embattled regime of President Bashar Assad and the leaders of rebel forces continue to go nowhere, the death toll has hit 100,000.
The situation in Syria remains grim, as the two sides continue to battle through the country’s cities, the humanitarian crisis grows as more and more refugees pour out of the country and an external solution continues to appear to be unlikely.
Photos: Shaam News Network, Karam Jamal / AFP/Getty, SANA, Abdullah al-Yassin, Manu Brabo / Associated Press
See that little dot in the distance? That’s Earth.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took some incredible photos of our home planet Friday, which the agency finally released yesterday.
The craft is current orbiting Saturn, as seen above, and is often unable to sneak a peek at Earth due to its relative closeness to the sun. So how did we get a hold of these stunning photos?
…on Friday, Saturn moved between Cassini and the sun, casting the spacecraft in shadow and allowing it to look back toward the inner solar system without the risk of ruining the detectors on its cameras.
Thanks to this orbital geometry, Saturn’s rings were also backlit by the sun, giving Cassini the rare opportunity to snap images of the powdery dust in Saturn’s rings in hyper-sharp detail.
Read more, and maybe let your mind be boggled by the scale of the universe, over at Science Now.
Photos: NASA / AFP/Getty Images
"The cable car is dead. Long live the cable car."
So says reporter Christopher Reynolds, who along with photographer Mark Boster composed an endearing love letter to San Francisco that begins with the cable cars, warts and all:
The oohing and ahhing over the world’s only remaining manually operated big-city cable car system will begin shortly. But first, let’s admit a few things:
That rats congregate near the cable car turntable by Ghirardelli Square. That panhandlers still plague the gritty turntable at Powell and Market streets. That $6 a ride would be one of the worst public transit bargains in the West, if these cars were really about public transit. That some conductors and gripmen are as rude as the hills are steep. That for prompt cross-town travel in daylight hours, the Powell Street lines are about as practical as a Ferris wheel.
Yet as many a San Franciscan can tell you, the heart wants what the heart wants.
Photos: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times