History can be a heavy subject, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an awesome collection of photographs from the 1920s-1940s covering something a little bit more light-hearted and everyday – women’s beauty products and procedures. People had regular everyday lives back then as well. They worried about many of the same things then that we worry about now. However, curling your hair or smoothing your wrinkles 60-70 years ago looked a lot different than it does now.
Posts Tagged ‘black and white’
Almost everybody knows the Addams family – their creepy monochrome antics are a TV classic. Which makes these pictures all the more surprising, then – they indicate that the Addams family’s living room set was covered in pink, red, turquoise, and other decidedly non-Addams-family-ish colors. In black-and-white films, characters often had to wear strange shades of lipstick (like brown or green) to get the right shades to appear on black-and-white film.
As hard as things might seem right now for high school or university students entering the job market, it’s probably nothing compared to what these kids had to go through in early 1900s America. This photo series, archived by the Library of Congress, shows what conditions were like for child laborers before child labor was largely eliminated in 1938.
French photographer Benoit Courti‘s photography covers a wide spectrum of subjects, but most of his pictures retain a powerful intimacy with their subjects, especially his portraits. He is the consummate fine arts photographer, seeming to be equally comfortable with both black and white and color, but it is probably his black and white work that captures our attention most. It is gritty, dark, intimate and beautiful.
Iranian photographer Hossein Zare presents a powerful series of black and white pictures that symbolize our journey through life. Stripped of unnecessary details, his photographs gives you the bare feeling of undefined destination in life, represented by the traveling man and other metaphors of life, such as a tree or a road. The concise titles of the photos (“In Vain”, “To…”, “Distance”) make them even more eloquent. A gallery definitely worth exploring!
Hungarian-based photographer Noell S. Oszvald presents such a powerful self-portrait portfolio that you wouldn’t believe she’s been taking pictures for just over one year now. The 22-year-old makes black and white pictures only, as she says she finds colors distracting. Noell also refuses to write any descriptions below her photos, and sticks to captions only in order to leave the room for interpretation for the viewers.
When millions of men joined the armed forces, women had to replace them by taking jobs that previously had been held by men – such as bank teller, shoe salesperson or even aircraft mechanic. Woman started working in factories – this was called the “Rosie the Riveter” phenomenon.These photos had to lure young women into the factories by showing women workers as glamorous and even fashionable.