Circa 1940 view of the Miracle Mile. Courtesy of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection, USC Libraries. Via KCET.
Even if you’re not a native of our lovely Southern California, you’ll be able to appreciate the archive of early photos that KCET has put together featuring the City of Angels’ iconic Miracle Mile.
“In 1921, the stretch of Wilshire Boulevard now known as the Miracle Mile was a 20-foot-wide dirt road, flanked by oil wells and barley fields. Today, the strip is a busy thoroughfare, home to museums, the La Brea Tar Pits, and a collection of historic Art Deco structures,” says KCET.
It’s amazing to watch the progression of the district in KCET’s featured shots, which range from 1920—before any commercial buildings existed—to the 1960s—when department stores flanked six lanes of traffic. See all of the photos here.
“Ground Zero” © Ansalve (flickr creative commons)
This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Though the horrific attacks were carried out in New York City; at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and aboard United Airlines Flight 93, the event rocked the entire nation as well as the rest of the world. We all remember where we were on that day, and remain in awe of those brave people who so selflessly gave their time—and in many cases, their lives—to save victims at the World Trade Center and elsewhere. The images of grief, struggle and rebuilding are forever locked in our minds.
Over the years since the attacks, photographers around the nation and across the globe have taken up their cameras to capture images that respectfully reflect on that day in September 2001, including scenes of the rebuilding at Ground Zero, photos of memorials for fallen first responders, or hopeful photographs of a community and a world pulling together despite our differences.
On this tenth anniversary, we ask that any photographers who would like to share their photographs that reflect on the 9/11 attacks, and the ways in which they changed our lives and our world, please upload them to the Digital Photographer Flickr Group so that they can be shared with the Digital Photographer community. These photos need not have been taken in New York City, or even on American soil. We will post as many of these images as we can on our website in the Reader Photos section in the coming days and weeks. Please only upload respectful images, and as always with our reader photos, only upload images that were taken by you.
The Digital Photographer Team
A series of photographs following a gnome who recently moved to New York City. Why not?
photo: Gnome Life via swissmiss
The first known photograph of a human being—taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838—has been brought to light this week by Robert Krulwich, at his NPR blog, thanks to the keen observation of a blogger named Hokumburg. Check out the whole story at NPR. What an incredible find!
(photograph by Louis Daguerre/via hokumburg.com)
image via LIFE Magazine photo archive
Edith Shain, who was one of the subjects in the classic World War II photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square in August 1945, has passed away at the age of 91 (via Reuters). This news got us to thinking about how photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day photograph, featuring Shain, is truly one of the most iconic images in the history of photography. What other photos come to mind when you think of iconic shots? What about Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl,” which was published on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic? Perhaps The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album cover image, taken by Iain Macmillan?
image via National Geographic 100 Best Pictures
image via beatles.com