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September 21, 2014


Recycled Moments


Thomas Sauvin spent years rooting through an illegal recycling facility near Beijing rescuing discarded photo negatives from destruction. Because the operation is specifically for reusing silver nitrate, all the photos were taken in the same 20-year period when the first mainstream Kodak camera (that used the material in it's film) was popular.

The French photo collector and editor admits that the images are mostly mundane; however that is exactly what he loves about them. "As individual images, they are rarely brilliant," he says in a
short film about his work, "but as a whole, they picture a time in Chinese history." With over half a million images in his trove, the work has been used a number of different ways: exhibits,animations, books and recently, an Instagram feed. He has a very personal approach to organizing the images citing accordions, pigeons and "accidentals" as some of his favorite themes. Ours too.

Everyone Can Be Someone

Miranda July dared to question the impact of our mobile messaging tools on communication and relationships by building something unexpected. Instead of texting your thoughts to a friend or lover, you sent them to a nearby stranger instead, who then reads the text aloud. Yes it’s totally awkward and fascinating at the same time. "Half-app / half-human, Somebody is a far-reaching public art project that incites performance and twists our love of avatars and outsourcing — every relationship becomes a three-way.” The first sequence of the film will make you want to hug a stranger. Which we at morel totally support. 

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

"I wouldn’t consider myself a 'sports photographer' so to speak, because my main goal wasn’t to capture the outcome of what happened in the game. My main goal was to connect on a more emotional level." Photographer Marcus Smith has created a new photographic series called The Great American Game, an intimate look at highschool football which he chose to publish using After being addicted to and watching the entire season of Friday Night Lights we can't help but get into the narrative of this gladiator style sport. Smith's images reveal the raw intensity from the locker room to the sidelines: he's right there, in the sweat and tears, capturing the looks on their faces after both the losses and the wins.

Hungry Horse


In every art form it is the obsessed, the junkies, the compelled, the maniacs who go deep and create truly original work from the heart. Photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen, like many obsessive artists, can’t help himself. He's in love with Montana. He stumbled into a town called Hungry Horse ten years ago, and has been crafting images of the people and landscapes since. He’s partnered with our friends at MediaStorm to bring the project to life and they need a little kickstarter love to bring the project to fruition. Join us in getting behind it so one mans ten year journey can be realized.

Closing Thoughts

LIFE is making thoughtful use of their amazing archive, including inviting guest editors (like Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz) to curate galleries as well as creating unique collections  around different themes (like our favorite one called curiosities). However, in it's simplest form LIFE is also just making us see their old photos with new eyes.

Ben Cosgrove examines this alarmingly beautiful photo (above) of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale, seconds after she jumped to her death. The image, that ran as a full page in a 1947 LIFE magazine, reminds us that the power lies not in what it revealed about McHale, but the profound thoughts it evokes in us.



"Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them."

Alain de Botton
Writer, Documentary Maker


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