Monday, April 25, 2011

Bureaucracies Around the World [My Modern Metropolis]

Bureaucracies Around the World: "India

Lately, we've brought you some incredibly eye-opening visual stories like what it looks like inside a girl’s bedroom, what inner city 4th graders are thinking and where children fall asleep. Now, we're excited to bring you a rare look into very different looking bureaucracies around the wolrd.

Photographer Jan Banning traveled across countries like India, Bolivia, China, and Liberia to show us what average citizens see when entering a typical government office.

“Bureaucratics is a project consisting of a book and exhibition containing 50 photographs, the product of an anarchist’s heart, a historian’s mind and an artist’s eye. It is a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents, selected on the basis of political, historical and cultural considerations. Though there is a high degree of humor and absurdity in these photos, they also show compassion with the inhabitants of the state’s paper labyrinth,” Banning shares.








Jan Banning's website"

Portraits by Santiago SepĂșlveda [Art Sponge]

Portraits by Santiago SepĂșlveda: "

It took me a fair amount of time to find which pictures in Santiago’s over 3000 shots to post. So I selected a few great portraits, including this one of a dog (partly because of the novelty of having a great dog portrait on the front page). Santiago does fantastic portraits, with loads of different types of people (or animals) and beautiful processing.








Doe-Eyed Dolls [My Modern Metropolis]

Doe-Eyed Dolls: "

Los Angeles-based Bob Doucette has been in animation for twenty years. He's working as a director for many well-known animated children's programs, including the PBS hit Clifford's Puppy Days and shows like Tiny Toons and Animaniacs.

In addition, Doucette is an accomplished artist and doll maker. Though he started making dolls as a hobby, he now works at it as his full-time career. In fact, Doucette has a Ben Franklin doll as a permanent collection at the Smithsonian, and many in the private collection of Demi Moore.

I really like the way he paints the dolls' expressions as well as their big, innocent eyes.

Bob Doucette's website"

Geometric Japanese Art [My Modern Metropolis]

Geometric Japanese Art: "

When it comes to geometry many of us cringe at the thought of it. Tokyo-born artist Ray Morimura not only embraces it, he is wonderful at creating art that celebrates it! His beautiful woodblock prints are known to be filled with abstract geometric forms and beautiful pastel colors.

via [I Need a Guide]"