Over fifteen building walls and facades have been pasted by the French artist JR in the framework of his project “The Wrinkles of the City“. After Cartagena, Shanghai, L.A. and Havana, Berlin has become the fifth city to host the project. (more…)
“Bryant Park at Night”
This week’s #untappedcities Instagram “Pic” of the Week goes to @kassaundra for this dazzling shot titled “Bryant Park at Night”. @kassaundra does a wonderful job capturing the life of not only Bryant Park, but also of New York City, as evidenced by the photo, the city that really never sleeps. Bryant Park, surrounded by busy streets, wandering tourists, and surefooted commuters and workforce alike, is really quite amazing in that time seems to slow down, and your noisy city hustle and bustle becomes muffled. It truly is a diamond in the rough of skyscrapers and busy bodies. Congratulations to @kassaundra and don’t forget to check out @kassaundra’s fun-filled gallery for more city shots. (more…)
This week’s “pic” of the week goes to this shot by @relaxocat for this thought provoking shot.
This is a shot that was submitted to #untappedcities by an Instagramer named @relaxocat. The shot has no added filter and was taken at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Chicago. A very big genre of photography on Instagram is #reflection or #reflectionshots and @relaxocat certainly did a wonderful job in shooting a reflection in the Windy City. (more…)
One of the most attention-grabbing exhibits at the International Center for Photography’s Triennial (through September 8) isn’t really a work of photography at all. In Knee-deep in the Flooded Victory, artist Nayland Blake has assembled photos, posters, zines, coffee mugs and voodoo dolls in an installation that explores the changing meaning of public space in New York City, and especially, what it has meant for New York’s queers, activists and other outcasts. (more…)
Cuba’s capital city needs little introduction. Truly one of a kind, this colourful and vivacious place feels like a moving time capsule – one that has retained its Fifties glamour despite decades of hurricanes and hard living. Havana’s rich and tumultuous history has produced a distinct and alluring city of neighbourhoods, shaped by 500 years of Spanish, African, Caribbean and American colonization and trade.
Long known as the Key to the New World, Havana was first established in 1514 along Cuba’s southern coast, followed by two attempted establishments on the island’s north shore. In 1519 the city moved to its current location near a deep harbour and protected channel, becoming a top port for the Spanish empire and official capital of Cuba in 1607. (more…)
In this week’s Vintage Photos post, Untapped Cities brings you New York City through the lens of the Wurts Brothers, one of the most prominent photography studios of the 20th century. Brothers Norman and Lionel founded the company in 1894, and it quickly became the go-to studio for photos of architecture in New York. The Wurts Brothers took photographs for famous clients such as Con Edison, Otis Elevator and Cass Gilbert, the architect who designed the Woolworth Building. Norman’s son, Richard Wurts, joined the company in the 1920s, and would become well-known for his stunning photographs of the New York World’s Fair in 1939-1940. (more…)