Evolution of the Smile Mapped through 100 years of Yearbooks

The year book, staple souvenir of any American school kid born in the last century is the subject of a study undertaken by university researchers into the way our smile has changed over time.

The study analysed almost 38,000 unique frontal-facing portraits taken from American high school year books to compile an impressive snapshot of each decade since the year 1900.

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Stunning or Failures? We Chose 30 Imperfect Photographs from the Apollo Archive.

When NASA went to the Moon, digital cameras didn’t exist and therefore exposures of the Lunar landscape had to be caught on film. Recently a team tasked with the preservation of the Apollo mission films uploaded the entire collection of images to Flickr. Among the 2400+ images are a surprisingly large amount of failed frames consisting of light leaks, over exposures, sticky labels and motion blur. Despite being redundancies, they carry with them an abstract beauty and a feeling of realness. NASA didn’t send photographers to the Moon, they sent astronauts and the vernacular feel to the plethora of pictures they brought back works as a surprising twist to a journey that is drifting further into our past.

Phogotraphy spent some time picking through the archive and choosing the thirty best ‘Imperfect Apollo’ frames we could find to share with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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Incredible Slide Photo Discovery from 1953 Shows the Wet, Neon-lit Streets of Chicago

When I was very young I asked my Grandma what the world was like when everything was black & white. To a six year old boy, who’d only ever seen references to the past in monochrome on TV or in pictures, it seemed entirely plausible that one day the colour was just turned on. Of course after a little chuckle and explanation Grandma put me straight and told me there was always lots of colour in the world, we just didn’t see that in photos.

This incredible slide from 1953 proves Grandma was right.

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Actual Photons Resolved from an Exoplanet Orbiting a Star

Brace yourselves for a nerd boner of epic proportions. Scientists have managed to resolve enough pixels to directly image an exoplanet orbiting a star 60 light years away. It’s a six second video (shorter than a Vine even) but its contents give rise to a promise of what is in store for the future.

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How far away is Beta Pictoris b exactly? Sixty light years distant is roughly Continue reading

A Photograph of Vincent Van Gogh. An Incredible Discovery!

This will go down as one of the greatest and most important photographic discoveries of the century. It doesn’t look like much, but the face third from the left is none other than that of Vincent Van Gogh attending an outdoor dinner party on a cold December in 1887. It’s significance? It’s the only photographic image ever to have been taken of the artist.

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The extraordinary find was made by a pair of historians Continue reading