Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
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Intricate Japanese Movable Type Sets
Dark Roasted Blend provides some history and great photos on the subject of early Japanese (and Asia) printing:
Craft letterpress companies are experiencing a revival in recent times, and nowhere it is more evident than in Japan. Most of you will be familiar with the ancient Chinese and Japanese art of woodblock printing, but masterpieces created with wood and metal movable type are somewhat lesser known, although they show craftsmanship and attention to detail similar to fine woodblock prints.
The first movable type and printing presses were invented in Asia, not Europe.
…but their development stalled because of the extreme complexity and sheer number of Chinese and Korean characters (the same problem that the Asian cultures faced with the transition to typewriters and the internet). We can thank the simplicity of Western alphabets for the rapid development and adoption of the printed word in Europe, which quickly lead to the Renaissance and further advances in culture and education.
It is a widespread misconception that Johannes Gutenberg created the first movable type system and the printing press, around 1450 A.D. It’s true, Gutenberg was the first to make his movable type from a certain alloy of lead, tin, and antimony (which was more efficient than iron, used in Asia) - but movable type itself was originally invented in China around 1040 A.D. by Bi Seng (during the Song Dynasty). The new system was badly needed to replace the labor-intensive woodblock printing technique, where a single wooden block was carved to represent a single page.
More interesting information and great photos on the subject can be found at Dark Roasted Blend here
These romantic images depict the relationship between a man and a fallen celestial object, an affair that would last the rest of their… well his life, at least.
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Gillian Wearing - Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say, 1992-1993
“By using photography to record the confessions of ordinary people, Wearing’s work explores the disparities between public and private life, between individual and collective experience. Signs that Say What You Want was produced by approaching people on London streets, asking them to write something on a card and then photographing them as they displayed it. Private lives were given a sudden and revealingly painful exposure.”
I wonder what I’d write.
And I wonder what you’d write, too.
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This DIY camera was made from a stack of books on photography. Heh.
It’s part of Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs’ photo book titled As Long As It Photographs It Must Be a Camera. More at American Photo at the link!
Thanks Dan for the heads up!
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