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October 20, 2016
by Dan
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William Eggleston, the Pioneer of Color Photography

Augusten Burroughs’ strange and sad profile of photographer William Eggleston for T, the New York Times Style Magazine: WE LEAVE THE OFFICES of the Eggleston Trust and go to his apartment. The first thing one sees upon entering is a bright red … Continue reading

May 23, 2012
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Radiolab: Colors

On the latest episode of Radiolab, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore the science of colour (in their own inimitable and meandering style): Radiolab: Colors mp3  (pictured above: Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. Not mentioned in the show, but somewhat … Continue reading

March 25, 2011
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Michael Wolff: Obsessively Interested In Everything

As a follow up to Monday’s post Is This A Good Time?, here’s designer Michael Wolff discussing curiousity, appreciation and imagination as part of Intel’s Visual Life series: (via Quipsologies)

September 17, 2010
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Homage to the Square

A short documentary about the artist and educator Josef Albers, author of the seminal Interaction of Color and widely regarded as the father of modern colour theory: The film is the first part of ‘The Full Spectrum’ a three-part series … Continue reading

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