Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles died Thursday night after a 60-year long career that deeply affected the conversations around nonfiction filmmaking, conversations about truth, accuracy, bias and exploitation. Here are clips from seven films that define his unflinching style.
The ecosystem of a rotting log can be just as detailed and alive as that of a volcano, at least according to the delicate hand-drawn illustrations of the natural world by Julia Rothman in her new book “Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World.” Continue reading
For one week in 2011, North Philadelphia residents could see a windmill atop the roof of a formerly abandoned building. Test tubes of soil floated in the downstairs window of what was advertised as “Soil Kitchen,” a place where you could get your soil tested for free — and eat soup. The pop-up shop was created in part by Amy Franceschini, a San Francisco based artist whose practice spans drawing, sculpture, design, net art, public art and gardening. Continue reading
While living in Oklahoma, Julie Green learned about the final meals for inmates on death row. Deeply affected, she began painting those meals onto second-hand porcelain plates. To date, Green has completed 600 plates, which will be on display this spring at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH, in an exhibit titled “The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates”. Continue reading
After their final show in Brazil in 2011, Sonic Youth was no more. And so was the 27-year marriage between the band’s co-founders, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Continue reading
Sacramento photographer Justin Majeczky has a knack for capturing beautiful scenes in and around his city. Continue reading
At last night’s 87th annual Oscar ceremony, all eight best picture nominees went home with at least one award. Continue reading
Urban explorer Andre Govia is “addicted to decay.” He visited 900 locations in 22 countries. While confronting the hazards of trespassing in derelict buildings, he photographed abandoned hospitals, hotels, theme parks and mansions.
For these trips, these stories, we calibrate the details so finely – the days away, the money spent, the interviews to be done, the shots we have to get, the places we have to get to. Take out one thing and it can all unravel. Continue reading
Ahead of the 87th Academy Awards this Sunday, can you guess which Oscar-nominated film these critics’ reviews praised or bashed this past year? Continue reading