While the debate continues about what infinite-scrolling image aggregation is doing to our cultural landscape, there are still destination sites to which an extraordinary amount of people subscribe where they know they will garner rare insight and context. One such stopping off place is American Suburb X which, since 2008, has archived the “massively relevant oats, dramatically sifting present and rapidly unfolding future” in photographs, and it is quite something.
I love categories. I love that These Americans, an archiving project of American Suburb X, has the ten shots of the last prisoners to leave Alcatraz and a veritable shoebox like set of dance school awkward portraits, nineties pin-ups and polygamist family photos – all falling under the broad and unfailingly fascinating genera of things like cars and crime and race and riots. The latter is a brilliant example and celebration of photography’s power to flatten time by holding up disparately chronological events next to each other.
That we might read into a Gatsby-esque holiday in snapshots one moment and the LA Riots the next is the site’s genius, offered up with such curatorial respect is an inspiration and an education and, I hope you’ll agree, utterly invaluable. Enjoy!
- Curator Shonagh Marshall takes us through the highlights from Hair by Sam McKnight
- Yeji Yun’s imaginative zine combines frozen lands, whales and cocktails
- Zhang Kechun encapsulates the oblivion of China's mysterious Yellow River
- Artist Anna Valdez brings her eye for detail to digital painting
- Bold in its broadness, the work of Dave Singley
- Córdova Canillas seek inspiration between nostalgia and obsolescence for C de C annual
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity