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!
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- The misty-eyed and delicate pencil marks of Lee Kyutae
- Build’s brand identity for product design brand Plæy mirrors its playful and modular designs
- David Bailey's photographs of NW1, republished and exhibited for the first time
- Studio Mut creates a catalogue for Italian art prize that celebrates up-and-coming artists
- A forward-minded retrospective: behind the design of the massive Cedric Price monograph
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich