We like to give you a fair amount of contemporary art and design here at It’s Nice That, but we recognise that it’s sometimes good to dip your toe into the murky waters of the olden days. Life Magazine’s archive website — which may as well be labelled #NSFW for its ability to distract you for longer than any other website ever — has an extraordinary amount of old, incredible series of categorised photographs for your viewing pleasure.
This particular collection allows us to poke our heads through the doors of a smokey nightclub in the 1950s where the legendary Miles Davis is performing and photographer Robert W. Kelley is snapping away. Velvet curtains, finger-smudged brass instruments and beads of sweat all lend a helping hand in these shots making you want to put some jazz on the speakers as soon as possible.
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- Kent Andreasen on how he embraces the transience of light in his photographs
- Illustrator Baptiste Virot describes his work as an “iron punch in a velvet glove”
- Slovenian design studio Ljudje on how it turned the information crisis into a visual identity
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- Creativity and control: Stanley Kubrick's obsessiveness and the meticulous films it produced
- We take a look back at the best stories of the year to date
- “Even bad pizza is kind of good”: Five life lessons from David Droga
- Pornhub decides to try out beesexuality with new awareness campaign
- Studio Nuno Fontes on its clean and ordered work for the cultural sector