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The alien landscape of the Scottish highlands, as seen by director Dave Ma

Posted on 02 November 2016 at 10:29 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

We’re always keen on National Geographic-style photos of the Earth from high up. So when we saw these incredible photos of Scotland by music video director Dave Ma, we were more than a little impressed. The pictures – reworked by Dave into a striking, two-tone col... Read more

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Colour photos of Britain in the 1920s

Posted on 28 April 2016 at 17:46 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

The past is a different place, especially when you see it through black and white photographs. But once it’s viewed in colour things look a little more familiar. Suddenly, the people look are modern human beings: like us, but without Zella videos on You Tube. ... Read more

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Beautiful retro posters from NASA promise holidays in space

Posted on 12 February 2016 at 07:54 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

In the past we thought the future would be populated by people going to work in flying cars, housewives wearing spacesuits at home and families eating food made from moon dust. Sadly – apart from those glowing rectangles we spend our time starting at – that wasn't the case. ... Read more

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Skinheads! Gavin Watson's photos of early-’80s England are incredible

Posted on 22 January 2016 at 11:19 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Has there ever been a more uniquely British subcutlure than skinhead? As mod split into two in the late-’60s – Small Faces-style psychedelia went one way, ‘harder’ lads the other – a look that combined Ivy League precision with Jamaican atttude and British ... Read more

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New York in the 1970s: the gritty photographs of Camilo José Vergara,

Posted on 15 January 2016 at 09:12 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

There’s something fascinating about 1970s New York – and it’s a subject we keep coming back to in Umbrella. We’re not saying it’s better than today – getting mugged or shot on Avenue A isn’t much fun whether it’s near Lou Reed&r... Read more

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Subway Art: the greatest street art book gets a re-release

Posted on 08 January 2016 at 13:07 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Street art is about as respectable as you can get. Cities all over the world would hand over their social services budget for a Banksy rat on the front of the town hall, while anyone who writes their tag on a factory wall can rinse the local arts council for a fat grant. ... Read more

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Jean-Pierre Laffont: America's greatest living photographer?

Posted on 13 November 2015 at 07:57 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

This article originally appeared in Umbrella, Issue 11 He might be French, but Jean-Pierre Laffont is one of the great photographers of the American age. Arriving from France, via his original home, Algeria, Laffont has spent the last 50 years documenting the p... Read more

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Disappearing diners: the photo-realistic paintings of John Baeder

Posted on 05 November 2015 at 16:40 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Few things symbolise the USA of the 20th century more than the diner, that peculiarly American restaurant beloved of truckers and beat poets alike. Despite their humble functions, these diners were often beautifully designed, covered in chrome and with the of futuristic signa... Read more

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Mugshots from the 1860s-1930s: the timelessness of crime

Posted on 18 June 2015 at 19:46 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

The mugshot is one of the constants of police procedure. Ever since the middle of the 1860s, those who've been arrested have had their faces recorded for further reference. This selction of portraits comes from the police department of Nebraska, USA, and features every type of crimi... Read more

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New York in the 1960s: the photos of Takayuki Ogawa

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 08:16 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

New York in the late 1960s was a different place to the prosperous, multicultural city of today. In 1967, Japanese photographer Takayuki Ogawamoved there to document a place that was edging into decay, but also bursting with life (and occasionally death). The best of his... Read more

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Old Soho: Great photos of London's most fascinating neighbourhood

Posted on 10 April 2015 at 08:24 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Soho has always been different. This former hunting ground – the name ‘soho’ was a hunting cry like ‘tally ho’ – has long been a refuge for those that don’t fit in with regular society. In the late 19t... Read more

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The Hubble Telescope: beautiful pictures of planets, stars and galaxies

Posted on 20 March 2015 at 10:17 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

When you live on a place as good as Earth – and with its combination of great restaurants and menswear boutiques, it’s pretty unbeatable – you can get ideas above your station. You’ll tell everyone about your new business or your blog or your Twitter-linked microsite, and ... Read more

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Saudi Arabia after dark: the photography of Céline Stella

Posted on 13 March 2015 at 07:36 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Saudi Arabia is awash with one of the world’s most valuable commodities: oil. But electricity is a different matter. Up until 100 years ago, the country had no electrical power at all. Perhaps this is why there’s such an emphasis on it by Saudi shop owners today. In the dark... Read more

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Rock ’n’ roll in black and white: the music photos of Greg Neate

Posted on 06 March 2015 at 08:13 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Umbrella photographer Greg Neate is never happier than when he’s next to the stage at a concert, observing and documenting the action with an air of slight detachment. Greg covers the indie side of pop music, snapping bands with names like Blood Red, Hausfrau and Crayola Lectern. ... Read more

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The Sony World Photographer of The Year 2015: our favourite pictures

Posted on 27 February 2015 at 12:54 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

At a time when our attention spans seem shorter than ever, photography is the most effective way of communicating information immediately. When you look at the feed on your social media channels, it's the great pictures that pique your interest most. That's why the Sony World Ph... Read more

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The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year: 2014's best city pictures

Posted on 31 October 2014 at 10:28 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

The city has always been the perfect environment for photography. We're told that "real" beauty lies in nature, but as far as this magazine is concerned, the vista of an awe-inspiring valley in the foothills of the Himalayas can only be improved by the addition of Le Corbusier-s... Read more

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Pre-revolutionary Russia… in colour

Posted on 03 October 2014 at 10:07 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

While black and white photography is often beautiful, by its very nature it's one step removed from reality. While we can all appreciate, say, the devastation in monochrome photos of the Blitz's aftermath, the lack of colour puts a barrier in our way. People look different, somehow ol... Read more

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Stunning black and white photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s and ’60s

Posted on 04 September 2014 at 07:49 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Hong Kong is the epitome of the modern city. Crammed onto a series of islands and a chunk of the Chinese mainland, seemingly every inch is taken up with tower blocks, traffic-clogged streets, passages, tunnels and stairways, lots of stairways. In the 1950s and 60s, the city was undergoi... Read more

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The first world war in colour

Posted on 18 July 2014 at 08:43 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

While armed conflict has been the subject of photographers since the American Civil War, there's something about the use of black and white pictures that somehow separates us from the event. In monochrome, these young men, with their moustaches, stiff postures and arcane uniforms seem a world... Read more

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The amazing rock ’n’ roll photography of Greg Neate

Posted on 04 July 2014 at 08:50 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

These days, everyone takes pictures at gigs. Forget losing yourself in the moment, it seems that the point of attending an event today is so you can record it on your smartphone to enjoy tomorrow. Making memories is everything. Photographer Greg Neate is the antithesis to this. For ... Read more

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BOB MAZZER: LONDON UNDERGROUND in the 1970s and ’80s

Posted on 13 June 2014 at 08:16 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Though London's residents may find it hard to admit, today's Underground really is a world-class transport system. Safe, clean and with modern trains running on every line, it provides an environment, that though occasionally uncomfortable, feels absolutely in touch with the needs of the ... Read more

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Nathan James’ ‘Punchlines’: beautiful and scary in equal measure

Posted on 04 October 2013 at 08:47 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Art is supposed to make us 'feel' something. How else can we explain the success of certain artists who seem to trade on their name rather than the merit of their output? The work of Nathan James certainly makes us feel something: uncomfortable. But unlike many of the leading lights o... Read more

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Nathan James’ ‘Creepshow’: Glamour meets horror

Posted on 30 March 2013 at 11:43 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Want something a little bit different to hang on your wall? We're rather taken with Nathan James' Creepshow – which gives the 'golden age' of Hollywood a horror makeover. You can catch the exhibition at the Cob Gallery in Camden – but check out our faves from the colle... Read more

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Train and Tube ‘iPaintings’ by Nadja Ryzhakova

Posted on 11 January 2013 at 09:30 by Daniel Nicolson in Art

British artist David Hockney caused quite a stir last year with his iPad paintings of the area around his Yorkshire home, highlighted in the A Bigger Picture exhibition at London’s Royal Academy. Bringing a luminescent quality to ‘painting’... Read more

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Penguin’s Great Ideas series

Posted on 25 November 2012 at 18:38 by Daniel Nicolson in Art

A good idea costs nothing. Well, in the case of Penguin’s Great Ideas series, each one will set you back £4.99, but as an intellectual investment, these beautifully presented works of philosophyshould put you well into the black. Over the last five years, Penguin has publish... Read more

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Profile: G Stone Recordings

Posted on 24 November 2012 at 15:00 by Daniel Nicolson in Art

Ever since the dreaded words ‘trip-hop’ were coined in Mixmag in 1994 to describe the slew of instrumental, dub- and jazz-influenced records that were being made by the likes of DJ Shadow, Sabres of Paradise and La Funk Mob, there’s been a market for dance music that&... Read more

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Artist Aled Lewis brings together arcade and movie heroes for PlayStation's All-Stars Battle Royale 

Posted on 23 November 2012 at 08:10 by Daniel Nicolson in Art

We're always suckers for a bit of old school arcade action, and without the threat of some maniac threatening us for our "last man" we now get to enjoy these games in peace. Artist Aled Lewis feels the same. To mark the release of PlayStation's All Star... Read more

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The dark, shadowy photography of Nicolas Karakatsanis

Posted on 14 November 2012 at 08:23 by Daniel Nicolson in Art

In photography, light is everything, but it's the absence of light that makes the photography of Nicolas Karakatsanisso striking. His latest exhibition, Adjusting Infinity illustrates this perfectly. At first, the images are hard to make out, but... Read more

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