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  • Ancient Lives, New Discoveries

    Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:20

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    Think you know mummies? Think again.

    In recent years, British Museum curators have collaborated with scientists and medical experts to explore non-invasive imaging techniques to further study Egyptian mummies. Eight mummies were taken to hospital to undergo CT scans and Ancient Lives, New Discoveries shares the findings along with 200 specially commissioned photographs. From a priest’s daughter to a temple singer, a man of high status to a child, a temple doorkeeper to a woman with a Christian tattoo, these eight mummies have unique stories to tell.

    If you happen to be in London, pop into The British Museum to visit the exhibition. State-of-the-art technology will allow you to virtually explore inside mummy cases and examine the bodies underneath the wrappings. It is truly fascinating. And not too scary. We promise.

    Here's how the mummies were scanned in a hospital:

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    At the beginning of the 1995 football season, Hans van der Meer set out to take a series of football photographs that avoided the clichéd traditions of modern sports photography. In an attempt to record the game in its original form, he sought matches at the bottom end of the amateur leagues. Preferring neutral lighting, framing and camera angles, he chose to pull back from the central subject of the pitch, locating the playing field and its unfolding action within a specific landscape and context.

    Van der Meer began by focusing on sites within the Netherlands and later his European odyssey took him from small towns in the remote regions of Europe to the fringes of the major conurbations of Greece, Finland, England, France, Germany, and more.

    This isn't our World Cup fever talking... there is some incredibly touching about Van De Meer's work and we just can't take our eyes off it.

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  • The Granny Alphabet

    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:21

    blog imageArtist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his British fantasia to a subject close to his and all our hearts: grandmothers. Pour yourself a cup of tea and step into the enchanted realm of The Granny Alphabet, where twinkling Miss Marple-types elope to Egypt in head-to-toe tartan. Book 1 of this two-volume collection offers Tim Walker's portraits characterful of grannies and the things dearest to them and is accompanied by gently humorous verses written by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. In Book 2, fashion illustrator Lawrence Mynott contributes his own A-Z of drawings of lively old ladies.

    All hail the amazing grannies! Here's a look inside:

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  • The Conquest of Everest

    Wed, 29 May 2013 12:09

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    Today is the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest. This book celebrates this most majestic of mountains, with exclusive access to the photographic imagery and private archives of celebrated climber and photographer George Lowe, the last surviving member of that triumphant expedition. This visually spectacular book features a trove of original photographs and other rare materials from the George Lowe collection, many unpublished, complemented by classic images from the final ascent. Stunning landscapes, candid portraits, and action shots describe the day-by-day moments of the historic expedition as never before. The extraordinary journey is retold from Lowe's point of view, capturing the drama of the expedition and the personal stories of those involved. In addition, earlier attempts at climbing the world's highest mountain and key later ascents are described. The book also includes contributions from an impressive team of mountaineers and explorers.

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  • So you think you are neat? You think you'll go to extremes to defend your love of tidiness and ensure everything is perfectly organised? Well, Ursus Wehrli might raise the bar a little bit...

    The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up. Tapping into the desire for organization and the insanity of uber-order, Wehrli humorously categorizes everyday objects and situations by color, size, and shape. He arranges alphabet soup into alphabetical order, sorts the night sky by star size, and aligns sunbathers' accoutrements -- all captured in bright photographs sure to astonish even the pickiest of neat freaks.

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    Check out Ursus oranising/tidying up sunbathers and their gear:

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