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It Started with Muybridge (1964)

Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 17:11

The future’s bombs, this training film produced by the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory claims, will be detonated atop the shoulders of yesterday’s “photographer extraordinary”, Eadweard Muybridge.


Precedents of the Unprecedented: Black Squares Before Malevich

Thursday 23 June 2022 at 17:25

Described by Kasimir Malevich as the “first step of pure creation in art”, his Black Square of 1915 has been cast as a total break from all that came before it. Yet searching across more than five hundred years of images related to mourning, humour, politics, and philosophy, Andrew Spira uncovers a slew of unlikely foreshadows to Malevich's radical abstraction.


Agnes Giberne’s The Story of the Sun, Moon, and Stars (1898)

Tuesday 21 June 2022 at 23:39

This text is less a Victorian astronomy primer than the foundation for a phenomenological star wisdom.


Shores of the Polar Sea (1878)

Thursday 16 June 2022 at 08:50

A mixture of intimate journal entries, miscellaneous engravings, and sixteen chromolithographs — a unique, often surreal, retelling of life on the ice.


The Launch of Our Mid-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 15:15

Our Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Air.


Interview with PDR's Editor-in-Chief in Creative Review

Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 15:13

Adam Green talks to Creative Review about the new image book Affinities, and the concept of "originality".


Unai no tomo: Catalogues of Japanese Toys (1891–1923)

Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 09:15

The ten-volume Unai no tomo is comprised of charming woodblock prints of traditional objects of play.


Out on the Town: Magnus Hirschfeld and Berlin’s Third Sex

Tuesday 7 June 2022 at 11:35

Years before the Weimar Republic’s well-chronicled freedoms, the 1904 non-fiction study Berlin’s Third Sex depicted an astonishingly diverse subculture of sexual outlaws in the German capital. James J. Conway introduces a foundational text of queer identity that finds Magnus Hirschfeld — the “Einstein of Sex” — deploying both sentiment and science to move hearts and minds among a broad readership.


The Discarnates: Thomas Carlyle in the Spirit-World (1920)

Wednesday 1 June 2022 at 20:38

Over the course of a year, Thomas Carlyle supposedly transmitted this text to Dr. Wm. J. Bryan from beyond the grave.


Portrait of Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (1801)

Thursday 26 May 2022 at 11:17

This portrait, believed to be the work of Marie-Denise Villers, encodes questions of gender and artistry in late-eighteenth century France.