Sunday at Hiroshi’s by Meiro Koizumi, 2012 [some cropped for detail]

The name “Sunday at Hirohito’s” is taken from the series of photos taken in December 1945 and published by the American Life Magazine in February 1946 called “Sunday at Hirohito’s - Emperor poses for first informal pictures”. It was the first time the Japanese public saw him in daily settings. American’s purpose was to provide an image of the emperor as an ordinary person instead of a divine figure. In 1946, on January 1st, as part of a New year’s statement, he made the Humanity Declaration (Renounciation of Divinity) under American’s request. Meiro Koizumi painted anatomical images over his figure to push the concept further.



Voyages Along Re-imagined Utopian Worlds By Jean-François Rauzier via Yatzer

Highly acclaimed, multi award-winning French photographer and visual artist Jean-François Rauzier has quite a long tradition as a distinctive visual storyteller and a prolific purveyor of re-imagined photographic hyper realities and utopian worlds. In 2002, he invented the concept of the HYPERPHOTO, an elaborate virtual image consisting of several hundreds of shots taken with a telephoto lens and then digitally stitched together with the aid of technology. Each composition is made up of between 600 and 3,500 individual close-up images and amounts up to 120.000.000 pixels in total. ”It’s an attempt to reveal every element of a place, taking photos as closely as possible, as widely as possible, and from all angles”