Tsuneko Sasamoto: Japan’s First Female Photojournalist on Staying Curious

In 1940, at the age of 25, Tsuneko Sasamoto became Japan’s first female photojournalist. Originally an aspiring painter, Sasamoto was coaxed into the male-dominated field by a friend who thought she had a good eye for imagery. And as fate would have it, Sasamoto found herself covering events like a 1940 German military visit to Japan, the Tripartite Pact sighing (between Japan, Germany and Italy) also in 1940 and the anti-Japan – U.S. Security Treaty demonstrations in 1960.

Now, at 101, Sasamoto is still taking photographs with her Leica camera. What keeps her going? “Curiosity.”

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The Inside of a WWI Submarine was Creepy and Claustrophobic

On July 19, 1918, the twin-screw U-boat 110 was engaging a merchant vessel convoy in the North Sea off the town of Hartlepool when she was forced to the surface by Allied depth charges. She was then rammed and sunk by the H.M.S. Garry, a torpedo boat destroyer.

Later that year she was salvaged and placed in the Wallsend dry docks of Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd. in England, with orders to restore her to working condition.

These photos of her cramped and complex interior were taken before the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, after which she was dismantled and sold as scrap.

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TIL: SONY NEX-3N Has Focus Tracking

SONY NEX-3N has been my trusty companion for quite some time, and I thought I knew it pretty well. Turned out I was wrong. A few days ago, while wading through the camera’s menus, I stumbled upon the Tracking Focus function in the Camera section.

This feature can be particularly useful when you need to keep focus on a moving subject, and it’s rather straightforward in use. Activate focus tracking, align the focus point on the screen with the subject in the frame you want to be in focus, and press the OK button. This makes the focus point “stick” to the object.

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Satellite Images Reveal Humanity’s Mighty Impact, for Better or Worse

Benjamin Grant’s career as curator of startling satellite imagery began with, of all things, a problem with Apple’s much-maligned Maps app.

He was preparing a lecture for friends about space and the overview effect and typed “Earth” to see if the map would zoom out all the way. “It actually went to Earth, Texas, a small town in the middle of nowhere,” says the 26-year-old New Yorker. “The entire scene filled up with pivot irrigation circles, these electric-motored irrigators that go in perfect circles. I was like, Oh my god, this is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.”

Since then, Grant has been on a constant prowl for equally beautiful—and sometimes disturbing—landscapes, curating them at his site Daily Overview. In all the pictures he sources from his partner satellite company, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, he tries to show evidence of human impact, be it agriculture, mining, transportation, or music festivals. He sometimes goes newsy, too; when the Nepal earthquake hit in April, he found an image revealing emergency shelters popping up all over Kathmandu.

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Parisian Floors Photo Series Reminds Us To Look Down More Often

With your head in the clouds, we may often forget the beauty that lies under our feet. Photographer Sebastian Erras reminds us of the beauty that we can find by taking photos of striking floor designs that he finds throughout Paris.Paris wasn’t nicknamed “The City Of Art” because of its vibrant flooring, but it could have been – whether they’re painted tiles, painstaking mosaics or other designs, the floors Erras photographs are truly works of art. His feet in each frame, however, help remind us about what we’re actually looking at.

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Why People Never Smiled in Old Photographs

In most old photos — those taken in the 19th century and early 20th century — people aren’t smiling. That’s led to the popular belief that people simply didn’t smile in old photos. Like in this depressing wedding photo from 1900:

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Berlin in the 90s

It’s too easy to take for granted the Berlin that we all know today. Beautiful old Altbauten next to modern light apartment buildings, an abundance of cafes, restaurants and little independent shops along the big malls. A city full of life all connected with a great transportation and infrastructure system.But over 20 years ago the streets looked very different and especially East Berlin was all but a big opportunity after the reunification. Temporary clubs and galleries spruced up in the deserted building giving new life to the waste open spaces while at the same time countless construction sites were a sign of what was to come. Berlin based photographer Michael Lange captured this truly unique time and the rapid change that was taking place all over the city in his black and white photographs.

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