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Decades before Florida Man and Florida Woman were making bizarre headlines, the Sunshine State enjoyed an early, citrus-fueled, tourism boom. One of the byproducts of the influx of tourists was a mass of printed matter, including now-vintage guidebooks, posters, and photos, that helped sell Florida as an idyllic vacation spot to the rest of the world. The Tumblr Old Florida collects all kinds of early tourism artifacts, such as photos of Frank Sinatra doing bar tricks in Miami, to scenes from strange movie promotions involving mermaids, plus a ton of amusement park pamphlets. 

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Borrowing the form of vintage medium format models, the Sun & Cloud camera from Japan's SuperHeadz isn't meant for high definition shooting. Instead, it's designed for off-the-cuff photos, not unlike those in the style of Lomography. While there is a USB charging option, the camera has a solar panel on top, as well as a hand crank for off-the-grid power. To help make the most of the lo-fi sensor, the camera also comes equipped with 15 digital filters.

Thinking of taking the Sun & Cloud on summer vacation? Grab one at AC Gears.

Photographers with a knack for experimentation fashion DIY pinhole cameras from coffee cans, shoe boxes and pretty much any other recycled material they can get their hands on. But Elvis Halilović, the Slovenian industrial designer behind the ONDU pinhole camera, takes a more exacting approach. For his line of six cameras, Halilović uses only locally-sourced chestnut and maple wood, and shapes each camera body in his family's wood shop. His design uses strong magnets instead of visible screws, and he finishes the wood with a natural oil varnish.

The ONDU Kickstarter has already reached its goal six times over, but there's still time to pick one up.

Confessionals are inherently uncomfortable spaces. The very purpose of their existence, to allow parishoners to privately unload their transgressions to a member of the clergy—and God—is a tense and awkward premise. While modern places of worship have brighter and more inviting spaces to confess, the confessionals photographer S. Billie Mandle shot for her "Reconciliation" series come from classic church design: dark and intimidating spaces with dramatic light pouring through privacy screens. [via Wired]

Put simply, the colors in Nadja Staubli photos are surprising. Whether it's an image of a Martian red sky above an indoor pool, or a three-color pastel mansion shot from the parking lot, Staubli finds colors and shapes that don't seem of this world. Instead her collections read as a kind of happily distorted vacation diary that pays more attention to unexpected patterns in swimming pools, golf courses, and highways than documenting sights and people. [Via It's Nice That]

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With the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, coming May 21 and streaming today, the electronic music duo couldn't have picked a better time to team up with their producer, the father of disco, Girogio Moroder, and fashion photographer Heidi Slimane for a sleek black and white photo shoot.

View the entire shoot on Dazed.

The cover of Chris Nosenzo's Packet biweekly zine has three constants: a date stamp, a title stamp, and a single staple in the top left corner. The rest of the contents are a largely collaborative effort: each issue features the work of roughly nine artists collectively producing about 20 pages of work. Past issues have included a mix of photos (see Bill Callahan in "Would Wife" below), artist interviews, comics, drawings, and even a few paintings. Each copy is printed with a Risograph, stapled by hand, and shipped to you in, well, a packet.

Packet Biweekly's latest, Issue #011, is available now for $4, and a wire-bound collection of the first six issues goes for $24.

“SoHo Forestry Guide” by Bridget Collins

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Would Wife by Anthony Cudahy

For those of us with mild resurgence of Star Wars obsession, finding out that something as typically ephemeral as a movie set for Luke Skywalker's adventures on Tatooine still exists elicits a mix of nostalgia, wonder and excitement. Visual artist and filmmaker Rä di Martino set out to shoot old film sets in North Africa and eventually found her way by word-of-mouth to the mother of all desert film sets, a miraculously well-kept Skywalker Ranch as well as two other Tatooine sets from the original Star Wars film. Oddly enough, fans who saw her photos a few years back were concerned about the distressed state of Luke's "boyhood home" itself and eventually raised money to refurbish it and mark it for tourists fans.

di Martino writes us she was exploring the sets not as a documentarian, but rather as an artist exploring our dreamscapes. "These photo series are part of a research on abandoned movie sets in North Africa (which also ended up in a video), but is not reportage. I just liked the poetic potential of those ruins—being ruins of something that is our future in our imagination."

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Photos by Ra di Martino. Follow her on Tumblr.
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Britney Spears' requests: Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.

The backstage food requests of musicians range from the practical: liquor, cough drops, and tea for Frank Sinatra, to the strange: Nine Inch Nails' two boxes of corn starch. Photographer Henry Hargreaves became fascinated with these demands, and after perusing countless concert riders in The Smoking Gun's database, he photographed the most compelling requests with a bleak Flemish baroque aesthetic. The connection between the baroque and the musicians is intentional, he tells Vice:

"I felt that there was a direct connection between the themes in these types of paintings and the riders: the idea of time passing and the ultimate mortality of a musician’s career as the limelight inevitably fades—they only have a short time in which they are able to make these demands and have them fulfilled."

See the rest of the backstage snacks over at Vice

Photo by: Sam Burns

The hazy landscapes in Sam Burns' photography aren't a product of digital editing. Instead, he uses his large format camera to expose his photos for up to eight hours. The extended exposure time means that haziness is actually caused by the movement of the water or trees within a major chunk of the day. His landscapes are great, but we think his most impressive photograph has to be his self-portrait, which required the meditative endurance to stand still for about three hours.

His peaceful photos are available as museum quality prints on his website for $70 AUD.