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November 28, 2006

Gameboys

Filed under: photographs (not mine) — alecsothblog @ 10:25 pm

In my recent post on toy fatigue, I spoke of my failure to be fully immersed in digital media. I suspect the perfect vehicle for this kind of immersion is video games. I was an Atari kid, but haven’t kept up with it. The closest I get is by looking at pictures:

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For more pictures, check out Richard Hines, Alex Harris, Magnum Photos and my buddy Todd Deutsch (be sure to also read Joerg Colberg’s recent interview with Todd here).

6 Comments

  1. Phil Toledano did some of my favorite videogamer “portraits”:

    http://mrtoledano.com/frame_videogamers.php

    Comment by Robert — November 28, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

  2. Robbie Cooper’s ‘Alter Ego – Avatars and their Creators’ is published by Chris Boot May 2007. You can see some of the portraits here and here.

    “Alter Ego is a cool concept book, presenting the phenomenon of the contemporary avatar—the virtual characters gamers choose and design to engage in 3D worlds online. Portraits of gamers from the United States, Europe, China, and Japan (including leading figures of the gaming world) are paired with digital images of their alter egos, graphically dramatizing the gap between fantasy and reality.”

    Comment by rob — November 29, 2006 @ 2:59 am

  3. One of the great things about the internet is seeing people’s work develop over time. I’ve watched Todd’s work for about 6 years – seeing him focus down and zero in on his subject has been a rare treat. If you are a collector, buy his prints…

    Comment by Julian — November 29, 2006 @ 8:21 am

  4. One cartridge turned the GameBoy into a moody, grainy monochrome camera. Shots could be printed on a thermal printer. A gallery and tutorial: http://www.tapir.org/gbc/

    more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Camera

    Comment by robert e — November 29, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  5. Enlarge that last image at your own risk. Sexy Beast has nuthin on that guy.

    Comment by Patrick — November 29, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

  6. “At 50, Miyamoto is one of the most successful artists of the past century. Who? Read the story here

    Comment by Alec Soth — November 29, 2006 @ 3:51 pm


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