Clone yourself silly…

An enterprising Japanese firm, Clone Factory, have taken cutting edge 3D mapping and printing technologies in another direction entirely, by making it possible to have your head cloned onto a doll of your choosing, such as the unusually cheery Imperial Stormtrooper shown above!

The subject simply takes a seat in the photo studio, where they’re snapped’n’scanned, then a 3D model of their noggin is rendered…

The 3D model is then printed onto a sheet of clay-like material, which is trimmed and coloured, before being fitted to the body of your choice…

The results are scarily accurate!

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Creativity test: what’s missing?

Beijing 1989

Fatescapes, a project by Czech artist Pavel Maria Smejkal, takes a number of the 20th C’s most iconic images as its base and taps into the collective cultural consciousness in a most striking manner. The project asks you to work out what’s missing – always the test of a true creative – and re-evalutate your relationship to the subject.

More after the jump…

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Still state of the (street) art

Filmmaker, author and photographer Henry Chalfant, the director of much-loved early-1980s hip hop street art documentary, Style Wars, has just launched a new website that is set to feature his astonishing Big Grafitti Archive. Henry’s portfolio features countless breathtaking shots that effectively helped to communicate grafitti art to the rest of the world, and he plans to make the Big Graffiti Archive available as a DVD set. That’s one for the OG Christmas list, then. Click on the image above to check the subway car in all of its glory.

Another ingredient in the crucible of hip hop, New York’s street gang culture, is explored in Rubble Kings, a new documentary from director Shan Nicholson that’s currently on the film festival circuit. Check the trailer below…

Print your Facebook friends…

…and put them on your wall. Your real wall. No not your Facebook wall. What? Yes they’re your real friends. Well some of them. You know how it is. Yes, sometimes it IS awkward to say no. Er, what were we talking about? I’m quite confused.

Just watch the video below or buy your own friends poster from printingfacebook.com.

How to take a wedding photo

Along with pictures of cats and babies wedding photography can often seem tired and predictable. Nevertheless Katie Day manages to capture the event without the usual mawkish clichés.

The Impossible Project

The aptly-named The Impossible Project have actually pulled off something of a coup, managing to restart manufacture of Polaroid instant film, which was discontinued in 2008 — using the original equipment, no less — and it couldn’t come at a more apt juncture, given the success of the iPhone’s Hipstamatic app.

In addition to the trad colour format, The Impossible Project are manufacturing their eight-shot carts in beautiful mono!

British artist, Ralph Steadman, worked with Polaroids for his Paranoids project, smushing around the chemicals as the prints were developing and drawing atop to frightening effect. Now you, too, can try this at home!

Colourful Berlin

Beautiful composition, vibrant colour and a slightly nostalgic feel to these photos by Matthias Heiderich.

see more here and here.