I'm not going to steal the thunder of either of the sites that published these two photos by posting the pictures here, but here are a couple you ought to see:
• The first has the tones I love in photographs—can't help meself—and I love pictures of legendary photographers and also—a separate thing—pictures of photographers photographing. A musician whose work I know never hurts, either (I have the album with the shot being made here on its cover). Okay, so I might have given this a touch less foreground. Picky picky. A photograph by Ted Barron, presented by the New York Times Magazine.
• The second is "street" shot*, sports shot, human interest photo, and decisive moment all wrapped into one. Spend a little time looking at all the faces and expressions in this wonderful photograph, the hands and feet and hats and drinks. And Mitch Davie, in the Gators tee: great grab. How can anyone not dig this? Just fun. Photograph by David Goldman, presented by the Seattle Times. Read the comment, too.
(Thanks to Archer Sully and Rob Pinciuc)
*Yeah, I know it wasn't taken on a street. Hold those cards and letters. It's "street" in that it's a candid of strangers in a public environment.
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Featured Comment by Dan Westergren: "I can't believe the camera that Robert Frank is using. I've been using one of those cheap pack film Polaroids with Fuji film learning how to extract the negative. How could the cover of one of my favorite albums have been shot with such a simple camera? Then I remembered (well really I Googled) The man on the cover of "Rain Dogs" is not Tom Waits. The photograph is by the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen. Too bad, I really wanted to see an album cover that had been shot with Polaroid pack film. Did photos from that shoot ever appear anywhere?"
Mike replies: Dan, the Frank shot is on the back cover of "Rain Dogs." See it here.
Question from Jeff: "Doesn't the shot for Waits' album back cover have people standing behind him?"
Mike replies: Look closely—Frank used the bystanders. The guy on the left in the album cover shot is at the far right in Ted Barron's shot. The guy right next to him is at the right on the album cover.