Best of the Web

It’s just too hard not to share the interesting and sometimes bizarre reads we come across every week, so we’re back with Best of the Web. Here’s what’s been floating online at the start of August – from unseen David Bowie photos to Lee Miller posing in Hitler’s bathtub.

The Guardian: Unseen David Bowie — in pictures


A young David Bowie poses for his debut album cover, some photos never seeing the light of day until now. Bowie’s thespian-esque persona is captured by Gerald Fearnley in black and white shots from 1967. The wide eyes, feathery hair, and boyish viridity are just a taste of what became Bowie’s incontestable presence in front of the camera. Gerald Fearnley writes, “I don’t remember how he ended up in my studio, but I was probably the only person he knew with a camera and a studio.”

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The Atlantic: What you get when 30 people draw a world map from memory


Memory going foggy? When it comes to being put on the spot and asked to draw a world map from memory there will always be some omissions — but erasing the UK completely? Seventeen-year-old  Zak Ziebell asked twenty University of Michigan students to draw a world map. He then overlaid each interpretation in the post-production software Photoshop to produce the nebulous image above.

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The Economist: Lee Miller in Hitler’s bathtub


This is the story of Lee Miller, a former model and aspiring photographer, who ended up in Adolf Hitler’s bathtub in April 1945. Miller, a New York native and then photojournalist, traveled with the American army to Europe. Both Miller and her boyfriend at the time David Scherman, were working for Life magazine. After coming across Hitler’s apartment she decided to pose for a photo. You can even see her combat boots in the image!

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BBC: How print is surviving the digital age


Been buying more Private Eye than Vogue lately? We might have been under the impression that print sales were declining rapidly with the growth of online content. However, it seems purchases of current affairs publications are increasing while gossip and fashion magazines still face declining sales. Cultural analysts are putting it down to the recent monumental political events taking place such as Brexit and the ‘Trump Bump’.

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