"With the Leica M Edition 60," the company says, "photographers compose and frame each subject in the viewfinder, set the aperture and shutter speed and press the shutter release at the decisive moment. Instead of the constant distraction of technical features and the checking of menu settings and controls, they enjoy the freedom to concentrate completely on their subjects. With this concept, Leica is once again the synonym for an art in which technology plays a role subordinate to the essentially creative aspects of photography."
Everybody knows what Pantone is:
The company is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries, primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics
Well, surfing the web I've discovered this super-cool project named Humanæ.
Humanæ is a chromatic inventory, a project that reflects on the colors beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® color scheme.
The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11x11 pixels of the portrayed´s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.
It's an amazing and very interesting idea. Take a look at their site here. This project is great and underlines a particular aspect of our being that many times is generalized into "black-skin" or "white-skin": we're all different in this world (in a positive sense).
Art can be provocative.
Artist's Shit (Italian: "Merda d'artista") is a 1961 artwork by the Italian artist Piero Manzoni. The work consists of 90 tin cans, filled with feces, each 30 grams and measuring 4.8x6.5cm, with a label in Italian, English, French, and German stating:
"Artist's Shit Contents 30 gr net Freshly preserved Produced and tinned in May 1961"
At the time the piece was created Manzoni was producing works that explored the relationship between art production and human production, Artist's Breath ("Fiato d'artista"), a series of balloons filled with Manzoni's breath, being an example. A tin was sold for €124,000 at Sotheby's on May 23 2007. [...]
One of Manzoni's friends, the artist Agostino Bonalumi, claimed that the tins are full not of feces but plaster; in contrast Manzoni's girlfriend Nanda Vigo, who helped him produce the cans, claimed the contents really were feces.