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The Collection of Frank Maresca—Courtesy of Ricco/Maresca Gallery

A mesmerizing exhibition of some 250 vintage American employee ID badges imaginatively staged at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery is a sign of the times, revealing a distant world from our own.

Photograph Courtesy David Campany—MACK

Fueling the American Dream: Jeff Ladd spoke with writer David Campany about his newest book Gasoline, which explores the notion of how petrol and gasoline stations have been portrayed in photographs from the news.

Photograph by Nigel Shafran

There is a bracing simplicity and subtlety to the black and white portraits in Teenage Precinct Shoppers, a new book of Nigel Shafran’s work published by Dashwood Books. See the work here.

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. “Flights and test of Rex Smith biplane flown by Antony Jannus. The plane with Rufus R. Bermann, wireless operator, and Fred Aubert.” (Photo: Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative via Shorpy / Library of Congress)

There’s always something interesting about history—it’s often just a matter of knowing where to find it. Shorpy.com highlights the noteworthy negatives of the Library of Congress in high-definition. See more from the collection on LightBox.

American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day, Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.  Robert Capa—©International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

As we posted earlier today, this evening Christie’s held its first-ever auction of contemporary photojournalism prints at its New York City auction house. The event, which will be hosted by news anchor Christiane Amanpour, will benefit the family of the late Anton Hammerl, a photographer who was killed in Libya last April.

The auction, says David Brabyn, one of the organizers, demonstrates the sense of community among photographers who put themselves at risk for their work. “It’s been quite highlighted recently,” he says, “after all the deaths of reporters, both photographers and print.”

But one of the most important prints up for bid was not a donation from someone in that community. Robert Capa’s photograph of American soldiers landing in France on D-Day is perhaps the most familiar picture in the bunch; Capa was killed by a land mine in 1954. The donation comes from the International Center of Photography, where his work is archived. (The winning bid will also include a personal tour of his archive.) ICP was founded by Capa’s brother, Cornell Capa, and the print comes from his personal collection.

Read more about this image and the auction here.

Doug and Marikay first met in embalming school. Both were from families in the funeral business: their parents, grandparents and uncles were all funeral directors.

The two eldest daughters, Lori and Bonnie, did the makeup and hair styling of the corpses. Young Heather was in charge of the flowers and cleanup, while MaryAnn, the youngest, was “goodwill ambassador.” According to her father, “She makes friends with everybody and tells everyone our family secrets.”

— David Gremp. You can support his Kickstarter project here.

"While this is one of my favorite photos of the entire project, it all happened so quickly – between acts – and in such broken English and my own broken Spanish that I really don’t know for sure who is a Rodriquez and who is a Maraden, or what their actual relationship is.

 I just asked Pablo Rodriquez (far left) to round up his family for a quick photo in front of their family van, and he complied. I wrote down the official name of their business, contact information and sent them a copy of the photo a few months later. I received a letter identifying each person (left to right): Pablo, Roberto, Elizabeth, Maria, Angelina, Flor, Dianna, Paulo and Temo Rodriquez. I guess the three young ones in front weren’t in the act yet.”

— David Gremp. You can support his Kickstarter project here.

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, LIFE presents photographs from the day MLK died at the Lorraine Motel.

Unpublished: Martin Luther King Jr.’s neatly packed, monogrammed briefcase in his room at the Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 — with his brush, his pajamas, a can of shaving cream and his book, Strength to Love, visible in the pocket.

See more here.

Tugs ‘Hector’ and ‘Neptune’ nudging the bow of the Titanic away from a near collision, 1912.

The Titanic didn’t just send hundreds of its passengers to the bottom of the ocean—it also took all the evidence of what life was like on board for the ill-fated travelers. Or at least it would have, were it not for Francis Browne. See more here.

Danny Lyon’s poignant, sharply observed film is one of the great cinema-verite documentaries. Watchmaker and the Menil Archives have restored the film from the original negative and re-mixed the soundtrack from the original 1/4” tapes. The result is the return of a beautiful film by one of America’s leading photographers. Available on-line and on Blu-ray and DVD Summer 2012.

See Lyon’s work on LightBox here.

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