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« on: October 15, 2019, 09:45:21 PM »

I know there's a collage art thread here, but I don't see one for sources. 

I'm interested in finding more sources, not just online, but books that would be good to cut up/xerox/etc. 

I'm personally into collaging from faces, so I'd love to find a book of just old photographs of wrinkled peoples' faces. 

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 11:37:48 PM »

I have recently been collecting a lot of collage materials from newspapers.  They are full of interesting pictures (often great action shots or dramatic overviews) of a wide range of subject matter.  They would be especially good for finding pictures of faces as well, which, if you are intending to make work that expresses social or political commentary, regularly include images of world leaders and criminals.

I have mostly been cutting out a variety of pictures of the Hong Kong protests.  The dynamic of police versus protesters is an idea that I find really interesting, and many of the pictures that are coming out bristle with the energy of the situation.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 04:47:48 AM »

Nothing too specific, but there's a chain called Half Price Books that deals in used texts. Some locations sell magazine bundles for big discounts since they try to get rid of that stuff. Chains aside, a lot of second-hand bookstores tend to have basement collections that may have some surprises. I've come across a couple that have had boxes of LIFE Magazine issues which tend to have a lot of various pictures and are physically large compared to other periodicals.

If you're looking for old peoples' faces specifically, then you might have some luck at antique stores. Most of them usually have photo or picture collections left over from estates and the like.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2019, 01:44:17 PM »

I've definitely plumbed these territories, although I've never found a store that would give me a stack of LIFE magazines for cheap, that's for sure! 
That said, I am not a big book store person.  I might see about the local places that aren't chains. 
Antique stores are good for small portraits, maybe, but I've had to spend a bit too much on good sized antique ghostly portraits on Ebay. 

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2019, 09:40:01 PM »

Plenty of Oxfam charity bookshops across the UK. There's a Christian charity bookshop in a town near me that had some weird / older religious books
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I used to be very into National Geographic but am currently focusing on full color books I scavenge from used book stores/magazines. Those are proving to have the best for me.
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