Montana’s Grinell glacier photographed in 2008 by Project Pressure, a non-profit that is developing the world’s first glacier atlas consisting of hundreds of images of the world’s retreating glaciers.
• Studies show that pizza tastes even better when consumed in the midst of pizza-related memorabilia, and so Philadelphians are in a for a treat with Pizza Brain. The pizza museum-cum-restaurant is the creation of Brian Dwyer, who owns the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia. NPR recently caught up with the pizza fanatic and his team as they put the finishing touches on the place. “We want this place to feel like [an] interactive art installation,” Dwyer told Elizabeth Fiedler. “Instead of just putting it all in a bunch of cases that are very linear and sterile, where you just kind of stare at it and say ‘There’s a thing’ and walk away, this is like, ‘Oh! What’s this little thing?…There’s a pizza face!’” His buddy Ryan Anderson had a slightly less ambitious goal: “All that I want is to not make this place look like an Applebee’s or a Hard Rock Cafe or a Cracker Barrel with ephemera just like stapled to the walls.”
• Photographers Linka Anne Odom and Klaus Thymann, alongside agencies Good Pilot and Mother London, have been selected as the recipients of this year’s Getty Images Creative Grants. The two teams will each receive $15,000 to cover the costs of developing new imagery to strengthen the communications of a non-profit organization they have chosen to support. Odom and Good Pilot are collaborating with D-Foundation to pursue a project that aims to recruit volunteers to increase effectiveness of medical care provided to vulnerable people in India. Meanwhile, Thymann and Mother London will visually highlight “global glacial history”: the photog will travel to Bolivia to document the fieldwork of Project Pressure and the impact of glacial retreat on the local population.
• In other Getty Images news, the sale of the photo giant is moving right along. Final bids, due Monday, August 6, are expected from Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners, according to a report from Reuters. The price tag could be as much as $4 billion.
• Can Tino Seghal turn questions into art? That’s the question posed by Lauren Collins in a profile of the artist that appears in the August 6 issue of The New Yorker. The story includes an interesting portrait of the artist as a young Grinch, describing an 11-year-old Seghal’s decision to cancel Christmas. “I wrote my parents a letter and said, I don’t want to be part of this Christmas thing,’” he told Collins. “I rejected my presents. This whole kind of Christian colonizing of what was a collective, pagan ritual—I’ve mellowed out a bit, but I was enraged, somehow, by that.”
• An illustration that appeared on the cover of a 1990 Spider-Man comic sold for $657,250 last week at Heritage Auctions.
• Punch up your portfolio (and stand to take home a Macbook Pro) with Veer’s Stunner in the Summer poster design contest. Download the free pack of images, fonts and illustrations, use them to design a poster around the theme of summer festivals, and submit your entry by Friday, August 3. Visitors to the Corbis-owned company’s website and a panel of judges will choose 10 semi-finalists to move on to the second round, with a new theme and different elements.