I took this shot for a school assignment about two years ago, and then added it to my Flickr photostream. Later, while I was looking for something completely unrelated, I stumbled across the Flickr group Chromeography, which was created by Stephen Coles, a designer and author of The Anatomy of Type. The group focuses on the emblems or lettering attached to mid-century automobiles and appliances. I thought my photo would be an acceptable addition to the group, so I joined and added this photo. *Note-my instructor didn’t care for it.. Oh well..

Last November, Stephen held a small exhibition at the Mota Italic Gallery in Berlin, Germany. As a photography school dropout (due to financial reasons), I was honored when I received a message from Stephen asking permission to use my photo. Are you kidding? I’m grateful to anyone who appreciates my photography, and I’m always happy to contribute a small part to such a cool event.

Here’s a great presentation from Stephen Coles about his Chromeography project.


RCA Victor badge affixed to a mid-century record console.

Stephen also launched, which is a gallery site dedicated to showcasing the best shots. This RCA Victor shot was my most recent addition to the Chromeography group.


Mid-century Olympia typewriter. I’m always stumbling across great vintage items like this one. With the lettering, surface texture and keys, I saw a good shot for the Chromeography group.

I’m really humbled by some of the other photographers in this group. I’m looking forward to continuing my search for great emblems and I always love to see what other members come up with. Be sure to check out You will not regret it!