Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Annenberg Space for Photography - Voice of the Photographer

The Annenberg Space for Photography - Voice of the Photographer: Eleven photographers speak of their craft. Unfortunately,someone decided that it was necessary to have elevator music underscore the interviews.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

An Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby photo by Sonar Technician 1st Class Ronald Dejarnett

There is a magical, out-worldly quality to this image that elevates it
from its intended use.

"090622-N-7780S-014 GULF OF ALASKA (June 22, 2009) An Air Force F-22
Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the
aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is
participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise focusing on
detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. (U.S.
Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Ronald


Photographer Martin Schreiber's best shot - Hannah Pool - guardian.co.uk

Hannah Pool - guardian.co.uk "In 1979, I was teaching nude photography
at Parsons school in New York. I needed models for the course – and
one day a 20-year-old called Madonna Ciccone showed up. She was just
another citizen, a girl trying to make ends meet. She was quiet,
taciturn. I'm not sure it was something she enjoyed. She did it for
the money, in this case $30. She was relaxed, composed, did as asked.
Some people are stiff, some are there to do a job, some give a little
more. She was in the middle: she did what she was told but nothing
"Shooting nudes is tricky. What are you trying to do? When is it a
nude; when is it erotica? There is nothing erotic about these
pictures. Erotica suggests sex; these pictures don't suggest sex. They
are studies of the body – it's sculpture with a camera. "

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kodak rewards two in Yellow Rose Boy search

Scott Campbell for CrunchGear, "A 20-year-old Canadian woman has claimed a $5,000 prize set by Kodak for the first person to find the boy who was pictured attempting to give actress Megan Fox a rose. [Ed. PHa here, we've also confirmed with Kodak that a second winner will be announced and each will get the $5000 cash reward. We expect an official release in an hour or so.]
Kim Falardeau, a Montrealer, has been contacted by Kodak, who are planning to announce the win soon. She received a phone call from the company at around 11.30am (CET) on Thurday 25th June. She had received emails from crafty bloggers pretending to be from the company in an attempt to gain information."

Sited: Photography.Book.Now

Photography.Book.Now is a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Learn more about the competition, categories, our jurors and of course, the awards.

Nan Goldin: unafraid of the dark By Drusilla Beyfus - Telegraph.co.uk

By Drusilla Beyfus - Telegraph.co.uk, "During our conversation, I picked up the following Goldinisms and reflections, all communicated in her deep, throaty voice:
On portraits: 'I realised a long time ago that outside of commercial work I would never photograph anyone that I didn't want to live with. I didn't think anyone had the right to photograph a stranger. But now I know that there are other ways that people photograph strangers with compassion, either as a reflection of themselves or where they go deep into a relationship in some way or help people.'
On truthfulness: 'At the Tate Gallery I asked an audience of 150 how many of them believed a photograph could be real. Only five put up their hands. That's not a world I thought I would grow into.'
On attitude: 'A real artist doesn't do themselves. I don't do Nan Goldin."

Friday, June 26, 2009

Radiant Nation: William Eggleston - Danielle Steen for Express

Danielle O'Steen for Express, "This much is true about William
Eggleston, often referred to as the father of color photography: He
works quickly, never stages a photograph and takes only one shot.

Eggleston learned early on that when something caught his eye, he
didn't need rolls of film to capture his mark. "[Starting out], I
would take many frames essentially of the same subject, see, and I
would have to decide which one was the best," Eggleston told Express
while in D.C. for his current retrospective "William Eggleston:
Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008," at the Corcoran.
"I figured, why not just take one? I'm going to eventually choose, and
I could never make up my mind."


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sited: Blueeyes Magazine - Online documentary photography magazine.

"Blueeyes Magazine is an online documentary photography magazine
devoted to publishing new long-term project work. It is a labor of
love created by a dedicated group of people who believe in the power
of still photography. The magazine was created in 2003 in response to
declining editorial space for documentary images, following in the
footsteps of the now defunct Untitled Magazine to publish pictures
that support and celebrate passionate and personal photography."

Posted via email from calligaris's posterous

Wear Good Shoes: Advice to young photographers - The photo blog of Magnum Photos

Austria. 1948. © David Seymour/Magnum Photos.
"What advice would you give young photographers?

 Alec Soth:

"Try everything. Photojournalism, fashion, portraiture, nudes, whatever. You won't know what kind of photographer you are until you try it. During one summer vacation (in college) I worked for a born-again tabletop photographer. All day long we'd photograph socks and listen to Christian radio. That summer I learned I was neither a studio photographer nor a born-again Christian. Another year I worked for a small suburban newspaper chain and was surprised to learn that I enjoyed assignment photography. Fun is important. You should like the process and the subject. If you are bored or unhappy with your subject it will show up in the pictures. If in your heart of hearts you want to take pictures of kitties, take pictures of kitties."


Iran 'Angel of Freedom': Dying seconds that last for ever - Cassandra Jardine for Telegraph.co.uk

Cassandra Jardine for Telegraph.co.uk, "Neda never set out to be a martyr: her boyfriend has said that she was with her music teacher when she briefly stepped out of the car, only to become caught up in history. Yet she is already on her way to becoming Iran's Joan of Arc, its answer to Jan Palach.

The blackened face of Palach, the student who set fire to himself in 1969, has become the lasting image of the Czech fight against Soviet repression. Palach knew what he was dying for, but any meaning attached to Neda's death has been projected on to her by those looking for a symbol, a poster girl for the opposition. No one knows her views on freedom. All we really know of her is that pale face covered in blood.

These images, as the great war photographer Don McCullin has said, are our modern version of religious icons, with the eyes of the victim invariably looking heavenwards for deliverance as martyrs did in old master paintings. A painting does not purport to represent reality; photographs and films do, but they can almost as easily be manipulated.

Posted via web from calligaris's posterous

Kodak wishes to reunite Megan Fox and the boy with the yellow rose by Peter Ha - CrunchGear

Peter Ha for CrunchGear, "Megan Fox inadvertently snubbed the
affections of this boy and wants to make it up to him, but the origins
of this boy remain a mystery and have made it difficult for Fox to
contact him. So, Kodak is pitching in $5000 to anyone who can provide
info to help bring the two together. If you have any legit information
to help make this happen then shoot an e-mail to yellowroseboy at
gmail dot com."


Posted via email from calligaris's posterous

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Neda Agha-Soltan: Latest iconic image to inspire. By Jessica Ravitz for CNN

By Jessica Ravitz for CNN,

"A 14-year-old girl stoops and screams above the body of a Kent State
University student killed in 1970 by an Ohio National Guardsman.

A police chief aims his gun at a Vietcong prisoner's head in 1968,
just before executing him on a Saigon, Vietnam, street.

And in 1989, an unarmed man in Beijing, China, stands defiantly in
front of a column of tanks as they rolled into Tiananmen Square.

These are iconic images, the kinds of shots that changed the way
people viewed history as it unfolded. They put human faces on
conflicts and became rallying cries for movements, inspiring those who
demanded change.

But while these photographs -- chronicling a single, silent moment --
were taken by seasoned photographers, two of whom won Pulitzer Prizes,
this time amateur cell phone video is grabbing worldwide attention. It
captures the death of a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan,
galvanizing protesters in Iran and shaping perceptions of a land and
people few Westerners know."


Talk to the Newsroom: Michele McNally who oversees photography for The New York Times, is answering questions from readers.

"Assistant Managing Editor Michele McNally, who oversees photography for The New York Times, is answering questions from readers June 22-26. She previously answered questions in July 2006. Questions may be e-mailed to askthetimes@nytimes.com."


Posted via web from calligaris's posterous

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture - Smithsonian - National Portrait Gallery

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture - Smithsonian -
National Portrait Gallery

"Throughout a lengthy career, which spanned much of the twentieth
century, Marcel Duchamp recast accepted modes for assembling and
describing identity. In 1917, having recently arrived in the United
States, Duchamp found special significance in a mechanically produced
photo-postcard that depicted him simultaneously from five different
vantage points, thanks to a hinged mirror. The Five-Way Portrait of
Marcel Duchamp suggests the artist’s early recognition of the
multifarious nature of personal identity, something he would continue
to explore throughout his career. Fascinated with the way portraits
shape identity, Duchamp exploited the genre, often turning
conventional codes for portrayal on their head."


Posted via email from calligaris's posterous

Portraiture Now: Feature Photography - Smithsonian - National Portrait Gallery

Six photographers who, by working on assignment for publications such
as the New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine, bring
their distinctive “take” on contemporary portraiture to a broad

Photographers: Katy Grannan,Jocelyn Lee,Ryan McGinley,Steve
Pyke,Martin Schoeller and Alec Soth


Monday, June 22, 2009

Lewis Wickes Hine - Powerhouse Mechanic Project - George Eastman House : Notes On Photographs

"This image is variously known as “Powerhouse Mechanic,” “Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House,” “Man with Wrench” and other descriptive titles. The prints in the George Eastman House collection vary not only in descriptive title but in material, content and markings, including different formats, papers, surfaces and image color; variant poses, sitters, and treatments of the subject; and multiple stamps and inscriptions. The following groupings are based on the originating negative. The last group includes variant treatments of the subject."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Photographer Herman Leonard at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal press release "In 1948, Herman Leonard learned the art of photography from his professor, master portraitist Yousuf Karsh, in Ottawa. The following year, he spent some time in Montreal… and hasn’t set foot here since! Sixty years after the renowned photographer last crossed our threshold, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is thrilled to be inaugurating the new exhibition hall in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan with a portfolio of Herman Leonard’s works in September. Moreover, the 86-year-old artist has accepted the Festival’s invitation to visit us this summer, right in the middle of our 30th anniversary festivities, to enrich his portfolio with live shots of some of the great musicians playing this anniversary edition."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Qualifications needed to be a photographer...

Other qualifications. Photographers need good eyesight, artistic ability, and good hand-eye coordination. http://bit.ly/15Hupb