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Outtakes: Amy Stein

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Outtakes is a series of interviews with contemporary photographers who have been asked to share alternate versions of some of their most meaningful, successful and celebrated images.
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Tour Manager: Concert Photogs Who Want Payment for Social Media Use Can 'F*** Off'

Tour Manager: Concert Photogs Who Want Payment for Social Media Use Can 'F*** Off' | Photography Now | Scoop.it

One would think that those in the photography and music industries would act as allies — both industries, after all, are built upon the hard work or artists and storytellers who have spent years honing their craft.

However, all too often, they wind up butting heads as was the case with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus story two days ago and, now, with this Facebook rant from a major band’s tour manager.

Mario Pires's insight:

Two cases of problems between bands and photographers happened in the public arena almost on the same day. Copyright issues tend to divide people in opposite camps, and it is unfortunate that things turn sour rather quickly. Let's hope that photo pits at concert venues don't turn into battlefields.

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Art Producers Speak: Sean Murphy

Art Producers Speak: Sean Murphy | Photography Now | Scoop.it

 I nominate Sean Murphy. Sean is tenacious at living. He is vibrant, happy with an eye of the finest artist. Each of his takes makes me say AH! and I am an artist, so that’s not always an easy thing. He goes anywhere and traveling in his giant truck, he becomes part of the culture of what he is shooting and it shows.

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 "I surround myself with uber-talented people. I get fueled by their vibes. And I have a crew of crazy, crazy-talented friends. They’re always keeping me laughing and I’m always inspired. So ultimately, I’m just photographing my life. I’m just grateful that who and what’s around me happens to be interesting."

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“Richard Prince @ Lowell” (2014) | AMERICAN SUBURB X

“Richard Prince @ Lowell” (2014) | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For a small audience in a two-room suite on the thirteenth floor of the Manhattan’s Lowell Hotel, Richard Prince showed a series of enlarged prints of screenshots taken from his twitter account. The show, which Prince and others had publicized as BEPAD via his twitter, featured new works an artist’s books by Prince’s Fulton RyderKarma NYC andHarper’s Books of East Hampton, New York.

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Tim Hetherington reclaimed as the war photographer he never wanted to be

Tim Hetherington reclaimed as the war photographer he never wanted to be | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Today marks three years since the death of Tim Hetherington.
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If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer. We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something — in terms of mass communication — that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.

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Through the Lens: New Photography

Through the Lens: New Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Los Angeles is gearing up for all things photography with Paris Photo Los Angeles opening on the 24th, MOPLA (month of photography in Los Angeles) well underway, and on April 25th, the Los Angeles Center of Photography will hold a gala celebration, featuring the work of eleven Southern California photographers in an exhibition titled, Through The Lens: New Photography.

Mario Pires's insight:

These eleven photographers are worth a look. I liked the simple treatment Sabine Pearlman used on "HOME", and Christopher Hall's use of the GoPro camera.

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Barry W. Hughes - N.E.O.P

Barry W. Hughes - N.E.O.P | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The grid is a purely imagined space; it exists to tame the seeming profusion of nature and to impose an order effectively created by this imaginary set of relations.
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The grid is, in fact, among the key models for the seemingly fixed relation of a photograph and its subject. This series takes its title from the Near-Earth Object Program run by N.A.S.A, but is, at the same time, a necessary recognition of the limits, the blind spots, that give form to all systems of knowledge, so often presented as an infallible progression of thought serving only to extend an already perfected series.

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The photobook today - Telegraph

The photobook today - Telegraph | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Digital technology has allowed anyone to become a published photographer, yet the market for seminal titles continues to flourish. So what has happened to the photobook?
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Photobooks are the place where photographers can be more individual. There’s not so much pressure on having a signature style as there is in a gallery."

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The art world we deserve? - FT.com

The art world we deserve? - FT.com | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The term “art world” was coined in the mid-1960s by Arthur Coleman Danto, the influential American critic and pioneer of art theory who died in October 2013. Unlike the traditional art of representation, which sought to manifest the power and influence of the Church, the aristocracy and the haute bourgeoisie as beautiful, good and true, today’s art world stands for the complex referential system of contemporary art that is only explicable in its economic, sociopolitical, academic and philosophical contexts.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Art as a religion seems absurd but hits the nerve of a society that, beyond the weary power pragmatics of western politics and unresolved worldwide cultural struggles, looks for salvation in the postmodern era. It’s about meaning and greater significance. The art world is a model of participation in the spirit of the old surrealist slogan, “Dreams that Money Can Buy.” The dream factory of art may be accessible to all, regardless of the size of their wallet. But for top art works, top prices are being paid. The art bubble is not going to burst."

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Danto dated the fall to April 21 1964, when Andy Warhol first presented the Brillo boxes at New York’s Stable Gallery as the American consumer version of Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades. “And that’s supposed to be art?” was the outraged response to pop art, particularly among the representatives of the New York School around Clement Greenberg, who wanted to establish a specifically American art with abstract expressionism and, in a second phase, colour field paintings, in contrast to the Eurocentrism of the École de Paris

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Paul Blackmore At Water’s Edge

Paul Blackmore At Water’s Edge | Photography Now | Scoop.it

At the turn of the new millennium Australian photographer Paul Blackmore packed up his life in Sydney and moved to Paris with the intent of furthering his career as a photojournalist. Here in this enclave of creativity and collaboration Blackmore quickly found his feet. 

Mario Pires's insight:

While I was shooting I was thinking about how in a globalized world water ties us together. We are now so interconnected and that’s one of the elements that I tried to bring into this project,”

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Here in this enclave of creativity and collaboration Blackmore quickly found his feet. Within a short time he was shooting for Agence Rapho and traversing the northern hemisphere creating photo essays for the likes of Time, L’Express, Le Monde and Geo.

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The Weekly Edit: Ethan Pines: Forbes Magazine

The Weekly Edit: Ethan Pines: Forbes Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it
ForbesArt and Design Director:  Robert Mansfield
Photo Editor: Meredith Nicholson
Photographer: Ethan Pines
Retouchers: Rebecca Bausher and Gretchen Hilmers
Mario Pires's insight:

"My tough moment came at the shoot when Doug Leone, the head of Sequoia Capital, refused to be out in front of everyone on the cover as Forbes had planned. He wanted this to be about the founders, not about himself. Which is understandable. I’m standing there at the shoot, in front of 14 billionaires who are giving us 30 minutes, thinking, OK, what now? Do I argue on behalf of my client and jeopardize the good vibe at the shoot? No, but maybe there’s a middle ground. We compromised on having him second row, somewhere just off center. I scrapped my pre-laid plan for arranging everyone and did it on the fly."

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Beyond the Photoshopping: Privilege, Poverty and the Washingtonian’s Jay Carney Spread — BagNews

Beyond the Photoshopping: Privilege, Poverty and the Washingtonian’s Jay Carney Spread — BagNews | Photography Now | Scoop.it
If Jay Carney is the public face of the Obama administration, what his family is doing here -- the Washington area being the richest in the nation -- is demonstrating an obscene degree of plenty.
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Politicians, affluent lifestyle, product placement and pictures of people with shallow pockets. Photos have power, even more when you join such extremes on the same page.

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Paris : Pierre Boulat L'élégance nostalgique

Paris : Pierre Boulat L'élégance nostalgique | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Pierre Boulat, one of the great French photographers who worked for the famous American magazine LIFE, covered current events across the world for much of the second half of the 20th century. Today the Cosmos Galerie, with the participation of Durev Events, is exhibiting a lesser-known but more glamorous aspect of his work: fashion.

Mario Pires's insight:

"With his luminous vision, Boulat was able to capture the ambiance of the postwar haute couture fashion houses, and he brought fashion models, once confined indoors, out into the street, showcasing the seductive, distinguished elegance of these uniquely skilled and creative designers of legend."

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Fashion in the Age of Instagram

Fashion in the Age of Instagram | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The photo-sharing app has changed the way fashion is made, seen and shared.
Mario Pires's insight:

Fashion has become bi-dimensional, It’s just flat. I see that designers, especially young designers, are considering the shapes and volumes in a totally different way; the colors, also. I think they pay much more attention to the photogenic value of an outfit.” Asked why, she replied, “It’s the web, definitely, that has changed the language.”

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Colin Pantall's blog: Stop Coveting the Old and Unaffordable.

Colin Pantall's blog: Stop Coveting the Old and Unaffordable. | Photography Now | Scoop.it

I re-entered the digital world today after a short break and posted this Parr and Badger Q and A from Phaidon. My favourite bit was this story from Gerry Badger. It exemplifies the smoke and mirrors nature of market forces, both for prints.

Mario Pires's insight:

"But at the same time, what Volume 3 demonstrates is how many great new books are around.[..]  So why buy something old and beyond your budget when you can get something new. "

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fototazo: Review: Costa by José Pedro Cortes

fototazo: Review: Costa by José Pedro Cortes | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Within landscape photography, the liminal spaces the skirt our cities and communities have long served as a source of fascination not only for what they say about the particular landscape, but our ever conflicted relationship with the natural world, of which we are inextricably a part. They're places of potential contradictions, collisions and confusion, but also potential cliché. In this sense, it's easy to see what drew José Pedro Cortes to the town in Costa (Pierre von Kleist Editions).

Mario Pires's insight:

Portuguese photographer José Pedro Cortes, has been getting some exposure recently,this is his latest book, and deserves to be known.

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How to write about your photographs

How to write about your photographs | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I frequently run into being asked by photographer how they can become better at writing about their own work. This is not an easy topic to talk about, certainly not without using specific examples.
Mario Pires's insight:

This is recommended reading for anyone who wants to, or needs to writ about photography.

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Come vi comportate quando scrivete qualcosa su ciò che fotografate?

Preset Shop's curator insight, Today, 5:18 AM

Some good advice on how to write about your photography work

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Ten questions for Martin Parr and Gerry Badger | Photography | Agenda | Phaidon

Ten questions for Martin Parr and Gerry Badger | Photography | Agenda | Phaidon | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Our selfie-taking photobook experts on rarity, collecting and why the photograph is like a time machine
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"There are Rembrandt self-portraits, and they date from the seventeenth century, and they’re painted by Rembrandt, an icon of the art world. But if you actually had a photograph of Rembrandt, it would be more powerful, in that sense I’ve just outlined, no matter how crummy a photograph it was. It wouldn’t be a great work of art, but it would take you there."

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The PhotoBookMuseum

The PhotoBookMuseum | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Schaden.com Foundation is building the first worldwide PhotoBookMuseum in 4 steps: #1 Premiere Cologne Summer 14 #2 Online Museum #3 Mobile Museum #4 Permanent
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This one will be interesting to watch, a crowdfunding project to build a PhotoBook  Museum.

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Tatsuo Suzuki - Tokyo Street Portraits | LensCulture

Tatsuo Suzuki - Tokyo Street Portraits | LensCulture | Photography Now | Scoop.it

These intimate, up-close portraits of people in the streets of Tokyo speak for themselves. We love the direct gaze, the honesty and tough humanity of these photographs. One can only imagine the stories behind these time-worn faces.

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Paolo Roversi | The Talks

Paolo Roversi | The Talks | Photography Now | Scoop.it
"My life is full of pictures i didn't take"
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"The eyes are really the most expressive part of the body for me, but the hands are very important, too. And then the lips, the mouth is very important. But the eyes are by far the key. I think in a picture, if the look is wrong, then the picture is not good for me."

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Picturing the Holy Land: 12 Photographers Chart a Region’s Complexities

Picturing the Holy Land: 12 Photographers Chart a Region’s Complexities | Photography Now | Scoop.it
There are moments when photography can reinvent the idea of a nation and shape an age.
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"The Holy Land is both the ancient, sacred home of three great monotheistic religions yet also carries with it some of the modern era’s greatest traumas—the memory of the Holocaust, the displacement of the Palestinians, the wars and enmities of the Middle East. But This Place is not an act of photojournalism, nor does it contain — or send – a clear, unified message."

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IV. Geographies of Photography

IV. Geographies of Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks I’ve been laying out some ideas about what photography has become, and have begun to articulate some of the ways I use to think about it. In previous posts, I wrote about replacing a more conventional idea of photography with the idea of seeing machines and put forward the idea of “scripts” to begin understanding how seeing machines function, i.e. how they act upon the world.

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Ruin Nation: The Ruin in Art and Photography | Disphotic

Ruin Nation: The Ruin in Art and Photography | Disphotic | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Ruin Lust, a new show at Tate Britain co-curated by Brian Dillion, looks at the figure of the ruin in European art from the eighteenth century, when the intellectual revolution of the enlightenment imbued these sites with entirely new symbolic meaning.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Perhaps the camera’s magnetic attraction to these sites and sights of desolation reflects the fact that the photograph itself has something of the sense of a ruin about it. A temporal paradox of sorts, the photograph is always a trace of the past which lingers on into the present. The decay it faces is less clearly physical (particularly in the age of digital media) but rather is interpretive."

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Q & A with Shane Lavalette

Q & A with Shane Lavalette | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Shane Lavalette is the Director of Light Work in Syracuse, NY. I asked him a few questions about Light Work's print program, basketball, and related topics.

Mario Pires's insight:

"The music industry and the art world have a lot of things in common, but there are also many ways in which music and visual art are very different experiences. Viewing photographs online for me personally is in some ways equivalent to the .99 cent download, or even a free streaming service. It’s readily available and completely enjoyable to listen to (or look at). But, to keep the music analogy going, seeing a considered exhibition or photobook is a bit more like sitting down with an LP, opening it up, putting it on, and really listening. And then having something limited or unique is a bit like seeing that band play live, where you know you’re experiencing something special. This is all coming from someone that still enjoys vinyl records, cover art, sleeves, and the physicality of music, so this is all very subjective. I have certainly seen a few online or app-based photographic projects that are immersive and powerful, but not with the same consistency as printed photobooks."

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The Swap

The Swap | Photography Now | Scoop.it

 Stuart Pilkington is known throughout the community for bringing photographers of all kinds together.  From fine artists to editorial photographers, his projects are designed to showcase various images revolving around a singular prompt.  Not only are they fun pitstops for everyday online browsing, but they have become useful tools, cataloging photographers and their various genres, styles, and subjects.

Mario Pires's insight:

The Swap is collaborative creation, it enables dialog between photographers, something we should all embrace in "photoland". What a great idea.

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