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fototazo: Photographers on Photographers: Freed's Black in White America

fototazo: Photographers on Photographers: Freed's Black in White America | Photography Now | Scoop.it

When I was a kid—junior high and high school—I used to look through my father's high school yearbooks. He grew up in Oakland in the late 60s. His yearbooks hinted at a very different world than what I saw in his family photos. The war stuff and the race stuff were both heavier than anything I had to deal with as a kid and suggested a different side of my dad than I'd ever known.

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Photographer Nick Vossbrink writes about a Leonard Freed book, that he looked at when he was a child.

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Art Producers Speak: Jonathan Kozowyk

Art Producers Speak: Jonathan Kozowyk | Photography Now | Scoop.it

How many years have you been in business?

I’ve been working in the industry for a little over 12 years. I started out assisting, and have been shooting on my own for about 3 years now.

Are you self-taught or photography school taught?
I went to Massachusetts College of Art for Graphic Design, but knew I wanted to make photographs. After I graduated I pursued my passion for photography and I was really lucky to apprentice some talented folks.

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 "I try to make pictures everyday, even if I am stuck in front of the computer doing post work, bidding on projects, or even while on phone calls. Sometimes they are just pictures of my dog or of people around the neighborhood.
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Katarzyna Mazur – Teaserettes and Teasers - workshopx

Katarzyna Mazur – Teaserettes and Teasers - workshopx | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Teaserettes and Teasers group started in Berlin 9 years ago. The idea was simple: to combine comedy with performance and top it off with a generous portion of sex-appeal. Dancing, singing, stand-up and setting breasts on fire are just a small example of their repertoire.

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On Making and Publishing a Book – For Photographers

“Passion and Purpose” – The credo put forth by Robert Frank as the necessary ingredients to creating successful and meaningful photography. I would add to that another, “Perseverance”. In any endeavor it would be impossible to attain true success without Passion and Purpose. Many photographers exhibit either passion, purpose or perseverance but the ones that succeed exhibit all three.To create a successful photography book you must exhibit these three traits.

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"I doubt the first publisher who sees your book maquette will publish it. Probably not the second, third, fourth, fifth….. You can not let rejection be a reflection upon the merit of your book or more importantly you. There are many publishers and most won’t be right for your book. When your book is rejected politely ask what it that the publisher is looking for. If you see a common denominator from publishers possibly adjust your book to eliminate the problem."

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Marie Destot & Marilia Destot

Marie Destot & Marilia Destot | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Two photographers from France and Brooklyn respectively are taking part in today’s ‘The Swap’ by the name of Marie Destot and Marilia Destot http://theswap.info/mdmd.html.

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"We’re posing together but we take turns with the remote and then each of us decide of the moment and somehow takes its own picture. I don’t remember exactly who took what actually, i guess from arm positions that my mum took the one with eyes closed, and me the one with eyes open, though it doesn’t really matter to me. We liked the idea of symmetry and reversed clothes and eyes position,  evoking the mirror idea of this swap, the reflection of time passing and exchanging roles = the photographer becomes the model and vice versa."

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An interview with Trent Parke - Try Hard Magazine

An interview with Trent Parke - Try Hard Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Your most recent series, The Black Rose Diaries, seems to be an ever-evolving body of work, which you have spent the last six years making. Could you explain a little about the project and perhaps how it came about?

The Black Rose Diaries initially started as a Magnum project. Each year my agency, Magnum Photos, gathers for the annual AGM in either the New York, London, or Paris office.

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"I have always been a storyteller and I am always working towards the book as the final work. It’s very hard to tell a story with those types of single stand-alone street images. I am interested in ideas. I am not interested in doing the same thing over and over again. The reason I take photographs is to make discoveries for myself. Always trying to piece together the puzzle, that’s where I get my rush. Once I find the answer I am looking for that’s usually it for a project, the excitement and energy is gone. I move onto something else, or away from that subject matter until I can view it with fresh eyes again."

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Dorthe Nors on Bergman

He lived on a small island called Faro, north of Gotland, where he would plan his films, write the scripts, make the screenboards, and everything. He limited his activities: Besides working and thinking, he might go for a stroll. In the late afternoon or evening, he would have visitors over to go and look at a movie in his cinema. And that was his routine, every day.That’s pretty disciplined to me — living primarily in service to one’s art.

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"We can separate artistic pain, the experience of feeling deeply, from leading a painful life. One is not a requirement for the other. What’s interesting about Bergman — he shows you can use your demons to pull your way through life. You can use them for good things instead of trying to let them destroy you."

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe, American, 1809 - 1849
ca. 1847
daguerreotype

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How Nazraeli's Chris Pichler Determines Book Prices and Print Runs

How Nazraeli's Chris Pichler Determines Book Prices and Print Runs | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The founder of Nazraeli Press explains how photo books are traditionally priced, and what photographers need to know about the changing business of book publishing.
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"I'm surprised sometimes by how many people—photographers or otherwise—imagine that all books are printed in editions of tens [of thousands] or hundreds of thousands of copies. Very, very few books, especially art books, are printed in runs that even begin to approach that figure. Our highest print runs are closer to 5,000 copies, and standard runs are closer to 1,000 copies."

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‘A Tale of Two Cities:’ Bushwick and Disco Collide in These Photos of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s

‘A Tale of Two Cities:’ Bushwick and Disco Collide in These Photos of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick, photographer Meryl Meisler delves into two distinct archives of New York City history, merging under one volume her snapshots of a thriving Manhattan night life and a struggling Bushwick, Brooklyn. In her 20s, Meisler frequented such hot spots as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, or Xenon. Just a few years later in 1981, she took a job as a public school art teacher in Bushwick, where she began shooting in daylight, capturing an untold story that persisted just a few miles away from a flourishing Manhattan.

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"Under Meisler’s gaze, Bushwick and Manhattan run parallel to one another as an unlikely set of twins, obviously divergent yet united under the ineffable energy of a particular era in a single city. Despite the social tensions that at times divided disco-era New York, both bodies of work exude a palpable thrill of vitality."

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García de Marina: Still Lifes

García de Marina: Still Lifes | Photography Now | Scoop.it

 appreciate when people see the world differently, and Spanish photographer García de Marina happens to see the world with humor and possibility.  His images celebrate “the greatness of the everyday” making us consider household objects in a whole new way. I appreciate the simplicity and humor in his images.

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Review: Pandora’s Camera by Joan Fontcuberta

Review: Pandora’s Camera by Joan Fontcuberta | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Joan Fontcuberta is a bit of an unusual photographic artist. His approach is rooted in conceptualism.
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With Pandora’s Camera Fontcuberta now reveals the thinking behind his work. A collection of essays about photography, the book is a most welcome addition to the growing canon of writing about the medium in English (the original Spanish language version was published in 2010).
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Andre Dubus III on process

There’s a profound difference between making something up and imagining it. You’re making something up when you think out a scene. You think, “I need this to happen so some other thing can happen.” 

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Philippe Bernard : « Le flou est une expérience intime entre soi et le monde ».

Philippe Bernard : « Le flou est une expérience intime entre soi et le monde ». | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Philippe Bernard explore les capacités du flou depuis plus de cinq ans. Photographe et regardeur, il remet en question notre perception du réel en créant des univers bizarres où formes et lignes se marient étrangement. Le photographe nous explique son évolution dans l’utilisation du flou en photographie en texte et en images.

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"Ainsi, le flou tente-t-il de mettre en exergue l’épaisseur qui réside entre le regardeur et le monde. Il lui permettrait de vivre cette expérience de l’écart, une expérience du positionnement."

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CGSociety - Building 3D with Ikea

CGSociety - Building 3D with Ikea | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The IKEA team didn’t feel there was anything wrong with traditional photography, quality-wise. Like any company, they just wanted to make things easier for the team to work on - to make the process simpler, cheaper and faster. With traditional photography, you need to have prototype furniture being built in different parts of the world shipped over so it can be photographed. Everything needs to be there on time and it can be logistically difficult, expensive and not that environmental. Then if there are changes everything needs to be re-shot. With CG re-creations of pieces, it removes a lot of this difficulty. However to start with, Martin says, “There was no vision initially to create entire rooms in CG, like we do now. We just wanted to create the individual pieces - the ones you see on white backgrounds on the web.”

Mario Pires's insight:

It makes perfect business sense for IKEA to follow this workflow that doesn't use photographers. It's not a shape of things to come, it's a reality, and it will spread everywhere.

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Nils Jorgensen: What Was He Thinking?

Nils Jorgensen: What Was He Thinking? | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Nils Jorgensen is a minimalist based in London.

Describe what was happening at the moment of exposure - Nothing as far as I recall.  I was wandering about, in a bit of a dream no doubt.


What were you thinking? - I do not remember.  It’s a while back.


What were you looking for? - I don’t remember that either, but not a sequence, which was something which occurred to me later.
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Yoav Horesh Selects

Yoav Horesh Selects | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The premise here is simple: to ask a curator, blogger, editor, photographer or other person involved in contemporary photography to select five portfolios of work that they are currently excited about to recommend to the rest of us, placing emphasis - ideally - on work that hasn't seen heavy rotation online. The portfolios are not presented in any sort of order.

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We Recommend: Laurent Chehere de Fototropía

We Recommend: Laurent Chehere de Fototropía | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Chehere Laurent is a French photographer who decides to leave his advertising work to travel and explore cities, suburbs and countries around the world as an inspiration for his photographs. In his different series he covers from reportage to conceptual photography.

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"According to Chehere, each of the building is a story to tell: freedom, escape, fun, drama, poverty, hope, fantasy, romance, beginning or end; according to the story that every viewer wants to read."

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Giving Away Photos to Make a Profit

Giving Away Photos to Make a Profit | Photography Now | Scoop.it
With the changes sweeping over photojournalism, Getty Images has been anticipating the needs of both viewers and editors.
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If customers are going in a different direction or they find a better way, a cheaper way or a quicker way to get the picture, you better supply it to them or somebody else will.”

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Another country

Another country | Photography Now | Scoop.it
This is a long piece. It’s got a lot of images. Most are being published for the first time, but I hope it doesn’t come over as too self-indulgent, and is perhaps more ‘reflective’.
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"My own slide into photography was gradual. The images I’ve come across reflect this growing interest, illustrated in the negatives I’ve recently been scrutinizing and scanning. Although I’ve worked professionally as a photographer for thirty years, I made a decision early on to combine it with other work, on a part-time basis. There’s a saying in the West Highlands that “If you only have one job, you’ll often have no job”, and it’s something I’ve heeded."

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La ravaudeuse de souvenirs | Léa Deligey

La ravaudeuse de souvenirs | Léa Deligey | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Léa Deligey se décrit comme une ravaudeuse de souvenirs. En effet, à partir de photographies anonymes, sans contexte ni propriétaire, elle crée une histoire, inventée de toutes pièces

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"Toutes les photographies n’ont pas le même destin.

Il y a les photographies anonymes, promises à l’abandon puis à l’oubli.

Les images traversèrent le temps physiquement, mais leur histoire à chacune s’est perdue en chemin.

L’oubli a tout recouvert, et depuis la mémoire est muette.

Orphelines du temps, je les ai adoptées."

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Dani Gherca – A Diagram of Periphery

Dani Gherca – A Diagram of Periphery | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“Trough photography I am trying to clarify to myself why some contingencies that I live cause me negative emotions, how this reactions are triggered and what is the relationship between rational and emotional. I am using the photography as an interment to understand if my anxiety emotions are triggered by actual events or by the cultural interpretation that I have on those events.

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"The structure of the statement takes in the form of Keywords. These words are traces left by the need that I felt when I took the photos. The Keywords are the bridge between photography the viewer and my own need to know myself through photography."

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Redefining Smartphone Photography - The New Yorker

Redefining Smartphone Photography - The New Yorker | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Henry Jacobson was interested in seeing how professional photographers reacted to the rise of “deeply personal and deeply anonymous platforms” like Instagram.
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“But what makes smartphone photography so different is the instantaneous sharing that this device enables.” 

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LIVRE | Paulo Nozolino, Bone Lonely

LIVRE | Paulo Nozolino, Bone Lonely | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Paulo Nozolino est un photographe portugais. Né en 1955 à Lisbonne, il a étudié à Londres dans les années 1970. Récompensé de nombreuses fois par de multiples prix, l’artiste vit et travaille aujourd’hui entre Lisbonne et Paris.
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« A man stands in the middle of destruction, feeling lonely to an unbelievable degree, bone lonely.He makes deaf images during his blind walks. Dwelling with thoughts about the loss in all conflicts, the feeling that all systems fail and the certainty that nothing lasts forever. He wonders what light shines in loneliness, what sounds come out of a moving body, what can fill the absence. He has no answers. "
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Selfie avec Daguerre

Selfie avec Daguerre | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Il y a pile cent-soixante quinze ans aujourd’hui, le dix-neuf août mille huit cent trente-neuf, Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre présentait les détails techniques de son invention, le Daguerréotype, devant les Académies des sciences et des beaux-arts ...
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"Daguerre est né dans ce qui est à présent la boulangerie de la grand’rue de Cormeilles-en-Parisis, ville qui se trouve être celle où j’ai grandi. Je suis sorti tout à l’heure pour me photographier dans le square de l’Église, devant une statue inaugurée en l’honneur de Daguerre en 1883."

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Brands will define pro photography for the next decade.

Brands will define pro photography for the next decade. | Photography Now | Scoop.it
There is a massive subterranean shift (no, not paradigm) happening right now in pro photography and it will define photography for at least the next 10 years. Like the movement of the continents, it is slow, hardly perceptible but irrepressible .
Mario Pires's insight:

"It will not be surprising, it is happening already, to see editorial photography influenced by brand photography. In an effort to keep pace with current trends, online and print publications are more and more looking into what works for brands and applying it to their spreads. After all, if that type of photography can sell products, it can also attract large amount of viewers."

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