Here’s the deal: Photography is all about sharing and social media is all about sharing. In fact , social media is all about sharing photography. So why is it that the extreme majority of those who take pictures for a living cannot make a living with social media ? After all, if there was a tool ever invented for them, it is definitely social media. It is to image distribution what photoshop is to image editing.
This is a trip into the unknown, much like the film Apocalypse Now who’s images fill the inside end sheets. Burke goes into the heart of darkness, examining the war’s effect on Cambodia and also delving into the disintegration of his own marriage at the same time as his journey. A haunting wander into dark territories, marked with bad history.
A recent article in the online journal SALON asks the question, is documentary-style photography dead? The piece cites the afterword to Aperture’s recent re-release of Nan Goldin's classic, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.
Looking for some old performers, I ended meeting some show girls. The way they looked down on strippers got me quickly intrigued and interested. Outcasts are my kind, they try harder. From strip joints to Burlesque theaters, I went on a quest and met the “Legends”, these dominating characters of the quintessential American art of strip tease.
"On our first day back to class, Stephan puts on an episode of the French Chef with Julia Child. We watch as she makes an awkward attempt to flip her potato pancake. She completely misses, scoops it back up and flips again with success.
Jiang Rong: Looking at the five major bodies of work you have published so far, there is an underlying continuum among them. What was the original impulse that led you to use photography rather than writing as a medium to express yourself?
Sally Mann: I wish I could be a better writer, but writing is so difficult. I get seduced by visual aesthetics. Because I just like making beautiful pictures, sometimes I wander away from making a clear statement. As for my original impulse, I don’t know exactly. Now that I have been working for about forty years, I can see that there is a consistent set of interests in all my work. But even half way through, I wasn’t sure what it was.
Martin Parr has been looking at leisure and holidays in his new collection Time Off, but there aren’t as many knotted handkerchiefs and deckchairs on view as you’d expect from the quintessentially British photographer...
In 1981 Duane Michals was asked to create this book for the Herscher series FORMAT/photo, unique editions of projects involving photography and texts. Morts et Resurrections de Dieter Appelt was another one of the series.
Seeing images from the inside, piercing substance, delving to the confines of the human mind, like a sleepwalker, his lens aiming a fixed point, Alexandre Dupeyron balances with the movement. From West to East, he roams the world.
Shomei Tomatsu, one of the most influential Japanese photographers of his era, died on 14 December. He was 82.
Shomei Tomatsu, born on 16 January 1930 and whose work is currently on show at the Barbican in London as part of the exhibition Everything Was Moving: Photography for the 60s and 70s, is known for his iconic photograph of a melted bottle taken in Nagasaki in 1961, as part of a magazine assignment to portray the devastation and reconstruction of the city. But it's his non-documentary approach to photography, with his dream-like aesthetics, that made Tomatsu one of the most influential Japanese photographers of his time.
I was having an very interesting conversation with a photographer several days ago and something he said has continued to ring in my ears. He said, ” I see so much good work, I just wonder why bother, I will never be that good!” I know how he feels, but I’ve got and answer to “why bother!”.
It seems like technology updates and advances are almost an everyday occurrence these days with yet another new camera, tablet and phone model vying for our attention. It’s easy to glaze over whenever another tech announcement is made. Rarely do we see major shifts like we did with the release of the CD, DVD and iPhone. For the independent film makers and videographers of this world, nothing shook up the status quo quite like the release of Canon’s 5Dm2 camera in October of 2008.
Mario Pires's insight:
The video capture near future for still images is comming.
by Jonathan Blaustein Karl Marx got it wrong. He prophesied the demise of Religion and Nationalism. Bad call. I know it’s ballsy of me to quibble with a dead great mind, but it was never going to be thus.
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