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Giant Rubber Duck Floats Down French River Valley - PSFK

Giant Rubber Duck Floats Down French River Valley - PSFK | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Artist Florentin Hofman’s giant sculpture puts a smile on passers-by faces while it floats from city to next along the Loire river in France.
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Deconstructing Trees

Deconstructing Trees | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it

Deconstructing Trees. Monochrome photographs exploring the patterns of constructal law in trees.

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Marcelo Errera's curator insight, August 17, 2014 11:12 AM

Trees emerged everywhere. They continue to amaze us by its design. 

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EMA: This is What Anti-Capitalist Virtual-Reality Art Looks Like

EMA: This is What Anti-Capitalist Virtual-Reality Art Looks Like | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
A performance at PS1 used the Oculus Rift VR headset to explore being a stranded human subjectivity in a commodified world.
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On Trends | Conscientious Photography Magazine

On Trends | Conscientious Photography Magazine | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Joerg Colberg's online photography magazine, featuring photographer profiles, interviews, articles, and book reviews.
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Examining the humanitarian legacy of photojournalism

Examining the humanitarian legacy of photojournalism | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
A new exhibition considers the humanitarian legacy of photojournalism in the post-war era.
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Book Review: Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places – The Complete Works

Book Review: Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places – The Complete Works | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
If you are stuck for photographic inspiration and feeling a bit frustrated that you don’t live in the middle of some amazing national park, then you should definitely check out this new ‘complete works’ collection of the work of Stephen Shore. Shore, born 1947, is a US photographer best known for his ‘vernacular’ American photography, which means he eschewed the dramatic canyons and peaks of somebody like Ansel Adams and instead focussed on gas stations, business parks and other subjects...
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£240,000 of 'BP money' thrown from top of Tate Britain into its oil company sponsored galleries

£240,000 of 'BP money' thrown from top of Tate Britain into its oil company sponsored galleries | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE 31 January 2015 – For Immediate Release Art collective Liberate Tate has today thrown £240,000 of specially designed BP/Tate money from the Members Room inside Tate Britain, down into...
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How storytelling has changed in the digital age

How storytelling has changed in the digital age | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it

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"Lance Weiler explores how technology is transforming the art of storytelling."

Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, January 26, 3:08 PM

'Together storytellers, game developers, makers, creative technologists and experience designers will experiment with new forms and functions of storytelling. '

Vivalist's curator insight, January 26, 4:50 PM

Columbia joins the MIT and Duke University in the search for 21st century storytelling. It is interdisciplinary, that's one thing.

 

There are probably a lot of other academic programs in other universities as well. It's exciting to see interdisciplinary programs such as Duke' GreaterThanGames initiative give birth to awesome projects.

 

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Why your burger looks so tasty (the secret ingredient is lies)

Why your burger looks so tasty (the secret ingredient is lies) | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
An Australian filmmaker and graphic designer has come up with a shocking take on just why food advertising looks so good – but just never measures up.
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Hunter S. Thompson on the Problem of Focusing Too Much on the Technicals of Photography

Hunter S. Thompson on the Problem of Focusing Too Much on the Technicals of Photography | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Back in February 1962, well-known journalist (and hobbyist photographer) Hunter S. Thompson sent a letter to Pop Photo magazine about the value of "snapsho
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Can the Zone System Go Digital? | Alan Ross

Can the Zone System Go Digital? | Alan Ross | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it

The Zone System (ZS) can be an integral and important part of any digital photographer’s workflow because it allows you to plan and predict an image’s tonal values rather than letting the camera make the decision. The computerized metering systems in modern cameras are really amazing, and a lot of the time they will give you practical exposures, but in difficult or extreme lighting situations, the scale of the subject’s brightness is simply greater than the camera’s technology can handle.

The Zone System:

Lets you be aware of whether, or how much, the scene brightness exceeds your camera’s limitsLets you make an intelligent decision about how to expose when the tones/contrast in a scene are “bigger” than what your camera can captureHelps you avoid blown-out highlightsLets you know how much exposure range you need for successful HDR captures


The Zone System 101

To use the Zone System effectively in the digital world, you need to understand a few of its basic principles: The ZS was originally conceived by Ansel Adams and fellow photo instructor Fred Archer as a tool to give photographers working with black-and-white negative film (no digital back then!) the ability to plan and control the effects of exposure and development. They created a “scale” of tones from black to white and assigned each one a number, with “I” being almost pure black and “IX” or “X” being nearly white or white.  Zone “V” is middle gray, and each “Zone” is one stop lighter or darker than its neighbor. In the digital age, image contrast can be easily increased post-capture, but there is no practical means of reducing image contrast in a single capture. Pre-exposure can enhance shadow tonality, but this requires the ability to double-expose, and High Dynamic Range techniques (HDR) require three or more exposures for best results. Sophisticated “evaluative” metering modes in modern cameras can handle many complicated shooting situations, but if the contrast of the scene exceeds the recording scale of the camera, something’s gotta give. This is where the ZS can help........

 

 


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Google and Stanford unveil new machine vision technology that recognizes complex scenes

Google and Stanford unveil new machine vision technology that recognizes complex scenes | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Researchers have unveiled a step forward in artificial intelligence that allows computers to describe the content of photos and videos with a greater accuracy than ever before – occasionally even aping human comprehension.
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It is hoped that hundreds more photos could yet emerge

It is hoped that hundreds more photos could yet emerge | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
An incredible collection of photos revealing previously unseen moments from World War One has been released.
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Hundreds Of Previously Unpublished Photos From Picasso’s Personal Life Released

Hundreds Of Previously Unpublished Photos From Picasso’s Personal Life Released | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
The artist's grandson has unveiled a trove of images and home movies that give an intimate look at Picasso's life and loves.
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War on the BBC: the triumphs and turbulence of the Thatcher years

War on the BBC: the triumphs and turbulence of the Thatcher years | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
The story of the BBC in the 70s and 80s is that of Life on Earth, Grange Hill and EastEnders. But, as newly opened archives reveal, it is also a tale of bitter rows and repeated government assaults – not least from the hostile new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. Jean Seaton shares her discoveries
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A Way of Looking, a Way of Seeing | Conscientious Photography Magazine

A Way of Looking, a Way of Seeing | Conscientious Photography Magazine | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Joerg Colberg's online photography magazine, featuring photographer profiles, interviews, articles, and book reviews.
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Designing a World of His Own

Designing a World of His Own | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
The man who once billed himself as the “world’s greatest photographer” has a new exhibit that shows lesser-known work with a quiet, classical bent.
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John Carpenter's Deep Cuts on Notebook

John Carpenter's Deep Cuts on Notebook | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Writing on John Carpenter’s cinema usually adheres to a few safe subjects: his pulsating synth scores, his ingenious use of negative space, his signature 2
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Towards a Photography of Austerity - Disphotic

Towards a Photography of Austerity - Disphotic | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
At the start of a month of posts looking at photography and austerity, this essay asks why the visual record of Britain's current crisis has been so lacking.
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Art that examines the cost of money

Art that examines the cost of money | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
A new photography exhibition explores the damaging effect of materialism in the modern world. Yvette Huddleston reports.
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Words of Wisdom for Photographers by Renowned Photojournalist Steve McCurry

Words of Wisdom for Photographers by Renowned Photojournalist Steve McCurry | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Last month, we shared a popular video in which photojournalist Steve McCurry talked about the danger of focusing on your destination so much that you miss
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Men at Work: Iranian workers taking photographs - exhibit

Men at Work: Iranian workers taking photographs - exhibit | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Houman Harouni finds betrayal, toil and a disappearing way of life in a series of Tehran images from Farideh Sakhaeifar heading for exhibition in New York and Barcelona
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Realism or Iconography? The Pentagon’s Implicit Theory of Visual Representation

Realism or Iconography? The Pentagon’s Implicit Theory of Visual Representation | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
The following is an extract from my chapter, “A Flickr of Militarization: Photographic Regulation, Symbolic Consecration, and the Strategic Communication of ‘Good Intentions’,” published in Good In...
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Mario Pires's curator insight, December 24, 2014 9:53 AM

"What is also remarkable about the “Flickr strategy” above is the implicit understanding that images contain a single, direct message, and that what is photographed, and how it is photographed, will determine whether an image is “successful” in supporting the US Army “mission”. In other words, photographs can only be understood in one manner: the intended manner."

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Photography is art and always will be

Photography is art and always will be | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Do Jane Bown, William Eggleston and Diane Arbus not sing on a gallery wall? Photography critic Sean O’Hagan hits back at Jonathan Jones’s damning claim that photographs cannot be considered fine art
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In Street Photography, The Smaller the Camera, the Better - Eric Kim Street Photography Blog

In Street Photography, The Smaller the Camera, the Better - Eric Kim Street Photography Blog | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Recently for my trip to Stockholm, London, and Dubai I brought along my Hasselblad 501c and 80mm lens (and about 20 rolls of Kodak Portra 400 120 film). I had been shooting a lot of medium-format 6×6 photos back home, and I had the natural gut feeling to bring it to my trip and make …
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WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Introduction to Ancient and Modern” (1992) | AMERICAN SUBURB X

WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Introduction to Ancient and Modern” (1992) | AMERICAN SUBURB X | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
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Shotguns and sundaes: Gordon Parks's rare photographs of everyday life in the segregated South

Shotguns and sundaes: Gordon Parks's rare photographs of everyday life in the segregated South | Visual Culture and Communication | Scoop.it
Lost for more than 50 years since they were featured in Life magazine, Gordon Parks’s stunning images show daily life for one Alabama family in the shadow of race riots, bus boycotts and the fight for civil rights
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