- “Reminiscent of a Geiger counter, a small speaker emits electronic feedback that increases in intensity the closer you are to an over-photographed location.”
- An interview with VICE’s new photo editor, Elizabeth Renstrom, about “keeping photography weird.”
- Photographer Eilon Paz’s “Dust & Grooves” digs into the private lives – and libraries – of the world’s most obsessive record collectors.
- Classic car enthusiasts and fans of vintage fashions donned their tweeds, trilbies and furs to attend the Goodwood Revival, a historic motor racing festival held every September in Chichester, England since 1998.
- After fourteen years of being immersed in the bloody wars of our era, C.J. Chivers – the best and most experienced combat reporter of his generation – suddenly decided to stop.
- “Dark Fields of the Republic,” featuring haunting Civil War-era photographs, opens at the National Portrait Gallery today.
- Head down to Maketto from 7 to 11 p.m., September 24, for “Five Photo Show,” showcasing new images by local photographers Michael Andrade, Ryan Florig, Tyrous Morris, Kyle Myles and Kevin Wilson.
- This helpful video has tips on organizing and digitizing old photos.
- An inside look at Dominican baseball.
- Ilford, long-time manufacturer of film and photograph paper, has been purchased, but emphasizes that it’s not only committed to analogue photography, it plans to put efforts into promoting the techniques to young photographers.
- Insight Astronomy revealed their Photographer of the Year 2015 winners.
- Ansel Adams’ rare photos of everyday life in a Japanese internment camp.
- Photographer and geologist Frederik Holm has been chasing spectacular volcanic eruptions across Iceland.
- Everybody do the baby owl boogie.
Plenty of links for your consumption this week. We have tragic photos from the massacre in Kenya, a photographer named a genius, a Leica store contest, animals loving humans, animals behaving like humans, and humans behaving like animals.
- Tyler Hicks of the New York Times entered the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after the shooting started last week. His interview and incredibly sad and terrifying images from that day are on the Times’ Lens blog. Warning, some of the images are graphic.
- “I don’t think of myself as a female photojournalist. I’m a photojournalist… an individual. Part of what I bring to the table is how I interact with my subjects and obviously being a woman may impact people’s responses to me.” Women Photojournalists of Washington President, Jacquelyn Martin’s interview on the NPPA blog.
- Fascinating animal photos from Mary Ellen Mark, they are part of a book that will be coming out next spring.
- The Washington, D.C. Leica store has announced a monthly photo contest, so if you shoot with a Leica go join their flickr pool. I’m hoping the Leica fairy brings me an M9.
- You can be a photography genius. Carrie Mae Weems has spent her long career exploring class, racism, gender roles and sexism. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship this week.
- When you are a grumpy old baseball fan you don’t care why someone is getting in the way of your view, you just want them to move. You may even go to great lengths, like flipping the bird in someone’s proposal photo.
- Exposed HQ is buzzing with the news that Steve Winters will be speaking at National Geographic in November to share images from his new book Tigers Forever. #Tigers4EVA
- If you are heading to Charlottesville, the Fralin Museum of Art at UVA is hosting two landscape photography exhibits. One is original work of Ansel Adams, the other is work from contemporary landscape photographers.
- Isn’t this part of the photographer ten commandments? Thou shall not steal another photographer’s photo and enter it in a contest. Yes, it is, right after thou shall not use HDR.
- The D.C. State Fair has announced the finalists in their photography contest. Winners will be announced at the fair tomorrow.
- The Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners have been announced. The images are beautiful, and a sad reminder that light pollution is taking away the night sky for those of us living in urban areas.
- And finally, historic photographs of animals doing funny things, including a chimp feeding a baby.
When we think of photography books, we first think of the hard bound copies of the works of our favorite photographers. It is the pages and pages of images that come to mind because of the way they draw us in. Delving into a photographer’s body of work can be inspiring, can make us think of new ideas, and can transport us into the way that someone else sees the world. Books on photographic theory, and biographies about photographers, provide us with a different insight. We can learn about the approach another photographer takes, or we can appreciate their work in reference to the circumstances of their life.
A few weeks ago local photographer Joshua Yospyn posted a Suggested Reading List on his blog. The twenty-six works that he chose were either theory based or biographical. They range from Susan Sontag’s popular “On Photography” to Timothy Egan’s biography of Edward Curtis. We asked Yospyn about his selections, and he gave us a great analysis of one of the books, “Ansel Adams: An Autobiography.” Yospyn’s passion for the book, and thoughts on Adam’s life, are a great introduction to his list.
My standout on that reading list is Ansel Adams’ hardcover autobiography, published just before he died in 1984. The 400 pages of breezy text are interspersed with over 200 photographs, including not just the artist’s master works, but dozens of candids of himself. You can tell the man was a happy camper: he’s smiling or goofing off in every picture. It’s a lighthearted visual narrative from a master printer known to tackle heavy subjects like the Zone System and the technical mechanics of darkroom photography. [Read more…]