- Roger May’s epic project “Looking at Appalachia” opened this week in Spartanburg, SC. The project sets out to dispel stereotypes and redefine how the region is portrayed. The exhibit includes two photographs by Exposed DC alum Josh Yospyn.
- An interview with award-winning photojournalist Q. Sakamaki about the “art of the politico-socio-documentary.”
- A high schooler faces suspension for taking and posting completely reasonable photos of other students.
- Protesters in Burundi use a broad range of materials to hide their identities.
- Distressing images of an oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast.
- In Jeffrey Milstein’s series of aerial photographs, “Cruise Ships,” the amazing designs of the floating behemoths seem clear and even beautiful.
- Photo London is the English capital’s first ever photography fair, featuring nearly 70 of the world’s leading photography galleries.
- Baltimore in color: Patrick Joust’s vintage-looking photos of modern-day Charm City.
- Richard Prince is selling other people’s Instagram photos without their permission for up to $100,000 each.
- Five years ago, Sasha Maslov started making intimate portraits of men and women from around the world who served in the World War II.
- Two great volcanic eruption anniversaries were observed this week: Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago (here’s a gallery from the USGS and a story on PBS); and Lassen Peak, 100 years ago.
- A backyard squirrel poses with an umbrella for British photographer Max Ellis.
FotoWeekDC is upon us again, opening its seventh annual photography festival this Friday with a blow-out opening party at their new headquarters, the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence in Mount Pleasant. As always, there’s an overwhelming number of events, so we picked out a handful that we recommend making a priority. Got more worth recommending? Tell us in the comments.
(P.S. It’s not part of FotoWeek, but make time this Sunday for the opening of an extended run of our InstantDC Fall Review at Bloombars, from 2 to 4 p.m.)
- Photographer Daniel Patrick Lilley is capturing the UK’s disappearing wrestling culture and his work was featured on NPR’s the picture show.
- Our friends at the STRATA Collective are offering a street photography workshop. Discounts are available if you sign up before October 20.
- Also STRATA related, member Joshua Yospyn was interviewed about his work. “The challenge is to photograph the commonplace in such a way that’s provocative, revealing and being mindful of what’s considered ‘contemporary.’ It often involves taking risks.”
- NASA’s satellite images may be inaccessible during the government shutdown, but the European Space Agency has plenty of beautiful images of the Earth.
- PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo & Conference is around the corner. This year is the 30th Anniversary, and there will be a large variety of exhibitors this year.
- Félix Tournachon, also known as Nadar, was the world’s first aerial photographer and not all of his attempts to be airborne were successful.
- Washington School of Photography is offering discounts on four upcoming workshops.
- The Copyright office maybe closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn about how to protect your images. The Columbia Visuals website, from the Columbia Journalism School is a great resource.
- Oy. It’s bad enough when a photographer steals an image, but now we have to worry about some big names plagiarizing their social media updates. Life lessons people, don’t steal.
- The graytones in this photograph from Dayanita Singh are beautiful.
- Photographer Ben Marcin is documenting lone standing row houses that have outlasted their neighbors. The images are best seen while humming “The Cheese Stands Alone.” Well, maybe not, but I can’t stop.
- Great interview with Ami Vitale and Elizabeth Dalziel about staying safe while shooting abroad.
- A handy map from Casey Trees to find the best places in the District for fall foliage. Plan your photo shoots accordingly.
- We can’t get enough of the images that merge the past and the present, and neither can the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. They have merged many historic images with current photos that you can explore in their app as you walk around the city.
- And finally, the most important question of the day, do two lions make a tiger? If so, Steve Winter explains how he captured a photo of a Mountain Lion in LA’s Griffith Park. And the most ferocious lion roar you will ever hear.
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…]