- 7:00 p.m. today is the deadline for Leica Store DC’s third annual juried exhibit.
- The 2015 FotoWeek DC photo competition is open.
- Manipulation has become so rampant in the World Press Photo contest – it could not award a 3rd prize in sports last year because everything besides the first and second place winners had been disqualified – the organization is soliciting feedback on how to revise the rules and jurying procedures for the 2016 contest.
- Photography magazine PDN dedicated its entire September issue to women, inspiring the Washington Post’s In Sight blog to feature 10 photographers that their photo editors think you should know about, some of whom are featured in PDN’s issue.
- Radio station WNYC noticed a lack of stock photography that truly captured the complex nature of a New Yorker. So they created “35 Stock Photos of Real New Yorkers Doing Things.”
- Sometimes the best view in the house is from backstage. Klaus Frahm’s stark series “The Fourth Wall: Stages” offers an unusual perspective of empty theaters across Germany.
- At the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, black American cowboys are bucking the trend and riding for their forgotten legacy.
- Photographer accidentally lets loose a tiger during a photo shoot in Detroit.
- Polar bears frolic adorably in a field of pink flowers.
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- Enter this Phillips Collection contest by submitting your own “American Moment” and you could win a camera from the Leica Store DC, or another great prize. The deadline is 5 p.m., July 21.
- Head over to the DC Arts Center July 8-10 to claim your space for their popular, annual 1460 Wallmountables exhibit. They’ve been doing this show since 1989!
- Mega-photo-op alert! Watch this 10,000-square-foot ball pit being constructed at the National Building Museum on their livecam, and visit the installation starting July 4.
- The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, an intensive training program for writers, radio producers and photographers that has operated in Maine for 42 years, is shutting its doors in September.
- Concert photographer Jason Sheldon calls out Taylor Swift for her “hypocritical” open letter to Apple.
- Instagram appears to be back to normal in North Korea after a week of warnings on user accounts saying the popular photo-sharing app had been blacklisted for harmful content.
- Have fears about privacy, terrorism, and pedophilia ruined street photography?
- Ellie Davies merges images of stars and galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope with landscapes from English forests. She starts by creating the photographs of the landscape, looking for compositions that could accommodate other shapes, and then looks for a suitable starscape to fill the space. The results are dreamlike.
- Another photographer combining images is Stephen McMennamy whose #combophoto project may look like surreal photo-manipulations created using Photoshop, but are actually the result of a much simpler process, cleverly arranging two photos side-by-side to create imaginative and amusing new scenes.
- Danish photographer Ken Hermann tries to capture the person behind the mask in his series on Los Angeles street performers, many of whom dress as famous Hollywood characters.
- Watch this tiger be released into the Russian wild where he’ll have a gal pal and lots to feast on.
Friday Links is hot off the presses!
- Tampa Airport staff took a kid’s lost stuffed animal on a photo adventure while waiting for his return.
- Photographer Jonathan Castillo ambushes his fellow Los Angelenos in their cars.
- Go on a photo tour of all the outdoor art in D.C.
- We’re about to have one less place to display art in town: ArtDC is holding their closing party this Saturday, 7-9:30 p.m. Leave a tip in their jar to fund whatever they embark on next.
- The 2015 winners of the International Earth & Sky Photo Contest are as beautiful as you imagine.
- Zookeepers posing like Chris Pratt in Jurassic World is probably the best thing about Jurassic World.
Veteran photojournalist Jim Lo Scalzo has been documenting the remains of the Cold War and nuclear arms race that are hidden in plain site across the American landscape.
The lifeblood of Christy Lee Rogers’s otherworldly underwater photography is improvisation, so it’s appropriate that the idea for her latest series, “Celestial Bodies,” came from a technical mishap.
- Jacob Biba’s first visit to a deserted North Carolina mall was in 2001, where he found a chocolate milkshake priced in accordance with a time long gone. Here he provides a glimpse of eerie storefronts and places that are dying, but not quite dead.
In the aftermath of this year’s debates over manipulated news photos, a new exhibit, “Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography,” opens this weekend at the Bronx Documentary Center.
- Get your photo posted from space. Every month for the remaining eight months that astronaut Scott Kelly is aboard the space station for his year-long tour, he’ll post a winning photo from NASA and the United Nation’s “Why Space Matters” contest. Upload your photos of how space travel and technologies have affected your life to Instagram and tag it with #whyspacematters and @UNOOSA.
- The floods in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, have been terribly sad for both human and animal, but this photo of a loose zoo hippo wandering down the street is pretty unreal.
The snow has had its last hurrah (right?), the sun is out, and the forecast for Thursday’s Exposed DC Photography Show opening is sunny and mild! So get your tickets now and get ready to enjoy your free Bluejacket beer in the courtyard at 1358 NE! After you’ve done that, treat yourself to this week’s pile of links:
- Suspect Device opens tonight at Leica Store DC. We’re pretty excited about it after getting a sneak peak at the show’s video earlier this week.
- Hamiltonian is extending its call for artists for its fellowship program to March 14.
- Four Chicago Sun-Times photographers were among 15 staffers who took buyouts last Friday. They had been rehired in March this year after being laid off in 2013 along with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department.
- World Press Photo announced that, based on new evidence, they’ve revoked a controversial First Place award.
- We’ve been forced to endure our share of slush around here lately, but these photos of “Slurpee waves” off Nantucket are beautiful.
- “Mediocre forces good out of the market place and great all but disappears” – Kenneth Jarecke opines on the demise of photojournalism as art.
Ukrainian photojournalist Serhiy Nikolayev was killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Saturday. His newspaper says he wasn’t there on assignment.
- A weasel catches a ride on the back of woodpecker and a photographer catches it. No, really.
- An octopus has figured out how to work a camera. We advise sheltering in place during the great cephalopod uprising.
The final episode of Invisible Photograph video series explains how particle physicists are using photography at the Large Hadron Collider.
- Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of its 12th annual photo contest. Readers can vote for their favorite
- Meanwhile Smithsonian tells visitors they’re still welcome to take selfies but “leave the sticks in your bags“.
- Chilean volcano Villarrica erupted beautifully on Tuesday.
- Serious Eats has put together an excellent beginners guide to food photography.
- The Financial Times writes at length on “Why photobooks are booming in digital age“.
- Along the tiger’s trail: where are the cats found and why? Field surveys are performed on foot for months across vast areas of India. New word alert: pugmark!
Have you gotten tickets to our Exposed DC Photography Show opening yet? Pick yours up before they’re all gone!
- RIP the great Leonard Nimoy, who died this morning. Known to most of us as Spock, Nimoy was also a lifelong photographer.
- When “photoshop” became a verb: The interesting history of software manipulation.
An interview with Ronald K. Fierstein, author of the new book, “A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.”
Why your photograph in a National Park may be illegal.
- Hollywood food stylists explain how they get that Cubano sandwich picture perfect.
- “I want to introduce white America to people who they might never have met, and I want them to fall in love too.” An interview with photographer Ruddy Roye.
- Photos of, and by, America’s first lady photojournalist.
- Portraits of men with their cats. Real men.
- From ending violence to commemorating the past, Holly Falconer documents the reasons women march.
- French photographer Aurélien Chauvaud documents the eccentric riders of Shanghai’s motorcycle sidecar subculture.
- It takes more than just an Instagram filter to recreate that eighties high school portrait style.
“I’ve come to learn that photographing a person looking away from the lens can convey thoughtfulness, even deep emotion.” New York Times staff photographer Nicole Bengiveno finds herself shooting instinctively from her subjects’ point of view.
- Eduardo Leal ventured to El Alto to better understand the sisterhood behind the spectacle of Bolivia’s famous cholitas luchadoras.
- A pair of squirrels with insanely adorable ears “build” a snowman together. Some creative prop-work by Russian photographer Vadim Trunov.
- Indonesian man sleeps, eats, plays and even fights with his best buddy, a seven-year-old, 400 pound Bengal tiger.