- We hope you’ve been paying attention to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by police last Saturday. There are tons of photos on Twitter, including the police using tear gas on largely-peaceful protestors and an Al Jazeera tv crew (before taking down their equipment) on Wednesday. That same night, police closed a McDonald’s and ushered out all these “dangerous criminals” (they also arrested two reporters, including Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post). The New York Times put together the photos on all our minds, those from Ferguson in 2014 and the Civil Rights Movement half a century ago. Here at home, Howard University students posed for a powerful photo to protest Brown’s killing. Lastly, it’s always worth a reminder, because the authorities often forget: “Citizens have the right to take pictures of anything in plain view in a public space, including police officers and federal buildings.”
- “It’s as though we’ve become unsure of our ability to feel, and need to outsource moments to a team, in the hope that collective approval will stand in for meaning.” A Boston Globe op-ed asks if we’re too busy sharing moments to truly experience them.
- Photographer Christina De Middel takes spam email she’s received and creates beautifully composed, fictitious portraits of the imaginary senders.
- David Waldorf works in both the commercial and fine art worlds, but his cinematic photographs of trailer park residents in Sonoma, California are striking and unsettling in their detail.
- “If we’re big enough to fight a war, we should be big enough to look at it.” The fascinating story of The War Photo No One Would Publish.
- A survey of photographers who’ve recently had photo books published, listing details of the deals they struck with their respective publishers.
- First person account by fashion photographer Rachel Scroggins of a photo she made that ended up being broadly published with neither credit nor permission. Alternative description: Groundhog Day.
- Guys on Instagram are now doing their own #MakeupTransformation photos, and it’s priceless.
- Crazy images of waves caused by a tidal bore that have created a popular spectator sport in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. These photos make us want to bathe in some…different water, pronto.
- The Capital Weather Gang blogged: “Is HDR photography enhancing or defiling how we see weather and nature?“
- In 1974, Daniel Sorine photographed a couple of mimes performing in Central Park, only to discover 35 years later that he had captured a then little-known Robin Williams on film.
- “The people Stanton photographs are reduced to whatever decontextualized sentence or three he chooses to use along with their photo.” A critique of the popular Humans of New York series.
- Lida Moser passed away this week just before her 94th birthday. The highly acclaimed photographer lived in Rockville, Maryland and really hated being pigeonholed.
- Two of the women in Garry Winogrand’s iconic 1964 photograph “World’s Fair, New York City” recollect that summer afternoon.
- Think you’ve seen some cool cat photos on the interwebs? You ain’t seen nothing ’til you’ve seen Vincent J. Musi’s shots for National Geographic.
- Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the Atlantic has many amazing then and now photos from that day and current times.
- “Whether or not your compositions are compelling depends not on some magic recipe, but rather on a thorough understanding of lens choice, point of view, elements of design, and final arrangement, or composition.” Great post by Brian F. Peterson on the Capital Photography Center blog on perspective.
- Our friends at the Leica Store DC are hosting a street photography workshop this weekend.
- Photos of abandoned buildings and some creepy dude in an owl costume. Really.
- Photographer Jacob Riis captured many of the people living in the slums of New York City during the Gilded Age.
- PDN reviewed the new Nikon D4S.
- If you haven’t seen it yet, this weekend is your last chance to see the Gary Winogrand exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.
- The Women Photojournalists of Washington are launching a new website next week, and are hosting a party to celebrate on June 10.
- Instagram is rolling out new photo editing tools. Could this be the end of terrible filters? Please?
- And finally, online dating profile pics with tigers are all the rage and an excellent way to automatically know who you should never, ever go on a date with.
Happy Friday, link lovers! This week we have a local photographer explaining the use of anamorphic lenses on his blog, new local professional development workshops, Amazon patenting shooting on a white seamless, and much more!
- The May APA DC featured member is Erika Nizborski, who was also an Exposed DC contest winner. She was interviewed on their blog by Jim Darling, who also happens to be a former Exposed winner.
- George Steinmetz’s work is on the cover of National Geographic this month. His creation of the photos of factory farms got him arrested last year.
- Kickstarter for a panoramic camera that makes images in fancy 4k resolution, called CENTR.
- Local wedding photographer Sam Hurd wrote an excellent post on his blog describing how he uses an anamorphic lens. The post was later picked up by PetaPixel.
- The Los Angeles Times has redesigned their photography section, and there is plenty of great work to enjoy.
- In extremely weird news, Amazon has patented shooting on a white seamless background. No word yet what the estate of Richard Avedon will have to pay in royalty fees.
- Interested in professional development? Local photographer E. Brady Robinson will be hosting workshops at The Fringe.
- Polaroid made a camera in the 60’s called The Swinger, and fittingly the commercial is full of sexual innuendo.
- The title of this article says more than enough, “Man Photoshops Himself Into Girlfriend’s Childhood Photographs.” An alternative title could have been, “How To Quickly Make Yourself Into An Ex-Boyfriend.”
- Who controls an artist’s work after their death? The Wall Street Journal looks at the posthumous production of prints from negatives created by Vivian Maier and Garry Winogrand.
- Photographer Sophie Gamand takes a hard look at one of the most humiliating part of a dogs life, bath time.
- The Calumet website is back online. Calumet was sold to C & A Marketing, and you can read some legal documents about the case here, and here. You can also read the perspective of a college student struggling with the loss of the camera store.
- And finally, the Philadelphia zoo creating a cat walk crossing that allows tigers to leave their exhibits and travel across the zoo can only mean one thing – Road Trip!
Garry Winogrand at the National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is currently hosting, through June 8, the first retrospective in 25 years of American photographer Garry Winogrand. Upon his death in 1984, Winogrand still had 4,100 film rolls yet to be developed, leaving a great deal of his body of work unseen, and as a result many of the silver gelatin prints in this expansive exhibition are printed posthumously.
Winogrand’s photographs follow the moments of everyday American life, exhibiting a booming nation of prosperity and “coolness,” while hints of destruction linger in the foreground. He traveled the country capturing both city and suburban lives, combining hope and aspiration with anxiety and instability in mid-century America. There are visions of idealized elegant social happenings like in Metropolitan Opera, that shift to the gritty change in culture, in Los Angeles, 1964, a decade later. His images map a change in American culture between World War II and the insecurities citizens felt during the Vietnam War. Frequently Winogrand’s images emerge as faintly unconscious attempts to impersonate the glamour and sophistication of commercial photography, particularly the photographs he made during the mid-twentieth century.
As February comes to a close we wrap up the week with animals taking over an abandoned home, more photojournalists being laid off, scientists going sci-fi, and someone using a tiger as their drinking buddy. Enjoy!
- Finnish photographer Kai Fagerström photographed animals taking over an abandoned house, and the results are beautiful.
- Interview with David Burnett about photographing his 10th Olympics.
- The apocalypsticle? Some interesting commentary on Politico about the obsession with disaster photos that don’t come with more of the story.
- More bad news for photojournalists, the Orlando Sentinel is eliminating their photography staff.
- Andrew Whtye documented the extensive travels of a very small person with a specialty, adapted tiny camera.
- Robert Shults, an Austin based photographer, portrayed scientists in the lab in the format of a sci-fi B-movie.
- The Wall Street Journal asks if the change happening at the Corcoran is a symbol of bad non-profit governance happening at many institutions.
- Fighting fair use violations can be difficult, which is why several photography associations are banding together to fight for photographer’s rights in court.
- Speaking of photographer’s rights, PDN posted a video for photographers on the first amendment and how to deal with police intimidation.
- New website The Image delves deeper into the story behind photos.
- The long-awaited Garry Winogrand exhibit opens this weekend at the National Gallery.
- A New Jersey moving company changed out the stock photos on their website with “real” photos and has seen a dramatic increase in revenue. Remember this study next time a client wants to buy a $2 photo off Shutterstock.
- It’s pothole season, but photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca have re-imagined the possibilities of the bumps in the road.
- So, a baby tiger walks into a bar…No, really.