- The City Paper has a short review on the photo exhibit at the U.S. Botanical Gardens.
- Copyright law is complicated and confusing, especially when Wikipedia argues that since this endangered crested black macaque took the photo himself, the photographer has no rights to it. But if David Slater doesn’t have the copyright, who does? (Hint: Not the monkey.)
- Photographer Jonathan French will be honored next week at the Third Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Awards Reception.
- “The winners of the Popcap 14 prize for contemporary African photography cover everything from fictional set ups of tribal rituals to the impact of mining on forgotten communities.” You can see some of the winners over on The Guardian.
- This is the kind of “baby” photo session we can get behind: one with a dog.
- At the Leica Store, this month’s Oskar Barnack Wall winning photograph was shot by Kashif Javaid.
- Notorious Russian “rooftoppers” Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov take death-defying photos from high atop skyscrapers around the world. Their latest destination: Hong Kong.
- The yet to open National Museum of African American History and Culture made an acquisition of rare photographs of Martin Luther King Jr.
- Smile for the cameras! Every attendee at two concerts last year in Boston were photographed by the city. “We’re not talking about old school black and white surveillance cameras. More like technology that analyzes every passerby for height, clothing, and skin color.” Yikes.
- A shrinking salt lake leaves an extinct volcano’s cone exposed in the Iranian desert, as seen in this amazing photo from the ISS.
- Dear Leader really, really, really likes lubricant.
- German photographer Herlinde Koelbl has published Targets, a photo documentary book featuring shooting targets from 30 countries used during military training.
- This is the last week to catch the Magnum exhibit Unintended Journeys at the Natural History Museum.
- “Troy Holden didn’t carry around a camera when he first moved to San Francisco in 1996. Now, he wishes he had. Since then, his adopted city has changed quite a bit.”
- Care for the Wild International is asking tourists to stop taking selfies with tigers while traveling abroad, as the money they spend funds animal abuse.
Another Friday, another awesome assemblage of photo-related fascination, including a stunning history of underwater photography, some extra-hot wedding shots, Chris Suspect’s impending punk show photo book, and fund-raising for a scammed photographer. Have at it!
- Photographer Kamaran Najm Ibrahim was killed in Iraq on Thursday.
- Reiner Riedler photographs archived film reels, capturing the beauty of the object while evoking the memory of that movie.
- For World Oceans Day, National Geographic compiled a brief history of underwater photography.
- The Leica Store DC announced their newest Oskar Barnack Wall winning photo. Congrats to Chris Suspect, whose photo was also one of our In Frame selections last month.
- Speaking of Chris Suspect, he has a new photo book showcasing his 30 years of photographing punk rock show available for pre-sale.
- An Oregon couple had to relocate their wedding because of a wildfire, but managed to get some smoking photos. They were taken by photographer Josh Newton.
- “Both Sides Of is a photography project that juxtaposes side-by-side portraits of models whose faces have been photoshopped to be mirror images of the left and right sides of their faces.”
- The BBC has a selection of photos taken by a very young Stanley Kubrick.
- Al Satterwhite spent several weeks following Muhammed Ali at the Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach in the early 1970’s, and is trying to raise money via Kickstarter to create a book of the photos.
- The terrain of Iceland is always awe inspiring, but these infrared photographs by Andy Lee make the landscape look otherworldly.
- “When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter’s first year of life, they won’t be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. Each month, a team of professional photographers shoots them as they go about their daily lives at home and around New York City.”
- Austin-based photographer Polly Chandler was scammed by a fake buyer, and Wells Fargo is holding her accountable for the cashier’s check they later decided was fake. She’s having a print sale through Friday to help her recoup the losses.
- And finally, in tiger news, researchers in the Primorye region of Russia are using camera traps to document the Amur tiger. They “developed pattern-recognition software that could be used to match tiger skins traded on the black market with images in the database to help identify where poachers killed the animal.”
- 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.
Lots of local happenings this week – an interview with Rebecca Drobis, a photo exhibit at the Newseum, Slideluck DC is looking for submissions, the Leica Store DC announced their monthly photo winner, and much more – dig in!
- Larissa Leclair, from the local Indie Photobook Library is going to teach master photobook making classes. There is no sign up yet, but you can join the IPL mailing list for more details (bottom of the page).
- A photo from the world’s largest pinhole camera went on display this week at National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. The massive print is a “gelatin silver photograph that measures 31 feet high and 107 feet wide.”
- Will Calumet be returning? An announcement from C&A Marketing, the company which purchased all of their assets, leaves some hope open.
- While this tumblr may be a little old, the advice still remains valid. Shit My Photography Professor Says has such gems as, “Don’t take pictures in graveyards. What are you even doing there? Life takes place somewhere between the beach and the graveyard.”
- Local photographer Rebecca Drobis was interviewed by The Image, Deconstructed about her work on the Blackfeet Reservation in Heart Butte, Montana.
- Slideluck DC is looking for new submissions for their 9th show, which will be held on June 21. The theme of the show is Solstice, and work should be submitted by May 22.
- “The photojournalism world makes such a song and dance about ‘giving people a voice’, not least poor and war ravaged women and black people but what does that really mean if the industry is so ambivalent to passive sexism/racism?” Interesting comments on conflicts of interest and diversity in the World Press Photo awards.
- Narrative is holding a story telling contest that includes photo essays.
- Leica Store DC’s latest Oskar Barnack Wall winner is Lawrence Solum with his photograph titled “The Wash House.”
- The Telegraph has a beautiful collection of David Yarrow’s wildlife work.
- The Newseum will be hosting some of the winners of the Pictures of the Year International contest. The images will be on exhibit until September 1.
- Women Photojournalists of Washington will hold their monthly Happy Hour next Thursday.
- The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers – Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.
With the demise of Calumet Photo and their three local retail stores this month, we knew it was time to add a list of camera stores to our Local Resource Guide. There are still three camera stores in the District, and three in Northern Virginia. If you know of any we missed (especially in Maryland) let us know in the comments and we’ll add them.Ace Photo – 703-430-3333
44710 Cape Ct. Suite 122 Ashburn, VA 20147
This store has been in business for over 20 years, and offers a full array of new and used camera equipment, lighting and studio gear, bags, cases, accessories, printers and paper. Ace Photo also has a printing lab. Dominion Camera – 703-532-6700
112 West Broad St. Falls Church, VA 22046
Located in the center of Falls Church, this store offers new and used equipment, film, bags, cases and accessories. They also offer film processing and scanning. Embassy Camera – 202-483-7448
1735 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20009 Leica Store DC – 202-787-5900
977 F St. NW Washington, DC 20004
Leica Store DC offers all Leica products for sale, as well as a small selection of used items. The store holds events, and showcases work in their gallery. Photo Craft – 877-374-6869
6025-G Burke Centre Pkwy. Burke, VA 22015
Embassy Camera and Photo Craft are partners and share a website. Family-owned Photo Craft has been around since 1978. Both stores offer new and used camera equipment, lighting and studio gear, bags, cases, accessories, printers and paper. They also offer classes and workshops, and digital printing. Pro Photo – 202-223-1292
2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20006
Pro Photo is known for their professional expertise, including repairing and servicing gear. The offer new and used camera equipment, bags, cases, and accessories. They moved last year to their current location on Pennsylvania Ave.