Al Jazeera English just premiered the first episode of their new show, “The New African Photography.” Following a time of great turmoil for Africa, the show centers on the changing image of the continent as told through the eyes of photographers. The goal is to ultimately replace the images of famine and war that often come to mind and with images that redefine what Africa is becoming today. [more]
In 1991, Brian Masck photographed famed football player Desmond Howard in what has become known as “The Trophy Pose” in reference to the Heisman Trophy. That image has become recognized as one of the greatest photographs in sports and has gone on to be published all over the world in everything from Sports Illustrated to advertisements to the cover of a video game. At the moment, Masck is involved in lawsuits suing several entities that have used the image without his permission, including Sports Illustrated, Nissan and Desmond Howard, himself. Desmond Howard wasn’t super thrilled with that and decided to countersue Masck over the use of his likeness. [more]
…pretty outstanding and powerful photos. Every single image that was awarded the prize was taken by photographers covering the war in Syria. What’s particularly unique about the winner of the “Breaking News” category was that there was not a solitary winner; the award was shared by five photographers. [more]
Photographer David duChemin posted a pretty provocative rant on his blog yesterday. This rant needs a warning, though: COPYRIGHT LAWS MATTER, and SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO FIGHT FOR UNFAIR USAGE OF YOUR IMAGES.
That being said, this isn’t an opinion that is going to be agreed with by everyone. Some are going to support it, and some are going to hate it. [more]
Here in New York, we finally had a day that that you could actually call “warm.” To celebrate, here is a BTS of the Guess shoot for their 2013 Spring/Summer collection shot in Bora Bora, Tahiti by Yu Tsai. I’ve always been a fan of the direction that Guess chooses to go with their campaigns. It has a seemingly effortless sex-appeal. A great thing to take away from this BTS is that, although every person on set is an incredibly talented professional, the fundamentals of what they are doing is rooted in simplicity. [more]
Members of the Ukrainian feminist group, Femen, have declared April 4th “Topless Jihad Day” in support of a Tunisian women who has been threatened with death for baring her breasts online. Amina Tyler originally posted an image of herself topless with the words “Fuck your morals” written across her chest on the Femen-Tunisia Facebook page. [more]
The boom for shipbuilding occurred in the early part of the 20th century, fueled by the demand for warships and ship repair yards. It was also the only method of intercontinental travel. But the 1920′s gave it its steepest decline – with unemployment reaching almost 40% by the end of the decade. It wasn’t uncommon for communnites based almost enetirely around shipbuilding to have nearly three-quarters of its entire city in unemployment. [more]
Some of you may have heard of David Douglas Duncan – famous for his war images, portraits and being a close friend of Pablo Picasso. His Leica M3 was sold for $2.19 million – the highest price ever paid for a commercially manufactured camera. Although the camera’s price has to do mainly with the images that came from it, it was also one of only four Leica M3Ds ever created – the “D” stands for Duncan. The cameras were ‘battle hardened’ to withstand some pretty tough situations. [more]
The good people over at PHLEARN are at it again, this time with a great little tutorial on creating skin texture from scratch. I find that healing (or whichever method you use) under the eyes in particular tends to destroy the most texture, so this is a great way to put some back in. [more]
An image can be an incredibly powerful thing. Someone once told me that a picture isn’t worth a thousand words; it speaks a thousand languages. On the 44th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s wedding, Ono tweeted an image of Lennon’s bloodied glasses – the glasses he was wearing when he was slain over 30 years ago. [more]
The Verge recently interviewed Markus Spiering, Flickr’s ‘head of product.’ Since Spiering has taken over in 2011, Flickr has received a visual face-lift and an updated iPhone app among other things. Flickr was starting to get lost amidst Instagram and Facebook, but with over eight billion photos from over 87 million users, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. [more]
Warning: The following interview contains adult language, adult situations and nudity.
Michael Donovan rules. It says so on his website. It also says so on his Tumblr. It says so anywhere you’d find his name. And to be perfectly honest, believe the hype. Michael Donovan does rule. This is why I’m here, in a Lower East Side bar that never left 1982, having a drink and trying to hold a conversation while Asian fetish porn plays on TVs that I’m sure were taken from the dumpster behind a Motel 6. [more]
Smithsonian Magazine has just announced the 50 finalists in their 10th Annual Photo Contest. The contest received over 37,600 entries from photographers in 112 countries. They have narrowed that number down to 50…10 in each category. Categories include: The Natural World, People, Travel, Americana and Altered Images. [more]
March 8th is International Women’s Day, so we figured it was a good time to show some rare, color images from WWII…where women played an incredibly important role and came out in droves to support both the war effort and the economy. These were taken by Alfred T. Palmer, who was an Office of War Information (OWI) photographer for the United States from 1941 to 1943. It was during this time that he, along with other photographers working for the government, captured some 1,600 images. [more]
With the current state of the photography business flooded by part-time professionals, Ourspot (or something like it) was ultimately inevitable. The website, which launches in San Francisco today (New York and Los Angels coming soon), is an online marketplace where anyone can hire an amateur photographer for as little as free to as much as a few hundred bucks.