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National Geographic Celebrates 125 Year Milestone With ‘The Photography Issue’

Whatever type of photography you focus on, I doubt there are many of us that aren’t mesmerized every time we pick up and thumb through a copy of National Geographic magazine. Over it’s lifetime, it’s become synonymous with capturing images of people, places and wildlife that show us the undiscovered or hidden side of our increasingly homogenized world. [more]

Looking Back at Nordic Light’s Photo Festival

The eighth annual Nordic Light International Festival of Photograph was held back in April in Kristiansund, Norway and the lineup of speakers featured some of photography’s finest imagemakers. Sponsored by Leica, Epson and Nokia with the slogan “Meet the Legends,” Nordic Light is an impressive annual festival run by the Nordic Light International Centre of Photography. The NL YouTube and Vimeo channels feature several of the entire presentations including Steve McCurry, Chris Rainer, Jacob Aue Sobel, Maria Pirilä, Dan Young and many more. [more]

Steve McCurry Tells His “Untold” Stories

Magnum photographer Steve McCurry is one of the heavyweights in National Geographic’s stable of assignment photographers with more than 13 books to his credit. “Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs” by Phaidon Press is not a visual feast for the coffee table but an insightful, autobiographic look at 14 of McCurry’s select images including the famous Afghani Girl. “Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs” explores McCurry’s archive including handwritten notes and records and his personal mementos and ephemera from travels abroad. [more]

Photographer Makes an Image Every Day, Until the Day He Dies

We’ve all seen “365″ projects where people have made an image of something for an entire year. Some people have created even longer projects. Jamie Livingston, for example, started creating images every single day on March 31, 1979 with a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He didn’t stop until the day he died.   [more]

Helmut Newton Reveals the Secrets Behind His Images (NSFW)

In this fantastic little gem of a video, we are able to glimpse at something very few people have had the opportunity to see – images from Helmut Newton’s contact sheets accompanied with the stories that go with them. The clip is taken from the documentary “Contacts, Vol. 1″ and is one of my favorite videos on Newton. By ignoring any narrative beyond Newton’s own words, we are able to witness many subtleties of his character that most documentaries miss. [more]

The World’s Largest Film Camera Redefines Mobile Photography

The phrase “go big or go home” seems to take on a special significance with photographer Dennis Manarchy. Obsessed with the concept of scale and the possibilities of working with massive negatives to create portrait images more than two stories high, he and his team have created a 35-foot view camera, the world’s largest film camera. The project, nicknamed “Butterflies and Buffalo”, aims to use the traveling view camera as a conduit for documenting more than 50 of the unique cultures in America. [more]

Vintage Crime Scene Photos Superimposed on Modern NY Streets (Warning: Graphic)

Photographer and historian Marc Hermann has done a beautiful job pulling historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive to blend them with photographs of the same locations today. For those who live in New York now, it may be easy to forget just how rough the city was in the not-too-distant past. [more]

The Wonderful World of Candid Portrait Photography

Because most of us fear rejection to some degree, speaking to a complete stranger and asking them for something, let alone asking if you can photograph them, tends to be pretty challenging. I’ve never been one of those naturally confident people but over time I’ve developed some techniques that have provided me with the confidence to work with strangers, which has brought additional benefit when communicating with paying clients. [more]

A Look Inside David LaChapelle’s Studio

“VICE Meets: David LaChapelle” goes inside David LaChapelle’s studio in Los Angeles and sits down with him to talk about his early days in New York, what he did in art school and why photography is the parameter that prevents his head from exploding. It’s always amazing to get a glimpse into the mind of a great artist and begin to see what makes them tick. [more]

Selling Stolen Images: Mango Proves Companies Can Do the Right Thing

It is getting pretty hard to avoid reading a story a couple times a month where a photographer’s photos are stolen in some way. It has become, sadly, the nature of the internet. Sometimes photographers aren’t even aware of it until the image spreads beyond containment, but others, like Swedish photographer Tuana, do their best to nip it in the bud and succeed with help from what many would consider to be an unlikely source: the company who was unlawfully selling the image. [more]

Helena Christensen & Mary Ellen Mark Join Mark Seliger on Capture

In this episode of the (always) fantastic “Capture,” supermodel Helena Christensen and photographic legend Mary Ellen Mark sit down with Mark Seliger and discuss their unique approaches to making their images. Mary Ellen Mark talks about what it was like to photograph Mother Theresa and how every circus in India was more imaginative than the last. Helena Christensen’s love of photography began when she hitchhiked around the world as a teenager, [more]

How to Create Insane 360 Degree Light-Painting Photos with Eric Paré

A few days ago I featured Eric Paré on the Picture of the Day section of Fstoppers which led me to his website and my first reaction to his LightSpin series, was ‘Holy Cow’! Eric uses a technique called bullet time photography and combines that with light painting to capture the surreal images. To learn how he accomplishes the unique photos and videos read more. [more]

‘Conversations’ with Annie Leibovitz

In 2009, Annie Leibovitz was interviewed on PBS’s “Conversations.” As one of the top portrait photographers in the world, she talks about the beginnings of her career (and how she went to school to become an art teacher), her history with Rolling Stone and what it was like to photograph the Queen of England. She also speaks about how photographing John Lennon hours before his death had a massive impact on her life – and how she’s never really gotten over it. [more]

National Geographic Photographer on Assignment with Only His Cellphone

The Nokia Lumia 1020 was met with a lot of skepticism, and sparked yet another battle in the megapixel war.  But for a cell phone, it’s hard to deny that the photos look pretty darn good.  Now when you think of National Geographic you think of incredible photographs of rarely seen places and people.   [more]

Watch BBC’s ‘Master Photographers: Ansel Adams’ Right Now

In 1983, the BBC aired a documentary series called “Master Photographers” interviewing and showcasing some of the most influential photographers of all time – from Alfred Eisenstaedt to Bill Brandt to Andre Kertesz. In this episode, the great Ansel Adams and his penchant for cowboy hats and bolo ties. Adams was unquestionably brilliant. It’s one thing to read his thoughts from a book; it’s another thing entirely to hear them. [more]

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