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Powerful Photos Document Daily Life Fighting Cancer

Over the last 48 hours I have looked at these photos time and time again. I have shared them with my wife and daughter. I have been touched tremendously and my water-filled eyes have been opened to the daily struggles and emotions those face who are fighting cancer. I have been incredibly grateful to the photographer Angelo Merendino, who took the time to document his wife’s journey through photos and share them with all of us to help “humanize the face of cancer.” In Merendino’s words, “these photographs do not define us, but they are us.” [more]

Capturing 20 Years of China Through Their Negatives

An interesting documentary that Emiland Guillerme filmed about collecting photographs from all over china and putting them together which you can see at 9:45 in the film. “Beijing Silvermine is a unique photographic portrait of the capital and the life of its inhabitants following the Cultural Revolution. It covers a period of 20 years, from 1985, namely when silver film started being used massively in China, to 2005, when digital photography started taking over. These 20 years are those of China’s economic opening, when people started prospering, travelling, consuming, having fun.” [more]

Portrait Of A Photographer: Beautiful Video Tells The Story Of Marty Knapp

While many aspiring photographers work for a long time to reach their goals, it’s often the journey to get there that is the most interesting story of all. This short video from Vertical Online reveals a thoughtful and inspirational tale of one landscape photographer’s experiences from going broke to making amazing images. [more]

Short Film on Seattle Grunge Photographer, Steve Gullick: ‘Punk As F—’ (NSFW)

Steve Gullick, one of rock music’s most prominent photographers of our time takes us into his darkroom and talks about the short time he spent capturing Seattle’s Grunge scene during 1990-1993. Steve shot bands like The Screaming Trees, Soundgarden and Nirvana for Melody Maker and Sounds. [more]

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man Trailer

Bert Stern’s career started in the mailroom at Look Magazine and soon became sought after by Hollywood and Madison Avenue.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man directed by Shannah Laumeister, follows Stern’s career through the golden age of the ad world and the iconic Marilyn Monroe “The Last Sitting” series.

Stern is notably well known for his 3 day photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe for Vogue [more]

The Muir Project and Project Yosemite Collaborate on an Epic New Film

I never thought a hiking film could be exciting until I saw some of last year’s clips from The Muir Project. Well they are at it again, and this time they are working in collaboration with Project Yosemite to bring us another film from one of America’s most epic places, Yosemite National Park. The film, called “Yosemite HD II” is as you might have guessed, sequel to “Yosemite HD“, which was a beautiful time lapse put together by Project Yosemite last year.

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One Photo A Day In The Worst Year Of My Life

The photo a day project is something that has been done now hundreds of times. You know the one, in which a person snaps a photo of themselves every day and combines it all together into one video. While I have seen a number of these videos before, I have never seen one quite like this. In this video we witness photos of a young lady who over the year shows signs of bruising evidently caused by domestic abuse. Read on to learn more about this video and why it was shared. [more]

Building The Animatronic Dinosaurs For Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is my favorite movie of all time. The story line itself is captivating but the incredible special effects are what really set this film apart. The movie was released 20 years ago in 1993 and the CGI and robotic dinosaurs still look more realistic than the majority of special effects in movies today.  Stan Winston has just released 3, never before seen videos of the creation of the robotic dinosaurs from the original Jurassic Park. [more]

“Take My Picture” How Fashion Photography Has Changed

This short documentary talks about how much has changed in the past 20 years in the fashion industry. With the integration of bloggers and the boom of photographers fashion has morphed into this ever growing industry. It is pretty fascinating how these photographers take their photos and basically stalk these models. [more]

Behind The Scenes Look At ‘Killing Lincoln’ With Photographer Joey L.

Fstoppers recently brought you an exclusive interview with photographer Joey L. In the process, we took a peak into some of his latest projects and revisited some of his previous work. He recently also photographed the national campaign for National Geographic’s film, Killing Lincoln. He teamed up with Variable to execute the campaign. [more]

Rare, Full-Color Photos from WWII

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]

Interview with Motorsports Photographer Darren Heath

Videographer Mario Muth spends a couple hours interviewing Darren Heath regarding his Formula 1 photography. Darren covers a ton of information in this interview from what he looks for in composition, gear, to post production.  If you have any desire to get into Motorsports photography or just want to hear an award winning photographer give some advise, you should watch the video. To see more of Darren’s unique Formula 1 photos check out the rest of the post.
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Is Crowdsourcing Right For You?

Having ambition, creativity, and passion are not enough to make an independent documentary or photo project a reality. To see the movie play or hang the photo project in a gallery you will need money. It is a cruel reality for creatives, but money is needed to make large and ambitious projects happen. So what does one do?

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How I Filmed a Feature Length Cross Country Cycling Documentary on $2500 With No Assistants

Last spring, I met a group of 4 cyclists planning a 35 day epic adventure from coast to coast across the US. Their goal was to cycle over 100 miles a day, resting only one day a week, in order to raise awareness and funds for the poor and needy in Burundi, Africa. I decided it would be awesome to tag along and film their journey.

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Jan Banning Photographs Civil Servants Around The World

Jan Banning’s series “Bureaucracy” is a robust look into the lives of civil servants from around the globe. Banning’s project took him to 8 different countries on 5 continents to photograph various individuals in their work environments. Each subject is posed behind his or her desk in their office, all shot from the same height, with the desk facing front or profile and parallel to the horizontal edges of the frame. Banning also published various info about the subject including position and salaries.  [more]

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