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Brilliant Documentary About the Many Lives of William Klein

In what is another phenomenal documentary from the BBC program Imagine…, we are given the chance to view the world and lives of iconic photographer William Klein as he is preparing for a retrospective of his work. Klein is one of the pioneers of street photography (more raw, up-close and personal than Henri Cartier-Bresson) as well as the creator of some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. He is an artist and a filmmaker – making over 20 films, including the first ever documentary of Muhammad Ali. [more]

Rare Photographs of Lady Liberty

The New York Public Library’s Flickr photostream hosts some rare photographs that have been scanned in and displayed for the public. In celebration of Independence Day, a gallery of photographs from the building and assembling of the Statue of Liberty seemed fitting. [more]

Photojournalism in Koreatown during the 1992 LA Riots

In April of 1992, riots sparked by racial inequality and police brutality broke out in South Central Los Angeles, leading to widespread looting, vandalism, violence, and murder. In this video, former LA Times photojournalist Hyungwon Kang recounts his experiences covering the riots behind the lens, and shares the stories behind his incredible images. I should note that some images in the video contain scenes of gore/death and may be disturbing to watch.

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A Look At Visual FX On Set Of The Great Gatsby

Chris Godfrey, VFX Supervisor on the film The Great Gatsby, recently released a 4 minute clip of before and after shots from the movie.

The sweeps reveal the sheer amount of post production that goes into a Hollywood movie like this. As a viewer, we know the movie magic is happening and that the heavy amount of FX are standard in blockbusters that hit the silver screens. It is interesting seing how some of the wide shots [more]

Inspirational Words From Photography Legend Henri Cartier-Bresson

I believe one of the best ways we can stay motivated as artists is to study the art and words of some of the legends of our craft. Inspired by the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson, film maker Eli Sinkus of 522Productions.com put together this short 2-minute film which I loved. While it is important to take lots of photos, as photographers we need to remember that sometimes we should put the camera down and enjoy moments as well. Read on to learn about one that I experienced this past week while on vacation. [more]

Andy Warhol’s Polaroids

The Campbell’s soup can and colorful repetitive images of Marilyn Monroe might be the first impressions that creep up in your mind when you hear the name Andy Warhol.

The pop artist most notably know for his printmaking and painting utilized a camera quite often for his work.  [more]

Instagram Adds New Video Feature With 13 Special Filters

Today, Instagram rolled out a new update to their iOS and Android app adding a new video capture button along side the camera button. Now the 130-million monthly Instagram users will be able to capture up to 15-seconds of a moment when video would work better than a static image and dress them up with color grading filters. The question now is, will Instagram’s new video feature hurt the rapid growth and success of Vine? [more]

Vivian Maier Films Coming Soon

The greatest 20th Century photographer you’ve never heard of is about to become a household name. Vivian Maier, the reclusive, very private Chicago nanny whose 150,000-image archive proves her to be one of the most talented street photographers of the past century, is about to be immortalized in two separate films.

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Hipsters Rejoice! A Build-It-Yourself Plastic Camera

There’s no denying the growing popularity of Lomo photography in recent years – especially if you’ve ever visited an Urban Outfitters. The motto for Lomography is, “Don’t Think, Just Shoot,” – which is kind of ironic considering their newest offering requires quite a bit of thinking. The Konstruktor is a $35 build-it-yourself camera that should give hipsters a better understanding as to how their ‘antique Instagram machine’ actually works. [more]

Never-Before-Seen Images of the Beatles

It’s nice to see that Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, didn’t waste all of his talent on drumming. He did, however, completely forget that he took a lot of photos of the Fab Four during the 1960′s. Starr’s new e-book, Photograph, features over 100 never-before-seen images of John, Paul, George and Ringo – some of them taken during their first U.S. tour, some from their first trip to India, and even some from their last days together as a band. [more]

Charlie Haughey – A War Photographer’s Rediscovered Photographs From Vietnam

Charlie Haughey, a retired cabinet maker, was drafted to the US Army in 1967. While being stationed in Vietnam, Haughey was told by his commanding officer to document the war. The twist was that the photos were not to be shot of traditional combat, but as morale boosting photographs of the unit.  [more]

List: Top Ten Best Movies about Photography

I love movies. Maybe even as much as photography. Being a fan of movies means I am also a fan of movie lists, because they help me to discover films I may not have seen. Also, with my being a mildly OCD photographer, I began thinking about which films relate to photography. There are surprisingly few that I have seen or heard of. So I decided to compile a list of my ten favorites, in ascending order. Note that this list is in no way exhaustive, so please add your suggestions in the comment section below. [more]

J.J. Abrams On Filmmaking

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams; Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8, Lost, Revolution, Fringe, the upcoming Star Wars movie (the man is everywhere these days,) gives us a peek into his process during a recent sit down interview with the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts.

Abrams discusses the transitions between television to the big screen, balancing hyper-reality with intimacy, why television leaves room for surprises, the best advice he’s ever been given and what advice he would give to future filmmakers. [more]

Iconic Rock Photographer Norman Seef’s Stories Behind the Photos

You may not have known it, but I’m certain you’ve seen a Norman Seef photograph. What photo do you think of when you think of Ray Charles? He shot that. Carly Simon? Yup. Steve Jobs? Seef again. After reading our own Douglas Sonders’ article on how short the window of time is when working with celebrities, seeing how much Seef could get out of his subjects is awe-inspiring. [more]

Color Film Footage From 1920s London is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

In 1927, Claude Frisse-Greene shot a series of film around London based on a color (or colour) technique that his father had experimenting with. His father, William Friese-Greene, was an early pioneer of cinematography. His process was called ‘Biocolour’ which produced the illusion of color by exposing alternating frames of black and white film with color filters, then staining the film again with red or green. [more]

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