It was just over 20 years ago that photographer Jesse Frohman was assigned to photograph one of the most popular bands in world, Nirvana, for the London Observer. While no one knew it at the time, this would prove to be one of Kurt Cobain’s final photoshoots as the troubled Nirvana frontman took his own life just a few months later. Frohman has now put together a book of that final photoshoot, entitled “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session.”
Chances are you’ve all seen this iconic photo of Che Guevara at some point. But do you know who took it? Magnum, still arguably the most esteemed photographic collective in the world, announced the sad news last week that one of it’s longest serving members, Rene Burri, passed away aged 81. This post celebrates the life and work of Burri, and sheds a little light on what made him such a special photographer.
It's actually something my wife and I have had spats about, and something I think all of us have experienced in, at the very least, the past 5 years. Often I accuse my wife of spending too much time on her smartphone while we're at dinner, at home watching TV together, or wherever, only to realize I am doing the same thing, albeit in slightly different scenarios. No one is immune.
Philip Lee Harvey recently went to Ethiopia for Lonely Planet to photograph the world's most inaccessible church... 2,500 feet up and carved into the side of a mountain. The view from the top? Nothing short of spectacular. Amazingly, the Abuna Yemata Guh Church in Tigray, Ethiopia was carved by hand, and the art inside becomes even more incredible when one takes into account that the artist (and anyone who visits) had to make the climb to do it. Talk about devotion.
Photographer Tim Richmond’s series “Last Best Hiding Place” is the product of seven years spent documenting life in the American West. The series intertwines myths and realism; stereotypes and contemporary realities to create a nuanced portrait of a place and its people.
Eric Crosland is the director of Sherpa Cinema, a collective of artists who produce some pretty amazing stuff. Crosland recently went to some rather remote parts of Iceland with Dave Mossop and John Trapman working on capturing some landscapes, something for which Iceland is a mecca. While there, the Icelandic eruption occurred and Crosland was ready with a Phase One.
Tokyo-based photographer Uma Kinoshita’s series “Lost in Fukushima” documents Fukushima a year after the 2011 disasters had displaced more than 100,000 people over radiation concerns alone. Focusing on absolute loneliness and loss, Kinoshita captured these “places where no one could or should be.”
Mike Drew is a Calgary-based photojournalist who's worked for the publications such as the Calgary Sun and the Toronto Star since 1978. Recently, Mike was challenged by the guys at TheCameraStoreTV to try and shoot film for a day while working as a photojournalist to see if it was still a viable option for the type of work he does.
Photographer and art director Constantin Mashinskiy captures stunning black and white portraits of people encountered on the streets of Paris for his ongoing series “365 Parisiens.” Reminiscent of the work of classic street photographers like Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, the series is a yearlong project consisting of, at its finish, 365 portraits of strangers in The City of Light.
Photographer Joshua White’s A Photographic Survey of the American Yard is an intimate and comprehensive documentation of the flora and fauna surrounding White’s North Carolina home. The project frames each delicate subject squarely on a sepia toned background, drawing the focus to its bright detail.
If there is one medium that has been subject to the most censorship in society for well over a century, it's photography. Further, if there is one medium that has been responsible for the most heated debates about censorship, it's photography. For the most part, photographers decry and loathe censorship, whether it's because they capture nude figures, or create images with fictionalized depictions of violence, or perhaps - arguably the most important - they capture vital, photojournalistic visuals of the world around us which, let's face it, it's sometimes just plain scary. But consider this: Mainstream censorshop is not only necessary in photography, but it helps photography overall. No, really.
The most expensive and largest book project of the 20th century was Helmut Newton's SUMO, which sold out at $15,000 per copy, complete with its own book stand (the book is about as big as a medium-sized seven-year-old). Now, Annie Leibovitz' SUMO follows in its footsteps. At 476 pages, the Taschen-published art piece comes enveloped in your choice of four different dust jackets and is limited to 10,000 editioned copies, with the first 1000 coming in a leather-bound hardcover with a signed 20" x 20" archival pigment print and all four dust jackets.