My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp has posted another excellent iPhone/Hipstamatic image of sand dunes. It looks like an aerial image but in fact, Gary took it on a hike so no planes were involved.
A street can be like a nerve ending.
Everybody Street chronicles the lives and work of some of New York’s street photographers. Featuring: Bruce Davidson , Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, and Boogie, with Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.
[via The Verge]
This is a great interview with the brilliant Swiss photographer Rene Burri who worked for Magnum. Burri tells the back stories on six of his iconic photographs. He’s so warm, open and funny this is really worth watching as much for his story telling as the photographic history.
Petapixel has an excellent post on The Life and Work of Wayne Miller who died last week at the age of 94.
Miller was a Magnum photographer and his images of World War II and life after the war in the United States have become iconic. He helped Edward Steichen put together the first large scale photography exhibit: The Family of Man at MoMA in New York.
I saw this exhibit as a child in New York and I will never forget it. I can’t say it turned me into a photographer but it was certainly one of many seeds that led to a later interest. If you can find a used copy of the book, The Family of Man in decent shape, I highly recommend picking it up. It stands up as one of the most important exhibits and books of all time.
A huge public works project is currently under construction in New York City, connecting Long Island to Manhattan’s East Side. Deep underground, rail tunnels are extending from Sunnyside, Queens, to a new Long Island Rail Road terminal being excavated beneath Grand Central Terminal. Construction began in 2007, with an estimated cost of $6.3 billion and completion date of 2013. Since then, the cost estimate has been raised to $8.4 billion, and the completion date moved back to 2019. When finished, the line will accommodate 24 trains per hour at peak traffic, cutting down on commute times from Long Island, and opening up access to John F. Kennedy International Airport from Manhattan’s East Side. Collected here are images of the progress to date, deep beneath Queens and Manhattan.
Kelly McEvers and her NPR team have done a great job producing this story on Noor Kelze, a Syrian English teacher who has transformed herself into a photojournalist covering the Syrian conflict from the inside. This story is worth listening to, you don’t get the war sound backdrop in just reading the transcript.
Last fall, a well-known war photographer with the Reuters agency, Goran Tomasovic, spotted Noor shooting pictures with her cellphone. He trained her for a week on how to use a professional camera, then gave her a few of his cameras to keep. She’s been sending pictures to the agency ever since.
Way to go Goran. I follow Reuters and will be looking for Noor Kelze’s credit under images of the Syrian conflict.
The post below is from 2011 but I’m bumping it up with the addition of this excellent video of the project to archive her work.
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.
A more complete biography on Vivian Maier here.
Check out her portfolios including one of self portraits.
This is an older (1996) but still excellent 60 Minutes piece on Peter and David Turnley, identical twin photojournalists.
Professional photographer Dean Holland tours Vietnam with an iPhone 4S leaving his DSLR and lenses at home.
Spectacular images, read the captions under them for the collection of apps he used for capture and processing.
Alan Taylor has put together a spectacular collection of images from the bottom of the world.
Photographer Giles Duley, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan, talks about his recovery and shares his latest series of photographs capturing the technicians and prosthetists working at the London 2012 Paralympics.
A lot of great creativity comes from restrictions.
- Giles Duley
Brilliant. An amazing story.
President Barack Obama holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
All Presidents do this and it’s great fodder for photographers. Great juxtaposition of faces: baby and Obama.
Reuters photographers and editors discuss their strategy for covering Olympics track and field events from every angle.
Note how much work the infield photographer has to do. I don’t think I’m up for that job.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team in the MSL Mission Support Area reacts after learning the Curiosity rover has landed safely on Mars and images start coming into the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. The MSL Rover named Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The complex landing went off without a hitch and the vehicle is sitting on the surface of Mars. Incredible.
Here’s NASA’s Photostream at Flickr.
Update: Here’s the Curiosity team during the landing:
A spectacular set of images of the building and launching of the Mars rover Curiosity. I’m guessing when this contraception enters the Mars atmosphere a lot of people (me included) are going to be glued to our TV sets, computers, tablets, smartphones, and radios.
Amazing how the number of things glued to has increased since the Apollo Moon landing.
Here’s a an excellent video on how the landing is supposed to work on August 5th:
I’m not looking for people who stand out in a crowd. The majority aren’t famous or in positions of power. They’re just Everyday People, like me. They are your neighbors, your co-workers, your kids’ teachers, the guy who prepared your food or the people you drove past on your way to work. They are people who love their work or live for their past-times. They are people with plenty to say or just enough time for a picture. Through these portraits I’m getting to know the city.
I’m meeting an interesting and eclectic group of people.
John Clanton, Tulsa World, multimedia producer
This is a spectacular project and I hope I remember to track it over the next year or years. The images are great but the captions/stories (context) make the project.
An amazing collection of images, shot from the train by Magnum photographer: Paul Fusco.
From the hot and humid rain forests of South America and the Far East, to the cold and inhospitable arctic regions of northern Canada and Russia – the Travel Photographer of the Year competition attracts stunning image entries from across the world.
Spectacular images, well put together slide show.
[via Gary Sharp]