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20 November 2009

On post processing

'Avedon's instructions to his printer' via - Monoscope

I can very well remember when someone posted a comment in one of my photo asking if the vignettes were done in-camera (and not in Photoshop). I replied that, no it's not done in-camera. And the guy posted in reply "Oh, I thought it was done in-camera"

I have nothing against post processing except that, like any other things, it must be done moderately and in a tasteful manner. Lest it'll turn out as a digital art and not a photograph.

17 November 2009

'Last One Out, Please Turn On The Light'

© Richard Nicholson

This project, shot on 4"x5" film, documents London's remaining professional darkrooms. It is based on my nostalgia for a dying craft (there are no young printers). It is in these rooms that printers have worked their magic, distilling the works of photographers such as David Bailey, Anton Corbijn and Nick Knight into a recognisable 'look'.

From: 'Last One Out, Please Turn On The Light'

11 November 2009

Warning: Facebook and MySpace Strip Photo Copyright Data

Some social media sites are less than helpful than others at letting photographers maintain control of their intellectual property, according to a new report. Photographers who take the time to label their photos with copyright metadata may find it's all for nothing, since Facebook and MySpace erase it anyway.

A report published this week by the American Society of Media Photographers examines the terms of service (TOS) for Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter.

None of these social media sites claim ownership of user-submitted images, and all of their TOS agreements have been scrutinized before. But the ASMP report finds fresh reasons for concern.

Continue Reading here.

Related link:
Best Practice Recommendations for Social Networking Sites

Found via: The Click

10 November 2009

Case Study Homes by Peter Bialobrzeski

Described as "one of the most significant movements in post-World War II architecture" , the Case Study House Program "included the building and design of 36 experimental modern prototypes single-family homes in Southern California." The Program's announcement stated that it was "important that the best material available be used in the best possible way in order to arrive at a 'good' solution of each problem, which in the over-all program will be general enough to be of practical assistance to the average American in search of a home in which he can afford to live." Case Study House No. 22, "L.A.'s original dream home", was made famous by photographer Julius Shulman. The houses in Peter Bialobrzeski's Case Study Homes are also "good solutions", affordable to live in, but they lack the cool and glamour of Case Study House No. 22.

Continue reading 'Review: Case Study Homes by Peter Bialobrzeski' over at Conscientious

I don't like Photography

I see fine art photography as hemmed in by three ‘P’s: painting, poverty, and Pentax. From its inception, photography established itself as art by trying to move into the space abandoned by painting.

Continue reading "I don't like Photography"

Found via Hippolyte Bayard on Facebook.

Fine Art Photographers

Importantly, though, these fine art photographers also have a mission and a sense of purpose based on craft, ingenuity and often a desire to experiment. Their work and the techniques they use to achieve their goals are often different from photojournalists'. I saw photos reproduced in traditional silver prints, chromogenic prints, large-scale inkjet prints, electron microscopy, gum bichromate-cyanotype prints. Their passion for what they do is every bit as strong as that of photojournalists. They, too, look for images they can freeze in time, but they do it differently. What they shoot is not necessarily of the moment. They spend time, sometimes hours, often days, searching for an image, unlike the immediacy that a photojournalist lives by when he or she is on the front lines, a battleground, a car crash, a fire or what is seemingly benign, a news conference or a sit-down interview.

Continue reading "Fine Art Photographers" by Ron Steinman (Digital Journalist)

Via: The Click

06 November 2009

Rare Color Photographs from Farm Security Administration (FSA)

Photo by Jack Delano. Sharecroppers chop cotton on rented land near White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, 1941

I was surprised to see these 14 rare color photographs from the FSA published by PDN recently since most of the photographs I have seen in photography books and even in online archives are in black and white. It was interesting to note that these photographs were shot during the American great depression era, sometime between 1930s-40s.

It seem to me that some of these photographs have a contemporary feel in them and it seem hard to make a connection that these photographs were from a bygone era except for some visible signs (i.e. clothing/ hair style, etc). Some even argue that these photos were Photoshopped! You be the judge. Head on to PDN and don't forget to scroll down on the comments section for an interesting historical discourse.

Related links:
Farm Security Administration
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection

05 November 2009

As it is: A Collective Portrait


As it is, the collective output from Espen Eichhöfer workshop is now online. Espen Eichhöfer was invited by Goethe Institut – Manila last September, to conduct a photography workshop on portrait photography at Silverlens Gallery as its contribution to its regional project, City Scapes. Goethe Institut focused on the Philippines as it was the only country in the Southeast Asian region that enthusiastically responded to the first workshop.

My grateful appreciation to Goethe-Manila, Silverlens Gallery, Espen Eichoefer, Henry Bateman for helping me in crafting my artist statement, my co-workshoppers, my friends who had helped in linking me up to possible subjects and most specially to various individuals who had willingly participated in my project. Thank you so much!