Thursday, June 26, 2008
After APHC, we'll shoot up to North Adams and Willamstown town to see exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art, Clark Art Institute, and MassMoca. I am very excited to see the landscape show at MassMoca, Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, which has several interesting artists and photographers of note. Woohoo!
ABOVE IMAGE: from tunlover's flickr stream
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Photobombers, Ruining your Pictures One Click at a TimeABOVE: From here
You may have heard tale of the fabled subset of bonehead known as the photobomber. This (often intoxicated) dude works his way stealthily into your photographs, completely marring what would have been another awesome picture of you and your friends holding up your beers and smiling.
Although often photographed, his kind remains a mystery. Who is this random man? Where did he come from, and what are his motivations? One golden moment of genius and then, in a flash, he's gone.
Wonder at his antics in this gallery of great photobomber moments we gathered from around the web including College Humor and Flickzzz.com
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Below are two examples of the questions to get you started. You can take Test #1 here, #2 here, #3 here and #4 here. Be sure to click on the "What's My Score," but don't miss the explanation link in red at the bottom for the skinny behind the images.
Sample Question: Fire devastates a San Diego neighborhood, but leaves one house miraculously untouched. Hoax or Real?
See the image here.
(If you can't stand it, read more here...)
Sample Question: Supporters of Osama bin Laden hold a poster showing their hero sitting beside Bert from Sesame Street (see bottom right corner). Hoax or Real?
See the image here.
(If you really can't stand it, you can read more on snopes.com)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
In keeping with my last "In praise of" themed post, I am proud as a peach of Lissa Rivera. Lissa is one of our former PRC interns, former AIB student, and a 2nd year MFA student at SVA - and now, a friend. The curious sort and ever the hard worker, Lissa always asks a lot of questions. Lissa is a fellow western/central New Yorker, and thus we have always bonded on our common upbringing.
Watching Lissa's career has been like watching a skyrocket. I am humbled to have witnessed it from the ground floor. In April 2005, I showcased Lissa's work on school on our emerging online gallery, Northeast Exposure Online (NEO). The print that Lissa donated to our auction in 2006 was so popular that she was invited to be in our print program and found a gallery. Last year, I nominated Lissa as a woman to watch for the state of Massachusetts, and she was selected. You can see her work now through June 15th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lissa entered Duke's Center for Documentary Studies' competition - 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers - and was selected by juror Sylvia Plachy. The book, which also includes NEO alumna Irina Rozovsky, was just released this spring by powerHouse books. Both couldn't be nicer.
Lissa recently emailed me her new blog - her new work BLEW me away! From documentary-based images of high schools, both public and private, as well as colleges, both community and greek life (viewable on her web site)....to the below? We are always hungry for new work, and Lissa delivered....keep it up and congratulations. Emerge away!
ABOVE: The cover of 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (image is not Lissa's work)
BELOW: Lissa Rivera, self-portraits, from here
Saturday, June 7, 2008
If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0.Catchup Advisory Board, "Digital camera,"
- Emma Coate, Pompano Beach, Florida
How many Surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
- Randal Chou, Charlotte, North Carolina
from Saturday, June 8, 2002
Barb's One Hour Photo from Saturday, April 24, 2003
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
That's Steven J. Sasson, an electrical engineer who created the first digital camera, above. Here is an excerpt from the NTY, with a link to the whole article below. My father, who has met him a couple of times, reports he is a very nice and humble fellow.
ROCHESTER — Steven J. Sasson, an electrical engineer who invented the first digital camera at Eastman Kodak in the 1970s, remembers well management’s dismay at his feat.
“My prototype was big as a toaster, but the technical people loved it,” Mr. Sasson said. “But it was filmless photography, so management’s reaction was, ‘that’s cute — but don’t tell anyone about it.’ ”
Since then, of course, Kodak, which once considered itself the Bell Labs of chemistry, has embraced the digital world and the researchers who understand it.
Read more here.
Check out this AP story about the digital camera turning 30 in 2005, sort of...it would be 16 years until Kodak released its first digital camera in 2001.
Here is an image and hyperlink-based digital camera timeline. By the way, this is only the 1970s, so be sure to click around.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
'We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist," said Brazilian uncontacted tribes expert José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior. "This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence."After seeing this, I started reading up on uncontacted peoples. While I do agree with and wholeheartedly support tribal sovereignty (and their isolation and protection), the fact that the flight likely disturbed the tribe greatly (what on earth did they think it was?) and perhaps could spur some twisted version of "eco-tourism" bothers me.
In fact, I debated whether or not to even post the picture above. Once, when I was visiting Niagara Falls with my family, we visited Ripley's Believe it or Not. Sandy Allen, the tallest woman in the world, happened to be there that day. For a dollar or so, you could have a Polaroid taken with her. We did it, but even at age 10 I thought, this doesn't sit right. It's still an unfiled, odd memory today. Nevertheless, photographs continue to enthrall and circulate. The web site of urban legends, snopes.com, even has a category dubbed "fauxtography," in which it researches (and often debunks) amazing images spread on the internet. On the other hand, seeing this image on the news roll did spur me to learn more about this complicated issue.
Photography has, since its very beginning, been used in an ontological manner. I am reminded of early collections of stereo views of various places and peoples. People could tour the world from the safety of their armchairs. I look forward to seeing Erroll Morris's newest film, Standard Operating Procedure, for another perspective on morally ambiguous photography (and actions). The claim that such photographs have on our collective imagination is powerful. I hope that this generates debate. Does the end justify the means?
I close with a quote from Miriam Ross of Survival International, a non-profit that supports tribal peoples:
"These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist. The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct."