life on google

11/19/2008

You thought you were going to get A LOT of work done today, but guess not.  LIFE magazine’s photo archive has gone live on google – http://images.google.com/hosted/life – and it’s over 10 million photographs, most of which are available to the public for the first time.  Go ahead, whittle the day away poring over the pictures because you can always call it research.

And here’s a tip:  Add “source:life” to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example, photographer source:life eventually leads you to:

Bourke-White helicopter

A wonderful picture of photographer Margaret Bourke-White dangling from a helicopter while on assignment for LIFE in 1951.  Though the photo is also credited to Bourke-White… hmm… now that’s a feat.

to do this week…

11/16/2008

I absolutely must go see the Eggleston show at the Whitney – possibly the best antidote for flagging creative spirits.

Here’s the trailer from Michael Almereyda’s documentary William Eggleston in the Real World:

To state the obvious, Eggleston’s influence is far and wide chez moi.  Whenever I start feeling incurious about the world, I crack open The Democratic Forest. One of my favorite books (and titles) ever.

http://www.egglestontrust.com/

I’m excited to have been chosen for this experiment!  From The Exposure Project’s blog:

In the spirit of artistic collaboration, The Exposure Project is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new, somewhat experimental photographic endeavor. Graphic Intersections, loosely inspired by the old Surrealist and Dadaist game Exquisite Corpse, is a project that will attempt to unite disparate artists in an interconnected, photographic relay of images inspired by one another. For those unfamiliar with Exquisite Corpse, it is succinctly described here:

“Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution.”

Graphic Intersections: Artists Announced!

Hey Everyone! So, after spending the better part of the last week going through all of the submissions we received for Graphic Intersections, we are excited to be able to announce the selected photographers. First, I would just like to genuinely thank everybody that submitted to the project and extended encouragement and support for this venture. We had an incredibly difficult time curating Graphic Intersections due to the overwhelming diversity of great work that we received. We hope that this project continues to gain momentum and that there will be the opportunity to curate an entirely new group of artists to carry out this photographic Exquisite Corpse at some point in the future. For now, however, you’ll find the inaugural participants below:

Ben Alper
Anastasia Cazabon
Thomas Damgaard
Scott Eiden
Grant Ernhart
Jon Feinstein
Elizabeth Fleming
Alan George
Hee Jin Kang
Drew Kelly
Mike Marcelle
Chris Mottalini
Ed Panar
Bradley Peters
Cara Phillips
Noel Rodo-Vankeulen
Irina Rozovsky
Brea Souders
Jane Tam
Grant Willing

We are extremely excited about Graphic Intersections and truly can’t wait to see what unfolds. In an effort to facilitate a completely uninhibited result, however, we will not be posting the images from the project as we receive them. There will be updates when appropriate regarding the final manifestation of this endeavor. Thanks again to everyone who showed enthusiasm. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Sounds like a fascinating project, huh? Can’t wait!

laforet

09/21/2008

Vincent Laforet never ceases to impress me! On assignment at the Beijing Olympics, he shot 28,444 files, or 480 gigabytes of images, or “1,777 times per day, 253 frames per hour, or 4.23 images per minute.”  I love that he crunched out the math.

But hey Vincent, some of us are still shooting one sheet of film at a time!  Makes me feel downright antiquated.

r.i.p. shoot!

09/20/2008

It’s disappointing that Photo Shelter is shutting down their stock photography marketplace.  The press release is here.  Shoot! the Blog has also closed shop, though I’m pleased that Rachel Hulin is continuing to blog elsewhere.

wrote about missing Photo Shelter’s Editorial Boot Camp a while back, and luckily this event, as well as their entire video archive, is available here.  Also Heather Morton Art Buyer interviews Rachel here.

Kevin J. Miyazaki launched the 6th installment of tinytinygroupshow on his blog today, based on the theme “Simultaneous.” 11 photographers were instructed to take a picture at noon Central time on August 17th. Check it out.

Photographers included in this endeavor:

Andrew Hetherington
Hee Jin Kang
Liz Kuball
Andrew Phelps
Kirby Pilcher
Shawn Records
Jonathan Saunders
Kelly Shimoda
Allison V. Smith
Amy Stein
Sonja Thomsen

I did a conversation with Nymphoto and it can be found on their blog here. Thanks to Rona Chang at Nymphoto for writing about my work!

I love discovering new-to-me photographers through these kinds of online interactions. I really enjoyed going through Rona’s photography on her website, many great projects, in particular her Moving Forward, Standing Still series. Here is one of Rona’s atmospheric images:


© Rona Chang

Rona also keeps her own blog called Plum and Lion. She and several other bloggers have recently posted about photographer Thomas Holton and his wonderful photo project, The Lams of Ludlow Street. I also wanted to spread the word about the Lams’ current predicament. In Thomas’ own words:

As you may or may not know, I photographed a Chinese family from 2002-2005 for a project called ‘The Lams of Ludlow Street’. Beyond the remarkable publicity the work has gotten the past year or so, the Lams mean so much more tome than any professional accomplishments. I learned a lot about myself both personally and creatively and see the Lams as family. On Tuesday, June 14th, there was an electrical fire in the walls and the stairwell and the roof of their building on Ludlow Street caught on fire. The family made it out of the building via the fire escape and are now safe and sound, if not a little shaken up. The fire was caught early but their apartment, the 5th floor and the roof took a lot of structural,water and smoke damage. The space is not completely destroyed but the building is currently closed for inspection and the Lams are in a Red Cross secured apartment on West 129th street. The next step is between the landlord and the NYC Building Inspectors as they assess the building to see if its needs to be completely rebuilt or if only the5th floor apartments and roof should be repaired. This is not a new building and this will probably takes years judging by how long these things seem to take. In the meantime, The Lams have this Red Cross space for only six months before they need to find a new home for themselves.

Regardless of what happens with the Ludlow Street building, the likelihood that they will ever live there again is pretty small since they will need a new home soon and perhaps permanently. I am contacting you today to let you know that I will be selling a limited ‘benefit’ edition print of the project with all the proceeds going to the Lams as they rebuild their lives. The print will be a color 11×14 C-Print for $175 for one with discount rates increasing as the number of prints bought increases. Please contact me directly at thomas@thomasholton.com or call to buy some prints the help the Lams.”

This kind of disaster happens all too often in New York City, and I am reminded that life is balanced too precariously for some and that we should never take anything for granted.

Below is one of Thomas’ photographs, which really resonates with my own work.


© Thomas Holton

You can look through The Lams of Ludlow Street on Thomas’ website. Please help out if you can. Email him at thomas@thomasholton.com.

The benefit sale will only go until July 4th so act quickly!

more high fives

06/05/2008

Photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki does a regular “I love this photo” post on his blog – and he kindly did one on a Sandy’s Deli picture here. His photography website has some excellent projects.

Also thanks to Nymphoto (great name!) for the mention on their blog.