Thursday, October 23, 2014
Today I'm bringing a little bit of that "Throwback Thursday" energy here to the blog via a neat book from photographer Anthony Hernandez. Though the book is fairly recent, the photos within are more than 30 years old. Back in 1984, a young Hernandez decided to start shooting color film for the first time—after almost 20 years shooting black and white street photography in his native Los Angeles—and he selected Rodeo Drive as the setting for his project. In case you don't recall, Rodeo Drive is the well-to-do shopping mecca of the moneyed in Beverly Hills. It's one of the places on the planet most synonymous with over-the-top luxury, and certainly was regarded as such in the decadent decade of the 1980s. What's most interesting in the work—aside from the fun and funny throwback vibe of the outdated hairstyles and funky fashions—is the fact that these shoppers who ostensibly "have it all," really don't appear to be particularly happy. It's a well done photo essay, made more poignant by the three-decade gap between shooting and publication. It reminds me of the old story of the portrait photographer back in the late 1800s, Nadar, who would make a portrait and wait a decade before delivering the pictures. That way they were all sure to approve of their likeness since they would now look ten years younger. Take a look at Hernandez's wonderful work via Featureshoot at the link below, then visit his web site at anthonyhernandezphotography.com.
Around The World With Just One Lens
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
If you were fortunate enough to spend nearly two years traveling the globe with a camera in hand, you'd probably have to answer a lot of questions before you left. For instance, where would you go? What would you photograph? And perhaps most crucial of all (at least for readers of photography magazines), what camera and lenses would you take? Well here's the story of Don Mammoser who spent 21 months traveling the globe on a tight budget and an even smaller camera bag. Mammoser took a single camera body and just one lens, a Tamron 18-270mm extreme zoom. It's not exactly the same difficulty as photographing the world with, say, a single 50mm prime, but it's still a big challenge and more than a little bit of a risk. What if he dropped it in the Bay of Kotor, or bounced it down the 360-foot waterfall he photographed in Laos? Check out his great story of travel, photography and adventure, all made without a boatload of gear, at our sister publication, Outdoor Photographer.
Tiffen Launches ImageMaker Web Site
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tiffen has launched a community-oriented social media portal at Tiffen.com. The photo accessory manufacturer's new ImageMaker blog is built to allow professionals and hobbyists alike to share information and interact, to let visitors see inside the manufacturing of Tiffen products like filters and camera bags, and to watch videos and interviews with professionals who explain their image-making processes. The Tiffen TV section of the site is for visitors who want a more practical video education, and will include video tutorials as well as user submissions. The Photo gallery area will be providing inspiration and a bit of helpful how-to information for making better pictures, and the press room will offer up-to-date information on the newest Tiffen products and events. For a look at the robust offerings, visit the blog at http://www.tiffen.com/imagemaker/.
Renee C. Byer And Living On A Dollar A Day
Monday, October 20, 2014
I just learned that I share something in common with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renee C. Byer: we both attended the same small Midwestern college, Bradley University. Byer is the senior photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee, a newspaper known for its fine photojournalism, and she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for a feature photo from her series, "A Mother's Journey," which documented a year in the life of a mother who's young son was battling cancer. She was again a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for her series of photographs documenting a grandfather raising three small children after the death of his daughter and his wife. Byer published a new book earlier this year, called "Living On A Dollar A Day," which also was featured on the cover of the National Press Photographer's Association's "News Photographer" magazine. The book, which features a foreword written by the Dalai Lama, features photographs Byer made in ten countries on four continents as she worked to put a human face on the issue of global poverty. Images from the series can be seen on the National Geographic's PROOF photography blog via the first link below, while her prize-winning work can be seen in a gallery at the Pulitzer web site via the second link. She's a talented photographer, and her work is worth watching. I'm proud that we share an alma mater.