What We Learned This Week: Justyna Mielnikiewicz Wins 2016 Smith Grant
Justyna Mielnikiewicz taught herself photography by studying the legendary photo essays of W. Eugene Smith. This week we learned that the Polish photographer was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Fund's 2016 grant in humanistic photography. Mielnikiewicz was honored for her study of Russia's troubled relationships with neighboring countries. The project puts a particular focus on the human toll since Russia's recent annexation of Crimea and its campaign in Ukraine. This week we also noted the passing of Louis Stettner, who documented everyday life in the streets of New York and Paris.
Dept of Ideas: Reshaping Landscapes With Electroluminescence
German artists Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor, aka 3hund, say they share “the same passion for nature, adventure and dark melancholic images.” For their video project Lucid, a Vimeo Staff Pick, they used electroluminescent light shapes and wires “to create a surreal world based on simple geometric light shapes that seem misplaced, but somehow blend with its surrounding at the same time.” The small light sources, seen amid vast landscapes, tell stories “of magic and loneliness,” they note. Go here for the project’s web page. Go here to see a behind-the-scenes video showing how the work was created.
Steidl x Strand 2016
For the second year running, Steidl takes over Strand Books’ Rare Book Room for a series of presentations, readings and discussions about photo books. As many who attended Gerhard Steidl’s 2015 talk Print is Not Dead will remember, these are go-to events, this year with 40 new books, stage talks and copies of the Fall 2016 catalogue on hand. Also on hand will be: Gerhard Steidl, publisher/designer, Steidl Verlag; photographers William Eggleston, Robert Polidori, Joel Sternfeld,...
In Focus, 1: "It's Like They're Crying From the Ground"
“If these aren’t our loved ones buried here, they are someone else’s sons and daughters,” Martha Gonzalez tells the Los Angeles Times. “It’s like they are crying out from the ground to be found.” Gonzalez is part of a movement in Mexico — grieving relatives and friends who have taken up shovels and picks to find the bodies of loved ones who have disappeared. Searchers on the northern fringes of Veracruz say they have uncovered at least 80 clandestine graves in recent weeks, notes the Times, which sent photographer Liliana Nieto del Rio to document the extraordinary search in photos and video.
Illustrator Profile - Peter and Maria Hoey: "We're brother and sister illustrators"
Peter and Maria Hoey are a brother and sister illustration team. Peter lives in Northern California; Maria lives in Brooklyn. Together they have created a giant body of work for countless magazines and newspapers, including editorial illustrations, infographics, maps, portraits, and comics....and a lot of icons and spots, too. Their latest comic book, Coin-Op #6: The Last Great Time was published in May 2016. Peter and Mary are also highly skilled animators, explaining that "our work really lends itself to motion."
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Ed Kashi on the Evolving Role of iPhones & Other Smartphones in Photojournalism
Famed photojournalist Ed Kashi talks with writer Jeff Wignall about his career, his passion for telling his subjects' stories and his use of the iPhone as a serious journalistic tool.