What We Learned This Week: The State of Photojournalism and Artists vs. Trump
This week we were given some insights into the state of photojournalism in 2017, thanks to a report published by the University of Stirling and the World Press Photo Foundation. Researchers surveyed 1,991 photographers who entered the 2016 World Press Photo Contest to find out how they feel about their jobs. The takeaway: Photojournalists feel they're at risk, but generally they're happy with what they do. We also looked the visual record of Donald Trump's first month as president and learned that some 200 artists -- including a number of photographers -- are supporting a project aimed at "confronting the rise of right-wing populism in the US and Europe."
Screening Room: Are Reformed Zombies Second-Class Citizens?
Interesting social questions are raised in the short film Less Than Human, which comes from The Animation Workshop of Viborg, Denmark. Plot: In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, zombies are cured and exiled to secluded camps. There has been talk from some bleeding-heart liberals about rehabilitating post-zombies back into society, but a journalist reporting on the case thinks the zombies still pose a threat to society. Stash says the film is anchored by a brilliant script and beat-perfect voice acting.
notePad: LA Art Book Fair 2017
This weekend, Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA. Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 300 presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over 20 countries. Conference sessions include the panel discussions, Preservation and Access of Artists’ Books in the Ar...
Latin American Fotografia: Patricia Ackerman
To be naked is to be disguised, writes Patricia Ackerman. That message is visualized in a series of nudes Ackerman shot in 2016, one of which was named a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 5 competition. Ackerman, who is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a psychoanalyst by profession, but her avocation is photography. She shot her nude series in an abandoned house. "I was not sure what I was going to do, although photographing the human body is something I have been doing for a long time," she says.
Illustrator Profile - Leo Espinosa: "Curiousity has led my career"
Leo Espinosa is a Salt Lake City-based illustrator and graphic designer. His stylish, colorful, midcentury-influenced illustrations have appeared in numerous publications. As an art director and designer, he gives his illustrated work a vivid graphic sensibility, explaining, "I pay a lot of attention to composition and color." The most recent childen's book Espinosa illustrated, Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph, received the Society of Illustrators 2015 Dilys Evans Founder's Award.
In the Studio with the New Sony 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS and the FE 85mm F1.8 Lenses
Our ace reporter and photographer Jeff Wignall heads to New York City to test two just-announced Sony lenses: the Sony 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS and the Sony FE 85mm F1.8.