Exhibitions: Brief Histories of Celebrity Portraiture and Russian Photography
Would there be celebrities without photography? That's one of the questions raised by an exhibition called "Gods and Monsters" at London's Getty Images Gallery, drawn from the agency's collection of celebrity portraits. In an illuminating essay at the AnOther culture blog, London-based writer Sam Johnson looks at the images in the show and sees the complex interplay between celebrity and photography. Meanwhile, the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow offers a look at the evolution of Russian photography, drawn from the archive of Soviet Photo magazine.
Screening Room: The Storm-Chasing Video as Fine Art
“I turned 40 years old this year and I told my wife all I wanted was 10 days chasing on the plains,” writes Mike Olbinski, the Phoenix-based wedding photographer who also creates impressive storm-chasing videos. As it turned out, Olbinski spent 14 days on the plains this spring—more time there than he’d ever spent before—and the result is his best work yet, The Chase. Olbinski drove over 12,000 miles through 10 states and shot more than 45,000 frames of footage for the time-lapse film using Canon 5D Mark III’s and an array of Rokinon lenses. “Everything was processed using LR Timelapse, Lightroom, After Effects and Premiere Pro,” he notes.
The Kids Are All Right
Brooklyn based photographer, Gabriela Herman, a DART subscriber and AP31 Selectee, has an intimate connection to the recent Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing same-sex marriage nationwide. Her mother came out nearly 20 years ago, when she was in high school. Her parents separated, and eventually Gabriela’s mother married her partner in one of Massachusetts’ first legal union. She writes, “It was a raw and difficult time. I hardly spoke to her for a year wh...
Latin American Fotografia: David Miezal
"I've travelled to Cuba a number of times in the past decade, all without any special permissions," says Los Angeles-based photographer David Miezal. His impromptu trips resulted in a powerful series that looks at the country with a discerning eye. "I don't want to beautify it in any way, I want the light to be simple and stark-the images literally show what I am seeing," Miezal says. The work, and another series by Miezal focusing on Nicaragua, were chosen as winners of the Latin American Fotografia 3 competition.
Photographer Profile - Ryan Schude: "I never intended pursuing fine art as a career"
Groupthink is generally held to be a bad thing. But Los Angeles-based commercial and editorial photographer Ryan Schude knows how to do it the right way. Schude is best known for his large-scale, elaborate images featuring groups of people engaged in various intriguing vignettes. Many of the photographs are made in collaboration with other photographers at an exclusive annual summer retreat called Phoot Camp. But the work, featured in a new book, is the result of a singular vision.