What We Learned This Week: The Short-Lived Effect of Powerful News Photos
This week we learned about the nature of news and the the relative power of photography. We reported on a study by a European media institute that assessed the impact of several powerful photos showing a three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned as his family fled to Greece to escape war. Though the image brought about cries for better treatment for refugees, its effect was short lived. In other news, Reuters banned RAW images to guard against digital manipulation of images. Meanwhile, the International Center of Photography received a big grant to help it move into the future and photographer Valrie Belin won the $100,000 Prix Pictet award.
Screening Room: Animated "Eggplant" Explores Identity and Alienation
Making a mark on the web now is the animated short Eggplant, a UCLA Animation Workshop thesis film from LA freelance director/animator Yangzi She. The film focuses on a boy whose facial expressions show the opposite of what he’s feeling. Stash calls the short “charming” and notes that it explores themes of identity and alienation. The director, who is from Beijing, notes that ultimately it is about not being understood. “It started from a language barrier. When I was trying to translate my script from Chinese to English, so many subtle emotions and messages were lost in translation,” she says at Short of the Week.
A Global Perspective Circa 1835
"Think Big" might have been the mantra of American school-masters and -'marms in the decades following the "second American Revolution". After the War of 1812, civic leaders and merchants put historical rivalries aside, concentrating instead on expansion and industrialization, and pouring resources into education. Students of the time tested their memory and developed a global perspective by studying geography. This Map of the Animal Kingdom, painted around 1835, was based on a picto...
Latin American Ilustracion: Wesley Bedrosian
What is Vladimir Putin up to in Latin America? That question was at the center of a probing story in Americas Quarterly magazine, in response to recent moves by the Russian president to increase diplomatic and trade activities in the region. The magazine's art director, Donald Partyka, turned to New York City-based illustrator Wesley Bedrosian to create a compelling piece of art for the article. The resulting illustration was a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 4 competition.
Illustrator Profile - Tatsuro Kiuchi: "Keep adding to the database within yourself"
Tatsuro Kiuchi is a Tokyo-based illustrator and artist who has created imagery of quiet power and grace for a wide array of publications, including Reader's Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and Golf Digest. He balances his work between Japanese clients and those from overseas, including an extensive series of book covers, children's book illustrations, posters, comics, and more. Kiuchi's most recent children's book illustrations are for the remarkable Red Ninja, written by Hiroshi Homura. His brilliant ongoing comic strip, The Earthling, appears in the quarterly The Thinker magazine in Japan. Kiuchi creates his artwork in Photoshop, but it has an elegant, old school, hand-done feel. layered with subtleties and elegant color. He was awarded a gold medal for his editorial illustration the past two years from the Society of Illustrators.