What We Learned This Week: Historic Beyonce Portrait Goes to Nat. Portrait Gallery
It was ground breaking. And now photographer Tyler Mitchell's portrait of Beyonce Knowles -- one of several Mitchell created with the music star for American Vogue's September issue last year -- is going to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. "We're just so crazy in love with her that we had to do it!" declared the gallery at Instagram. When the photograph appeared, Mitchell became the first African-American photographer and one of the youngest to shoot a cover for Vogue. The media was nearly as ecstatic as the museum about the acquisition. Even Vogue archival Harper's Bazaar joined in the praise.
Trending: This Summer's Eclipse Led to Some Astonishing Filmmaking
July 2 was a dark day for some people. A total solar eclipse brought a brief blackout to regions of the Pacific and South America. And filmmakers were prepared. Professional outdoor photographer Ted Hesser was in Chile to work on an indie film that would feature a scene using totality as a backdrop -- the first time, according to some, that this was ever attempted. Meanwhile, Leandro Perez, a landscape photographer who specializes in astrophotography, created a memorable timelapse of the eclipse as it occurred in Cordoba, Argentina. Much planning was required.
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The DART Interview: Jonathan Twingley
Peggy Roalf: Which came first, the pen or the brush? Jonathan Twingley: Probably the pencil. An Ebony pencil, in fact, because my Dad seemed to stock those in his studio. My Dad was a high school art instructor and kept a studio in the basement of every house our family ever lived in. Me and my Dad were drawing together on the floor of his studio before I figured out how the English language worked. He’d earned a Master’s degree in printmaking—screen printing, specifically&mda...
Spotlight: Carlotta Boettcher Looks at Edgy Guatemala City
Carlotta Boettcher was warned about Guatemala City. After moving to Guatemala a few years ago, Boettcher, a documentary photographer, was told by people that the country's capital city was dangerous. "I became very curious therefore about what exactly it would be like for me to work in an environment where many Guatemalans feel fearful of hanging out," says Boettcher. Her documentary project focusing on day-today life in Guatemala City, a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 7 competition, captures a place, she notes, where no one carries cameras.
On View: Gallerist Robin Rice Shows Her Own Work, In Her Beacon, NY, Loft
Robin Rice has taken up spinning. Not the kind you do on bikes, but the kind deejays do. She's got turntable set up at her loft in Beacon, New York, in a converted 19th-century textile mill along Fishkill Creek. A photo of her at her turntable was included recently in Chronogram, a lifestyle magazine focusing on the Hudson Valley, which coincided with an exhibition of Rice's own photography at her eponymous New York gallery -- the first time her gallery had shown the work, which she's been doing since the disco days of the 1970s. This month the images will be on view in her loft as part of Beacon Open Studios, an annual event in which artists open their workspaces to the public.
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.