Follow-Up: Controversy Continues Over Video Manipulated By White House
Was the video of a CNN correspondent questioning President Trump doctored? The White House says no -- unless you count speeding up action "doctoring." The video, which was released by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders after a contentious press conference held by Trump, appeared to show CNN reporter Jim Acosta swiftly chopping down on the arm of a White House intern as he held onto a microphone while questioning Trump. Acosta's press pass was later suspended. But later a frame-by-frame analysis showed the released video had been manipulated. Since then, CNN has sued and media organizations including the NPPA have condemned the White House.
Screening Room: Human Stories From Central America
"Gentle and dreamlike, yet present and unflinching." That is how Short of the Week describes a new documentary called "Shelter: Human Stories from Central America." Director Matthew K. Firpo describes his his 14-minute film as "a quiet look at lives on the line." In it, he allows Central American migrants and asylum seekers searching for a better life in the north to tell their own stories, many of which are wrenching. Made with a crew of five with donated gear, the film attests "to a universal desire for simple things-family, safety, opportunity," adds SOTW. We spotlight it today.
Giacometti: Intimate Immensity
Anxiety and alienation were the existential problem of early 20th-century Europe, informing the shift from realism to Surrealism, and from representation to abstraction. The sculptor Alberto Giacometti saw himself somewhat apart from current trends: a realist attempting the “impossible task” [his words] of representing the appearance of things as he saw them. Impossible, as for him the foundational quest was to capture the ungraspable essence of the human condition. The...
Spotlight: Sandra Cattaneo Adorno Captures a Stormy Day in Rio
It was not a typical day on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. "The sea was very rough and the undertow was very strong. The bathers were hesitating to get into the sea," recalls photographer Sandra Cattaneo Adorno. On the other hand, what wasn't good for swimmers was very good for the photographer. "A thick mist hung over the beach and was colored by the light of the sunset," she says of the photo she shot, which was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 6 competition. Another of Adorno's photos, a portrait shot in London's Sloan Square, was also named a winner.
American Photography Open 2018: Meet the Winner, Zay Yar Lin
Meet the winner of the American Photography Open 2018 contest: Zay Yar Lin of Sanchaung township, Yangon, Myanmar. Zay Yar's winning image was "Mending Fishing Nets," a beautifully composed photograph shot in a fishing village in Xiapu County, Fujian Province, China. "I was shocked," said Zay Yar when he was told he had won the first-ever American Photography Open competition - a contest open to any photographer at any level using any type of gear.
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.