Books: Remembering "Iowa" and American Utopias
There are actual places, and there are places of the mind. Between 1970 and 1976, photographer Nancy Rexroth captured both at once, creating a series of images in rural Ohio that were collected in a 1977 book she titled "Iowa," for her own remembered childhood in that state. This fall, the University of Texas Press has reissued the book for its 40th anniversary. We spotlight it today along with another book, photographer Jason Reblando's "New Deal Utopias." Reblando has documented three so-called "Greenbelt Towns" built during the Great Depression for displaced farmers and urban dwellers.
Spotlight: The Photographer Who Coped with AIDS/HIV Through Portraiture
In 2014, Adrain Chesser told loved ones he had AIDS. And then he photographed their responses. The result was his series "I have Something to Tell You," which was spotlighted across the web, including here at Pro Photo Daily. "Chesser had long used photography as a method of interpreting and understanding his own life - a 'spiritual practice' - in his early life, so it should make sense that he would turn to the medium once again in a period of turmoil in his adult life," noted The Huffington Post. Now filmmakers Ben Joyner and Dumaine Babcock have released a short documentary about Chesser, which we feature today.
The Q&A: Kiersten Essenpries
Q: Originally from [where?] what are some of your favorite things about living and working in [your current locale]? A: I grew up in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, but later moved to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute. I lived there for about 11 years, but then moved back to Chicago to be closer to my family and to have a little more space (and a dishwasher!) for the money. I’m currently living in the Logan Square neighborhood with my husband and two kids. I love the accessibility of a ...
Spotlight: Jaime Permuth Explores Cuba's Historical Moment
"I grew up in Guatemala during that country's decades-long civil war and endured arduous years of repressive military dictatorships. Communism was a taboo subject. In particular, Cuba and Nicaragua were rarely discussed. And when they were, it was rarely without a heavy dose of ironic or sarcastic commentary," says photographer Jaime Permuth. "As a young adult," he adds, "I strived to fill in some of the cultural gaps and omissions left over from my teenage years. As such, I fell in love with the Cuba." The result of that interest is Permuth's series "Before the Eclipse," a Latin American Fotografia 5 competition winner.
Illustrator Profile - Richard Borge: "Stay true to yourself and what you want to do"
Richard Borge is an illustrator based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He builds his illustrations in 3D software, but says that "everything still starts with a simple sketch on paper." Borge recently started a project he calls Bad Hombre Toy Co. It's not a real toy company (yet), but is basically an Instagram feed, which he describes as "satirically pointing out the ridiculousness of our current political climate." One of the pieces was selected to be in the American Illustration 36 annual, and another recently ran on The Nation's OpArt site here.
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.