What We Learned This Week: PETA vs. Photographer; Photographer vs. Jenners
PETA won't give up. And photographer David Slater says that has ruined him. Slater, who is defending himself against PETA's copyright infringement claim on behalf of a macaque monkey that hijacked his camera and shot selfies with it, has told the Telegraph newspaper that the lawsuit has left him penniless and that he is considering giving up his career as a wildlife photographer to become a tennis coach or dog walker. In other legal news, the photographer who shot the Tupac Shakur portraits that Kendall and Kylie Jenner used for their controversial "vintage" T-shirt line has sued the reality TV stars.
Spotlight: A Romp Inside The Puzzling World of Skittles
Before you can taste the rainbow, you have to solve the rainbow: That, more or less, is the premise behind a spec commercial for Skittles created by Brooklyn-based director, editor, and special-effects artist Eren Gulfidan. The ad, which features Lloyd Kaufman - founder of Troma, the independent film production company responsible for cult-favorite horror films including "The Toxic Avenger" and "Class of Nuke 'Em High" - turns a Rubik's Cube competition into surreal candy encounter. "I've always loved Skittles commercials for their bizarre humor," says Gulfidan, a past winner of the International Motion Art Awards.
Peter Kuper's Sketchbooks
The 2017 Summer Invitational: Pimp Your Sketchbook, in which artists show their personal work and open a window onto their creative process, continues with Peter Kuper, who lives and works in New York, and practically wrote the book on sketchbooks. Spread from Amman (with a little bit of Petra on the lower left) Thanks to an invitation to teach a comics workshop, I had the opportunity to visit the remarkable country of Jordan. Given ...
Mexican Horsemen by Anja Bruehling
The sport is a living history, notes Anja Bruehling: "During the Charreada -- contemporary Mexican rodeo -- contending teams show off ranching skills," she says. "Horses are agile, well-tempered and execute the commands of their charros, who wear traditional riding suite and wide-brimmed sombreros as part of the cultural iconography like bronco riding and roping." Bruehling, a documentary photographer based in Chicago, has worked in more than 70 countries, documenting diverse cultures. Her images of Mexican horsemen earned her a spot among the winners of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition. We feature the series today.
Illustrator Profile - Monika Aichele: "Keep your mind free and inspired"
Monika Aichele is a Munich, Germany-based illustrator and designer. She has lived and worked in New York, Barcelona, and Berlin, and currently spends time in Mainz teaching illustration at the University of Applied Sciences. Aichele works in a variety of styles, including ink and acrylic as well as screen printing. An illustrator for publications in Europe and the United States, she recently completed work on an illustrated book, Paradise of False Birds. Another outstanding recent project was a series of giant inflatable monkeys, created for Stefan Sagmeister.
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.