What We Learned This Week: What Changed When the Rocky Mountain News Folded
Until ten years ago, Denver, CO, had two great newspapers. Then on Feb. 27, 2009, the Rocky Mountain News folded, leaving only the Denver Post. Known for its visuals and photography - it won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography twice, once in 2000 for its coverage of the student shootings at Columbine High School and again in 2003 for covering Colorado's forest fires - the newspaper succumbed to a precipitous loss of print advertising dollars, the challenges of digital media, and the Great Recession of 2008. A golden age of print journalism had passed.
Trending: The World Is Amazed With This Time Lapse of a Growing Cell
Who knew that an alpine newt could be so enthralling? Dutch photographer and filmmaker Jan van IJken's time lapse "Becoming" is a six-journey through the beginning of life, as a single-celled zygote divides, multiplies, and eventually grows into a fully-formed organism. The motion project has become an internet sensation: PetaPixel has called in "mind-blowing," while NoFilmSchool praised it as "unforgettable" and "a gorgeous example of what timelapses can become in the hands of a skilled artist." Vimeo named it a Staff Pick. What's all the fuss about? It's genesis, writ small.
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Beatrice Pediconi: Subject to Change
Tonight, SepiaEYE Gallery will host a gallery talk with Beatrice Pediconi, in conjunction with her exhibition, Subject to Change. In conversation with Jean Dykstra of Photograph Magazine and Mary-Kay Lombino of the Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, the artist will discuss the evolution of her work and process. I stopped in to the gallery last week for a preview, and met the artist. The exhibition of 20 x 24 Polaroids, together with smaller Polaroids, video and limited edition artis...
Spotlight: Christian Rodriguez Follows the Journey of "Leo"
Christian Rodriquez was born in New York. His mother and father came from the Dominican Republic, and Rodriguez spent most summers there with his grandparents. After eight years away from the DR, he decided to return there to work on a photo project about, he says, "family, immigration, and the Diaspora." That's when he met Leo, a young boy who had received a visa and would soon be immigrating to New York -- though not with his mother, whose visa wasn't yet approved. Rodriguez decided to follow Leo's journey. "I thought this could be an opportunity to document a universal process, one that is painful, scary, and extremely courageous," he says. His work is a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 7 competition.
American Photography Open: Mauro DeBettio Captures the Stories of People's Lives
Born and raised in a little village in the Italian Alps, Mauro De Bettio is now based in Barcelona, Spain. But his passion for telling stories about people and cultures as a documentary photographer has taken him around the world. Two of his images were chosen as finalists in the American Photography Open 2018 competition -- a photograph made at the Ursul "bear dance" festival in Romania, a ritual that symbolizes the death and rebirth of time; and a photograph of ship breakers in Bangladesh. "I think that the photograph represents my way of speaking, and what I try to do through my language is to capture the sense of what I breathe and touch with my hands" says De Bettio.
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.