What We Learned This Week: Nikon's Women Problem and a Cry Against Sexism in the Photo Business
What's wrong with this picture: To promote its new D850 DSLR, Nikon enlisted 32 photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to try it out and tell their stories on the company's website. But, as we noted this week, none were women. "It was a baffling oversight to many female photographers, who have no shortage of challenges finding opportunities in a notoriously male-dominated industry," declared The New York Times. We also spotlighted a startling essay from Brooklyn-based wedding, portrait, and theatre photographer Susan Stripling detailing sexism she's encountered over the course of her career.
Spotlight: The Story of a Doodler and Illustrator, Told in Leftover Photos
Jon Burgerman says his pictures are about fun. That, and a lot of "googlie eyes." The New York cit-based "illustrator and doodler" is the subject of short film by photographer and filmmaker Bas Berkhout, but it's not your typical artist profile. "In this film I focused less on 'the artist creative process,'" says Berkhout, whose 2015 short film about photographer Jessica Lehrman was previously featured at PPD. His film about Burgerman came about after the artist asked Berkhout to shoot photos of him for a new book. Later, Berkhout used his leftover images to create a motion piece delving into Burgerman's past.
Thursday, September 21-Sunday, September 24 Photoville Week 2, gates open at noon. Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Dumbo, NY.On Friday, Photoville offers a workshop under the Brooklyn Bridge on shooting in low light settings on a photo walk with Matt Rick, at 5:30Nancy Borowick will be leading a Walking Tour of her exhibition, THE FAMILY IMPRINT, on Saturday and Sunday. She'll also be joining Daniella Zalcman, Glenna Gordan and others for book signings all weekend outside...
Miguel Winograd and Colombia's "False Positives" of War
In 2015, Colombian documentary photographer Miguel Winograd traveled to the country's southwestern Putumayo region to investigate the killing of four peasants by Colombian army soldiers. Near a village of coca farmers, he saw two boys playing at war. "They were just kids playing around, but by the way they held the sticks you could tell they had grown up in a war zone," Winograd says. His photo of one of the boys was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition. It is part of a series the photographer calls "False Positives," a term used by the Colombian army to describe the killing of innocent civilians.
Illustrator Profile - Arlen Schumer: "Everything I needed to know I learned from comic books"
Arlen Schumer is a Westport, Connecticut-based illustrator, writer, graphic designer and lecturer. Schumer specializes in bold, graphic comic book-style art that has appeared in numerous publications, in advertising, and in a wide array of commercial and promotional materials. Schumer is a passionate champion of comic art; in addition to creating a definitive book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, he gives an ongoing series of lectures on comic book artists and history. Schumer will be giving his latest "visualecture" on Tuesday, October 10 at the 92 Street Y in NYC on The Centennial of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. Tickets are available 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.