What We Learned This Week: Viral Photo of Immigrant Child Shakes America
Photographs can hurt. This week millions of people looked at a picture by photojournalist John Moore and flinched. The photo, which became an internet sensation, shows a two-year-old Honduran girl crying after she and her mother were taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border. The image added to a growing condemnation of Trump administration policy toward treatment of immigrant children and families. What people didn't see, noted The Washington Post, was the pain it caused Moore himself, "who had to literally catch his breath after taking the picture because it pulled something out of him."
Spotlight: Capturing the Spirit of India's Mud Wrestlers
Joao Canziani fell in love with India on a road trip through Rajasthan. The New York-based photographer went there on assignment for Afar magazine, but besides shooting stills for the magazine, he also wanted to work on a personal project. "I was becoming obsessed with motion at the time," he says. To that end, he brought along a Sony a 7R II with a cinema zoom lens and a shotgun mic. "It was a big and humbling learning curve," Canziani notes. The result is his short documentary "Pehelwani," which focuses on a a group of young men that practice the ancient art of pehelwan, or mud wrestling. We spotlight the project today.
ICON10: The Inside Story on Workshops
ICON10, The Illustration Conference, to be held in Detroit, is just a couple of weeks away. The 10thanniversary edition of this biennial event is SOLD OUT, but there is a wait list you can sign up for—and watch for updates in your inbox. ICON brings together top illustrators, designers, educators, representatives, and art buyers to explore the future of illustration. Committed to providing a diverse forum for an ongoing dialogue that serves the illustration, design, publis...
Spotlight: A Tender Look at Colombia as Elections Near
Matthew O'Brien says he is drawn to beauty, no matter the circumstance. "I like to create work that is affirming and has the potential to lift spirits," said the San Francisco-based photographer in a 2017 interview, when he debuted his book "No Dar Papaya," a collection of Polaroid images from Colombia that provide what he calls an "alternative to the stories and imagery in the media of conflict, violence, drug trafficking, and assorted horrors" associated with the country. His work, which was also on view at the Colombian consulate in New York, offers a broader context for the country's presidential election this weekend.
Profile: Hope Wurmfeld's Memory of Rome, 1964
Hope Wurmfeld's love of Rome began 53 years ago. That's also when she discovered her love of photography. As she came to discover, the two passions -- Rome and photography -- are abidingly linked. In 1964, Wurmfeld moved to Rome after marrying her college boyfriend, who was there for year on a Fulbright scholarship. In the city's black market she bought two Leica cameras, several lenses, and a light meter, and then photographed everything she saw. Wurmfeld went on to become a noted fine-art photographer, but recently went through her archive and rediscovered her old images of Rome -- a Rome that is no more. Now they are collected in a new book.
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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.