What We're Reading: A Month of Trends, Opinion and Insight

By David Schonauer   Tuesday August 11, 2020

Whew, yeah, it’s hot outside.

So sip something cool and catch up up on some reading from the past month. Learn about the new community of Black women photographers pushing to fix he industry’s diversity problem. Find out why Pentax is sticking with DSLRs, and why SpaceX is responsible for ruin one photographer’s pictures of Comet NEOWISE. Discover the five cinematography styles every film uses. See the work of a photographer who basically bores his subjects to death … more, of course.

PetaPixel: A New Community of Black Women Photographers

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the world-wide reckoning with systemic racism that his death inspired, the photo industry has been taking a long hard look at its own issues with diversity and inclusion. Black Women Photographers—a new global community and database of Black women creatives—is both the result of, and an answer to, this long-overdue soul-searching.

The New York Times: Tyler Mitchell Says Black Beauty Is an Act of Justice

Tyler Mitchell’s first  monograph, I Can Make You Feel Good, captures a world populated exclusively by Black youth in a state of perpetual summertime. “My focus to some degree is autobiographical, thinking about certain desires and freedoms I wished for myself growing up in Georgia,” he says.

Fstoppers: Pentax Plans to Keep Making DSLRs

 last year, Ricoh executives said they expected most users to return to DSLRs after a few years. While that doesn’t seem to have happened so far, the company is sticking to its story.

Gizmodo: SpaceX Satellites Ruin Perfectly Good View of Comet NEOWISE

In space no one can hear your scream … even if a bunch of light-polluting satellites wreck your photo of a comet that comes around once in a gazillion years.

British Journal of Photography: Visions of the Chinese River

A new exhibition, set within ancient ruins in Normandy, paints a portrait of a transitioning China — through 13 photographers’ and 80 works that explore the river. It's called "Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source."

PIXImper: Why Photoshop’s Select Subject Tool Is Now So Great

The bane of many photographers' existence over the last couple of decades has been endless hours spent creating complex masks in Photoshop using the Pen tool. Unmesh Dinda over at PiXImperfect recently took the latest update of Photoshop for a spin, and he was blown away by the improvement to "Select Subject."

CNN: This Flying Photographer Is documenting How Humans are Impacting the Planet

Flying hundreds of feet above the ground in a motorized paraglider, George Steinmetz has photographed the world's most remote environments from the sky. His book Human Planet chronicles our impact on the environment and the solutions we have come up with to try to save it.

Feature Shoot: The Brutal Effects of the Climate Crisis Across the US

For Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis, the second installment in the Bronx Documentary Center’s series exploring the impact of the Presidency of Donald Trump, curators Michael Kamber and Cynthia Rivera explore how the 45th President of the United States has overturned decades of environmental policy in just a few year.

Vogue: Meet the Model and Photographer Behind We’re Not Really Strangers

Koreen Odiney sees the world a little differently. The 25-year old creator of the online phenomenon, We're Not Really Strangers, is always seeking new ways to foster communication.

Wolfcrow: 5 Cinematography Styles That Every Film Uses

A cinematography style is different from a film genre or directorial style. The key distinguishing feature is lighting and the “rendering” of the image. Which cinematography style appeals to you the most?

AnOther: Andy Warhol’s Intimate Polaroids of the Queer Community

As the Gay Liberation Movement got into full swing during the 1970s, Andy Warhol began to focus on the LGBTQ community in his art, creating two seminal bodies of work, Sex Parts and Torsos and Ladies & Gentlemen, selections of which are now on view online in Andy Warhol Polaroids at Fotografiska New York.

DIY Photography: This Photographer Bores Her Subjects to Death

British photographer Dawn Parsonage managed to capture boredom of the pandemic lockdown in her project, “Boring People.”
At top: from "Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source"


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