Varun Raghupathi

Spotlight: Illustrating the Bond Between Dogs and Their Owners, For a Pet Food Brand

By Varun Raghupathi   Tuesday December 10, 2019

Sometimes it's perfect just to be perfectly cute. Philadelphia-based photographer Lisa Godfrey plumbed the depths of adorableness to create an ad campaign for the Diamond Pet Foods company that illustrated the deep bonds between dogs and their owners. "They wanted authenticity -- dogs being dogs. I had a good bit of creative freedom," says Godfrey. She based her work on the behavior of her ...   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Meyer Optik is Back With New Trioplan 100 f/2.8 II

PetaPixel   Tuesday December 10, 2019

Meyer Optik Görlitz is coming back from the dead: After an embarrassing and very public fall-from grace in 2018, the lens manufacturer, now owned by OPC Optics, is ready to begin re-releasing products that, notes PetaPixel, are not just re-branded Chinese knockoffs at astronomic markups. First up: the Trioplan 100 f/2.8 II (about $1,100). Also coming are the Lydith 30mm f/3.5 II (about $1,000) and the Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 II (about $1,000).   Read the full Story >>

Closeup: How Letizia Battaglia Photographed the Mafia and Lived

theguardian   Tuesday December 10, 2019

Now 84, her hair dyed pink as if in defiance of old age, Letizia Battaglia is an icon in Palermo, Sicily, her native city: Battaglia photographed mafia violence in the 1970s and 1980s, creating what she has called an “archive of blood.” Two of her images were crucial in proving former prime minister Giulio Andreotti’s links to organized crime. Battaglia’s life and work is featured in the film Mafia, which, notes The Guardian, offers “a glimpse of the heavy price Battaglia paid for her bravery and commitment.”   Read the full Story >>

Trending, 1: How Instagram Killed Off Paparazzi Culture

The New York Times   Tuesday December 10, 2019

Curated by a young man who was in grade school when Britney Spears commandeered the attention of the paparazzi, a new Tumblr site called “Pop Culture Died in 2009” resurrects an era of celebrity culture that is no more: The site features vintage Us Weekly spreads and paparazzi photos, retelling tabloid tales about Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton and others. What happened in 2010 that tamed the paparazzi? “Instagram happened,” notes The New York Times.   Read the full Story >>

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