Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Weekend

What to Read

World Press Photo Nominations – The World Press Photo of the Year awards are in their 62nd year. The 2019 awards include a new category: World Press Story of the Year. Photographers from around the world submitted entries and 43 of them, from 25 countries, received nominations. Check out World Press Photo’s site for more and Read BJPs article here.

Temps Zero Logo

Also on BJP’s site, check out this article on Temp Zero– a photography and music collaboration held in Europe. The event started in 2012 and will be part of Foto Wien 2019. Read about it on BJP and also check out Temps Zero’s website.

How to Survive Rejection. Photo District News published a quick piece by Maggie Steber on “How to Survive Rejection.” It’s a quick read and worthwhile.

Also on PDN: National Geographic reverses course on a photo contest that came under fire as a “massive rights grab.” National Geographic changed the licensing structure after complaints. Read about it here.

“When we speak of “shooting” with a camera, we are acknowledging the kinship of photography and violence.”

Teju Cole.

When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.) –New York Times. This is a far reaching article by Teju Cole with an interesting slant. Teju cole is, according to his NYT bio, “the photography critic of The New York Times Magazine…[and the author of] “Blind Spot,” a book devoted to his photography.”

What to Watch

The Leica Camera blog published a fascinating piece about Daniel Zvereff and his work on Okay Kaya‘s music video for the song Emulate. Zvereff shot the video with a Leica M-P. Read the article on Leica’s blog and watch the video below.

Emulate by Okay Kaya. Animated by Daniel Zvereff.


Photography & Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Weekend, January 26th 2019

What to Read

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now — British Journal of Photography. An article about the Guggenheim’s year-long exhibit of Mapplethorpe’s work. The exhibit coincides with the 30th anniversary of Mapplethorpe’s death.

A World Silent — The Photographic Journal. A photo essay composed of mostly nude self portraits by half-deaf photographer Jesuuna. The images are an exploration of two months spent in Sweden, in a house that was “quiet and [she] felt completely free”

Is My Nikon to Your Canon Like My PC to Your Mac — FStoppers. Amusing, if nothing else.

Are You a Photographer or a FOMOgrapher: Part 1 — FStoppers. Interesting reading, especially if you find yourself following a lot of other photographers on social media.

The Great 400mm Teardown Comparison. Part II — The Sony 400mm f2.8G — LensRentals Blog. If you enjoyed Part I, the teardown of the Canon 400mm, you’ll probably like this.

How to Get Your Feature Film Streaming on Netflix — Videomaker

The Winners of Flickr’s Best Shot Competion — Flickr

What to Watch

Developing 4×5 at Home with B’s 4×5 Reel — Dave Rollans Films on Youtube. For the large format curious.
Street Photography: Documentary | Joel Meyerowitz 1981

If you want to travel back in time and see what street photography was like in 1981, check out the video above.

And Then There’s This

Fortnite Player Discovers Game Changing Heavy Shotgun Bug — Digital Trends

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this weekend — January 18th 2019

What to Read

A Photographer Plunked a Photo Booth Outside BIW and Made Shipbuilder Portraits. She Learned A Lot About Them — Bangor Daily News

Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife Through Sixty Years of Marriage — The New Yorker. Let this story inspire you to take more pictures of your family.

Flickr celebrated 11 years of The Commons on January 16th. Since its inception and early partnership with the Library of Congress, the commons has grown to 115 participating institutions. The commons now consists of over 33,000 photographs and has over 70K followers. Check out the story and some great historical imagery here.

The Future is Bleak: Why Nikon and Canon’s New Mirrorless Lenses are the Wrong Direction. This is an opinion piece published on FStoppers. At The Photo Beat we imagine it will create a wide variety of responses–all with extreme agreement or disagreement in typical Internet form. But, read it for yourself and see what you think.

I Stopped Posting to Instagram for 90 Days and This is What Happened is also a decent read on FStoppers this week.

There’s More

And in a third decent installment from the folks at FStoppers, check out Instagram Freebooting is Out of Control and the Company is Letting it Happen. The debate about copyright and permissions is at the heart of this article, but let’s be honest, does anyone have a reasonable expectation that they can maintain control of their intellectual property after posting it on social media? Should they? Is it okay to hypocritically allow reposts from fans, but then threaten legal action when the repost is from a brand or small company? All food for thought.

However, if you’re curious about what you could do, check out: Quick Tip: How To Deal with and Image Thief on PDN.

Also on PDN, With Foreign Bureaus Slashed, Freelancers are Filling the Void — At Their Own Risk

Ralph Gibson: The Life and Work of a Legend — Leica Camera Blog. This is a great article about Ralph Gibson’s work and features some of his most iconic images.

Why A Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years — Wired. In a follow up to the story above, this one is about Ralph Gibson’s transition to digital. He also discusses this in his TED Talk, Finding a Visual Identity in the Digital Age (video below).

What to Watch

And Then There’s This

An Egg Has Poached the Most Liked Instagram Post Title from Kylie Jenner — Esquire. Not much to say about this one, but if you’re using likes as a benchmark or indication of the quality or veracity of your work, you may want to recalibrate your sensors.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, or Listen to This weekend — January 11th, 2019

What It Takes to Make Instagram Influencing a Full-Time Career — Bloomberg

Roger Cicala published part 1 of “The Great 400mm f2.8 Teardown Comparison” on the Lens Rentals blog. This first article in the series documents the dismantling of Canon’s 400mm f2.8 L IS III. It’s an interesting read for tech junkies and any photographer genuinely interested in the technology that makes long, expensive glass perform the way it does.

Did You See That?! — Digital Trends published a round up of some of the coolest displays at CES. It’s not all photography related, but worth a look. The flying, eight-rotor taxi was our favorite. The 78′ yacht wasn’t shabby either.

Benjamin Vunk’s Photography Defines a New Era Of Style — Ignant

How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees — Atlas Obscura.

BlacKkKlansman Director of Photography Chayse Irvin on Imbuing Images with Metaphors — by Su Fang Tham for Film Independent.

What to Watch

How Photography is Affecting Our Brain — Wired.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, or Listen To This Weekend — January 4, 2019

What to Read

Take this one with a grain of salt, it’s a slick commercial put together by Nikon and The Atlantic. Areas of Focus is a Nikon Z7 commercial featuring Joe McNally. It’s worth a look just to appreciate McNally’s work. Check it out if you can get past the marketing bit.

Meet Leander Varekamp, Our Portrait of Humanity People’s Choice Winner — British Journal of Photography

The Real Vanlife: What It’s *Really* Like to Live on the Road in a Vintage Van by James Barkman — Field Mag. “James Barkman is a photographer, surfer, thrill seeker, and life enthusiast currently exploring the PNW in his faithful but not necessary trusty 1976 VW Type 2 van”

BJP – Online Loves … — British Journal of Photography. A collection of interesting photography projects.

New Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, had a great 2018 — Sony Reconsidered

What a Long Government Shutdown Could Mean for the FAA — and the Drone Industry — Dronelife

What to Watch

Wild Polar Bear Tries to Break In | BBC Earth — A wild polar bear attempts to snack on Gordon Buchanan, wildlife cameraman as he hunkers down in a protective cage. The Photobeat’s staff found this quote vey appropriate: “At this point, my fear outweighs my fascination.”

If this video piques your inserts about Gordon Buchanan, check out:

Love at first bite: The Incredible story of how BBC cameran filmed world’s deadliest bears – and ended up introducing them to his children — The Daily Mail

Gordon Buchanan, the Indiana Jones of Wildlife Presenters Talks About That Very Close Encounter With a Polar Bear. — Ethical Hedonist

What to Listen To

Photographer Stephen Vanasco Talks Legacy, the Adult Film Industry and Social Media — Hypebeast Radio Podcast. An interview by Jeff Staple. Stephen Vanasco is a business owner, photographer, former adult film director, and Leica Ambassador.

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend — December 28, 2018

What to Read

Bruce Gilden on the Art of Street Photography and His Pursuit of Good Portraits — Wallpaper

How Peter Jackson Made WWI Footage Seem Astonishingly New — The New York Times

Diary of a Photojournalist: Alain Keler Discusses his Career and the Theme of Photography as Memory — Leica Camera Blog

In Defense of Documentaries as Journalism — Columbia Journalism Review

22 Predictions for Social Media in 2019 — The Verge

Rising Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content — The Atlantic

What to Watch

Think More Shoot Less – The Ray Barbee Interview by Dave Rollans Films

Because It’s Cool

Ken Block’s GYMKHANA TEN: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour — The Hoonigans

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 21, 2018

What to Read

Harold Feinstein: America’s Forgotten Photographer — Huck

Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog

Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog

Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers

FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography 

What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York — Artsy

What to Watch

Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary” 

Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.

A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.

And Then There’s This:

Photo of Couple Boning on Top of Pyramids Prompts International Investigation — Vice

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 14, 2018

What to Read

How Photographer Randal Ford Shot the Animal Kingdom, A Book of Over 150 Animal Portraits — FStoppers

Rhiannon Adam: Fracking in the UK #1 — a photo essay from the “frontline of the fracking resistance” –British Journal of Photography

What to Watch

On the Frontlines of Photography — A CBS Sunday Morning video in which Ted Koppel examines the lives and work of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, both killed in Libya in 2011.  Additionally, the piece features filmmakers Jim Campbell and Sebastian Junger. It’s a worthwhile use of 10 minutes of your time. 

Free Solo — this one will still require a trip to theaters but it’s worth it. Jimmy Chin an Chai Vasarhelyi document Alex Honnold as he achieves a climbing dream–climbing the 3,000 ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. The film is a treat for photographers not only because of it’s stunning imagery and scale, but in the many behind the scenes moments during which Chin and his team discuss how they will capture the imagery without disrupting the climber. Any slip will likely kill Honnold. Check out National Geographic’s page with images and a trailer. 

Humor

Portrait Photographer Surprised to Discover His Lens Has Apertures Other than F/1.4 — FStoppers