February 2nd, 2017
Earlier this week, Stereo Williams took a look at Atlanta for the DailyBeast: "How Atlanta Became the New Cultural Capital of America." He connects the dots between Donald Glover's recent success as creator, writer, director and executive producer of his own TV show, to Migos' "Bad and Boujee", even The Walking Dead.

The film industry here in Georgia has gone from $300 million to $7 billion according to Kasim Reed's state of the city address, and now Reed's pushing for the 1/10th-of-a-penny fractional tax for the arts.

Here's Williams on Glover:
"He's turned Atlanta into an allegory for so many peoples' experience—highlighting the city's culture and atmosphere as a window to something more universal. He’s drawn a ton of mainstream praise by presenting his own specifically Black perspective during a time when Black culture is once again both fashionable and feared."
There's also a pretty big game against The Patriots in Houston on Sunday.

We're a photography festival after all, so here's Kevin D. Liles' recent shot of Matt Ryan taking the field. Even if you're not into football, it's hard to not feel good about Atlanta these days.

#RISEUP and Celebrate!

© Kevin D. Liles

Marilyn Minter, at Zuckerman Museum of Art

February 1st, 2017
As we begin the annual run-up to October's #acpfest, we thought it would be fun to gradually share info about a couple of artists whose work you might see this fall.

NYC-based artist Marilyn Minter currently has work on view at Kennesaw State University at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, in their "Gut Feelings" exhibition, open through May 7th.

"This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists in whose work food, feeding, and cooking are symbolic representations of exchanged emotion. Organized around main themes of abjection and desire; nourishment as power or control; and food as material of the body, Gut Feelings looks to food as a vessel for a wide range of relationships."
Ms. Minter also has an exhibition up at the Brooklyn Museum: Pretty/Dirty and has been in the news recently for being on the frontlines as an activist, organizing artists in response to our new political reality.

(Photo credits: top, "Orange Crush" 2009 © Marilyn Minter / Mike Jensen for the Zuckerman / Marilyn Minter and Marina Adams by Mark Sagliocco-Getty Images)


Shealah Craighead, back in the White House

January 26th, 2017
If you've had your eye on the Oval Office over the last few days, you may have noticed Shealah Craighead making photographs. There's been speculation about who the replacement for Pete Souza might be, and Craighead is apparently "trying out" for the position.


I first noticed Craighead on Sunday, photographing this reception for law enforcement.
She's a White House veteran, having served as photographer for George W. Bush, and having worked as Sarah Palin's photographer.

There's also a question about who this photographer was, shooting DSLR video during the inauguration. He wore a scarf!


TIME’s Most Influential Images

November 17th, 2016

TIME just launched a new photobook and website dedicated to the "100 Most Influential Images", and you might appreciate the 20 videos accompanying the project, which tell the backstories behind some of the world's most famous photographs. (The 15-minute Richard Prince short-form documentary is definitely worth the click.)


Looking at News Photographs from the Past Week

July 11th, 2016
When there's an incredible week of news, it's often an incredible week for news photography, and last week was an example of both. As a blog about photography, we thought we'd highlight a few of the most popular photographs we've seen in the past few days, in hopes that one or two of them are new to you.

One of the more memorable photographs out of Dallas was taken by Ting Shen for The Dallas Morning News.

tingshen_900wTing Shen / The Dallas Morning News

What's remarkable is that Ting Shen is an intern for the DMN, and he had an interesting response to praise of his photograph on twitter, here, via Chris Megerian.


Locally, John E. Ramspott was on the ground for the march here on Saturday in Atlanta, and has a full set of photographs here. Sheila Pree Bright was sharing photographs from the same march on her tumblr and facebook. Brett Falcon has a full gallery here. Jonathan Walker is a prolific instagrammer who made this incredible photograph on Saturday:

walker_instagramvia wakkagram

Hands-down, the most discussed photograph is this image by Jonathan Bachman / Reuters of Ieshia Evans, a mom in Baton Rouge who was one of 102 protesters arrested on Saturday.
bachman_full_900wJonathan Bachman / Reuters

"It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand. To me it seemed like: You’re going to have to come and get me. And I just thought it seemed like this was a good place to get in position and make an image, just because she was there in her dress and you have two police officers in full riot gear." - Jonathan Bachman
Bachman also made this incredible photograph, again, from Baton Rouge:

bachman_900wJonathan Bachman / Reuters

And to end on a local note, a personal favorite, via Twitterer AzaniaJustice.

azaniajustice_900wvia AzaniaJustice


Brooks Jensen on “Why Photography?”

June 13th, 2016
"In this podcast I want to talk about other reasons why we should be interested (in photography) that have nothing to do with money and economics."
- Brooks Jensen, via Lenswork podcast #949 (ACP 2008 Portfolio Reviewer)

360 Video – Finally Merging Form With Function

May 19th, 2016
While 360 cameras have been available for a while, and the technology keeps getting better (more resolution, better software to stitch the files together) I haven't seen an example that didn't feel frivolous, forced, or unnecessary.

All that changed with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's new story for RYOT / Huffington Post on "Rethinking Cuba". If you've seen photographs (or footage, even) from Cuba and wondered what was beyond the frame, 360 video is racing to fill that gap. Jelly-Schapiro's example merges journalism with a new kind of travel voyeurism that I haven't seen before.

Plus, it's fascinating how 360 footage presents a kind of experience that's akin to watching a livestream from a fixed camera location. As a viewer, you feel like you don't know what will happen next, and that you're empowered to (in some small way) control the outcome by panning and scrolling through the frame. (Use your mouse, folks!) It's a YouTube-based "Choose Your Own Adventure".

When new cameras, equipment (or apps, even!) come along there's a race to figure out their best use, and Jelly-Schapiro's example comes as close as I've seen to realizing the strength and uniqueness of 360 video's promise.


PhotoViz, a new book from Nicholas Felton

March 23rd, 2016
Just learned about the upcoming release of designer Nicholas Felton's latest project, a book called PhotoViz, which sits squarely at the intersection of Photography & Data Visualization.

You might be aware of Felton's design work, like the Facebook timeline, or the Annual Report he releases every year about his own life. His reports are both brilliant & confounding, and it's exciting to see he's merged his appetite for design with the explosion of interest in photography.

Here's a GIF preview:

You might recognize photographer Mike Kelley's project on the cover:
mike_kelly© Mike Kelley

Or Boris Pophristov's pinhole solargraphs:
20160323_pophristov© Boris Pophristov
It's possible to make out a few other familiar projects in the preview. I recognize Pelle Cass' work in there. And it's hard to imagine a Larson/Shindelman's project didn't make the cut, especially their "Geolocation: Atlanta", an ACP Public Art project from 2012.

Here's a video worth watching of Nicholas Felton talking about the project (and more) last year in New Zealand:
It's also intriguing to see time-lapse-esque techniques appearing that Stephen Lawson has been exploring for decades, even before they could be done digitally. (Whoa, right?)

Last thing: I've definitely never seen light painting from a kayak paddle before (from Stephen Orlando).


“90 Miles and Worlds Apart” – Three Photographs from Havana

March 20th, 2016
Today's photograph of Air Force One flying over Cuban airspace on its approach to Havana has been receiving a lot of attention. It was made by an unnamed Reuters stringer, and it's been fascinating to see it posted, often referred to as "an amazing photo".

Regardless of your politics, the photo contains all the required elements of what it means to depict the President of the United States visiting Cuba for the first time in 90 years; streets filled with vintage cars, an eminently photographable neighborhood, Cubans stopping to gaze up as Air Force One descends from the sky.
There's a companion image that's also available, and it's quite possibly the next frame the photographer made. It tells a slightly different, perhaps less impactful story.


Short of tracking down the photographer (or their editor) there's no way of knowing if either of these two photos are cropped (they most likely are - the aspect ratio is a tell) but it's interesting how you can prove they're made from the exact same spot, as the photographer tracks Air Force One from right to left.

It's possible to draw lines of perspective from mid-ground objects to background objects to ascertain that the photographer hasn't moved, but has pivoted with the plane. If two photographers (standing five feet apart) made the photos, the objects wouldn't align with such surety.

If there’s a lessening in the power of this second photo, we can blame the contemporary car driving toward us on the left. A Subaru? Compared to the top shot and its vintage-only automobiles, the white car dilutes what we've come to expect from "a quintessential Cuban photograph". Air quotes, mine.

There's a third photo, by Rolando Pujol for EPA, which photographs the same flight plan, but from a different street.


Pujol's photo has even more context; crowds of people in the foreground, cell-phones aloft, and a pedestrian trio in the lower-left corner, walking away from the hubub, with two turning around to catch a glimpse.

But it misses the secret sauce of what the Reuter’s photographer was able to capture. The Reuter's photographer went out and made the picture the story required. You can almost hear the assignment; "we need the plane descending, over a neighborhood, with everyone looking-up, and be sure you have old cars in there."

It’ll be interesting to discover (in coming days) if the photographer’s name will be released.


Are Personal Drones the Final Phase in the History of Photography?

March 16th, 2016
While camera and drone-makers scramble to get into the personal drone space and ignite the next selfie craze (unmanned selfies, but with video, at altitude) we scrambled back to look at last year's video from Lily:

While scrolling down Lily's home page, we came across this "History of Photography" graphic, which might stop you in your tracks as quickly as it stopped us. ;)

Have you ever wondered why, on all of these "history of mankind" illustrations, that evolution is always depicted from left to right? (I mean, we all know why, but still interesting, right?)

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