What’s Next In Field Of Photography

During FotoWeek DC’s annual PhotoFest a few months ago, a group of concerned photography professionals brought together a series of presenters to talk briefly about what’s next in the industry. I was among the presenters, and the presentations are now online on YouTube.

Here’s the Highlights video (RSS readers see the video here):Some surprising ideas came out about the use of the selfie stick for iphone and how it can be used in conjunction with traditional photography methods.
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Surprising Portraits: Photos Of Feathers

National Geographic

There’s a science-y article in National Geographic‘s January issue about how birds are dinosaurs and how feathers are evolutionary marvels. But the real thing to check out is this portraiture. Feather portraiture, to be exact, by photographer Robert Clark. Continue reading

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Tanks for the Memory

maybe thousands, of photographs of the political unrest in Egypt.  At first blush there didn’t seem to be anything that distinguished the photographic record from the images representing political strife in other Middle Eastern countries in recent times – Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Greece, Tunisia, etc.: burned out buildings and cars aflame, streets littered with rubble and trash, images desecrated or burned in effigy, hands and fists raised in rage and protest, the spray of water cannon and the haze of tear gas, jack booted police wielding automatic weapons and bullet proof masks and shields standing off against sandal and sneaker clad protestors armed with sticks and stones, injured or dead bodies, makeshift funerals, and tanks … lots and lots of tanks.  On careful examination it was the photographs of tanks, such as the one above, that really set this collage of chaos and violence apart. Continue reading

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Annie Leibovitz’s Spidey Sense

Glenn Beck lovvvved it.

That is enough to keep me away from “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” the bruising Broadway musical. Does that make me one of the elitists Beck and his FOX News brethren despise? No doubt. Whatever. If I don’t go, it’s just one more seat available for the nice lady from Terre Haute.

The $65-million musical, directed by Julie Taymor with music by Bono and The Edge blah blah blah…is it going to be Broadway’s biggest disaster? Will any more actors fall from the ceiling? I don’t care, because I can’t afford Broadway and I forswore and refudiated seeing any more Broadway musicals after sitting through the excruciating musical version of “The Addams Family” last year, which featured a desperate-looking Nathan Lane and miserable-looking Bebe Neuwirth. Glenn Beck probably laughed and cried through it. Continue reading

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