This week, we remember icon Saul Leiter and discuss not only legacy but intent and what it means to live and create with purpose. Who gets to decide what work (if any) is important? Plus, we talk a little about tools, including the new crop of 4K displays on the horizon. Ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples Edward Curtis is our PotW.
Saul Leiter, Photographer Who Captured New York’s Palette, Dies at 89 – NYTimes.com
“In No Great Hurry” 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter
Here’s The Thing: Chris Rock and Herb Alpert – WNYC
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TidBITS: Can You Replace Photoshop with Pixelmator?
Dell UP2414Q: The 24-inch 4K monitor that finally brings 4K to the desktop PC, for $1400 | ExtremeTech
Where Children Sleep by James Mollison is a Photography Project That’ll Shock You
Watch the Rolling Stones Write “Sympathy for the Devil”: A Highlight in Godard’s ’68 Film One Plus One | Open Culture
Vermeer’s Secret Tool: Testing Whether The Artist Used Mirrors and Lenses to Create His Realistic Images | Vanity Fair
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A few years ago, my partner and I went to Japan for a couple of weeks. I shot about 20 rolls of film on my Hasselblad 501cm over the course of the trip which meant I came home with about 250 images. Not a lot for most photographers over days, but in my opinion, just enough.
When I got back I scanned and printed the best of the images and had a little show at a cafe near my house. Most of those prints have been given away to family and friends (my sister for one has a number of them including a shot of fish heads from Tsukiji market in her office at the Smithsonian) but I had been meaning to do something different for a while now. I wanted to create a contact sheet of all of the pictures, have it printed as a poster, and then stick it on the wall for people to peruse when they come to visit.
Today my 30×48″ print arrived from El-Co Color (Love those guys) and it’s on the wall. Pretty neat in my opinion and definitely something different from the handful of small or medium size prints most people would create. Next I’ve got to try it with my Italy pictures.
This week, we gear out a little (just a little) and talk about light, specifically the subtleties and how much they may or may not affect your end product. Also, we talk about funding projects. Should you pony up the cash, or is crowd-funding a possible solution? Plus, user-suggested Photographer of the Week, portrait shooter Martin Schoeller.
At The World’s Margins: Paul Salopek – Faded + Blurred
TIME Picks the Photobooks We Loved in 2013 – LightBox
Lightning Source Books
Photoshop Photography Program : Adobe Creative Cloud
9 year old discusses the meaning of life and the universe – YouTube
Spencer Murphy wins 2013 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Fujifilm Finds Niche With Old-Style Cameras That Mask a High-Tech Core – NYTimes.com
Jony Ive, Marc Newson And Bono Lead Sotheby’s (RED) Auction To A $977,000 Mac Pro – Forbes
It’s Not The Umbrella’s Fault – Einstein / Speedlight Modifier Shoot-off : On Taking Pictures
Photograph taken by Ringo Starr of high school friends peering out of Chevrolet is reconstructed 50 years on as group is reunited | Mail Online
Photographer of the Week
A Conversation with Martin Schoeller
Who Said Girls Can’t Jump? – NYTimes.com
Matthew Modine & Martin Schoeller’s Experiences| Capture Ep. 3 Full | Reserve Channel – YouTube
Martin Schoeller photo shoot – YouTube
The Technique Behind Martin Schoeller’s Photography | Around The Mall
Books We Recommend
Identical: Portraits of Twins