#247: Keep the Nihilist in the Closet

© Luigi Ghirri

This week, we discuss the connection between purpose and happiness. Are they connected? Does one precede the other? What happens to our work when we no longer feel any purpose in engaging in it? Does it merely become practice? If so, to what end? Also, a reflection on the life of Gene Cernan and men like him, who dared to leave their home behind “just to see if they could do it.” Luigi Ghirri is our Photographer of the week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #bookCover

2017 Presidential Inauguration

Getting Tickets to the 2017 Inauguration

Studs Terkel “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do”

I Earned More From Photo Gigs in 2016 With My iPhone Than My DSLRs

Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader — Apple – Apple

Download Lightroom for mobile | Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile

Home | The Last Man on the Moon

Luigi Ghirri – Wikipedia

Luigi Ghirri – Selected Works – Matthew Marks Gallery

Luigi Ghirri | Dazed

MACK – Luigi Ghirri – Kodachrome

Luigi Ghirri’s Kodachromes Revisited | TIME

#246: If I Start This, Then I’ll Have To Finish It

© Jerry Schatzberg

Sometimes, you need to take stock of the path you’re on to make sure you get where you’re trying to go. Other times, you may need to change the destination entirely. This week, we’re talking about looking at where we are and what to do if it’s just a little off. We’re also talking about new projects and how sometimes just rolling up your sleeves and doing the work is all that matters. Jerry Schatzberg is our Photographer of the Week.

#245: A Higher Form of Noise

© Kurt William Kamka

We’re starting out the new year discussing transformation — specifically, the transformation that seems to be an essential component to making art with a capital ‘A.’ To help with the discussion, we’re using a terrific Netflix documentary series that traces the foundations and evolution of Hip Hop that brilliantly exemplifies transformation at work. Through interviews and archival footage, we see the origin story that took hip hop from back alleys and front rooms in the Bronx to stadiums all over the world. Kurt William Kamka is our Photographer of the Week.

epson p800 | B&H Photo Video

Pete Souza (@petesouza) • Instagram photos and videos

Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs – The White House – Medium

Depeche Mode Return With Anton Corbijn, New ‘Spirit’ Record And 2017 Tour

anton corbijn

Hip-Hop Evolution

Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock – YouTube

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message – YouTube

Patti Smith Never Wanted to Be Famous – Here’s The Thing – WNYC

La La Land retro poster

Denon Wood Headphones on Amazon

Kurt William Kamka

What’s in the Bag of Kurt Kamka? – YouTube

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #beginning

#244: That’s the Arrow That Got Through

© Rodney Smith

This week, trying to reconcile the highs and lows of the past year and how for some of us, when an artist dies, a little piece of our history or even the personal identity that we have associated with the person (or their body of work) dies as well. It’s as if our potential, whether realized or not is inexorably tied to their energy. Also, a little about what’s next for each of us in 2017. Rodney Smith is our Photographer of the Week. Happy New Year everyone.

#243: Can You Make the Logo Bigger?

© Lori Vrba

© Lori Vrba

This week, we’re starting off with a little about gear, specifically the new Microsoft Surface Studio and the uncertain future of desktop Macs. From there it’s on to David Hockney and a somewhat relativistic view of the “good” of art and whether or not one piece of art is really any better than another. Also, are bigger prints always better? Plus, we take a trip to the Crit Wall. Lori Vrba is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #isolation

Saul Leiter in Conversation with Vince Aletti – YouTube

A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen

Hip-Hop Evolution

Inside the Mind of Martha Cooper, Iconic NY Street Photographer & Graffiti Documentarian | The Hundreds

The Genius of Photography – Episode 02: Documents for Artists – Watch Free Documentary Online – BBC, Tim Kirby, Denis Lawson (narrator)

MTA – Arts & Design | NYCT Permanent Art

Union Square ‘Subway Therapy’ Post-It Note Wall Moving to Upper West Side – Upper West Side, NY Patch

Lori Vrba

lori vrba (@lorivrba) • Instagram photos and videos

Kirsty Mitchell Photography

dr5 Film Lab – dr5-B&W-slide – B&W-negative – C41 – E6 – Film Processing World Wide

Edward Snowden tells Jack Dorsey Twitter’s features are ‘painful’ and ‘terrible’