Short-film makers Adrian Morphy and Marissa Bergougnou of Rhymes with Orange did an interesting little social experiment recently. They had a guy named Geoffrey Cork stand on a street and ask passersby to stop and pose for a selfie with him. It wasn’t just a smartphone selfie, though, but also one shot with a bulky 16mm Bolex motion picture camera. The black-and-white cinematic selfies turned out pretty well.
Ryan McGinnis is a photographer and storm chaser whom we interviewed and featured back in 2011. After years of pointing his camera at newsworthy storms, McGinnis switched things up a bit in 2014 by introducing time-lapses into his repertoire. Although he was still learning, he did manage to capture quite a few amazing sequences showing powerful weather events.
The 4.5-minute video above, titled “2014 Stormlapses,” is a highlight reel McGinnis put together to share his best time-lapse sequences. Read more…
Professional photographer Leif Norman recently gave a talk at TEDxManitoba titled “The Past and Future of Photography.” Norman spent 18 minutes giving the audience a brief history of photography and sharing Gladys, a large format view camera he built to experiment with older processes.
One of his recent discoveries was that he could scan a 4×5 calotype negative and turn it into a high quality 120 megapixel digital photograph. Gladys is therefore the equivalent of a 820 megapixel camera.
A 87-year-old grandmother in Texas has sold a rare and valuable collection of more than 500 Civil War-era photographs to the Library of Congress after building her personal collection for four decades. Read more…
Photographer CJ from substormflow is passionate about exploring sewer systems, and he wants to show the world the unique underground architecture that most people never get to see. The video above is a glimpse into the hidden system of old culverts and sewers beneath the bustling city of Manchester in England. Read more…
Retouching gets a bad rap these days due to the way it can distort truth and cause unrealistic expectations of human beauty, but retoucher Becci Manson is working to change that. The 12-minute profile above offers a look at how Manson works and how she is trying to make a difference, both in the retouching industry and outside the creative world.
Manson has worked with photographers such as Claire Rosen, Annie Leibovitz, and Christopher Griffith. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Manson traveled to Japan and helped organize a network of volunteers to restore 150,000 damaged photos for the victims. In 2012, we shared a TED talk she gave about the project and experience.
A lot has been said about Mr. Erwitt’s keen eye for the incongruous or absurd and his wry humor. His favorite interview question happened in Moscow when someone asked him — seriously — “Were you there when you took that picture?” His reply: probably.