Posts Tagged ‘france’

Father Captures Carefree Childhood at Its Best in Heartwarming B&W Photo Series

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Everybody takes photos of their family, trying their best to keep a chronicle of their children as they grow up. They capture moments both mundane and momentous and store them away in what later becomes the family album (although it seems that might soon be a thing of the past).

But while everybody might make an effort to capture these memories, photographer Alain Laboile does so with an expertise behind the lens that has turned his own personal family album, a series called La Famille, into a heartwarming viral sensation. Read more…

Video: Beautiful Helicopter Photo Shoot of Storm Petra Buffeting the French Coast

Earlier this month, storm Petra battered parts of the French and British coast only days after another storm had smashed its way through the area. And while powerful winds and massive waves were tearing into the French coast, photographer Philip Plisson was in a helicopter capturing the action from a bird’s eye view. Read more…

News Agency in Hot Water for Censoring ‘Village Idiot’ Photo of French President

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Agence France Presse is drawing fire from other journalists for withdrawing what one rival described as a “village idiot photo” of French President Francois Hollande. Read more…

French Court Bans Photo Book in Dispute Over One of the Portraits Within

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A French court has banned distribution of a photo book and fined the photographer, essentially for including a portrait the subject didn’t like.
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French Ski Shop Makes Excellent Use of Google Maps’ Business Photos Feature

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You may or may not know this, but Google Maps offers a Business Photos feature through which the search giant allows “Google trusted photographers” to provide street view tours of business establishments. That way, you can browse the local camera shop’s selection before you ever actually go in.

But a small ski shop in France made headlines a couple of weeks ago by putting the feature to hilariously creative use. The store is Krakatoa in southern France, and when you tour their establishment, you’ll find some very interesting things are going on in that store. Read more…

Ghosts of WWII: Photos of Soldiers Seen in the Streets of Modern Day France

Dutch historian Jo Teeuwisse is back with another fascinating then-and-now project (we featured her work once back in 2010), this time titled Ghosts of War–France. The images show old World War II photographs of soldiers blended seamlessly into photos of the same locations in modern day France.

We’ve shared a number of these “window into the past” projects in recent days, including a very similar one by Sergey Larenkov, but we think Teeuwisse’s images are still worth a look.
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Portrait of French President Sparks Criticism and Mockery

Raymond Depardon is one of the greatest living French photographers in the world, so when the new French President François Hollande was elected into office, Depardon was chosen to take his presidential portrait (seen above). The idea was to frame him as a “normal” guy, in stark contrast to his predecessor who had, quote, an “American-style presidency.” Unfortunately, regardless of the intent and photographical skill involved, the photo has been both widely criticized and mocked since it was unveiled on June 4th. Read more…

Behind the Scenes with Camera and Lens Testing Service DxO Labs

Stephen Shankland over at CNET has written an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how DxO Labs — one of the world’s premier camera testing services — evaluates equipment. DxO Labs is based near Paris, France and was the result of a 2003 spinoff from a company called Vision IQ, which specialized in swimming pool safety. Since then, the group has published over 185 in-depth camera reviews on its website DxOMark.
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3D Glass Plate Photos From the 1930s

Paris-based photo enthusiast Alexis was passing a thrift store near his home recently when he noticed some strange looking optical equipment. Upon entering the shop for a better view, he discovered that it was an old stereograph viewer with ground glass in the rear. The store owner informed him that the viewer came with a box of roughly 50 glass plates made in France in the 1930s. Alexis jumped on the deal and, upon returning home, was pleasantly surprised to find that the images were beautiful 3D photographs of what living in France was like nearly a century ago.
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Controversial French Ad Campaign for Photographers’ Rights

French photographers organization Union des Photographes Professionnels (UPP) launched a controversial new advertising campaign this week, speaking out against the use of photographs without proper permission and/or payment. The ad reads: “Each day, a photographer’s work is used without his consent”. A spokesperson for UPP states,

It’s obvious that professional photographers are not being listened to. So, for the first time, we’re speaking to the photographic community with an image. We hope to raise awareness among the public, as well as the media and the government, about photographers’ problems. Each day, photographers are faced with decreasing rates. They are forced to compete against image libraries that are offering vile prices. These practices are infringing on photographers’ moral rights.

In a blog post, the organization adds, “Each day, photographers risk their lives to allow us to stay informed. And each day, photographers continue to be dealt with as if they weren’t producing anything. [...] With this image, we want to show the violent and disrespectful economic reality that photographers have to deal with.”

(via UPP via BJP via The Click )