Great Reads in Photography: January 9, 2022

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy-reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!


Aperture’s Best Photography Features of 2021 – Aperture

In 2021 Aperture celebrated photography in New York and New Delhi, revisited Judith Joy Ross’s timeless portraits, considered the “photobook phenomenon,” and asked how images can tell new stories about Latinx identity.


Meet the Shortlisted Photographers and Winners of Portrait of Britain 2021 – Creative Boom

The UK’s biggest annual photography exhibition, Portrait of Britain, has returned. It reflects the turbulent pandemic times we’ve all endured yet also finds the beauty within this global struggle.


‘Born With a Twisted Mind’: Helmut Newton’s Freaky Fashion – in Pictures – The Guardian

Fashion model in hat
Fashion, Melbourne, 1955 © Helmut Newton, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, courtesy Taschen
Yves Saint Laurent, Queen, Paris, 1969 © Helmut Newton, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, courtesy Taschen

Helmut Newton. Legacy is published by Taschen

The photographer’s offbeat shoots for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair had a lasting influence on visual art – and are the subject of a new book.


Through Lens and Time: German Museum Brings History of Camera, Cinema and TV to Life StarsAndStripes

A small museum near Kaiserslautern, Germany, offers visitors a look back at the development of technologies that allowed us to record memories large and small.


Whoever Invented USB-C Deserves a Nobel Prize — TheNextWeb

USB-C plugs on white background
Depositphotos

USB-C made being a gadget nerd so much better. Now, if only Apple would stick USB-C on the iPhone….


Georgia Museum of Art Receives Major Photography Gift — ARTFIXdaily

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has received a gift of nearly 3,000 photographs with a current appraised value of nearly $8 million, placing it amongst one of the nation’s best in 20th-century photography.


Fact Check: How do I Spot Manipulated Images? — Deutsche Welle (DW)

If an image seems fishy, something is likely awry. But how can you prove if a picture has been manipulated? Here are a few tips.


16 Questions About One Historical Photo: Tattooed Lady Betty Broadbent – Flickr Blog

Tattooed lady Betty Broadbent,
Betty Broadbent, the ‘Tattooed Venus’, Sydney, 4 April 1938, photographer Ray Olsen, Pix Magazine, courtesy State Library of New South Wales

In this One Photo, 16 Questions interview, Senior Curator at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Geoffrey Barker shares the story of Betty Broadbent, the most photographed tattooed lady of the 20th century.


How and Why to Use Negative Space in Photography — MakeUseOf

Four Wheeler Riding
Depositphotos

Negative space helps your subjects stand out in photos.


Duchess of Cambridge: New Photos Mark Kate’s 40th Birthday — BBC

The portraits were captured by celebrated fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, famed for working with industry stars like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. The images were taken at Kew Gardens back in November and will form part of a project from the National Portrait Gallery where the duchess is a patron.


In the 1960s, NASA Photographers Captured Glimpses of the Universe. Now, the Iconic Images Are Available on Artnet Auctions – Artnet News

Matthew Parciak, a photography associate at Artnet Auctions, dives into the history of some of NASA’s most famous images.


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We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.


About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him here.


Image credits: Header photo portions licensed from Depositphotos

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