When we first saw these images we were struck with a strong sense of history, of our own nostalgia for scenes and places long gone, and overall how photographers should, to paraphrase Walker Evans, photograph with a sense of history in mind. Some of the photos from this collection have the almost eerie calm of the best of Atget, while others are akin to street scenes casually snapped that would later become treasured mementos of an age. We thank The Granger Collection and the Museum of the City of New York for allowing us to share some of these images with you.
Editor’s note: One of the joys of attending photokina in Cologne, Germany every two years was the display at the Polaroid stand (they had a hall to themselves) where works by renowned artists and photographers on Polaroid materials would be displayed. When the old company went out of business many of us were concerned with what happened to that collection. Now, the International Polaroid Collection has been preserved, thanks to the Impossible Project and WestLicht. Following is their official announcement, plus they courteously granted us permission to reproduce a few images from the vast collection as well.
Architecture inhabits and embodies time; whether months or centuries in duration, a building’s life cycle of construction, transformation and afterlife gives tangible form to history and turns public space into an index of the past. A photographic image is literally made of time, showing viewers the projection of an instant in history. When engaging with a photograph of a built environment as it once looked, we find ourselves immersed in an historical experience that was without precedent before the invention of photography in 1839.
Lowepro announces the launch of Flipside 400 AW, a high-performance camera
backpack designed with a large capacity, premium security, all-day comfort,
plus protection from the elements.
400 AW features a unique back-entry compartment that provides easy access to
gear when setting up--keeping the harness off the ground and clean--plus
extra security when on the move. With access to gear placed in the rear of the
backpack, roving hands are discouraged from reaching into the bag. With the
padded waistbelt secured, gear is quickly reached by rotating the entire bag
to the front, offering hands-free use and providing a stable work platform while
changing batteries, memory cards or setting up for the next shot. To protect
expensive gear from the elements, the Flipside 400 AW includes Lowepro's
patented, built-in All Weather Cover.
ARCA-SWISS has developed two new view cameras, the M-Line two Single Lens Reflex (SLR) and the M-Line two Medium Format (MF). These are all-round cameras that allow you to work from 35 mm to 4x5” film format or use with digital backs. ARCA-SWISS has a vast selection of accessories that can transform the M-Line Two into a 6x9 medium format or even a 4x5” camera.
The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes (Amphoto Books, $29.99) is from world-renowned photographer Art Wolfe and writer and photo editor Martha Hill, with Tim Grey. In this revised edition, the text has been updated throughout to reflect the dramatic changes in photography since this classic was first released in 1993. More than 50% of the beautiful images are all new, and a new contributor, digital imaging expert Tim Grey, shares sidebars throughout offering tips on digital imaging and processing.
The Photographic Society of America (PSA), the largest interactive organization in North America for advanced amateur and professional photographers, will celebrate its 75th Anniversary throughout 2009, beginning in April. Current membership is over 5100 individual members plus over 400 camera clubs worldwide.
Represented in over 60 countries of the world, PSA Members enjoy a wide variety of activities: a monthly magazine, photo and digital competitions, study groups, how-to programs, an annual week-long conference and a long list of other activities and services. PSA also sets the standards for all world-wide photo exhibitions. As a non-profit organization, its mission is to promote and enhance the art and science of photography in all its phases, among members and non-members alike.
PSA’s 75th Anniversary Conference will be held in West Yellowstone, MT from Sept. 20 – 26, 2009.
PSA Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, OK. More information about PSA is available at: www.psa-photo.org
Late in 2010 I made a trip to South China to visit my wife’s family in a village of rice and vegetable farmers. Being very hot and humid there, I always looked forward to walking the bean fields with my camera late in the day. It’s very peaceful and sometimes you can catch a cool breeze.
Professional bull riding is classified as an extreme and dangerous sport in nearly any measure that you care to describe. The bulls are big and dangerous; the riders are small and fragile in comparison. I took this photograph of a bull rider literally moments after being bucked off in front of an indoor arena full of screaming fans. He rode for less than 8 seconds, and consequently his day was done. The bull won.
Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Things Are Looking Up” and readers responded with a great variety of images with a skyward point of view. Many were architectural studies, and the fascinating compositions we received transformed the spaces in which we work, visit, and live. The abstraction engendered by taking a new point of view was certainly visually rewarding in all the entries we saw. It reminded us that some of the best images we can make are those that are made by looking anywhere but straight ahead, and we think when you look at the images below you’ll agree.