Archive for January 2012

Photographers’ Documentaries Debut at Sundance Film Festival

Posted by on Thursday January 19, 2012 | Awards/Contests/Grants

The Sundance Film Festival, the 11-day festival of independent films, kicks off today in Park City, Utah, with a roster that includes documentaries by two photographers-turned-filmmakers. “The Queen of Versailles,” a documentary by Lauren Greenfield, which will debut on the opening night of the Festival, has already been touted as a must-see at the Festival.... More

Kodak Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Posted by on Thursday January 19, 2012 | Business

After months of speculation, film company Eastman Kodak Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. In its filing in US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, the company reported that it has $6.8 billion in debt and $5.1 billion in assets. Kodak has struggled for years as photography moved from film... More

4 Useful Lessons from La Redoute’s Nude Man Fiasco

Posted by on Wednesday January 18, 2012 | Fashion, Fun

Somewhere, a photographer has been scolded–or worse–for a catalogue image that embarrassed his or her client. The image in question, for La Redoute, a French clothing company, shows happy kids frolicking on the beach in bathing suits–with a naked man emerging from the water in the background. The company removed the image from its Web... More

PDN Video Pick: Corey Rich Demos the Nikon D4

Posted by on Wednesday January 18, 2012 | PDN Video Picks

Nikon handed photographer and video maker Corey Rich a prototype of the new Nikon D4 and assigned him to create a short feature that would demonstrate the DSLR’s full 1080p HD video capabilities, before the camera goes on sale in February. With no restrictions on what he could shoot, Rich decided to focus on action... More

Swedish Journalists Seek Pardon After Terrorism Conviction

Posted by on Thursday January 12, 2012 | Photojournalism

Two Swedish journalists convicted in Ethiopia last month of supporting terrorism have decided not to appeal the decision, but ask instead for a pardon from the Ethiopian government. Photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye were given 11-year jail sentences for December 27, several days after an Ethiopian judge declared them “guilty as charged.” According... More

Lauren Greenfield Sued For Defamation By Documentary Subject

Posted by on Thursday January 12, 2012 | Uncategorized

Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is being sued for defamation by the subject of her new documentary, “The Queen of Versailles,” which is set to premier on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute is also named in the suit, filed on January 10 in Florida District Court, as is Greenfield’s... More

Does Being a Woman Make it Harder to Be a Photographer?

Posted by on Wednesday January 11, 2012 | Photojournalism

On balance, not so much. That was the consensus of the women photojournalists who participated in the panel discussion “Groundbreaking Women in Photography,” organized by the International Center of Photography in New York on January 10. The first in a series of annual “Spotlight” events ICP will hold to raise funds for its programs, the... More

On Marrying a Photographer: Alec Soth, Martin Parr, Zoe Strauss, Spouses Weigh In

Posted by on Wednesday January 11, 2012 | Uncategorized

On Alec Soth’s blog, Little Brown Mushroom, the Magnum photographer has responded to a reader whose partner is a photographer, and wants advice about planning a future life together, “marriage and babies included.” His post has inspired loads of comments (51 so far) from photographers and people married to photographers. Martin Parr, who has been... More

BREAKING NEWS: CES/PMA 2012: Fuji Unveils X-Pro1 Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with DSLR-Sized Sensor (UPDATED)

Posted by on Monday January 9, 2012 | Uncategorized

By Dan Havlik Fujifilm jumped into the mirrorless compact system camera category this afternoon with the new Fujifilm X-Pro1. The small retro-style camera, which accepts interchangeable lenses and uses a new APS-C size sensor about the size of what’s in an entry-level digital SLR, will go on sale in late February. “We’re aiming this camera... More