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June 24th, 2011

Judge Orders Ft. Lauderdale to Allow Photos Near Movie Set

A Florida state court judge has ordered the city of Ft. Lauderdale to quit barring photography in public places around a Hollywood film set. The emergency order, issued on Tuesday, was in response to a lawsuit filed last week by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the the publisher of South Florida Gay News (SFGN). They sued the city because Ft. Lauderdale police, who were reportedly moonlighting as security guards for the production of the film “Rock of Ages,” starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin, were preventing photographers and citizens from taking pictures of the set from public sidewalks and streets nearby.

Broward County circuit court judge Michelle Towbin-Singer wrote in her order that the city and its police chief “shall not prohibit or inhibit the taking of photographs at or from any public area surrounding, near or adjacent to the film set…For purposes of this order, the term ‘public area’ shall include any area where members of the public have a right to be, but shall not include areas that have been lawfully closed to access by members of the public.”

The film production began June 6. Police had posted signs around the film set that said “Warning. No Trespassing. Photography of this area is strictly prohibited. Strictly enforced by FLPD. Violators subjet (sic) to arrest. City Ordinance 16-1.” The SPJ and SFGN sued on the grounds that the ban was a violation of first amendment rights. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) subsequently joined the lawsuit, after the city failed to respond to its request to lift the ban.

Production for the movie ends today, but NPPA attorney Mickey Osterreicher says the plaintiffs will continue to press the lawsuit in order to get a declaratory judgment from the court, stating that such bans violate the constitution. “If we don’t get a declaratory judgment, this will happen all over again” the next time a Hollywood film production comes to town, Osterreicher says. A declaratory judgment by itself won’t prevent city officials from banning photography in the future, he explains, but it would deter such a ban by making it difficult for city officials to claim ignorance and by exposing the city to costly civil penalties.

Related: Ft. Lauderdale Photo Ban: Bought and Paid for by Hollywood?

June 15th, 2011

LOOK3 2011: A Defining Moment for LaToya Ruby Frazier

At this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier made her intentions as an artist and activist clear in a powerful presentation of her work that combined diaristic snippets about her relationships with her grandmother and mother with stories about the community of Braddock, PA, where she was raised. Frazier’s reading, reminiscent of a prose poem, was intensely personal, heartfelt and, at times, forceful and defiant, drawing on the history of Braddock as a once-prosperous steel town, and on its current state where poverty, joblessness and pollution-related health issues plague the largely African-American population.

Frazier’s work has previously been included in high-profile group exhibitions such as the 2009 Triennial at The New Museum and a 2010 group exhibition at PS1 MoMA, and she has had solo and two-person shows at her gallery, Higher Pictures in New York, and elsewhere. The work she has presented thus far has been comprised primarily of self-portraits and portraits of her grandmother and mother, whom Frazier taught to photograph and considers a collaborator. Yet the full breadth of her work and her ambition for it has not been widely known, she says.

“Until I spoke today, I don’t think people were aware of what the work was about, because it’s complicated,” Frazier told PDN after her Master’s Talk. “Today was a huge breakthrough to be able to come here and talk to people.” (more…)

May 19th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: The North Face Manifesto

The North Face Brand Manifesto from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo.

The above video, created by Camp 4 Collective for The North Face under the creative direction of Factory Design Labs, was a video winner in this year’s PDN Photo Annual.

Camp 4 Collective create adventure and expedition-based films that follow athletes to some of the most beautiful and remote locales in the world. Another of their films, “As It Happens,” recounts a climb a pair of Camp 4 climbers/filmmakers made in Nepal, which they documented in real time, sending dispatches via a satellite modem powered by solar energy. “As It Happens” was recently a Vimeo editor’s pick.

April 20th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Tim Hetherington’s ‘Diary’

Diary (2010) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo.

This 20-minute film was created last year by photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed on April 20, 2011, in Misrata, Libya. Hetherington died covering the conflict between Libyan rebels and forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.

Hetherington wrote of the film: “’Diary’ is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.”

Editor and director Magali Charrier did the editing and sound design.

Related: Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

March 31st, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Fall & Winter

Fall and Winter Trailer from Matt Manderson on Vimeo.

Photographer and filmmaker David Black, a member of the 2011 PDN’s 30, is part of the team producing a new documentary film, Fall & Winter, about the global environmental crisis. Through interviews with a wide range of experts, the film presents an “analysis of our failing institutions and culture so we may be equipped to handle drastic collapse and foster a vital, fundamental rebirth in the way we live on this planet.” The film is written and directed by Matt Anderson, and is scheduled to be released this fall. For more information visit: www.fallwintermovie.com.

March 22nd, 2011

The Bang Bang Club Trailer Released on iTunes

On April 22 Tribeca Films will release “The Bang Bang Club,” a film based on the true story of conflict photographers Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva, who worked in South Africa during the final years of apartheid.

The film follows the four journalists through South Africa’s segregated townships as they document the violence between supporters of the Africa National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party leading up to the country’s first free elections.

Written and directed by South African documentary filmmaker Steven Silver, the film is an adaptation of a book, The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, by Marinovich and Silva, which was first published in 2000.

The trailer for the film can be seen exclusively on iTunes, here.

Related: Photographer Joao Silva Wounded In Afghanistan

Related: Greg Marinovich leads 30 African photojournalists in coverage of the 2010 World Cup

March 15th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Love Linda V Legs

Untitled from KT Auleta on Vimeo.

Photographer and filmmaker KT Auleta has directed films for numerous fashion clients. Auleta created this film, “Love Linda V Legs,” featuring Czech supermodel Linda Vojtova, for a recent exhibition devoted to the model’s career. In addition to fashion films for Nowness, Generra and The Row, Auleta also wrote and directed a 15-minute short film, Runaround, about three adolescent girls, which was set in Oswego, NY, where Auleta grew up. Check out the trailer and full film here. Auleta is currently at work on a feature-length film.

March 4th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: A Bridge Delivered

Photographer Stephen Mallon directed this time lapse video showing the delivery and installation of the new Willis Avenue bridge linking Manhattan and the Bronx. The 2,400-ton steel structure was assembled near Coeymans, New York, then transported 136 miles down the Hudson River by barge. Mallon directed 9 camera operators working from the barge, other boats on the Hudson, and vantage points onshore along the route. He assembled the final video from more than 30,000 still images. The video will be screened at FPS Fest, which starts this evening in Brooklyn and runs through tomorrow. Other photographer/directors whose films will be screened at the festival include Danny Clinch, the Wade Brothers, Alexx Henry, to name a few.

February 9th, 2011

Did Steve McCurry Do Justice to the Last Roll of Kodachrome?

Courtesy of Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos, ©Steve McCurry

Magnum photographer Steve McCurry pulled strings two years ago to get his hands on the last roll of Kodachrome film that Kodak produced. Now Vanity Fair has posted a slideshow of the images McCurry shot with that film.

So how did he do with the final frames of this legendary film stock? Did he do justice to the roll? And if not, to whom should Kodak have given the film instead? (View the rest of the images here.)

February 1st, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Winter In Hell

Winter in Hell from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo.

Enrique Pacheco’s short film “Winter In Hell” (not a reference to the regular severe weather warnings afflicting areas of the United States this season), was created from footage shot in Iceland over the course of a year. It tells the story of a peaceful arctic winter interrupted by the explosion of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

The photographer and filmmaker used the Canon 7D and 5D Mark II, and Canon and Carl Zeiss lenses to shoot the footage. We recommend utilizing the full screen mode.