Fine Art

The “New Rules” of Composition

Posted by on Wednesday May 18, 2016 | Fine Art, Video

Photography, like many other disciplines, has a loose set of rules that are very often strategically broken by artists and practitioners–to prove a point or to simply experiment. Thumbing one’s nose at the rules of composition, in particular, is a time-honored tradition. Photographer James Allen Stewart has his own spin on compositional rule-breaking and has put together... More

Google’s Gigapixel Robot Camera Is Taking Pictures of Museum Work

Posted by on Tuesday May 17, 2016 | Camera, Fine Art

Medium format cameras are widely used in commercial photography but they also have a thriving (if less well-publicized) life in museums, where they’re used to create high quality digital files of precious artwork. Those cameras, and the photographers who operate them, have some new competition from Google’s Art Camera. This custom built, robotic camera creates... More

The Incredible Macro Photography of Microsculpture

Posted by on Tuesday April 26, 2016 | Fine Art

Macro photography requires a certain discipline and patience, but even the most redoubtable macro shooter has to marvel at what Levon Biss has done. In a project dubbed Microsculpture Biss created 3 meter prints from 10mm insects–insects sourced from the second largest collection in Britain, at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. As the behind-the-scenes video below details,... More

Eli Durst Wins 2016 Aperture Portfolio Prize

Posted by on Friday March 25, 2016 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Fine Art

Photographer Eli Durst has won the 2016 Aperture Portfolio Prize for his series “In Asmara.” The prize, which includes $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York, is intended to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition, according to Aperture. Past winners include LaToya Ruby Frazier, Michal Chelbin, and Bryan... More

Ansel Adams, an Appreciation

Posted by on Wednesday March 16, 2016 | Fine Art, Video

We live in an era where photography is so pervasive and ephemeral that apps get multi-billion dollar valuations on the promise of deleting your images. It’s a state of affairs that would no doubt flummox Ansel Adams, who saw in photography the possibility for “endless horizons of meaning” (today, it’s endless horizons of memes). Readers... More

The 1,000 Year Palladiums Documenting Japan’s Natural Beauty

Posted by on Wednesday February 17, 2016 | Fine Art, Video

  It’s one of the ironies of the digital age that images taken with the most modern technology have very uncertain prospects for the future–at least until the Superman crystal memory gets perfected and commercialized. But images taken with some of the oldest photographic technologies actually enjoy some of the longest life spans. Enter Japanese... More

Great Weekend Reads in Photography and Filmmaking

Posted by on Friday February 5, 2016 | Fine Art

  “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” ― Logan Pearsall Smith How Photography Became a Modern Art – Christies 10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds – IPox Studios How the NY Times Is Using Old Images to Tell Stories It Missed – Poynter Shooting and Editing a Huge Indian... More

Great Photography and Filmmaking Reads for Your Weekend

Posted by on Friday January 15, 2016 | Celebrity, Fine Art, Social Media/Web

There were plenty of great reads published this week–hopefully you can block off a quiet hour or two to enjoy them. Gregory Crewdson on Being an Art Photographer Today – Vogue Annie Leibovitz on Shooting Rock Stars – Biography Meet the Man Who Photographed David Bowie for 40 Years – Vice The Challenges of Managing an Archive of Film... More

What Makes a Photographer?

Posted by on Friday January 15, 2016 | Fine Art

Smartphones have made picture-taking and images abundant commodities. But has this glut encroached on the art and craft of photography? Ken Van Sickle doesn’t think so. In this short interview with PBS, the New York-based photographer offers his thoughts on what it means to be a photographer today. “What a great photographer does is, they are consistently able... More