Adventure photographer Jimmy Chin recently shot a feature story for National Geographic about the derring-do of modern day rock climbing, and Renan Ozturk of camp4collective.com made this behind-the-scenes video of Chin at work. It’s full of spectacular views, sweaty palm moments, and insight about how Chin works while dangling from a climbing rope on El Capitan and other Yosemite cliffs.
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To take our mind off fast approaching Hurricane Irene, we’ve been getting a few laughs from this Tumblr blog entitled “Stocking Is the New Planking” where stock photos are reenacted for fun and general amusement.
We really know what the point of it is but that’s probably the point.
Stay dry, friends.
Why are there still so many boring panel discussions and blog articles asking if photography is dead?
Joerg Colberg, creator of the photography blog Conscientious, confronts this question head on in a new YouTube video. His solution: We admit photography is over. “I think it was good while it lasted,” Colberg deadpans for the camera.
Of course this leaves some issues unresolved. Like, what should Colberg do with all his photography books? And what else can we discuss in seminars and panels? The death of Facebook?
Colberg’s declaration of the death of photography has been met with good cheer. As one commenter on Colberg’s video says, “Now that that question is over, we can go out and take pictures.”
What do you get when you have a ton of photo gear, some photographers with a lot of time on their hands, and an unhealthy interest in Rube Goldberg machines? The below video. (To see how they did it, click here.)
Guinness record holder Jason Groupp appears to have survived a challenge to his world best mark of lighting 300 flashes in a single photo.
According to a least one published report, an attempt was made to break Groupp’s controversial record this past week in a public square in the northern Hungarian town of Eger.
Apparently, Mother Nature may have played a part in the failed effort. Or maybe the record was, in fact, broken but Guinness was not on hand to verify the feat. (Scattered news reports are still coming in and being translated by our crack team of linguists.)
From this Google-translated blog:
“Unfortunately, time was not kind to us, because when the rehearsal began, the rain burst (in a few minutes after our arrival). The villanj pears and only then, but diligently shining. A few minutes later I poured properly, had to hurry. The distributors have ensured that the power villanj pears to have swam in the rain water, but it worked well.”
Groupp did not seem worried that his record was in jeopardy. “Looks like someone ‘tried’ to break my Guinness World record,” he bragged on Facebook. “I think this record is safe for a little while.”
In May, the New York-based Groupp attracted the admiration (and ire) of his fellow photographers when he harnessed the power of 300 small strobes to light a group portrait at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. The photograph broke the Guinness record for most flashes used in an image.
Could this emerging rivalry become the Kobayashi vs. Joey Chestnut of the small strobe lighting world? Time will only tell.
Do photographers make the worst portrait subjects? That’s a question for Rene Burri, who has been taking group portraits of the members of Magnum Photos at the cooperative’s annual meeting for over 30 years.
At Magnum’s recent meeting in Paris, Chien-Chi Chang shot a short video of Burri as he attempts to direct and cajole the members in three languages. The resulting portrait appears at the end of the video.
Peter Parker, who was arguably the most famous newspaper photojournalist (albeit a fictional one) and superhero, has died. The final installment in the “Death of Spider-Man” comic book series went on sale June 22, Marvel Comic announced last week. (Speculation that Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, committed suicide after scathing reviews of his Broadway musical, “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark,” are currently unfounded.)
Longtime fans of the web-slinger needn’t fear, though. The Spider-Man killed in this month’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 is a re-imagined version created in 2000 under Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Marvel imprint as part of an effort to appeal to a younger audience. One recent storyline involved Parker being fired from the Daily Bugle for doctoring photos.
While the Ultimate Marvel version was being published, the original Spider-Man was having his own adventures in several series that were published concurrently. The more seasoned Spider-Man, created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, will continue to grace his own monthly titles.
Somehow we knew the real Peter Parker would never Photoshop photos meant for publication.
Tempers have been flaring for months over New York City’s bike lanes. Residents blame them for adding to traffic congestion; bicyclist claim motorists who flout the rules make the bike lanes unsafe. Against that backdrop, filmmaker (and bicyclist) Casey Neistat has posted a 3-minute video titled “bike lanes” to protest a fine he had to pay for straying outside a bike lane. His initial encounter with a police officer makes for a slow start, but if you stay with it, the rest of the video makes for quite an entertaining short.
This new fashion spread features high production values, detailed styling, great lighting, lots of imagination… And it induces giggles, as fashion photography often does.
Photographer Peter Lippmann, known for exquisite still lifes, has re-interpreted several well known paintings, by Zubaran, Whistler, de la Tour and others. In each photo, he’s placed a shoe or handbag from the 2011 collection of luxury fashion designer Christian Louboutin. The idea seems to be that Louboutin’s sculpted, bejeweled and befeathered shoes and clutch purses are works of art.
What strikes us funny is that none of the models in the photos are actually wearing the shoes — they’re holding them in their laps, gazing lovingly at them as they sit on a table or carrying them atop a tray of fruit. That’s probably wise, because posing in those heels could hurt. And people who collect Louboutin’s red-soled creations aren’t really interested in their practicality.
Still, it would have been nice if Whistler’s mother had spiced up that dowdy outfit of hers with a pair of roccia leather ankle boots with studded piping. After all, she’s got a foot rest.
All photos © Peter Lippmann
A silent auction of photographic prints to benefit relief efforts in Japan will be held next Thursday, April 21 at 25CPW Gallery in New York City. The auction is being organized by a group of NY-based Japanese and American photographers, and includes work donated by more than 60 photographers.
Ticket sales for the event, and 100% of proceeds will go to Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organization that is helping rebuild communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Participating photographers include Gilles Bensimon, Kenro Izo, Elliott Erwitt, Jean Gaumy, Lois Conner, Nina Berman, Suzanne Opton, Wayne Liu, James Whitlow Delano, Jonathan Mannion, and Stephen Ferry.
In addition to a silent auction, the event will feature Japanese-themed live music, food and drink.
The event is dubbed The Wa Project, after the ancient Japanese term, which “dates back to the 8th century and means many things,” says a statement by the organizers. “It is the ancient name of the spirit of the country itself. It also stands for peace and calm and is a symbol of the circle, unity, and harmony.”
The Wa Project is being produced through a partnership with Nuru Project, 25CPW and Sombra Projects, with contributions from the Magnum Foundation and Friends Without Borders.
For more information on participating artists, and to purchase tickets, please visit http://waphotographyauction.com/.