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May 23rd, 2012

Video Pick: William Wegman on Walking Canes and Dogs


Omhu, the design firm that makes stylish canes and other mobility aids, teamed with photographer William Wegman to produce a photo library and video that presents canes—and the mobility they provide—in a fun way.

It features one of Wegman’s classic subjects, a Weimeraner, interacting with one of the canes, which are made using high-performance materials used for skateboards and bikes. Rie Nørregaard, creative director and president of Omhu (Danish for “with great care”), was a leader on the cane design and the new campaign.

Both the cool-looking canes and the dancing, leaping, bounding Weimeraner shown in Wegman’s photo library are intended to encourage people to move more.

The company fills a void in the market, supplying products for an aging population that doesn’t want to sacrifice style for functionality. Maybe Omhu can make a nice looking case for my reading glasses.

You can view the photo library on the Omhu web site, and the video can also be viewed on Vimeo.

April 30th, 2012

Video: How Erik Almås Works with Dinosaurs

© Credit Suisse/photo by Erik Almås

Erik Almås says he prefers “crafting” images to “capturing” them. Working with ad agency Euro RSCG in London, Almås crafted an ad for Credit Suisse that features the eco-friendly Oxygen scooter, a Credit Suisse client. He shot images in multiple locations and in a photo studio, which were then blended with some computer-generated images of dinosaurs. No, the CGI dinosaurs are not a reference to Terence Malick’s Tree of Life, but to the era when fossil fuels were not yet fossils.

This slickly produced behind-the-scenes video shows Almas shooting in Hawaii,  Arizona, and on the set. It also reveals what Euro RSCG and Credit Suisse marketers hoped to communicate and how the finished ad pulls all the photographic elements together.

 

The video can be viewed on Vimeo here.

April 11th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: Ian Ruhter’s Wet-Plate Obsession


Photographer Ian Ruhter has been creating one-of-a-kind landscapes using the vintage wet-plate collodion process, developed in the 19th century. He drives a mobile darkroom, fitted into a van, into beautiful locations and uses enormous metal plates to record the scene…or at least he tries. This video captures not only the technique he uses, but his frequent frustration with the temperamental process.

On the closing night of the Palm Springs Photo Festival, organizer Jeff Dunas screened Ruhter’s video, “Silver & Light,” noting that he couldn’t resist its depiction of one photographer’s obsession and passion for photography.

You can see more videos about Ruhter’s wet-plate on his Vimeo page.

April 6th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: Craig Cutler’s “Words”

This week, commercial photographer Craig Cutler finished his CC52 project. Cutler, who we profiled in our May issue (see “Craig Cutler Just Keeps Shooting“), committed to creating one new personal work a week for an entire year. The resulting CC52 project has a mix of still life, portrait and motion work featuring everything from pickled eggs and crackers to famous people’s shoes and nude models wearing team mascot costume heads. Go to craigcutler.com to see all 52 works and click on the video below to watch “Words,” his final work from the project.

April 4th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: LaToya Ruby Frazier at The Whitney Biennial

In this short program for State of the Arts, a New Jersey public television series produced by PCK Media, LaToya Ruby Frazier talks about her introduction to photography and about the work she is showing in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, including a performance piece that will debut on Friday, May 11.

Says Whitney Biennial co-curator Jay Sanders, “Her work embodies the history of documentary photography, photography that articulates social conditions, that articulates the reality of working people, but at the same time she’s very well read and embedded in a dialogue coming out of conceptual art.”

LaToya Ruby Frazier at the Whitney from PCK Media on Vimeo.

Related: PDN’s 30 2012: LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 28th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: Gregory Heisler, David Hobby and Martin Prihoda in a Self-Portrait Shoot-Out

Shoot-Out, GPP 2012

Three photographers walk into a hotel in Dubai. A guy proposes a self portrait shoot-out, and they agree to take up the challenge in front of an audience of photographers in town to attend the Gulf Photo Plus 2012 show. The first photographer, David Hobby, says, “My goal tonight is not to fatally embarrass myself in front of my long-time idols.” The second photographer, Martin Prihoda, tells the MC that still life makes him uncomfortable. (Fortunately for him, still life wasn’t the challenge.) The third photographer, Gregory Heisler, says, “I really have to pee.” Then the shoot-out begins, with an intrepid video crew on hand to capture the drama, reality-TV style. Cameo appearances by David Burnett, Zack Arias, and Joe McNally. We’ll resist the urge to spoil the surprise by revealing the winner.

March 16th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: The Making of Martin’s Parr’s “Think of Finland”

Last August, as legendary Magnum photographer Martin Parr traveled around Finland capturing the essence of that nation and its people, he had a camera crew tagging along as he searched for subjects and made his characteristically deadpan images. The result is a nine-minute documentary his fans are sure to appreciate called “Martin Parr–The Making of ‘Think of Finland,’” which is the name of his new show at Laboratory, a Helsinki gallery. Shot and directed by Rami Hanafi, the film shows Parr wandering the streets, night clubs, markets, beaches and countryside on what appears to be a big scavenger hunt. Parr explains on the voiceover soundtrack what he’s looking for and how he goes about his work. “Think of Finland” will be on exhibit at Laboratory through April 8.

March 15th, 2012

PDN Video Picks: Jim Lo Scalzo’s Award-Winning Look at Salton Sea

Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo’s funny/sad video “America’s Dead Sea” won third place in the World Press Photo Multimedia contest, announced this morning. Lo Scalzo manages to find a fresh perspective on the much photographed Salton Sea in the southern California desert. Intercutting his still photos and video footage with archival promotional films, Lo Scalzo’s three-and-a-half minute video traces the area’s decline from a major tourist attraction to a lifeless toxic dump, contaminated by salinity and farm chemical runoff. The video is touching, and there’s ukelele music on the soundtrack.

You can see “America’s Dead Sea” and Lo Scalzo’s other videos on Vimeo.

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World Press Photo Multimedia Contest Winners Announced

March 14th, 2012

PDN Video Picks: Sushi’s Source, A Tale Told in Miniatures


The ingenuity and craftsmanship that go into photographer Lori Nix‘s images of carefully crafted dioramas and miniature models always elicit a smile, even when the subject is dark or ominous. This past fall, Nix and her partner and collaborator Kathleen Gerber were asked by producer and writer Joe Sabia to help make a video on a serious topic:  the overfishing of the world’s oceans. The idea was to inspire people to consider this environmental issue by explaining where sushi comes from.

Directed by Vincent Peone, “The Story of Sushi” begins in a sushi bar then moves to a fishing trawler to a warehouse and back to a restaurant. Each location is actually one of Nix and Gerber’s sets. It’s at once realistic and playful, thanks to all the props and models, including toy sharks and billowing fog –all sourced, assembled or handcrafted by Nix and Gerber.
Gerber describes the seven-month project on the Lori Nix blog.

“The Story of Sushi” can be viewed on Vimeo.

March 1st, 2012

PDN Video Pick: Jonathan Chapman on Mountain Biking

Can a photographer promote video work by showing still images? In PDN‘s feature story about Jonathan Chapman’s direct mail promos, “All the New Work that’s Fit to Print,” the Minneapolis-based photographer and director explains that his new large-format newsprint mailer shows multiple images from assignments and personal projects, whether he shot them as stills or video. For example, he shows stills of bikers, created as part of a video assignment for Specialized, the bike manufacturer. His “Jonathan Chapman Photography/Motion” logo appears on the sun-kissed images, while the URL points readers to find his motion reel on his Web site. His videos like this one for Specialized can also be found on Vimeo.