Photographer Josef ‘Birdman’ Astor moved into an artist studio atop Carnegie Hall in 1985. “As a tenant with unlimited access to this little known world, I began to film my neighbors, a rapidly diminishing community of artists whose lives intersected with decades of artistic history,” he explains on the Web site for his film, Lost Bohemia. Along the way, the film turned into a poignant documentary of the tenants’ fight to preserve their community as the building’s owner began evicting them and demolishing the studio spaces.
In preparation for PDN’s July issue on Ethics, we asked photojournalist Victor J. Blue to explain what he does and doesn’t do to gain access, how he avoids conflicts of interest, his thoughts on fairness vs. neutrality, and the “Define the Relationship” talk he has with his subjects. More ›
Photographer Gerd Ludwig is a lighting master with TTL strobe lights. He uses them in unusual and unpredictable ways to direct the the viewer’s eye through his photographs, convey a sense of place, and define his visual style. Yet his strobe lights are all but invisible, blending with available light sources. In this video, Ludwig... More ›
The Nine, fine-art photographer Katy Grannan’s first feature film, will have its U.S. premier at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas in October, and will also feature at the New Orleans Film Festival that same month. Grannan recently spoke with PDN about the the film, which chronicles the lives of a... More ›