All images by Daniel Kim. Used with permission.

Daniel Kim has been an industrial designer for many years now. Born in South Korea, he studied automotive design before flying to SoCal in the Spring of 2012. He grew up with a love for photography and with a fond memory of everything Kodak. The company is part of what inspired his rendition of the modern Instamatic–which I found on Behance.

But what’s even more amazing is how his creative vision blended Kodak’s brand and modern aesthetics.


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All images by Justin Waldinger. Used with permission.

For a number of years now, Justin Waldinger has been out and about in NYC photographing candid moments on film. Usually sticking with Leica cameras, it took him years of nerve to finally get close enough to people to really make them the focus of the scene. Further, he’s always had a love of lots of the classic work that many photographers study.

Justin is the founder of the famous camera strap company TAP and DYE, and years ago he contacted me wanting to start the typical manufacturer/press relationship. I’ve always known of his affinity for the vintage aesthetic, but little did I know how his designer side leaked into his photographic side. I discovered this through his work presented in the CineStill Facebook group.

Even now, Justin’s work still ranks amongst my favorites of most local NYC street photographers.

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All images by Markus Kretzschmar. Used with permission.

Photographer Markus Kretzschmar is a lifestyle photographer in Berlin that mostly shoots with his Fujifilm X100s. It helps him out when he wants to transition to street photography. That–and Markus likes using natural light a lot even though he used to use flashes.

All this, and he used to hate photographing people.

But these days, Merkus shoots for fashion designers, brands, and agencies. He tells us that he loves to work outside, but during this time of the year he tends to focus more on street or studio shooting. His goal: to not copy anyone, any to create unique work.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master Lens (8 of 11)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Years ago, two companies did something very big for the lens manufacturing world in the photo industry. Those two companies were Zeiss and Sigma. Zeiss announced and released the Otus 55mm f1.4 while Sigma revamped with the Global Vision and dropped the 35mm f1.4 Art lens. Both exhibited major strides forward in lens design and manufacturing. For years, the industry hadn’t seen anything that sharp, contrasty, etc.

Then everyone else started to catch up.

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The Phoblographer is looking to feature the work of various urban exploring (urbex) photographers. Think you’ve got what it takes? Hit the jump to see how you can be featured on the site.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II first impressions images (12 of 22)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 1.7

“It’s less this, and more this…” said an archival rep to me at Magnum Photos years ago when I interned there, first motioning to shooting photos and second motioning to talking by using hand gestures. That piece of advice is still ranked amongst the most important lines I’ve heard about the industry.

One of the most common things that you’ll hear photographers state is “I can do that too!” For example, think about the Peter Lik sale: many other photographers came out and literally stated “I can do that too.” Typically though, this is associated more with the means of capturing an image rather than creating a scene or an idea.

And you’re right. You can do it too. You, and everyone else with a camera, a knowledge of manual mode, an idea of how metering in a scene actually works, compositional framing, and Photoshop knowledge can totally create that image by yourself, at your home.

But did you? And are you a photographer with a famous name in the art world?

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All images by Dan Bannister. Used with permission.

Photographer Dan Bannister is all about not only doing creative photo projects, but he also understands the the importance of networking. When he did The Blacksmiths and #WokeUpLikeThis, he understood that he needed to get eyes on his work–so he contacted me. But Dan also knows just how important to it is for people to know about what you’re doing. So every year, he mails a sketchbook called the Assistants. It goes out to art director, designer friends and clients every year. “The theme is ‘The Assistants’ because the book contains images of light tests with assistants from various commercial and editorial shoots, paired with the final finished image we were actually shooting for the client.” says Dan. He’s been doing it for four years.

After a couple of years, he gets calls from designers and art directors reminding him to send them one. “I get designers asking for an opportunity to design it because there’s so much latitude and opportunity to really make it their own.”

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Image by Jaanus Ree. Used with permission. 

Red Bull Illume Photographer Jaanus Ree has already proven that he can create incredible photos of athletes done in extreme situations. This time, he’s back and showing off a new shoot that, well, saying that there was a lot of effort put into it doesn’t begin to do justice to just how much work was done.

Jaanus used a bulldozer to move loads of snow to create a pipe/ramp for a snowboarder to leap off of. But he was very specific about his lighting. Done in what seems to be a lot for trailers or busses, he placed Elinchrom lights into each of them and lights that will illuminate the athlete. Then he shot and triggered all of the lights to go off at once.

The glass windows are frosted and so they provide a natural diffusion and just enough kick to make the image look different.

The video on how this was done is after the jump; it’s well worth the watch.

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