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Image by Mary Ellen Mark

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark was born in Philadelphia in 1940 and recently passed leaving behind quite the legacy of images. Her work was incredibly important; and it is evident by the fact that Magnum Photos included her as member for a while until she left, but also quite clear by all the awards that she won during her career.

In the 1960s, she moved to New York City and began photographing protests, transvestite culture, and what Times Square was back then–a gritty and dirty place that was all about sex. Her work also went on to address things like homelessness and other major social issues. “Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.” she said about her own work.

It’s easy to say that her work influenced many photographers who came afterwards and that she was an inspiration for many photography students aspiring to do documentary work. But besides images, she is known for her interesting quotes that sometimes were funny and other times showed the realities of life.

In remembrance of Mary Ellen Mark, we’ve rounded up a number of quotes to remember her for.

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Photographer Terry White recently took to YouTube to show off a brand new feature coming to Adobe Lightroom CC called Dehaze. Essentially, it detects haze in an image and finds a way to eliminate it using a single slider. It will be part of the lens and vignetting control area, and essentially seems to boost detail, clarity and contrast. Alternatively, you can also increase the haze to lower the contrast and clarity and therefore also render an image that looks very negative film-like.

A demo video is after the jump.

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All images by Rui Miguel Pedrosa. Used with permission.

Photographer Rui Miguel Pedrosa hails from Portugal and has an interesting project called Devocao Tecnolgica; and it’s all featuring photos of people using their tablets and phones while getting in the way of other people taking pictures. He tells us that he got into photography as a joke to begin with, but then the passion stated to grow to the point where his daily living is made as a photojournalist and has been since 2008.

“In our current society people give so much importance to having photos/video of certain moments that they forget, really, to live them!!” says Rui about the project. The idea spurred from wanting to shoot something out of the ordinary at the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal. Before, folks would simply just be there, but after a while more and more technology started making its presence known.

Rui says that he has nothing against these people at all, but that he’s also obsessed with the idea of capturing the moment. “So in a way I understand the fact that you are shooting everything. But then the experience led me to realize that there are times when it has to be only ours.”

More of the images are after the jump.

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While the world is all amazed with 50MP full frame sensors and a bajillion autofocus points, you may be pleasantly surprised by some technologies that years ago were absolutely incredible and in some ways should be brought back to the world. We’re not talking about putting 1080p HD video into a DSLR, but instead we’re going back much further into time. Plus, we’re exploring how the focusing systems would work in today’s world.

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Lomography already has a Petzval lens designed specifically for portraiture at 85mm, but this time around they’re designing one with a closer to normal field of view. Today, the company is introducing the Lomography Petzval 58mm lens, and they’re kicking it off with a Kickstarter.

For those of you not in the know, the Petzval lens was so hot not only because of the beautiful swirly bokeh, but also for the excellent colors. In fact, it has some of the best colors that we’ve seen.

With a minimum aperture at f1.9, the lens also has a special new feature called the Bokeh Control Ring. This allows you to change the type of bokeh that you get from the image. It uses the Waterhouse aperture system which requires you to literally put the aperture key into the lens via a slot. You’ll get a bunch of these keys to go down to f16.

The lens is available in Canon EF or Nikon F mounts in either brass or a black finish. More info and images can be found below or on the company’s Microsite.

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There was a time when I often felt a quiet rage when a photograph I wanted to make didn’t work out. It was either at myself or at the person (or people) I was trying to photograph. With the former, it could’ve been that I reacted too slowly, I wasn’t in the right position, or I hadn’t set my camera properly. With the latter, my subject didn’t what the photograph needed or they became aware of what I was doing. I can’t do anything about the first because I don’t set up scenes because that’s not what you do in street photography. With the second, it often felt as if they had transgressed, that their not wanting to be photographed was somehow an affront to me. It was a while before I realized that no one owes me a photograph.

Belligerence towards an unwilling subject in street photography is at the very least unwarranted and deeply disrespectful. It signifies a disconnect, a lack of empathy, which ultimately affects the image and the photographer. Frustration is a very real and natural thing to feel, but when a photograph goes untaken, it’s gone. Nothing can really be done about it, and when someone signals that they want no part of it, it’s best to let it go.

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