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Holga panoramic – drilling a hole for L shaped tripod hole

All images by Juro Kovacik. Used with permission.

Photographer Juro Kovacik was born in 1964 and studied photography at the Academy of Fine Art Bratislava in 1990, but left school after two years. Today, he work as an independent photographer focused on landscape photography. In the last couple of years he has been working exclusively with large format wet plates.

One of his most recent projects involves shooting with a Holga panoramic to create collodion images on plates. When one usually thinks about wet plate collodion projects, they think about large cameras. But this one isn’t so big at all.

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Photographer Bill Wadman and one of the hosts of On Taking Pictures has created a website for photographers based on a question that keeps getting asked. Lots of his listeners inquire about what type of computer they should buy for their editing and workflow. To help his listeners, Bill created a new website called Photo Computer Guide. It’s his attempt to point you to the best purchases that a photographer can make–WireCutter style. He not only recommends computers, but also tablets, monitors, SD cards, display calibration, etc.

Bill pledges to try to keep it up to date as new peripherals and devices come out to keep folks in the know about the latest and greatest products to buy. What you’ll notice is that the systems are very Mac and Apple heavy/oriented which makes lots of sense as Adobe products tend to work better on Apple computers and devices.

If you’re one of those folks that never knows what to buy or is due for an upgrade, take a look at the site.

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Photographer Bruce Gilden is a legend amongst so many photographers and especially in the Magnum Photo agency. Very recently the agency shared a new video showcasing the photographer doing what he does: walking around the the streets and photographing people with a flash in their face. While there are loads of photographers condemn his tactics, he takes photos that are quite telling of the people he shoots.

Much of what he’s shooting looks a lot like his previous work: flash in the face, black and white photos, capturing people as they go about their lives on the street.

You can watch Gilden talk about his work in the video after the jump. What do you think of him and his work? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

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Film–it’s something that tugs at the hearts of many a photographer. It has a beautiful nostalgic look to it and one that reminds us in a world that is primarily digital that there are still things that are tangible and one of a kind. So when the Impossible Project updated their black and white film to version 2.0, we joined other photographers in pure excitement. The company promised that the images would fade and turn to sepia much slower–additionally they promised better image quality.

Indeed, when you go for the impossible task of reverse engineering some of the world’s most popular films, you’re going to run into mistakes. For this, it’s excusable as it’s a tough task after all. But it’s also the only black and white instant film available on the market since the discontinuation of Fujifilm 3000-B.

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All images by Ruben Juan. Used with permission.

Ruben Juan is a 22 year old graphic designed based in Valencia, Spain. He’s spent a big part of his life taking photos and these days works as a freelance photographer for skateboarding magazines and companies.

He’s sometimes known as “Rbnisonfire” online, and indeed, his images live up to this name. Recently, Ruben has been working on a series called Subterranean Kids where he followed young men into the underground parts of Spain and photographed them as they did tricks with their skateboards.

Dangerous? Yes. Super cool? Heck yes.

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All images by Ken Hermann. Used with permission.

Hollywood has been known to many as a place to go in order to pursue one’s dreams to become a star. But for many, it doesn’t seem to work out. Those people often fall off and do other jobs. They’re the focus of photographer Ken Hermann‘s project called Hollywood Characters. He is the winner of the Hasselblad Masters 2012 for his City Surfer work and has a book out now collecting some of his work.

Hollywood Characters is subtitled as being “The dead-end of the American dream.”

According to the series description:

“Amongst the bustling crowds and chic boutiques on the streets of Los Angeles are a cast of costumed characters, waiting for curious passersby to take a photo.The street characters make a living by letting themselves being photographed together with the thousands of tourists who visit the Boulevard each day and pay them a tip them to take a shot.

Some of the Street characters does a really good job acting as look-alikes and they actually look a lot like some of the big Hollywood stars while others just look like silly grownups in poor and dirty carnival costumes.

Most of the street characters have one thing in common though. They are, or once were, pursuing the American dream of becoming someone special and famous. It is this struggle mixed with the childish fantasy world ken Hermann finds interesting to portrait.”

The project started when he became fascinated by the good look-alikes and the bad ones. Spending time observing them, he found that sometimes a person just needs to have a funny or crazy attitude to be successful. But in this project, Ken tried to show off who the real person was behind the disguise.

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