Jordan Matter Photographs Dancers Mad Men Style

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Jordan Matter pulls off some really awe inspiring and jaw dropping photos almost every time I visit his site–and today is no exception. He’s managed to get two dancers to play the part of Peggy and that asshole Pete, but make them dancers. As a huge fan of the show though I need to say (and here comes the constructive criticism) that the dancers, Sara Antkowiak and Karl Maier, don’t really look the parts of Peggy and Pete. Pete always sports a power suit, always. And Peggy is usually much covered up than this. Hoever, the theme, overall office, and look does say Mad Men minus the dudes just hanging out on the right.

You can see exactly what I’m talking about over on Jordan’s Blog post. But also be sure to go through his other work; I’d kill to assist him.

In other news, I can’t wait for the show to come back on. It’s already starting to look awesome.

Angelina Jolie Shoots Herself…With a Camera…For Marie Claire

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Sometimes an Art Director lets talent take photos of themselves to envision how they would want to be seen. Sports Illustrated did that a while back and this time around, Marie Claire is letting Angelina Jolie do some selfies. Jolie has adopted children from Africa, done lots of charity work, and has starred in a number of movies that we’ve all seen. That, and she’s drop dead gorgeous.

But this time around, Jolie was given a Hasselblad camera and basically told to go nuts. Angelina has been named one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses; and in this case may even be named one of the world’s highest paid photographers.

Now if only she dressed like Lara Croft again…

Via BronImaging Blog and Shooting Film

Fine Art Photographer Jess T. Dugan’s Camera Bags End Up Empty After TSA/JetBlue Inspection

Photo by Chris Gampat

Photo by Chris Gampat

It’s one of every photographer’s nightmares: finding that all your gear is suddenly gone. Unfortunately, it seems that the TSA/JetBlue may have given themselves some early Christmas gifts–or at least that’s what Fine Art Photographer Jess T Dugan claims according to his blog post.

The story is really quite thrilling and in a nutshell, Dugan checked in her camera bag (something we all dread doing) and it came back empty once she got off the plane. Jess has insurance (as do I, and I personally recommend State Farm) but she’s only insured for a certain amount of the gear. She sent their customer service an email and also CC’d a bunch of the big wigs over at Jet Blue about it. The kicker is where they respond, “We certainly do not allow or promote any type of disrespect toward our customers’ belongings.” and continue to say that if she has evidence, it should be reported to the police. JetBlue also very nicely seems to say that they don’t care.

Personally, I’ve yelled at many TSA agents about manhandling my gear. But this just seems like gross disrespect; and I hope those thieves pay for holding up an artist’s work progression like this.

Via Reddit/r/photography

Adam Voorhes Blows Up a Serrano Pepper; Photographs It Using a Sound Sensitive Trigger

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Adam Voorhes was recently doing a shoot for Men’s Health when he decided to have a little bit of fun. The fun translated into a creative spark that exploded; and that big bang created a really cool shoot.

One of the assignments was to blow up chili peppers. So they stuffed the peppers filled with firecrackers, set the ablaze, and documented the entire thing using a sound sensitive trigger hooked up to a camera.

The results are pretty explosive, and can be seen on Adam’s blog.

Zeng Han Documents the Modernization of China

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Vice recently did a short documentary on Zeng Han, a photographer living in one of the more modernized and liberal parts of China that has been documenting the current modernization period as the nation has really begun to rise. The modernization process is sometimes at conflict with the country’s numerous traditions; and the country has been trying to perfect a balance of getting up to speed with the times and holding onto their identity. It’s something that many places face as Western culture starts to creep in. It happened in Japan, Korea, and even is seeping into the Middle East in some ways.

The documentary is really quite good and includes some of Han’s Soul Stealer project; which includes lots of fine art portraits that I would kill to see in person and in a gallery here in NYC. Check out the documentary after the jump. For the absolute best experience though, I’d recommend watching it on a full television via HDMI cable or YouTube via Apple TV. The experience is just so much better.

(Via Vice: Picture Perfect…photo by Zeng Han)

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Photoshelter Rounds Up The Year In Review With 57 Reasons to Love Photography in 2012

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At the end of every year it seems fitting to look back and see what has changed and take account of what has been accomplished in our midst. Photography culture is no different. Allen Murabayashi, the Chairman and Co-Founder of Photoshelter took this time to put together a brilliantly introspective look at the whole of photography in the year and highlight some really great points. Here are two of the highlights that stood out from the roundup, which you should surely go take a look at.

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Instant: The Story of Polaroid Recounts The Story of Instant Love

The New York Times’s Lens Blog has a wonderful mini book review of Instant: The Story of Polaroid. The book recounts how Edwin Land decided to create Instant Film because his daughter was impatient and wanted to see her images immediately; she didn’t want to wait for the development time that typical slide and negative film need. He went on to do lots of research, trial and error, and eventually founded the Polaroid company; which apparently Steve Jobs modelled Apple after.

Land’s creations are numerous; I own a Polaroid Land Camera 185; and love it to death. News Editor Peter Walkowiak was recently staying in NY and I was able to open his eyes to the beauty that instant film can deliver. However, one of his benchmark success stories is the SX-70; a camera very highly valued even now. Editorial shoots are still done with this camera, with famed photographer Emiliano Granado being one of the users. The article, even goes on to talk about the Impossible Project, and how Land would have been horrified with their unpredictable results. It’s very much worth the read.

The book is available in Paperback or in the Kindle Store.

DIY 4×5 Film Backs Are Apparently Easier to Make Than We Think

One of the users over at FilmWasters Forum has created an awesome 4×5 film back. According to user Damland, it’s easier to do than we think. Damland used bass wood, a knife, ruler, and fast drying wood workers glue. The photos in the lower section of the photo below were shot with the camera back, and exposed on Ilford direct positive paper; which can be tough to work with to begin. Ilford paper is very popular for this type of stuff, and I’ve interviewed another photographer that used it as well when I worked for B&H Photo.

Of course, this can’t always be done by everyone. It needs very careful analyzing and ensuring that the back is light sealed with no issues at all.

Check out more over at FilmWasters Forum.