Cedric Roux Says New York Is a Part of Him Now

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“Photographing NY remains my main goal in life as a photographer,” says Parisian photographer Cedric Roux about the undeniable charm New York City has on him. Ever since his first trip 10 years ago, he has returned quite often to photograph its streets and people. Who can blame him when it’s one of the most profoundly photogenic cities in the world for street photographers.

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Katerina Vo Explores Emotions Around Nationalism in a New Series

“Nationalism in itself is intimately linked to gender and sexuality,” says photographer and cultural analyst Katerina Vo about the idea behind her photo series Fatherland. It delves deep into the interwoven relationships between her father and her homeland, the USA. A lot of complex emotions and feelings stemming from her personal experiences poured themselves into this project.

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I Modified One of My Favorite Camera Bags and Made It Better

We’ve objectively tested the most cameras bags for photographers of any publication or outlet currently available. Most folks in the photo industry will agree. What’s also undesputable is just how good many modern messenger bags are. But for what it’s worth, backpacks aren’t given the same level of attention. Don’t get me wrong, modern backpacks are excellent, but they’re not near the level of perfection messenger bags are. With that said, I decided to modify one of my favorite camera bags: the Oliday Journeyman. This bag checks all the boxes: affordable, stylish, comfortable, and made in America. I previously wrote about why I bought it again after my original one broke. Now I’ve modified it to be even better.

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Brian Bowen-Smith Frames Pandemic America in a Beautiful Vintage Ford

“I actually never even thought about looking at the world through my car until the pandemic,” photographer Brian Bowen-Smith tells us. “It’s a 1958 Ford F100 that can’t sit too long so every once in a while I will take it out for a spin…When I was photographing my neighbor I noticed that it looked really cool through all of the windows because of the curves.” And that’s how BBS Drivebys was born. So Brian took his truck and went on a true road trip around America during the pandemic. The result is a timeless look achieved by shooting with his Leica.

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5 of the Best Places in the World for Photographing Public Festivals

Photographing public festivals is one of my favorite things to do. Whenever I travel, I like to connect with someone local and follow them to their county’s traditional celebrations. I have had the pleasure of attending well-known public festivals, and the honor of photographing some lesser known events as well. To inspire you, I will share them in this article. I’ll also cover some public festivals I dream of photographing one day.

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Photographing Portland: The Photojournalist Who Was Shot in the Chest

This is the second installment of our series focusing on the Portland protests.

The on-going tension between the people of Portland and its law enforcement has been a polarizing topic in America. Some feel the aggression from the police is justified, viewing it as a direct response to violence committed by a section of the protesters. On the flipside, many believe this is a total abuse of power by those employed to protect and serve. Naturally, events such as this attract wide media attention. A major part of the coverage is photography, something we, of course, want to focus on. Amidst the Portland Protests, there was a photojournalist who was shot in the chest.

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Nick Mansfield’s ‘Definitions’ Paint a Picture of the ‘Real’ America

‘Definitions’ is a series of tableau images that forces the viewers to look at America without rose-tinted glasses.

To the eyes of an outsider, America appears to be this sun-kissed land of opportunity where everyone’s dreams can come true. The land of the free. Ads and mainstream Hollywood films have been portraying this story for as long we can remember, and so those who don’t live an American’s reality can’t really be blamed for harboring this perception.

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Kickstarter Project aims to Publish Photobook Addressing Police Brutality in the US

Images by Alanna Styer via No Officers Were Injured in This Incident on Kickstarter

Photography today has become a tool for anyone to tell their compelling stories through moments captured in time or snapshots of the aftermath. Photojournalism and documentary photography, in fact, are among the popular pursuits of photographers today. One of these is Tennessee-based Alanna Styer, who aims to get Kickstarter funding for her photo book which addresses the issue of police brutality in the United States.

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New Kickstarter Project Inspires Photographers to Follow in Dorothea Lange’s Footsteps

All images by Kenneth Wajda via Kickstarter

In the spirit of documentary photography from the era of Dorothea Lange, photographer and photojournalist Kenneth Wajda aims to create a photo book of documentary images that will introduce America to the Americans. The inspiration behind it is the initiative of Roy Stryker: the economist, government official, and photographer who commissioned Lange, among others, as part of the documentary photography movement of the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

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Remember: When Photographing Fireworks, It Can Be Easier To Shoot Wide

We know that within the next few days both America and Canada will be celebrating their Independence days. Much of the festivities are celebrated with the lighting of fireworks. They’re big, they’re beautiful and they’re very colorful. But for many, they can be incredibly difficult to shoot. Part of this inherent difficulty comes with the fact that fireworks are so far away and are best experienced through a slow shutter speed. If you’ve got a tripod, then you don’t need to worry about this all that much–same applies to those of you with cameras that have insane image stabilization like the Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II. But if you’re handholding your camera and lens, then you’ll need to find a way to stabilize your camera.

In most situations, shooter with a wide angle lens could be easier. Why? The reciprocal rule of shutter speeds states that in order to get an image that is devoid of camera shake, you’ll need to shoot at the reciprocal or your lens’ field of view. So at 15mm wide angle lens on a full frame camera will make sense at 1/15th of a second. But on an APS-C cropped sensor camera, a 35mm f1.4 lens will make the most sense being shot at 1/50th. Slow shutter speeds really work at times like this.

Of course, this means that you’ll need to get closer to the action or at least do some extra time scouting and figuring out which location could be best for you. But beyond that, you’re going to have to find probably two more. Why? Because otherwise you’re shooting the same vista and angle over and over again. That gets boring unless you plan on seriously culling down your photos.

Happy shooting this coming weekend and Happy Independance Day to all our readers in these areas!

Salad Days: The Australian Skater Scene in Black and White

All images and words by James Grundy. Used with permission.

My name is James Grundy, I’m a 28 year old photographer from Australia.

I guess I became a photographer at around the age of 11, when I used to steal my mum and dad’s digital camera and sneak off to document what was happening around me, little social events and misadventures. I was finally gifted my own camera at around 16 which was one of the first Olympus digital waterproof cameras. I think I took around 20,000 photos on that thing before it seized up. From there I moved onto DSLRs starting with a Nikon D200, then a Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100, then a Nikon D7100.

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Declassified CIA Document Details Civilians Using Satellite Imagery to Spy on Russian Military

In fact, civilians used to use satellites of their own to see how crops were doing, manage land, etc.

We’re no doubt in some pretty crazy times involving government spying and well as some crazy politics; but a recently declassified CIA document shows us that we’ve pretty much just always been in those times. You see, drone photography isn’t really a new advancement–according to said document the agency had been tracking civilians using satellites of their own to spy on the Russian military back in April 7th 1976.

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Endangered Species: Documenting Cultural Disappearances in America

All images by Josh Ethan Johnson. Used with permission.

“I’ve always been a people voyeur but I think films maybe planted the seed.” says Josh Ethan Johnson about his project Endangered Species. The name comes from the fact that the project itself explores cultures and impermanence in our fast paced daily lives. The images, which have been taken over 16 years were mostly taken in America and explores human behavior.

Josh lives in NYC and has learned a whole lot as a street photographer. His work strives to combine the raw life that many other photographers portray though shows a sign of connection with the subject through most of it.

 

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Daniel Zvereff’s Valley of the Moon Looks to Humanize the Middle East

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All images by Daniel Zvereff. Used with permission.

Photographer Daniel Zvereff is always doing crazy cool documentary photo projects, but his recent travels to Jordan try to show more of the normalcy of the Middle East. “I think living in America we tend to have an altered view of life in Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries. A lot of news reports and films focus on one aspect of society in these countries that portray a violent vision of daily life.” states Daniel. “While there are absolutely terrible things happening to good people in these volatile regions there is also a lot of normalcy that goes on–People have their daily routines, worry about cell phone reception, and so on.” With Jordan, Daniel wanted to focus on a positive image of a country that while being surrounded by places with a tainted reputation has really managed to stay safe and in control.

Daniel told us that in order to blend in and get along better with the locals, he brought his skateboard. “It’s the ultimate tool to traveling the world and seeing every city/country from an insiders perspective, and just in general meeting a lot of great people.”

Daniel’s “The Valley of the Moon” is after the jump. Be sure to also check out Daniel’s Introspective and Faroe projects.

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Sony A7 Mk II Gets Officially Announced in America

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Earlier on this week, Sony announced the A7 Mk II in Japan. But today, they’re finally announcing it here in the US. The camera is the world’s first full frame mirrorless camera with image stabilization built into the sensor. It uses a five axis stabilization system they Sony claims is not the same that Olympus has despite the partnership between the two companies. The company also claims around 4.5 stops of stabilization from the new image stabilized sensor. It will work with all of the lenses that Sony has created as well as third party options, though they state that some lenses aren’t compatible.

It houses the same 24.3MP full frame sensor in the A7 but adds a 35% performance improvement in autofocus responsiveness. In fact, it boasts 117 focal plane phase detection AF points and 25 contrast detection points. Sony also states in their press release that AF and AE now work while tracking subjects.

The Sony A7 Mk II gets a boost in the video capabilities by bringing with it the XAVC-S video codec that was previously only on the A7s. You also get time code, picture profiles and dual video recording to an external recorder and the SD card inside.

Sony is also claiming a 40% start-up time–which is a big problem with the current A7. It will come in at $1,700 body only on February 9th when it launches. But the company is announcing much more.

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Photographer Tyler Stableford Explores The Lives of American Farmers

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All images by Tyler Stableford. Used with permission

In America, there is a current trend in placing a big value on things being American made or local. And nowhere is that value bigger than with food. Photographer Tyler Stableford hails from western Colorado and is surrounded by farmers–so he decided to do a documentary/fine art project on them. “The Farmers” was pitched to Canon, who agreed to sponsor the project and which was recently on display at Photoville 2014.

We talked to Tyler about gaining the trust of farmers, the rigors of doing a project like this, and the motivation behind it.

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The Canon EOS M2 MIGHT Not Be Coming to the US

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Recently, Canon announced their EOS M2 camera; but made it a Japan exclusive. Quite literally, lots of folks in the press (and many of us were chatting about this yesterday here in NYC) were wondering why it hasn’t been announced in the US yet.

Canon Rumors is stating that after contacting Canon USA, the company has no plans on bringing it US of A. Quite literally, they were told that there are no plans to bring it in. After we read about the announcement, we contacted Canon as well but we were told, “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S.

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In 1972, the CIA Went to the Bottom of the Ocean to Retrieve Film

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Photos courtesy of the CIA

Right now in America, we’ve been going through a lot of questioning of our government because of allegations of domestic spying. But what some folks don’t know is just how far America has gone before with their spying efforts. In 1971, they sent a spy satellite up into the atmosphere to collect intelligence. The satellite was part of the HEXAGON program that took loads of photos on film–mostly because digital wasn’t really progressed that far yet and film was still superior. One of the satellites was supposed to deploy its parachute upon returning to the surface, but it broke off–and so it crashed into the ocean. But it was supposed to be snagged in midair.

And that is when the CIA decided to go high tech–and went 16,400 into the Pacific Ocean.


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Mirrorless Camera Sales in the US and Europe Suck

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Though lots of the more experienced and knowledgable camera users know that mirrorless cameras have loads of advantages, the stigma that you need a DSLR to shoot professional grade images is still present in most of Europe and the USA. Vitaly from Personal View analyzed the sales of cameras and found some really startling declines. The sales in Japan grew overall, but not so much in the US and Europe. DSLRs are the only camera type that really saw growth though and there was an overall decine in sales from the previous year.

What’s the reasoning for this? Well, people honestly don’t want to have to buy a new camera every year. And many folks don’t ever purchase more than one lens. Combine the fact that smartphone sales are eating into camera sales overall and you’ve got the results of this study.

Via 43Rumors

Mark Laita’s Created Equal Series Represents People Across the US

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Mark Laita is a photographer whose recent, “Created Equal” project shows stark differences across different people. The country is comprised of folks from all walks of life and were carefully curated by Mark as he travelled the nation looking for the subjects. “I simply went to all areas of the U.S. and tried to find individuals that represented their region or culture best,” stated Mark when we asked him about the subjects he chose. He has turned the series into a book, which is described as exposing all the truths without the airbrushing.

When asked about the inspiration for the project, Mark stated, “I love characters and different cultures and portraits are such a great way to study people. I guess I was looking to make a photographic, anthromorphological collection of Americans.”

Here are a couple of selections from the project.

Via UFunk

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