Nudism in a Cold Climate Uncovers a Fascinating Story (NSFW)

“They argued, with considerable evidence, for the healing power of sun and air for the body and mind,” explains Dr. Annebella Pollen about some of the Nudist Clubs featured in her book Nudism in a Cold Climate. “Members found the practice liberating and enjoyable.” Dr. Pollen focuses the book on the history of nudism in Britain. In the 1930s, it’s was a huge movement with photographers looking to get in on it. Some found that it was also quite a profitable venture for them. We’ve featured tons of stories on sub-cultures around the world, but this one is incredibly fascinating. So we spoke more with Dr. Pollen about the photos and the movement. Nudism in a Cold Climate is available for purchase on Amazon or from Atelier if you’re interested.

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Peter Cavanagh Chose 100 of His Best Bird Photos for His Latest Book

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“The best part of producing a book is that it’s like a long train journey with a group of interesting people,” opines wildlife photographer Peter Cavanagh. He’s traveled to every continent to capture airborne birds for his latest book, ‘100 Flying Birds – Photographing the Mechanics of Flight’. Cavanagh previously served as the Principal Investigator for experiments on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He was awarded NASA’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, in 2015. A highly qualified professor and academician, Cavanagh’s book is a stunning scientific compilation of images of some of his favorite birds in the air.

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Music Photographer Brenton Giesey Believes in the Power of Film

All images by Brenton Giesey. Used with permission.

Film isn’t dead. If anything, pop culture’s current fling with analog is fueled by nostalgia. It’s seeped into various parts of the arts and photography. “Caroline Kole and her team came to me at the beginning of the year and asked to do a shoot that was 100% analog and it was so much fun,” said photographer Brenton Giesey to us in an interview. Brenton shoots a ton of analog and film photography for his work with musicians. His work is something that reminds us of the most elegant Tarantino movie you’ll ever see. But beyond that, his mind provided us with some wonderful treats and stories.

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This Photo by Stephen Dalton Isn’t Photoshopped. It’s Kodachrome!

Stephen Dalton shot this mesmerizing image in 1973 in a single shot.

If you looked at the lead image today, you might think it was done in Photoshop. But you’d be wrong. Sadly, we’ve lost the art of creating in-camera. But photographer Stephen Dalton shared with us how shot this picture. In his book Capturing Motion: My Life in High-Speed Nature Photography, he shares short stories on this shot and so many more. Would you believe us if we said that this image was shot in 1973? And most importantly, it’s a single shot!

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Book Review: HOME by Magnum Photos (Collaboration with FUJIFILM)

HOME, a collaboration between Fujifilm and Magnum Photos includes images that will tug at your heart and photos that will make you ponder the meaning of documentary photography.

Photographers who pick up HOME will take pride in knowing that this massive tom contains images from arguably some of the best documentary photographers in the world. To curry the pot even more, they’ll further reinforce their love of Fujifilm, a brand that they surely relate to as many folks will probably own their cameras or shoot the company’s film. And for the most part, HOME does justice to the work of many of these photographers. You’ll have a number of emotions hit you while reading the text from the photographers and looking at the images.

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Analogue Photography Reference Manual: A Tome for Film Photographers

Analogue Photography: Reference Manual for Shooting Film is a must-have book for today’s generation of film photographers.

Analogue Photography: Reference Manual for Shooting Film is most likely the most extensive film photography resource to come in printed form in a very long time. A project by Andrew Bellamy and published by Rome-based Ars-Imago, the book celebrates both the beauty of analog photography and the magical cameras from many decades past.

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Gallery Review: Stephen Shore Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art

Stephen Shore’s Retrospective at the MoMA is worth exploring for every photographer

A tangerine sunset casts a Texaco station in an eerie light in a middle-of-nowhere highway. Flashbulbs on a Rollei 35mm capture a grotesquely delicious image of an omelet, white toast, and a stark white glass of milk in what could be any diner in the United States. For the past five decades, Stephen Shore has captured an unflinching and unapologetic perspective of America. His work justified the mundane and changed the way the world saw photography. After his work hit the mainstream, the world suddenly saw that photographs of parking lots and the average citizen were not a waste of film, and they followed suite.

Stephen Shore was born in New York City in 1947, and began his life as a photographer very early, receiving his first Darkroom kit from an uncle at age 6. By 1958, he was given the book American Photographs by Walker Evans, and his life was forever changed. By the age of 14, Edward Steichen had purchased a handful of Shore’s prints, launching his prolific career. From 1965 – 1967, he joined Andy Warhol’s inner circle and spent the majority of his time documenting the unique group of artists. At age 24, Shore exhibited his first solo body of work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which just so happened to be the first solo exhibition of a living American photographer in history. The rest of Shore’s career was just as prolific as his beginnings, and he went on to create many masterful bodies of work.  

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Something Personal: Richard Avedon’s Intimate Biography is Now Out

Richard Avedon’s new biography is now on Amazon

Thirteen years after his passing, we know little about the personal life of Richard Avedon. Yet, he remains the legendary portrait and fashion photographer behind some of America’s enduring images of fashion, beauty, and culture. Finally, we can now have an intimate look into his life and work through Avedon: Something Personal, a biography initiated by his longtime business and closest confidante, Norma Stevens.

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Book Review: Gordon Laing’s In-Camera

Gordon Laing’s In-Camera book is a natural evolution of the famous website If you’ve been doing photography for many years the way that I have, you probably remember watching his videos and reading his ultra-long reviews in your photographic journey. In fact, Gordon was one of my biggest influences when I started the Phoblographer–originally publishing reviews in daily field review journals only to be concluded at the end of a larger compilation blog post. Gordon gets pretty technical and in-depth on his website; but In-Camera is more or less the antithesis of his website’s famously long reviews.

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This Book Might Be The End of Photography As We Know It

In his new book ‘General View,’ photographer Thomas Albdorf pieces together a travel diary from photos found on the internet. Like some sort of virtual mountaineering enthusiast, Thomas Albdorf scours hundreds of images of idyllic landscapes online to splice together a picturesque postcard of a place he hasn’t been to, a souvenir of a time he hasn’t experienced. Albdorf’s newly released book General View is a collection of photographic-based images, specifically of Yosemite National Park, that he uses to build a fictional holiday narrative of hiking in the mountains with his dad.

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Jamie Livingston’s Viral Polaroid Photo a Day Project is Being Made Into a Book

There’s been a viral video going around for a long time now about a photographer who shot one Polaroid photo every day: Jamie Livingston. Jamie’s story originally went viral years ago via Mental Floss when a writer stumbled upon a website with loads and loads of Polaroids. After a whole lot of digging around, the writer came to the conclusion that the photos belonged to Jamie Livingston and now a book of around 6,564 Polaroids are being showcased. For the uninitiated, Jamie was a cinematographer and MTV video editor.

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Photographers Who Also Write Poetry: We’d Like to Feature You

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There’s been a growing trend in the photography world for a few years now where photographers tend to blend their poetry into working alongside their photos. Think of it as captioning or almost like writing those really great posts on Instagram; except that it’s poetry. Many photographers even make them into books or collaborate with other artists to do them.

Either way, we’d love to feature those more artistic parts of the photography world and we’re currently taking submissions. Details are below.

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The Living Heroes Project: A Portrait Photo Project of WWII and Vietnam Veterans

All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.

Photographer Ian Pettigrew has been featured a number of times on this website for his portrait photography projects; and The Living Heroes is his latest work. Ian describes it as “A Photographic Testament to Those Who Served. In Their Own Words. From WWII to Vietnam.” The Living Heroes is going to a 208 page full color photography book. In the process of producing the book, Ian and his crew are looking to photograph 100 veterans from WWII and Vietnam. Each veteran will have their portrait taken and a formal write up next to their image.

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Gallery Review: Magnum Manifesto at International Center of Photography

“Magnum is…?” That’s the big question behind the Magnum Manifesto exhibit set up at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC. The exhibit commemorates the 70th anniversary of the collective started by some of the most famous names in photography history including Robert Capa and Henri-Cartier Bresson. Magnum Manifesto is also a book–a pretty thick one at that–which delves deeper into the psychology behind some of the photographers but also finds ways to unite them all under the single voice of Magnum. For example, there are handwritten notes from the photographers inside the book that the photographers often wrote to one another. These and much more are in the archives, and it surely a sign of the times when you consider that we may need to get screenshots of the texts the photographers have back and forth today.

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Something Tactile: Why Photographers Should Create Zines

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Fact: digital marketing isn’t always the most effective method of marketing your photography. That’s why photographers have been creating zines for years. Of any of the photographers in the stable of the Phoblographer, James Moreton perhaps understands this the most. He’s a man who is all about something that’s tactile, film, and aesthetics. And he’s also collaborated on and made zines.

From the perspective of a photographer, I asked him to talk about the zine making process and his newest zine.

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From Darkroom to Daylight: Inspiring Quotes from Famous Photographers

“All photographs ©Harvey Wang. Quotes from the book “From Darkroom to Daylight.” Used with permission.

Photographer Harvey Wang has what is promising to be a fantastic new book available for purchase on Amazon, it’s called from From Darkroom to Daylight. The book has also been made into a documentary which explores the insights of some fantastic photographers through interviews. From Darkroom to Daylight features interviews with many important photographers including David Goldblatt, Jerome Liebling, Sally Mann, Alex Webb, Elliot Erwitt, Gregory Crewdson, Eugene Richards and George Tice, as well as innovators Thomas Knoll, who co-created Photoshop, and Steven Sasson, who built the first digital camera while at Kodak.

After the jump, you can read words from Harvey on the concept behind the book/documentary and some very insightful quotes from the photographers.

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Tokyo Stories: a Special Photobook Curating Personal Stories of the People in Japan

The idea of putting together a number of stories from various people isn’t a new one; but a new Kickstarter called Tokyo stories looks to do that while giving us a look into the minds of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures. Worked on by photographer Elodie Grethen, she cites that she created the book partially out of the fact that when she moved from Vienna to Tokyo, she didn’t know anyone. So she went out trying to find friends.

If you’ve ever moved to a new city or country, you can probably relate with Elodie’s words.

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“UnPresidented”: A Photo Documentary Book on Trump’s Inauguration

A current Kickstarter campaign called “UnPresidented” hopes to capture the drama and hope as the country converges on the nation’s capital city to at once celebrate and come to terms with what many see as an uncertain future. “UnPresidented” will feature the work of 20 street photographers working in the D.C. area, including Albert Ting, Chris Suspect, Victoria Pickering, and Bridget Murray Law – all bringing their own style and perspective to the project.

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Photographer Sean Bonner’s New Book Project Documents People on the Streets of Japan

Los Angeles and Tokyo based photographer, Sean Bonner, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his planned book project featuring Tokyo street photography. Captured around the streets near his office in Shibuya and surrounding Tokyo, the series of images captures citizens as they go about their day-to-day journey. Bonner has launched the campaign to raise funding for the book, which he hopes will contain around 35 final pages and printed in an 8.5” x 8.5” square format. Currently, he’s seeking to raise $3,000 which will go to the book’s production costs. Continue reading…

Free Book! Keep The Focus: Meditation Techniques for Street Photographers

German Street Photographer Thomas Ludwig has been working on a special book for Street Photographers. Lots of photogs state that when they go out and photograph, that it’s almost like a meditative process. So after speaking with a lot of some of the best in the business, he developed Keep the Focus: Meditation Techniques for Street Photographers.

The eBook is a free download, and features the insights of folks like Mike Boening, Valerie Jardin, Eric Kim, Marco Larousse, Thomas Leuthard, Rinzi Roco Ruiz, Spyros Papaspyropoulos and Forrest Walker. It focuses specifically on three meditation techniques. “The more you familiarize yourself with these techniques, the more you will find yourself able to better concentrate and focus when taking pictures.” says Thomas. “This will have a visible impact on the quality of your photos! It may even stimulate your creativity and create new potential and possibilities.”