Andrew Kung Makes Simple Yet Timelessly Beautiful Photos

“If you look at any of my mood boards or inspiration boards, I’m referencing films by Wong Kar Wai, Edward Yang, 1900s fashion photography, and even contemporary documentary photography…” says photographer Andrew Kung in an interview with The Phoblographer. “I work and take inspiration across genres as they all have an influence in each image I construct.” Looking at Andrew’s work is akin to exploring the complex tasting notes of a fine bourbon. And, as he states, his work draws on various influences and marinates to become something truly special.

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Tarik Tosun Makes Hypnotic Photos of NYC on Film

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“As I walked down to the river that night, I remember catching a glimpse of fog rolling over the One World Trade Center,” the photographer Tarik Tosun tells me. “And I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is going to be really cool.’” A software engineer by day, Tosun lives in Brooklyn Heights in New York, just a short distance from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Throughout the pandemic and its aftermath, he took many walks along the waterfront. On one of those quiet evenings, the mist came and engulfed the city, transforming its familiar architecture into something straight from a science-fiction movie. 

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You’ll Learn Something New From This Street Photography Masterclass

Thorsten Overgaard’s Street Photography Masterclass will give beginners the most to chew on.

“You have to find a balance of taking photos; not too many, not too few,” says Thorsten Overgaard in his street photography masterclass. And honestly, this course is evidence of that. If you’re all about reality, then Thorsten Overgaard shoves a ton of it into his Street Photography Masterclass. Available as part of the current 5 Day Deal, you’ll get this course along with a ton of others. You can skip around to various parts. And best of all, you’re bound to learn something no matter what. As a 12-year photo veteran, I even picked something up.

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How Fujifilm X Photographer Jens Krauer Explored Bed-Stuy

Through his ongoing Bed-Stuy Project, photographer Jens Krauer explores the history and culture at the heart of a historic Brooklyn neighborhood.

The people and history behind the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant are deeply entwined with Hip-Hop and African American culture. It is a rich tapestry that kept Zurich-based photographer Jens Krauer coming back time and time again. Through his long-term documentary series, aptly named Bed-Stuy Project, Jens explores the human stories behind the neighborhood’s rich history.

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The City Within: Curating the Photos of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Sean Corcoran shares what it was like putting together the Museum of the City of New York’s latest exhibit of photographs from Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb.

“The exhibition endeavors to create a dialog between the two photographers’ work,” says Sean Corcoran, the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. Integrating Magnum Photographer Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s images into the same exhibit has been Mr. Corcoran’s latest endeavor. “Hopefully, the visitor will bounce back and forth between the work and see the visual and conceptual connections.” The two photographers are the focus of The City Within–an exhibit which promises to present a more integral look at Brooklyn’s communities not often shown in the glamorous series’ one might find on HBO. Opening on March 11, 2020, the exhibit is undoubtedly a reason to get excited as it presents a side of Brooklyn rarely conveyed in more mainstream channels.

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How Gentrifying Photographers Can Be Responsible Story Tellers

There’s a meaningful conversation photographers need to have about the power and impact of gentrification.

I’ll never forget the 1st time I encountered it after moving to New York City. I was on the train, working for a wedding photographer in Coney Island. An irate minority man barked, “Go back to Manhattan where you belong, white girl.” I was both deeply saddened and deeply grateful for this exchange. It was horribly uncomfortable but, it’s about time that feeling gets flipped on white folks. It was also an important wake-up call to a rural hick-chick from farm country, Pennsylvania. This was my first exposure to how deeply divided and segregated the city can be, to how much more complex the issue is than most photographers realize. I knew, as an emerging photographer, I was no more capable of affording Manhattan rent prices than this man was. But also, my moving to Brooklyn possibly impacted him by making a neighborhood where he may have spent his whole life less affordable for him.


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The Native’s Guide to Using the Canon EOS R in New York City

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I’ve been using the Canon EOS R system for a number of months now here in NYC. For the photographer with lots of Canon glass or the photographer still trying to make the leap to mirrorless, the Canon EOS R system has proven to me that it is highly capable of meeting and exceeding the needs most travel photographers have. As a busy Editor in Chief, my job often takes me around the world, but I think any fellow native New Yorker can agree with me: you can always feel like a tourist in your own city. New York’s neighborhoods tend to go through changes about every six months in some way or another, and what better way to scrapbook your travels than with some of the best lenses available to a mirrorless camera system? The Canon EOS R system was designed first and foremost around the lenses (arguably the most important part of any camera system).

So if you plan on making it into our beautiful city during your travels, please do take this guide to heart and consider the words of a native who can say he’s explored every part of this city with the curiosity of a child.

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Behind the Scenes: How TAP and DYE Make Their Camera Straps

TAP and DYE are one of the most revered modern camera strap makers. And they’re more or less made by one guy.

When you visit the workspace of TAP and DYE, you see a well manicured, clean, and well organized workspace that outputs any number of camera straps a day. In many ways, it looks like those picturesque photos of random things presented neatly. There are tools on a green desk for creating the straps, other tools on a wall, leather of various types in one corner, vintage machines that simply work on any given side, and a number of gorgeous vintage cameras that are used for product photography. The space isn’t large; in fact it’s probably around 1/3rd of the size of my two bedroom apartment in Brooklyn.

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David Forrest: Documenting How 9/11 Affected The Brooklyn Waterfront

All images by ​​David Forrest. Used with permission.

If you were to think about all the things that happened during 9/11, you’d surely consider that there were probably photographers who wanted to get closer to the tragedy to document it but simply couldn’t–and that was the situation for David Forrest. When the planes crashed into the towers, police prevented people from getting into Manhattan from the other boroughs. But the towers are so large that they’re easily visible from every borough no matter where you are pretty much. So when the smoke and embers came over the city, it travelled quite far and was very visible. And while a lot was happening in Manhattan, the ash traveled to the other boroughs.

David’s story is one that is unlike many others–because while many stories concentrate on what happened in Manhattan, not many people talk about how Brooklyn was affected.

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Join us in Brooklyn for a VERY SPECIAL Food Photography Workshop

If you’re like some of us, food is more than just an essential part of life’s sustenance, it’s a sensory experience. In fact, scientific research shows that taking a picture of food before you dig in may actually increase the experience for you.

So let the Phoblographer’s Editor in Chief Chris Gampat show you how to create better food photos right at home using simple items that you’ve probably got laying around.

Hit the jump, or click here to find out more and purchase tickets.

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Nick Collingwood: Instant Film Wedding Photography

All images by Nick Collingwood. Used with permission.

“People loved the nostalgic quality and texture that the instant film had plus the couples loved that it was a photo memento they could hold almost immediately.” says Photographer Nick Collingwood, who describes himself as a motion designer by day and film addict roughly 24/7. “…With the slower process for the Polaroids, it puts the importance on creating interesting situations to photograph on film vs capturing candid shots made easy with modern autofocus cameras.”

Based in Brooklyn, he has an affinity for Super 8 and Instant film. This love of the analogue world and culture was recently turned into a business of his: he second shoots as a wedding photographer and focuses on weddings.

Oh yeah, and he loves talking about gear.

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Creating the Photograph: Lindsey Thoeng’s “Fitness

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Lindsey Thoeng hails from Amsterdam, but these days she calls Brooklyn, New York her home. Since 2007, she has been combining graphic design work at the UN with the pursuit of the perfect portrait for fashion and lifestyle brands. In recent years, Lindsey has focused on shooting environmental portraits in the streets of New York. It’s earned her appearances such as in Times Square, New York Times, Mashable, Details Magazine, Time Out New York, Town & Country, Behance’s Photography Served and the social channels of Adidas, Uniqlo, United Nations, Levis, and 1Hotels.

But more recently, she wanted to work on a special fitness portrait shoot. “Portraits in the dramatic style that Norman Jean Roy or Annie Leibovitz are known for with their epic Vanity Fair shoots.” she says. “At the same time I wanted to take it in a more realistic direction, less glamorous…”

Here’s Lindsey’s story.

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Adobe: Brooklyn is the Biggest Hub for Photography in the US

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Not long ago, the New York Times published an article about how the creative boom in New York and going west to LA. While that may be true, Adobe found that the heart of photography is very much still Brooklyn, NY. While NYC and LA are both known as hubs for creativity, Brooklyn and Long Beach are both bigger hubs of creativity than their respective cities. NYC in this case refers to Manhattan. Adobe revealed this information today in a post from their digital index showing that while Long Beach, CA is home to web design, industrial design and print design, Brooklyn is home of art direction, fine art and photography.

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Review: Heavy Leather Classic Camera Strap

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Heavy Leather is an interesting brand that don’t manufacture your typical camera straps. For starters, they’ve jumped on the hand-crafted, American-made bandwagon that other companies like Holdfast Gear, TAP and DYE, A7, and Cub and Co have done–with much of them being manufactured here in NYC. Created by Rachel Becker in Brooklyn, NY, Heavy Leather straps originally was a company that designed beautiful leather straps for guitarists and bassists. And as a bassist of 14 years, I’d gladly wear one.

But then Ms. Becker got the idea to create camera straps–which are very different from guitar and bass straps. For instance, take their Classic strap. It’s an incredibly standard strap for the most part–but has a couple of interesting and subtle designs that make it flashier than most photographers would probably want it to be.

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Looking Out the Window with Hye-Ryoung Min

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Look out your window. What do you see? You might find that you have a steady cast of characters, and that the show is always interesting. That’s what photographer Hye-Ryoung Min found when she looked out the windows of her apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens from 2009 to 2011. Her five windows became her television set, and with her camera in hand, she took stills from the “set” for her project “Channel 247”.

“Repetition helped me understand actors’ basic characters; nuance and difference offered me clues into their hidden stories,” Min wrote in an email about how routine was essential to the development of the project.

Firing off random surreptitious shots of her neighbors wouldn’t have worked. Fortunately, her apartment and her neighborhood put her at the nexus of a motley crew of characters that played in equal measure outside of her front and back windows.

“The three windows in the curved construction in the living room had the most interesting and varied shows and actors, since they give out on the main boulevard with its constant flow of people and situations,” Mind wrote. “But I also enjoyed the daily shows in the backyard featuring a more regular cast of actors and private moments throughout the windows from the bedroom and the kitchen.”

This isn’t voyeurism for obvious reasons. The characters in her photographs are engaging in life at its most quotidian, and it’s those moments that can be the most revealing.

“There are moments when people are oblivious of others, or simply don’t want to be mindful of anybody other than themselves,” Min wrote.

It’s when people are focus on themselves that we can see who they are, even when the moments aren’t necessarily that grand. Her project has airs of street photography even though she never set foot on the street, and it’s that candid, spontaneous essence that makes Channel 247 a compelling character study.

A project like this couldn’t work everywhere, but fortunately, Min realized what was happening and set out to capture it. Scroll down for my photos from Channel 247, and for the entire project go here. For more of Min’s work, check out her website.

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Brooklyn Photographer Posts a Hilarious Craigslist Ad for Pimped Out Lens

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Sasha Juliard. Now there’s a photographer who knows how to sell his stuff.

Either Brooklyn-based Juliard was sick of all those tired and tedious Craigslist adds droning unimaginatively about the used items they’re selling or he just happened to have an utterly boring afternoon. Whatever his motivation was doesn’t matter. What matters is about five days ago, this dude just posted possibly the best Craigslist ad ever.

In an effort… nay, campaign to sell his Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for $400 on the classified ads website, Juliard went out of his way to do more than post several photos and write a detailed description. Oh no. He felt the need to pimp that lens out, first describing it as a “MOTHERFUCKER’S wide-angle” that “sees more than a COCK-EYED CHAMELEON” and to quote “his boy” Ludacris, “It’s big and reckless, MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GOT A MIDGET HANGING FROM YOUR NECK-less.” He then proceeds to name drop Hodor from GoT and “Ken ‘Da Bokeh Killah’ Rockwell” and make references to the ollie and The Big Lebowski; you know, just so potential buyers know, if they don’t already, that they’re getting an awesome deal buying this ultra special lens from an ultra hip dude.

Maybe he thought that the ultrawide angle lens deserved much more than a normal boring ad, maybe he was just stoned. We can only speculate. What we know for sure is if this ad doesn’t get him immediate responses, misspellings and all, and sell that lens, that we don’t know what will.

Check out his hilarious listing here.

Street Photographer Jamel Shabazz on Documenting a Culture in NYC

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All images shot by Jamel Shabazz. Used with permission.

Jamel Shabazz is one of New York’s most prolific street photographers. Characterized as a fashion shooter, street shooter, portrait shooter, and documentarian, Jamel has been published in galleries, books, magazines, and more all around the world. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY his work in the area earned him a notable spot in the recent documentary, Everybody Street. He even has a documentary about him. Currently, he is putting together a traditional coffee table book of his unpublished black and white images from 1980 to 2010.

We had some time to chat with the street legend about tips, NY life, and developing relationships with your subjects.

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This Awesome 16mm Film Shows a Short History of the New York City Bagel

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New Yorkers know that bagels are some of the greatest things about the city. But even though we enjoy the wonderful breakfast food (sometimes for lunch or dinner as well) many of us don’t really know the origins or history behind them.

The whole process is documented–from making the dough, to slicing it up, boiling the bagels and all. Though this was found years ago, Brooklynology was able to get their pre-hipster hands on some 16mm film footage showcasing the process of how the staple food is made. The film was sitting in the Brooklyn Public Library’s archive.

When you look at it, you can notice all of the typical characteristics of 16mm film and video footage from back in the day: grain, a raspy warmth in the sound that is similar to vintage record players, and the typical New York accent. But it also reminds of a time when content overall was king–and we didn’t sit there looking at resolution charts trying to see the sharpness and critical focus all day and for hours into the night. That’s not to say content still isn’t king, but it is easy to get caught up in the technicalities. Check out the video after the jump.

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Magnum Photographer Bruce Davidson on His Photographs

If you’ve never heard of Bruce Davison before, I’m glad to say that today is a lucky day of yours and that you’ll be inspired by such a humble and wonderful aged photographer far beyond the egotistical creatives out there. Davidson has worked on many photo essays for Magnum, and has even inspired the likes of Eric Kim. Now in his eighties, Davidson continues to work as an editorial photographer. His photographs appear around the world and in many museums. Also, Davidson has directed two award-winning short films, a documentary titled Living off the Land and a more surreal tale titled Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard.

Today, Reddit turned us onto two videos of his published last year by Tate Photos. Davidson has photographed Brooklyn Gangs in the late 50s–which is what he is best known for. However, the videos above and below show off even more of his work such as those on London’s streets and in the subways.

If you’re in the mood to be inspired and maybe even shed a tear, these are worth kicking back and watching.

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