Patagonia Staff Photographer Jeff Johnson on Adventure, Cameras, and Photography

If you’re in the mood for some photography inspiration, you might want Patagonia staff photographer Jeff Johnson in this quick photo walk around Manhattan.

Feeling a little lost and uninspired in your photography and think you can use some motivation? You might want to sit down and follow around Patagonia Staff Photographer Jeff Johnson in this quick photo walk video recently shared by Gear Patrol. Ten blocks, roughly eleven minutes, and an insightful interview may just give you the inspiration and sense of adventure to get your photography going again.

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Photographer David James on Capturing the Set of the Star Wars Movies

All photos by David James. Used with permission from Lucasfilm Ltd.

“…earlier in my career turned down the original Star Wars’ movie…” explains Motion Picture Stills Photographer David James. “George Lucas and I talked about that many years later, he actually admired me for making that decision.” David James–who was tasked to capture the behind the scenes happenings on both Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.  While being a movie stills photographer is a pretty difficult job, it becomes even more of a challenge when it happens to be on the sets of space operas that take place “in a galaxy far, far away,” where every minute detail is shrouded in secrecy until all is revealed on premiere day. Aside from over a half a century in the industry, David helped found the Society of Motion Picture Stills Photographers (SMPSP), serving as one of the organization’s past presidents, and was bestowed the Still Photographer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 2011. In time for Star Wars Day, we talked to David about his experiences working on the sets of both Star Wars sequels, how he entered the world of still photography, his experiences working on some of the most prominent Hollywood blockbusters, and what fuels his creative impulse.

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This Signed Andy Warhol Cover of Robin Williams Costs Over $1,000,000

If you’re a fan of Robin Williams and Andy Warhol both, then this is your collectible dream.

Perhaps a one of a kind, there is currently a really rare signed Interview magazine on eBay featuring Robin Williams on the cover and signed by Andy Warhol. The seller, who has a 100% positive rating by more than 600 other folks, has a very interesting story behind how the piece came about. And if you’re both a fan of Andy and Robin (I’m personally a fan of both) then this is something that is very important to you–if you can stomach the price of over $1,000,000. For a vintage antique dating back to over 30 years ago and for something that is really this rare, it’s still pretty easy for one to question the price.

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Boudoir Photographer Jen Rozenbaum on Using Photography for Healing

Boudoir Photographer Jen Rozenbaum talked to the Phoblographer’s Dan Ginn about how she’s evolved as a photographer and her business.

“Do you feel like photography is helping you with body confidence and helping you with where you are?” asks Dan to Boudoir Photographer Jen Rozenbaum in our latest video. Jen goes on to relate about how she’s been finding a way to turn her battle with cancer into something beautiful. And if you’ve been following the famous photographer, you’ll know just about what that journey has been like for her.

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How Legendary Photographer Steve McCurry Overcame Shyness to Become One of the Greats

Legendary photographer Steve McCurry can’t imagine life without a camera in his hands and refuses to retire; that is totally fine with us.

There is no doubt that Steve McCurry is one of the greatest photographers of our time. His dedication and commitment to the art of photography has gifted the world with some of the most captivating images ever seen. In a recent interview, Steve tells Kate Snow about how he started his journey into the world of photography, how he captured some of his most famous images, and how he still has to overcome his shyness to be able to approach people in the streets. Check out the insightful video interview after the break. Continue reading…

Nathan Wirth Used an Infrared Sony a7r to Get These Spooky Redwood Photos

Among Giants is the latest series by surreal landscape photographer Nathan Wirth.

Maybe I’ve been watching too many horror movies, but if you look at Nathan Wirth’s latest series Among Giants just the right way it can appeal super spooky. The series is a number of infrared photos shot of some of the giant redwood trees here in the US. The addition of the infrared nature to the images makes them look eerie, ethereal and at the same time gives off a haunting beauty to them. We got to ask Nathan a bit about the new series.

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Argus Estabrook Finds Stories Worth Telling by Using Intimacy

All images by Argus Estabrook. Used with permission.

Argus Estabrook is a storyteller; an individual who has the eye for discerning the special in the mundane. He’s as good with finding poetry from the pages of discarded library books as he is with spotting and photographing compelling stories worth telling, may it be in the streets or in his own home. A Korean-American photographer currently based in Seoul, he often trains his lenses on images that are unique to the Korean culture. And he does not simply document them, he provides facts, insights, and personal musings to complete the stories he wishes to convey.

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Plunging Into the Hypnotic Fashion Photography of Derrick Freske

All images by Derrick Freske. Used with permission.

Colors often play a big part in fashion photography, and the work of Los Angeles-based Derrick Freske is dripping with them. In fact, his images are brimming with colors that bring both a youthful energy and a hypnotic vibe to his chosen genre. However, this wasn’t always how his photography looked, and it took him a while to realize that this vibrant style fit both his personality and creative vision the most. He may only be five years into his career, but he has already worked with a number of big clients — Aeropostale, Bershka, Chevrolet, Gap, Hollywood Records, and Under Armour, to name a few.

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Finding Inspiration in the Great Outdoors with Sunny Herzinger

All images by Sunny Herzinger. Used with permission.

Some photographers travel to take photos, while others take up photography to travel. For Germany-based engineer and landscape photographer Sunny Herzinger, it’s hard to tell which camp he belongs to. “Probably both,” was also he could say, and it’s pretty easy to see why he thinks it’s the case, as travel and photography are inseparable. Luckily for him, inspiration is not hard to come by, as he’s surrounded by the beauty of nature and the great outdoors. Continue reading…

In Pursuit of Candid Moments with Irynka Hromotska

All images by Irynka Hromotska. Used with permission.

The love for photography is sparked by things both big and small. For Ukraine-based Irynka Hromotska, those things were as big as her dad’s lot of undeveloped films from his mountain trips, and as small as a few issues of National Geographic magazine. These things naturally sparked her interest not only in travel and photography, but also the pursuit of candid moments. This is very much the meat of her work, whether it’s travel photography or street photography.

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Ian Pettigrew Aims for Smiles With His “Floating Dogs” Project

All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.

Ian Pettigrew is one of our favorite creative brains to pick when it comes to photography projects. This time, we have him back for something totally different from his usual work. A drastic departure from hard-hitting topics like Cystic Fibrosis explored in projects like the SaltyGirls and SaltyKids, this adorable new project brings smiles to our faces in place of the tugs at our hearts. Interestingly, the idea for this “floating dogs” series just popped in his head — literally and figuratively — in a way that only seems to happen to an art director-turned-photographer. Ian tells us more about this beautiful project through our lighthearted chat after the jump.

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Florian Kaps and His “Superheroes” Haven’t Given Up on Saving Peel-Apart Instant Film

There’s still a chance to save the beloved packfilm, as far as Florian “Doc” Kaps and his “Superheroes” are concerned. Today, we share an interview that gives us hope.

The beauty and wonder of peel-apart packfilm, sadly, is something that most of us who still shoot film today may no longer experience. Yet, there remains a glimmer of hope for a handful of people who are still hard at work trying to keep it alive. After successfully bringing back Polaroid Instant Film through the Impossible Project (now Polaroid Originals), Florian “Doc” Kaps has been hard at work with what he calls the “ultimate attempt” to save peel-apart instant film. Florian and one of his Superheroes, Uwe Schneider, tell us more in an interview video with Analog Things.

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Luc Kordas: Finding the Daydreamers Among Us in NYC

Daydreams by Luc Kordas

All images by Luc Kordas. Used with permission.

For years, New York City has been a mecca for street photographers looking to capture unique moments occurring around us. Spend time in New York City during anything short of a hurricane or massive snow storm and chances are you’ll be surrounded by locals and tourists alike going about their lives, moving from one destination to the next. In his latest series, “DAYDREAMERS,” New York based fine art, portrait, and street photographer Luc Kordas (who we’ve previously showcased on The Phoblographer) focuses on common individuals experiencing quiet moments with their eyes shut among the crowds of New York.

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Take Your Art to New Heights with Inspiring Words from Oliviero Toscani

Oliviero Toscani’s perspectives on art and photography could change the way you perceive your own art and your creative adventures.

Whatever kind of photography genre or creative venture you’re doing, you’re certainly doing art. Award-winning Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani has one important piece of advice to further your craft, “All art has to provoke something. Great art produces discussion.” If you’re not quite sure yet how to do that, this London Real interview will surely inspire you and give you some fresh ideas on how to create thought-provoking art.

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This Interview Is the Only Known Recording of Robert Capa

Listening to Robert Capa speak about his work and his adventures adds a different dimension to the iconic war photographer. Image above taken by Gerda Taro in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War.

Anyone who develops an interest in photography will inevitably come across the iconic Robert Capa and his timeless work. Reading about him and his life is one thing; listening to him speak about his work and adventures is another, given the decades that have passed since his days as “the greatest war photographer in the world.” Here’s a rare 1947 radio interview with the Hungarian photographer, the only known recording that the world has of his voice.

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This Street Photographer is All About the “Photo Wait”

Street Photographer Jonathan Higbee appears on the next Inside the Photographer’s Mind.

Street photographer Jonathan Higbee is one of New York’s up and coming photographers who not only has an interesting approach to street photography but also has a very curious background in photography. He doesn’t only shoot street, he shoots surreal work and has used tools such as Google Earth to do projects he couldn’t do before due to certain limitations. We’ll get to talk to Jonathan about all this on the next episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind; which will be streamed live on Adorama’s Facebook page at 5pm EST on March 7th. You can also join us at the Adorama Event Space Live for this showing. Register for the Live Event via EventBrite

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Manne Wahlström Explores Classic Portraiture with Black and White Films

All photos by Manne Wahlström. Used with permission.

Despite the widespread preference for digital convenience with most creative projects, film remains a popular choice for photographers who want the look of classic portraiture. Such is the case for Swedish photographer Manne Wahlström, who does outstanding film portraits in both color and black and white. For this feature, however, we wanted to put the spotlight on his clean and crisp monochrome portraiture, most of which were done in the studio.

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This Interview with Astronaut Randy Bresnik Gives an Idea About Photography in Space

This interview with astronaut Randy Bresnik most likely holds the answers to some of the most pressing questions we may have about photography in outer space.

Jared Polin, who runs the Fro Knows Photo website and YouTube channel, had just one question in mind: “Do astronauts on the space station shoot RAW?” From it came an idea to interview one of the astronauts up there. While he wasn’t successful in doing so, he was able to have a chat with one who had recently arrived back to Earth. In Jared’s interview, astronaut Randy Bresnik answers some questions many of us probably have about photography in space.

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Liam Warton: The Chemical, Analog Magic of Film Photography

All images by Liam Warton. Used with permission.

In an interview last year, we had a peek at one of the compelling portrait projects of Liam Warton and found out his beginnings in photography through film. He also mentioned how shooting analog was for him one of the best ways to read light and learn the basics. This time, we asked Liam to share with us more of his insights about film photography, a bit about his beginnings learning the ropes, and what keeps him captivated by analog photography despite also shooting with digital for work. Alongside all these details are more of his eye-catching portrait work, in all the glorious colors and moody atmosphere that can only come with film.

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F8 and Be There: On The CITOGRAPH 35mm f8 Lens for Street Photographers

Earlier on we reported on the new Citograph 35mm lens designed for photographers to simply capture moments as they happen. The Citograph 35mm took to Kickstarter to get funding to produce a lens at an affordable price point with character, quality and the ability to always be spontaneous. Benedikt Hartmann, the Creative Director for C.P.Goerz, talked with us briefly about the inspiration behind the lens and about how it’s going to differ from so many other options out there.

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