Dane Shitagi Captures the Astonishing Beauty of Ballet

“I like to think that we’re turning the world into our stage,” the photographer ​​Dane Shitagi tells me. For over more than two decades, he’s collaborated with well over a hundred professional ballerinas, setting up in breathtaking locations across the globe. “I’m looking at it almost as if the dancers are dancing within their own imaginations,” he says. “We’re all explorers, and we’re all products of our environments. There’s something spiritual about discovering our world in this way.” 

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New Visual Data Map Proves That Your Instagram Isn’t Special

A data visualization map reveals that Instagram is home to thousands of similar snaps

The next time you post an artsy snap of your cappuccino on Instagram, you might wonder how many times has someone else sat in the very spot you’re sitting, took the exact same photo of a cappuccino, and posted it on social media. Turns out that the answer is countless times. All these similar photos may primarily be a stark reminder that none of us are as original as we think. But, more interestingly, they also piece together a city’s digital identity. From the hundreds of similar snaps of a single landmark, to thousands of cappuccinos and dishes posted by foodies visiting the same cafe, we can get to know and map a city through the innumerable social media posts that all look the same.

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Magnum Photos Possibly Confirms Release of Fujifilm X Pro 2

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 35mm f2 WR product images first impressions (1 of 9)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Very few pieces of news make me almost drop my coffee cup while inbibing some precious morning java, but a report from Fuji Rumors did just that. They picked up on a tip that Magnum Photos photographer Hiroji Kubuto was using the Fujifilm X Pro 2 (or whatever the successor to the X Pro 1 is) during the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The evidence of this was in the EXIF data of the images. Since then, Magnum photos took down the images–but there is an even more interesting nugget behind all of this.

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ISO 400: Hugo Passarello Luna Talks About Life as a Photojournalist

From a photo essay about Boulogne Sur Mer in France, where one of Argentina's founders died in the late 1800s.

From a photo essay about Boulogne Sur Mer in France, where one of Argentina’s founders died in the late 1800s.

All images are © Hugo Passarello Luna and are used with permission.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Hugo Passarello Luna, an Argentinian journalist and photographer who’s based in Paris and has been for about five years now. He’s worked on a number of projects, not the least of which is the “Unexpected Photo Essay on Cortázar, His Readers and Paris” from last year. He honored the centennial of Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar’s birth by photographing his readers in Paris in the context of his novel “Hopscotch,” which we interviewed him about here. In this episode, Hugo talks about his lifelong fondness for storytelling, his cross-cultural experiences as a journalist, and more.

For more Hugo’s work, check out his website. You can also find him on Twitter and Instagram. A selection of his photographs, as well as the episode, is down below.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Damien Hypolite Matches Assassin’s Creed Unity’s 1789 Paris with 2014 Paris

Damien Hypolite Paris 1789-7

All photos by Damien Hypolite. Used with permission.

There’s a saying that art imitates life but Damien Hypolite has elevated the concept to an even higher meta-level by taking screenshots of 1789 Paris in Assassin’s Creed Unity and matching it up with the modern day capital.

“I was playing the game, walking in the 1789’s Paris trying to find places where I used to live in the capital,” Damien says. “I was very impressed by the quality of the work and how some places have changed since that era.”

Damien says the idea all clicked together when he saw some of Christopher Moloney’s FILMography seriess, in which he brings movie stills to their real life counterparts. “I asked myself, what if I try to do the same with screenshots from the game, using them as high quality pictures of a period when photography did not exist,” Damien expounds.

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See Paris Through this Gorgeous Pentax 67 Viewfinder

Paris Through Pentax

Life always looks sweeter thought a viewfinder and no video better highlights this fact than Maison Carnot’s Paris Through Pentax. The production and advertising company’s founders Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai had an old Pentax 67 medium format camera on hand and decided it would be a great idea to record a through the viewfinder video featuring short scenes of Parisian life—and voila!

To create the lovely compilation of clips, the creative pair pointed a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera down at the viewfinder. The two cameras are basically stuck together using a two-by-four and tape. Add in a piece of blackened cardboard to act as an oversized lens hood for the Blackmagic camera and shade to block out any reflections, and this hacked together rig is ready for a stroll on the streets of Paris.

For an extra bit of nostalgic character, Mathieu and Antoine also added a soothing instrumental backing track to complement the video. The clarity of the picture coming though the Pentax 67’s viewfinder is truly a testament to the quality and character of these old film cameras.

Meanwhile, the video as a whole really plays out like a memorable vacation reel and an ode to the old film days photographers will love. Check out the video past the break.

Via Vimeo

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Mike Kandel: Paris in Monochrome

All photographs taken by Mike Kandel. Used with permission.

D.C.-based travel, music, and documentary photographer and world traveller Mike Kandel recently visited the City of Love and, awed by what he saw and experienced, captured Paris’ beauty as well as quirks through his lens. Also known as the City of Lights, it is a destination sought after by most–not only because of its richness in culture, arts, cuisine and romance, but also because, incidentally it’s also one of the most stunning. Expenses aside, we can all agree that it’s worth visiting at least once in our lives.

In his mesmerizing Parisian photo series, Mike undresses the city of its usual color and documents it in monochrome. Why, you say? Well, according to him,

“Paris is beautiful no matter how you view it, but through a monochrome lens, its true elegance and character become strikingly apparent. Removing color from a place so rich in fashion, art and culture impresses a fresh perspective upon both the tourist and seasoned resident. You see things differently, and find magnificence between shades of gray that you may have missed walking the colorized streets in person.”

By capturing the city in black and white, Mike effectively strips Paris down to its core perfection, proving once again that the city’s beauty is in its details, people, architecture, and charmingly-old streets, as well as brings forth a feeling of nostalgia reminiscent of Paris’ artistic glory days when legends like Hemingway, Dali, and Bunuel roamed its streets.

See Mike Kandel’s monochrome photographs after the jump.

See more of Mike Kandel’s beautiful work by visiting his website, following his blog, or connecting with him on Facebook. For his Paris in color series hit this link.


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Photo Tourism with a Fixed Focal Length


During two trips to Europe, I’ve decided to shoot primarily with a fixed focal length. During my first trip to Paris, I mounted a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens on my Canon 60D and shot virtually all our travels with the equivalent of a 50mm focal length. For this trip to France, I have been shooting with a Fujifilm X100s which with its 23mm lens sports the equivalent of a 35mm focal length. Though I initially focused on the potential disadvantages, the reality was that working this simply has its benefits.

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Andy Fabrykant’s Black and White Images Have a Shy, but Beautiful Look


All images by Andy Fabrykant. Used with permission

Andy Fabrykant is a photographer that was born in Argentina but now lives in Paris. His work has been in four different galleries and tends to explore the human side of life. Though he shoots color, Andy’s most mesmerizing work is his black and white collection. Most of his work is in cinematography though, but the way that a cinematographer and a photographer look at the world can be quite similar.

We decided to talk to Andy a bit about his photographs and about shooting in the streets.

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