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Happy New Year Photos From Around The World 2014

New Year 2014 Times SquareHappy New Year to my friends and followers. I thought you would like to see these exciting photos from the celebrations around the world. I hope 2014 will inspire you to new heights in your personal and professional lives.

 

Happy New Year To You 2014

Gina Genis Photo of a Blue Martini

Gina Genis Photo of a Blue Martini

Wishing you a New Year filled with adventure, discovery, success, and joy. A fresh start is here. Enjoy, my friends.

David Hockney Quote #1

David Hockney collage photograph

David Hockney collage photograph

All religions are about social control. The church, when it had social control, commissioned paintings, which were made using lenses and when it stopped commissioning images, its power declined, slowly. Social control today is in the media—and based on photography. The continuum is the mirrors and lenses.

David Hockney, Artist, b. 1937, Bradford, England, currently living in Los Angeles.

“Family Of Man” – Historic Photograph Exhibit Returns

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The Family of Man, a historic photographic show that was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, has returned to life at a castle in Luxembourg.

Edward Steichen curated The Family Of Man with 503 photographs from all over the world. After the Museum of Modern Art show, the exhibit went on to travel around the world. It has been seen by more than 10 million people and is considered the most successful photographic show of all time.

To read more about new The Family Of Man show and see some images, click here.

 

Bert Stern, Iconic Photographer Dies

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Bert Stern image of Marilyn Monroe

Bert Stern image of Marilyn Monroe

Photographer Bert Stern, famous the world over for his images of celebrities and commercial work, died on June 25, 2013, at the age of 83. He captured Marilyn Monroe only six weeks before she died in what is now called The Last Sitting. Stern photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, and Marlon Brando, among others.

Bert Stern image of Brigitte Bardot

Bert Stern image of Brigitte Bardot

Bert Stern image of Drew Barrymore

Bert Stern image of Drew Barrymore

 

Photographs And Paintings Used To Launder Money

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The New York Times reports detailed information about how art work is used for laundering money. It’s not just drug cartels. Greedy CEO’s are able to hide their millions through the vague business practices of the art world.

This activity has always been whispered about in art circles, but seems to be more prominent now. The art market has never been subject to the accountability of financial transactions as in other businesses. Auction houses and top galleries claim anonymity is necessary with transactions in the millions. Why? I can imagine clients want to keep their purchases quiet for security reasons, but anyone who can afford a Matisse can afford to keep their collections safe.

Read the NY Times article for the dirty truth.

Famous Mothers With Their Children

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Happy Mother’s Day, Friends.

Hope you enjoy these classic photos of famous mothers and their children from the pages of Life magazine. And the one of my own mother taken at lunch today, shown below.

Mothers & Kids

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Move Over Instagram, EyeEm App Allows You To Sell Your Photos

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EyeEm logo

EyeEm logo

When Instagram (owned by Facebook) tried to claim all rights to an individual’s content, including their photos, they lost a world of users, including me. I immediately closed my Instagram account with no regrets. The following is taken from Instagram’s privacy policy change on Dec 17, 2012:

“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

No thanks, I thought. Sooner or later, someone will develop a better app. Welcome EyeEm. EyeEm is an app developed by photographers, not business people trying to capitalize on a photographer’s images. EyeEm says:

“Your photos will always remain yours and nothing will ever be done with them without your consent. Being photographers ourselves, there’s nothing we value more than our community’s rights and privacy. If a platform makes benefits, it must be through an opt-in program and revenue-sharing with the creators. Period.”

I, for one am very interested. In fact, I am downloading the EyeEm app now.

Andreas Feininger’s Photos of Animal Skeletons

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Andreas Feininger - Bat Skeleton

Andreas Feininger – Bat Skeleton

I came across this posting of Andreas Feininger’s black and white photos of animal skeletons. They are beautiful and morbid at the same time. Taken in 1951, they span animals as small as a hummingbird to as large as an elephant. I thought you would enjoy these 17 photographs as much as I did.

Andreas Feininger - Bird Skeleton

Andreas Feininger – Bird Skeleton

 

Technology Threatens Camera Manufacturers

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Joe Murphy’s 3D printed lens adapters

I found an interesting article today. Photographer Joe Murphy has manufactured his own tilt-shift lens adapter using a 3D printer. I paid over $2,000 for my Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens. I doubt I would have done that if I were able to do what Joe Murphy did. Add to that, the designs are available for anyone to download and use for free.

This brings up issues I was discussing with a friend a few weeks back. 3D printing is very expensive now. When home printers first came into being, they were expensive too. It didn’t take long before the prices dropped to an affordable level. This will happen with 3D printers as well.

What does this mean? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the average person will be able to manufacture equipment at home for a fraction of the cost of buying it from a large company. I can see this happening with all sorts of things: table ware such as plates and utensils, car parts, belts, and even camera equipment. Imagine you have the misfortune of breaking a piece of your expensive camera lens. No worries, just print a replacement part. Need to add a bottle holder for your gear bag? Whip one out in a flash and add it on. The possibilities are endless.

What’s the bad news?  Camera companies may lose sales because anyone will be able to copy their designs and print them out. Manufacturing jobs may shrink due to lost sales. Granted, the size of printing is limited to the size of the 3D printer, and the material may not be a good as that used by say, Canon, but technology will catch up in that regard too. The future looks quite intriguing.

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