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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
This is a photograph I took for a client. It was a straightforward shot taken with my Canon 5D Mark II.
The unusual pose inspired me to pull the photo into my iPhone and jazz it up with a photo app. The apps are getting more sophisticated as time goes on, making it easy for anyone who has a smart phone to create interesting images.
I am enjoying exploring these apps, but they also make me realize how important it is to know what you’re doing as a photographer. I appreciate an impeccably executed no frills photograph even more in this day and age of what I call “click and oooh”.