Archive for the 'Documentary' Category
Tags: discarted, shawn nee
Tags: Animal, discarted, I Should Have Shot That, Los Angeles, Marina Galperina, shawn nee, Shawn Nee's Hollywood Brothel Date
Over at Animal, Marina Galperina has a recurring feature where she asks photographers to describe the great shot they didn’t get, called “I Should Have Shot That.” I have many, but went with a scenario that involved an invite with a hooker and her john and me not getting naked. The best part of the series are the illustrations made by James Noel Smith. You can read the whole story here.
Tags: discarted, shawn nee
Tags: shawn nee
Tags: Gidropark, Gitterman Gallery, Kiev, Yelena Yemchuk
Yelena Yemchuk is most known for her fashion and music photography, as seen in places like Italian Vogue, W and Dazed and Confused. Before she emigrated to the US at 11, she spent her summers at a resort area in Kiev called Gidropark, which she describes as an Eastern European Coney Island. Recently she spent three summers there, photographing the carefree and sunbathing denizens on a 35-mm camera. The result is her book, Gidropark, out now, which shows a lovely mixture of quirky, evocative scenes. An exhibit of selected works is at the Gitterman Gallery in New York through September.
Tags: Kickstarter, Malls Across America, Michael Galinsky, shopping malls
How strongly do you believe that American mallgoers in 1989 deserve their own book? Enough to give to Michael Galinsky’s Kickstarter project?
In 1989, following in the footsteps of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and William Eggleston, I drove across the country and documented malls across America. I had a cheap Nikon FG-20 and an even cheaper lens – but I had a lot of passion. I shot about 30 rolls of slide film in malls from Long Island to North Dakota to Seattle. It was hard to tell from the images where they were taken, and that was kind of the point. I was interested in the creeping loss of regional differences. I thought a lot about Frank’s “The Americans” as we drove from place to place without any sense of place.
Tags: crowdfunding, Emphas.is, Kickstarter, Tomas Van Houtryve
Wired’s Raw File blog has a report on Emphas.is, the new crowdfunding site for photojournalism. In it, acclaimed documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve talks about his experience as one of the first to use the site since its much-delayed launch on March 7.
Van Houtryve, who is raising money for his “21st Century Communism” project that documents the remaining Communist countries, seems at the same time excited about the site’s potential and frustrated about all the technical glitches he’s experienced so far – he actually had to start the project on his own site first until Emphas.is could get its act together. Still, he says:
“Backers have started to pose relevant questions. As my project proposal has made its way through social networks and attracted support from strangers, I’ve made some really fruitful new connections. In addition to generous funding contributions, several individuals have stepped forward with key contacts and very precise and helpful advice. I have already managed to make stronger photos due to their input. This is a pleasant shift over the lone-wolf existence.”
The model for Emphas.is is the same as Kickstarter, only it’s solely devoted to photojournalism projects, so presumably you sort the wheat from the chaff and attract people who are very committed to photojournalism. Plus, they’re promising world-class photographers are going to use this platform, and the backers will get to connect to projects in a personal way.
As the site says, “Apart from the satisfaction of seeing an important project realized, you are invited to tag along on the journey.” It remains to be seen whether this model could be a savior of sorts for photojournalism, but it does look like there will be some good journeys to tag along on.