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It Was a Hipsta Kinda Year

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2012 was a slow year for me in regards to my usual picture-taking adventures.  Yeah, there’s a decent sized bucket of unprocessed film with all kinds of thought-provoking images to uncover.  But it’s nothing like in years past.  I guess being jumped by 3 dudes on Halloween, harassed by many, and unlawfully detained by police for taking pictures in public is just too tiresome for this ol’ dog.  Despite that, I did what everybody else is doing nowadays (privately, I was told I should follow the beaten path more often), so I tried my best at raising my digital photography street-cred by snapping a few pics with my Hipstamatic equipped iPhone.

It was fun and pretty deece for some picture-taking, but it’s nothing like  shooting with meat and potatoes, B&W film.

Be warned though.

Los Angeles can be a gritty and gross place, and I tend to focus on that kind of stuff.  Especially if it’s lying on the ground, which is where all the good stuff hangs out.

Merry Christmas.

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iPhoneography / The Street Volume

Anton Kawasaki

I recently picked up an iPhone 4 for a cross-country trip that just wrapped up. Along the way I took a few photos, which was fun since this is my first pseudo-digital camera and the immediacy of being able to see the image was kick-ass. I don’t think I’ll ever use an iPhone for any of my street or documentary work though, and I definitely won’t be posting any of my trip photos anywhere. They’re not good enough or interesting enough to share with the masses.

On the other hand, I have heard about all of the great stuff people have been doing with apps (for the record, I hate this word) and their iPhones. So since I had some downtime this weekend, I decided to search the web in hopes of finding a street photographer who’s put down the SLR for an iPhone.

And luckily, I came across Anton Kawasaki.  Enjoy.

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Photography Link Roundup

Photo by Robert Altman

•  If you’re in San Fran, you can spend an evening in July with photographer Robert Altman (which is really just an excuse to run one of my favorite photos). [Jazz Heritage Center]

•  Worlds collide in this cool collection of photos of notable figures in odd situations – think Nancy Reagan on Mr. T’s lap, or Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Ludacris at a basketball game. [Quora]

•  High tech birding, or 10 cool photos of birds taken with the iPhone. [Mashable]

•  The new Lomo camera takes its inspiration from … sardines? [CrunchGear]

•  A South Florida publication and the Society of Professional Journalists have banded together to sue the City of Fort Lauderdale for prohibiting photography around the Rock of Ages set. [Miami Herald]

Photography Link Roundup

Jack Kerouac, 1953  Photo: Allen Ginsberg LLC

•  An exhibition made up of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg, a sort of “Beat family album,” is now at the National Gallery in Washington. [Smithsonian]

•  Terror alert: Washington University was shut down for four hours after security found a suspicious DIY pinhole camera. [Gizmodo]

•  Striking before and after satellite photos show the Joplin tornado’s destructive path. [Daily Mail]

•  360-degree photos with an iPhone app? It’s coming. [USA Today]

•  Canon and director Ron Howard are collaborating on “Long Live Imagination,” a photography contest built around movie theme categories. [mediabistro]

MD Mall Security Assaults Man For iPhone Video

Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Md., has a lot to offer —  a couple of chain and outlet stores, some high-calorie food options, and security guards who will assault you if you record them with your phone.

That’s what happened to Thomas Tang on April 8 when he and his girlfriend entered the mall by trying two different entrances that aren’t permitted after a certain hour, even though they were still open. Tang and his girlfriend, Erin Fabian, argued with security for not allowing them into the mall to get to the movie theater, which was still open. More security was called, and the pair were banned from the mall for their behavior in challenging the policy.

On his way out of the mall, Tang pulled out his iPhone to record the guards’ behavior and told them he would put it on YouTube. That really set them off, and they chased him into the parking lot. Four guards wrestled him to the ground and took his iPhone and deleted the video. He and Fabian were arrested by local police — he for trespassing, she for assault since the police claim she hit a guard in the chin.

Arundel Mills, which is owned by Simon Property Group in Indianapolis, is of course private property and they have the right to request people leave the premises and ban them too, if they so desire. However, security staff have no authority to assault you or seize your property, regardless of your behavior. They actually have the exact same amount of authority as you or me.

The authorities have told Tang there is nothing he can do; they say he was on private property so he has no recourse. Not true exactly.

This is what we recommended to him (and anyone who is being railroaded by individuals or companies abusing their authority): He should press charges against them for theft, unlawful detainment, assault and battery, false imprisonment and destruction of property; get recovery software to retrieve the iPhone video and put it on YouTube; get the mall’s security footage; file a complaint with the state agency that is the watchdog for security guard companies; contact the Better Business Bureau; contact local politicians, like city council members and the DA’s office; send the story to local news media so people are aware that this mall employs people who break the law. (This local site has already picked it up.)

Photojournalism and the Hipstamatic App

Photo by Damon Winter/New York Times

UPDATE: Damon Winter won POYi’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year too.

When New York Times staff photographer Damon Winter won third place in POYi’s feature competition last week for wartime photos he took on his iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, some people balked. Photojournalism, as practiced by the greats with real cameras, was officially dead. Others said that’s a naive viewpoint; there are no truly objective photographs — and the photographer’s tool doesn’t make or break a great image.

To me, they look a little like ads, or still photography from a David O. Russell film. It doesn’t strike me as great photojournalism, despite Winter being a very skilled photographer, no doubt. That said, maybe I’m old fashioned. There is something about the purity of classic photojournalism that resonates more for me.

As for Winter’s take, he couldn’t submit to an interview with Poynter.org on Friday because he is in Afghanistan, but he did release a statement to the media site.

In part, it says:

I could not have taken these photos using my SLR and that perhaps is the most important point regarding my use of the camera phone for this story. Using the phone is discreet and casual and unintimidating. The soldiers often take pictures of each other with their phones and that was the hope of this essay: to have a set of photos that could almost look like the snapshots that the men take of each other but with a professional eye.

People may have the impression that it is too easy to make interesting images with a camera app like this, but that is not the case — just as it is not the case that good pictures automatically come out of exotic places. At the heart of every solid image are the same fundamentals: composition, information, moment, emotion, connection. If people think that this is a magic tool that makes every image great, they are wrong.

Photography Link Roundup


“Shark Men” Vigo, Spain 2010 Photo by Corey Arnold

Corey Arnold is both a fisherman and a photographer, a great combination when you’re trying to document the commercial fishing industry in the European Union — so “Fish-Work Europe” is the result of five months tracking ports and people in nine countries. It’s also at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, OR through January 15. [Hartman Fine Art]

• 12,000 of White House photographer Cecil Stoughton’s photos, letters and books are to be auctioned off today in New York, including the iconic photo of Lyndon Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One and the only known image of JFK and Marilyn Monroe together. [Bonhams]

• “10 Ways to Break Photographer’s Block.” [Photocritic]

• A rundown of the best apps to help edit and share the photos gathering in your smartphone. [Wall Street Journal]

• And there’s an Ansel Adams app for iPad. For those times when you want to run a slideshow of his work but to your own iTunes library pick. [The Online Photographer]



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