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Photography Link Roundup

Photo: Almost Every Picture #9

•  Almost Every Picture #9 is a strange tribute to a camera-shy black dog and the most recent installment in Erik Kessels’ long-running found photography series. Dazed Digital has an interview with the gallery who is showing the work here. [KesselsKramer]

•  The recently Oscar nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop introduced the world to Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, the enigmatic French-born street artist.  Guetta is dealing with a lawsuit by photographer Glen E. Friedman for using his iconic Run DMC photo without permission. The Hollywood Reporter likens it to the Shepard Fairey “Hope” poster/AP photo lawsuit; Sean Bonner at Boing Boing disagrees. [THR / Boing Boing]

•  Who was the amateur photographer who first discovered the abandoned  piano in Biscayne Bay? [Miami New Times]

•  NFL sideline photographer Scott Kelby explains how Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers destroyed his Monopad. [Scott Kelby]

•  Homeland Security is phasing out its color-coded terror warning system. We can all rest easy…until the new warning system is in place. [AP]

In the Blink of an Eye: Mark Rebilas


Ever since I witnessed Michael Jordan launching himself from the foul line to slam home the NBA’s 1988 dunk contest, I’ve been a huge fan of sports photography – and this is way before I figured out that I had even the slightest bit of passion for photography.

As a child I collected every Sports Illustrated that featured MJ’s high-flying escapades, fixated by the beauty of these images while wondering where they had come from and wishing I could dunk like my idol. With the ability to touch a 10-foot rim by age 14, but unable to draw all that well, I had my mother buy me some tracing paper and colored pencils to create my own images of MJ posterizing some flat-footed sixth man. For hours I would hover over my desk, palms stained with lead and meticulously copy the SI covers, patiently and carefully following each meandering line as though I were a surgeon.


This week I was in childlike awe once again as I discovered Mark J. Rebilas’ website. As a professional sports photographer and son of motorsports photography legend Gil Rebilas, Mark’s images have appeared in ESPN Magazine, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and on the top sports websites in the country.

What I find most fascinating about Mark is not the fact that he’s funny, self-deprecating and able to capture such beautiful images in the blink of an eye, but that he’s so willing to share his experiences with others while working in one of the most competitive fields in photography. Finally, I no longer have to wonder where images like the ones I worshiped as kid come from.

They come from Mark Rebilas.

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