- Beijing and sport in photos
If, like me, you missed the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, fear not. The Big Picture has a stunning selection of images that almost transport you there.
There are some fantastic images of the ceremonies on flickr too.
Iooss is regarded as one of the finest sports photographers of our time. His new book, Athlete, published by Sports Illustrated, presents portraits of the top figures in sports.
- The revival of the Polaroid
Well, sort of. Earlier this year Petters Group Worldwide, the company that owns Polaroid Corp., announced that it would stop producing instant photography film. They were open to anyone that was interested in picking up the technology in order to continue to produce the film, and as it turns out, they found a couple of takers.
Polaroid artist John Reuter and philanthropist Daniel H. Stern have joined forces with their new firm 20X24 Holdings LLC to keep Polaroid alive… but only for the Polaroid 20×24 format. This huge but lovely contraption stands 5-feet high and weighs 235 pounds, not exactly the Polaroid we’ve all come to know and love, but it’s a Polaroid none the less. Only six 20x24s were made, five are left in use today. The prints? Stunning instant color or black & white images that are 20×24 inches big. Film cost averages $65 per exposure, so working with the 20×24 requires skilled operation and perfect timing to avoid costly mistakes.
Developed to accurately reproduce works of art, especially paintings and tapestries, the camera was soon used as a creative tool to make original photographs. At 20×24 studios in New York City, Boston, Cambridge, Prague, and, most recently, San Francisco, talented artists explore the large-format system for personal and commercial expression.– Polaroid Corp.
Besides the one-of-a-kind nature of the Polaroid 20×24, photographers appreciate the format for its stunning results and the commitment to the process that is required in order to produce a quality print.
Mr. Reuter calls it the “king of all Polaroids,” because “it amplifies every aspect of the process.” Size. Near-instant results. The seductive steps needed to produce a picture. The sheer beauty of the prints themselves. — WSJ
And Polaroid is the only type of photography that ensures that the image produced is exactly as it was taken. No retouching, no editing. There’s certainly something to be said for the purity of the Polaroid art.
- Celebrity photograph record: $14 million
Publication rights to photographs of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s newborn twins sold to People and Hello! magazines for the reported sum of $14 million.
- Metadata crookery
We all know digital photos can be modified. So much so that, at least in the popular lexicon, Photoshop is synonymous with turning fact into fiction. But at least one facet of a digital photo, a variety of metadata called EXIF, is supposed to be secure. Not so! Deke McClelland has an awesome presentation about that.
- The Worldwide Photo Walk
The photo walk is a free social photography event in celebration of the launch of Kelby’s newly updated Lightroom book and is open to photographers of all skill levels. All they ask is that you sign up in advance as space is limited.
See your city. Take some snaps. Socialize and share your photos afterward.
Interested but can’t find your city? If you’ve got the chops, you can request to be a guide in your home town.
And while it’s not a competition there are some snazzy prizes. Happy shooting!
- Eastman House Images Join Flickr’s “The Commons”
Delightful! The folks over at Flickr just announced that the George Eastman House has joined The Commons with three initial sets of images including the Chusseau-Flaviens collection, Southworth & Hawes and Autochromes.
George Eastman House is the oldest photography museum in the world, housed in the former home of Mr. George Eastman, the so-called father of modern photography and founder of Eastman Kodak company. The Museum is also one of the premiere centres of photographic conservation in the world.
The Chusseau-Flaviens collection depicts “social and political figures and events throughout Europe and the colonial empires in the Near East and the Far East” from the 1890s to just before World War I.
Messrs. Southworth & Hawes were partners in commercial studio in Boston, primarily shooting daguerreotype portraits. The studio opened in 1843, and closed twenty years later.
Auguste and Louis Lumière’s 1904 invention of the autochrome process produced the lovely images in the third gallery, Autochromes.
Can you imagine?
Auguste to Lumière: “Let’s dust some tiny potato starch grains dyed orange-red, green and violet onto a glass plate and then cover them with a layer of panchromatic silver bromide emulsion.”
Lumière: “Oh, that’s brilliant!”
- Getting The Big Picture
If you’re not acquainted with “The Big Picture” from the Boston Globe, I highly recommend you stop by and say hello. Plan to stay a while, the images are stunning, the stories compelling.
- Image tracking
The evolution of Hollywood paparazzi from a marginal nuisance to one of the most powerful and lucrative forces driving the American news-gathering industry is a phenomenon that dates back to March 2002, when a women’s magazine editor named Bonnie Fuller took over a Wenner Media property called Us Weekly, which had drifted along since its founding in 1977 as a rival to the fantastically successful People magazine franchise. What Fuller brought to Us was a keen understanding of her audience. “Every day, we’d look at tons of pictures that came in and lay them all out on a conference table,” Fuller remembers. “And what was interesting to me was to look at celebrities going to the dry cleaners and pumping gas. I loved looking at these pictures of celebrities who were just like us.”
- AOL launches Pixcetera
Last week AOL launched Pixcetera, its new photo hub focused exclusively on top-quality photography collected from across the AOL Network and content partners Associated Press, Reuters and other major photo providers.
The new site includes weekly showcases of the ‘best of the best’ in images with categories ranging from fashion to nature to world news. The Pixcetera blog, written by AOL’s photo editors, will offer tips and tricks, interviews, reviews and trends, all focused exclusively on the photography space.
Pixcetera is easy to navigate and makes it simple to share galleries and images with others. Users can comment on and discuss photos and also rate images with the “must see” thumbs up.
“We saw an opportunity for a site focused on the premier image — the type of photo that stops you in your tracks,” says Peter Rivera, AOL Senior Vice President of Experience Design. “At AOL we publish thousands of images across various sites, and we’re excited to offer access to these free galleries in one, easy-to-navigate experience.”
If Pixcetera interests you, keep an eye out for the upcoming launch of â€œLifeâ€œ. Life magazineâ€™s soon to be released site will showcase 10 million photos from their archives with thousands more added every day.
- TinEye and the data lady (a romantic search adventure)
StÃ©phane Lee pointed me yesterday to the Data Lady. This lady is going to be added to my Everywhere Girl fascination! The Data Lady is a stock photograph of a lady that is being used in a lot of data center websites, collocation websites, large database company websites and of course web hosting sites… you get the picture. Stephane used TinEye to find where else she is appearing and of course there were a couple of nice finds below including a valleywag post:
I am fascinated by some of the images that I see all the time in advertisements and how those images appeal to all the advertisers in the same way. There is a lady that I constantly see in telco and wireless ads. I am going to try and hunt her down and post what I find. As you know it is kind of difficult to search for an image using keywords: I can already see the results I am going to get when I type “photograph of woman used in wireless ads”!