As photo contest season descends upon us, the perennial question…
We’ve been busy gearing up for Luminance 2012 (did we mention it’s next week?!) but there’s always time for great news. Check out our roundup below, and hopefully we’ll be seeing many of you next week at Luminance – enjoy!
The best client brief ever
APhotoEditor stumbled upon a real gem of a client brief this week. From the spring of 1969, here’s Mr. Mick Jagger asking Mr. Andy Warhol for some album artwork.
The real story behind “Morning After” photography
While nearly every photographer is happy for free press, wedding photographer Michelle Jonne recently found herself taking heat from bloggers, journalists, and tons of anonymous viewers after her “Morning After” photography went viral. Though not the first to coin the term, “Morning After” usually refers to a post-wedding photo shoot that showcases the newlyweds in a more intimate setting.
Glamour magazine online and Fstoppers were among those giving Michelle a hard time for her work: “A new ‘trend’ seems to have rolled into the photography world, and it needs to die,” says Lauren Jonas from Fstoppers. “It needs to die now. It’s not good for photographers, for viewers, or for those in the image. What is this trend? It’s called the ‘day after’ wedding photography session, and to me it is narcissistic, unnecessary, and absurd.”
Now in an exclusive post on The Photo Brigade, Michelle responds to the criticism and defends her work. “If you really look at a wedding day, it’s ritualistic and hectic,” says Michelle. “You can’t possibly appreciate one another fully…That’s not pure to me. What happens when it’s over? I want to capture love and passion when no one is around. A time when the couple can truly relax and be themselves.”
“A word of advice,” she writes, “if you don’t like it, don’t look.”
Discover photos buried deep in your email
Netted reported on a really cool app this week that makes it easy to find any photo you’ve ever sent or received in your email account. Lost Photos is free for Windows (and $2.99 for Mac), and scans your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, .Mac, and MobileMe account for all the photos buried deep and perhaps otherwise lost to the email underworld. Then you can share individual images on Facebook and Twitter or import the entire lot to your hard drive for safe keeping!
Taking photo recognition beyond faces with EverPix
Facial recognition algorithms are becoming more commonplace in major photo programs, but cloud photo service Everpix is taking it one step further with their image analysis technology. What’s that mean? Basically, EverPix’s ultimate goal is to develop algorithms that can identify what’s in your photos – giving you the ability to then search for similar photos with photos. It’s a really important direction for photographers as our archives continue to grow and we need a fast, easy way to find specific images. (via PetaPixel and TechCrunch)
The Cambodian Diaspora by Pete Pin
Between 1975-1979, 1.7 million Cambodians perished during the nation’s horrific genocide, the Killing Fields. Since then, 150,000+ Cambodians displaced in refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border have resettled in the United States. Documentary photographer Pete Pin was born in one of these refugee camps and then moved to California before settling in Brooklyn, New York. With the support of the Magnum Foundation, Pete has started a Kickstarter campaign to document Cambodian communities across the U.S.
The Cambodian Diaspora strives to tell the untold stories of these refugees and their family history. Check out Pete’s campaign and consider donating to his worthy cause.
FotoWeekDC is November 9-18, 2012
FotoWeekDC is celbrating its 5th Annual International Awards Competition, honoring professional and emerging photographers from the DC region and from around the world. The actual Festival is taking place November 9-18, with cash prizes totaling $26,000. Winning images will be exhibited during the FotoWeekDC Festival as well as get some great online exposure. The event also features FotoWeekEDU seminars and portfolio reviews, where leading names in photography will share their insights and advice. Check out all the details here.
Split family face portraits by Ulric Collette
About a year ago My Modern Met featured self-taught photographer Ulric Collette‘s series “Genetic Portraits,” in which he takes two members from the same family and splices together their faces to create one single portrait. Some of the results are pretty freaky – but in a fascinating way. Ulric says that his latest set is a vast improvement, as he learned how to better control the lighting and handle retouching. Check out a few of our favorites below.
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