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ICP Announces New Executive Director
This week the board of trustees of the International Center of Photography appointed Mark Lubell to be its new executive director of both the museum and school. Lubell comes with some great experience under his belt: from 2004-2011 he was Director of Magnum Photos, and has been working as a consultant ever since.
During his time at Magnum he carved new revenue streams for the photo agency, including negotiating the sale of the Magnum press print archive to Michael Dell and his investment firm, MSD Capital. He also lead the “Access to Life” project, which included eight Magnum photographers documenting the work of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 2014 will be the ICP’s 40th birthday, and with Lubell leading the team, they are anticipating a truly great year. (via PDN)
Photog Documents Darkrooms Around the World
Photographer Michel Campeau has been documenting darkrooms around the world since 2003, and the work has come together in his new book Photographic Darkroom / Photogenic Obsolescence. Martin Parr, who published some of Campeau’s images in an editorial series wrote: “Campeau’s photographs show the passing of an era. As digital production takes hold to a greater and greater extent, we will look back at these images and mourn the darkroom’s passing.” With 108 photographs inside, Photographic Darkroom is sure to be a collectable for anyone who’s ever gotten a little fixer on their hands. (via Feature Shoot)
Selfie: The Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year
If ‘selfie’ were a person, we know he or she would be very pleased with themselves that they beat out both twerk and bitcoin for the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year. Its new official definition (according to Oxford) is: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
However if ‘selfie’ were a person, it would probably define itself as: a really amazing picture of my face in a bathroom mirror or in my room, one which usually gets about a million likes ; ) (via NYT)
PhotoShelter Member Daniel Beltra’s SPILL
SPILL is a collection of ariel photos taken by environmentalist photographer Daniel Beltrá of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The book features some of Beltrá’s most awarded and celebrated photographs that for the past three years has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. For $50 (plus shipping and handling), you can have this exquisite collection of photographs for yourself. (via Daniel Beltrá)