Friday Happy Hour: W. Eugene Smith Interview Discovered from 1956 & More

Friday Happy Hour: W. Eugene Smith Interview Discovered from 1956 & More

We’re happy to be back in the swing of things after the holidays, and it looks like 2013 is already off to an exciting start. In this short first week of January, we have a previously undiscovered interview with the great W. Eugene Smith, a deeper look into the Canon EOS-1DC, several great events, and more.

ASMP uncovers 1956 interview with W. Eugene Smith

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) recently discovered an interview transcript of W. Eugene Smith from 1956. The interviewer was the great Philippe Halsmann, ASMP’s first president, and took place when Smith had recently left Life magazine to join Magnum photo.

Portrait of W. Eugene Smith

The interview covers a variety of topics, but one outstanding point is at the end where Halsmann asks Smith what happens if a photographer does not have the money to complete an assignment, and if no one even ever sees it:

Halsmann: What if nobody sees it? Besides a few friends?

Smith: Answer this and you will see how artists have acted throughout the bloody ages. The goal is the work itself.

Read the full interview over on the Lens blog.

Canon EOS-1DC introduces possibilities of “motion image photography”

Last spring, Canon unveiled its 4K capable DSLR, which can capture video at up to 24p, representing a “breakthrough” in cinematography. That’s because you can now pull a quality still frame from its recorded video – and while this is not a new concept, the images extracted from the Canon EOS-1DC are incredibly sharp and hold together very well in terms of color reproduction.

If you’re interested in seeing how the pros are working with this camera in both video and still, check out Abraham Joffee and untitled film works video as they follow fashion, wildlife, wedding, and portrait photographers who are using this new workflow. Then head over to their detailed blog post on motion image photography, where he discusses the benefits and limitations, and asks if this is the future of photography.

Marketing Mentor’s free annual pep talk

Ilise Benun, the Marketing Mentor, is hosting her annual pep talk on Thursday, January 10th at 2pm ET. In this free webinar, you’ll learn which single marketing task you should be doing each day to keep your pipeline full. You’ll also learn:

  • 3 essential marketing tools for creative professionals
  • 7-step sample outreach campaign to get work
  • 9+ actual topic ideas (that you can steal) for newsletters and blog posts
  • About templates for your follow-up email message

Check out more details and sign up here.

Ilona McCarty’s “Chasing Honey” featured in Rangefinder

Ilona McCarty from Open View Photography has been chasing honey – literally. For years, she’s been known for her close-up work of flowers and nature, but in 2007 she was commissioned to shoot the honeybees for the first time and learned about CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder – that’s causing a mysterious disappearance of billions of honeybees worldwide. Since then, Ilona has extended her work into a book, A Short History of the Honey Bee Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey.

A feature in this month’s issue of Rangefinder magazine takes her work one step further, with a closer look at how Ilona photographed the bees and their environment. Read the full article on pages 50-54.

ASMP’s Photographers Helping Photographers Seminar

If you’re in Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 9th, join ASMP for their latest edition of Photographers Helping Photographers, which features Jenna Close from P2 Photography, which works with alternative energy industries to shoot aerial, portrait, and “the world at work” images. More info and registration details can be found here.

Terry Richardson shoots Lena Dunham

If you’re familiar with – or perhaps a fan! – of the HBO show Girls, you’ll appreciate Terry Richardson’s shots of the star Lena Dunham, which appears in V magazine, due out next week. As you would expect, there’s a lot of leg. (via The Cut)

Photo by Terry Richardson for V magazine

Free James Foley

On November 22, 2012, an unknown gunman kidnapped writer and video reporter James Foley in northwest Syria. He hasn’t been seen since. James was previously kidnapped in 2011 in Libya alongside photographers and journalists Anton Hammerl, Clare Gillis, and Manu Brabo. Foley was released from Libyan rebels 44 days after his capture.

Now his parents are pleading that the Syrian kidnappers do the same. “I appeal to the people who have Jim [his nickname], to let us know where he is and to help us secure his release,” said his father, John Foley. The family is working closely with U.S. officials to bring Foley home, and you can help – consider signing this petition to free James Foley and show your support.


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