James Estrin’s First Solo Show in 20 Years
You probably know him as co-editor of the New York Time’s Lens Blog, but James Estrin has been shooting as a senior staff photographer for the NYT for many years. In his first solo show in over 20 years, work from his series Observances will be showing at the Milton J. Weill Art Gallery in New York starting January 7th. In an interview with the British Journal of Photography, Estrin explains Observances as an edit of work from his life long obsession with photographing spiritual rituals. Read more about the work and get a sneak peek here.
Legendary Life Photographer John Dominis Passes
At 92 years old John Dominis passed this Monday while at his home in Manhattan. The photographer, well known for his work with Life magazine, had a knack for photographing those who would rather have their privacy such as Steve McQueen before his stardom, and Frank Sinatra. Dominis, who’s finger was always on the shutter captured one of his most well known images without even realizing it at the time. The famed 1968 Olympic shot is of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they stood atop the winners podium, fists raised in a black power salute protesting racism in America. (Read more about Dominis in the NYT)
100 Year Old Photos of Antarctic Explorers
Cellulose nitrate negatives holding images of the Antarctic from 100 years ago were found recently in the darkroom of Herbert Ponting. Ponting, who was an expedition photographer traveled with famed Capt. Robert Falcon Scott during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. The images, taken in 1912 were found clumped together, many unreadable, but the few that turned out are considered by the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s executive director, a “historic treasure.” (More at CNN)
Mashups and Inspirations
You may have seen the small series Iconatomy by George Chamoun a few years back when it was first released. Chamoun’s masterful technique blended the faces of stars and starlettes from the past with current Hollywood big shots – making the uncanny resemblance between the two undeniable. Marc Ghali was inspired by the series and continued it – expanding the idea to not only to Hollywood big wigs, but those in power such as President Obama and Princess Diana. (More at PetaPixel)