Friday, February 15, 2008
Amy Stein interview on Fecal Face here.
The Satorialist AKA Scott Schuman interview with PDN here.
Azazel Jacobs interview with New York Magazine here.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
For inspiration and nostalgia check out "The Polaroid Book" by Taschen -- this fantastic collection includes work by Ansel Adams, Deborah Willis, Helmut Newton and many others. And if you are in the mood for some really funky Polaroid work, look at Lucas Samaras monogram published by Aperture (Emily gave me this book years ago - here we go: we have come full circle!).
PS: Oh and look at these prints closely if you go, observe the richness of these exquisite non-digital prints ;)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Emily is an accomplished and respected photographer and I am very excited about her blog. Her second entry - "Where Do I Go From Here?" -is about Polaroid's recent decision to no longer manufacture Instant Film. A true heartbreak for photographers like Emily and I.
Where's Emily? (Polaroid Collage) © Nina Buesing
Photography has at last become a firmly established discipline in the art world, while commercial photography -- in my opinion-- has become less and less interesting. Of course there are still people who do great work and who put heart into their (commercial) work, but these are the exceptions. I do think, like Emily points out on her blog so wisely, that it has to do with the technological developments -- note I am not calling them advances ;) --of the medium. Of course some parts of the digital workflow are much better for the environment, and I would not like to go back to the days before Photoshop, but I really think that the combination of digital and analog is best .
I never thought I would see the day when film would no longer be available at all, and I took comfort knowing that at least in some of my work I would for the rest of my life be able to incorporate film, but I am no longer so sure about that. Maybe the day when film is no longer available is not so far away.
Next thing you know I will regress further and make my own glass plates. I already have a cyanotype kit at home (Maria is the one who inspired me to go back to that old technique that I learned in art school-- the same Maria who is currently printing true c-prints for her next solo show!).
But it is not only a question of preference; it is also a question of means. You can buy a used Hasselblad, with outstanding optics, that is so genius in design that it will last you a lifetime (if they continue to manufacture 120 film!) for less than 3K, while a new digital Hasselblad's equivalent will run you at least 35 K -- and it probably won't last you a lifetime. And while a mechanical Hasselblad went to the moon and most places on earth, I am not sure how well the digital Hasselblad would perform in the sub-artic circle (magnetic interference, extreme cold) or for how long it would work if you kept it in your house on the Caribbean sea in Belize (extreme humidity, salt).
Emily is right, I think if you have an opinion on this you need to express it and I also think you should forward it to Kodak,
Here is some contact information for those companies:
Kodak: email:firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Click here for Fuji or write to them here via snail mail: Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc.
Ilford you can reach via this email at: USInfo@Ilford.com or write to them via snail mail here:
In the meantime head over to Emily's blog: emilyshur.blogspot.com ; add it to your RSS feed and enjoy some Polaroids she took in
Sunday, February 10, 2008
More Horse© Nina Buesing/Getty Images
I love the colors of the beach, particularly the colors of the
A few years back we lived in a small rental apartment in the heart of Nolita that we had to renovate extensively (with the help of family & friends). The place came with 70's fake wood paneling, which we painted white, which made it look like a wooden house on the beach in the
Seemingly India Hicks' aesthetic ascribes to similar ideas. We much enjoyed 'The Landing', the boutique hotel that Ms. Hicks established with Toby Tyler and Tracy Berry on Harbour Island --an island a bit smaller than Manhattan ;)