Link: Mary Ellen Mark: Nothing More Extraordinary than Reality « The Leica Camera
Mary Ellen Mark is a renowned, award-winning photographer. Her work has spanned over 40 years with exhibits all over the world including “Leica: My First Camera” that premiered at the opening of Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles in June 2013 and is now on display at Leica Store Washington DC.
Link: A guide to street photography: Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus
Now we’re going all in with a look at manual focusing. Our guide is Matt Stuart, a London-based photographer who’s made his name with funny and quirky shots of humanity going about its business; shots that often materialize and then disappear so quickly that even the fastest autofocus system would fail to keep up. Since Stuart’s style often involves stepping right up to people, almost to the point of invading their personal space, we’ll also try to figure out how he manages to avoid confrontation
Link: PDNPulse » PDN Video: Is Your Photo Project a Contender for Lens Blog?
Jim Estrin, founder and co-editor of Lens, the popular New York Times photography blog, recently sat down with PDN to talk about what he looks for in photo projects, what distinguishes the projects that Lens blog publishes, and why Lens editors reject many other stories. For photographers trying to get his attention, he offers insight and tips about work ethic, story choice, and representation of subjects. He also discusses two projects that exemplify Lens Blog’s standards and esthetic.
Link: Video: Action Photog David Bergman Talks Freelancing, Shooting Live Music & Networking
Here, listen in as he discusses building a freelance career, the importance of learning new techniques to keep your business ahead of the curve, and just how vital networking is. He also touches on the gear he uses while shooting live music shows in packed stadiums, and even shares a few behind-the-scenes stories.
Link: 7 Golden Photojournalism Rules by a Reuters Chief Photographer | THEME
What are the key tips to shooting great news photography? This video by award-winning Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj, an experienced Asia hand, shares his seven ideas on how to shoot news photos that engage audiences and tell a great story.
Link: PDNPulse » PDN Video: Bil Zelman on Shooting Portraits of Difficult Celebrity Subjects
Celebrities can be skittish and uncooperative in front of a camera, so photographer Bil Zelman sometimes uses psychology to elicit a particular reaction for a compelling portrait. In this video, he describes how he calmed author Isabel Allende, who was self-conscious in front of the camera, and how he got himself out of trouble on a shoot with film director Werner Herzog. “He was just staring at me,” Zelman says. “It was a blank stare. I was getting nothing.”
Stephanie Sinclair has photographed child marriage, self-immolation, and sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world in hopes that the images will affect change. “When people see those photographs, I hope that they are overcome with a sense of urgency,” she says.
For all the horror, these are remarkably beautiful images, and that makes Narco Cultura stand out from a lot of documentaries filmed in conflict zones. Most conflict films are exhausting and upsetting enough; jittery, hand-held camerawork and quick edits can leave the audience feeling even more drained. Shaul Schwarz lets you breathe. When Soto describes his city – the battlefield that is Juarez – as “beautiful” you can see that beauty with your own eyes. You can see why Soto doesn’t really want to move to the land of the safe, sanitized mall even if it would save his life. Ciudad Juarez has become a city most outsiders would assume every sane resident wants to abandon. Schwarz’s bravery and patience allows Soto to show us why he’s risking his life to try to make Juarez safe again.
Link: People posing for a photo that’s actually a video – Boing Boing
You know that awkward moment when you think you’re getting your photo taken but the shooter accidentally has their camera set on video? From the Nottingham Trent Students Union, “here’s a super awkward montage of lots of students mistaking our video camera for a stills camera.”
Link: Seamus Murphy’s Short Film About Returning Home, to Ireland, ‘Home Is Another Place’ : The New Yorker
“I left Ireland as an adult, thirty years ago this summer. Came back to have a look around.” Thus begins Seamus Murphy’s short film “Home Is Another Place,” in which he returns home to Ireland.
Link: Serrano Shoots Cuba | VICE United States
Andres Serrano has come a long way from submerging a crucifix in his own urine. We followed the controversial artist around Cuba as he created a new body of work, photographing the country’s influential figures, political leaders, the poor, the rich, and the dead.
Link: Serrano Shoots Cuba Part Two | VICE United States