The Sartorialist's Street Style – PDN

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Scott Schuman, who otherwise goes by the name The Sartorialist, is something of a fashion phenomenon. Schumann is a 15-year-old veteran of the fashion industry with a background in sales and marketing in high-end women’s clothing. After closing his own showroom shortly after 9/11, he began to focus more on photography. As he writes in his blog, sartorialist.com, “I didn’t want to become a ‘fashion photographer’ but I knew somehow that my loves of fashion and photography would eventually merge. I just never guessed that it would be in the form of a blog.”

He started his blog in 2005 and in that short period of time since then, it has attracted a loyal and absolutely fabulous fan base.

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'Some Things Are Private' reexamines a mother's controversial photos – The Boston Globe

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It can’t be easy to have a play written about you.

Then again, photographer Sally Mann has been through a few firestorms in her career – most notably the uproar around “Immediate Family,” her book of nude photos of her young children, published in 1992, which was met with cries of “Pornography!” and made her one of the top selling fine-art photographers of her time.

That controversy, and all the still-raw feelings around it, are at the heart of “Some Things Are Private,” the new play at Trinity Repertory Company created by Deborah Salem Smith and Laura Kepley, who developed Trinity’s acclaimed 2006 theatrical war docudrama, “Boots on the Ground.”

Mann faced outrage head on when “Immediate Family” was published. The book features photographs – some spontaneous and some staged, some disturbing and all haunting – of her children. They grew up in the secluded patch of Virginia forest and farmland where Mann herself had come of age. Just as their mother had skinny-dipped when she was a kid, Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia Mann hung out, quite comfortably, in the nude. In the Mann household, taking pictures was a family activity; the kids often collaborated with their mom to devise beautiful or interesting photographs.

In “Some Things Are Private,” playwright Smith and director Kepley explore how Mann’s photos continue to unsettle viewers, and how when viewers are uncomfortable, they may search for answers from the artist.

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State of the Art: Star of Lauren Greenfield Doc Dead of Apparent Suicide

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Polly Ann Williams, one of the women featured in Lauren Greenfield’s THIN, the HBO documentary about women battling eating disorders, died Friday, Feb. 8 in what media outlets are calling an apparent suicide. The 33-year-old Williams was an aspiring photographer and a lobbyist for the National Eating Disorders Association. Her family asks those who wish to make contributions in her memory to visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

On her website, Greenfield remembers WIlliams as “an extraordinary woman with unforgettable gifts. … In her short life, she touched more people than most people do in their lifetime and I know she was very proud of the contribution she made in the eating disorder community.”

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Waitin’ On a Moment – by Tim Gruber » Sharing “War Stories”

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Sometimes all the planning in the world can’t prepare you for the spontaneity of life. Every shooter hits their highs and lows during a shoot. It’s a given. The low came for me on the very first day. It wasn’t justified since at that point I didn’t even have a single frame in the bag. The key for me was to start shooting and a bag of Red Vines. Discouragement can come easy if you’re looking for it. It’s a roller coaster that’ll take you to the highest of highs and darkest of lows. The low serves as a reminder that nothing comes easy. The high tugs at my heart and reminds me instantly why I do this.

I love it.

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The 'Inside' Story On A Mutiny In Iraq

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Kelly Kennedy and photographer Rick Kozak had gone out on a patrol earlier that morning in Adhamiyah, one of Baghdad’s worst neighborhoods before the troop “surge,” and were supposed to go on that second one during which the IED detonated — but at the last moment decided to stay and do some interviews on base. In the aftermath of the deaths that day, Kennedy and Kozak were asked to stand away, to give the soldiers privacy to deal with their anger and grief.

One soldier she interviewed months later confessed that he’d “locked and loaded on me, had me in his sights,” she says. “He was bawling as he told me this. He’s a kid, and thought we’d sensationalize the story. That he’d considered hurting me really upset him, and he wanted to apologize about it.” In a story she posted the day after the bombing, Kennedy wrote that “this day showed why soldiers come back home with mental health issues, and why there should be no stigma attached to seeking help for those issues.”

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Lynn Demarest; captured vivid moments from around world – The Boston Globe

Eluned (McLaren) Demarest saw the poverty of India and the ruins of post-World War II Berlin through the lenses of cameras.

Mrs. Demarest, an award-winning photographer who scoured the world for poignant pictures, died Jan. 28 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham of cardiopulmonary arrest. The Westwood resident was 85.

Her Welsh name was too hard for most to pronounce, so she was known to most as Lynn. Her work appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, and other publications, including the Globe, and she produced several books of photography.

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The State | 02/13/2008 | The State's photography staff takes top S.C. award

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The State newspaper’s photography staff has been named Staff of the Year by the South Carolina News Photographers Association.

Based on points awarded in the still photojournalism portion of the SCNPA annual contest, points for first, second and third places and honorable mentions are divided by the number of staff positions.

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87 Journalists Killed on the Job in 2007, China Leads in Jailing Them

Iraq was the deadliest place for journalists last year, while China led the rest of the world in jailing members of the news media and cracking down on freedom of expression, a media rights group reports.

Russia and Iran also took significant steps to muzzle the media, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said.

All told, 87 journalists were killed on the job in 2007.

“More and more journalists are being killed and last year’s figure was the highest since 1994,” said the report.

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Rob Galbraith DPI: Notes on Apple's Aperture 2

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(Photo in screenshot by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

A chat today with Apple’s Kirk Paulsen, Senior Director of Applications Product Marketing, and Joe Schorr, Senior Product Line Manager for Photo Applications, revealed a number of interesting things about Aperture 2, the most significant upgrade to Aperture since the fall of 2006.
  
Here are notes from the call:

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The Raw Deal on Aperture 2 – PDNPulse

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While that all changes with Aperture 2 which can read RAW files from the Nikon D3, D300, Canon 1Ds Mark III, Hasselblad H3D-II and other cameras, some photographers may already be wondering about the future. Will Aperture 2 be ready for the coming wave of digital cameras or will photographers have to wait until the next version of OS X comes out first?
We got a chance to talk to Kirk Paulsen, Apple’s senior director of Application Product Marketing, and Joe Schor, Apple’s senior product manager of Photo Applications; about this very issue. Read what they said after the jump.

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Recovering the Complex Legacy of the Photographer Jacob Riis – New York Times

If you have seen any of Jacob Riis’s photographs, you have probably never forgotten them. Riis was the Danish-born police reporter who in the late 1880s brought magnesium-flash photography into some of the darkest and most troubled spots in New York City — the tenements near Mulberry Bend, where Columbus Park now stands. New immigrants were crushed together there in some of the worst squalor and highest population densities ever recorded on this planet.

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Denmark Police Arrest Several in Cartoonist Plot

Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested several people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago.

The arrests were made in pre-dawn raids in Aarhus, western Denmark, “to prevent a terror-related murder,” the police intelligence agency said. It did not say how many people were arrested nor did it mention which cartoonist was targeted.

However, according to Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the drawings on Sept. 30, 2005, the suspects were planning to kill its cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. It said those arrested included both Danish and foreign citizens.

“There were very concrete murder plans against Kurt Westergaard,” said Carsten Juste, the paper’s editor-in-chief.

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