An Elegy to India’s Vanishing Cinemas – The New York Times

Movies fascinated Nandita Raman growing up in Varanasi, India, an interest fostered while hanging out in the movie theater owned by her mother’s family, the first in the city to show talkies. She visited often, watching films and exploring behind the scenes, captivated by the visual environment, from the movies themselves to watching her uncle select vivid posters for coming attractions.

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy – Splitsider

Facebook is essentially running a payola scam where you have to pay them if you want your own fans to see your content. If you run a large publishing company and you make a big piece of content that you feel proud of, you put it up on Facebook. From there, their algorithm takes over, with no transparency. So, not only is the website not getting ad revenue they used to get, they have to pay Facebook to push it out to their own subscribers. So, Facebook gets the ad revenue from the eyeballs on the thing they are seeing, and they get revenue from the publisher. It’s like if The New York Times had their own subscriber base, but you had to pay the paperboy for every article you wanted to see.

Portraits Recall Harlem in the 1980’s – Feature Shoot

These were the years that photographer Katsu Naito lived in a third floor apartment overlooking St. Nicholas Avenue and taken as an undercover cop by local residents – because what was a Japanese man doing here?

Seeking Humanity in a Prison Passion Play – The New York Times

Ms. Fleetwood has now collaborated with Aperture magazine on its latest issue, “Prison Nation,” which features the work of more than a dozen photographers and writers. The issue addresses the role photography can play in creating a visual record of mass incarceration that focuses less on prisons and more on the human beings inside.

Peter Lik Called Out by Photographers Over ‘Faked’ Moon Photo

A number of observations are being made about this photo — many of them arguments as to why it can’t possibly be real. One of the most glaring ones for many people is the fact that some of the clouds in the photo appear to be behind the moon.

Photos from a Confidential Initiation for Men in Senegal – Feature Shoot

In the summer of 2016, the Italian photojournalist Diana Bagnoli traveled to the village of Mlomb in Casamance, Senegal to tell the story of the Boukout, a monthlong initiation for young men in the Jola community.

10 Questions for a Founder : TruePic – Kaptur

With each iteration of Photoshop, it is easier and easier to alter images, making it impossible to spot the alterations. Soon, with AI generated images taking over in many fields, it will be impossible to trust if an image is an actual photograph or a complete fabrication. Photography is in danger of losing its essential tie to reality and truth. Enters TruePic. With an array of patented technologies, the company offers a solid counterbalance to this seemingly unstoppable wave of reality-altering technologies. It certifies that a photograph is 100% original and has not been tampered with. We spoke with CEO Jeff McGregor to learn more:

Wasserlust – The Leica Camera Blog

Kerstin Kuntze expresses her passion for water with the Leica X-U

Ornate Architectural Grandeur, Captured in Thousands of Digital Photographs | The New Yorker

Markus Brunetti’s pictures of church façades have nothing to do with religion but you still have to take them on faith. If you stood in front of one of these majestic buildings in Europe or Britain, what Brunetti’s work reveals is not what you’d see. Each image is an amalgamation of thousands of photographs, which Brunetti takes from the street with a large-format camera in the course of weeks or even, in some cases, months. (Brunetti, who is German, started the series in 2005, after trading in a job in advertising to live in a mobile computer lab with his partner, the photographer Betty Schöner.) Then he spends years digitally stitching the ornate details together, while erasing pesky signs of modern life. Gone are the tourists, the postcard venders, lampposts, scaffolding, pigeons, and most of the trees (a few remain to establish a sense of scale). A smattering of gravestones at the base of a medieval wooden stave church in Borgund, Norway, might seem like the closest that Brunetti comes to acknowledging the human race. But consider the countless anonymous stonemasons, wood-carvers, ironworkers, tile setters, gilders, sculptors, and stained-glass makers whose painstaking work he memorializes, most of whom didn’t live to see the magnificent results of their labor. If eight years sounds like a long time to complete an image of the Duomo di Santa Maria Nascente, in Milan, which Brunetti worked on from 2009 to 2017, reflect on the fact that the church itself took six hundred years to complete.

#MenToo: On Sexual Misconduct in the Photo Industry

In light of another prominent figure in the photography industry being accused of sexual misconduct, I feel compelled to pen my feelings about it all, specifically what it has done to MY profession of choice; photojournalism.

This man collected 6,000 orphaned Polaroids. See what he’s doing to tell their stories. – The Washington Post

There is no mistaking the iconic white border and unique square shape of a Polaroid photograph. The gratification we enjoy today of seeing our photos instantly on our smartphones echoes the Polaroid experience of wildly shaking the image as chemicals slowly revealed the photograph before our eyes. Polaroids, most popular in the 1970s and 1980s, changed the way we thought about photography and made it easier than ever to take pictures. Over the last several years, Kyler Zeleny, a Canadian photographer-researcher and author, has collected lost Polaroid photographs. Inspired by his interest in photography and his love for the rich history within his own family photo albums, he started collecting Polaroids around 2011 from thrifts shops, estate sales and eventually on eBay. “What intrigued me about found images, found Polaroids in particular, was the disconnect between the visual evidence that they existed without knowing who these people were, what they have done, who they had wronged, or who they had loved. I was interested in knowing who these people were. I continued to ask myself, ‘who would abandon family photographs?’” Zeleny said.

Final’ish Thoughts On Unsplash · DEDPXL

TL:DR – There’s a massive liability issue with Unsplash and sites like it. Photographers are getting taken advantage of. Conde Nast doesn’t even say “Thank you.” People are just one good lawsuit away from the whole thing taking a nose dive.

Alexey Shlyk – The Appleseed Necklace « burn magazine

Every time I think of my country (Belarus), I am reminded of how wonderfully resourceful and creative the people are. Probably those qualities were inherited – together with tolerance – from the Soviet period. As I was born in 1986, I was a citizen of the Soviet Union for part of my early childhood and I still remember my passport with the hammer and sickle on it and the empty racks in the stores.

OK Computer: Computational photography is here to stay!

Whilst many photographers remain deep in conversation concerning the evolution from analog to digital photography—and the positives and negatives of both—the world of photographic technology has paid little heed to their protestations and continued on with its research and development. As a result, we find ourselves today — in fact we have been here for some time — in the age of computational photography.

Honoring Black Artists in Light and Shadow – The New York Times

To understand Anthony Barboza’s portraits, start with the photograph of Michael Jackson taken around Jackson’s 21st birthday. Mr. Barboza, who is now 73, had just finished shooting the singer in color for a magazine assignment, and he wanted to add some images for himself. He said he saw Jackson as a child, so he arranged the lighting and backdrop to cast a shadow version of the pop star with his feet up, like a little boy on a jungle gym. In the foreground, Mr. Jackson’s feet are out of the frame, and his face is stoic adult.

DJI Unveils the Best Aerial Photos of 2017

DJI has just announced the winners of its 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest. The Grand Prize was awarded to photographer Florian Ledoux for his photo titled “Above the Polar Bear.”

These Dreamlike Portraits Explore L.G.B.T.Q. Identity in India – The New York Times

Soumya Sankar Bose’s collaborative photos imagine possible futures, and re-examine traumatic pasts, through his subjects’ visions and anxieties.

Discreet Portraits of People on The New York City Subway in the 70’s – Feature Shoot

Helen Levitt was an extremely private person and preferred to let her photographs speak for her – and if you listen very carefully, you might just hear the Bensonhurst accent coming through. “Dawling,” a photograph might intone with intimate familiarity, suggesting we come closer to get the gossip or a bite to eat. “Fuhgeddaboudit,” another might insist, making it clear the window for opportunity is firmly shut.