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Joel Brodsky’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Exhibition Sets a Photography Fire in the Lower East Side

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Joel Brodsky’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Exhibition Sets a Photography Fire in the Lower East Side

Soho, a neighborhood once lined with low-income tenement houses, is today, as we know, an upscale hipster mecca. Contemporary galleries and dumpster chic fashion boutiques press against each other, creating a pseudo-affluent art community.

I found myself here on March 26, ready to attend a photo exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The exhibited photographer was none other than Joel Brodsky—the Brooklyn-native who shot the legendary Young Lion photographs of The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison.

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In 2007, Joel passed away at 67 years old, leaving behind three children and his wife and colleague Valerie Brodsky. Fortunately, I was able to chat with Valerie, who co-hosted the exhibit.  Curating Joel’s work worldwide, Valerie has made both her and her family a monetary fortune. But as I began talking to her about Joel’s work I began to realize that, to him, it was never about the money.

“I don’t think he cared,” she said about the 15,000 bids that Joel got for his acclaimed American Poet photo of Jim Morrison, that first ran in the Village Voice in 1966. “To him, it was always about the aesthetic. What you see here tonight is only what he really liked.”

And what was on display was, indeed, quite likable. A 30×30 archived digital print of American Poet—the iconic shot of Morrison with his arms stretched out—majestically hung on a wall. Nearby, on a cloth-shrouded table, sat a laminated piece of paper with the photograph’s requested price printed in bold: $40,000.

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Beyond American Poet, which did, in fact, come out of the Young Lion sessions, there were album covers, portraits and stage shots of artists and bands like Kiss, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez and Otis Redding. “Oh my God, Booker T!” exclaimed a man , who passionately viewed an album cover Joel shot of the multi-instrumentalist in 1970. 

As the evening turned to night, more and more people spilled into the gallery, as bottle after bottle of Shiraz was uncorked and served to the increasing number of guests. Around 8:30 p.m., I began to feel as if I may have had a tad too much of the complementary beverages. 

“We both drank scotch,” said Valerie, reminiscing about the time she first met Joel at landscape photographer Ray Metzker’s studio in 1963. “He drank J&B and I drank Johnny Walker. A year later, we were married.”

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By 9 p.m., I was on my way out. And as I hopped on the A train towards Brooklyn, I noticed a New York Times alert on my phone: “New York Explosion Ignites Fire, Fells Buildings and Injures at Least 19.”

Reading the alert, I found myself wondering if a fire in the used-to-be slums of the Lower East Side would have been acknowledged by the media around the time Joel shot his Young Lion photos. Then, as I opened my book in attempt to read, my mind drifted towards the words Valerie told me about the American Poet photograph. 

“Everybody was looking for the needle marks on Morrison’s arms,” she said. “But they weren’t there. Was he a drunk? Sure, but that was it. Joel always told me the same thing.”

Baby Jim © Joel Brodsky/ourtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery

Baby Jim © Joel Brodsky/courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery

The exhibit will run until April 14. Visit the Morrison Hotel Gallery site for the details.

Photographer of the Day: Jaokim Eskildsen and the Journeys of the Roma

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Photographer of the Day: Jaokim Eskildsen and the Journeys of the Roma

Joakim Eskildsen portrays Roma people all across the globe. Who are the Roma? According to definition “the Romani (also spelled Romany), or Roma, are an ethnicity of Indian origin, living mostly in Europe and the Americas. Romani are widely known among English-speaking people by the exonym “Gypsies” (or Gipsies). Other exonyms are Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians and Sinti.” Between 2000 and 2006 Eskildsen and Cia Rinne undertook travels in seven different countries gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. They always tried to spend a considerable length of time amongst the subjects of their images and if possible, live with them for a while.

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It was their own interest that initially took them to the Roma streets in Hevesaranyos in northeast Hungary, where they spent four months at the home of Magda, an elderly Roma woman. Their other journeys to Romania, India and their travels in Finland came about through personal contact. While in Greece and Russia they were initially assisted by human rights organizations and in France by the Centre de Recherches Tsiganes in Paris.

These Roma journeys were by no means meticulously planned, and instead the product of a number of coincidences that enabled them to come in contact with the Roma. Joakim endeavored to communicate directly with them. In most countries this was possible, and while in Russia and India they were accompanied on their travels, and thus had willing assistance.

They have frequently been asked what had triggered their interest in the Roma, but they were unable to provide a definitive, let alone exhaustive answer. What is certain is that once they had started they were unable to simply stop continuing with the project. The more they found out about the Roma and got to know them, the more their interest grew.

 

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The making of the pictures was a 7-year-long odyssey among the Roma in 7 countries, at times taken by foot; not the sort of adventure undertaken by the faint-hearted or socially timid. Of course, Joakim first took the time to tell the people about the project, and at times it was very tiring but a necessary step.

Before embarking on the Roma project, they spent several months in South Africa, and had been thinking a lot about apartheid. Upon returning to Europe, they realized that they had their our own version of apartheid with the Roma minority.

“I guess this was one important aspect. But seeing the village Hevesaranyos in Hungary made me fall in love with the place and the people at once, and from then on, the idea and interest and respect for the Roma people just grew.” Jaokim said.

 

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To see more of Joakim’s work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Natalie Brasington with Her Crash-A-Rama Series

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Photographer of the Day: Natalie Brasington with Her Crash-A-Rama Series

Today’s photographer of the day is Natalie Brasington, who specializes in commercial entertainment and editorial portraits… But for this series she stepped way outside that comfort zone. She normally shoots in a studio with lighting and assistants and such, but she traded that in for an on-location shoot at the Lake Erie Speedway.

Her series, the Crash-a-Rama, locally dubbed “The Redneck Rodeo” captures the diversity of people who ride the track of Erie, PA.

 

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Crash-a-Rama is an annual family event. A special night featuring  school bus figure 8 races, flagpole races, camper/trailer races and many other similar events that test both bravery and ingenuity. The teams spend months souping up their favorite clunkers- retro-fitting beat-up cars, busses and trucks to race-ready conditions (doors chained shut, interiors gutted, windshields removed) only to watch their labor-of-love literally crash and burn in a fantastic blaze of glory. Every event is open to all legal drivers.  Moms, dads, teen aged sons and daughters and group of friends all eagerly await this yearly spectacle.

 

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Natalie is used to shooting in a studio and have subjects that have a small window of time in which to fit a photoshoot. She loves her job, especially when the opportunity presents itself to collaborate with talent and art directors and create something conceptual.

On the other hand, she also loves to work on personal projects like Crash-a-Rama. When she can, she travels somewhere and takes pictures of people who are unlike her and do not live where she does. Natalie truly loves talking to strangers, getting to know someone through the act of taking their picture.

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The gentlemen who run the track were very kind in giving Natalie access to the pit after paying the price of admission, explaining what she was up to, showing them her professional portfolio on her iPad, and promising to send pictures to the people she photographed.  The “please and thank you case of beer may have also helped” said Natalie. This entire project was lit with mirrors, flashlights and little pieces of showcard to bounce light from the big overhead stadium lights, all held by her cousin Joe Cavaretta who, on a side note, was also paid for his day of work with a case of beer.

 

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To see more of Natalie’s work, visit her site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

How I Photographed the Former CEO of Philips Lighting in Under 20 Minutes

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How I Photographed the Former CEO of Philips Lighting in Under 20 Minutes

I had an assignment to photograph the former CEO of Philips Lighting for New York Times. He flew into Boston for a few days for a conference from Europe and I had to find him in between meetings for a few scarce minutes and create an interesting photograph.  The idea for the shot was to compare an LED build with a traditional light bulb.

The challenge: how to do this in a hotel hallway as it was the only location that worked in the time constraints. My solution was have him hold to lit light bulbs, which would take the environment out of the equation and focus attention on him and his hands. To light the bulbs, I went to the hardware store and bought 2 clamps on garage lights.  I threw away the clamps and the reflectors, as all I wanted was the sockets and cords. I had him hold the lights and plugged him in. To get the effect off the LED, I used a cross screen filter.

 

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To determine my exposure, I read the ambient light off the light bulbs. I wanted to shoot at about f/8, using that as my starting point I adjusted my shutter speed for the proper exposure for the bulbs.  I used a small Chimera soft box with a speedlight to light his face.  Both my camera and strobe were set on manual. Using a Sekonic meter to read the strobe output,  I adjusted the output of the strobe until it matched my ambient light from the bulbs.

The shoot took place in the hallway of Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. I arrived at the hotel before my shoot, to scout the location & the set up; This is a busy hotel, you cannot have a big set up.  First thing I did was, look for the outlet! I did bring an extension cord, but you really cannot run a long extension cord through a busy hotel floor. Second, I picked a background. I choose this neutral wall for my background. This is a hotel; this is not his environment. I wanted to keep it simple and neutral.

My shooting time with him was 19 minutes. ( I looked into my metadate of this shoot: time between the first frame and the last frame of him was 19 minutes!).

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I have several Location Lighting Workshops coming in Boston, Cape Cod, Miami & New Jersey.  I hope to see you at one of them!  To see my workshop schedule, please visit my website!

Photographer of the Day: Erik Johansson’s Illusionary Imagery

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Photographer of the Day: Erik Johansson’s Illusionary Imagery

Do your eyes ever play tricks on you? Or maybe you’ve seen something that puzzled you so much  you had to rub your eyes and look again. Sure, you’ve likely seen plenty of optical illusions, but what happens when blatant retouching is of such high skill it almost looks real? Enter into the mind-bending images of today’s photographer of the day Erik Johansson, as you question the very essence of reality.

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“Although one photo can consist of hundreds of different images,” Johansson writes on his site, adding that he always wants them to “look like it could have been captured.”

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At 15 years old, a new world opened for Johansson after he purchased his first digital camera. However, as someone who was always fond of drawing, he felt as if he wasn’t able to create in the same way. So naturally, he began to produce images that you couldn’t capture in a simple image. This then led to interest in retouching, working today as a prolific artist consumed with both personal and commissioned projects. And since then, he has spoke at a TED Conference in London and worked with clients including Google, Adobe and Microsoft. “Personal work and concepts will always be what’s most important to me,” he writes.

But despite Johansson’s lack of professional training in photography, his wildly creative photo manipulations are a stand-out example of above average retouching, while he believes growing up on the Swedish countryside has had a huge impact on his visual style. Many of the environments in his photos are captured near places not far from his parents’ home, such as wide open landscapes and small red houses.

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The Architect

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Fresh frozen fish

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The photographer himself, Face vs Fist

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Drifting away

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Dreamwalker, in between worlds

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Cutting light

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Upside down

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Common crossing

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Real painting

To see more of Johansson’s work, visit his site. If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photographer of the Day: Pham Van Ty Capturing the Daily Life of Vietnamese People

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Photographer of the Day: Pham Van Ty Capturing the Daily Life of Vietnamese People

The Photographer of the day is Pham Van Ty, a graphic designer working in Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam). He’s been an amateur photographer for the past 3 years, and photography is a hobby of his and he spends his free time shooting pictures of his homeland. He loves to shoot portraits of laborers, the Vietnamese lifestyle and landscapes especially of the coastline of Vietnam. The country boasts more than 3400km of land, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches.

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His photos have been published in National Geographic Magazine and View Photography in Germany. He has just received the 1st place National Award from the Sony World Photography photo contest this month. The pictures that he takes depict Vietnamese people living their daily lives.

In these pictures you see  an old minority woman smoking, little children playing, and people contemplating the beauty of life. On a sunny day they take the brine to the fields and wait for the sun to do the work. Most of the field work is done by hand, though you would think  everything would be done by machines in this day and age. Salt may be inexpensive but it doesn’t come cheap.

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Old Vietnamese man enjoying his food.

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Drying fish in Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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Woman sewing fishing nets

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Finished work of a fisherman

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Salt harvest

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Cold winter in Hanoi woman with baskets.

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Cham old man smoking in An Giang, Vietnam

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A scene in Dong Van highland market in Vietnam

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To see more of Pham’s  work, visit his site.
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pham.ty.9
WEB: http://ptdesignpham.wix.com/phamty1

 

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Fighting Over the Same Clients? Try Collaborating With Your Competition Instead

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Fighting Over the Same Clients? Try Collaborating With Your Competition Instead

Anyone who has been a part of a creative industry for long enough has likely lost (or won) work from a client that several other creatives were bidding on. When you’re a small shop or an independent, this can be tough, but don’t hate– collaborate. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great people, but I’ve also come across those who are less than accepting when they fear you might take their work. The attitude I approach situations like this with is one of joining forces, and here are some ways to do it.

Drop your ego. Like, now.

The biggest barrier between you and another creative that is close to your level, is often your own pride. Let it go. They got where they are for a reason, as did you. Show them some respect and take a genuine interest in how and what they are working on– even if at first they don’t show any towards you.

Offer to be an assistant for them.

Time and time again I write about (and read others suggesting) working as an assistant for someone else, even though they might run their own business or be a professional themselves. Consider taking this approach with the other creatives in your locale. Not only does this get you a little work, but you’ll be able to learn from someone who likely does things in a completely different method than you. A creative at any level can still learn a thing or two.

 

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Some folks won’t be interested in hiring you and will have their “own people.” If this fails, try turning the tables on them and…

Try to hire them when you have a budget that won’t insult them.

This is the flipside to assisting for them– try to hire them. Don’t be a dick, rather be a partner. Show them how good you are at what you do but allow them to have input as well. (This can sometimes lead to not just a working relationship, but a friendship as well.) I always need a few people in my digital rolodex to recommend to potential clients when I’m too busy, and hopefully they can see the value in doing business with you.

Cultivate a working relationship.

From a distance, resentment can easily fester and misconceptions about the kind of person a competing photographer or filmmaker might be. You’d be surprised how much your goals might align though, and how similar you might be.

Building a rapport with someone you might consider to be your “competition” not only soothes any tension that might exist, but all of the sudden when either of you get approached with a huge project where you need a big crew with a lot of talent, you can hire each other. What I’ve learned is that what goes around usually comes around– I’ve hired my competition and they have hired me, and we recommend each other when one of us is too busy to take on a particular job.

 

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People who are scared of losing work, read this.

I reached out to just about every local photographer and filmmaker in the southwest Colorado area, and I got very few calls back. (I pretty much have only 1 person I regularly work with, and I have to fly in the rest of my crew from out of state!) I’ve met some of them while on shoots we were both working, and even tried to hire them to assist me on projects. I don’t know if they genuinely are busy, or are scared that I might start to eat in to their clients and work, but I honestly believe it is their loss– collaborating with fellow creatives opens doors that are often not even seen and can result in work that no single creative would have been able to produce.

People like me are looking for work, yes, but we want to work WITH you much as we would like to work with some of the same clients. Every year I make a decent income from being hired to work for other creatives I’ve met– but I also put a fair amount of money into the pockets of those that I hire.

 

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The thing no one wants to hear.

The last thing that comes to my mind on this topic is this: If you’re that afraid of losing work to someone else, perhaps you need to get better at what you do.

There’s no use in getting upset about someone else getting jobs over you when their work is better; in fact, it should motivate you to push yourself. A new guy sold some photos to one of your regular clients? Well why didn’t you have those same images? Either you were too busy working because you’re a pro and have other jobs (in which case you probably aren’t hurting in the back account so get over it) or your work wasn’t good enough– which means you need to get out there and get better. And finally, to bring it full circle, one way to get better is to work with and learn from your competition.

Review: Browser-Based Photo Editor PicMonkey

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Review: Browser-Based Photo Editor PicMonkey

Photo editing software can get incredibly expensive, and sometimes these costs can be prohibitive. If you’re a looking for a free alternative to Photoshop or Lightroom, they do exist, and PicMonkey is one of them and probably one of the better free options you have.

This online photo editing website offers many of the basic editing tools for touching up your photos, and most of the basics are offered completely free. There are some more advanced options as well that the site offers if you upgrade to the paid subscription “Royal” membership for $4.99 a month or $33 a year, but many of the free options might be enough to get the job done for you (you just have to put up with ads).

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Let’s start with what you can do for free. Once you enter the site, you can immediately upload and start editing without needing to sign in or fill anything out. While it seems basic, this is actually a very nice feature, especially if you’re just looking for a quick upgrade to a jpeg you have. You can upload directly from your computer, OneDrive, Dropbox and even directly from your Facebook profile. As soon as you upload, it takes you right to the photo with a simple toolbar on the left.

The free editing options cover most of the basics you would expect from any photo editor: You can crop, rotate, resize, apply basic filters and adjust exposure and contrast. For not spending a dime, you can actually do quite a bit. It does lack any type of layering abilities however, so if you’re looking to get fancy and super detailed, you’ll be disappointed.

There are extra filters and cosmetic brushes you can use if you do choose to upgrade, but to be honest some of the extras are rather silly, such as the whisker grow which allows you to adjust scraggliness.

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My post-production manly beard, with scraggliness turned up to max

 

Like I said, silly and not particularly useful.

You can also easily add text to your photos and add default stamps or import your own. This is nice for creating quick branded shots for say, a website that you may have. Finally, the export process is very fast and simple. You simply click to send the photo to social media site’s or directly to your computer. There are three different sizes you can choose from for your final photo. Mine tended to range from 38 kb for the small or “Roger” quality to around 130 kb on their “Sean” setting. Yes, their export qualities have names.

 

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All in all, if you’re looking for a quick editing tool, PicMonkey should be able to hit the spot for you, as long as you have a viable internet connection, which brings up another downside to the application: It is an internet only service, so if you often like to edit your photos on the go like I do, without WiFi you’ll be hung out to dry here.

If you’re looking for a more advanced editing tool, you may need to look elsewhere or invest in some more “hardcore” software such as an Adobe offering or Affinity Photo. If your business relies on touching up photos and the results you garner through that, then again this may not be for you. But if you need a tool that’s basic, quick and most importantly free, then I would totally recommend checking this web application out.

Pros:

  • Easy upload process with no signup required
  • It’s free or relatively cheap if you choose to upgrade
  • Very easy to understand interface
  • Download and sharing process is painless and simple

Cons:

  • Internet only use with no downloadable app
  • Some of the extra features are a bit silly
  • Lack of any real layering options
  • Free tools are mixed in amongst the paid ones

We give PicMonkey a mid three out of five stars (3.5) for an easy upload and export process and simple interface, but found it lacking when it comes to offline use and in its limited features, with paid tools offering more silliness than usefulness.

 

Photographer of the day: Eddie Ngugi captures the cityscape of London.

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Photographer of the day: Eddie Ngugi captures the cityscape of London.

Photographer of the day is Eddie Ngugi a 26-year-old London based self-taught photographer. During the day he works as a freelance photojournalist, occasionally shooting protests and debates for regional magazines and newspaper companies and at night he gets out on the streets of London to shoot cityscapes with friends and Instagram enthusiasts.

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He first started making pictures about 4 years ago when after he graduated and he wanted to pick up a new hobby. Ngugi started off shooting pretty much anything he found interesting and beautiful at the time in the streets of London. The idea was to learn to control his camera and understand composition.

After spending a lot of time learning the craft, reading online articles, attending open events and meeting other photographers, Eddie discovered that he actually enjoyed photojournalism. More than that he was drawn to photojournalism because it conveys real life issues, tragedies or celebrations, introducing you to the people affected, how you relate to their story and what happens after.

 

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The thing with photojournalism is the images must be relevant to the event and society in order to be effective. The photos must be accurate, informative and able to convey what is happening during a particular moment in time. These images possess an objective quality. When taken correctly with relevant content, pictures are unbiased. Viewers are left to make their own decisions on what the truth is. Conversely, words can carry the tone of the person who wrote them.

As a self-taught photographer, Ngugi loves to experiment with different camera techniques. He became interested in Cityscape photography while shooting with a local group of photographers. With their help he learned a lot about night photography and shooting long exposures.

 

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Ngugi has been practicing cityscape photography as a way to explore the city that he spent most of his life in. Shooting long exposures particularly, helps him practice composition the most. While he is taking pictures at night he feels that he’s learning more and more about London, just like a tourist seeing the city for the first time. “To be honest I don’t feel like I knew London until I became a photographer,” Eddie said.

Instagram is his most beloved medium, “It has become both a challenge and a great opportunity to study images and learn great techniques,” he said. He’s made a lot of friends through Instagram that he continues to shoot with today. People who challenge his creativity and inspire him to create at the same time.

 

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To see more of Eddie’s work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

EyeEm Mobile Photography Exhibit Returns to NYC

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EyeEm Mobile Photography Exhibit Returns to NYC

EyeEm is wrapping up the World Tour of their 2014 Mobile Photography Exhibition, and they want you to join them as they come back to New York City, where it all started for them five years ago. The mobile photography platform has been growing recently and they’re planning on making a major announcement about their company at the NYC exhibit.

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Started five years ago, EyeEm is a photography sharing app that allows photographers from novice levels to experts to possibly have their work shared at exhibits around the world. Starting off as a small company, they have grown tremendously over the past five years, and according to their VP of community, Severin Matusek, they now employ around 60 people around the world and the platform has over 13 million users.

The upcoming exhibition takes EyeEm back to it’s home city to share hundreds of it’s best photos that users around the world have created.

“The photos you’re going to see are some of the best photos that people can take with mobile devices nowadays 

 

EyeEm as a platform and a company is promoting the idea that everyone can become a great photographer and do more with their photos. We have missions going on where we give people the opportunity to get published and we work with magazines to get them featured. We really see ourselves as more than just a photography app where people like and comment and upload photos This is just the start and this is what we want to show with the exhibition.” – Matusek, in an interview with Resource.

The exhibit will display many different categories including street, portrait, landscape, visual storytelling and post processing. This event is set to be held on March 26th from 5:30pm to 10:00 pm at the Openhouse Gallery in NYC. Check out more information at their Facebook event page here. There will also be a EyeEm photographers meet up event at the Openhouse Gallery on March 28th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm that will feature a masterclass on portrait photography with Jordan Cortese. Click here for a link to this events Facebook page.

Photographer of the day: José Luis Barcia Fernandez and his Stunning Black & White iPhone Street Photos.

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Photographer of the day: José Luis Barcia Fernandez and his Stunning Black & White iPhone Street Photos.

Today’s Photographer of the day is Instagram photographer José Luis Barcia Fernandez, born in Asturias, a region in the north of Spain. Luis is currently living in Madrid, has a chemistry degree and is working as a logistics manager in a multinational retail company, but on top of all that, José also makes awe-inspiring high contrast street photos with his iPhone.

Some of us scroll in search of selfies. Others find themselves drawn to food pics. And, a lot of us go to social media for #FOMO (Fear of missing out). But at Resource, we love urban photography and Instagram is nothing short of a treasure trove when it comes to that.

Five million photos are uploaded every hour, people are glued to their phones more than ever and it’s safe to say our world has changed. We are visually inspired every turn on Instagram, and José’s pictures are no exception!

 

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In 2003 he became interested in digital photography and started making digital collages. Between 2004 and 2009 he participated in 20 national and international exhibitions of digital art and photography. Later on in 2011 he bought an iPhone 4 and that’s where it all started. He began trying different photography apps, and he fell in love with Hipstamatic and Cameramatic and all their creative possibilities.
A friend of his told him about Instagram and he began sharing his pictures and this eventually became a big hobby.

Through Instagram, José is trying to tell his story about small portions of his live through his pictures, revealing his passions and love for photography.
For José photography is a way of expressing emotions and mood states, so in this sense, the lighting of the scene and the body language of the subject is very important. It’s obvious that he likes high contrast light, deep shadows, darkness and geometry.His pictures are very minimalistic, wrapped in a kind of dark haze and mysteriously looking for silhouettes and shadows.

 

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As far as the awards go, José has his fair share. Between 2012 and 2015 he participated in 21 mobile photography exhibitions, and was awarded first place at the architecture category of the 2013 edition of the iPPA and the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards as well as the Instagramers Gallery Photo Day Prize.
He also tries to educate other people and is giving lectures about mobile photography.

 

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To see more of José’s work, visit his instagram here:

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

 

Photographer Navid Baraty Perfectly Recreates the Cosmos in His Kitchen

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Photographer Navid Baraty Perfectly Recreates the Cosmos in His Kitchen

Photographer Navid Baraty has been creating some stunning and hyper-realistic images of space, using items that most of us have in our kitchens right now. His collection called “WANDER” follows an imaginary space probe as it explores a galaxy that exists completely in Barty’s imagination.

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Planet with moons: made from water, cream, coconut milk, food coloring, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, tums

 

He pulled this effect off by taking spices, powders, glasses of liquid and food colorings and placing them onto a scanner. He started by using salt and flour to replicate stars and he used glasses of liquid for the planets, using light photoshop to darken the empty space. By manipulating these household items and scanning them over a sheet of glass, he recreated the cosmos and the resulting images look incredibly convincing.

Baraty drew his inspiration for this project” from NASA images of deep space exploration that they post regularly on their website.

“I’m a really big space geek,” Baraty said in a recent story by NPR’s The Salt. “I’ll look at NASA images or Hubble images to see how things were placed in the sky, and I try to make things as realistic as possible.”

 

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Globular cluster:
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Supercluster: Made from flour, sugar, salt, olive oil, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, curry, garlic powder, water

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Ghostly anomaly: Made from butter, food coloring, salt

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Icy planet: Made from cream, water, food coloring, silica gel, sugar, cinnamon, cumin

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Nebula: Made from makeup, olive oil, chalk, baby powder, salt, water

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Distant galaxy: Made from olive oil, sesame oil, water, cumin, cinnamon, flour

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Deep space: Made from cream, coconut milk, water, food coloring

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Black hole: Made from coffee, salt, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon

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Earth-like planet: Made from water, cream, food coloring, salt, cinnamon, baking powder

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Nebula with gas streams: Made from cat fur, garlic powder, salt, flour, cumin, turmeric

 

Aside from his space oriented work, Navid Baraty is also well known for his traditional photography. Check out more of his work here on his site.

All images © Navid Baraty

 

Photographer of the Day: Ben Tynegate and the Kayan Women of Thailand

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Photographer of the Day: Ben Tynegate and the Kayan Women of Thailand

Photographer of the day is Ben Tynegate, an architect currently working in London, who has worked as a freelance photographer for the past 5 years. So far he has been awarded the SPA Photographer of the Year 2014 and was the EyeTime 2014 Future Voices Photographer winner.

He loves traveling and his camera is a constant companion during his explorations, allowing him to creatively document his journeys. So far, the most memorable place that he’s visited was northern Thailand but that has numerous reasons. Ben’s girlfriend spent most of her teenage years growing up in Chiang Mai, Thailand, so they travelled out to catch up with her family and friends that still live in the area.

“I think she secretly hoped to show a wide-eyed English boy that Thailand is far more than Full Moon parties and Ping Pong shows,” Tynegate said, “And she succeeded in my cultural education.”

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Chiang Mai is a vibrant city located in the Thai Highlands. It is one of those places people always insist you should visit as it has far fewer tourists than Bangkok and is much less sweaty.

 

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Street barbecue in Chiang Mai.

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The images below captures his visit to Kayan village, which is located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Originally from Myanmar, the Kayan people escaped the country’s political upheaval and ensuing violence of the ‘80s and ‘90s by fleeing to Thailand, where they established numerous settlements throughout the north. Unfortunately, due to this history, the Thai government have not permitted them to obtain full citizenship, which has severely limited their income options, but tourism has proved very lucrative. Taking advantage of a unique tribal tradition, the women are all too happy to show tourists their necks that are piled high with brass rings. Appropriately nicknamed “the long necks” or “giraffe women”, many women have necks that are stretched to over eleven inches long. Girls first start to wear rings when they are around five years old. Over the years the coil is replaced by a longer one and more turns are added. The coil, once on, is seldom removed, as the coiling and uncoiling is a lengthy procedure. Although giving the illusion of a stretched neck, such lengths are actually achieved because the brass rings push down on the shoulders and deform them.

 

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Visiting anthropologists have suggested many ideas regarding why the coils are worn. For example, the rings protected women from becoming slaves by making them less attractive to other tribes. Another theory is that the coils make the women look like a dragon, an important figure in Kayan folklore. Kayan women, acknowledge these ideas and often say the main purpose for wearing the rings is cultural identity.

 

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Before exploring the village, Tynegate heard many mixed reports and was therefore interested in experiencing it himself. He felt very uneasy during his visit, chiefly because it resembled a kind of “human zoo.” He was paraded through a far from authentic market where Kayan women were making and selling trinkets. The main feature of the tour however, was of course the women themselves, who were on show for tourists to gawk at. Tynegate felt uncomfortable and couldn’t help but wonder if the women enjoyed this occupation or whether this was only motivated by a lack of options and a need for food.

 

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Ben says this experience highlighted the importance of story and context to photography. “As my images of the Kayan women show, a beautiful photograph may hide a more sinister story.”

 

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To see more of Tynegate’s work, visit his site here.
Instagram: @bentynegate

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

 

 

 

Photographer of the day: Alessandro Falco shows the other side of the World Cup

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Photographer of the day: Alessandro Falco shows the other side of the World Cup

Photographer of the day Alessandro Falco is an Italian conceptual, experimental and documentary photographer who focuses mainly on the relationship between man and nature in modern society.
He started with photography in 2011 after graduating a fish pathology degree. After he started studying photojournalism in the Contrasto Agency (Milan).
Falco received several awards and his works are currently exhibited and collected by some international galleries, including the Biblioteque Nationale de France. In 2013 he was featured as Top Under 30 International Emerging Photographer of the year according to ZOOM Magazine.
Nowadays he is mostly working in Italy and Brazil.

Today we highlight his series: “Riot de Janeiro” that he made to show “the other side of the World Cup”.
We all know that Brazil hosted the 20th edition of the World Cup, held in 12 cities of the huge nation.
The event will be remembered as the most expensive edition of all time, with over $15 billion spent in a country that still has serious problems with poverty and social inequalities.

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The Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city, the night before the historical defeat of Brazil.

For this reason, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets shouting “Não vai ter Copa!” (there will be no World Cup), protesting against the waste of public money destined to a sporting event rather than to the inadequate public health service and education system.
Other Brazilians have been waiting impatiently for this event and, perceiving the protests as an unnecessary annoyance, revealed a sharp break in the equilibrium of Brazilian society.

 

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Metro Rio de Janeiro before the match ( direction Maracanà).

 

Brazilians were promised that this event would bring good to their country, yet many have seen no changes for the better in their daily lives. Massive inequalities between rich and poor remain, while protests are violently suppressed. According to Terre des Hommes, some 170,000 people lost their homes during the preparations for the World Cup in Brazil due to the building or renovation of stadiums, roads, airports and other infrastructure projects.

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Brazil is a football nation but is this the cost to pay to host a big sports event?

 

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A trained pitbull performs for children.

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Complexo do Alemao , view from the cable car.

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Local football game after the disappointing draw for Brazil – Chile.

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Two young guys climbing the famous Lapa arches to protest against FIFA.

Two young guys climbing the famous Lapa arches to protest against FIFA.

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Videogames at Vila Cruzeiro.

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Favelas di Tavares Bastos, Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Military in the favela Maré Complexo with just a few minutes left in the game.

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In addition to some protesters, even a tourist was arrested by police for a brawl in front of a restaurant in Copacabana.

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It is estimated that over 10,000 Argentines have reached Rio to attend the World Cup final. Because of the prohibitive prices, most of them saw the game on a large screen of Copacabana .

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A young protester waiting in a police car, he got arrested during anti World Cup clashes in Rio.

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To see more of Alessandro’s work, visit his site.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alessandrofalcophotographer?fref=photo
Instagram: @alessandrofalco

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

This Is the Most Original Way To Use Instagram I’ve Ever Seen, and It’s Blowing My Mind

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This Is the Most Original Way To Use Instagram I’ve Ever Seen, and It’s Blowing My Mind

Bear with me, because the sensationalist title will pay off. A user by the name of UNO recently followed me on Instagram, and like a gentleman I went to check out their page as soon as I realized this.

Doing so immediately dropped my jaw. UNO is using Instagram in a way I’ve never seen before, and it’s fantastic.

Instead of making each photo they send to Instagram stand alone, they use twelve uploads together to make one complete image that only works if you view their profile on your phone.

Let me explain. Check this single post out, for example:

 

Completely bland and uninteresting right? If we look at their Instagram page on a desktop, it’s a bit more apparent what they are doing, but it still doesn’t make a ton of sense:

 

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But when you view their profile on your phone, you get a wholly different experience:

 

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UNO has made it so that in order to get the true experience of their Instagram, you have to visit their main profile page. As far as Instagram goes, that’s not normally a place anyone visits. They’ve changed the dynamic of the social platform, and it’s blowing my mind.

This is the single coolest way I have ever seen anyone use Instagram. I’m kind of still in shock as to how amazing this is. Well done UNO, you’re fantastic.

Photographer of the day: Tiberio Ventura capturing the signs of the financial crisis in Italy.

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Photographer of the day: Tiberio Ventura capturing the signs of the financial crisis in Italy.

Today’s photographer of the day is Tiberio Ventura based between Dublin and Bologna. He was mentioned in a previous Resource article about the winners of the EyeTime 2014 contest, an annual photo contest derived from the Morpholio Project. He won the Future Voices Eyetime 2014 award with his series “Left behind”.

While many economies seem to be rebounding since the 2008 crisis, we shouldn’t be complacent. A lot of places in the world are actually still suffering from the economical crisis. This series dates back a little bit more but it’s still relevant.

In the summer of 2008, the US financial sector suffered one of the most damaging events in its history. The volatile stock market, induced by the subprime market, led to the default of Lehman Brothers, and subsequently to a massive global crisis. That has affected Europe as well, due to the increase in prices of raw materials, such as oil and also because of a global economic inflation. Italy was one the European countries that was mostly affected by the crisis and that’s were Ventura got his inspiration for this project.

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Factors of the financial crisis could be seen all across Italy and especially in industrial areas. Many factories were abandoned by the owners due to lack of work and economical resources.

Tiberio decided to focus his attention to photography and capture the signs of the crisis present on the territory. Walking through these large abandoned industrial complexes, he thought that these places which, before the crisis, were source of income for a lot of people. They now been completely forgotten and left behind by the people who used to work there.

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Since then a lot of industrial complexes had been abandoned but inside the buildings the traces of previous working activities were still visible. Documents laying around, employee photographs on the walls, old abandoned desks and so on.

In order to visually describe the human side of the crisis Ventura decided to scan the photographs which he found inside the factories and use them in his project. He created diptychs with the images he took and the photographs of the former employees.

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With this projects he wants to document the signs of the financial crisis that were and still are present in the Italian industrial areas. By highlighting the human side of it there are a lot of people who can relate to these images.

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To see more of Tibero’s work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

 

 

 

Photographer of the Day: Christopher Lucka’s Voyeuristic Mannequin Series

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Photographer of the Day: Christopher Lucka’s Voyeuristic Mannequin Series

Today’s photographer of the day is 25-year-old Christopher Lucka from Brooklyn, New York. For Christopher, photography is a way for him to express himself. He always wanted to work visually and show the metaphors that run underneath the layers of this world. He was mentioned in a previous Resource article about the winners of the EyeTime 2014 contest, an annual photo contest derived from the Morpholio Project. With this, he won the emerging talent public winner Eyetime 2014 award.

Lucka doesn’t see photography as an objective medium. If he can, he wants to shine new light on what we sometimes judge as banal and ordinary, then people can see other aspects of what they otherwise wouldn’t notice. Christopher has a wide range of styles but he always return where he began, street photography and surrealism, the two of which often go hand in hand.

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Photography has the potential to detach the photographer from experiencing moments, but inversely, it can be a sensuous and intimate experience. It encourages Christopher to explore and to enjoy the subtlety of life.

He got his inspiration for his series “Window Gazers” walking down the streets of New York City and only being accompanied with mannequins and designer products in the closed stores at night. He had the feeling that in the cold light of the storefront, their alien forms seemed to be watching him. The high contrast of the display lights gave the mannequins an often dystopian intensity. Some seemed distant and robotic, while others were lifelike and tragic. As he photographed them, he became curious about what they represented. Did people desire their icy forms? Did they mentally transplant their faces onto the void of featureless plastic?

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“Something too struck me as religious and transcendent, ranging from the product worship, to the symbolism of light among darkness. These were the actors for my postmodern plays. I thought about how they felt about us. Did they envy us? Did they love us? Hate us? The interplay between life and lifelike artifice was a fascinating topic to consider. We watched them, and they watched us,” Luka told Resource. Voyeurism is an often present theme in this series.

One portion of this series had significant differences with the others. The shots involved were taken in El Paso, Texas, not New York City. He moved the mannequins around, and structured the scene, instead of the scene presenting themselves naturally. Many of them are of a more emotionally intimate quality than the rest of the mannequin photographs.

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Photographs #2, #6, and #7 constitute their own series. This is a mannequin romance, beginning with a lonely woman gazing out of a window, wondering what the future will bring. In the next photograph, she has found love, and they embrace in the seemingly eternal rapture of their love. In the last photograph, paranoia has set in, even in a moment that should be peaceful and rejuvenating. The mannequin that is literally “damaged”  leans on the shoulder of her lover. Yet, glancing behind her, she sees her shadow, looming, and threatening. Cracks have begun to emerge. She can’t escape herself.

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To see more of Christophers’ work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Fotoworks Introduces Photographers to Top Creative Executives

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Fotoworks Introduces Photographers to Top Creative Executives

NYCFotoworks is coming to LA on March 17 and 18. So if you’re an up-and-coming or emerging photographer, don’t miss this annual opportunity to have your work evaluated—and maybe even hired—by top professionals in the industry today.

“The portfolio review is something you really have to take seriously. You’re representing yourself, so the review’s a really valuable preparation and exercise that sort of gives you a hammering,” says Hasselblad President Michael Hejtmanek, who is working with Hasselblad to sponsor the event by hosting workshops for photographer in between reviews.

He adds, “You’re going to see so much and you’re going to get so much feedback in one day that you’re going to grow as a photographer. And hopefully you’ll listen to that feedback and grow what you’re doing while still being true to yourself.”

 

NYCFotoworks, or in this case LAFotoworks, portfolio review brings together an incredibly impressive list of art buyers, photo editors, creative directors, reps and design firms to meet one on one with established and up and coming professional artists. It’s an outright fantastic event for photographers to have real authentic exchanges, and to better understand what they’re trying to achieve with their work. “For anyone taking part in a portfolio review, I’d recommend taking the next day off and really processing the valuable feedback that was given to you,”Hejtmanek says.

Apply for Fotoworks here and click here for the list of reviewers who will be present at the event.

Photographer of the day: Discovering Vietnamese Street Barbers with James Duong

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Photographer of the day: Discovering Vietnamese Street Barbers with James Duong

This evening’s photographer in our spotlight is James Duong, a photographer who has been published in National Geographic, Elle Magazine and more. He was also mentioned in a previous Resource article about the winners of the EyeTime 2014 contest, an annual photo contest derived from the Morpholio Project.

We all remember the story about the barber who gave free haircuts to the homeless in NYC. James’ series, however, is about street barbers in Vietnam. With this, he landed the Jury’s emerging talent first prize Eyetime 2014 award. So why Vietnam of all places?

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Street barbers are getting rare in the world. It used to be well known in third world countries, but nowadays it’s a fading profession. Most barbers couldn’t afford to rent a shop so the pavements have become their workplace.

Before 1986, being a street barber in Hanoi, Vietnam was uncommon because every commercial transaction belonged to the government. The number started increasing in the 1990s and quickly decreased due to a pavement law, which banned any kind of service on the streets. Now, there are only a few spots where you can still get a haircut on the sidewalk.

It’s often debatable whether the better barbers are the ones on the street or the ones who actually own a shop. Most of the high-end salon owners come from background of street barbering—not having to rent is probably the biggest advantage. All you need is chair and a mirror to get by. Street price ($2 SD/haircut) is usually half of what’s charged in salons. However, the street barbers generate a lot more daily customers due to the lower price, leading to street-barbers having more chances to practice and sharpen their skills.

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Rent is not the only issue, however, and street-barbers have been facing other problems: In order to attract customers they must form groups, which creates competition. Customers won’t line up to wait for one barber, and the faster they can do their job, the more customers they get.

If you want to be a good barber, you have to remain sober first. If you can’t take care of yourself, how can you take of the others?” a barber told James.

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James Duong’s grandfather was a street barber himself, right in the center of Hanoi, during the Vietnam war and the post-war era. He passed away when James was only six years old. Duong was told that his grandfather was one of the best barbers in town and he grew up hearing great stories about him. This series is close to his heart because he has—and he will—meet many great people in his lifetime, but there’s one person that he can never meet: his grandfather. James imagines him every time he walks by a street barber. 

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To see more of James’ work, visit his site.

If you’d like to be considered for Photographer of the Day, please follow us on Instagram @resourcemag and e-mail submissions to alex@resourcemagonline.com with the subject line “POTD Submission.”

Photo Book Tributes Youth: “My Last Day at Seventeen”

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Photo Book Tributes Youth: “My Last Day at Seventeen”

The series “My Last Day at Seventeen” is a bold attempt to capture the feeling of youth vanishing and the prospect of our best days being behind us. This Kickstarter project from photographer Doug DuBois and the Aperture Foundation is attempting to raise $27,000 to share this depiction of  the young people in a small community in Ireland over a period of five years.

DuBois first visited the community back in 2009, originally only planning to spend a year. He ended up returning every summer for five years and captured a group of young people as they left their youth behind.

“The resulting photographs are an exploration into the promise and adventure of childhood with an eye toward its fragility and inevitable loss.”

 

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DuBois describes the community as a part of Ireland that you wouldn’t find yourself in unless you were born there or knew someone from there. The series does seem to capture a very native and contemporary Ireland that a tourist might completely miss. One of the main themes of the series is the relationship between the photographer and the community throughout the years, making DuBois an integral part of the story. This makes him a non objective observer as he follows these people through the last years of their youth.

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“People came and left, relationships formed and dissolved, and babies were born. Combining portraits, spontaneous encounters, and collaborative performances, the images of My Last Day at Seventeen exist in a delicate balance between documentary and fiction.”-Kickstarter Page

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DuBois has set out on this fundraising campaign to help repay the people he followed so intimately throughout the years. He plans on providing everyone featured with a custom copy of the series.

Check out his Kickstarter campaign here.

Jen Rozenbaum is Shamelessly Feminine

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Jen Rozenbaum is Shamelessly Feminine

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Jen Rozenbaum has a passion for making women feel beautiful, strong and #ShamelesslyFeminine. Her Studio, Jenerations is one of the premier luxury boudoir photography studios in New York City, and her catchphrase #ShamelesslyFeminine perfectly sums up her mission.

Last year, she teamed up with Sigma on their Model Shoot Out Tour with American Photo Magazine. While working with them, she got to try out many of their various lenses and fell in love. They liked her as well, and invited her into the Sigma family, where she’s been proudly representing them since.

Rozenbaum’s boudoir work isn’t just about being sexy, but also expressing power and strength through femininity. She is very passionate about the modern definition of what it is to be a feminist and how that definition may be evolving.CamberPosing-32E1

She told Resource that somewhere along the way, women started thinking that they needed to embrace more male qualities in order to be seen as equals. Her message to women however is the exact opposite.

“When a woman has a boudoir shoot, she is owning who she is,” she said “It is a sexy shoot, but it may or may not be about sex to her. Usually its about taking the bite out of someone else sexualizing her and allowing her to own her definition of what being a woman is for herself.”

The inspiration for her #ShamelesslyFeminine tag line came from her own personal struggles to figure out what  her femininity meant to her.

“Every woman should celebrate her unique femininity shamelessly. That means that she can be whoever she wants. Soft, hard, girly, tomboy, etc… or any combination of things, and still be 10000% women. It’s about breaking the boundaries of what we THINK women should be and allowing them to express it for themselves.”

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Rozenbaum’s entrance into the world of boudoir and photography was actually completely accidental. She first picked up a camera when she was going through a very tough time, and having trouble finding happiness in her life. She was looking for a way to distract herself and found a camera to be a perfect outlet for her.

“Picking up a camera and teaching myself how to take pictures allowed me not only a great distraction, but a chance to see beauty in the world again. It gave me something to wake up and look forward to everyday. I didn’t really think I would make a business of it or change other women’s lives.”

She started boudoir photography about four months after first learning how to shoot. A friend of hers had booked a shoot and was a little nervous about it, so she asked Rozenbaum to tag along.

“I went with her, LOVED it and came home telling my husband I wanted to be a boudoir photographer when I ‘grow up.'”

She says that at first she was just a girl with a camera in her bedroom taking pics. She would ask her friends if she could shoot them and says that she didn’t work with an actual model until years into her career.

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One of the most crucial aspects of her method is her ability to establish and maintain strong connections with the women she shoots. Being a female photographer gives her an understanding of their body issues. She can commiserate and empathize with her subjects very easily, but she pointed out that the sex of the photographer doesn’t really have that much of an impact on that connection.

“I try not to look at is as a male/female thing but a personality component. I base my studio around the fact that I want to change women’s lives – that is my approach. I think every boudoir photographer male or female has to discover their angle and run with it.” 

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Rozenbaum’s company Jenerations has been keeping her very busy. On top of offering personal one-on-one boudoir shoots, she has also been busy teaching classes that cover shooting technique, makeup and the best lingerie to wear. You can check out her website for Jenerations here, and follow her blog.

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Photographer of the day: Angelica Garcia with her “Vacío” (emptiness) series.

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Photographer of the day: Angelica Garcia with her “Vacío” (emptiness) series.

Angelica Garcia has been fascinated by photography since her childhood, and has always had the urge to express herself through images. She wants her pictures to speak for themselves. She’s aware that many elements are at play when producing an image and most importantly for her, that they show a part of reality. However, she doesn’t see the process of creating pictures as a test of reality or truth. Her images are the result of her trying to build a reality on it’s own. To shed light on what moves her, how she relates to others, how to build judgments about her experiences being good or bad. Her photography makes her feel at peace and is constantly changing her view on the world.

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Garcia was born in Venezuela and graduated as a Professional Photographer from the Creative School of Photography Andy Goldstein in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also has a bachelor in Mass Media and Communications, from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

In 2013, her photos were shown in a digital projection, as part of the #CreativesRising digital exhibition organized by SeeMe in New York City.

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Today, we look into her series “Vacío” (emptiness). These images are part of a conceptual photo series where she explores the concept of Emptiness. The idea of erasing people’s faces came to her in a dream. She began this project by searching for white walls on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and asking strangers who passed by if they wanted to participate in the project. Then, came a slow process of investigation on which method she was going to use to erase their faces. To create the particular effect shown in this series, she decided to print the images and manipulate their surface without using any digital methods.

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Afterwards, she would photograph the images again to register their change. While she was working on this project, she was able to write a lot and eventually came across with the source of this particular need of self-expression.

“Everyday I lose you… Time, you are like water that slips away from me. Presence. Moment. Movement. What can I do to show how you run from me? How can I show that even if I freeze you, you aren’t the same? How come if I steal your essence, I don’t have you anyway? Strange presence… Emptiness.”

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This project allowed her to explore the loneliness she felt as a foreign student in Argentina. It helped her to come to terms with the fact that she could meet a lot of people there, but as soon as they returned to their home countries their presence would dissolve. It also reminded her that through photography she could make moments and persons memorable.

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Website: http://cargocollective.com/angelicagarcia

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What We Learned From the Debut of New York’s InstaCamp

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What We Learned From the Debut of New York’s InstaCamp

By Graham Burns

So what the heck is InstaCamp? Well, if youre anything like me and thought it had to do with rapidly inflatable tents and/or sleeping bags, youd be wrong. InstaCamp is actually an event for marketers, brand managers, social strategists and photographers to come together and discuss the art of successfully using Instagram for marketing.

On March 3, Flashstock held its first-ever U.S. InstaCamp event at Irving Plaza in New York. Heres what we learned.

  Under all of the buzz words, industry jargon and a secret contest to see who could say the word millennialsthe most, InstaCamp provided some pretty powerful insights for companies and brands that are looking to efficiently and effectively engage with the Instagram community. The presenters who provided these insights were diverse in their experience and areas of expertise. From Matthew Wurst, VP and head of social at the blazing hot digital agency 360i, who discussed how his team achieved success with campaigns like #snackhacksfor Oreo to crowd favorite 17-year-old IG influencer Humza Deas, who instantly captured the audiences attention with his infamous roof-toppingshots and stories of trespassing.  

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For most companies and brands, their first step is to say to their teams, we need to be on Instagram. They then start posting random superficial content with no rhyme, reason or game plan. Unsurprisingly, this is a big no-no according to Michael Scissons, co-founder/chairman of Flashstock. Instead, he suggests examining the trends and data and coming up with a strategic, focused and consistent approach to the platform that takes full advantage Instagram’s biggest strengths. Grant Munro, co-founder and CEO of FlashStock, and Edlynne Laryea, consultant at Global Digital Center of Excellence at Johnson & Johnson, asked the audience to think before you post and ask the question would I hang this on my wall.

The most honest and insightful presentation of the day came from Gian Carlo Pitocco in his presentation on the Future of Instagram. The main take away being if you want to succeed on Instagram you need to know thy audienceand be authentic.Instagram, as with each individual social platform, has its own unspoken set of aesthetics that hold value in the community. In order to break through all the other marketing white noise, you need to have a deep understanding of the established style of the community. In other words, you have to learn the rules before you can play the game.

Its no secret that Instagram has rapidly become one of the most popular social networks, with about 300 million active users per month (as of December 2014), and that kind of traffic is sure to bing more and more marketing dollars in the very near future. The only question is, will that money be turned into effective statements that engage their intended audiences, or will they simply cause users to unfollow?

[featured image via Flashstock]

Questions On The Distinction Between Photojournalism and Art

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Questions On The Distinction Between Photojournalism and Art

The World Press Organization has revoked the first-prize winner of their contemporary issues photo contest, after an investigation into whether a photo in the series was intentionally misleading. Giovanni Troilo’s winning series “The Dark Heart of Europe” had come under scrutiny after claims that a photo of a painter was shot in Molenbeek, Brussels, and not in the town of Charleroi, where the rest of the series was claimed to have been shot. After an investigation, the WPO confirmed with Troilo that the the location of the photo was falsified during the submission process, and the work was therefore disqualified.

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An image from Giovanni Troilo’s series “The Dark Heart of Europe”

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An image from Giovanni Troilo’s series “The Dark Heart of Europe”

 

In a press release yesterday, the WPO’s Photo Managing Director Lars Boering said that while there were strict controls in place, their contests rely on the trust and ethics of the photographers who submit their work.

“Based on the mixture of reactions we’ve received over the past week, it is clear to me that the debate taking place about the definitions of press photography, photojournalism and documentary photography is necessary, and it will have implications for the professional ethics of practitioners. We find ourselves right in the middle of this debate, and we aim to use this as a learning experience, to give focus to the discussion and bring it to the next level. In order to do this, we are organizing a discussion about image integrity that will take place during the Awards Days in Amsterdam and we also plan to hold a debate about ethics in the profession during the same event at the end of April.”

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An image from Giovanni Troilo’s series “The Dark Heart of Europe”

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An image from Giovanni Troilo’s series “The Dark Heart of Europe”

 

This decision has sparked a huge conversation about ethics in photojournalism and the standards in which photography contests are judged. Although the issue in this case was a misleading location in one of the photos, it draws into question the integrity of the rest of the series, and this entire form of photojournalism in general. Where do you draw the line between real storytelling and artistic liberty?

Bruno Stevens, a Belgium photojournalist and a former World Press winner, was the one who had initially contacted the awards’ body about an incorrect caption on the disqualifying photo. In an article by The Guardian, he stated that this particular incident brought up many larger issues, saying the photos in the series were a “clear breach of normal journalistic behavior,” and that the entire series only blurred the boundaries of fiction and non fiction in photojournalism. He didn’t question the abilities of the photographer in this case, but instead, questioned the methods that were used to portray “truth” in the series.

“While his working methods are perfectly alright in commercial or fine art circles, they are not remotely adequate for journalistic work.”

The lines in the current ethical debate are anything buy clear, but the WPO had made clear its rules with this contest. It’s goal was to seek out a visual form of “truth” that can only be captured by real authentic photojournalism. This comes with strict rules and a zero tolerance policy for any forms of photo alteration or misrepresentation. The urge seems to be to keep the realm of photojournalism separate from art, but examples such as this most recent disqualification blur the lines between truth and art. Where should we distinguish between telling a true compelling narrative through visuals, and painting pictures for people with photos?

As the WPO reasserts its strict adherence to ethics and “truth” in its contests, it will be interesting to see if other contests begin to come under increased scrutiny in the future.

From a discussion about photo manipulation, hosted by the World Photography Organization, here’s what a few Facebook and Linked in members had to say on it:

Cathryn Franklyn:

“Photojournalism should depict the truth through the image at the moment it was taken. In this digital age the truth seems to be enhanced quite a bit, leaving much doubt as to the “real” truth. This doesn’t make sense to me. The job of the photojournalist is to report via photography what they actually saw happen and if they are good at what they do that image will convey it all at one glance, no doctoring needed.”

Nikolay Semyonov:

“As long as photography is considered art, no laws or regulations may be applied. There certainly should be barriers between numerous categories of photographs, from documentary ones, i.e. described by EXIFs or RAW files, to non-documentary, depending on the amount of involvement of graphic software. However, such sets of limitations are quite reasonable for theme competitions of any kind to make the jury’s job easier and more objective.”

Jaye Crist:

“I do believe that the original content and composition should be presented without post edit alteration. That said is it is a matter of contrast, brightness, sharpening, or minor color adjustment, I don’t see those as material to the content. If of course it is specifically stated that no photojournalist entry may be edited in anyway whats so ever, but straight from camera, then so be it.”

Iam Karan: 

“Today the competition is tougher than it’s ever been, there is a lot of good photographers out there and they are looking to stand out from others. I personally think a little “enhancing” is good if the photo is looking dull (due to circumstances) which is sometimes needed or if we made an error during taking the picture taking process.”

Photographer of the Day: Javier Corso premiering his latest series “FISHSHOT”.

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Photographer of the Day: Javier Corso premiering his latest series “FISHSHOT”.

Today’s photographer of the day is Javier Corso. Corso started his studies as photographer at Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (IEFC) in 2008. After graduating and doing a postgraduate, he began his professional career working on journals such as El Periódico de Catalunya and El País. While being a photographer, he had his part of winning awards and doing exhibitions around the globe.

His work has been awarded in LUX Photography Awards from Professional Photographers Association of Spain (AFPE) and exhibited in festivals such as FOTOWEEK DC (Washington D.C.) or VISA OFF (Perpignan, France). The Cervantes Institute of New York exhibited his project SOLDADOS in 2014 and two of his projects were EyeTime 2014 Emerging Talent Jury Winner (Morpholio).

He also got mentioned in the previous Resource article about the winners of the Eyeview contest 2014, an annual photo contest derived from the Morpholio Project.

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We do not exist alone; we have shared human experiences and feelings that transcend time, place, and culture. Some artists create using universal themes that can be understood by all, others create using a combination of culture and personal meaning, and still others create works of art that hold deeply personal meaning understood only to them. Javier creates images with universal themes, which people can relate to. He says: “I wants to show people a part of the reality that they don’t know about”.

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We all seek meaning in our lives, and Javier Corso has definitely found his; making beautiful pictures with a deeper message. Through art/photography you can express shared human experiences and that’s exactly what Javier is doing with his photography.

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Today, we premiere his latest series “FISHSHOT”.
“Fishshot is a photographic and audiovisual documentary project, which shows the hardest and least known of Finland’s reality. A country that stands for quality of life but it hides high rates of suicide, homicide and violence. The excessive consumption of alcohol is present in more than half of the mentioned cases. A problem rooted in Finnish society that causes, directly or indirectly, a huge number of deaths among the population.

A subjective look that is based on the geographical and social environment surrounding the individual and the experience gathered in the country: the emotional isolation, emotional repression and exaltation of self-sufficiency largely explain the causes of their problems.”

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FISHSHOT portrays the current social context, documenting the Nordic country in a time of global crisis and shows this reality in concrete and feature geography of the country, highlighting the contrasts between cities and rural areas; idyllic summers and icy dark winters.

Photographically we dive into the dark side of this society, trying to suggest with images what the Finns themselves are unable to convey in words. Their fears and their nightmares. The conditions of their daily lives and their struggle to overcome them. The pride and melancholy that define their race.

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This project has an audiovisual part made by Lucía Pérez do Souto, which offers an explanation of the conflict through the testimony of those interviewed.

The Generalitat de Catalunya, the Associació Diomira gave a grant to make the project, and the Espai Fotogràfic Can Basté gave him another grant to produce the work.

 

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website: www.javiercorso.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/javiercorso.fotografia
twitter: www.twitter.com/javiercorso
instagram: www.instagram.com/javiercorso/
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