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Vision Slightly Blurred
20 minutes | 5 hours ago
Yes, We're Talking About That Biden Carter Picture
White House Chief Photographer Adam Schultz inadvertently caused a ruckus when he used an ultrawide angle lens to photograph President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, former President Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter at their home in GA. The distorted perspective made the Bidens look huge compared to the Carters, and Twitter had a field day. It was so newsworthy that both the New York Times and the Washington Post reported on it. So what the heck, we'll talk about it too!Also in this episode: Federico Winer uses Google Earth for source images for his Ultradistancia project, Craig McDean photographed a transformed Billie Eilish for British Vogue, and IAMS pet food launches an app that identifies your dog by its nose print.
24 minutes | 7 days ago
Are You Doing the Instagram Photo Dump?
Instagram is known for being a highly curated destination for photos and video, but a new trend has emerged at the end of the month when users dump all the content they didn't post into a single carousel with no cohesive theme. The end-of-month dump is the new photo album? Sarah and Allen discuss the sociological phenomenon.Also: It's deja vu with COVID-19 images emerging from the calamity in India, the "Disaster Girl" meme photo sells as a NFT for $500k, Stephanie Hueon Tung writes about Asian-American erasure from the California Gold Rush, and a gorgeous photo of a family making dumplings nets Li Huaifeng the Photographer of the Year 2021 .
23 minutes | 14 days ago
Walter Iooss Jr. & Reuben Wu Sell NFTs of Their Photos
Back in March, the artist Beeple sold a digital collage for $69 million. Photographers (and everyone else) suddenly took notice of this relatively new concept of blockchain-based ownership. In the past week, Phase One Ambassador Reuben Wu and longtime Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr sold pieces for nearly $60,000 each. Is it tulip mania or another mechanism for photographers to realize value from their work. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss the pros and cons of NFTs in the art world.Also, Sotheby's auctions off a set of William Henry Fox Talbot's photos for $1.9 million, publisher Wildsam releases a Texas BBQ edition travel guide, and Emiliano Granado denies being a millenial.
25 minutes | 21 days ago
F*ckGatekeeping Answers Your Questions About Being a Pro Photographer
Emiliano Granado, Jared Soares, and Carmen Chan recently launched F*ckGateKeeping – a website and Instagram resource for younger photographers looking to establish themselves in the industry. Their irreverent approach combined with their impressive credentials make this a resource worth checking out.Also in this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred: Gwen Katz runs desaturated color photos through a colorization AI. The results aren't pretty. Photojournalists attacked by police in MN during Daunte Wright demonstrations. Hulu's got a new reality TV show for photographers called "Exposure. Dawoud Bey has a new book and a career retrospective at the Whitney, Polaroid reintroduced their "Round Frame Edition," and checkout @museumoflostmemories on TikTok.
25 minutes | a month ago
A Retoucher Altered the Expression of Genocide Victims To Make Them Smile
In the mid- to late-70s, the Khmer Rouge committed a heinous genocide in Cambodia that killed 25% of its population. The government infamously photographed many of these victims at Tuol Sleng, a school which was converted into a torture facility. Inexplicably, retoucher Matt Loughrey decided to colorize and alter the expression of some of the depicted victims of the Cambodian genocide into smiles, and as you might imagine, people were outraged.In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss the controvery. Plus, the NYT publishes images from 28 different Asian and Asian-American photographers to show what love looks like in a time of hate, American Photography takes a stand on Chinese censorship, and Annie Leibovitz captures poet laureate Amanda Gorman for Vogue.
22 minutes | a month ago
The Vaccine Selfie Doesn't Hurt a Bit!
Over 100 million people in the U.S. have already received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines, and we have the photos to prove it. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred:- Lindsey Wasson captures the surprised expression of a 98-year old nursing home resident who received an in-person visit from her son for the first time in over a year- Getty Images acquires Unsplash to take advantage of their ginormous reach- Chris Buck publishes a new book "Gentlemen's Club: Partners of Exotic Dancers"- Stephanie Mei-Ling captures "Vaccine Daddy" and creator of @TurboVax, Huge Ma- and the NYT reports on the Age of the Vaccine Selfie
25 minutes | a month ago
A Huge Legal Win, an Even Bigger Boat, and Our 100th Episode
Photographer Lynn Goldsmith won a huge victory against the Andy Warhol Foundation last week when the 2nd Court of Appeals declared that the Foundation had infringed her copyright when it licensed artwork based on her photo of Prince in 2016. Sarah and Allen sort out some of the legal details surrounding the 65 page opinion.Also: amazing photos of the Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal, renown art buyer Daniel Wolf passes away, photojournalist John Moore is denied access at the border after a decade of covering it, time to delete the Dispo app from your iPhone, and hey! It's our 100th episode (not that we were counting).
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Rick Smolan on the 40th Anniversary of "A Day in the Life"
Slightly over 40 years ago, photographer Rick Smolan convened 100 of the world's best photographers to photograph 24 hours in Australia – an audacious and self-published effort which yielded the first in a series of massively successful photo coffee table books under the "A Day in the Life" moniker. The intricacies and logistics of producing the books are only eclipsed by the life experiences that led Smolan to embark on the project, and continue to inform his activities as a photographer, author, and speaker. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen interview Smolan and even get him to share his thoughts about NFTs.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Enoch Ku's Spectacularly Ordinary Photos of Sacramento
We like the quirk, and that's what photographer Enoch Ku captured while cruising around his hometown of Sacramento, CA. A set of hedges cut into the shape of playing card suits, a manhole cover ambiguously lined up with a street's divider lines, playful shadows cast by a bike rack. Ordinary Sacramento is the name of the project.Also in this episode: Tim Kane creates a photo/video package of the isolated town of Yellowknife in the Northwestern Territories of Canada which closed itself off to all outsiders during the pandemic to protect its indigenous elders, project images of the fallen on the Brooklyn Bridge, Rally Studios' amazing FPV drone in a bowling alley, Hannah McKay captures the vigil and protest for Sarah Everard, and Nadine Ijewere lands the cover of Vogue US as the first Black female photographer.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Chanell Stone Captures Urban Nature in All Its Black & White Glory
Oakland-based Chanell Stone continues to receive recognition for her "Natura Negra" project, which explores the relationship between land, nature and African-Americans in an urban setting. The photos are rich with meaning, and surprising presented as a series of luscious black and white images.Also in this week's episode of Vision Slightly Blurred: David Morris captures a "flying ship," James Crombie photographs a murmuration in the shape of a bird, Titleist hires Johnny FPV to capture a golf ball in flight, and follow-ups on a number of recent stories.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
AI "Deep Nostalgia" Has Real Limitations
This week on the podcast, Sarah and Allen discuss the inaugural Silver List, Juergen Teller's controversial covers for W Magazine, Dispo app, MyHeritage's "Deep Nostalgia" and uncanny valley of @deeptomcruise on TikTok.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Who Should Own Images of Enslaved People?
Since their rediscovery in 1976, the images of slaves known as the Zealy Daguerreotypes have been held by Harvard's Peabody Museum. The images were originally commissioned to provide visual evidence of the racist theory of polygenesis as expounded upon by Harvard professor Louis Agassiz.For years, Harvard exerted strict control over the use of the images and extracted "hefty" licensing fees for their use. In 2019, Tamara Lanier who claimed to be descended from two of the slaves sued Harvard for possession of the images. And in 2020, Aperture and Peabody Press published a book entitled "To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes" – a compendium of essays that examined the historical creation and context of the images as well as contemporary interpretations of their meaning.In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen delve into issues of intent and consent, and how inequity in photography should be addressed in the 21st century.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Photographer Jeff Sedlik Sues Kat Von D for Stealing His Photo for a Tattoo
PLUS Coalition co-founder and CEO Jeff Sedlik filed suit against LA Ink star Kat Von D for infringing his copyright by using his 1989 Miles Davis portrait in a tattoo that she used to promote her businesses. Some have compared the case to Richard Prince and called it fair use. Others have said it resembles the AP's lawsuit against Shepard Fairey for his Obama "HOPE" poster. But the devil is in the details, and Sedlik registered his copyright.Also: a lawyer buys a building and finds a trove of photos in a hidden attic, including a portrait of Susan B. Anthony, the New Yorker reviews Seiichi Furuya's latest book Face to Face, and Alec Soth vlogs about William Eggleston's "Democratic Forest."
27 minutes | 3 months ago
What Was Up With That Super Bowl LV Camera Work?
Out-of-focus end zone shots and The Weeknd's meme-worthy "dance" with a camera raised a lot of eyebrows. Innovation or gimmicks? Sarah and Allen discuss all the Super Bowl coverage.Also: The Biden White House is live on Flickr, a free PhotoShelter webinar on the Social Effects of Photography, and RIP to photographer Ricky Powell, the "4th Beastie Boy."
18 minutes | 3 months ago
Sarah Meister Leaves MoMA to Take the Helm at Aperture
MoMA photography curator Sarah Meister was named Aperture's new executive director after a year long search to replace Chris Boot. Meister worked her way up from intern to full curator after receiving her degree in art history from Princeton. Also in the show, the incredible portraits of Sioux by Frank Bennett Fiske and Artists for Uyghurs wants you to donate the sale of your art to raise money for the Uyghur Tribunal; a People's Tribunal investigating China's mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Brendan Smialowski Unwittingly Strikes Internet Gold with Bernie Memes
While covering the inauguration of President Joe Biden, AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski focused his camera onto Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for two quick frames. Somehow the totally unremarkable photo perfectly captured Bernie's spirit and a thousand memes were born much to Smialowski's chagrin.In this episode of PhotoShelter's Vision Slightly Blurred, hosts Sarah Jacobs and Allen Murabayashi discuss Bernie Memes, Quil Lemons becomes the youngest photographer to get a Vanity Fair cover, Marzena Skubatz captures an Icelandic weather station, and NY's MTA remembers the employees lost to COVID with a beautiful portrait exhibit.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Trump Gives Nick Ut the National Medal of the Arts and the Backlash Ensues
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Nick Ut of "Napalm Girl" fame, received the National Medal of the Arts from President Trump. While many celebrated the achievement, a number of people expressed dismay over Ut's decision to accept it from the twice impeached President. In this episode, Allen and Sarah discuss the controversy, and also tackle the copyright grab at Penn State's Collegian, and Joe Biden's official White House photographer, Adam Schultz.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Photojournalists Capture the Capitol Under Siege
January 6, 2021, an infamous day in U.S. History when citizens overran the Capitol was also a day when photojournalists delivered incredible work under heavy duress. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen review some of the exemplary work and discuss the outsized influence that social media had on the "performative" acts of many of the rioters.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke Launches The Curious Society
A quarterly print publication of top notch photojournalism for $300 per year? Seasoned photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke believes there's a market for it and has launched The Curious Society to prove his point. Also in the show: Congress passes the CASE Act which establishes a 3-person copyright tribunal as an alternative to filing copyright cases in federal court, and the New York Times licensing department informs photographer Daniel Arnold that they gave away his portrait of Jerry Seinfeld to a real estate developer for free!Happy 2021!
31 minutes | 5 months ago
The Final Show of 2020 – And We Hear From You!
Two weeks ago, we solicited voice memos and stories from you, the listener, on how you're coping during the pandemic, projects you're working on, or places where you're finding inspiration.This is your show! Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2021.
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