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Photon Detector launches photography podcast

Posted August 25, 2014 in Artmaking + Op-Ed

Most of the blog here was easy to publish because it was just links to exhibitions and news about equipment. Huge, tedious time suck, but not difficult. The more interesting stuff was hard. Exploration, non-facts, obstacles… the actual art-as-verb parts. I never finished or published most of what I started writing about that. It’s hard […]

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New photo podcast launched: Photographer Stories

Posted August 21, 2014 in Interviews + Op-Ed

Matthew Robert Joseph (aka fotodudenz on Flickr) has just launched Photographer Stories Podcast—"Stories by Photographers for Photographers or just about anyone really". It’s a conversational interview format and is off to a great start so far. Check it out! Main site, photographerstories.com Subscribe in iTunes Listen on Stitcher

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Security expert Bruce Schneier: are photographers really a threat?

Posted June 13, 2008 in Op-Ed

Bruce Schneier answers the question: … Clearly any terrorist is going to first photograph his target, so vigilance is required. Except that it’s nonsense. The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City Federal […]

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Shut the fuck about about battery-independent cameras

Posted April 6, 2007 in Op-Ed

If I hear one more person bang on about how fully manual cameras are so superior because you can shoot without batteries, I’m going to puke. This is one of the most bullshit arguments I’ve ever heard, and is usually trotted out as a preemptive defense of paying too much for a camera that does […]

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Feinman’s Conceptual Photography: An Artistic Manifesto

Posted January 19, 2007 in Op-Ed

Check out Robert D Feinman‘s Conceptual Photography: An Artistic Manifesto: As this was a first attempt at this unprecedented creative approach, three classic subjects were used to see how the interactions of the scene before the camera and the psychological manifestations as I approached the subject would commingle. The images and their descriptions follow… The […]

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Interesting discussion about print size

Posted January 17, 2007 in Op-Ed

There’s some interesting discussion in the comments on this post, Since when is bigger better? about ever-increasing print size and cost on Conscientious. My reply to the question is this: Since when is bigger automatically more expensive/valuable? Different images work better in different sizes. Yes, there is a difference in material cost, but with archival […]

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Film is digital and digital is analog

Posted January 12, 2007 in Op-Ed

Think you’re cutting edge and cool because you lead an up-to-the-minute digital lifestyle and shoot digital because film is old? Fuck you! Think you’re more virtuous than the unwashed infidel masses because you shoot film and only listen to music on vinyl? Fuck you, too! Of course if you’re in either of these groups, you’re […]

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Photos I’ve learned from: The Subconscious Art Of Graffiti Removal III by Ektopia

Posted December 11, 2006 in Op-Ed

This is The Subconscious Art Of Graffiti Removal – III by Ektopia, and is part of his beautiful The Subconscious Art Of Graffiti Removal project. When I first saw it on Flickr, I wrote: This is one of those great opportunities to see through someone else’s eyes. I never would have shot this this way […]

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Susie Linfield on "this treacherous medium called photography"

Posted September 24, 2006 in Op-Ed

Put most bluntly, for the past century most photography critics haven’t really liked photographs, or the experience of looking at them, at all. They approach photography—not specific photographs, or specific practitioners, or specific genres, but photography itself—with suspicion, mistrust, anger, and fear. … It is precisely because photos are so confusing—such utter failures at providing […]

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Digital discontent, or, I bitch about Canon

Posted September 24, 2006 in Op-Ed

A friend and I went shooting yesterday at a local park. The group behind the park are applying for a grant and wanted some photos for the application, so we grabbed a Canon 20D and a few lenses and set off, thinking that digital’s convenience would be a clear win in terms of delivery speed, […]

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