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Moral confusion in photography

Posted September 22, 2006 in Op-Ed

Mike Johnston responds to a comment about a daguerreotype of 9/11 that questions the photo’s morality. Interesting read. The source of the reaction seems simple: ordinary viewers know that to take a photograph you have to be proximate to your subject. Thus, they know that the photographers were "there." And if they were there, the […]

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"What is art?" satire

Posted September 10, 2006 in Op-Ed

See what happens when Karl Zipser tackles the age-old question of what art is: In our time, the answer to this question is under the control of the art elite. The answer to the question is simple: "Art" is x, where x is a variable. The value of x is approximately "something that an ordinary […]

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Omnimatter: “Rediscover Polaroid”

Posted August 31, 2006 in Op-Ed

Aaron Muderick has written a solid primer on Polaroid photography: Every film photographer will tell you about the shots they lost because the lens cap was on, the film was bad, the camera setting was incorrect, or their own technique was mistaken. In the film era, one only found out about these critical mistakes days […]

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Anti-photo hysteria spreads to Oz

Posted July 25, 2006 in Op-Ed

Prime Minister John Howard says a ban on taking photographs at a shopping complex in Melbourne is over the top. Melbourne’s Southgate complex has banned people taking photos as part of heightened security measures. … Ms Peck acknowledges that some may say it is a win for those who wish to curb Australia’s freedom but […]

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Mike Johnston photography forum simulator

Posted June 25, 2006 in Op-Ed

Mike Johnston subjects some famous photos to his sharp wit in the form of fictitious but too-realistic photography forum comments in Great Photographers on the Internet; great hilarity ensues! On a photo by "decisive moment"-coiner and legendary street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson: Bonjour Henri, assuming you are French, or at least understand it. This is a […]

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More thoughts on the Jill Greenberg controversy at Hawk’s Digital Connection

Posted June 22, 2006 in Op-Ed

Ok, so it seems like the heat is turning up on this Jill Greenberg controversy stuff. You remember Jill. The woman who takes photos of the emotionally wrenched kids in the name of art against the Bush administration (I think)…

From his previous post on the subject:

So what is Jill Greenberg doing? She is taking babies, toddlers under three years old, stripping them of their clothes and then provoking them to various states of emotional distress, anger, rage etc. — so that she can then take photos of them this way to "illustrate her personal beliefs." If you’d like to see how worked up she can get these kids you can click through here. Be warned that it is graphic. Although the children are not sexualized, I consider what she is doing child pornography of the worst kind.

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After looking at the photos, I agree. I’m a huge believer in informed consent, and with these kids, there’s no way to make an argument that there is any. I’m also a big believer in fighting ideas rather than people, but in this case…

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Funny list of top 10 stock photography clichés

Posted May 24, 2006 in Op-Ed

The title says it all! 3. The Big Thumbs of Triumph: Good job, ace. You’ve saved the company again. View list at Forty Media

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World War II pinhole photographer dies

Posted May 14, 2006 in Op-Ed

Terence Sumner Kirk, a former World War II prisoner of war who built a pinhole camera from cardboard scraps and used smuggled-in photo supplies to snap photographs of fellow malnourished Marines, has died. He was 89. Risking a certain death sentence if he was caught by Japanese soldiers, Mr. Kirk built a pinhole camera from […]

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Awesome implications of ISO 24,000 film

Posted May 12, 2006 in Op-Ed + Pinhole

Yesterday, I posted (well, lifted Oren Grad’s post from The Online Photographer) about an ultra high-speed ISO 24,000 B&W reversal film emulsion that Kodak have developed, but one implication didn’t hit me until today: if released commercially, it would allow handheld pinhole photography at normal shutter speeds.

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NYCLU threatens to sue city over new photo policy

Posted May 10, 2006 in Op-Ed

"A public Troy New York ice skating rink has decided that photography should not be allowed unless approved by their Executive Director. At least one parent says she’s being arbitrarily discriminated against and not being allowed to film her own kid at the public rink."

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