The great NY Blizzard of 2010

So this little storm stranded me in London this week as East Coast airports closed (no big deal, stayed with good close friends, got in a trip to the Natural History Museum with the kids and a couple more pints in a proper pub with my extra couple of days! Highly enjoyable, which is more than can be said for the conversations with the rude Virgin staff at Heathrow...)

Anyway. Here's a Wall Street Journal report on the flak Mayor Bloomberg is getting (photographed here by a friend, former student and general all round West Coast dude Phillip Montgomery) along with an upsetting account of a newborn baby's death and a video of a 'Day After Tomorrow' style snow covered New York by Dustin Drankoski.

Vivian Maier - For the love of photography

And I thought I had a task on my hands with 10 years of unscanned negatives from the U.K. and a box full of New York street photography from the past 4 years to deal with....

This woman had a lifetime of photography that it seems no-one ever saw until now.

More here.. The stuff looks great. Check it out.

Off the grid

I listened to a BBC program earlier this year about solar powered lamps in off grid areas. Sounds like a top idea to me. Here's a video and great set of photos by Ed Ou and an article by Elisabeth Rosenthal on the same story in the NY Times.

Ed Ou/The New York Times

Thanks to this solar panel, Sara Ruto no longer takes a three-hour taxi ride to a town with electricity to recharge her cellphone. More Photos »

Errol Morris on Anosognosia

Can rubbing lemon juice on your face make you invisible to cameras? Erm, well, no, but your mind can.

Read how here. Make sure you go all the way through the 5 parts....


"For a previous generation of photographers, their job was to simply record the events of the world, and then hand those pictures over to their publications, their agencies. Those pictures would be shown to the world and some unspecified third party would take action and do the rest.

I don’t believe that anymore. I don’t think it’s enough to make photographs."

Some interesting thoughts on the Lens Blog from Teru Kuwayama on how the Basetrack project came about and what it hopes to achieve. I certainly agree with the idea that there is a great wealth of opportunities for journalists to connect and share with their audience and the people they're reporting on.

Oh and then there's that hipstamatic iphone app again....

Last minutes with Oden

"The older I get, the more sensitive I get. And thank god."

Amen to that.

Anytime your ego gets the jump on you and you start to feel a bit self centered, it's not difficult to get a little perspective on your life. You just need to pay attention to what other people are going through. Whether you know them or not.

Via Ciara on Duckrabbit.

Yvon's Paris - Exhibition and Book signings in NYC

Landes, France

If you are in NYC over the next few days you have a couple of chances to see some great vintage photographs, and pick up a signed copy of Robert Stevens book on Yvon's Paris.

Tonight - December 16th. 6-8pm Higher Pictures, 764 Madison, between 65th and 66th street, 3rd floor. Both Robert and Yvon's daughter will be there.

Also this Saturday 18th December, a book signing in Brooklyn at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen Street from 4-7pm.

Riding the Dog

Who doesn't love a road trip? There are a million little phrases and witticisms out there about the joys of travelling. I happen to personally like the one that says "The less time it takes you to get somewhere, the less point there is in going."

Anyway, a photographer and friend of mine Brendon Stuart has just embarked on one of his greyhound bus road trips across the U.S. He is keeping a blog of the trip with photographs and stories, which is worth both a look and a read.

check it out.

Anarchy in the UK?

Not quite yet.. But getting there it seems.

Anyway, the papers went with the money shot of two Royals on their way to the west end, probably because it is supposed to illustrate the class divide and conjure up notions of revolution and the proletariat rising up against the aristocracy. Or something. However, I like this one much better.

This is a great shot by Andrew Testa for the New York Times. Loaded with dynamism, symbolism and all kinds of other isms and nowhere near as blunt as Matt Dunham's shot - which I think is a great breaking news photo by the way and I understand completely why editors jumped on it!

From what I can tell from my current viewpoint on the other side of the pond, it seems like people in England are very unhappy. And it's not just the students. I wonder how long before the public spending cuts result in the police marching side by side with the students. Now that would be something.

Let's hope something positive comes of all this.

Tim Parkin

What do I love about the internet (other than it's amazing ability to waste my time and the fact I can stream BBC and London pirate radio while sitting in a New Jersey suburb)?

Well, I love the fact that I can be looking for one thing and find something else even better. In this case I was looking for some info on a piece of camera equipment and came across the website of Tim Parkin, who takes sublime photos of fantastic landscapes, and is a Yorkshireman to boot. Bloody brilliant.

Check it out.

After the Quake - Andre Lambertson, Lisa Armstrong and Kwame Dawes in Haiti

"...if you cannot connect with the humanity in the people you cover, it becomes too easy to sensationalize, to focus on the brokenness and despair that supposedly make for better stories."

So says Lisa Armstrong

I tend to agree.

Earlier this summer I had the good fortune to share an lunch break with Andre Lambertson, who was my first seminar instructor when I was a student and has been working with Lisa Armstrong recently. I hadn't seen him for a while and it was great to catch up. In the time it talks to eat a sandwich the conversation covered movies, music, media, photography and video and the pros and cons of both, working as a freelancer, being human, consumer society, living in New York and a bit about the weather.

He told me about the work he had been doing on HIV and AIDS in Haiti and also the work he has been doing on a marching band in New Orleans.

In mid November, there was a great feature on the Haiti work on the NY Times Lens Blog. If you haven't already, I would check it out.

There is also more on the project on the Pulitzer Center website.

Andre has incredible integrity in the way he relates to people and it shows in his work.

Don't miss.

Places (Exhibition)

Check out this exhibition:

Featuring works by Sooyeun Ahn, Minny Lee, and Unhee Park

December 1-14, 2010
Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 1, 6-8 PM

...Chelsea West Gallery
547 West 27th Street #307, NY, NY (bet 10th & 11th Ave) | 212.242.4251

About the exhibition:

Places showcases photography and video works by three Korea-born artists who reside and work in the New York area: Sooyeun Ahn, Minny Lee and Unhee Park. Despite their common heritage, all three photographers have divergent photographic visions and syntax, creating their own places in photography.

A photographer’s place is created by his or her history and memory; a work is a journey through the past and present interspersing reality and the surreal. Then the viewer, according to his or her own background, reinterprets the photographer’s place. This possibility of different interpretations widens the notion of the place and raises questions about the photographer’s work. The exhibition, Places,invites viewers to enter into each artist’s place and experience their own.

Sooyeun Ahn worked as a writer for 10 years before studying photography at The Tokyo Polytechnic University and the International Center of Photography (ICP). Slow Walker is her ongoing project of photographing city streets at night. Rather than documenting in a more traditional form and content of narrative storytelling, Ahn focuses on variations of possibilities and changes that could happen from photographing subjects through a very subjective vision.

Born and raised in South Korea, Minny Lee has been living in the USA since 1992. Lee studied and worked in the fields of fashion and art history before getting into photography. Her ongoing project Encounters began in late 2008. Lee is interested in personalities and characters of elements in nature and her interaction to the subjects. In Elsewhere, Lee seeks to capture and create an ideal realm within our reality. In her photography, time and space are crucial as well as feelings of intimacy that are translated into photography with her poetic vision.

Unhee Park studied Glass Art and Art Therapy before studying photography at ICP. In 2009, Park started her long-term project on museums. Virtual Memory consists of still photographs and audio interviews of museum visitors describing a surrealism painting at the museum. With her video work Visitor, Park has been interviewing museum visitors both in public and private spaces. After an initial interview in front of the museum, Park traces down museum visitors to their hometowns and interviews them with more personal questions. The project has taken Park to several American cities, becoming a cultural and social commentary of our time that everyone can relate to. Through her project, Park explores how people portray their identities to the outside world, weaving through both truth and fiction.