Renee C. Byer And Living On A Dollar A Day
Monday, October 20, 2014
I just learned that I share something in common with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renee C. Byer: we both attended the same small Midwestern college, Bradley University. Byer is the senior photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee, a newspaper known for its fine photojournalism, and she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for a feature photo from her series, "A Mother's Journey," which documented a year in the life of a mother who's young son was battling cancer. She was again a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for her series of photographs documenting a grandfather raising three small children after the death of his daughter and his wife. Byer published a new book earlier this year, called "Living On A Dollar A Day," which also was featured on the cover of the National Press Photographer's Association's "News Photographer" magazine. The book, which features a foreword written by the Dalai Lama, features photographs Byer made in ten countries on four continents as she worked to put a human face on the issue of global poverty. Images from the series can be seen on the National Geographic's PROOF photography blog via the first link below, while her prize-winning work can be seen in a gallery at the Pulitzer web site via the second link. She's a talented photographer, and her work is worth watching. I'm proud that we share an alma mater.
The Photography Of Stephen Shore
Friday, October 17, 2014
In honor of the new release of his 30-year-old monograph, Uncommon Places, photographer Stephen Shore is the feature of this interesting article at Another Magazine. Shore is an icon of the late 20th century art world as a pioneer of bringing color photography from the status of snapshot to high art. Shore also become only the second living photographer to have a solo exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Much is known about the photographer and his work, but this article includes ten things most of us probably don't know about this art world icon. For instance, when Shore was just 14 years old he called MoMA's director of photography, the master photographer Edward Steichen, with an offer to show him his work. And wouldn't you know it, Steichen purchased three pieces. Read more about this fun fact, along with nine others, at http://www.anothermag.com/current/view/3982/Ten_Things_You_Might_Not_Know_About_Stephen_Shore
Behind The Scenes Of A Creative Commercial
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Here's a pretty cool commercial for a high-tech device that relies on simple low-tech creative problem solving. It's a commercial for new Motorola Moto smartphones produced by ad agency Droga5 and their particularly creative team. The spot has eschewed digital trickery and computer graphics in favor of hand-built sets and props that delivered a really clever finished product. I love it when simplicity and creative thinking rule the day, particularly in the current creative environment where everything seems to be about boosting production value with digital wizardry even if it doesn't aid in telling the story. This team told the story of this product really well, as evidenced via the behind-the-scenes videos and stills linked below. It's the kind of thing that inspires me to try to create interesting work with creative problem solving.
Photographing Rare Frogs
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Robin Moore has a new book documenting his amazing quest to photograph the rarest types of frogs in the world. "In Search of Lost Frogs," available now at Amazon.com, is full of stunning images of amazing frogs and salamanders that, in most cases, have not been seen by human eyes in more than 100 years. "These Lazarus frogs," writes Moore on his blog, "appearing against all odds years or decades after they were believed extinct, could hold vital clues to help us stem the hemorrhaging of life on our planet." See a great gallery at his blog, then visit insearchoflostfrogs.com to watch a tremendous BBC documentary about Mr. Moore and his project, which takes you along while he gets to work with his tiny little subjects.