Another Historic Female Photojournalist

We just love a good human interest story, don’t we? Just yesterday I mentioned Vivian Maier’s "too-good-to-be-true" discovery, the unknown master finally getting her due for her phenomenal photographs. Ms. Maier’s story has definitely captured hearts and minds, and there’s another elderly woman with a great photographic story garnering well deserved, if belated, attention. The Today show recently interviewed Ruth Gruber who, at 100 years old is being recognized for her photographs of holocaust survivors as a young photojournalist in the 1940s. The piece was made in conjunction with a Showtime documentary of Ms. Gruber called Ahead of Time. Look for it on the cable network through the end of March and learn more about this interesting woman.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/41886858#41886858
http://www.sho.com/site/movies/movie.do?seriesid=0&seasonid=0&episodeid=137686

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We just love a good human interest story, don’t we? Just yesterday I mentioned Vivian Maier’s "too-good-to-be-true" discovery, the unknown master finally getting her due for her phenomenal photographs. Ms. Maier’s story has definitely captured hearts and minds, and there’s another elderly woman with a great photographic story garnering well…

The Story Of The Discovery Of Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, the Chicago nanny whose comprehensive body of street photography was uncovered accidentally in 2009, has been the darling of the photographic art world recently. And why wouldn’t she—her work, and her story, are almost too good to be true. In all the coverage of Maier and her photographs, though, the one thing I hadn’t yet seen was the story of who found her photographs and how they were discovered. That just changed, though, as Chicago public television station WTTW produced this great ten-minute video that includes interviews with those who knew Maier as well as the real estate agent turned collector who uncovered her photographs. It’s well worth a look, as the images are stunning—and the thought of discovering them is practically overwhelming.

http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/03/vivian-maier-photographer-nanny
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Vivian Maier, the Chicago nanny whose comprehensive body of street photography was uncovered accidentally in 2009, has been the darling of the photographic art world recently. And why wouldn’t she—her work, and her story, are almost too good to be true. In all the coverage of Maier and her photographs,…

Photojournalists Bring Us The Story of Japan

With all of the coverage of the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, I’ve found myself turning to photojournalists for a better understanding of what I’m seeing. Sure, television’s moving pictures do inform us quite effectively about what’s happening—especially on the broader scale. But I’ve noticed that the places in which I’m gaining a detailed understanding of the state of life on the ground in northern Japan all involve still photographs. I think it’s for this reason that photojournalists will always be integral to news gathering—even in a 24-hour television news cycle. For a dramatic and emotional gallery of images of the aftermath, perhaps no news galleries are better than the Boston Globe’s Big Picture and the Sacramento Bee’s The Frame. Be prepared, though—the images are heartbreaking.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/03/japan_one_week_later.html
http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/03/japan-one-week-after-the-earth.html 
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With all of the coverage of the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, I’ve found myself turning to photojournalists for a better understanding of what I’m seeing. Sure, television’s moving pictures do inform us quite effectively about what’s happening—especially on the broader scale. But I’ve noticed that the places in…

Gregory Crewdson’s Cinematic Process

The photographs of Gregory Crewdson have always fascinated me. Not only are they mysterious and compelling, their scope is unlike anything else ever seen in the art world. He works the way a filmmaker would—with an entire film crew's worth of production, not to mention the pre- and post-production requirements of a big budget Hollywood motion picture as well. Essentially Crewdson makes films and then simply photographs them one still at a time. This video, linked to via John Paul Caponigro’s blog, provides a detailed look at how he works, and why.  

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/?p=5262
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The photographs of Gregory Crewdson have always fascinated me. Not only are they mysterious and compelling, their scope is unlike anything else ever seen in the art world. He works the way a filmmaker would—with an entire film crew's worth of production, not to mention the pre- and post-production requirements…

All About Lightroom Collections

I've been working with Lightroom for about a year now and I think I've got a pretty good handle on it. I'm happy with my workflow and I feel like the program is generally intuitive to work with. That said, there's one major feature that I don't use in a very in-depth way: collections. Of course I have basic collections set up, but I also know I'm not harnessing the power of collections in the most efficient and effective ways. Thankfully Helen Bradley, who always writes very insightful and helpful tips for Lightroom and Photoshop CS, has published an in-depth look at Lightroom Collections on the DPS web site. From Smart Collections to sorting tips, Helen's tutorial is immensely helpful for Lightroom users who are looking to harness a little more of the great program's organizational power—which is exactly what I need to do.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/8-important-things-to-know-about-lightroom-collections
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I've been working with Lightroom for about a year now and I think I've got a pretty good handle on it. I'm happy with my workflow and I feel like the program is generally intuitive to work with. That said, there's one major feature that I don't use in a…

The Perfect Repurposed Lighting And Grip Case?

I love putting non-photographic gear to use in the photo world—especially when that stuff is so perfectly suited to photography. Turns out lots of stuff from the music world can actually be repurposed effectively in photography. For instance, I use a drummer’s throne in lieu of a posing stool. It functions just the same, and cost a fraction of the sanctioned photo stool. Here’s another great suggestion I just read about at DIYPhotography.net: use a guitar case to haul around lighting gear—particularly stands and other long grip supplies. It makes perfect sense when you think about it—which I’m glad Udi Tirosh did. Read about it at DIYPhotography.net.

http://www.diyphotography.net/light-traveling-with-a-bass-case
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I love putting non-photographic gear to use in the photo world—especially when that stuff is so perfectly suited to photography. Turns out lots of stuff from the music world can actually be repurposed effectively in photography. For instance, I use a drummer’s throne in lieu of a posing stool. It…
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