The Good And Bad Of Selfies

I’ve never been a particular fan of the selfie, because to me it just seems so narcissistic
By William Sawalich
I think the self-portrait, and particularly its modern equivalent (the “selfie”) is a really interesting subject. I recently read an essay by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker all about a new exhibit called “Me,” which showcases self-portraits in a gallery setting, and begs all sorts of questions about the…

Humans Of New York Take Heat

He is, in short, a superstar, running what might be the most popular blog in the media center of the universe
By William Sawalich
Ever since I first laid eyes on Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photo blog I’ve considered myself a fan. No, Stanton’s portraiture is not particularly complex or especially nuanced, but the bite-sized stories that accompany each photo—some stories of hardship, other stories of success—make the whole seem, frankly, much…

Big Layoffs At National Geographic

In October, The National Geographic Society entered into a partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation
By William Sawalich
National Geographic last week laid off 180 employees, not quite 10 percent of its staff of 2,000. From photographers to fact checkers, the layoffs were augmented by offers of voluntary retirement to an unknown number of employees. The cuts were a necessity to avoid “financial derailment,” and according to Chief…

The Photography Of Brad Pitt

Pitt has long professed a love of photography, but this is the first work of his that I’ve seen.
By William Sawalich
Here’s something you don’t see every day: Brad Pitt’s intimate portraits of wife Angelina Jolie, commissioned by fashion magazine W, which wanted a glimpse into the super-couple’s family life. Pitt has long professed a love of photography, but this is the first work of his that I’ve seen. And frankly,…

More On Expecting Artists To Work For Free

It’s about Wil Wheaton, the actor best known for his roles on Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory.
By William Sawalich
For the last several weeks I keep coming across interesting dissertations on the devaluation of creative works, and the need for artists of all kinds—especially photographers—to stand up for protecting the value of their work. Well, here’s the latest in my “don’t tread on artists!” series. It’s about Wil Wheaton,…

Advice For Aspiring Food Photographers

Andrew Scrivani left the world of teaching to become an acclaimed photographer
By William Sawalich
The web site Photoshelter is known for many great services for photographers. One of my favorite things they do is to provide wonderful educational materials that help up-and-coming photographers learn the particulars of various aspects of photography. In its recent white paper, The Professional’s Guide to Food Photography, the editors…
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