|Sun, March 03, 2013 at 12:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
...is We Were wReady for Live From... Episode 2!
(That's right: "Ready" starts with a "w" for this blog. Call it a typo if it makes you feel better. I wanted to keep the w-w-w rhythm for this ONLINE web log, or "blog." Just go with it!)
Live From... The Talk Show was off and running. With Episode 1 behind us, we worked to ensure that Episode 2 would be better. Well, that is to say that we were determined to deliver another great show... with far less showtime stress!
Mission accomplished! We even mellowed out our show theme music to reflect our smoother delivery. Episode 2 went down like spicy ranch dressing; smooth...with flavor...and a kick! Our lovely hostess, Gem Avery, welcomed photographer CHESTER "BIG CREED" COLSTON and lyrical musician THED WELLER.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL EPISODE
|Fri, November 30, 2012 at 7:28 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
I must admit I've been so busy I slept on this one. Crazy I got a chance to kick it with Nito earlier this month and he didn't even mention this. Lol. Classic Nito though, he doesn't say much, just let the work and the accolades speak volumes.
Cognito was chosen as one of Complex Magazines 50 Greatest Music Photographers Right Now. Here's what they had to say about the "Culture Capture Champ:"
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Cognito goes by many names, as a result of his many artistic lanes, all of which are under the FROLAB umbrella. As Cognito, he's Mos Def's official concert photographer, but has also photographed artists like The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli. In 2010, Cognito had a groundbreaking show at HVW8 gallery in LA, showing the incredible moments he captured of Mos Def on and offstage during his Ecstatic tour. He's a true hip-hop documentarian and continues to amaze us with his breadth of work.
SALUTE TO COGNITO...WISH THE BIG HOMIE NOTHING BUT MORE EXPOSURE, MORE SUCCESS, AND MORE FROTOS.
|Sun, September 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
I am delighted to invite you to the PHOTOGRAPHER'S HUB, which will take place during the FASHIONIESTA ATL evening at Istanblue, 262 Pharr Road, Buckhead, Atlanta GA 30305, on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, from 8.00 p.m. - 2.30 a.m..
PHOTOGRA[HER'S HUB is an exclusive evening celebrating elite fashion photographers, and their work as well as yourself as our guest, as you form a large part of our photographer's subjects of fashion photography. Our VIP fashion photographers will be there to capture your images in style as you mingle with the creme de la creme of the fashion industry. The photographers will also bring along some of the top models that they work with and a DVD of their work, which will be displayed on our monitor screens during the course of the evening for you to enjoy.
This will be a great networking evening with top fashion photographers, fashion designers, models, stylists, MUAs, fashion bloggers, hairdressers, fashion press, fashion media, fashion lovers and of course those simply curious about fashion.
The event starts with Red Carpet Arrivals and a Celebrity Mixer with media coverage and interviews from 8.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Thereafter from 10.00 p.m. - 2.30 a.m. we will all simply dance the night away!
The evening will be hosted by London and music will be provided by House Music Defined. Arama Limos have sponsored our car of the week, exclusively for the PHOTOGRAPHER'S HUB. All guests have a choice to arrive in style in a Lincoln Stretch Limo or Mercedes Benz S550. Just telephone Arama Limos on Tel: 404 709 4995 and your own private exotic chauffeur will be on his way to whisk you away to the PHOTOGRAPHER'S HUB.
Attendance is strictly by exclusive invitation. RSVP: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
Mambwe (London) Janet Kamanga
Founder & Host: FASHIONIESTA ATL
POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread
Tel: +44 7411 433 232 (London, UK)
Tel: +1 404 431 9681 (Atlanta GA, USA)
|Sat, November 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
We are looking for a photographer (or someone with just basic photography skills, some lighting knowedge and has worked with SLR cameras) to help us take photographs of our products. There are only 2 different studio/lighting set ups which I can help set up (I know photography). We also have all the equipment needed (camera, tripod, lights). I can help assist in set up and make sure the quality is good; what I dont have is the time to take all the pics.
We are looking at shooting and tagging 575 photographs. 90% are rugs, 10% are other products.
Once the lighting is set up most of your time will go in swapping out one rug for another, then the next one,,,,, and so on. We can provide help is needed, we will estimate help at $12/hr.
Not sure how much time is will take, 2 days if you are lightning fast (300 shots/day or about 1 shot every 30 seconds); then maybe 1 day to name all the pics.
It may take up to 4 or 5 days if you are not so fast.
I am looking for someone in the range of $ 20 - 25 / hr
the job is located in zip code 30084, near Jimmy Carter and Lawrenceville Hwy.
We are looking for this to be done the week of Dec 5
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|Wed, October 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Are you an aspiring photographer? Are you looking to get your photographs published? Are you also a social butterfly? Do you enjoy going out to all the hottest bars, clubs, and lounges in Chicago? Do you know when the newest hotspots are opening and when others are yesterday's news? Are you eager to be part of a growing Internet brand?
If so, you may be the perfect candidate for our Nightlife Photographer position at Poggled. We are currently seeking qualified candidates to work with our dynamic team on a number of photo projects in Chicago.
This is a great opportunity to enhance your portfolio, gain real work experience, and add to your resume. Responsibilities include one or more of the following:
• Photographing bars, lounges, clubs, and events including: interiors, exteriors, surrounding areas, the crowds, 'the party', bartenders, wait staff, and more
Please note that the job requires working night time hours
• Photography or other Creative Major
• Professional photography experience a plus
• Need to own a quality camera: SLR or SLR Digital camera preferred
• Knowledge and/or ability to learn the social scene of a city
• Up-to-date with pop-culture, music, sports, and events
• Strong attention to detail
• Creative mind
• Editing/Photoshop skills
• Entrepreneurial spirit, proactive mentality, and tremendous work ethic
• Gregarious social nature
• No fear of taking photographs in any situation or setting
This position is aimed at students and entry-level photographers interested in building their portfolio, and working with an exciting Internet company.
Compensation: Starts at $17/hr and goes up based on experience
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|Thurs, October 08, 2009 at 1:54 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK - Irving Penn, whose photographs revealed a taste for stark simplicity whether he was shooting celebrity portraits, fashion, still life or remote places of the world, died Wednesday at his Manhattan home. He was 92.
The death was announced by his photo assistant, Roger Krueger.
"He never stopped working," said Peter MacGill, a longtime friend whose Pace-MacGill Galleries in Manhattan represented Penn's work. "He would go back to similar subjects and never see them the same way twice."
Penn, who constantly explored the photographic medium and its boundaries, typically preferred to isolate his subjects - from fashion models to Aborigine tribesmen - from their natural settings to photograph them in a studio against a stark background. He believed the studio could most closely capture their true natures.
Between 1964 and 1971, he completed seven such projects, his subjects ranging from New Guinea mud men to San Francisco hippies.
Penn also had a fascination with still life and produced a dramatic range of images that challenged the traditional idea of beauty, giving dignity to such subjects as cigarette butts, decaying fruit and discarded clothing. A 1977 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented prints of trash rescued from Manhattan streets and photographed, lovingly, against plain backgrounds.
"Photographing a cake can be art," he said at the 1953 opening of his studio, where he continued to produce commercial and gallery work into the 21st century.
Penn's most recent work was a series of still-life photos made of ceramics that he and his wife had collected in Europe. "They were as dynamic and as powerful as anything he had done in his 70-year career," MacGill said.
Thirteen of Penn's photographs are being auctioned Thursday at Christie's, including "Guedras in the Wind," a 1971 image of two Moroccan women, with an estimated pre-sale price of $40,000 to $60,000. A Penn photo, "Cuzco Children," sold for $529,000 last year, including an auction house premium of 20 percent.
Penn's career began in the 1940s as a fashion photographer for Vogue, and he continued to contribute to the magazine for decades thereafter.
He stumbled into the job almost by accident, when he abandoned his early ambition to become a painter and took a position as a designer in the magazine's art department in 1943. Staff photographers balked at his unorthodox layout ideas, and a supervisor asked him to photograph a cover design.
The resulting image, on the Oct. 1, 1943, cover of Vogue, was a striking still-life showing a brown leather bag, a beige scarf, gloves, oranges and lemons arranged in the shape of a pyramid.
In subsequent photographs for the magazine, Penn further developed his austere style that placed models and fashion accessories against clean backdrops. It was a radical departure at a time when most fashion photographers posed their subjects with props and in busy settings that tended to draw attention from the clothes themselves.
The approach made him a star at the magazine, where his work eventually appeared on as many as 300 pages annually. Penn believed his success depended on keeping the reader - rather than the model - in mind.
"Many photographers feel their client is the subject," he explained in a 1991 interview in The New York Times. "My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I'm trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. ... The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader."
He left the magazine in 1944 to join the military - serving with the American Field Service in Italy and then as a photographer in India - but returned to Vogue in 1946, taking travel assignments in addition to his fashion work.
Penn relished the chance to work in foreign locales, recalling in his 1974 book, "Worlds in a Small Room," that he had often daydreamed "of being mysteriously deposited (with my ideal north-light studio
|Sun, February 01, 2009 at 5:35 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
WASHINGTON - George Scurlock Jr. remembers his grandfather - always clad in a suit and tie - meticulously posing subjects and setting lights to ensure his photographs of Washington's black community reflected its dignity and ambition.
Addison Scurlock and then two of his sons, including George Scurlock's father, ran a successful studio from 1911 to 1994. During that time, they captured the growth of a vibrant black middle class that thrived culturally and economically despite segregation. Later, the sons pictured the civil rights movement and then the riots that damaged once-flourishing neighborhoods.
"There was a professional and operating culture within the black community that ... had bountiful resources and beauty associated with it that I just don't think white America has an awareness of," George Scurlock Jr. says.
The era they chronicled now appears in about 100 photographs and other items in the exhibit, "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise," that opened Friday at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
Curators say the Scurlocks' confident and sophisticated portrayal of upwardly mobile black people helped counter negative stereotypes.
"You have these images that are representing the beauty of black folks, the dignity of African Americans not just in contrast to racist imagery, but the way in which people want to see themselves," notes Paul Gardullo, museum curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which helped curate the exhibit.
Besides the Scurlocks, several other black studio photographers also documented their communities' middle and upper middle classes. Among them were James VanDerZee and James Latimer Allen in New York City; Daniel L. Freeman in Washington; Cornelius M. Battey and his student, P.H. Polk, in Tuskegee, Ala.; and Arthur P. Bedou in Louisiana.
Curators hope that showcasing the work of Addison Scurlock and his sons, Robert and the elder George, will help make the family studio more widely known.
"(Addison) Scurlock has never achieved the national presence in the history of photography that I think is deserved," Michelle Delaney, associate curator of photography at the American history museum, says.
After training with Moses P. Rice, a prominent white photographer, Scurlock opened his studio in a bustling black neighborhood in northwest Washington. His sons later joined, learning their father's signature style - the "Scurlock look," which used soft focus, retouching, overhead and strobe lighting and careful positioning of a subject's face and body to create flattering profiles.
Mamie Fearing Scurlock, Addison's wife, managed the studio's business and finances.
The exhibit shows the Scurlocks' many images of families, weddings, businesses, graduations and social groups through nearly a century. The famous also made up their clientele. Portraits of prominent black figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, and jazz great Duke Ellington line the exhibition's walls.
The photos speak of a black community that blossomed in the face of adversity. A panoramic shot shows dapper crowds near a carnival ride at Suburban Gardens Amusement Park, created in northeast Washington after black people were barred from Glen Echo Park in Maryland. (The Suburban Gardens park closed in 1940.)
The Scurlocks maintained close ties with Howard University, an integral institution of the black middle class. They served as official photographers for the historically black university for almost 90 years. Visitors can see photos of scientists, students studying or square-dancing, and dignitaries such as President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both of whom visited the school.
Addison Scurlock occasionally stepped outside studio portraiture, as seen in a photo of a mass baptism on the Potomac River, and even experimented with his style. But his work seldom covered unscripted moment