Vintage Blade Runner Featurette

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2014 11:10

Blade Runner is one of my all time favorite films. Here is a documentary short on a trio of geniuses at work — director Ridley Scott, visual futurist Syd Mead and special photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull — during the production of the still-astonishing Blade Runner. It was released on 16mm intended to make the rounds of science-fiction conventions in 1982.

Blade Runner Feaurette (1982) from Jeremy Abbett on Vimeo.

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Collector Sues Chicago Gallery for Damaging 54 Vivian Maier Prints

by JamesNYCMay 13. 2014 14:02

The owners of a Wicker Park gallery are being sued as a result of a 2012 exhibit of works by the photographer.

A photo collector who bought part of the Vivian Maier photo collection when Maier’s storage locker was auctioned off in 2007 has sued a Chicago gallery: Corbett vs. Dempsey, for damaging 54 images during a 2012 exhibition of the work; according to a report today in the Chicago Reader.

Vivian Maier who was unknown as a photographer when she died in 2009 has since been promoted to stardom by the PR machine of collectors John Maloof and Jeffrey Goldstein. They bought the vast majority of Maier’s negatives and prints at the 2007 auction and are not involved in the claim against Corbett vs. Dempsey.

The collector suing the gallery is Ron Slattery, who bought several thousand of Maier’s negatives and several thousand prints when her storage locker was auctioned. According to the Chicago Reader report, Slattery provided 56 of the prints to Corbett vs. Dempsey for an exhibition and sale that ran from June through December, 2012. Two of the prints sold but Slattery claims that the gallery returned the other 54 prints in damaged condition. He alleges that the gallery used too much hinge glue to mount the photographs and it soaked through the print paper “severely distorting the images.” Slattery’s claim also that the damage was “exacerbated” by exposure of the prints to “excessive heat,” and he alleges the gallery tried to cover up the damage, according to the Chicago Reader report.

The gallery says it admitted the damage to Slattery upon return of the images and claims to have made “multiple” offers to settle the claim for $8,700–the cost of repairs estimated by a restorer consulted by the gallery.

Slattery is seeking $200,000 in actual damages to the photographs, plus $2 million in punitive damages.

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The Making of the Pirelli 2012 Calendar - Mario Sorrenti

by JamesNYCMay 12. 2014 13:55

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“Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch reveals where his ideas come from

by JamesNYCMay 8. 2014 14:53

Ever wonder where the man behind the movie “Blue Velvet” and other artistic endeavors gets his ideas? Last week in a talk with Paul Holdengräber at Brooklyn Academy of Music, David Lynch gave us a glimpse into his extraordinary and brilliant mind.

Asked about where his ideas come from, Lynch explained,”It comes like on a TV in your mind.” Lynch also called ideas “beautiful gifts.” A portion of the hour-long talk can be viewed below:

It's always great to hear how others creative get there ideas; as opposed to those that steal and "Re-purpose" the works of others from the past.

According to Brooklyn Magazine, Lynch expounded on other topics. In terms of music Lynch loves Kanye West, specifically “Yeezus,” which he said was “one of the most modern pieces and so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful.” He also loves Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young.

He also thinks everybody is a voyeur, saying, “Looking into windows is something so fantastic. It’s like cinema, and a glimpse into another world, other lives. So beautiful.” David Lynch was also an Eagle Scout, who volunteered at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration where he saw “four consecutive presidents just gliding by me.” An in-depth reading can be found here.

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Photography Against A White Background - Patent granted to Amazon "WTF"

by JamesNYCMay 6. 2014 12:09

In yet another act of insanity and a further display of the US Patent and Trademark Office level of ignorance and complete incompetence on display during the past 10 years, the USPTO has granted Amazon a Patent for: "Photography Against A White Background".

Polaroid | PHOTO ASSISTANT against white background 1989

Now how anyone in any office would not be able to pick up any magazine produced in the last 100 years and not find "Prior Art" that would be an example of this type of photographic lighting setup is simply astounding.

Creating images of people or products against a clean white background is probably the most common studio photography techniques in use and a basic  skill for any studio photographer using studio strobes or continuous lighting. But that has not stopped the US Patent and Trademark Office from granting Amazon one of the most bizarre and needless patents I've heard of in a long time. A studio lighting setup that allows photographers to "achieve a desired effect of a substantially seamless background." Yes, Amazon now holds a patent for taking photos with a clean white backdrop.

Which is rather astounding because I've been doing this with studio strobes and or tungsten lights sources since 1989. And still others have been doing this since the 40's as far as I can tell based upon my 4 minutes of Google research.

The details of the patent itself are slightly more focused, calling out specific lighting placement and even the placement of a 21-inch raised platform nine feet from the backdrop for the subject to stand on. The patent's diagrams show very specific numbers and placements of the light sources, but those details aren't the point. Enforcing such a patent would appear to be nearly impossible, considering the nature of such photos with a pure white background, there's no way to know if the photographer is following the specific setup that Amazon patented.

Regardless of enforceability, the idea of patenting a fundamental and basic photography setup is hard to fathom, particularly when you consider that Amazon filed for the patent in November of 2011. If the USPTO had asked around a little, it probably could have found dozens of photographers who have used nearly identical setups for years particularly given that the ability to manipulate a background from pure white all the way down to black is something every photographer masters when learning how to use strobes.

View the Patent here

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Rihanna behind the scenes for Vogue Brazil

by JamesNYCApril 30. 2014 22:46

Behind the scenes video of Rihanna's shooting for "Vogue Brazil" in January 2014.

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Leica Launchs the New Leica T-System

by JamesNYCApril 24. 2014 01:44

Los Angeles, California - April 24th, 2014 -- Leica Camera continues to celebrate its journey into the future with the launch of the radically new yet brilliantly familiar Leica T-System. The Leica-T was designed with dynamic simplicity in collaboration with AUDI Design and it is the fourth system ever to be released from Leica. The Leica T-System features Wi-Fi, a rebuilt graphical user interface (GUI), Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®.

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Interview with Paolo Roversi: "My life is full of pictures I didn’t take"

by JamesNYCApril 18. 2014 03:11

Paolo Roversi is one of the most important and influential photographers of the last 20 years, and a name that appears on most peoples top 10 favorite photographers lists.

Here is an interview he did recently.

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Official Calumet Liquidation sale

by JamesNYCApril 14. 2014 01:57

STORE CLOSING SALE Near You!—Everything on Sale—Everything Must Go!

This email should be hitting your inbox right about now. Gotta wonder how much of the sales revenue will actually go to the venders they owe VS. the lawyers.

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Sigma Announces Pricing for 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens

by JamesNYCApril 11. 2014 13:17

Sigma announced its 50mm F1.4 DG HSM "art" lens at CES in January but it wasn't until today that the official pricing was revealed. The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM goes on sale this month for $949.

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 will come in Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Canon mounts. For more details on this lens check out the press release below.

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

 
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