K5600 Soft Tube

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 10:27
K5600 shows us the Multi bug adapter.

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K5600 Multi Bug Adapter

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 10:23
K5600 shows us the Mutli Bug adapter.

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K5600 Focal Spot

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 10:13
K5600 show us the Focal Spot adapter for the Joker Bugs series of lights

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K5600 Cross Over adapter

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 09:53
K5600 shows us their Cross over adapter which allows Profoto light modifiers to be used on the K5600 Jooker bug lights.

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A great Studio space and studio share option in Manhattan

by JamesNYCFebruary 8. 2011 23:13
I had the opertunity today to work on a shoot at South Light Studio in NYC. today.
This is a really great studio in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, just a few blocks from Penn station.
Close to all of the major rental studios, and it has really GREAT South window light, and great customer service.
Really worth checking ok next time you need a rental studio.

AND this great space currently has the option as a studio share. See the details below.


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Annie Leibovitz Shooting Sean Connery for Louis Vuitton

by JamesNYCFebruary 8. 2011 21:32
I just thought this might be fun to post.
Mathies who assisted with me years ago with another...... Notebale photographer...
has been Annies 1st for sometime now.
And just as when he and I worked together on a shoot of the contestants of 'The apprentice' Mathies makes it a point yet again to stealthfully avoid being seen on camera.
But if you look real hard you can see half of his face and the back of his head.

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Lay Flat - A new way of seeing

by JamesNYCFebruary 7. 2011 11:24

We rarely promote other ventures but this new publication is worth mentioning.
Lay Flat http://www.layflat.org 

Lay Flat is an independent imprint that specializes in small-run and limited edition photography books!

'We work collaboratively with both emerging and established artists to create books that express a vision and exist as artful objects in themselves. In addition to artist books, we publish an annual magazine of contemporary photography and writing. Assembled by Lavalette along with an invited guest editor, each issue of the publication considers a new theme and format.'

Check out on the latest from Lay Flat on Face book  http://www.facebook.com/layflat


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“Fuck the mid-tones” - HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL

by JamesNYCFebruary 7. 2011 09:59

For 40 years, Gerhard Steidl has combined the roles of printer and publisher, resolved to personally check each sheet leaving his printing shop in Göttingen. This perfectionism, combined with an unconditional love for books, for the traditional printing craft, and a commitment to the quality standards of manufacturing (in the original sense of the word, made by hand), has gained worldwide attention. The most internationally renowned photographic artists vie for the opportunity to collaborate with Gerhard Steidl, to conceive and produce the perfect publication with him.

Filmed in the direct cinema style, HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL observes the publisher, as he collaborates with the world famous photographers Joel Sternfeld, Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Wall and Robert Adams, at their studios and other places of work, in New York, London and Paris, in the Katar desert, and, last but not least, in Göttingen. Here, in “Steidlville”, their works are printed on Steidl‘s own machines, in three shifts. In goes the idea, out comes the finished book. 

Gerhard Steidl’s independent empire is founded on several  sources of income – a significant portion of his publishing efforts being dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel (printing everything for the designers, from admission tickets to catalogues). Other staples are the German metal workers’ collective labor agreement and, for many years, each new book by Nobel laureate Günter Grass. This is where he earns the money that he, to use his words, “throws out the window” on ambitious photographic art projects.

HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL presents a man in constant movement, a  German entrepreneur who has made the whole world his home. His experience and artistic empathy, his untiring dedication and diligence have made him the most important publisher of photographic books of the last decade.

Found here: http://www.howtomakeabookwithsteidl.de/file/Home.html

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Dennis Hopper Polaroid Disappears From Gallery

by JamesNYCFebruary 6. 2011 13:17

A six-person artist collective in Highland Park called THIS Los Angeles is asking for the public's help in tracking down a piece of art that was reportedly stolen last night from the opening of a new exhibit called These Friends.


According to the THIS Los Angeles website, as the opening night crowds were leaving and cleanup was underway an unidentified person grabbed a piece of art from the wall -- a personal piece not for sale -- and ran out the front door of the gallery space.

The now-missing artwork is artist Jason Lee's one of a kind 8×10 Polaroid of the late Dennis Hopper. Lee has put up a $25,000 dollar reward to anyone who brings back the sentimental piece. Notes the THIS Los Angeles website, "The thief can come forward anonymously and charges won’t be pressed against him." The collective is asking anyone with information to call us 323-747-5301 or email this@thislosangeles.com.

read more here: http://laist.com/2011/02/05/missing_dennis_hopper_polaroid_disa.php


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Phase One releases Capture One 6.1

by JamesNYCJanuary 27. 2011 07:07

New features in Capture One 6.1

The new Capture One 6.1 release, which includes camera support of the powerfull new Phase One IQ series of digital backs, has been released.

Capture One 6.1 includes the following new features:
- Local contrast and brightness adjustments
- Pen pressure and eraser support
- Getty Images metadate and import

Capture One 6.1 offers support for the following new cameras and hardware:
- Phase One IQ189, IQ160 and IQ140
- Leaf Aptus II 12 tethered
- Canon G12
- Nikon D3100 and P7000
- Panasonic DMC-GF2*, DMC-GH2*, DMC-G2*, DMC-G2, DMC-G10, DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ45 (*preliminary)
- Pentax K-5 and K-r

 Download Capture One 6.1 here >>


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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