Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product based on 2011 data, the most recent figures available. GDP measures the nation’s production of goods and services.
The first commercially available color photographic process, Autochrome, was introduced in the United States in 1907. Alfred Stieglitz and George Seeley soon began experimenting with it, but it was not until the nineteen-fifties that color photography began to come into its own as an artistic medium, in the work of Ernst Haas, Helen Levitt, and others. This was the generation of the photographer Saul Leiter, the Pittsburgh-born son of a Talmudic scholar, who photographed the streets of New York City for six decades and died this week at the age of eighty-nine.
Leiter was perhaps the most interesting of the fifties color photographers in his use of form. His bold chromaticism, off-center composition, and frequent use of vertical framing attracted attention—the work reminded people of Japanese painting and Abstract Expressionism—and he was included in “Always the Young Strangers,” an exhibition curated by Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953. But Leiter didn’t court fame, and though he continued to work, his photographs almost vanished from public view. Then they came back to light in 2006, with “Saul Leiter: Early Color,” a monograph published by Steidl. The book brought him belated recognition, gallery representation, a stream of publications, and a new generation of fans.
There is also an obituary this week at the Times: nytimes.com
Some samples of his work can be seen here: flopetersgallery.com
But it’s the New Yorker’s piece you really want to read.
Thank you, Mr. Leiter.
Do hit the link and look at the selection of photography that makes a difference.
Photo: A nurse and her patient inside a Muslim Brotherhood operated hospital in the Shobra district of Cairo, Egypt. January 2012. Photo: Moises Saman/MAGNUM
Photojournalism informs humans on one side of the world about the fates of those on the other. Commerce, the Internet and climate change are all ways in which — for better or for worse — we are connected. As citizens of the same global village we need to know how our neighbors are doing. In the face of a photo news industry in flux, let’s be thankful for photographers’ passion for truthful visual reporting that remains undiminished.
Moises Saman is only one shooter of thousands holding a mirror to our uncertain world, but his interview with us sticks with us to this day.
The 2D or Not 2D series isn’t the first time Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov has dabbled in painting his models faces and taking striking portraits of the results. His Weird Beauty series got quite popular, with black and white designs jumping out at you from the faces of his made-up models.
2D or Not 2D, however, is different — and not just because he used color this time. It’s different because the point of each photo is to trick your mind into thinking you’re looking at a two-dimensional painting.
If the idea sounds familiar, that’s because Alexa Meade does something similar using entire scenes. Khokhlov’s series is different though, because it intentionally straddles the line between painting and reality, playing tricks on your mind, whereas Meade intends to fully convince you you’re looking at a painting and not a photograph.
Heidelberg Project spokeswoman Katie Hearn said the structure was next to the charred remains of the House of Soul, a building covered with vinyl LPs which was destroyed by fire Nov. 12. She said it wasn’t part of the seven original anchor structures but is part of the art installation.
Four of the seven original anchor structures are still standing. The last fire a week ago destroyed the Penny House. Deemed arson, the blaze led the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI to join the investigation. A fire destroyed the Obstruction of Justice house, known as the OJ House, Oct. 5, according to the group.
Artist Tyree Guyton created the Heidelberg Project in 1986, slowly decorating abandoned homes with colorful designs and found objects.
Did you know that scientifically there are three different types of tears? I didn’t. I find that fascinating. Now if only someone could convince Ms. Fisher to photograph bitter wingnut tears—I’d pay good money for a poster of that. LOL
Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher captures tears of grief, joy, laughter and irritation in extreme detail. Above: Tears of timeless reunion, photo © Rose-Lynn Fisher, courtesy of the artist and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
In 2010, photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher published a book of remarkable images that captured the honeybee in an entirely new light. By using powerful scanning electron microscopes, she magnified a bee’s microscopic structures by hundreds or even thousands of times in size, revealing startling, abstract forms that are far too small to see with the naked eye.
Now, as part of a new project called “Topography of Tears,” she’s using microscopes to give us an unexpected view of another familiar subject: dried human tears. […]
A cat wearing headphones to listen a radio, 1926
I think this makes two points. The obvious-photography matters to our perspective and how we learn about events and news.
Next-What would be at least as bad is if only “official” or images pre approved by those involved were available? Kind of like our own White House. Official images only, With two exceptions in the entire current presidency for AP.
There are 3 very bad directions for news images to go-Strictly amateur, strictly official and as a subset of official and infamously in the past in the Middle East—fauxtography. Good unhindered pros get you perspective. Others Not So Much.
French newspaper Libération is about to score huge brownie points with photographers the world over. At a time when newspaper photography jobs are disappearing and some newspapers are replacing professional photojournalists with iPhone toting writers, Libération is removed all photos from one of its issue as a show of support for photographers.
According to BJP, the photo-less issue was released yesterday, and it wasn’t just a paper full of text. The frames where photos should have been were left in so as to emphasize how much photography adds to and helps to tell a story.
I’m on the fence about these photos — they are all fantastic, but at the same time they smack of virtual graffiti. As a landscape purist, when I take a landscape I want the scene to be what the photo is about, while these photos place the artist in the scene like a narcissistic virtual scrawl of “X was here”.
On the other hand aren’t they really just an extreme extension of the photos every tourist takes to mark the spots they’ve been, and thus artful modern commentary? Like I said, I’m on the fence — what do you think?
They call themselves “place hackers”—urban adventurers who get a thrill (and bragging rights) from exploring forbidden spaces: old military bases, sewer systems, decommissioned hospitals, power stations—even the odd skyscraper under construction. Just like backpackers, they have an ethical code: no vandalism or theft, take only photographs, leave only footprints. “The idea behind urban exploration is revealing what’s hidden,” explains Bradley Garrett, author of the recent book Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City. “It’s about going into places that are essentially off limits and, because they are off limits, have been relatively forgotten.” The goal is not just to explore, he adds, but to document and share as well. To wit: Check out these 12 amazing photos from Garrett’s book.
Click out to Mother Jones for the full, stunning gallery: These Beautiful ‘Place-Hacking’ Photos Will Give You an Adrenaline Rush
After posting a bit about this gold along the way, I should share the finished product. I hope you find it interesting. We have a blend of history, shop talk and live footage of the hot metal in play.
Chapter 1 of our documentary of how purple gold can be made into jewelry. The first new color since white gold, This chapter features background and an interview with an expert on jewelry history.
In which we actually cast the Purple Gold, divulge the exact method and formula. Really close up footage of the process.
Full length “Directors Cut”