Camera Work: Growing As An Art Form

By: Sunday January 4, 2015 9:00 am

Growing As An Art Form. Photography has had a kind of second cousin relationship to the other visual arts (sometimes distant cousin!). There is no direct intervention by hand in the production. It’s almost entirely mechanical, with whatever intervention we do is an adjunct to the direct tracing of the subject by the lens.


Camera Work: The Gift of Light

By: Sunday December 21, 2014 9:00 am

“Photographers can function so long as there is light”, a quote I read years ago, probably Edward Weston, and it’s true.

Camera Work: Photography An Art Form?

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 9:00 am

The print is to the photographer what marble is to the sculptor. It is a medium where the highest form of expression is to be achieved, using the negative as the original source

Camera Work: The Camera Captures. The Artist Works

By: Sunday December 7, 2014 9:00 am

“..what was significant about a photograph was not what was in front of the camera but the manipulation of the image by the artist/photographer to achieve his or her subjective vision. “

Camera Work

By: Friday September 26, 2014 6:50 pm

I got my first camera back in, oh, about 1948. A Brownie Box. Roll film (127, for you connoisseurs.) I remember my first photo. It was a dog. Sitting on large stone sill next to a stone staircase. I liked it. My Dad didn’t. He was a photographer.

Oh well.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes John Anderson, In Search of a Revolution: Occupy Austin in Photographs and Text

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 1:59 pm

What makes the book stand out from other photographic Occupy chronicles is Anderson’s meticulous documenting of the undercover police infiltrators. An appendix in the back of the book points out each officer’s appearance in the book, and even includes the text messages they shared while undercover. In recent months, with less to photograph Anderson has made a second career out of using open records requests to investigate the inner workings of the police surveillance of nonviolent political protest.

FDL Movie Night: Bettie Page Reveals All

By: Monday November 18, 2013 4:59 pm

Bettie Page–whatta gal! The brunette bombshell was the the number one pin-up girl of the post-war era, who suddenly disappeared at the peak of her career in 1957, and became a cultural icon. This intimate film, Bettie Page Reveals All, narrated by Page from interviews before her death in 2008 and directed by tonight’s guest Mark Mori, details her childhood, her career, and her extraordinary life.

Hobet Mine Shutdown, a Photo Diary

By: Monday August 6, 2012 4:16 pm

I was invited to photograph the protest and shutdown of the Hobet Mine in Boone and Lincoln Counties in West Virginia last week. The organizers knew me from my participation in the Blair Mountain March last year. This is the biggest mountaintop removal mine in the US, I am told. I was not aware of the location selected until we got there.

Obama Decides Against Releasing Bin Laden Photos [Updated]

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 1:25 pm

I’ve gone back and forth on this. Given the existence of Photoshop in this day and age, it’s impossible to have such a thing as photographic evidence for at least some set of people. And I think the counterfactual is useful here. You’ll remember that George Bush released pretty grisly photos of Uday and Qusay Hussein, which were summarily splashed across front pages, and they definitely gave me a queasy feeling at the time. The word “trophy” came to my mind as well.

And yet, these are public records.

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