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Monthly Archives: June 2009 has a brief story up about the ability of images to become icons, citing famous images such as Eddie Adams’ Viet Cong execution image and John Filo’s Kent State shooting photo. The news hook is the video of an Iranian woman from the recent protests.

(Thanks to Stephanie Jackson for the link.)


This is excellent – an out of print LP of photographers talking, and Ted Barron has made a pair of them available as mp3 files. And they are good ones – WeeGee, the infamous crime photographer, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. (Thanks to The Online Photographer for the link.)

Love this image by Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune. Great light is everywhere … now I want to stalk downtown on a Friday.

It’s official – Kodak has announced it will no longer produce Kodachrome. After 74 years of production, the last batch is the last batch. (Sales had declined to where they were only making it once a year.)

Having grown up on Kodachrome 25 and 64, I’m pretty saddened by this. Though I’m part of its demise – I haven’t shot a roll in over a decade …

Also first seen on the New York Times‘ Lens blog … a marvelously simple and effective documentary piece on the conversion of the abandoned High Line railway into a park. The framing of the two interviews is bordering on exquisite and there are some artsy camera movements that work amazingly well to help the viewer get s sense of place and scale.

For those who think about online compression, around 2:30 into the piece is a massive pan – and the compression is just about killing it, wiping out most of the detail. The smaller movements work, but that big one – while it would look fine at full resolution – really suffers here.

Ed Kashi has produced a new book, “Three,” of triptychs that span his career. The three-image panels don’t always relate, story-wise, but do flow very nicely. The New York Times‘ Lens blog has a selection of them, along with Kashi narrating the ideas behind the packaging.

Far afield of what we tend to do in the photojournalism realm, but this mini-documentary shows how Alexx Henry used the Red One camera to shoot an entirely new form of movie poster.

My good friend Seth Siditsky at the Newark Star-Ledger sent along a link to his staff’s latest project – a look at a chain of kidney donors and recipients. It’s an amazing story, and one that works amazingly well in video. Spend the time watching it.

It took more than 57 years, but Rudy Mancuso is at last getting credit for his iconic 1951 image of the Giants winning the pennant. In a story for the Wall Street Journal, Joshua Prager talks about how the amateur photographer took the image, lost track of the negative and then had it returned shortly before his death.

Many of you know that Polaroid has shut down production of its instant films – the days of those white bordered prints are seriously numbered. But there is another, lesser known, Polaroid film that has been a mainstay of photographers for years – Type 55, a 4 inch by 5 inch instant negative film.

On the New York Times’s Lens blog, Fred Conrad talks about it and has an excellent collection of images made with the film.