I joined Frederick Van Johnson as a TWiP guest on his podcast, “This Week In Photo, episode #484” – along with portrait photographer Joseph Linaschke.
- DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in your hand
- Flickr remains relevant while Yahoo circles the drain
- Panasonic’s GH5 to arrive in 2017 with 4K video at 60 fps & 6K video
- Using clarity and flash to emphasize blemishes
At the end of the podcast I recommended two inspiring books
M Train by Patti Smith
Patti Smith is a writer, a performer, and visual artist. Winner of the National Book Award for Just Kids, M Train is a memoir discussing Smith’s photographic muses; the how, where and why of the photographs, as well as other captivating ruminations.
“Some months before our first wedding anniversary Fred told me that if I promised to give him a child he would first take me anywhere in in the world. Without hesitation I chose Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, a border town in northwest French Guiana, on the North Atlantic coast of South America….
A letter arrived. It was from the director of Casa Azul, home and resting place of Frida Kahlo, requesting I give a talk centering on the artist’s revolutionary life and work. In return I would be granted permission to photograph her belongings, the talismans of her life. Time to travel, to acquiesce to fate. For although I craved solitude, I decided I could not pass on an opportunity to speak in the same garden that I had longed to enter as a young girl. I would enter the house inhabited by Frida and Diego Rivera, and walk through rooms I had only seen in books. I would be back in Mexico.”
Hold Still by Sally Mann
Sally Mann is one of contemporary’s most renown photographers, having received NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Grants and her photography is held in major institutions internationally. In this memoir, Sally Mann includes both narrative and images. It is a page-turner!
“These are not my children at all,” she writes. “These are children in a photograph. They represent my children at a fraction of a second on one particular afternoon with infinite variables of light, expression, posture, muscle tension, mood, wind and shade.”
“…the kids were visually sophisticated, involved in setting the scene, in producing the desired effects for the images and in editing them. When I was putting together ‘Immediate Family,’ I gave each child the pictures of themselves and asked them to remove those they didn’t want published.”