Takedown!

I received a copyright-infringement takedown notice from a lawyer from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to pull these three Robert Frank videos.

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When I posted the videos a year ago, I made a point to credit the Museum so that interested parties could follow-up with them (and perhaps even purchase copies: only $29.95!). If I had not credited the Museum, they would never have found the videos (unless their administrators constantly search youtube for Robert Frank videos).

It may not have been “right” for me to post the videos in the first place, but I’d think a Museum would understand the educational value of having 20,000 people (worldwide) look at their (credited!) 20-year old video production about a legendary artist.

Jacob Holdt NYPH09 Audio & Video

Big thanks to Jonathan Saunders for sending over this mp3 of Jacob Holdt’s talk yesterday at the New York Photo Festival. I haven’t listened to the entire talk, but the quality is pretty good. Thanks, interweb!

(Know that it can be tough to listen, without the visuals, and there’s intermittent cell-phone interference.)

[direct mp3 download]

Updated with another fine hetherington product. Thanks!

Jacob Holdt Live_NYPH’09 from andrew hetherington on Vimeo.

Ying Tang, Shanghai Streets

Ying Tang is the only female Chinese street photographer I’m aware of, and here’s a quick program from Chinese TV about her work. Ying can be found here and over on the flickr, if you’re into that kind of thing.

If any of you have seen interviews (like this, in other languages, no subtitles needed) with street photographers working around the globe, I’d be pleased to post them; let me know. The goal: to keep the view “wide open”.

Happy New Year to you all. Not sure where 2point8 will be heading in ’09, but I’m looking forward to finding out!

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Eggleston’s “Stranded in Canton” on Youtube

If you’re not in NYC and can’t make it to the Whitney, Eggleston’s “Stranded in Canton” is on youtube. It’s also available via Twin Palms’ edition, with a book.

When I saw it screened a few years ago, it was without voiceover, as a recall. The sequence of the edit seems different, too. Google around, the story behind the film is worthwhile. And for stills taken around the same time, definitely check out Eggleston’s “5×7” also from Twin Palms [review here].

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And if you like to hang-on to things that quickly disappear, this tool works well.

Thanks, Steve

John Chiara’s Street Photography

The camera can’t go anywhere his truck can’t, and trucks drive on streets. This is all kinds of complicated awesomeness. Thank you again, SPARK! for having the foresight to turn your great programming into a podcast. From May, 2006.

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More here, and here. I caught this link off someone’s twitterstream. Forgot who!

Robert Frank Video Portrait + “Paris”

Here’s a documentary about Robert Frank from 1986, in three parts. Enjoy! (Especially if you’ve never seen Elliot Erwitt relaxing in a pair of lederhosen.)

Part I:
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Part II:
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Part III:
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In other news, Steidl has another beautiful new book of Frank’s called “Paris“, featuring street work made there in 1951.

The book’s printing looks as good as The Americans, but the sequencing isn’t up to that standard. Naturally, I guess, but it’s always a bit of a shock to see how far from that pinnacle some of Frank’s work landed. Which doesn’t mean Paris is a wash, it’s just what it is – a perfectly printed look at a photographer-in-development. Historically interesting, indeed, but at the frame-by-frame level, there’s nothing that really bowls me over, mostly because some of the visual ideas introduced here by Frank have been repeated to death by other photographers, which isn’t Frank’s fault. (Example: photograph of people standing on top of their automobiles.).

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What the photographs may lack in terms a book-length statement, they make-up for in their presentation, often spreading over the bleed, and cropped in ways that accentuate their content. The cover’s choice, at the least!

More Robert Frank on 2point8.

NYPH08 Wrap-up on Foto8 and Bruce Gilden Video

I’m back home and foto8 has published my wrap-up of the weekend. I prefer Olivier’s.

On Friday, Jörg, Robert, Andrew and I were talking over pints about criticism. My feeling is that the best thing about these ‘blogs about photography’ is their ability to promote, of course, but it’s also their greatest weakness. All that backscratching can quickly tilt from importance to irrelevance. In other words, congratulatory echo-chambers are easily dismissed, and I hope some of us can rise above, to keep creating original content that matters. It’s good to see both Jörg and Robert facing this direction, in their recaps.

Great to meet all of you, and cheers again to those who could make it to Tom & Jerry’s on Saturday night. Hearing the birds chirp at 6am on the way uptown was a perfect closure…

If you’re looking for a recap of the train-wreck that was Charlie LeDuff interviewing Robert Frank, WNYC has it over here. It’s sufficiently cringeworthy, even without LeDuff’s physical antics. In my foto8 piece, I link to LeDuff’s “interview” of Marilyn Conyers , in which he asks her, “If you were a nut, what kind of nut would you be?” It’s curious that the organizers of the Lincoln Center event felt LeDuff was a good match for the evening. Update: Frank chose LeDuff to interview him.

Here’s the WNYC audio:

In other news, Cary points me to this other WNYC project, which is a NYC street photography competition called “Street Shots Challenge“, which includes this wonderful Bruce Gilden video.

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Bruce Davidson Interview for ACP

My skills as an interviewer may not be improving (apparently I ask everyone the exact same questions), nevertheless, here’s an audio interview with Bruce Davidson I conducted this weekend for Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

You may want to turn down your speakers, the audio’s a bit loud. Download the mp3, or press the pink play button below.

There’s a video of Mr. Davidson’s artist’s talk on ACP Now!, as well.

Genius of Photography & Rephotographing

It’s tough not to get excited about a television show that begins like this:

“This is Meudon, a quiet Paris suburb, apart from the rumble of the occasional high speed train. In 1928, at roughly the mid-point between the invention of photography and our own digital age, Andre Kertesz, one of the great photographers of the 20th century, came here, and took some pictures. The photographs he took that day are as unremarkable as Meudon itself. But something about the place must have caught his eye, because a few days later, he came back, and turned the ordinary into something extraordinary.”

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For those of you who don’t live in the UK, a 2point8 tipster points us to the torrents. Thank you, BBC4. (Wish I lived in a country where the government subsidized programs like this.)

It’d be interesting to do a comprehensive post about projects & books that address rephotographing. I’m not sure about the artistic merits of it all (it ain’t original!), but I get a real kick out of looking at the details of how things change — like with these Shore echoes from El Paso, last year:

Alec Soth in Atlanta

Last week, in a surprising convergence of personal and professional (and with the help of a nimble crew from SCAD) I was able to ask Alec Soth a few questions about his work on camera, before his lecture for ACP at the High Museum.

Over a year ago, Alec was kind enough to field a few for 2point8, and it was fun to hit a few more grounders his way. Interviewing via email or phone is one thing, on camera is another beast, entirely. At least Alec’s a pro!

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Alec’s lecture, which covered his early paintings, his three books, and even some recent work commissioned by the High Museum, was extremely popular, and apparently sixty people were turned away at the door, due to fire restrictions. (There’s a worthwhile write-up on mlarson.org.) I’m in the process of building a blog for ACP where we’ll feature future collaborations with the SCAD crew, and possibly even some audio from Alec’s lecture, for those of you who missed it. Please stay tuned.

Kudos again to photoawesome.com, who came through with an HD camera and a tripod (not to mention production values!) on the day my tripod gave-up the ghost.

Toronto Star Uses Street Photography to Report on a Trial

After my foray into using a still camera to create a multimedia presentation and tell a very specific story, my eyes (and ears!) are keen for other great examples. The New York Times is all over this (more on this later), as is the Washington Post, MediaStorm, and to a lesser extent, Magnum in Motion, which has great content, but is a little slow on the updates.

Cary sent over this interesting example from the Toronto Star. It’s a combination of black-and-white street photography from Lucas Oleniuk, moody music, a voiceover, and pictures of key players in the trial of Conrad Black in Chicago. It’s professional, tells the story, and delivers it in a way that engages both eye and mind.

If there was a channel on television that played content like this (or like any of these other photostory outlets), I’d probably turn on the TV every once in awhile. If I were in the broadcast side of the content creation business, I’d create a start-up that develops, sources, and sells this kind of programming, both online and off. Actually, I think that’s exactly what Mediastorm is trying to do.


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In other news, I appreciate all the emails about 2point8 version 2.8. I’m still plotting and organizing and considering options. This site, as we know it, will definitely be morphing into something new – I’m just not sure when that’s going to happen. And if you got in touch and haven’t heard from me yet, you will, soon. Thanks, friends.

David Hockney on the Camera’s Failings

My ears perked-up when I saw this clip from Robert Hughes’ “The New Shock of the New” in which he visits David Hockney in his studio. Hughes is predictably grumpy about the state of modern art, and justifiably so, I’d say, but he finds four artists who are fighting the good fight and one of them’s Hockney.

Hockney talks about what the camera can’t capture, which reminded me of my other online project: unphotographable.

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Jeff Mermelstein Video from Media Matters

Apparently the site I squawked about here is down and the site owner isn’t interested in fixing links, so here’s the original (non-Real Audio’d) Jeff Mermelstein video from a few years ago cut-up into three parts.

It’s a worthwhile watch, and the quality’s good, to boot! Thanks for passing this to me, innernets.

Part 1a
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Part 1b
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Part 2
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Mermelstein Video on MediaMatters

NYC 2007 (by URBAN PHOTOS) Todd Deutsch first blogged this nearly a year ago, and I just found out about it today. A great video interview from January, 2003 with Jeff Mermelstein about his photography, in particular, a discussion of his photos from 9/11.

Be a pal and record the stream (if you have those tech skills) and put it up on gootube, so we can all watch it without restrictive “Real” plug-ins, eh?

Photo of Mermelstein by Matt Weber.

Tate Modern – Eva Koch Video

Tate Modern currently has an exhibit called “Global Cities” which looks at density, pollution, and quality of life in Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. There are sculptures and the requisite Gursky(s), but I appreciated Kendall Geers “Suburbia” pics that catalog security devices outside suburban homes in Johannesburg, and Dean Sameshina’s “street” work from Los Angeles.

Most relevant to 2point8 and this “video street photography” idea, was an eleven minute video from Eva Koch called “NoMad” that documents worshippers crossing to and from church along a sea wall in India.

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Eva Koch, from “NoMad”