Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Four February Photo Links

• 1: "Indulgd" recently showed 36 Realistically Colorized Historical Photos. The color images seem to make the past not seem that long ago.

Old Gold Country store, 1939

Washington D. C., 1921

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Mark Twain, circa 1900

• 2: Philip Gefter from The New York Times recently wrote an article called "With Cameras Optional, New Directions in Photography."

Here's a bit from the article:

The shift of focus from fact to fiction, and all the gradations in between, is perhaps the largest issue in the current soul-searching underway in photography circles. Questions swirl: Can the “captured” image (taken on the street — think of the documentary work of Henri Cartier-Bresson) maintain equal footing with the “constructed” image (made in the studio or on the computer, often with ideological intention)?

Museums, for their part, are debating whether photography should remain an autonomous medium or be incorporated into a mash-up of disciplines in contemporary art. And photography curators, too, are questioning the quality and validity of new practices, as the ever-morphing ubiquity of social media challenges the singularity of the photographic image.

“The biggest problem facing curators and historians of photography,” Mr. Bajac said, “is the overflow of images.”

• 3: There's a new product on the market for cleaning your dSLR sensor that claims it "is used professionally by many service centers, including Leica’s." I just ordered the "Sensor Gel Stick," and I'll report back when I try it:

• 4: Finally, for some fun, there's a website called Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh. It contains, well, you know...

The Butterfly Boy, New York 1949 by Jerome Liebling

Throwing Three Balls into the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) by John Baldesseri


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