Archive for September, 2010

Photokina wrap-up

The worlds biggest everything-involving-cameras festival wrapped up this weekend in Germany and now GWCs everywhere are taking out second mortgages to fund their shutterbug dreams. For a good brief on the whole shebang, check out PDN or CNet.

There was some showboating, pixel-pushing and of course, video bragging. Our favorite was the Ferarri Hasselblad (below). Hassy is also claiming to unleash a 200 megapixel extended multi-shot device that will be available in 2011 .

© 2010 CNet

There were unveilings by the big boys as well. Pentax rolled out its 40 megapixel 645D for sale in Europe and Panasonic is trying the HDSLR video route like so many others. Leica took a page from Hasselblad and made a titanium M9 designed by Volkswagen.

Finally the crowd was treated to a big screening of Chase Jarvis’ Nikon D7000-shot film. Leica did a nice little finale of Photokina for their website and features some of the aforementioned highlights plus a few good nuggets. Prost!

Leica Photokina Day7 our colleagues´point of view from leica camera on Vimeo.

Premiere of Detroit 187

ABC’s new cop drama Detroit 187 airs tonight at 10pm EST. The pilot was filmed here in Atlanta during the spring and relocated to Detroit once it was greenlit. So check out the first episode and take in the local flavor while you can. It is generating mostly positive reviews and stars Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos fame. Below is a view of the loading dock at City Hall East where they stored most of the show’s vehicles while filming in the Big A.

Ever since Conan released his Flickr page, we’ve been somewhat addicted to checking it frequently in hopes they will release more images from his photo shoot with Art Streiber. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. They seem to be content putting out just a little bit at a time, such as the above ad.

Of course, Conan owns his own hype machine and we’ll be seeing more and more promos as the opening of his new show grows near. Perhaps Art will show some of his O’Brien outtakes when he talks at SCAD in a few weeks. Until then, we return to clicking the Flickr refresh page.

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive…

Civil Rights photographer a FBI informant

Dr. Martin Luther King on a desegregated bus in Alabama © Ernest C. Withers

The New York Times has an article up detailing the career of the late Ernest Withers. Withers, who died in 2007, documented many events of the Civil Rights era, was revealed to be an FBI informant during that time. Withers is regarded as one of the best photographers who covered the Civil Rights movement and his work is held in many collections, including the High Museum of Art.

ACP starts to rev up with Seeff

Frank Zappa © Norman Seeff

Now in its 12th year, Atlanta Celebrates Photography is multi-genre tribute to all things involving a lens. The festival has a bevy of galleries, guest lectures, screenings and the occasional free drink. If you’re somehow not familiar with the festival, check out their website or grab one of the guides (sprinkled around town at coffee shops, galleries and photo spots) and see what’s coming up.

As for this week, there is a reception at Emory Visual Arts Gallery for Testaments of the Heart: Photographs from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Wednesday from 5-8pm. The following evening is dedicated to one of the first heavy hitters of the festival as Norman Seeff lectures at the High Museum of Art from 7-9pm. Both events are free and a great opportunity to see powerful ( and in Seeff’s case, trippy ) imagery.

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