We're helping out "Headphones for Haiti" - here's some of the press release.
Monster personal audio is partnering with the Enigma Performing Arts and Convention Center of Haiti (EPAC HAITI), for the "Headphones for Haiti" fundraising initiative that will benefit the people and culture of Haiti.
As part of the initiative, Monster is donating 100 pairs of its Inspiration headphones to be used as "blank canvases" that will be hand-painted by ten renowned Haitian Master Painters, including Frantz Zephirin, St. Jean Saint Juste, Richard Barbot, Mario Benjamin, Patricia Brintle, Joseph Eddy Pierre, Yael Talleyrand, Pascal Merisier aka "Pasko", Levoy exil, Harold Dessalines, Pascale Monnin, Philippe Dodard and Patrick Ganthier aka "Killy".
Each Master Painter was given ten headphones to transform into unique, personalized works of art. Ten of the completed hand-painted headphones will also have accompanying canvas paintings by the artists, which will be auctioned off at the celebratory launch event in New York City on June 25, 2014.
The additional hand-painted headphones will be auctioned on eBay
from June 23 to July 1, 2014. All money raised at both the New York silent auction and the online auction will be used to help fund construction of the new performing arts center EPAC HAITI. In addition to helping fund this ambitious construction enterprise, the goal of the "Headphones for Haiti" program is to generate positive awareness about the art, culture and people of Haiti as the Caribbean nation continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The "Headphones for Haiti" project is part of Monster Cares™, Monster's charitable division that was created to support local charities with education, music, sports and technology. They look fly - get bidding
's "Great Expectations" ran here in the blog
a couple of years ago. Through a series of vignettes, shown on two side-by-side films, Jana explores the societal and relationship roles through the icons of Barbie and Ken while creating a unique individual viewer experience: In order to display the series Jana built a replica Viewmaster stereoscope. This beast/beauty is now up for sale!
"Jana Cruder's 'VIEWMASTER' titled "All that Glitters is Gold" a piece that combines the artist's mild obsession with nostalgic nuances with her increasing curiosity of the moving image. Jana's golden VIEWMASTER is an exact replica of a 1956 Bakelite VIEWMASTER
. This sculpture stands 5' 4" and spans over 36'' wide. This hand built, carved and sanded piece is meticulous in its execution. The golden reflective automotive painted finish gives the piece a real 'plastic' feel."
Check out the stop-motion film
, and take a closer look at the Viewmaster below. If you're in the market, you can reach Jana via her website
Designer Toby Mott talks about laying De La Soul on the floor for the 3 Feet High and Rising album cover.
Photos of the band are by the ridiculously fabulous Steve Pyke
hosted the launch of designer Mott's limited edition print
of the album artwork at their space in London. The print is 20x20 inches in an edition of 60, for £480. Noice!
Hyper-local is the future. Hoxton Mini-Press
is a new publisher making books about East London. You can buy books individually, very reasonably priced at £12.95, or take out a subscription for future books.
"I've Lived in East London for 85 1/2 Years" is the first from the series 'East London Photo Stories' and features photographs by Martin Usborne
of Joseph Markovitch who "has left London only once to go to the seaside with his mother. He loves Nicolas Cage, has five sugars in his tea, would have married a six foot two Hispanic woman but in the end had bad chest catarrh and never had a girlfriend."
The first run is already sold out but a second printing is in the works for next month.
You can see Usborn's photos in '51 Faces of Hackney,' an exhibition on now through March 30th, at The Proud Archivist
, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1.
All images © Martin Usborne
This is what a free Getty-served embedded image looks like. I'm hoping this means at least any website that gives a shit about how it looks won't be inclined to go this route.
What I do think it means, and I have been saying this for years, is that if a publisher wants to differentiate themselves from the rabble they will HAVE to pay for content. But if the industry can't provide photographers with enough revenue, they won't be able to produce good content for future consumption by anyone.
Ahh, the web. Italian fashion/art project, teeshare
, found the lovely feature 'Act' from French photographer Denis Darzacq
, (whose work was originally introduced to me by the Curator for the Karsh estate), and dropped me a note to tell me about the line of limited edition T shirts they are producing with Denis. Edition is 20. €85,00.
"Teeshare isn't just an original t-shirt, 100% cotton made and handcrafted in Italy, ethically fashioned in artisanal workshops. It's also a means of expression. Which is why we decided to work with artists: so their artworks and their message can go around with the person wearing their teeshare tee."
Because you may as well produce your own, before a dodgy clothes company does it behind your back.
The Young Photographers Alliance
inspires and educates aspiring photographers with an impressive list of mentors, scholarships and programs. The YPA will hold its first annual benefit gala this year at New York's beautiful Morgan Library. Alongside cocktails and entertainment there will be an exhibition of some of the best works of YPA's scholarship recipients and mentoring participants of 2013. Click here
A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow © Marcin Ryczek. 1st Place winner in the Landscape/Seascape/Nature category
I was honoured to be invited to be a juror again for year two. This year I was in the company of photographer Hiroshi Watanabe; Director of Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, Didier Brousse; author, curator, and former Chair of the Department of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago, David Travis; Anne Biroleau, Curator of Photography, Bibliothèque Nationale de France; and Alexandre Percy, Director of ACTE2 Galerie, Paris. The competition was sponsored by the Paris-based DeGroot Foundation. The Grand Prix de la Découverte winners' prizes included a trip to Paris for the opening of the exhibition; each won cash, are exhibited at Paris Salon de la Photo, and have been accepted into the prestigious collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
. C'est magnifique!
"The first photographic encounter renowned New York street photographer Harvey Stein had with Harlem was when he documented the annual African American parade on Malcolm X Boulevard in 1990. Swept away by the spirit and humanity of the legendary neighborhood and its inhabitants, Stein continued to photograph Harlem for 23 years from 1990 to 2012. His close-up, evocative portraits of the people of Harlem are published for the first time in 'Harlem Street Portraits' (Schiffer Publishing
, October 2013). Accompanying the photographs are essays by African American activist, writer and teacher Herb Boyd, and writer and third generation New Yorker, Miss Rosen."
"No amount of words can deliver what one glance can, and chances are that one glance into Harvey's book and the engrossing images will lead to another. And if you look with enough love and introspection, I will not be surprised if you find something personal, something reminiscent of places you have been and people you would be glad to know." - Herb Boyd
Harvey will be signing copies on Wednesday, October 15th, 2013, at Rizzoli
There are Kickstarter campaigns that leave a person so disinterested, you have to wonder why the pleaders are wasting their time. Then there are brilliant, engaging people like young photography master Nick Brandreth
. Nick is the Historic Process Specialist at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
and he is setting out to photograph areas in New York State that will be irreparably changed by fracking. I'll let him make the pitch:
"Far too often, energy companies have been responsible for crippling the delicate balance of our natural world... drilling and mining in extremely sensitive ecosystems has been done with little care for the environment and the people inhabiting these areas. It's been argued that fracking will help bring financial stimulus into struggling areas of the country; however, recent history has demonstrated the short shortsightedness of this approach. The initial capital gain is a stark contrast to a painful crash that renders an area worse off than it was before. Economics and damage to the soil aside, fracking also affects well water and consequently animal and, ultimately, human life. With this project I hope to join the ranks of concerned citizens who are taking a stand to help protect our natural resources and the people of New York State.
"Over the next eight months I will create a body of work that will stand as a historical document of the landscape. All photographers create their work with the camera, but for this important work I will actually be making my own gelatin based photographic plates and final prints. For the past year I have been studying and perfecting my skills in dry plate making. Using natural gelatins, silver nitrate and bromides I will make my own emulsions, and coat glass plates negatives using dry plate technology popularized by the Eastman Dry Plate Company [know afterwards as Eastman Kodak Company] in the 1880s."
Chimney Bluffs © Nick Brandreth