Picture Perfect: Chloe Dewe Mathews

Came across this video online and thought I would give it a share. I love looks into the creative process and mindset of other creatives walking the streets of the world and this film is a good example of such story. Her projects are intriguing, her work is intriguing and the filmmakers do a nice job putting it all together. Hope you enjoy.

Picture Perfect: Chloe Dewe Mathews from Incase on Vimeo.

Rafal Milach: In the Car with R

One of the best things about my job is I get to see a lot of work. Not only do I get to see actually photography, up close and in person, but I also get to see a lot of photography and art books. In fact, sometimes I feel like I see too much and find myself longing for padded rooms and isolation. Normally those times pass quickly and I’m right back in the mix. Sometimes I see a book, or body of work, that for whatever reason I respond to at a deep level. One such body of work is “In the Car With R” by Rafal Milach.

IN THE CAR WITH R from x on Vimeo.

Rafal is someone I’ve written about in the past, but I wanted to try and showcase another of his projects. His work is very different from my own, which is probably one of the reasons I love it so much. It’s more considered than my own, more structured and controlled, but we both are after a documentary style image.

For me, where this project really comes alive is in the book. I enjoy seeing the film and the ability to hear and see not just the images but the location itself, but the book is where my mind returns. I see a lot of photography books with good imagery, and I see others with very solid design, but occasionally you get lucky and find one that is a perfect blend of all the ingredients. I feel this book is a great example. Subtle, quiet yet by the end of the book you feel a real power. It is also a reminder that I have a lot to learn when it comes to design and the realities of blending multiple formats and ideas into one, well-executed, printed motion.

Todd Hido

In short, Todd is great and you should watch this. When it comes to moody imagery Hido is one of the first photographers I think of. He is also one of the most copied, or attempted to be copied, photographers I’ve ever seen. I have such admiration for anyone who can produce immediately recognizable imagery, and when I see his work I know it’s his within seconds of seeing that first image. I was recently at a group show that was leaving me…how should I say…less than enthusiastic about myself, photography, life in general and the even the lousy parking situation I had to endure to even get in the show, when suddenly I looked across the room and noticed two of Todd’s images. I just went “Ahhhhhhhhhh.” And it’s not like Todd shoots warm, fuzzy imagery, but what he does shoot has meaning and FEEL, and that was what I needed at that precise moment.

Todd Hido from Pier 24 Photography on Vimeo.

In addition to his photographic talent, the guys knows books, and sequencing, and editing and publications in general, and when I say this I don’t mean just HIS books I mean he has a working knowledge of the entire history of illustrated books. So when you see a book of Todd’s you know that it looks and feels the way it does based on a variety of factors, history and knowledge. Take some time and watch this film, look him up online and learn a little something.

The Magnificent One

If you don’t know who Philip Jones Griffiths is then now is the time to be enlightened. We lost him fairly recently, but thanks to people like Donna Ferrato we have something unique to remember him by. In short, PJG was a Welsh photographer known for his coverage of things like the Vietnam War. His views and experience in Vietnam were brilliantly captured in “Vietnam, Inc.” which was widely viewed as a publication that changed public opinion about the war.

The Magnificent One: Philip Jones Griffiths from donna ferrato on Vimeo.

I think the best way to describe him and his legacy is in this quote from his friend fellow photographer Henri Cartier Bresson.

“Not since Goya has anyone portrayed war like Philip Jones Griffiths.”

This film was created shortly before his death and is both incredibly personal and incredibly informative about the mind of the man who brought us this lasting photographic evidence. On a personal note, I met PJG during a political convention in downtown San Diego in the late 1990’s. I was walking alone along the fringes of the chaos, looked up and there he was. I introduced myself, explained what my goals were and he graciously gave me advice as if we had been friends forever. He stood, glasses on the end of his nose, towering above me with his arms crossed behind his back, and I instantly felt a respect of not only the human but the preciousness of what he was offering me. In my experience with photographers this is a somewhat rare occurrence. I’ve certainly never forgotten it, and I’ve also never forgotten the first time I opened “Vietnam, Inc.” and first glimpsed the legacy he left for all of us.

Rethinking the Traditional Photobook Webinar with Photoshelter

A few weeks ago, right before I embarked on my crazy three-week Blurb trip across Canada and the United States, I was contacted by Photoshelter in regard to doing a webinar. I’ve been a Photoshelter user for many years, so it felt right and I believe in what the platform can do. I’m a total underachiever when it comes to Photoshelter because I’m muddling in my own soup and really don’t use the platform to the fullest. I love anything that empowers photographers to do more. This is also why I love Blurb, so when it came to figuring out what the webinar would be it was fairly easy to come to this conclusion; it’s time to rethink the photobook.

Many people assume because I work for Blurb that I am pro print-on-demand and anti anything else, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Several weeks ago I co-taught a workshop with a powerhouse of creativity, Lauren Henkin, who is a handmade bookmaker. I RAN from the workshop salivating in regard to making my own handmade pieces.(If I ever get time.) And I also love traditional publishing methods, methods which provide the world with truly magnificent publications. I believe that as photographers our job is to create, and then ultimately utilize anything which helps us further the work.

I see a tremendous amount of conformity in our industry, which continues to puzzle me, at least to some degree. I get that times are tough and people are needing to get by, but I think the best work being done is being done by people who are breaking with tradition and acting off of pure creative instinct. You can compare alternative processes to what we have had in the past but I think in doing so you are comparing very different processes which were never designed to replace one another but rather to compliment one another. This, in essence, was the design behind this webinar.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so perhaps we were on the right track here and perhaps at some point there will be a follow up event. Have a look, have a listen and hopefully you find this helpful.

Rethinking the Traditional Photo Book with Dan Milnor and PhotoShelter from PhotoShelter.com on Vimeo.