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  • Mike Graham,

    Thanks for the info re World Press Photo exhibition. Is this the first time it has got to Auckland?

    I've managed to see a couple of the previous ones in other cities while travelling and can recommend them to anyone who likes amazing photography combined with poignant reminders of the recent past.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Ah, well, funny you should say that... I was banging on just last night about the Web as the new home of high end photography with reference to the truly exceptional blog Poemas del río Wang.

    Here's the current offering on the choking of Moscow, Stalker.

    Here are Tarkovsky's Polaroids.

    And here are Aleksandr Petrosyan's photographs from Petrograd.

    Some of the best images you'll ever see. Or your money back, as they say.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Damn, this would be one I'd really love to come along to, but I have to coach football every Wednesday night. Oh well, look forward to seeing it tomorrow.

    Those photos are amazing Gio. Some people are adverse to Tonemapping and HDR type rendering, or excessive Photoshopping, but I think it can make something quite special.

    Tempted to link to an image or two, but will leave it to the experts, as mine are definitely amateur in comparison to the ones above.

    Speaking of 'poignant reminders of the past', was this link posted here before, or was it Twitter?
    The Ghosts of World War II's Past (20 photos)

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Here are Tarkovsky's Polaroids.

    Yes, I saw those a while ago. Wonderful. And, as always: dogs and water.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    A Twitter contact pointed me at this stunning collection of colour photos from American daily life in the 1940s.

    I love these collections that some media organisations such as Denver Post and Boston Globe are putting out there.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Dylan Mordaunt,

    Not sure whether this is relevant, but these recent examples of photo-bending in the international media might be of interest:

    BP

    Golf


    I've found it interesting that despite the abundance of digital cameras and digital photo-sharing resources, and unlike candid home-videos of certain events (e.g. 9/11) very few amateur photos seem to make it to the news media.


    Another collection of photos which is pretty impressive is the Life Magazine archive- http://images.google.com/hosted/life. There are quite a few NZ ones obscured from search by mispellings such as 'New Zeland'. I think this one might be Takapuna Beach?


    I don't have an iOS device, but I've been enjoying the herald's travel photos recently- this one on the weekend is a nice example ... I've always thought stuff.co.nz's travel articles would be some much more enjoyable with more than their miserly inclusions- e.g.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2007 • 22 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Takapuna Beach?

    Mission Bay?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    The Ghosts of World War II's Past (20 photos)

    I like that one. A lot.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    exciting photonictopics...

    I like that one. A lot.

    see, now there's a conversation starter...

    heading back to Southerly now...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Takapuna Beach?

    Mission Bay?

    I'd say Pt Chev Beach. That's the Waitakeres in the background and there's a boat club at Pt Chev. Also, lots of shells.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    A Twitter contact pointed me at this stunning collection of colour photos from American daily life in the 1940s.

    I love these collections that some media organisations such as Denver Post and Boston Globe are putting out there.

    That was incredible. Photos from the 40s in colour always give me a chill, because I'm so used to seeing black-and-white images.

    What strikes me is how obviously unused all the subjects are to being photographed - you're lucky if they're looking at the camera, let alone smiling - and how so few of them are named.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'd say Pt Chev Beach. That's the Waitakeres in the background and there's a boat club at Pt Chev. Also, lots of shells.

    Yes. Definitely Pt Chev beach. The fashion looks 1940s.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    I am rather liking Google (and I think Bing too)'s approach to stitching photos together at the streetview level.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report Reply

  • AAMC,

    This New York Times blog delivers an interesting daily visual diary of international events.
    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/

    Auckland • Since Aug 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    This New York Times blog delivers an interesting daily visual diary of international events.

    Gee, that is good. The Ahmadinejad picture is a telling image. Anxious men.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Wow, thanks for that AAMC. There's just so many to look through. The child hitting a burning car in Srinagar. What a moment!

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Wow, thanks for that AAMC.

    Wow indeed.
    By way of a little history, I like this one.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • AAMC,

    We miss a lot of what happens in the world visually, advertising placement killing publications like LIFE. The internet allows us access again, and the iPad has the potential to transfer this further. The screen a perfect forum for photography- almost as good as a beautifully printed book. I believe TIME intend to make much more of the imagery they capture and can't justify printing, and now photographers are able to shoot video also, so the multimedia potential of the iPad is very exciting.
    Now we just need to get the journalists un-embedded so we have some real visual dialogue, and then we might see the world through a prism similar to how we saw Vietnam

    Auckland • Since Aug 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Yeah, I think we're still on the thin end of visual media. The tubes are still too slow and narrow for most of us in this part of the world, and the devices not yet optimised to make the most of it. All this will change. The iPad may not be a perfect device, but like Apple products before it, it will force other manufacturers to up their game and make truly image orientated products.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Zach Bagnall,

    Meanwhile others are calling the death of photojournalism.

    Dead as a viable profession but as a practice, never been better?

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    From: Tarkovsky's Polaroids.

    I remember that in the course of a field survey in Usbekistan where we wanted to shoot a film – but finally did not do it – he gave to three elderly Muslims the pictures he had taken of them. The eldest one as soon as he took a glance at the photos, immediately returned them with these words: “What is it good for, to stop the time?”

    Pictures certainly do. Was the response to the fact that the reproduction was so instant? What would the old man have said if he saw them the next day? The moment. Is it captured for ever? Is it real? Is it as real as a portrait? Is the shadow highlighting the wrinkle as special as that dab in just the right place?

    Why DO we travel and why is taking our own pictures so important it is the first thing we do when we get there? Should it be the last?

    Then we leave. Gone....but now no longer forgotten.

    We snap our fingers...Refreshing our minds eye via flashed pixeled memory.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Ross that is a surreal post to read after just putting down Watchmen.

    Gio writes on this subject often. Check him out if you don't already.

    My two cents on the old Muslim is that he'd probably be as bitter on a portrait as a snapshot. My guess is he'd have a rather mystical take on the matter. Not that he's wrong, there's definitely delusions of immortality in all human endeavor. I just don't think he'd consider a polaroid or digicam to be much different to veristic art. It's all idolatry at heart.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    My two cents on the old Muslim

    My test results will (ahem) attest to my mssing the Muslim label. I was looking at him as an old bloke who had seen it all. Obviously when you bring in effing religion and idolatry it puts a new light on his repsonse. But I was taken by his thought. That's what got me all surreal.....I don't do that often.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • David Ritchie,

    The tubes are still too slow and narrow

    Speaking of tubes, I see Sen. Ted Stevens died in a place crash, and is now on the bridge to nowhere...

    Since Nov 2006 • 166 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I see Sen. Ted Stevens died in a place crash, and is now on the bridge to nowhere...

    NO!

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

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