#TBT – As Real As It Gets: Wyatt Neumann

First posted this in May, 2009, Wyatt Neumann, photographer, has recently become a cause celebrate for his photographs of his children posted online. A loving, devoted,father, this series has become a polarizing discussion of artist rights.
But he’s a good photographer. Have a look at some of his work before the controversy.The Flickr link is working. Forget the madness.

We met this guy over cocktails in the south of France and knew from his incredible energy, he had a definite point of view of the world. A very intense one.
In the night heat of the June coast of the Riviera, you could easily sense that this photographer/director, was just about to burst out of his skin, in a good way. He was going to tell you things you may not have heard. Or wanted to hear. Some random, Hunter Thompson moment was probably not that far off in the future.

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And now, he’s told us about his intense love of life, and that perspective, through his first time exhibit of photographs called “Elephants and Boa Constrictors”.
Some of you may know the reference to “The Little Prince” from the first page of that classic childrens book by Antoine de Saint-Exupry.

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Now here is the thing about this show: it consisted of 427 photos printed 3.5″x3.5″ and hung linearly in random order. It was up for one night, only.
We missed it.
But now it lives on Flickr

We watched it in a slide show version from Flickr, which is what we recommend .

Darn it, got ahead of ourselves for a second. Where were we…..?

Oh right. The images.

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The imagery is of a world that Wyatt has traveled, seen, experienced, and shares with us, not in a Robert Frank way, but in what we imagine a Jack Keroac way would be. It’s a bit more personal, more poetic, and in your face, as the artist himself is.
There is no denying the intensity of the images, or the original. The people in his path across the US, and the constants in his life appear periodically through the random stream of images, which together, get you on a journey, very hand crafted by Mr. Neumann.

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The vignetting of each image, focuses your eye to the main story, and frames the subjects with a certain respect. Not a raw, harsh, reality yet still authentic and true.
And there are tender moments. The lighting belies those, as they become a respite, and help the viewer move through the series with a balanced life.
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Wyatt has brought his emotions to the surface here, and there is little between you and the image to buffer it.

Did the small print images get the viewer closer to review the images in person, to make it more intimate ?
Or does the slide show on Flickr give you time to breath in and experience each image on it’s own?
Your call, but it was a great use of our time to watch the random linear tales unfold on the screen.

It’s a rich trip you can take right from your desktop. Enjoy the ride.
And safe travels.

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Wyatt Neumann is represented by Click3X as a director, and The Safari Gallery for his fine art

Battery Life: It’s the worst!

I’m mainly talking about the smartphones.

You know these things filled with apps that have taken the place of your point & shoot cameras.
Snapseed, Camera+, PS, Lightroom Mobile, ProCamera, Hipstamatic, the Classic CameraBag, and of course VSCO. YOU probably have your favorite go-to’s.
And then there is the Instagram behemoth to post to.
Love me some Vine, especially now that we can shoot on a real camera, edit and post.
A little Candy Crush while we wait, FaceTime while we are away, and Hamster On Piano. Plus the cloud.
And the phone part. Love the phone part.
So… why the heck does my device start going into the red zone at about 2:00 PM????
Sure, years ago, my Motorola StarTac had a piggy back batt and didn’t do nearly what these handheld computers do.That grey ;ump on the back,is the extra battery.
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But when I want to shoot that concert photo,Instagram it AND call my friends for a meet up after the concert, that dreaded white spinning gear on a black background is inevitable. Power done. Phone shutting off. Shot about 230 photos and 4 vids at this event (no DSLR)
(Shot with an iPhone 5S, and Olloclip lens.)

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Yes, looking forward to the next iPhone, Samsung, Nokia,LG masterpiece, all who claim long battery life.
Really?
Check out this pile of batteries I own, and many I carry around in my messenger bag:
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Plus a cable, plug in charger, specialty charging card called Thinium. (love this thing!)

The big boy charges the phone about 2.5 times. Had it for about 3 years and yes, that’s a thunderbolt adapter on it. The tubular units like the Crayon one from Mimoco are good for maybe one full charge.There’s an Otter battery phone case, the Mophie is in the mix,even a Duracell unit that hold batteries.
Is that enough?
Not when I’m on a shoot.
So I carry a bunch.I’ll bet you do to.
Our sleek, sweet, cleanly designed smartphones just got tethered in the worst way.

What’s the solution?

The tablet. Specifically, the Mini tablet. 10 hour battery life. All of the apps, wi-fi, a larger screen to work with,and a better battery life. And if you like, no monthly fee, if you find your hotspots. Your call as to where you feel they are “secure”.
The CamRanger is a great tool when coupled with the iPad.
Or perhaps,the Apple Touch.40 hours of music or 7 hours of video playback on one charge.
The only issue is: It’s yet another device. When I see people hold up an iPad to take photo, it’s the oddest thing, but I get to see their sense of composition. It’s public as its taken.

Will the smartphone batteries get better? Hope so, but not sure how long that’ll take.

In the meantime, try these tips on saving battery life for Android, and iPhone.

And today,August 26th, Apple offered free battery replacement to certain serial # iPhones.

I know, I know. It’s a phone.
Not to me.

BigAcrylic: When Your Walls Need Some Dressing!

OK, who prints their images these days?
Not many folks, I know. It’s mainly on a screen.
But you can’t have naked walls. I can’t anyway.
So when I was in an edit suite a month ago, I noticed some very cool images,float mounted on the wall. All acrylic prints.
So I did some more research. Timing/luck prevailed and I was contacted by Mark Alper of BigAcrylic.
After discussing the process, I figured it was time to give it a try.
Not a huge landscape guy, I figured a shot of Neil Young I took at SXSW last year, would be a good first start of the test.
I sent off a 150 DPI jpeg of this image:
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What came back was pretty amazing.

a 16×24 print, made on 1/4 in acrylic, full bleed.
Perfectly packed, with frame mounting as good as some of my fine art prints, sans the brown paper wrap.
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Some things to note, however with Bigacrylic or ANY printing service: GIGO.
Know what that is? Garbage In, Garbage Out.
You have to start with a great file to get a great result. Sometimes that low res file that looks good enough on your laptop or, ugh, phone, won’t make the translation to a larger print.

Here is shot of the actual acrylic print I received. Please note that I shot this at ISO 2800 and 1/100 of a sec.
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(yes, there are reflections of objects in the print. I wanted you to know this is the actual item)

These folks do offer a pro service so you can test the files before committing to the huge print.
Honestly, what i kind of like about this company is that it seems to be a small firm doing quality work.
And of course you are going to ask: how long do these last?
According to them, Acrylic prints last 30 years in direct sunlight.
I’ll let you know.
By the way, they also print on metal.
And the owner,Mark Alper is very communicative and seems available to help.
OK, I run a website, but my gut tells me that the way he dealt with me, is the way he deals with all custy’s.
If this service is of interest to you,or your clients, he’s actually offered a 20% discount to our readers just by using the word “damon” in the coupon code section of the checkout.
Just go to BigAcrylic.com and check it out.

Brad Elterman : a little #TBT in many ways

This article was first posted in 2009. We’re going to dedicate Thursdays on Photoinduced as Throw Back Thursday, and go into our archives to reintroduce some folks and photography to you.

Sure, the concept of paparazzi was popularized in the days of La Dolce Vita.
Yes, celebrities have always been sought after for exclusive personal photos, although never to the extent the paps go after them now. Celebrity magazines have been around since…..well, since Hollywood began.

We’re not back that far (yet) but only to the 70′s.
Brad Elterman was a teenage shooter, finding his way into every cool scene, when there were not many others covering la vida loca.( Parental and workplace warning: nudity on his site)
From his photos of the Ramones, Bob Dylan,Blondie,Joan Jett, and the Runaways, and most of the rockers of the period, he had access to them all. Want to see a vry young Robert DeNiro? He’s got that shot. Frank Sinatra? Yep

There were no uploads. There were no email deliveries.

He did the work. Souped the film, made the prints, delivered the goods. And became his subjects friends. Most of the time.

(Check out that shot of Leif Garret and a very young Nicolette Sheridan on the video still frame below. BUT click on it to see the full video)

Brad was working in a time when he may have been considered a photojournalist more than a paparazzi.
Today the pap term has connotations for the general public that are pretty negative. Although there are some symbiotic relationships between PR folks and the shooters (how else do they know who is leaving the hairdressers or grocery stores unless a publicist tips them. I mean, really.)
Quite the contrary in Brads case. He was more often invited in and asked to photograph those seeking a little fame.

He’s constantly working and has found a new audience.
Brad Elterman has been selected as one of the top people to watch on instagram, follow him @ http://instagram.com/bradelterman
And buy his book:Brad Elterman: Dog Dance
He’ll be happy you did.

Garry Winogrand at the MET : A traveling show gets new home

He was one of the most ironic photographers of our time.
Prolific,obsessed,and a social commentator with a fast shooting camera.
The show currently at the Metropolitan began at SF MOMA a year ago.
And it had a significantly different take away flavor.

A master of street photography, Garry Winogrand was an observer of the human condition and, arguably did his most iconic work in the 60′s.
Heavily influenced by Robert Frank and The Americans, he felt there there was another American story to be told.

Shooting over 36,000 rolls of film in his career, he left over 6,600 rolls at his untimely death at 56. He had never seen these images,and the exhibition uses a great deal of these images, plus others he had marked yet never printed
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Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984) Central Park Zoo, New York
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Gelatin silver print
Collection of Randi and Bob Fisher
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

( the side story on thi s shot is that the man was a well known animal trainer, and this was Mr. Winogrands way to make some social commentary)

“Winogrand was an artistic descendant of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, but differed sharply from them,” says Leo Rubinfien, guest curator of the exhibition. “He admired Frank’s The Americans, but felt the work missed the main story of its time, which in his mind was the emergence of suburban prosperity and isolation. The hope and buoyancy of middle-class life in postwar America is half of the emotional heart of Winogrand’s work. The other half is a sense of undoing. The tension between these qualities gives his work its distinct character.”

Check this video from his time in California Garry Winogrand

There are 3 main segments in the showing, starting from the beginning of his career, with his exploration of the single character, pulled out of a scene of people.
The second segment deals primarily with his most well known period, including iconic images.

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Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984) New York 1968
Gelatin silver print
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Dr. L.F. Peede, Jr.
© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Now the third segment has a very emotional turn.
As the curators are asking you to examine his life behind the camera, there are revelations, in the form of documents.
A letter from his wife spelling out the reasons for the impending dissolution of the marriage, and his handwritten letter to his daughter Laurie.
This letter from a father who misses his daughter, peppered with affectionate names, and making sure she knew she could call “collect” anytime, gives a sense of his personal situation with divorce and the draw of his career at odds.

This last segment has so many posthumous images, it’s primarily a subjective view by the curators to paint a particular look at a major photographic figure of the 20th century.
By honing in on images of singular people on the street, instead of plucking them from a crowd, you get a sense of an artist’s shift into a search for a new message. Or is it a message of his age and all of the baggage accumulated in his life?

In the 70′s, John Szarkowski felt his work lost it’s drama.

Winogrands move to California near the last years of his life (see video link above) yieled images like this:

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Gelatin silver print
The Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

The last image in this edition of the show features a photo by Lee Freidlander of Garry Winogrand with his daughter Melissa sitting on his knee.
A month later he was dead from gall bladder cancer.

With this last image housed in it’s own plexi display case, it ended the exhibit for me, culminating on a very sad note.
With the final image of him and his daughter, you are also sent back into the last room to check out another posthumous image from his last months on earth, that of a woman in the gutter in Hollywood

Now I saw this show at SF MOMA and walked away with a feeling of revelation, not sadness.
I also went back again to the show to see if I had the same reaction.
yep, I did.
I think you’d have to be devoid of emotion to feel otherwise.
The sadness was not a bad thing. I’m a big fan of feeling things,and if a photo exhibit can make me do more than “Griswold” through a show, it’s a good thing.

SF MOMA had a different venue with a much more open space, higher ceilings, and a different layout.
I love being able to see one show in a variety of venues to see how they are laid out and gauge a local curators take on the materials presented to them.

I feel that the MET has had some major photography exhibit wins in recent years, and this show stands among it’s finest.
For a more studied look at this traveling show make sure you pick up the book, Garry Winogrand
And try to find this one as well:Winogrand: Figments from the Real World .
Then you can start going down the rabbit hole to find the books published during his lifetime.

See the exhibit, and if you aren’t on your way to NYC, buy the catalogue

Garry Winogrand
June 27–September 21, 2014
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-535-7710
If you do go, get the audio tour. Always worth it for a retrospective like this.

NB: The amount of posthumous images were disconcerting at first. Heck, he hadn’t even developed a ton of the film. If you remember shooting with film, this was a huge part, even if you didn’t print.
But this show has been put together in large part by people who knew him and those who’ve studied him.
Let’s be honest; you have no problem with Vivian Meir’s work being exhibited and she NEVER showed her work.

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