Category: film

Patrick Nicholas on Photobotos

Patrick Nicholas on Photobotos.comPhotographer Patrick Nicholas was featured on Photobotos.com. The author of the article is not clear, but he or she writes, “Although photography is an art form, this is certainly the first post we have had where the lines between art and photography are blurred. It is an honor to have a professional as good as Patrick to guest on our blog.”

The featured photo, entitled “Daphne,” was “taken back in ’94 with a Mamiya RB67 using Kodak Tri X black and white film and developed by myself,” writes Nicholas himself. Check out all the details. You can see more of his work at his site.

Danny Zapalac’s Traveling Lifestyle

Traveling is in Danny Zapalac’s blood. When Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia in 1968, his parents fled west. Thirty-nine years ago, Zapalac was born in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York. Five years later his parents moved again, this time to East Long Beach, California, where he was raised.

Attending college locally, Zapalac went to Long Beach State University, and graduated with an International Business degree. After graduation, he worked at a snowboard shop. He eventually realized it wasn’t for him, and, at 26, he picked up a camera for the first time and fell in love with photography.

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Otto Kitchens and the Art of Wabi-sabi

Atlanta, Georgia photographer Otto Kitchens is fascinated with the Japanese aesthetic known as wabi-sabi. According to Wikipedia, wabi-sabi celebrates beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete,” among other qualities. Asymmetry and asperity also also reflect values in the aesthetic, and it seems Kitchens knows how to find these in abundance.

Kitchens has some beautiful examples of wabi-sabi and they were shot with his Mamiya 645 Super. Check out the way he captures the textures of Detroit’s finest in various stages of decay using medium format film goodness. He frequently relies on Kodak Portra 400 color film, and the muted light makes the forgotten and discarded look magical.

Cars aren’t the only thing Kitchens has captured. There’s a fascinating series on the Miller Theater in Augusta, Georgia, and lots of examples of decay in small rural towns of Georgia.

Wabi-sabi is indeed the finding of beauty and art in the ordinary. Kitchens does this regularly and is worth following. His site is a great photoblog, and breaks down his shots by the type of camera they were captured with. A great job all the way around!

Mary Ellen Mark’s Oaxaca Workshop

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Photography legend Mary Ellen Mark will be hosting a hands-on workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico from June 26 – July 6, 2011. The workflow is centered on black and white film photography. Each student will receive multiple reviews of their work, assignments, and individual conferences with Mark herself. A book will be put together containing the best images from the workshop, with three or four images from each student.

Mark’s site also contains PDFs optimized for Apple’s iPad which chronicle the Oaxaca workshop photographs from 2009 and 2010. Full details are available here.

Visit her site to view all details of the workshop, including logistics, requirements, travel and lodging information, applications, and an insightful statement from Mark herself on the workshop.

We previously profiled Mary Ellen Mark on the Mamiya blog in April of 2010, when she reported, “The work my students do in Oaxaca is very inspiring to me. I’m very proud of them. It’s great work.” She has run workshops in New York, and launched her beautiful new site in February.

Mary Ellen Mark’s Site Redesigned

Photojournalism and portraiture living legend Mary Ellen Mark has launched a redesign of her site. The site is more easily navigable and has more content than her previous design.

A winner of three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and three National Endowment for the Arts awards, Mark is a longtime Mamiya shooter. She was profiled in this post on our blog last year. She shoots the Mamiya RZthe 7, and the 645.

According to her Facebook page, last year she asked Santa for “a new Mamiya 7 with a 50mm lens and 1000 rolls of Tri-X 220.” No word if Santa came through. Keep up the great work, Mary Ellen!