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Photographer #428: Eric T. White

Eric T. White, 1982, USA, is a photographer based in New York City. When he started art school he did not have a clear idea what he should study. When Eric’s uncle died he inherited all of his cameras. This lead him to professionally persue a career in photography. He spent four years learning from photographer Christopher Griffith’s technical expertise as his first assistant. His primary focus lies on portraiture and landscape photography. He describes his work as being “about capturing fleeting moments… specific moods and feelings.” For his series National Defense, which consists of two chapters, he documented a fake arabic town in California and the border between the US and Mexico. Currently he is simultaneously working on a portrait series based on the Lower East Side, a black and white landscape series and his first book. The following images come from the series Least Likely To, Lake Harmony and National Defense.

Website: www.mrwhite.cowww.whiteblackwhite.com

White Shadow (positive/negative) photo series by Tono Stano

All old-school photographers know that black-and-white film typically registers a negative image of the subject of a photograph, which can then be printed as a positive image on paper for final viewing. What looks dark on a negative becomes light on a print. But what happens when an artist decides to play with this paradigm by aiming to make the final image a negative image that looks like a positive image?

Slovakian photographer Tono Stano has been artfully exploring this idea since the 1990s, and the results are wonderful, delightful, surreal, and hard to deconstruct. Wedding Cakes Atlanta . Lens Culture is pleased to present a dozen of our favorite images from Stano’s series titled White Shadow.

The video at the bottom of this blog entry offers an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the artist at work in his studio. laser spine institute . Cheers!

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From the series White Shadow Tono Stano

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From the series White Shadow Tono Stano

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From the series White Shadow Tono Stano

Video: B/W Analog Photography by Jeff Cowen

All photos © Jeff Cowen, jeffcowen.eu
Video produced by Rémy Badan, pixiesfilms.com

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Photographer Jeff Cowen will be conducting a masterclass in black-and-white analog photography at his studio and custom large-format darkroom in Berlin, August 6-10, 2011. I will be participating, as well, leading discussions on editing, marketing, and strategies for career-oriented photographers.

It’s going to be great.

Limited enrollment: 5 photographers. Check out the details and sign up today!

Sherif Elhage

Sherif Elhage was born in St Petersbourg, raised in Beirut by his Russian-Estonian mother and Lebanese father, he now lives in Paris. He was formally trained in communications, but has explored photography from fine art to fashion and advertising.

Sherif prides himself by creating work that is captured in camera. Many of his images are graphically based, with the composition of the color and original framing as integral elements to his vision. “The photographs exposed on his site expound no literary or transcendental significance, the aesthetics of the photography limits itself to what you see.” I am featuring work from three series, Black, White, and From the Ground Up. Each address color and shape as subject matter.

The process is not difficult but it took me years to build this body of work, sometimes it does not work correctly, you need to have a loot of light and overexpose the photos with the camera settings, sometimes it’s with the aperture process and sometimes it’s about time so it happened to me to use a tripod during the daytime, it’s the same with black photos but in an inverse way, I never use the normal settings of the camera. White surfaces naturally are always more exposed than the other colours.

Images from Black

I use a digital camera so it’s faster to see immediately the result, but it’s not always good…what you see on the small lcd screen is very different from what you get on your computer screen or on a print, so sometimes i have to go back to do the same photo with better settings and conditions.

Images from The Ground Up

Images from White

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008

This candid interview with photographer William Eggleston was conducted by film director Michael Almereyda on the occasion of the opening of Eggleston’s retrospective William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. A key figure in American photography, Eggleston is credited almost single-handedly with ushering in the era of color photography. SEO Denver . foundation repairs . Eggleston discusses his shift from black and white to color photography in this video as, “it never was a conscious thing. I had wanted to see a lot of things in color because the world is in color”. Also included in this video are Eggleston’s remarks about his personal relationships with the subjects of many of his photographs. Car Insurance Cheapest Quotes . Michael Almereyda is director of the film William Eggleston and the Real World (2005).

– The Portfolio Killer – As you design your Web site, have pity on us and spice it up!

I don’t care if your interface is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen � when your portfolio loads and I’m staring at a slate gray background spotted with red and white text, I can’t help but yawn and nod off. I don’t care if you have a supremely rare shot, even the Rolls Royce of shots. I’m freakin’ passed out.

Yours is the 35th portfolio I’ve seen with this exact color scheme, and frankly, I’m through with you. Pray you have a funky name, or I’ve already moved along to the next gray/red/white Web site.

Unfortunately for you, chances are that the person who might otherwise have hired you is annoyed as well. Didn’t you want to pop? Weren’t you aiming to impress? I’m sure you were. Your choice of color scheme, however, has gone beyond “safe” and crossed the line into “dull.” Sure, you used to come off as slick and polished, but seriously folks, update your material. You’re publishing all the time, so why isn’t your site’s design evolving with you? Please!

Now, you know who you are, and I have a solution for you. If you can’t choose a color, just keep it simple. Achieve the polish you want with the classic black and white color scheme, taking your lead from photographers like Alan Cook, Jamie Squire, and Grant Faint.

Consider keeping it neutral and adding just a pop of color here and there. White and bright green. Black and bright yellow. Why not push the envelope and strike out on your own � there’s nothing more refreshing than seeing something new and inventive.

Show them you’ve got something special up your sleeve. That’ll get you a second look if nothing else, and what more could you ask for? Let your portfolio speak for itself, but do yourself a favor by making sure your potential employers get past your Web site design and into your body of work! 

Have you found any killer portfolios lately (the good or bad kind)?