Macallan Launches a Magnum Photos Limited Edition Whiskey

For the past 10 years, the famous Scotch whiskey distillery The Macallan has been releasing limited edition whiskeys in a Masters of Photography series. For its latest edition, Macallan collaborated with the prestigious Magnum Photos cooperative. The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition is the 7th limited edition release as part of the series. Previous photographers honored with an edition include Rankin, Albert Watson, Annie Leibovitz, Elliot Erwitt, Mario Testino, and Steven Klein. In addition to the scotch itself, each Magnum edition pack also contains a collection of six 11×14-inch signed prints captured by 6 Magnum photographers — Steve McCurry,
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Female Iranian Photographer Banned from Stadium Shoots Match from Roof

Parisa Pourtaherian is a 26-year-old photographer in Iran who has a passion for shooting sports. The problem is, women are banned from entering soccer stadiums in her country for men’s matches. But Pourtaherian recently became the first female photographer to shoot a national league match, and she did it by climbing on top of a nearby roof. The Guardian reports that for a match at Vatani stadium in the city of Ghaemshahr last month, Pourtaherian spent three hours searching for a nearby house with a rooftop that provided a view into the stadium. She spent nearly the entire first half
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Street Photography and Photographing Children

Imagine, you’re partaking in Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market on a sunny summer afternoon in Toronto, Canada, walking around with your Fuji X100F in hand looking for that Cartier-Bresson “decisive moment.” Suddenly you see a child leaning against a dilapidated, graffiti-splashed wall the likes of which would make Banksy nod in approval. The child has his mug buried into an ice cream cone, working it over like a worldwide ban on ice cream is but hours away. Maybe he has a red, child-sized “Make America Great Again” cap on, along with a pair of oversized “Blues Brothers” sunglasses and
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Texas Student Does Graduation Photo Shoot with Giant Alligator

Texas A&M student Makenzie Noland is graduating from college soon, so she decided to pose for a graduation photo shoot with her cap, stole, and… a giant alligator. The 21-year-old shared the photos on her Facebook page last Friday with the caption: “Not your typical graduation picture 🤷🏽‍♀️ @ Gator Country.” The photos immediately went viral. No, Noland didn’t spot an alligator in a swamp and decide to jump into the water with it. She has spent the past three months interning at a wildlife sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas, which is home to 370 alligators. The largest of them
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This New Atari 2600 Video Game is 8-Bit Astrophotography

What would an 8-bit astrophotography video game be like? That’s what astrophotographer and PhD student Alex Pietrow asked, and he ended up creating a new video game called Astronomer for the the Atari 2600, the classic console that was launched back in 1977. Pietrow, the same guy who photographed the Moon and Jupiter with a Game Boy Camera last year, based his game around the idea of tracking stars with a camera during long exposures. The player takes on the role of an astrophotographer trying to capture star observation photos through the world’s largest telescope. The goal is to aim
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These Are the First Vogue Cover Photos Shot by a Black Photographer

Last month it was reported that 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell would become the first black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in the iconic fashion magazine’s 125-year history, thanks to him being hand-picked by Beyonce for the job. It’s now official, as his photos were just published. “I cried 3 times already this morning,” the New York-based Mitchell writes in a Tweet. “Here’s Beyonce by me for the September 2018 cover of American Vogue.”

Morocco Slideshow Video (Podcast 628)

Morocco Video ScreenshotFor this week’s post, I’ve produced a video to showcase Morocco, containing fifty-something images from last year’s Tour & Workshop that I ran. As I’m running over time-wise, as is often the case when I create the music too, I’ve put a small version of the video in the Podcast feed, but the full-sized 4K version is below for you to check out. As usual, the music is a bit rushed, but it should complement the video, so grab a cuppa, turn up your speakers, and sit back for a four-minute tour of Morocco!

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The Average Faces of Vogue Cover Models Around the World

This portrait is the average face of Vogue cover models over the past 25 years. The image was created through a study commissioned by MyVoucherCodes. Data specialist Giuseppe Sollazzo first gathered the names and photos of every single female cover model over the past 25 years for 7 international editions of Vogue: US, Russia, France, Japan, Brazil, UK, and Italy. The study then used facial feature extraction techniques for 68 points on each face, averaging them using a technique called “Delaunay Triangulation.” “This technique splits each picture into triangles, then the averaging algorithm twists and warps two or three
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Photographers Beaten and Abducted in Bangladesh Student Protests

Massive road safety protests in Bangladesh are making headlines around the world due to the violent crackdown being conducted by the government. In addition to students being attacked, photographers are also finding themselves in the crosshairs: some are being beaten in the streets, and one prominent photojournalist was abducted hours after giving a news interview. Warning: There are graphic images of violence below. On July 29th, massive public protests broke out in Bangladesh after two college students in the capital city of Dhaka were killed by an unlicensed bus driver. As students took to the streets to demand tougher
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Portraits of the Konyak ‘Headhunter’ Tribe in India

When we think of tribes, the first thing that comes to mind is, “What did those tribesmen and women believe in? What were their customs and beliefs?” That’s what I asked about the Konyak tribe that was nestled in Nagaland, India, in regard to the famous headhunters. Headhunting was the war-art of capturing the head of an enemy, which, was seen as a rite of passage for young boys to turn into men. Capturing the head of an enemy meant to capture the spirit that the enemy had, and was largely seen as a sign of unwavering courage and
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Photographer Cries Foul Over Gorillaz Music Video

Back in 2016, photographer Jairo Melara of the Los Angeles-based photography company Fifth District did a photo shoot of a model wearing roller skates at Venice Beach. Melara says he was surprised earlier this year when the band Gorillaz released its music video for the song “Humility” that features a strangely similar look and feel. Here’s the 3.5-minute music video directed by Jamie Hewlett:
In the video, virtual band member 2D is seen roller skating with a nearly identical outfit and in the same location.
One of Melara’s portraits (left) and a still frame from the Gorillaz’s “Humility”
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Sunflower Farms Are Being Trampled by Instagram ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

The Instagram generation has been bad news for beauty spots around the world as people flock to the same picturesque locations and shoot similar-looking photos to boost their social media status, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Now you can add sunflower farms to the list of places affected. Sunflower farmers in Canada are complaining of hoards of selfie seekers arriving on their land, posing for pictures in their sunflower fields, and doing great damage to their crops in the process. The Globe and Mail reports that Bogle Seeds in Millgrove, Ontario, is telling people that they’re
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She Posed for a Free Photo Shoot, Now Her Face is Showing Up Everywhere

Shubnum Khan is a South African author and artist who’s going public with a warning she learned the hard way: be very careful to read the fine print when signing a photographer’s model release. Khan says that about six years ago, a friend of hers spotted an ad promoting immigration in a Canadian newspaper. The woman in the ad looked strangely like Khan. Studying the photo more closely, Khan realized that it was her.

How a Model Release Turned Her into a Poster Child for…Everything

While a university student, author Shubnum Khan signed a model release in exchange for professional portraits as a part of a project by photographer XX billed as “The 100 Faces Shoot.” Unbeknownst to her at the time, the photographer started licensing the images as stock photography, and Khan’s visage started to appear in advertisements around… The post How a Model Release Turned Her into a Poster Child for…Everything appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Google’s Latest Doodle Honors War Photographer Gerda Taro

Google’s latest homepage Doodle is a tribute to the late war photographer Gerda Taro, who would have turned 108 today. Taro was the woman who invented Robert Capa. “Though she was tiny in stature, Gerda Taro had the heart of a giant,” Google writes. “Known as ‘the little red fox,’ the ginger-haired photographer fearlessly turned her camera lens to capture sensitive and critical images of conflict around the world, producing powerful black-and-white images that informed readers of the newspaper Ce Soir. “In fact, Taro is considered to be the first female journalist in the world to cover the front
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Wim Wenders: Phones Have Made Photography ‘More Dead Than Ever’

Renowned German photographer and filmmaker Wim Wenders thinks that photography “is more dead than ever” and that smartphones are to blame for the art form’s demise. In this 1.5-minute video produced by BBC News, Wenders stops at an exhibition of his Polaroid photos to share some of his thoughts on the current landscape of photography. Wenders believes that part of the devaluation of photography comes from the fact that even though so many more photos are being captured every year, so many fewer photos are being treasured and enjoyed in the way they were before. “The trouble
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Beyoncé Picks First Black Photog for Vogue Cover Photo: Report

For the first time in the 125-year history of the iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue, a black photographer will be behind the photo that graces the cover, according to a new report. HuffPost reports that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has given superstar singer Beyoncé “unprecidented control” of the cover for the September issue of the magazine, and that Beyoncé decided to hire 23-year-old New York-based photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot her portrait.

“Wintour has always exerted complete control over the fashion bible, including selecting the
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Dog Takes GoPro and Shoots Viral Chase Scene

A dog named Bonnie is a star on the Internet this week after an action camera clip she shot went viral. Back in 2016, Bonnie was handed a ping pong paddle-mounted GoPro HERO3 by her owner, Carmen Michelle. The camera was filming as she ran away from Michelle’s husband and other dogs in the yard. The resulting video was a humorous and strangely stabilized chase scene:
The video went viral again this month after Michelle shared the video to Reddit with the caption: “The only
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Photo of Couple Kissing in Rain Gets Bangladeshi Photog Beaten and Fired

Bangladeshi photojournalist Jibon Ahmed recently posted this photo of a couple kissing in the rain to his Facebook page. While it may be a romantic image in your eyes, people in Ahmed’s country felt it was indecent enough that the photographer was reportedly beaten and fired. The Washington Post reports that the photo shot at the University of Dhaka went viral and attracted many positive responses after Ahmed posted it. But it also attracted the attention of socially conservative members of the majority-Muslim country who believe that the photo overstepped bounds. “Lovers are getting more audacious by the day,” one
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Fake Views: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Soviet Photoshopping

Photoshop 1.0 was first released as the Soviet Union was collapsing, but long before the software made photo manipulation easy, Kremlin censors went to extraordinary lengths to touch up history.
An undated image of Russian animal trainer Vladimir Durov. Much of the early image manipulation involved scratching the negative with a scalpel or needle, and painting fine lines directly onto the emulsion (seen here in the monkey’s hair and lips).
A heavily retouched image of Josef Stalin. Some of the Soviets’ image-doctoring was apparently to crisp-up blurry or low-quality images.
But occasionally, heavy-handed Soviet “airbrushers” literally blur the lines
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