Profoto Battery packs…

A couple of thoughts on the current Profoto Battery units. Due to the cleaner digital capture and subsequently usage of higher sensitivities, we are using these more and more to compliment and augment available light situations instead of relighting entire room and setups.

Two years ago we finally added a couple of Acute 600B packs and heads to the kit. While i generally prefer the Pro line, these are great little units that travel well and pack incredibly small. We actually did a couple of shoots with just a Tenba 38″ rolling grip case, 2 stands and some Photek and Chimera light formers with great results, even outdoors.

I love the simplicity of just plugging the lights into the unit and setting the lights, no outlet search or power issues, all while only bringing one case, genius.

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My only issue with them is the cryptic power adjustment and not being Pro head compatible.

 

 

 

 

Now in early 2014 we saw the introduction of Profoto’s B1 heads, basically a D1 mono head with a built in battery. I never actually worked with these mono blocks, so i wanted to give this a good look, and Fotocare set me up with a testing unit.

Profoto-B1Basically it’s a great pro level product, but i found a couple of issues that i didn’t like at all. First of, due to the construction, even with the glass dome, the light distribution in my Photeks is different to the traditional Profoto heads. And for reverse mounts (umbrellas, Elinchrom Octa, etc.) the body is just very large and interrupts the diffusion pattern that aims toward the subject, not a good thing at all. Besides, all the controls are now under the diffusion. On the other hand, in Chimera boxes it’s actually impressively good.

Now my second biggest concern is recycle time and power, compared directly to the Acute 600 i needed much more power (about 1 stop) for the same results, aka meter readings. That means, slower recycle and more energy usage, both never a good thing, on batteries, a real concern.

So i actually decide against the B1 units and started looking into the Profoto B4 1000 Air pack.

Profoto-B4This is on the opposite value scale of the Profoto line, but not by much. Considering that purchasing 2 B1’s, glass domes and 2 extra batteries is around $5000, the B4 pack is “only” $2900 more, the heads we already have…

We actually had the back to back opportunity to use the B4 on very different assignments, one was in an older, distinguished NYC apartment building with 15A wiring, not a good place to plug in a Pro8 pack, and the other a location shoot, partly in a garden and on the beach.

There B4 left us quit impressed, recycle time is quicker than our Pro7 packs, adjustments are spot on and don’t need a meter reread, battery lasts forever and it’s well built, the light quality, as i use my Pro heads, as expected, with an incredible short flash duration. And best of all, the unit can be plugged in and charge the battery while shooting, drawing less than 3A.

At 21lb, 9.8 kg it has a certain heft to it, but my 2 Acute 600B packs come in at 16lb, 7.2kg and 2 B1monos are 13.2lb, 6kg;  not free either.

My only concern why the B4 cannot replace our plug in AC packs, is that the model light is drawing too much power (250W are done in 20min) and even worse that it dimms while recharging (which is horrible in a dark or dim room). The solution, as bron shows us, are LED lights, even an upgrade bulb with daylight balanced 250W equivalent would make this the ultimate game changer. Video and still light with he same head and quality, still for a limited, but much longer time on battery power, dimmable, with a color consistent model light. And absolutely NO auto dimming…

Anyways, welcome Profoto B4 to the studio (In it’s own Tenba 38″ roller), we just got an Air remote with it, as Profoto seems to be dropping support for built in Pocket Wizzards…

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J Ralph’s studio for Vanity Fair

Josh Ralph on stage, for VF

Josh Ralph on stage, for VF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a great photo essay on the Clinton Star Theater, that’s the only privately owned and used theater space in New York, never been photographed before and only used by Josh and his cohorts for creating and recording the most ethereal music. Some for film, some for advertising, and even just great music, but always unexpected and unrivaled quality. And inside this fantastic and slightly decaying space is one of the most outstanding musical instrument and recording collection imaginable (Above you’ll see Duke Ellington’s Grand piano, and a vintage Neumann U47 microphone once owned by country singer Ricky Skaggs).

As for technical notes, we again shot all this with Canon 1Dx and a variety of fixed L lenses, as well as the TS 24 and 45mm. The main shot with Josh is shot with a L35mm, Profoto, Zoomspot, a Photek umbrella, 12″x12″ silk for the front and variety of Tungsten lights, from Arri 650W, 1k, 2k’s and around 9 Dedo 100W heads on dimmers for the room, along with some more Profoto gear. Due to the size of the space, this is one of the more technically involved shoots that needed a lot of moving equipment and i was happy to translate some lighting tricks from my friends that i met over the last year on various TV sets.

More pictures on the Vanity Fair website and the current magazine.

Vanity Fair “Act One” portrait

Matthew Schechter, Santino Fontana, and Tony Shalhoub, who all play Moss Hart in Act One; photographed at Sardi’s, New York, for Vanity fair

Matthew Schechter, Santino Fontana, and Tony Shalhoub, for VF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very happy to share the portrait of Matthew Schechter, Santino Fontana, and Tony Shalhoub, who all play Moss Hart in the Broadway play “Act One” that I photographed at Sardi’s Restaurant, in Manhattan, for Vanity Fair‘s May 2014 issue.  Philip Rinaldi, the show’s publicist,  found a caricature of Hart’s wife, Kitty Carlisle Hart, on the famous Sardi’s walls and we all knew it had to make it in the photograph. A big thank you to the team who made this shoot so successful, and to Tony for showing up ready to roll and wearing a great tweed overcoat that saved the day. I always love to hear when people discover photography so it was great to hear that Matthew saved up to buy a camera and is loving it. Reminds me of my beginnings…

To add some technical notes, we shot this with a Canon 1Dx and the L 50mm lens, lighting with one Photek umbrella, a 12″x12″ silk and a large Chimera strip and some additional custom pencil lights, powered by Profoto Pro 7 packs, to mimic and elaborate the existing light at the location. To keep the image crisp, no available light was part of the final exposure, but the image still feels like it does walking into Sardi’s. The tricky thing with this setup was that all the caricatures were in glass frames and reflected everything, so camera and light placement was rather complicated.

Also, read Ben Brantley’s review of “Act One” in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/theater/several-moss-harts-are-in-act-one-at-lincoln-center.html

Catch the show at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center; 212-239-6200, lct.org. Through June 15 ONLY !!!

…AND THEY JUST RECEIVED 5 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEST PLAY TO JAMES LAPINE AND BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE TO TONY SHALHOUB.

Steichen at the Whitney, NYC

Now here’s something to get excited about: The Whitney Museum in NYC is showing some recent acquisitions of Edward Steichens work, mostly portraits, done for a variety of clients, chief among them Conde Nast, aka Vanity Fair. That should fascinating and superbly interesting.

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The show runs from Dec. 6 2013 till February 23. So come for a visit…I can’t wait for the opening.

 

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Vanity Fair “Wynton Wonderland”

Excited to see our newest contribution for the fabulous Vanity Fair Magazine. Thank you everybody for getting this impossible proposition off the ground and for being part of the team. Especially the Toledos for creating those amazing costumes, Rubens drawings and then even hosting all of us that day. For a little sense of what went on, I really suggest to view the great behind the scenes video that Spreadhouse did for VF.com, and obviously read more about it in the piece by Bruce Handy in the new November 2013 issue of Vanity Fair.

See you all on Broadway for “After Midnight”.

…ALSO NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 TONY AWARD AS BEST MUSICAL IN 7 CATEGORIES I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE WHOLE TEAM AND ADRIANE LENOX FOR BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURED ROLE AS WELL AS ISABLE TOLEDO FOR HER OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN, BRAVO INDEED…

Website updated to HTML 5…

On a side note, we upgraded the markschafer.com website today to run on the new and very current HTML 5.0 standard. This makes the pages finally look nicer on the iPad and even the iPhone display is now bare able.

As usual i suggest to look at the site on a laptop or even larger screen, it’s all optimized to HD resolution, for better detail.

We’re working on the new image delivery system for our clients and have this up soon.

 

Man Ray exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Another must see exhibit by one of my favorite Places in the world. And Man Ray should be a draw to anyone anyways, wherever he’s shown. And this is astonishingly the first major retrospective of his work.

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I can’t wait to see it in person.

Here’s a great article in the Telegraph, discussing Catherine Deneuve’s last sitting with him.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/9821467/Catherine-Deneuve-interview-Man-Ray-and-me.html

‘Man Ray Portraits’ is at the National Portrait Gallery, London W1, from Feb 7 until May 27, 2013. More info at npg.org.uk

 

Faking it at the Met Museum, NYC

Great exhibit on photography and it’s manipulation over the decades. Nice to bring this back into peopels minds what was done prior to Photoshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most prominent examples i recall seeing recently was a Christie’s auction a couple of years back, the retouching on the original print on the waist in Horst’s famous “Mainbocher Corset” image. Scrapped off waistline then repro-photographed and reprinted, classic. But unfortunately not in this show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at my own career, i have to say that i’m fortunate and thankful to have learned and worked on some multilayer composites in the darkroom/repro camera while starting out at Henner Prefi’s studio back in Frankfurt. Nobody was doing that kind of work that i ever seen before. We did a lot of comps for Deutsche Bank but also great projects like the Homage to Giorgio Morandi in 3-7 layered photographs and multilayered jewelry photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyways, a great quick visit to the Metropolitan Museeum is always fun and this exhibit a great standout, open till January 2013.

Unseen Amsel Adams prints at UC Berkley

Great story and as a fan of AA i can’t wait to see the whole lot. The published images are great and show the appliction of great photography in a commercial project and the commitment from such an outstanding instituon to use oustanding talent to get their image across.

Check out the article at the San Francisco Chronicle:

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Ansel-Adams-prints-found-at-UC-Berkeley-3909179.php#photo-3521174

Avedon at Christie’s Fall Photo auction 2012

Here’s another classic:

A special section and auction of some genius work. And an entire set of the family portraits for Rolling Stone 1976.

It’s great to see the actual prints side by side, the presentation is great and interesting to note the shoot dates as well.

And besides 2 versions of the Stephanie Seymour in black see through dress, great to compare contrast and printing on both. Will we ever see this again in one room??

Time to collect some…

at Christie’s Rockefeller center on display Oct. 1-3 and sale on the 4th.

Adobe Creative Cloud or classic upgrade

Something to seriously think about, upgrading the system would cost $1000 or so (from CS5 Master), the cloud version $50 per month, so in a year (till the next upgrade that’s $600, and then the next upgrade for $500-600 is due).

I guess it’s cheaper, but what i really like is the 20GB storage and unlimited iPad App development option.

That sounds great and something to look into.

I appreciate any thoughts on this as we’re talking to people and do a test drive. We do use photoshelter and APF for image delivery, so that’s not a pressing issue, not paying for updates and freeing the machines from unsused applications that we might need for specific projects is more to the point.

Canon 5D Mark III is here

Now we have to work in to the workflow. For the video part i like the new head phone out and the ability to adjust the recoding volume. Otherwise it seems the same, i can’t believe Canon is not able to increase the resolution (and bit depth while they’re at it). So on the still image side i feel it’s at a stand still. The high ISO settings feel promising and will be finally giving us the quality we need for the more frequent low light behind the scenes work. Now i just wish it would be truly quite shutter release for that.

But overall a nice improvement and the 5D II’s and their support equipment will go on eBay soon. Now a full upgrade of system accessories, it never stops.

I wish they could price it at least similar, but there might be more coming in the future…

Cyndi Lauper for Die Zeit Magazine, Germany

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After a long day for Cyndi shooting a TV piece my time with her was shortened to a couple of minutes and we still got 2 great shots. Besides a fantastic musician she’s a great subject that hits the marks perfectly.
This was shot for ” I have a dream” segment in Die Zeit Magazine, Germany, March 29, 2012 issue.

Herb Ritts – LA Style now at The Getty, LA

 

Herb, one of my favorite living photographers growing up!

That WAS the photo business in LA as far as i was concerned from my little german perspective.

The light, the locations, all exotic and yet very bare elements, and modern at the same time. It just amazed me working in a studio in grey rainy Germany that this world exists, Thank you HR.

I always loved the simplicity, reduction to the most significant element, that was basically the hallmark of his photography, and who can forget his music videos or ad movies…

Well, The Getty in LA took it on to mount a retrospective, so go see it till August 26, 2012. They’re closed Mondays, otherwise 10-5:30, stay for the view and have a bite.

 

Annie Leibovitz showing “Pilgrimage” at the Smithsonian, Washington DC

After a short preview in NY the “Pilgrimage” show of Annie’s recent still life book is opening today in Washington, DC. We’re just on the train going back to NYC after a great opening evening at the Smithsonian Art Museum and a later night at the Hay…

I highly recommend a visit, it’s free, open every day (till May 20, 2012), and most obvious a fantastic collection of mostly American Icons and pieces of history that sometimes just missed the spotlight. It’s really great to see the prints on the wall and i highly recommend collecting the prints if they become available…

One of my favorites, Sigmund Freud’s couch in London (a rare international artifact), ahh the days…

Carmen, a model portfolio in London

  

 

From the Telegraph, London:

Camen Dell’Orefice is showing her body of work as a model over the last decades at the London College of Fashion.

She’s such a great character and one of the most standout models i ever met and had the pleasure working with in Paris.

 

I can’t wait  to see this and if you’re in London i highly recommend this treasure of fashion photography history.

Carmen: A Life In Fashion’ runs from Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, John Princes Street, London W1; fashion.arts.ac.uk

Profoto Battery systems

After years of using Pro 6/7 on generators, then upgrading to the incredible Pro-7b packs, we decided it’s time to change it up and get the newish Profoto Acute 600b with the incredible lightweight LiFe batteries.

Mostly due to shooting a lot with 35mm DSLRS which needs less light than in the medium format film days, we can finally downsize this part of the equipment collections as well (not having  to travel with a separate case of film was already genius).

It’s a fantastic system with the same light quality of the Pro-7 system but in a much smaller package, which can be easily carried all day and fits in a much smaller case.

We’re now using the Tenba 38″ Rolling tripod case for 2 kits, stands and some umbrellas/soft boxes. Pure brilliance.

And it reduces the weight and cases by half. Much better on everybody’s budgets and joints.

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Sarah Moon exhibit in LA

If you find yourself in LA these weeks spend an hour at Fahey/Klein Gallery and see the Sarah Moon show (LaBrea and 1st ave.), till May 21, 2011.

Just exquisit photography that just seemes to me like it happened yesterday.

True genius is timeless and never goes away, it just gets neglected by the mainstream.

And the best part, you can actually own these pieces, beats the auction market.

Irving Penn at Sotheby’s

Spring auctions are on these days and the most intriguing piece i saw was the georgeous portrait of Cate Blanchett by Irving Penn, 2007.

Just brilliant and in the usual manner perfectly printed, mounted and signed, just oustanding.

Now i hope it gets the price it deserves, estimate is very fair considering the other IP’s for sale:

TRX, workout wherever

A great thing i recently found and totally unrelated with photography (or maybe not):

It’s TRX suspension training. I discovered it at Fusion, my physical therapy place of choice ever since going bionic.

Anyway, the problem, who wants to work out early or late in the Hotel gym? I use this suspension system and just do my strength training/rehab in my room (or somewhere outside). It fits in a small bag, you can work out pretty much everything and stretch as well. Great little videos online and you can get creative with all the moves.

I think it’s an essential tool for everyone on the move that needs to keep fit and lift stuff, like 5 pounds of cameras, on a frequent bases. It seems the military, especially the SEALs, is starting to use this extensively as well.

 

Here’s a photo of the basic kit with a door anchor and a loop for small trees, etc.

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Malik Sidibé show at MB Gallery, LA

Always loved his work, straight forward  that reminds me of August Sander great look at the Germans early 1930ties, just with african charm. The eye of Bamako is a great show in a great space, up till April 9, 2011 , so if you’re in LA you have to swing by

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Homework picked up by Fox Searchlight

If you haven’t heard, and follow this story, the movie was picked up at Sundance by Fox Searchlight Pictures a couple of days ago. I hope that the press coverage, with the images we did, helped this project along to get recognized by the right people.

I even got my first NY Post reprint (interesting how this lines up with Fox Searchlight), if that pushed, it i’m extremely pleased with the outcome.

So congratulations to Gavin, the producers and the whole crew, and especially the actors, who barely had time to hold for a minute for stills (thanks).

You all probably worked as hard as i ever seen somebody, sleep deprived, but always cordial and nice.

Homework made it into Sundance

It’s official: Gavin Wiesen’s directorial debut made it in.

My first movie that i shot stills and portraits during the whole shoot.

With such a fantastic cast and crew we can only hope it makes it big next year, so stay tuned and come to Utah. But please don’t break a leg, as i did for our friend Steven Sebring and his doc about Patti Smith in 2008 (which worked by the way, but i still suffer today, so don’t don’t).

See you out West…

Sargent and the Sea

En Route pour la pêche

The Luminescent ocean view, the scenes on the beaches. Interesting how it can all remain in the vision of the sea in photographs. I felt very connected to the light and decisive play of light, shadow and clouds that create such a great pallet of colors. One can nearly smell the ocean and salt in the moist summer air.

Still up for a couple of days at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, just around the corner of our new favorite, the Brown’s Hotel on Albermarle.

Hipstamatic and the new iPhone

Finally we’re moving into serious snapshot territory with the new iPhone. While it’s all nice and new (and quicker, with higher res. screen), the best part of this is that i finally discovered Hipstamatic.

I thought i have to move to Williamsburg to truly enjoy it, but the stuff i shot so far are dangerously fun by themselves. Thanks Steven for the intro on my birthday…

I promise i’ll post more snaps in the future

Adding sound

And while getting serious about the moving image it becomes clear that sound needs to become it’s own item.

Not only does it alow to mix the image seperate from ther sound track, the sound quality is so much better, due to much less and better compression on the audio recorders.
It really is a different Element, that needs serious consideration and equipment.
And with the input from my shoot as stiil photographer on the set of “Homework” i got a serious headstart into this not so new field (My dad was a sound engineer and is a huge Jazz collector, so i kind of grew up behind a mixing board).

Again a nice amount amount of reseach was helpfull (and online resources can point very much in the right direction, but real world feedback is still the best, so thank you, Pro-Sound New York).

I rented the Zoom h4n and the Sennheiser M66/K6, both great units, form them for a test. While i liked the mic, even that it was on the dry side (Think Zeiss lenses) i wasn’t in love with the recorder. The XLR plugs don’t have a secure lock and after researching a bit i came across the Tascam DR-100 which a lot of people like better.
I wanted to up the quality and got a Marantz PMD-661, upgraded by the Oade brothers with better components. That is twice the price of the others but the sound is fantastic.
We also got Rode NTG-2 mics for boom (to the PMD) and on camera with a XLR to
stereo plug. The reason for Rode, great reviews, “cheap” and Phantom and AA power.

We also got the Rode Stereo video mic for room sound, that i personally hate, the base level of the noise is too high (hissing, think grain). Also, forget the build in mics of the Canons, Marantz PMD or any other handheld recorder for anything but emergency backup. The noise of actually just holding the unit actually gets recorded, so put it on a stand and just turn it on if you have to.

Oh, another necessary thing is to get is a nice set of headphones, Sony MDR 7506 seems the standard on movie sets, and that’s what we use now.

Our whole kit, PMD-661 ($650), 2 Rode NTG-2 ($250 each), 1 Rode SVM ($250), 1 Sony headphones ($95) and a couple of cables, rechargeable AA batteries and SD cards (probably $150), total $1645 for audio (Lav mics, to pin on, we rent as needed).

Getting just a small recorder, like the Tascam DR-100 ($300) and Rode NTG-2 with headphones gets you in the door for around $750 (cables, SD and batteries).

As for top of the crop recorders there’s Sound Devices, but that’s a very different category.

If you’re in NY, talk to Pro Sound or Abel Cine, both great outfits with very deep knowledge, a movie background and equipment to demo and rent.

As for shooting, the best option is obviously to work with a pro sound guy, but in a pinch (and a doc we’re working on right now) we do it ourselves with great results, but it needs to be monitored all the time, juts like the camera…

Coney Island visit

Living in Manhattan makes you forget how unique this city really is.

We did a fun excursion (with our niece) to Coney Island yesterday.

The textures, people, color, it just pops and works in it’s slight dysfunction.

I really recommend the trip to anyone. And if you go early, there’s even street parking.

And bring a camera…

Hand held rig for the Canon 5D Mark II

After doing research online and reading all the reviews I could get my hands on, testing equipment from Fotocare and Able cinema we got around to put a nice and small system together for better camera handling while shooting moving images with the Canon 5D.

What I do find interesting is that the Movie Directors of Photography keep the cameras and accessories small, with prime lenses and very little other equipment, maybe a loupe, maybe a small LCD.

But the still photographers try to add everything possible to the unit, large Matt boxes, a separate audio recorder with shotgun mics and huge shoulder rigs in addition to the loupe and monitor.

The last resulting in the most comical contraption that’s unwieldy and takes up huge amount of space to transport, rig and move around. Kind of defying the purpose of the small unit with incredible image quality.
The solution that I prefer is a simple Redrock rig with two handles upfront and a simple gun stock, while the camera gets a Zacuto loupe mounted on the small LCD.
I could see adding a 7″ Marshall LCD at some point, especially when shooting from a tripod.
But I really like the feeling of the handheld shooting, conveying and more engaging with an immediate point of view.

A great addition to the still image, i can see this mixing well on the iPad and web editions of stories all the while keeping the feel and perspective very close.

Homework Movie Poster for Cannes 2010

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Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore on the Poster for the new movie Homework

This just in, during my month on the set i got some great photographs. And the shot of Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore along with a NYC scape made it to become the poster (or One Sheet in movie land dialect).

Now we just need national and international distribution for which the film will be showcased in Cannes, France this week.

new Canon 70-200 2.8 II lens, what a gem

I always hated those obnoxious, huge, heavy (and white) lenses. Never shot with them, hate the focal length, you get my drift.

But i had to get one for a shoot on a movie set that i was doing for the last month (in case you missed me).

And i have to say i’m flored, it’s still heavy white and enormous, but the image quality, handling and pure genius that allows low light photography at exposure times previously unheard of, is pure magic. I got fantastic shots with 200mm at 1/20sec, various ISO, super low light on the film set, at night, i still can’t believe it. I actually prefered the lens over the much lighter 24-105 lens i used on the other camera, just due to the stabilizing abilities and the rendition of the scene.

It will be some time till i can post a gallery on the site, the client is getting proofs today and the movie is supposed to be done by the fall.

iPad, what else is the world talking about

I wonder, will it save publishing, will it replace my print portfolio, will we be able to replace Laptops, will we able to set it up as a preview screen on a shoot, how will my iPhone feel…

Anyhow, i can’t wait, my 3G is on the way, perfect for my trip to Europe. The hype is a little overblown, but it will do a lot.

I feel we’ll be ending up like those little round guys in WALL-E, sitting on a hover chair and having a iPad strapped in front of us. Interesting to think that Steve Jobs vision of the future is laid out in a children’s animation movie and no one picks up on this (iAd anyone?).

ICP: Atget and Miroslav Tichy show

What a great selection of photographs.

I always loved the Atget view of Paris. I still it believe it exists, those quite moments in a large city and especially in Paris. They make every city magical, otherworldly, quite; an emotion that’s very hard to comunicate. And Atget stands the test of time.

On the other hand the great self build camera and the resulting images that Miroslav Tichy creates, come straight out of his phantasy, well excuted with a handmade edge that seems to be disapperaing very rapidly these days.

Both are at the ICP in NY til May 09, 2010

A View from the Bridge

I just saw the play on 48th street. Great cast and great use of the set. Even the clothes felt strangely modern yet classic. Flowing coats and skirts and the men somewhat reminded me of the current inspirations of Steven Alan, J. Crew etc.

Anyhow, Scarlett was great, we saw her quickly after the show, nice as ever, with her hat pulled down and smoking away.

I think it’s her first big show on Broadway and she said she’s exhausted from the schedule, but that’s theater. I remember her, sitting in the back of the car, singing Disney tunes wile we’re driving all the way from MRY to the Ventana for a shoot a couple of years back.

Walking out into the street, flashlight mayhem with hundreds of fans, and that according to her, every night. All the while the rest of the cast just walks into the night or even rode their bikes home, love it…

It runs for only one more week and i highly suggest to go and see it, if you can score tickets.

Video kills the …

Wasn’t there something like this not too long ago. Radio survived and that’s a good thing.

Now video is again at it, and the photo world seems to discover a new calling. Only, isn’t there something like a Director of Photography (who are great photographers themselves) on every film set. Nobody is waiting for the still photographers to come and reinvent the wheel. The DP’s are taking the small DSLRS and shoot footage previously unable or only obtainable with very difficult rigging. Maybe that’s the convergence of technologies. And it will be interesting finally and really incorporating editorial photography with video, at least to an extend…

My prediction: Still photography will come out of this even stronger than before. It’s hard to hang a movie or video on the wall, and moving images will enhance and add to the still portfolio in any publication (once we all have an iPad).

People will go back to actually capturing a moment rather than spending days reviewing, developing and editing RAW RED footage… In the end it’s all about the efficient method to get to the final product.

Irving Penn show at The National Portrait Gallery, London

I just got the book a couple of days ago and it’s a brilliant little gem. But i really urge everyone interested in the best photographical portrait work ever done, to see the show in person.

It’s up at the National Portrait Gallery in London until June 6, 2010 and then at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome from July 1st through September 19th, 2010.

Alexander McQueen died today

What a sad, tragic and early end to a fantastic designer who i expected to continue to fight against the demise of ambitious and great fashion.

I remember well when he first came to Paris in’96, changing Givenchy; not the easiest transition, after the genius John Galliano moved to Dior.

I felt recently he really hit a stride and I thought he’s just warming up…