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Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic
"The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years," an exhibit featuring a plethora of the longstanding publication’s finest photography, will be hosted by the Annenberg Space for Photography between Oct. 26 and April 27, 2014.
From co-curators Sarah Leen, director of photography for NatGeo and creative director Bill Marr:“
It started with this question–how do you build a photography show in a finite space that will represent a 125-year-long history of exploring the world and telling stories with photography? Well, you can’t. Not with any depth or surprises. So we abandoned the idea of doing a strictly print show and started to think of displaying the images on grids of LED screens. Our operating principle became, “Too much is not enough and more is more.”
“Once we moved from prints to digital it started to get fun and we ended up with a show that contains 500+1 images displayed on ever-changing screens and on what we call “wallpaper,” which is floor to ceiling grids of all the images that are in the show. There are also a selection of single prints that represent the work from the October 125th anniversary issue of the magazine.”
Photos: Jim Richardson, Randy Olson Jean Gaberell / National Geographic, Paolo Pellegrin, Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos, Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale / VII
'A last testament' to Africa's wildlife
Times photographer Barbara Davidson sat down recently with renowned photographer Nick Brandt, whose current focus is on the dwindling wildlife of Africa.
Brandt said of his focused choice of subjects:
There is something profoundly iconic, mythological even, about the animals and landscapes of East Africa. There is also something deeply, emotionally stirring and affecting about those vast green rolling plains under the huge skies.
It just affects me, as I think it almost inevitably does many people, in a very fundamental, possibly primordial way.
Photos: Nick Brandt
Israeli artist Eyal Gever explores catastrophic events through his art. In his pieces known simply as Nuclear Bomb and Large Scale Smoke, he fabricates the fiery mushroom cloud that forms from an atomic explosion and the suffocating carbon and debris that billows from a volcanic eruption, respectively.
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Examining space and time (photographically) with Chervinsky
A photography and physics engineer, John Chervinsky is all about the exploration of time, space and all of those complicated interlocked pieces that form perspective. In his own words:
As with previous work, I’m interested in issues relating to perspective. I’m interested in the tensions expressed in the comparison between reality versus representation. I’m interested in what happens when I collaborate with another artist who has no idea that he or she is involved in a collaboration, and I’m interested in seeing and expressing subtle changes over time that we might otherwise take for granted.
Some of his work, composed of still life photography and outsourced oil paintings, is featured above. And you can see more photos, and read more about Chervinsky’s methods over at Framework.
Photos: John Chervinsky
Today marks the launch of Readymade, the first Tumblr theme designed specifically for the art world. A partnership between Tumblr and theme shop Pixel Union, the first to adopt the turn-key digital space for the art industry include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA-based non-profit ForYourArt, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, MoMA PS1, Paul Kasmin Gallery, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Happy birthday, Jim. We still miss you.
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Photographer Zack Seckler turns everyday life into something quite unexpected
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One of the many great reasons to live in Los Angeles is its magnificent weather, which boasts year-round moderate temperatures, vernal breezes, and clear blue skies. Most importantly, though, are the dry and sunny summers. Incidentally, not only is it the perfect time of year for a pool party, but also for the outdoor treatment of very large works of art on paper, which, as it turns out, involves a pool of sorts.
Robert Rauschenberg, Booster, from the series Booster and Seven Studies(edition 38 or 38), 1967, gift of the Times Mirror Company
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Photographer Luis Sinco’s outstanding outtakes
It’s time for another set of outtakes from our photo department, proving once again that even the shots that are often left behind are still worth a thousand words. This time, we present some photos from Luis Sinco, who you can follow on Twitter here.
For even more shots, and his reflections on each of them, head on over to Framework.
Photos: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Joni Sternbach takes contemporary portraits of surfers using 19th-century photographic processes in her ongoing series, “SurfLand.”
The photos are one-of-a-kind tintypes made with a large-format camera using a wet-plate collodion process, one made popular in the Untied States in Civil War–era photography. While the process can inspire nostalgia, Sternbach said she is more interested in bringing the process into the present day than mimicking the aesthetic of the past.
"I wasn’t interested in recreating something that had already occurred in the history of photography. I was more interested in creating a new topic of conversation about how can we use the materials and information from the history of photography to make new and wonderful images that we haven’t seen before," Sternbach said.
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Take a look at a brand-new Van Gogh painting
After years of languishing in a Norwegian attic, a full-size canvas painted by the widely-renowned master has been confirmed after a thorough review of its authenticity.
The first of its kind to be discovered since 1928, “Sunset at Montmajour,” the painting will be displayed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam starting Sept. 24.
Photo: Peter Dejong / Associated Press