Thursday, March 31, 2011

Feature - Anthony Lepore

Born and raised here, Anthony Lepore did his MFA at Yale and is now back in sunny CA. I'm featuring work from his New Wilderness series, but make sure to head over to his site and check out the rest.

All images copyright Anthony Lepore

Essential Reading - In Defense of the Poor Image

This is a must read for anyone who cares and thinks about photography in the digital age, now and in the future.

"After being kicked out of the protected and often protectionist arena of national culture, discarded from commercial circulation, these works have become travelers in a digital no-man’s land, constantly shifting their resolution and format, speed and media, sometimes even losing names and credits along the way."

Hito Steyerl - In Defense of the Poor Image

Thanks, Sarah!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quote of the Week - O. Winston Link

"The locomotives are black. The coal is black. The tracks are black. The night is black. So what am I going to do with color?"

- O. Winston Link

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Feature - Sam Comen

I've been spending much more time than I ever anticipated in Kern County and it seems to me that Sam Comen has done an excellent job of portraying an important part of it, the state, and the nation for that matter with his Lost Hills project.

I'm especially happy to feature this on St. Patrick's Day, when I think it's important to remember the new immigrants, who face many of the same challenges and attitudes as my Irish ancestors faced when they came to this country looking for a better life.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WCST now on Facebook

I've created a Facebook page for the blog so if you don't use an RSS reader and want to keep up to date with events and postings, please head over there and "Like" WCST.

Vince Aletti @ LACMA - March 31

On March 31st at 7pm, Vince Aletti, the New Yorker's photography critic, will speak with LACMA photo curator Britt Salvesen about the current state of photography. This is not one to be missed.

7pm - Brown Auditorium


Thursday, March 10, 2011



Torbjorn Rodland will present a slideshow, commentary, and audience Q&A, followed by a signing of his new book
Andy Capp Variations. Rodland uses the comic strip character Andy Capp as a starting point for a series of black and white photographs.

Related Interview

Job Opportunity - Lomo

Don't say I never did anything for you:

Location: Los Angeles, USA

As a junior online manager you will be in charge of all U.S. west coast related online matters regarding content and online shop sales.


The job profile is divided into 3 main categories:


• Responsible for all editorial content generated by Lomography Los Angeles
• Communicating events and collaborations by future U.S. west coast Lomography website
• Elaborate strategies to enhance the U.S. west coast community on future Los Angeles Lomography website

Marketing and content:

• Execution of international online marketing concept
• Find effective collaboration partners and follow-up each collaboration project
• Research and development of online marketing campaigns


• Develop and implement strategies for stronger up-selling and for increasing conversion rates
• Being responsible to provide ideas and content mainly geared towards U.S. west coast market


• Perfect English skills, Spanish or any other additional language is a big plus
• Some editorial experience (own blog or online magazines is fine)
• Must show ability to manage projects
• Strong Lomographic Experience a big plus
• Basic commercial knowledge
• Knowledge of current web developments, especially of social media
• Experience in a similar position is a plus
• Excellent personal time management

Employment: Full time
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Job start date: March 2011
Please send applications (in English) to:

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Feature - Christopher Dibble

Christopher Dibble's bread and butter is lifestyle, fashion, portraiture, editorial.

All images copyright Christopher Dibble

Opening Sat - The Next LA

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Join us on Saturday, March 26th from 7-10pm
at the new Julia Dean Studios
755 Seward Street
Holllywood, CA 90038

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Opening Sat. - Wolfgang Tillmans @ Regen

Wolfgang Tillmans' show opens at Regen this Saturday from 6-8 pm and runs through April 9th.

633 N. Almont Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
t 310 276 5424 f 310 276 7430

Copyright Wolfgang Tillmans

Also, don't forget, he's speaking tomorrow at LACMA. If you're like me, and never quite understand what he (or the curators for that matter) is thinking, this is a good opportunity to hear an explanation.

LACMA Lecture
Wednesday, March 9 | 6:30 pm

Wolfgang Tillmans is known for photographs that appear casual, authentic, and immediate. Constantly shifting in scale and subject, his work explores the nature of the medium: exploiting numerous formats (Polaroid, Xerox, inkjet) and presentation styles. Whether pinned to the wall or on the pages of a book, Tillmans's imagery is at once very personal and embedded in contemporary culture, politics, and art history. This lecture is a collaboration between the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, and the Otis College of Art and Design, Fine Arts Department. (Emphasis mine)

Bing Theater | Free, tickets required and available one hour before the event | LACMA is closed to the public on Wednesdays but the Box Office will open at 5:30 pm for this event. | Parking available only in the Spaulding Parking Lot off of Wilshire Blvd.

Bruce Haley - Sunder

Friend, CA resident (Big Sur), and Robert Capa Gold Medal winner Bruce Haley is about to release his new book, Sunder, co-published by Daylight Magazine and Edizioni Charta. Here's a nice teaser video for this amazing work in book form:

"Produced between 1994 and 2002, the images in SUNDER sweep the viewer along on a far-reaching journey through numerous former USSR and Iron Curtain countries, stopping at landscapes of ruin and moments of grace in equal measure. Haley's explorations were intuitive, responding to a deep curiosity to taste the last drops of the would-be Utopian ideology that dominated global politics during the first thirty years of his life. Using black and white film, the notion of remnants and transition would sustain Haley's photographic investigation for some eight years. The resulting images present a stark perspective of the collapse of the communist empire. Haley’s photographs are bleak and brimming with the realism that only a photographer as seasoned as he could achieve. Given the contrast with Haley’s conflict-based coverage, which was dominated by lush color imagery depicting the most horrific acts of violence imaginable, it seems as though this personal project is as much a portrait of the photographer himself as it is an invaluable historical archive. Co-published with Charta Editions."

144 pages
55 black + white photographs
Introduction by Kirsten Rian
Foreword by Dina and Clint Eastwood
Essay by Andrei Codrescu

Pre-order on Amazon here.

Related articles:

New Yorker


In Rainbows

I'm just sayin', rainbows are all the rage.

This isn't the only thing these photographers have in common either...

Michele Abeles

Lyndsy Welgos

Jessica Labatte

Sam Falls

David Benjamin Sherry

Noel Rodo-Vankeulen

Christian Patterson

Lucas Blalock

Alexander Binder

Jessica Eaton

All hail the King?

Copyright James Welling

But let's not forget Eggleston and Gursky before that:

Copyright Eggleston Trust

Copyright Andreas Gursky

Monday, March 7, 2011

Grand Canyon

Headed to the Grand Canyon this weekend. Anyone have photo tips? I'm going to try not to pull one of these moves while there.

Kolb Brothers

Saturday, March 5, 2011

When Photojournalism and Art Collide

No blur or grain here. Two outstanding photos illustrating this story today. As always, click photos for larger views.

Copyright Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Copyright Moises Saman/The New York Times

Friday, March 4, 2011

Quote of the Week - Nadav Kander

"I think it’s a universal Western truth that we have a real problem thinking any lower than our head into how we feel about things. I think when we are always trying to make our brain do the work and separate a picture into why I like it or why I don’t and what are the reasons for it, it’s often as simple as that it touches me in an emotional place, in a place inside me that responds to this for whatever reason."

- Nadav Kander