Gene Smith’s Sink

Famously unabashed, W. Eugene Smith was photography’s most celebrated humanist. As a photo essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and ’50s, he established himself as an intimate chronicler of human culture. His photographs of war and disaster, villages and metropolises, doctors and midwives, revolutionized the role of images in journalism, transforming photography for decades …


Alamy – Not a Cosmetics Company

 Another in our ongoing conversations with folks in our industry. By Michael Masterson. Alan Capel has worked in the picture industry for over 25 years, first for Tony Stone, then joining Alamy shortly after its inception in 2000. As Head of Content he’s responsible for Alamy’s images and recruiting and managing its contributors. The site …


A Room With A View: The Ronald Grant Archive and The Cinema Museum

by Julian Jackson Tucked away in an obscure corner of South London is a researcher’s treasure: The Ronald Grant Archive and The Cinema Museum. For film lovers like myself, going there is like falling into a crazy Aladdin’s cave stuffed full of film memorabilia and equipment. Ronald Grant started the archive in 1973 and continues …


Still Talking About Diversity in Stock

For as long as I have worked in the Photography industry, the conversation around imagery of humans has been about authenticity and diversity. Hard to believe that this is still the case with the level of sophistication in the world of visual media, the easy access to technology and most of all, the population at …


Just the Facts

For those of us looking for a reason to visit beautiful Hudson New York late Summer.. Just The Facts is all one needs. “Just the Facts,” LightField’s second festival of photography and multimedia art, presents lens-based works created by six innovative and distinguished visual artists: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Brenda Kenneally, Phyllis Dooney, Stacy Kranitz, Zoe …


Update on Richard Prince, Appropriation and Copyright Infringement

Remember our piece awhile back on appropriation and Richard Prince? http://www.visualconnections.com/blog/the-apotheosis-of-appropriation-richard-prince/ The court cast would appear to be heating up again. To recap: From PetaPixel: In 2014, controversial artist Richard Prince had an exhibit of reappropriated Instagram images at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC, selling the prints for up to $100k each. He sought no …


See What Developed – Elsa Dorfman’s Photography

We love Errol Morris and Polaroids. Just had to have Michael Masterson review this super new doc. Treat yourself! By Michael Masterson When I was a teenager I wanted a Polaroid SX-70 camera so badly I could taste it. When my parents finally caved in and gave me one for Christmas, I was entranced with …


Khadija Saye

Obituary: Khadija Saye, fast-rising artist killed tragically young in Grenfell Tower A tribute to Saye and “to all those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017” has also been set up at Tate Britain, featuring an image from Saye’s series Dwelling. in this space we breathe. A memorial fund has been established …


On the Move with the DMLA

Programming has just been announced for the DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association) Annual Conference. To be held on October 22-24 at the iconic New Yorker Hotel, the conference will be followed by Visual Connections in the same location. Time to book a room and make your reservations. The programming committee has been working for months …


Erik Wahlstrom on What Makes a Photographer

Erik Wahlstrom is an up and coming shooter who has a super YouTube channel on all things photography. His musings on What Makes a Photographer are relevant and he also sparks good discussion. For more on Erik: Email: erikwahlstromphotography@gmail.com Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikewa… Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ErikWahlstrom Instagram: https://www.patreon.com/ErikWahlstrom