Beautiful Pipedream of the Day: If Manhattan was Inside The Grand Canyon
In the final chapter of a project series called Empty, Dense, Merge, Swedish photographer Gus Petro explores what Manhattan would look like if it was placed inside the Grand Canyon.
The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner
Who amongst you is still shooting analog photos or have heaps of film lying around at home? The Lomography Society has invented the Smartphone Film Scanner to scan, edit, print and share all 35mm films. It fits into any rucksack and comes with a specific smartphone app to edit the photos on the go. That sounds like a must-have tool for analog junkies who enjoy living in the 21st century.
When we first saw the line up for the new photo show opening tomorrow at the Aperture Foundation Gallery, simply titled Photography, we fell out of our chairs. The show features new (new!) work from William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, Terry Richardson, and Stephen Shore. You don’t have to be a photo nerd to know that this selection of artists are some of the most important photographers making work today. To have new work by them all in one room is crazy. We decided we had to sit down with Ken Miller, the curator of the show, to figure out how he pulled it off. Turns out it was pretty simple.
VICE: What’s up, Ken? How did this project start?
Ken Miller: It started with a sort of unrelated exhibition of abstract photography that I did in Tokyo about a year and a half ago. That was kind of a weird way for it to begin. It was a show with Sam Falls, Marcelo Gomes, Mariah Robertson, and this Japanese photographer named Taisuke Koyama. Somebody from Fujifilm came by and I guess they liked the show, so they got in touch. They took me out to drinks and showed me these cameras they were coming out with and were like “Do you think you could get photographers to use these?” The cameras were really nice, so I was like, “Yeah probably, it’s a free camera.”
We started putting a list of photographers together. I was initially thinking of people I’d worked with before, who seemed easy to approach. Then I thought, Fuck it. I’ll just ask ambitiously and worst comes to worst, they’ll say no. And amazingly, basically everybody said yes. Of the initial people we asked, only two passed for different reasons. It was remarkably easy.
That’s pretty amazing.
I don’t want to sound like an advertisement for the camera, but it’s a digital SLR that works like the camera you studied in college. It has a lot of manual functions. So, I think there’s a certain nostalgia for a lot of these photographers who think “Oh, this works like a classic point-shoot Nikon” and they were psyched about that. You sort of forget photographers are camera nerds too, so they wanted to try it out.
A COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION BY IMPOSSIBLE FANS / 2012
Out Of The Blue features enlargements and originals of diverse subjects and styles, taken on the new Color Protection films, created by Impossible fans, users and loyal customers who were for the very first time invited to contribute to an exhibition.
OCTOBER 25, 2012 6:00 PM
Impossible Project Space NYC
425 Broadway, 5th floor
Post-Apocalyptic World of the Day: Lucie & Simon, a self-taught artistic duo out of France, have traveled the world photographing major metropolitan areas — such as Times Square and the Louvre — without signs of life. Their technique involves using a neutral density filter that allows for extra-long exposures, which removes moving objects like people and cars.