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The week that was started with some weird news from Adobe.
As we noted on Monday, a bug in a recent Adobe Creative Cloud update was proving troublesome by behaving in a Pac-Man fashion and eating files on the root drive of Macs upon installation. Fstoppers reported that the bug is capable of deleting files within whichever hidden folder in the computer’s directory comes first alphabetically. Luckily, once the bug was discovered Adobe issued a fix, noted DP Review.
In photo-industry news, Forbes reported this week that Shutterstock was getting upwardly mobile: The marketplace for photos and video recently signed an exclusive, multi-year distribution deal with BFA, a New York agency that specializes in fashion, events and entertainment photography. “We focus on the service aspect of the business — getting Calvin Klein and Chanel to trust us and make us their in-house photographer,” said BFA founder Billy Farrell. “Shutterstock has the distribution, the relationships, and the drive to improve the whole editorial landscape.”
Meanwhile, the most interesting piece of photo history we learned this week took us all the way back to 1945 and the birth of the nuclear age. The first detonation of an atomic bomb in New Mexico was perhaps America’s most highly classified secret. But, as Imaging Resource explained, in 1946 Kodak learned what the American public didn’t know, after the company’s customers began complaining that film they had bought was foggy when developed. Kodak investigated and found the problem: Corn husks from Indiana that were being used as padding to ship materials were contaminated with the radioactive isotope iodine-131, which is produced during plutonium fission.
Here are some of the other photo stories we covered this week:
1. Eye to Eye With the People of Flint, Michigan
National Geographic’s Proof blog called photographer Wayne Lawrence’s portraits of the people of Flint, Michigan “an immediate, intimate look into a community living through hard times.” On top of other difficulties, Flint residents have also been facing an acute health crisis tied to a contaminated water supply. “Among the people Lawrence photographed are fathers afraid to give their daughters a bath in contaminated water [and] parents worried about brain damage in their babies from lead poisoning,” noted the blog. Lawrence revealed the secret behind his strong portraits: “Most of the people I meet feel like family,” he says.
2. Jonathan Becker’s “Fashionable Mind”
In the 1970s, photographer Jonathan Becker moved to Paris, where he apprenticed for Brassaï and began shooting party pictures for Women’s Wear Daily. Then he returned to his native New York to shoot for Interview magazine, while moonlighting as a taxi driver. (Andy Warhol, he says, never tipped.) He later started what would be a 30-year association with Vanity Fair. Now, noted the AnOther blog, his work — including a famous photo of Robert Mapplethorpe prior to his death from AIDS in 1989 — is on view at SCAD (the Savannah College of Art and Design) in Atlanta.
3. Life Goes on at 57th and Fifth
For years, the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue has been the go-to outpost for photographers hoping to capture the fashions and lifestyles of New York City. Feature Shoot spotlighted the work of British photographer Daniel Featherstone, who recently joined the culture watchers snapping pictures at the corner. “New York is a transient hub of such diversity, it’s an essential place for street photographers of all backgrounds. The characters that I interact with range from the plastic surgery aristocracy to naïve tourists,” he said.
4. Brasilia In the Dark
With its white, futuristic buildings designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, has lured photographers from around the world. One of them was Norway-based Øystein Aspelund, who like others came to capture the curves and geometric angles of Niemeyer’s designs. But, as Creative Boom noted, Aspelund did it in a new way, using darkness to accentuate the nature of the buildings, which in his pictures emerge from shadows as abstractions and alien spacecraft.
5. Beards and the Photographers Who Love Them
Some men wear their hearts on their sleeves, while others, we noted, sprout emotions from their faces: The era of men in beards has inspired a number of photo projects involving everything from lettuce and soap bubbles to squirrels. In one way or another, all of them commented on the popularity of the hirsute look, as modern men proudly display their Y chromosomes with home-grown beaver pelts.
At top: A portrait of Flint, Michigan by Wayne Lawrence