FlakPhoto Digest #18 — Photographing Time • Pokemon Go • Thunder Road • The Kodakery

Visual culture for curious minds / July 22, 2016

#FlakPhotoRecs → Brian McSwain (follow him!)

Hey Photo Peeps! Not sure about you but I’ve been spending way too much time following RNC coverage this week so looking forward to diving deep into some non-political material this next few days…

Big news in my world was the announcement of our Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant recipients. I get asked to jury things like this from time to time and this one was a particular thrill — got to meet a hero of mine, Vince Aletti, which was really fun. Great guy (read more about him in the 10 things section below). Check these artists out when you have a sec. And if you aren’t already familiar, hop over to the Siskind Foundation website for a look. (You can find them on Twitter too.) It’s cool to see photographers getting the support they deserve. Congrats!

One of my goals is to make it easier for imagemakers to connect with quality photo opportunities — to get their work seen, to experience a unique artist residency, and generally up their creative game. So I’m going to start sharing calls for entry/applications here from time to time. I’m always looking for opportunities with low barriers to entry, low or no entry fees, etc. and will prioritize those whenever possible. Goal is to keep you current on the cool stuff happening out there in Photoland. Check it:

Naturally, share with photo/arts friends. If you’re promoting an exhibition call, arts residency, grant, or other creative opportunity, email me hello@flakphoto.com with a link and I’ll consider it for broadcast here.

Finally, did you know that Kodak has a podcast? This week’s episode explores George Eastman’s early life. Listen up!

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Looking for inspiration? I’m recommending photographers on Instagram every day. Some of this week’s #FlakPhotoRecs include (clockwise, from upper left): Daniella Zalcman, Scott Opirorhy, Sonny Thakur, and Cole Thompson. Submit your work for consideration by tagging me @FlakPhoto in your best images. Thank you!

10 Things I’m reading this week

  1. Vince Aletti: Curator, Collector, Writer Extraordinaire — Glitterati
  2. ’Pokemon Go’ is a work of art, not a social experiment — LA Times
  3. New York Photographs 1968–1978 — The Paris Review
  4. Curating Internet Art, Online and IRL — Observer
  5. Robert Capa and the Spanish Civil War — Magnum Photos
  6. Earning From Instagram Without Being A Shill — DigitalRev
  7. Walker Evans: “Drive-By Pictures — ASX
  8. Photographing Time — Nautilus
  9. Behind the Video: the Sundance-winning short ‘Thunder Road’ — Vimeo
  10. Ben Alper: Landscape as Crime Scene — Humble Arts Foundation

PS: I’m sharing photo/arts links on Twitter every day @FlakPhoto


Photobook Friday! What are you looking at this week? My pick — MOSSLESS 4: Public/Private/Portrait

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“I wouldn’t have thought I want to have a bookshop in a location no one knows about.” — h/t The Paris Review