From Ryan McGinley’s “Winter” series

Don McCullin Talks War, Lytro Goes VR, Early Photo-Fakery, Extremely Cold Nudes, and then there’s “Nutscapes”

What We Learned This Week


Lytro, the company that thought light field “focus-after-shooting” photography would revolutionize the medium, has gone in a new direction. Lytro’s recently unveiled Immerge camera system is all about virtual reality.

The system consists of a camera capable of capturing light rays from all angles of an environment. The company says the technology will make VR experiences more lifelike, noted PDN Pulse.


An enlightening interview with legendary war photographer Don McCullin, subject of a documentary film that had its American debut at the Museum of Modern Art recently. At the New York Times, McCullin talked with another war photographer, Michael Kamber, about the craft of conflict photography and the current state of the media.

“Many people send me letters in England saying, ‘I want to be a war photographer,’ and I say, go out into the community that you live in. There’s wars going on out there,” said McCullin.

The Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971 @ Don McCullin

This week, we also learned about an old case of image compositing — specifically, a shot of a tornado alleged to have occurred on May 17, 1898 — proving that photographic fakery is nothing new. Fstoppers had the story.


There’s a new trend that PPD is none too happy about: “Nutscapes.”

Nutscapes — landscape photos that include the sight of the photographer’s own scrotum — began as photographic project by American artist Clancy Philbrick in 2007 but is now apparently a full-fledged movement. Street Shootr tells you how to Nutscape.

A nutscape, that is a landscape with a testicle in it.

Some other photo story highlights from this week:

1. Central Park, In the Dreamy Hours

During his mid 20s, photographer Michael Massaia developed a terrible case of insomnia. Instead of sitting around all night “staring at the walls,” he began to go on long walks through Manhattan, quiet and less congested in the wee small hours of the morning, with his 8 x 10 camera. The result is his series “Deep in a Dream, Central Park,” featured at Slate. Using a slow black-and-white film, Massaia shot for about an hour before the sun rose, when there was the slightest hint of daylight without any harsh shadows.


2. The Serenity of Lonely Cargo Ships

A couple of years ago, while visiting a port in Amsterdam, Dutch photographer Raymond Waltjen stopped to admire a large ship that passed close by. He was struck by the sturdy beauty of such cargo vessels. “They leave their daily world behind them on the way to their destination, while facing all kinds of weather in the unpredictable sea,” he said at Slate. For his series “Destination,” Waltjen photographed 13 of the ships as they sailed from ports around the Netherlands, shooting only on cloudy days.


3. Ryan McGinley’s Wintertime Nudes

From Ryan McGinley’s “Winter” series

Winter is coming. And the people in photographer Ryan McGinley’s pictures don’t have clothes on. McGinley’s latest exhibition, titled “Winter,” features images of his nude friends romping (frigidly) in glacial upstate New York settings. (The show runs through Dec. 20 at the Team Gallery in New York City; a companion show, “Fall,” is being show at Team Gallery’s Los Angeles location.) The images are “almost arresting in their otherworldliness,” noted the New York Times T magazine. The New Yorker had more.


4. Surreal Aerial Photos of a Hong Kong Fire Station

Shooting from above — in fact, from a restroom window — Hong Kong-based photographer Chan Dick captured images of a Hong Kong fire station crew that are at once graphically rigorous and surreal. “One day I was busy in my workshop when I heard a noise coming from the bathroom. Curious, I opened the window and looked down and saw firefighters playing volleyball,” explained Chan at It’s Nice That. The tiny figures in his pictures move in elegant formations, along with toy-sized fire trucks and a licorice-stick hoses.


5. Walking a Mile in Guy Bourdin’s Shoes

As part of the recent Paris Photo art fair, the Italian gallery Louise Alexander staged a solo show of work by famed fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. A major highlight of the show, noted the It’s Nice That blog, was a collection of fashion images incorporating Polaroids that Bourdin snapped as test shots. These images, created for Bourdin’s noted campaigns for Charles Jourdan shoes in the 1970s, show how he pushed commercial work into unexpected territory. Take a look at some high-stepping photo history.


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