Hi, BLUR friends and fans! Our April issue #42 is finally out – we refrained from posting it yesterday so you don’t think we’re running an April Fools joke on you, because we’ve got a really special treat for you this month: almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness! The page increase is due to the inclusion of a special guest section – Lightbox Nude 2015. If you’ve followed our updates lately, you already know that Lightbox Nude is one of the key exhibits of worldwide nude fine art photography, and BLUR’s editor-in-chief Robert was this year’s juror. Don’t miss it! Read more…
BLUR magazine: What do you like best about a woman’s body?
Alina Lebedeva: Most of all I like interesting faces. I think every face is really unique. Body for me is a material that we can see in pictures. I’m not crazy about some special parts of it.
BLUR magazine: Today, everyone can be a photographer. Do you think photography is appreciated more or less because of this?
Alina Lebedeva: Quantity and quality are not the same thing. Yes, everyone can buy a camera, but it doesn’t mean that they automatically become a good photographer.
Revela-T blog, organizes the only festival of analogue photography in the world, and it will hold its third edition on june 19th, 20th and 21st. It will take place in Vilassar de Dalt, a small village very close to Barcelona.
Happy Valentines Day!
Please join us for the Opening Reception of
The Photographic Nude 2015, Tonight!
Saturday, February 14th, 2015 6-9pm
LIGHTBOX PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Photographic Nude 2015
LightBox welcomes submissions to The Photographic Nude 2015, a juried exhibit exploring the artistic and creative view of the body and it’s form. This exhibit celebrates the nude in photography, welcoming the timeless elegance of a classical study as well as alternative and provocative styles. Studies of the whole or partial human form, nude or semi-nude are eligible.
We are very pleased to have Robert Gojević as juror for this exhibit. Robert was born in 1968 in Zagreb, Croatia, by profession a painter and graphic designer, he is the founder and chief editor of the international photographic PDF magazine BLUR magazine. Active in photography for more than 15 years using various techniques, from digital, analog, instant, pinhole and wet plate photography. Read more…
The Urban Yoga method for designing space ensures that architecture will continue not only to provide the world with pragmatic buildings which satisfy the demands required of them, or on the contrary buildings which are visually stunning but functionally useless, but to express fundamental truths of the human condition, including our dreams, imagination, and desires: not just those of the designers themselves, but also of those who use these structures on a daily basis. Read more…
Wet plate / Pinhole demo
Saturday 6 December 15.30-18.30
Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés, 29
1000 – BRUSSELS
The Intrepid 4×5 Camera – An Affordable Large Format Camera
The Intrepid Camera is a high quality and affordable 4×5 field camera, it’s light weight and capable of creating breath taking images.
4×5 is an amazing format. The film comes in sheets that are much larger than your standard 35mm- 13x larger in fact. This lends an incredible amount of clarity and depth in your images. The film would be considered “HDR” in the digital world due to the amount of detail it can capture. 4×5 film is still produced and readily available all over the world, with Ilford, Fuji and Kodak manufacturing some of the most high tech films that have ever existed…
Epson’s 6-colour ink tank system A4 photo printers don’t need a computer
Epson has announced its first A4 6-colour ink tank system photo printers with an LCD screen, the L850 and L810. Designed to deliver ultra-low-cost printing of photos, both will appeal to event photographers, photo labs, advertising agencies and education establishments looking for quick-fire and affordable photo printing. Able to produce a 10x15cm colour photo in just 12 seconds, the L850 and L810′s A4 print speeds are up to 37ppm in mono and 38ppm in colour* Read more…
CineStill Medium Format Film
Ferrania has been making both still and motion picture film since 1923 in the northwest Liguria region of Italy. Ferrania made very popular 35mm and 120 consumer films, as well as inexpensive cameras that were as popular in Italy as Kodak was in the US during the same time. But the Ferrania brand was most associated with cinema. Fellini was a big customer. So were De Sica and Antonioni. In fact, the vast majority of classic Italian movies released between 1923 and 1965 were shot on Ferrania stock.
Between 1964 and 1999, Ferrania was owned by The 3M Corporation and sold films under various brand names. After 3M’s exit, Ferrania soldiered onward until finally turning off the machines and locking the doors in 2010.
In 2012 our founders, Nicola and Marco, knocked on the factory door and FILM Ferrania, named in homage to the original 1923 company, was born.
Breaking news: Deadline extended, 2nd October
Due to the high volume of applications we have received in the last 48 hours we are extending the deadline until Thursday 2nd October at midday, to give everyone a chance to send us their project.
But please do not delay. You still have a couple of hours but please do not delay. You must send us your proposal by 12.00pm [BST] today, Thursday 2nd October.
Epson launches benchmark flatbed film and photo scanners
Building on the success of the Perfection V700 range, the new models’ professional quality,
speed and productivity raise the bar once again
16th September 2014 – Epson announces the launch of two outstanding film and photo flatbed scanners: the Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo, for converting back catalogues and collections of photo film and prints into professional-quality digital images. Thanks to the quality of their optics, the size of their scanning area, their wide range of supported film formats and advanced options for dust and scratch removal, they lead the market in this segment. Read more…
BLUR magazine: How would you describe your photographs to someone who has never seen them?
Larry Woodmann: We start with the most difficult question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing and I cannot find the answer; maybe the day I do I will stop shooting. Sometimes I say “emotional photography,” which means to feel something when you observe the photo. It can be sensuality, it can be eroticism, or it can be tenderness or pain, rarely fun. That’s why human beings are the subjects I prefer: Nothing else inspires me like a face, a gesture, the body of a man or a woman, old or young, even if I am known especially for the seconds. Read more…
World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre which happened in the beginning of 1839.
On August 19, of that same year, the French government announced the invention of the daguerreotype process as a gift “Free to the World”. So, 1839 is marked as the year that photography was invented.
To all photographers around the world: happy Photography Day from BLUR magazine team
I am Wilfried Haillot and I’m 44 years old. Since birth, I have lived in Troyes, France. Photography isn’t my real job, but I practice it during my free time. For me, it’s an addiction that I discovered with some photos I took of my friends and family. What fascinates me is the atmosphere, nuances of light that get free of the photo.
I have been shooting with Polaroid for 10 years now. When I discovered it, I was instantly addicted. What fascinates me is the results these chemicals can create—unpredictable and surprising at times. Read more…
BLUR magazine: How much does success depend on the talent of the photographer, and how much of it is hard work?
Yevgen Romanenko: I don’t know about talent; I think that the main thing is a sense for it and practice, for sure.
BLUR magazine: Your photographs are fashion, beauty, nudes, and portraits. Which kind of photography represents the biggest challenge for you and why?
Yevgen Romanenko: The biggest challenge for me is a nude because it’s too easy to cross the line from beauty to vulgarity.
Celebrate the beloved Holga camera during “Holga Week”! Shoot as much as you can during the week of July 21-27, 2014, and challenge yourself to create some great work with your Holga products. This will be a week of shooting Holga photos, and sharing them with all of the other Holga lovers out there!
Click on the “Submit” page and you will be able to enter up to three of your favorite photos taken during this week and be eligible to win prizes generously donated by Holga Inspire (the creators of the Holga). The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014 at midnight EST. Read more…
Dear BLUR fans, dear Equinox competition applicant, jury members and sponsors,
Optimism in life is important, but sometimes things simply don’t go your way. BLUR magazine has always strived to bring our audiences excellence through hard work and enthusiasm, but regardless of our best efforts we’ve sometimes failed. The reason for this is is that we’re always motivated by our love for photography, never focusing on the monetary and mathematical side of the equation. In such a work atmosphere we’ve been able to get away with a touch of naivety and fantasy, and such was the case with the Equinox Wet Plate Collodion competition we tried to launch over the last couple of months.
We’re using past tense because – we failed. In spite of our great efforts over the last few years to promote the collodion process through our Wet Plate section by interviewing photographers, showcasing their work and discovering and nurturing this very small community, we couldn’t realize enough traction for our competition to soar. We’ve had great response from the wet plate community after launching the competition, we brought aboard amazing sponsors and an exceptional jury, we’ve had Facebook announcements, forum announcements, press releases and other usual media coverage but despite all that – wet plate photos simply didn’t trickle in. The response from the photographers themselves simply isn’t big enough to warrant a competition. Even if suddenly things turned around and if we were to receive last-minute entries, BLUR wouldn’t have the time required to produce and jury this competition at the level of quality expected from our magazine. BLUR never compromises on quality, especially when it comes to things we love – so we’re forced to close Equinox prematurely. Read more…
ABOUT ME and MY BOOK:
After such amazing and adventurous 3 years art journey I finally decided it’s time to turn my photos into unique thing – a beautiful art book. And I need your help to realise the photo book. Read more…
Neutral Density Photography Awards (ND Awards) invites photographers worldwide to submit their work for the ND Awards 2014. ND Awards 2014 is now accepting entries. Select your best work, submit your photos and have a chance at over $5,000 in cash prizes!
Participants can competete for the title: ND Photographer of the Year Award in 6 main categories: Advertising, Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, People, Special.
All images will be viewed and judged by prestigious international jury: Eileen O’Donnell (The Wall Street Journal, USA), Alexa Becker (Kehrer Verlag, Germany), Paul Greenaway (Greenaway Art Gallery, Australia), Amanda Gorence (Feature Shoot Magazine, USA) Seiji Komatsu (Emon Photo Gallery, Japan), Fernando Peracho (Valid Foto Gallery, Spain), Susan Spiritus (Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA), Kathrin Köhler (Immagis, Germany), Casey Hanrahan (Gilman Contemporary, USA), Renya Tanaka (Tokyo Arts Gallery, Japan), Rod Clark (Formatt-Hitech, USA), Thiago Guimaraes (Galeria Chroma, Brasil), Stephen Strother (Strother Fine Art, Germany), Veneta Zaharieva (PhotoBulletin, Bulgaria), Katy Daly (McGaw Graphics, USA), Jean-Paul Brunot (Editions Braun, France), Maciek Zielinski (Digital Camera Magazine, Poland).
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the world’s premier photographic contest.
The biggest names at Fotofestiwal: Roger Ballen, Alex Webb, Brian Griffin
Depeche Mode, The Clash, Placebo, Queen, R.E.M., Iggy Pop. These are just a few examples of the world music stars who will appear at the 13th edition of Fotofestiwal, courtesy of Brian Griffin’s photographs. However, Griffin does not owe the international acclaim he gained to the big names. Already in 1989 The Guardian pronounced him “Photographer of the Decade”. Life magazine put his photo entitled A Broken Frame on the cover of its “Best Photography of the 1980s” special issue. Already on June 7 Griffin will himself launch his DisCover Phototgraphy exhibition at Monopolis in Łódź, a large post-industrial space. Brian Griffin is a highly respected artist in the world of photography. There are people who do not recognize celebrities he photographs, and yet adore Griffin’s images. Read more…
YOUR CHALLENGE: PRODUCE ONE OF THE TOP 101 PHOTOS FOR THE BOOK!
INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER
OF THE YEAR 2014 – ENTRIES CLOSE 30 MAY 2014
Do you have a landscape photograph that’s worthy to be included with the Worlds best for 2014? Heres your chance to test yourself and the opportunity to be included in a beautiful, limited edition hard-cover landscape photography book. The same book will be available for general sale in a variety of formats, including a free eBook which will be distributed widely around the globe. Wouldnt it be great to have one of your photographs inside? Read on to find out how!
FOTOINVENTS is a small Spanish manufacture held by Pep Mayugo, devoted to the production of analogue photography accessories and the restauration of old analogue cameras. Fotoinvents manufactures equipment that is especially useful for wet plate photography, such as the plate drying rack that holds up to 12 aluminum or glass plates (up to 3 mm thickness per plate, up to 13 x 18 cm in surface area). The rack is foldable for easy storage and weighs around 100 gram. At the Equinox competition, we’re giving away a total of 8 of these useful accessories for wet plate photographers. Read more…
Open from March 20th to September 23rd 2014
INTERNATIONAL WETPLATE CONTEST
For photographers who practice the art of collodion, the most interesting part of the 2014 Wet Plate Year project is the international contest Equinox. The name is derived from the interequinoctial duration of the contest – it will be open between the spring and autumn equinoxes, March 20st to September 21st 2014. The reason for such a long duration is the condition that all photos entered into the competition must be new and unique, created especially for this occasion and never before published. These strict rules are a corollary of the small size of the wet plate community. The members of the jury are likely to already know many of the participants, so originality and novelty is the only way to ensure anonymity of the participants and thus reduce the chances of conflict of interest during the judging process. The interequinoctial period, we hope, will be one of great creativity. Read more…
Deadline for entries – Midnight, Sunday, May 11, 2014
Juror – Susan Burnstine
LightBox is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the fifth annual Plastic Fantastic Show. We wish to stay true to pure film photography using plastic, pinhole, box or homemade cameras. No digital photography will be considered. LightBox appreciates photographic images made with plastic “toy” cameras and established this show to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary every year. Read more…