Co.Create points to a new coffee table book, Rock and Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip. The book features 208 pages of photographs taken in the pre-digital age. Not only were all the photos taken with traditional film cameras over the course of nearly 20 years, but most of the billboards themselves were hand-painted rather than printed and applied to the substrate.
Check out this video of author/photographer Robert Landau talking about the project.
Guilty on multiple counts.
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Photography, cinematography and typography, these are just three of the many things that can make me go zero to geek in about a nanosecond. So if you’re not into any of those things, you might want to go ahead and skip to the next post. I won’t take it personal.
Circumstance is a photo project produced by husband and wife photo duo BJ and Richeille Formento. The couple spent five months traveling cross-country in their Airstream to produce, style and shoot the entire project themselves. (What did you do with your summer?)
In the videos, the couple stages a photo shoot in the Las Vegas Sign Boneyard, a place of seemingly endless typographic inspiration.
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There’s some really great stuff here, so I highly recommend you feed your appetite for inspiration by watching some of the other behind the scenes videos from the Circumstance project.
Oh, and rumor has it the Vegas Sign Boneyard offers tours! Field trip, anyone?
This post first appeared on the bfg blog.
This is a nice counterpoint to all the recent fuss over photo retouching in magazines. Seems that French Elle Magazine’s next issue will feature 7 female European celebrities–including Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau, and Charlotte Rampling–all without makeup and without Photoshopping or retouching of any kind.
The cover headline is Stars Sans Fards, which means, “Stars without rouge/makeup” and connotes a sense of openness.
*David Airey via Twitter.
Last month the New York Times produced an Op-Ed piece called Sex, Lies, & Photoshop, posing the question: Should magazines be required to disclose the extent to which images have been retouched? According to the piece, this is exactly the question being raised by public health officials & psychiatrists in France, who want to pass laws making it illegal to “promote negative body image & eating disorders.”
The topic has set off a firestorm of debate across the internet, with proponents of disclosure citing the extent to which retouched images reinforce unrealistic stereotypes. On the other side, those opposed to disclosure laws raise concerns with limiting freedoms of speech & press.
I’m not opposed to some form of mandatory disclosure, although I do think the examples shown in Controversy Over The Photoshop Effect (see below) are ridiculous, resembling cigarette packaging labels with the warnings such as WARNING: THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN RETOUCHED TO ALTER YOUR IDEA OF PERFECTION, and WARNING: THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN RETOUCHED TO LOWER YOUR SELF ESTEEM.
As a kid, Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays. It was one of the few occasions in a kid’s life where he/she doesn’t have just pretend to be a cowboy, Indiana Jones, or a princess. You actually got to dress the part, with financial assistance from mom, dad, grandma – whoever.
In that spirit of nostalgia, I couldn’t resist pointing to some great horror photography from Missouri photographer, Joshua Hoffine. If you like scary stuff, or simply have an appreciation for great photography, you should definitely check out Joshua’s full portfolio.