Tag Actual Pictures

The Baseball Factory by Billy Weeks

Longtime supporter Billy Weeks has been featured on the CNN Photos blog with a set of images about baseball in the Dominican Republic, a project he’s been working on for several years. Check out photos four, seven and ten for a true look at what these kids are playing on and with.

Lantern Slides of Washington State

The NPR Picture Show blog has a post up about the work of Asahel Curtis who, in the early 1900s, was shooting photos around Washington state. In the 1920s, he was commissioned by the Department of Conservation and Development to create a set of images to advertise the state. The images were hand-colored lantern slides, designed to be projected and promote tourism.

After looking at the image for Elephant Head Rock and some of the others, I’d love to go to Washington and try to recreate some of these … or even just see where they were made.

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(Thanks to Robin Fay for the lede.)

The Spot News Photo Master at ICP

Weegee murder6 copyThere is one undisputed master when it comes to spot news and crime photography, and that’s Weegee. Prowling the streets of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s, he was there first more often than the cops were.

The International Center of Photography in NYC has a show of his work up now, apparently including a replica of the gunsmith sign that was just outside of his office.

Spend some time with the images in the New York Times’ Lens blog gallery – that’s where spot news photojournalism really took shape.

Campaign Photos

Nice collection of campaign photos from ZUMAs Mark Makela. Clean, controlled, good variety.

Same Hill, Different Day

Over at the New York Times’ Lens blog, Kristen Joy Watts has the story of Paul Octavious who has been photographing the same hill in Chicago for four years. It’s a neat project, wonder if there’s something near my office I could do the same with …

Inside (Covering) Politics

James Estrin interviewed New York Times’ colleague Jim Wilson about covering politics and how it’s changed over the last 30 years for the Lens blog.

I did three primaries in New Hampshire, loved every minute of them and would happily spend a few wintry weeks back up there to do it again. Wilson’s comment on access is telling about how it’s changed:

That’s the really sad part of this. The access has gotten much more restrictive for a number of different reasons. First of all, there are many, many more people covering than there ever were. You have to spend a lot of time with candidates and their staff to get them to know you and hopefully convince them that your images and audience have something to offer them. So that they will allow you to do things that are more inside and behind the scenes … I’m struck by the tremendous number of photographers and videographers who are providing coverage. There are many more people than just four years ago. At today’s Romney event in Derry, I counted 52 people in the buffer area around the candidate before I stopped counting.

America at Work

Infocus newlogoOver at the Atlantic, Alan Taylor has collected a great set of images on the In Focus blog that show Americans at work. Really love this portrayal, feels like a curated, modern WPA show.

365 Days in Photographs

Time’s Lightbox blog has put together a photos-of-the-year collection with a twist – one for every day of the year.

Prepare to lose a big chunk of your morning.

Western Weegee

Arthur Felig, much better known as crime photographer Weegee, spent more than four years out west working in Hollywood. Over at the New York Times’ Lens blog, David W. Dunlop takes a look at the western Weegee work that is now being exhibited in a museum.

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Time’s Photos of the Year

I’ll probably post a lot of these over the next week or two, so here’s a start: Time.com’s Lightbox has posted their ten best photos of 2011.