Once a railway station, now a museum, the Musée d'Orsay houses a spectacular collection of French fine arts from 1848 to 1915, a limited yet prolific time in art and culture.
Once a railway station, now a museum, the Musée d’Orsay houses a spectacular collection of French fine arts from 1848 to 1915, a limited yet prolific time in art and culture.
Directly across the Seine from the Louvre, Orsay has its own charm and character. The building is light and airy while at the same time grand and imposing. The masterpieces that inhabit the courtyard are a wonderful sight coming out of the RER (conveniently located at the museum plaza): an elephant, a rhinoceros, and six seated figures representing the continents.
Once inside you can relish in color and light; van Gogh illuminates a room next to Whistler’s Mother; Courbet dances next to Cézanne. It is a marvel of architecture and a wonder in art. Don’t forget to visit the museum the next time you’re in Paris: pictures are allowed, only without flash. Just bring steady hands and your Lomo. You’ll be happy you did.
Years ago, a young Christopher Logan moved to Milan after obtaining a Photography degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Falling in love with the European aesthetic which would later manifest in his photos, he was commissioned by a number of fashion houses, further developing his craft. He is now based in yet another fashion capital - New York City - and is still immersed in the world of fashion.
Much of modern dance as it is today owes a lot to Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, husband and wife who founded the famous school and dance company, the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts in 1915 Los Angeles, California. At first solo artists, St. Denis and Shawn began collaborating a year prior on dances often described as exotic and sensual, at times even erotic.
LomoAmigo Heison Ng has once again shot a brilliant series of photographs. Last time, he shared photographs taken with the New Russar+ Lens mounted on his Sony A7 Camera during a trip to Paris and Barcelona. This time around, he created minimalist yet moody black and white photos, still with the New Russar+ Lens. Brace yourselves for his newest collection of New Russar+ Lens photographs!
An ongoing show at the George Eastman House in New York puts the spotlight on a collection of photographs that "explore uses of gardens and how humans cultivate the landscapes that surround them," from the time the medium was invented up to the present.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Ron Lau from Lomography's Camera and Lens Development team recently tested the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens. With Leica M2 and Voigtlander R2A cameras, he used the lens to capture scenes from his daily grind and beautiful seascapes from a recent trip. He shares the photos and talks of the Minitar and its capabilities in this brief yet informative interview.
I went to the Victoria & Albert Museum's Friday Late, an event that takes place every last Friday evening of the month. For March 2014, the London borough of Tottenham was invited to curate an evening of creativity. There were a number of events that went on ranging from music and art to fashion and film. Accompanied by my LC-A+ and Fisheye No. 2, here are my highlights of that evening in photographs.
In a time of black and white fashion photographs, Guy Bourdin used his vibrant colored images to usher in a new era in fashion photography. See a collection of his prized work in this ongoing exhibit at the Somerset House in UK.
This is a tribute to one of the most famous French social and street photographers, Robert Doisneau. During his life he was able to capture many little moments of everyday Parisian life with humanity and grace. His photos, full of poetry and humor, tell the ordinary life in the suburbs of the big French capital, away from the richest central areas of the city. Read more after the jump!
Last year I took part in Photographia, a project that encouraged the use of cameras from the volt of Museu da Imagem em Movimento (M|i|mo). The gear collection used to belong to a well-known Portuguese TV channel (RTP) and some professional photographers. The cameras hadn’t been used since they were donated to the museum—until the launch of Photographia.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.