...Plus, it's Jazz Appreciation Month, which I can get into
Who knew there was an International Garden Photographer of the Year? Then again, I didn't even know that today is Buddha's Birthday in Japan. It's also Poetry Appreciation Month. April is the coolest* month....
Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence, who lost an eye in a childhood accident** and previously fitted himself with an artificial eye with a working red LED in it (shown above), is now working with a team to install a digital camera in a prosthetic eye. He says he intends to "provide a new perspective on the growth of surveillance in western societies."
(Note: in this case the digital camera is just a digital camera, unrelated to the efforts reported in a popular documentary to create a photomechanical eye connected to the brain.)
The Thesis of Hockney (as in David) and Falco (as in Charles M.)
"The Hockney-Falco Thesis: Our thesis is that certain elements in certain paintings made as early as c1430 were produced as a result of the artist using either concave mirrors or refractive lenses to project the images of objects illuminated by sunlight onto his board/canvas. The artist then traced some portions of the projected images, made sufficient marks to capture only the optical perspective of other portions, and altered or completely ignored yet other portions where the projections did not suit his artistic vision. As a result, these paintings are composites containing elements that are 'eyeballed' along with ones that are 'optics-based.' Further, starting at the same time, the unique look of the projected image began to exert a strong influence on the appearance of other works even where optical projections had not been directly used as an aid."
'Seven Days' superior to '$12 Million Shark'?
Our friend Joe Reifer writes to say that he just finished reading The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art, and he finds it inferior to Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World, which he found to be more entertaining and "not as dry."
A veritable cache of rare books
Fred Herzog, Crossing Main, 1968
Speaking of books, remember the big deal over Fred Herzog's beautiful book of nearly forgotten pictures from the '40s through the '70s, Vancouver Photographs? You might recall that, following our review, the book went from #2,200+ on Amazon Canada to #1, and then quickly sold out.
Well, we've learned that the Vancouver Art Gallery, which co-published the book with Douglas & McIntyre, still has some copies! If you were one of the people who were frustrated last time, you have another chance***. You can call their store (in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) at +604.662.4706, or email them. (Note that the store doesn't open until 10 a.m. Pacific Time.)
Here, Elvis, hold this a sec
DSC Labs' "Test Charts in Action" contest winners.
Special offer from Calumet for wedding photographers
Calumet Photographic is offering a special price on the Phase One 645 camera body equipped with the P21+ Digital camera Back, 80mm ƒ/2.8 AF Lens, Phase One Classic Warranty, and Calumet Travelite 1500ws Two-Head Umbrella Kit. Only $12,989.99.
The P21+ digital back offers a high-speed capture rate of up to 70 frames per minute of 18 megapixel, 16-bit capture. The camera accepts all the Mamiya 645 lenses, and also film backs.
(I was hoping an up-to-speed wedding photographer somewhere could explain to us why anyone would choose this option in preference to a D3X, A900, or 5D Mark II at less cost....)
Freeze Frame is a brand new website featuring the archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. The site features extensive galleries of photographs taken from 1845 to 1982 on research expeditions to both Poles.
Just in case you haven't had enough of the snow yet.
(Thanks to Benjamin Marks, Oren Grad, Joe R., Vlatko Juric-Kokic, and Robert Phillips)
*Little T.S. Eliot joke there.
**Running with scissors, we assume.
***Another chance to buy the book, but, you'll note, also another chance to be frustrated. If you really wanted it and you miss it again, well, I live in New York City and I'm listed under "John Smith."