Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thanks Paul.


While I wasn't even around when it was made, the movie Cool Hand Luke has been my favorite movie of all time, bar none. I remember watching it for the first time when I was about 12 and I don't think I have ever been the same.
Nobody can eat fifty eggs. Nobody.
View more here.

Art For Obama begins tomorrow

I just received a reminder that "Art for Obama" begins tomorrow. Here is the release.
I still want the Maisel so someone please send a thousand dollars. (And nobody else bid on it)

"The ART FOR OBAMA Photo Auction will start Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 5pm EST.

Please check out our exciting new additions! http://www.artforobama.net/

Bidding will take place at: http://www.cmarket.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?vhost=artforobama

Please spread the word to all who may be interested."

Monday, September 29, 2008

Women In Photography

"Women In Photography

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
6:30 p.m.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Women In Photography is a new online venue showcasing work by contemporary female photographers and providing a vital platform for support and the exchange of ideas. Join WIP co-founders Cara Philips and Amy Elkins, alongside noted contributing photographers Robin Schwartz and Elinor Carucci, for lively discussion of their work and what it means to be a woman in photography today. Moderated by Laurel Ptak, Aperture's Educational Programs Manager."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Landscape at the Getty

Apple Orchard, Manzanar Japanese-American Relocation Camp, Owens Valley, California
© Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee

For those of you who are addicted to landscape photography or the history of it, check out the show currently at the Getty In Focus: The Landscape. With work from some of the most esteemed names in the history of landscape photography, you just can't go wrong. Some of the artists shown are: Baldus, O'Sullivan, William Henry Jackson, Carelton Watkins, Atget, Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Callahan, Porter, and Robert Adams. Do not pass up this opportunity if you are in the area. The show runs until January 11, 2009.

Friday, September 26, 2008

24 hours in pictures

Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap/Reuters

I almost daily look at the Guardian's website for their 24 hours in pictures. If you haven't ever looked before you should, if only to see what qualifies as the top pictures in the last 24 hours. Interestingly enough, the photos often have a theme running through them. Today's theme is repetition of shapes. Just take a look to see.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Have you seen ...

Our gallery section


New film camera - Fuji GF670 / Voigtlander 667

This is a new medium format FILM camera. In Japan, it will be known as the Fujifilm GF670. Outside of Japan, it will be known as the Voigtlander Bessa III 667.

Apparently will be either 6x6 or 6x7 by changing a curtain.
A true dual format camera.

It will be available worldwide in the Spring of 2009.

Very cool.

Thank you to Andreas Theil for these photos.

Text on the sheet next to the display:

The GF670 is a highly portable, folding bellows camera that allows extremely high-quality images to be taken using a high-performance lens unit. The camera is equipped with a unique mechanism for switching between two film formats, 6x7 and 6x6 cm.

The GF670 was jointly developed by Fujifilm Corporation and Cosina Co., Ltd. Fujifilm will be responsible for Japan sales, while Cosina will sell the product outside of Japan as the Voigtländer BESSA III.

Official announcements of the release of the product will be made soon.

Technical specifications.

Folding camera with coupled rangefinder
Film choice 120/220 film
6x7 cm (120-10 exp. / 220-20 exp.)
6x6 cm (120-12 exp. / 220-24 exp.)
80 mm/f3.5 (4 groups 6 elements)
Bright frame-type viewfinder
Automatic parallax compensation
Integral LED exposure metering indications
Electronically controlled lens shutter. 4-1/500 sec, B
Exposure control: SPD Sensor
Center-weighted averaging system
Aperture priority AE and manual switchover
Exposure compensation approx 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Film speed: Manual setting, ISO25-3200 (1/3EV step accuracy)
Manual film wind by winding knob
Mechanical-type counter
120/220 (changeable)
6x7/6x6 (changeable)
CR2 (3v) lithium battery

Be sure to check out http://www.flickr.com/groups/voigtlander667/

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Photolucida and Critical Mass

Here is yet another chance for you to get your work out there. Every year Photolucida puts on Critical Mass. The top three finalists get to publish a book.
10 images and $75 to enter.
Even if you don't win you get a copy of the three books that are published.
And a chance to have your work seen by some of the top photo folks in the world.

The deadline is October 6th so get cracking.

Photokina 2008

For those of you who are complete tech junkies, (I admit I fall into that category on occasion) your dreams are being answered this week. Photokina opens today in Cologne and runs until Saturday.

The official website is not exactly brimming with news but LetsGoDigital has a special website set up for all of the latest news.

The rumors are flying already so frantically search the internet all week for announcements.

Group Show Entries....

We have received a lot of great entries so far for the Typologies group show. There is still seventeen more days left until we actually have to pick our top choices.

Keep the entries coming in and if you need more information on the show, the complete rules are listed on the September 8th entry to the blog.

More group shows are planned for future issues and we have plans for guest curators as well so stay tuned...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Art for Obama

Here is your chance to buy art for a cause. I received an email from Whitney Hubbs about a project she is involved in and thought I would pass it on to you. There is some amazing artwork up for grabs from some amazing names. Not all of it is posted on the site yet but check back often. Please nobody bid on the David Maisel. And while your at it loan me a thousand dollars.
Good luck Whitney and friends. Thanks for doing something because you believe in it.

Here are the details.

"Art For Obama" is an online auction of photographs to benefit the

Obama Campaign. The photographs have been donated by the country's 45 most influential and significant Art-Photographers. These photographers have all shown their work in the world's most important museums and galleries. The donated photographs are valued between $800 and $7,000 each.

Click here to see our list of artists:
http://artforobama.net/. (Please note that the website is NOT yet complete.)

All proceeds will go directly to the Obama Campaign, or to non-profits devoted to helping the Obama campaign.

The auction is scheduled to launch on October 1st, and will run for one week.

We are a group of five friends, all artists, who have gotten together to help Obama because we can't afford to give big donations themselves and because we want to help organize the leaders in our community of artists join forces to help create change. We are all volunteers.


Uta Barth
Nina Berman
Walead Beshty
Elinor Carucci
Lois Connor
Eileen Cowin
Tim Davis
Doug Dubois
Jason Evans Wendy Ewald
Larry Fink
Harrell Fletcher
Stephen Frailey
Andrea Fraser
Jason Fulford
Tierney Gearon
Jim Goldberg
Frank Golke
Emmet Gowin
Katy Grannan
Sharon Harper
Todd Hido
Jeff Jacobson
Eirik Johnson
Ron Jude
Diane Keaton and Marvin Heiferman
Lisa Kereszi
Justine Kurland
Michael Light
Catherine Lord
David Maisel
Laura McPhee
Susan Meiselas
Richard Misrach
Abe Morrel
Carter Mull
Laurel Nakadate
Cathy Opie
Shana & Robert Parke Harrison
Hirsch Perlman
John Pilson
Laurie Simmons
Mike Slack
Alec Soth
Larry Sultan
Peter Sutherland
Hank Willis Thomas
Catherine Wagner
James Welling
Mark Wyse

Leica introduces new digital camera - 37 megapixels

Apparently, Leica is going to introduce a new camera at Photokina this week.

It's a digital SLR, not rangefinder that has a 30mm x 45mm sensor, which of course is 56 percent bigger than 24mm x 36mm. It will be 37 megapixels and have 9 lenses to use with it, including leaf shutters.

This camera sits happily between 35mm and medium format. Hopefully it won't cost a small fortune, but it probably will. Also, I hope that don't screw it up as much as they did the M8.

Go here for more details....http://www.s.leica-camera.com/

And that's it.

Peter Foley/EPA
Last Out at Yankee Stadium.

Also a panorama of the stadium on the last night at the NY Times. Full 360 degree view.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Medium Format - Now is the time

One twenty film is a beautiful thing. Both Josh and I shoot with medium format cameras but with the massive drop in prices of high quality digital cameras (Canon 5D Mark II for $2699), the prices of very high quality medium format cameras are dropping as well.

Now I will say that I think medium format film will be here for a very long time and have no worries about whether or not I will be able to buy it. Since I have a darkroom in my home, film processing and printing are somewhat easy for me.

Just out of curiousity, I started checking ebay for other medium format gear and frankly, I was quite surprised how low some of the prices are. So I've made a simple little list below so that you can see what kits (body, lens, back, viewfinder) are going for.

Holgas for $40
Yashica D for $150
Bronica ETRS for $350
Pentax 645 for $350
Pentax 67 for $400
Fuji GA645 for $500
Rolleiflex 3.5 for $600
Mamiya RB67 for $600
Mamiya 645 Pro TL for $600
Mamiya 645 AF for $650
Hasselblad 500cm for $750

For $500, you could do really well if you are patient and know exactly what you are looking for what things should sell for. For $750 to $1000, your options are even better with kits that include more than one lens or other accessories. I just took a small sampling of ebay so that you could have an idea. If you are sticking with film until your end (not films end), than $1500 to $2500 will buy a whole lot of high end equipment.

Mamiya 7II with 80mm lens for $1600
Hasselblad 501cm with 80mm lens for $1600
Pentax 67II with AE prism and 105mm lens for $1600

You get the idea. Then buy a decent scanner for $1000 and you are getting better results than some of the semi-pro digital cameras that are out today.


Jill Greenberg, what did you do?

Josh and I talked about writing something about the Jill Greenberg controversy but decided we should stay clear of it all.In case you have not heard, she photographed John McCain for The Atlantic Magazine. Moments after taking the shots for the cover, she did a shot that was unflattering with only one light, shot from down low.

Anyway, she then doctored that photo with sharks teeth and such, then went onto PDN Pulse, and talked about her personal thoughts of McCain. Not very professional.

Now she has been fired by her rep, The Atlantic has refused to pay her, and everyone is talking about it.

No comment from us here at Fraction.

This video below shows her talking about her last controversy, the crying babies. Watch it with a glass of warm milk.

Farewell to Yankee Stadium

Rob Tringali/MLB Photos/Getty

Time Magazine has a photo essay on Yankee Stadium and the Yankees throughout their history. Having grown up spending hundreds of summer days in the old Busch Stadium in St. Louis, I know what is like to have your memories replaced by a new stadium. Yankee Stadium will host games for the rest of the 2008 season before being turned into a park.
Go see a ball game there while you still have the chance.

Shots Magazine....Call for work

Submission guidelines here

Shots #102 Winter Issue 2008

has a call for work. Submit up to 20 images and get an interview.
Deadline is November 3, 2008.

Get on it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The race continues...Canon 5D Mark II

When Canon introduced their 5D camera about 3 years ago, it sold extremely well. It is a 12 megapixel full frame camera that was somewhat affordable. If I recall, it was $3000. It took Nikon 3 years to introduce their first full frame 12 megapixel camera, the D3, at a cost of $5000.

Then Nikon, went for the knock-out by introducing the D700, which is basically a smaller version of the D3. The price is $3000. The Nikon's humongous selling point was the very high and usable ISO settings. An ISO setting of 3200 prints perfectly.

Anyway, 3 years in the digital camera age is something like dog years. It's a very long time for a camera to be around. Well today, Canon announced their 5D Mark II which is a 21 megapixel full frame camera that also shoots 1080p quality video.

Canon Technical Advisor Chuck Westfall tells PDN Magazine "because of the improvements to the sensor and the Digic 4 image processor this is going to be the highest image quality of any EOS digital SLR ever released," and "image quality from the 5D Mark II should even surpass what is offered from Canon's flagship 1Ds Mark III, a camera which costs approximately $5,000 more."

The internet is buzzing about this camera. DPReview is tearing itself apart in the Canon and Nikon forums. PDN Pulse (if you are not reading this daily, you should be) has a lot of great info on the camera. Also, the camera is available for pre-order at Calumet and Amazon.

The price? How about $2699 right now ! This will certainly cause Nikon to knock their D700 down to $2200 or less.

Very exciting times.

Read more here.

Side note: the new Canon point and shoot G10 has also been announced. See it here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bernd and Hilla

Just a little motivation for those of you thinking of submitting to our Typologies Group Show in Issue 4. Here is a short paper I found by Blake Stimson at the Tate documenting some of the Bechers work.
We have already received some great entries so keep them coming.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Photography Book Now

The Photography Book Now winners have been announced.

Congrats to our good friend Andrew Crooks on an honorable mention and to everyone else who won.

Thanks Rachel.

As many of you probably know, Photoshelter is discontinuing its stock photo licensing. That means a lot of photographers looking for someplace else to sell images.

It also means the end of Shoot! The Blog and the lovely Rachel Hulin. Or does it?
Rachel has a new blog of her own, which has no name yet although she is taking suggestions.

Good luck Rachel and we will keep watching and reading.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sony announces new camera.

Looks interesting. 24 megapixel and full frame

Watch out Canon and Nikon

The Sony DSLR-A900 body will be available in November 2008 for about $3000.

Monday, September 8, 2008


Issue 3 of Fraction is officially up. Please check out our new issue with work from

Donna Ferrato
10013 : Photos of Tribeca

Bill Schwab
22 Landscapes

Holly Lynton
Solid Ground

John Mann
Folded In Place

Samuel Portera

We also have a book review of Bill Wood's Business by Melanie McWhorter and Three Shows in Chicago by Carrie Cooper.

If you would like to join our rapidly growing email list to be notified of new issues, please send us an email to fractionmag@gmail.com and simply type subscribe.

Group Show Issue 4

Also in Issue 3 is a call for submissions for a group show that will take place in Issue 4 being released in November. Please read the following guidelines carefully. Deviating from these will make the work ineligible.

The theme for the show is Typologies. The typology has become a major part of the history of photography as well as a major force in contemporary photography. We wanted to see what the current state of the typology is and how current artists are using it.
The show will include up to 20 artists and each artist will have 3 pieces of work up, a link to their website (if you have one), and contact information.

Here are the rules for submission:

1. Make sure your work actually falls under the category of Typology. If you have any question at all as to whether or not it does, then it probably doesn't.

2. Send us three images that are 700 pixels on the longest side.

3. Make sure they are in a jpg format. No PSDs no TIFFs no GIFs.

4. Send them in an email to us at fractionmag@gmail.com Make sure the subject of your email is Group Show. Please include your name, website address (if you have one) and an email address where you can be reached.

5. The deadline for submission is October 10th. We will decide on the final artists by October 15th. Publication of Issue 4 will be in early November.

Good luck and we can't wait to start looking at work.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Election Year

Photograph for Time Danny Wilcox Frazier/Redux

Ahh election year. The hype, the glitz, the photos.
Check out the photos from TIME on both the RNC and the DNC. Watch them one right after the other for a side by side comparison. Also look at some of the other essays on the candidates.

Republican National Convention
Democratic National Convention