Category: Contemporary Photographers

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams’ famous quote about technical proficiency in photography is more apt today than ever. Camera manufactures and photography ‘gearheads’ continue to peddle a narrow narrative concerning the importance of mathematically machined photographic equipment and its importance if you want to ‘shoot like a pro’. British photographer Pennie Smith has proven otherwise. Her iconic photo of Paul Simonon smashing his guitar on stage during a show in New York City in 1979 is a perfect example of the visceral power of an imperfect photograph that is perfectly flawed. It’s out of focus and grainy. A technocrats worst nightmare. Yet it became one of the most famous images in Rock’n’Roll when used as cover art for The Clash’s London Calling album. A fuzzy photo that captures the energy and vitality of life will always win out against a sterile photo that’s perfectly sharp.

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London Calling Album Cover © Pennie Smith

Interview with Pennie Smith via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/showstudio-official/showstudio-punk-photography-4

Nadav Kander shoots simple but powerful new Samaritans campaign – Creative Review

I’ve always admired the work of Nadav Kander. The simple elegance  of his advertising and editorial photography belies the consideration and intelligence he puts into creating some of the most compelling images in photography today. Couple his renowned photographic skills with equally considered and intelligent advertising copywriting and art direction and something interesting – and increasingly rare – happens: Your advertising gets noticed. Result. Simples. To quote recently retired adman Bob Hoffman of http://adcontrarian.blogspot.be fame; “Creative people make the ads. Everyone else makes the arrangements.”

Link to Kander’s site: http://www.nadavkander.com

Source: Nadav Kander shoots simple but powerful new Samaritans campaign – Creative Review

Photographers and their eureka moments – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

As photographers, we all strive to take photographs that make people sit up and take notice. Here are the shots and stories that did just that.

The exhibition The Shot That Made Me sees photographers pinpoint the breakthrough shots in their careers – whether they’re of ballet, Malala or Branson

Source: Photographers and their eureka moments – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Photographer nails the power of pictures with words. 

3 Honorable Mentions in this year’s Mobile Photography Awards.

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3 Honorable Mentions at the 5th Annual MPA © Sean Hayes

What a nice weekend. thx you @reservoir_dan and @mobilephotoawards and the ‪#‎mobilephotography‬ community for reminding me why I love doing what I do. 3 Honourable mentions in the Black and White, Portraits and Photo Journalism categories. Congrats to all the winners and runner-ups.

Link: http://mobilephotoawards.com/2015-mpa-results/

Don McCullin – Great humanist. Great Photographer.

5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards – Black and White Results.

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Delighted to be among the honourable mentions in the black & white category of this year’s annual Mobile Photography Awards. Some great work here. What I like about B&W photography is that it strips back an image to its essentials. Texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting are the building blocks of a photograph. Get all these attributes singing along in harmony and you could possibly end up with a great photo. B&W is the acid test of a photographer to create picture perfect images. Congrats to the winner, David Ingraham, and fellow runner-ups, who pass the test perfectly. A big shout-out to MPA founder (and talented mobile photographer in his own right), Daniel Berman, for his commitment and energy to make the MPA the success it has rightfully become since its inception in 2011. Mobile photography, and the very active talented community that make it so vibrant, is still in its infancy. Baby steps are turning into giant strides. Congrats to all involved.

Link to winning work: http://mobilephotoawards.com/black-white-winner-honorable-mentions-mpa-2015/

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Helter Skelter © Sean Hayes