This past September, Jessica Ann Lum
won a "Best Feature" award in the student-journalist category from the Online News Association, for her Master's project: "Slab City Stories
." Less than four months later, on January 13, 2013, she passed away
. She was 25. "Jessica loved to tell people’s stories. This is hers." [more inside]
"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice — pull down your pants, and slide on the ice." - Dr. Sidney Freedman, M*A*S*H.
Allan Arbus, actor, photographer, and amateur clarinetist, passed away last Friday
. He was 95. [more inside]
Goodbye Martine Franck
My grandfather killed himself falling off the dike in Ostend while photographing my two cousins.
This can happen so easily when looking through a lens: for a split second nothing else exists outside the frame…
Here she explains her choice of an iconic photograph
She followed the Theatre du Soleil
from it's conception and sought out the Tibetan Tulkus
Here is a Magnum slideshow
and her Magnum Albums
passed away a couple of weeks ago aged 76 (NYT obit
He was a friend and collaborator with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin and authored the Hashish Cookbook.
He made several short films including The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda
In Kathmandu in 1979 Ira Cohen photographed
the Tibetan Buddhist cremation of his friend Angus MacLise, poet and original drummer with The Velvet Underground.
He has been described as an "electronic multimedia shaman
His photographs range from a psycadelically distorted Hendix
to Joujouka musicians
; whom he described in his book Gnaoua
Ira was also a poet
who had several volumes
"All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers."
Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin
's 'life was about seeing.
In the literal sense, he was an optometrist. In a more figurative sense, through the lens of his camera, he saw things and people that were often ignored — the poor, the oppressed, the "forgotten ones
," as he called them.' "A librarian in Buffalo's Communist Party, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee
in 1957, and was named "Buffalo's Top Red" in the Buffalo Evening News. Losing business and facing intense social persecution, Rogovin turned to photography in order to create images that conveyed his desire for a more equal and just society, and to give voice to others who were persecuted, who were invisible to most."
Mr. Rogovin died on January 18th at his home in Buffalo
at the age of 101
. Previously on Metafilter [more inside]
"The quest to undercut fashion’s standards of perfection, and to find beauty in the disdained, overlooked or overripe, runs throughout Mr. Penn’s career. In an otherwise pristine still life of food, he included a house fly, and in a 1959 close-up, he placed a beetle in a model’s ear."
So long, Irving Penn
Another master taken: Richard Avedon, dead at 81.
Arguably the greatest portrait photographer in history, Avedon was famous not only for his fashion
shots, but also his interest in the common man, best emphasized by the book "In the American West"
. He was recently working on a piece, "On Democracy" when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Many may be familiar with his simple black & white on white style from his shots for the New Yorker
(he was their first staff photographer). His site is currently shrouded in respect.
a bleak moment for beauty:
herb ritts has died. nytimes link.