Filling a gap in serious documentary storytelling in Detroit, Alan Chin and Karah Shaffer eschew big city living in New York to become catalysts for a new generation of photographers. In this week’s edition of Photographers in Detroit Getting Coffee (well, something like that), we sit down with Karah at the Urban Bean Co. to … Continue reading Everyday Motor City: An Interview with Documenting Detroit’s Karah Shaffer
"What would you say you do here?" (from the movie, Office Space) We live in an era where some celebrities are famous (or infamous), not because of a particular skill (singing, acting, playing a professional sport, etc.), but because of being an interesting (read: shocking, shameful/embarrassing, perhaps mildly amusing) "personality". Such celebs parlay that personality … Continue reading “What would you say you do here?” – On Legitimacy vs. Influence as a Photographer
In my Instagram feed recently, I noticed a beautiful black and white photograph of a man (or a boy) diving into what initially looks like the air, while a longer, second figure appears to be conversely diving right into the first. After studying the photograph for a few seconds, one soon realizes that the image … Continue reading Sick shot dude 👊🏻
Ever watch this guy shoot a series of ridiculously high pressure 25 footers and conclude that he is simply the human equivalent of a video game cheat code? With roughly 4,000 NBA players over the last 50 years, why has there never been a Steph Curry before now? Because of an astronomical basketball EQ, incredible … Continue reading The 10,000 Hour Rule: Are We There Yet?
On November 29, 1934, Ansel Adams wrote one of many letters corresponding with his friend and colleague, Edward Weston. Both men were stung by the criticism of their work by industry icons such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, who famously bellowed, "The whole world is going to pieces, and Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!" The implication, … Continue reading To join the cause or stay the course?
I didn't know Bill Rauhauser personally; I never took any of his classes, and never really got to hear him speak at length on his life and work. But I did meet him a few times; once at The Book Beat in Oak Park, a place where I've spent countless hours browsing and reading since … Continue reading Bill Rauhauser (1918-2017): Respect the Legend
I find that quite often, critics, "curators" and members within certain photographic genres love to appoint themselves as authorities on a given subject, constructing their own rigidity around what they feel is a valid identity for "their" genre (as if they own it), while dismissing what they see as illegitimate. In the case of street … Continue reading On clichés and identity as a photographer