HU$TLE: The Daniel Mitri/Jorde Garfias Fake Photo Shoot Scam

My wife and I loved the UK TV series, "Hu$tle". For a number of years, kicking back with Thai food and wine was our version of "Netflix and chill" on Friday nights, as "Mickey Bricks", "Three Socks", Albert and the rest of the gang would pull off these insanely funny and clever cons on unsuspecting … Continue reading HU$TLE: The Daniel Mitri/Jorde Garfias Fake Photo Shoot Scam

Everyday Motor City: An Interview with Documenting Detroit’s Karah Shaffer

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?” – On Legitimacy vs. Influence as a Photographer

"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

To join the cause or stay the course?

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?