Our (highly subjective and by no means complete) look back at 2009

PDNPulse featured James Worrell’s slideshow on a typical day in his life, which Dan Havlik sardonically introduces thusly: “Yes, it all begins at 6:30 am on a dreary morning in New Jersey but gets brighter as it goes along. He is, after all, working, which these days is an accomplishment in itself.”

RESOLVE kicked off a massive, crowd-sourced blog post on the future of photo books. Last month, they spotlighted some of their favorite publications mentioned by the bloggers who have participated in the discussion thus far. Among the photos pubs listed: Pictory, founded by Laura Brunow Miner of JPG fame (the current issue is on San Francisco), and the independent French webzine Purpose.
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Gallerist and blogger James Danziger posted a Top Ten List that focuses on photo shows he’s planning. One of them will be inspired by his blog. “Many of the year end summaries in newspapers talked about the growing influence of blogs and bloggers and their effect in the real world. Happy to hear this!” he writes. “And to do my part in taking it to the streets, opening on January 21, I will be putting on a full five week long show of selected photographers whose work I’ve featured on this blog.”

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American Photo magazine named the Nikon D3x the Camera of the Year. “This is a camera that is, in fact, revolutionary,” enthused senior editor Peter Kolonia. “It’s a medium-format camera in a 35mm DSLR body.”

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PDN‘s January 2010 issue looks at “Photography Now: After 10 Years of Revolutionary Change.” One spread notes how fine art, cinema, and snapshots have changed portraiture. “More visually sophisticated audiences spurred ad agencies and magazines to take refreshing creative chances,” the magazine observes. The examples they give include Nadav Kander’s “Obama’s People” portraits for The New York Times Magazine. (Update: I just heard from Zoe, Nadav’s studio manager, that the Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre will be hosting an exhibition of “Obama’s People” January 22 through March 14.)
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Vincent Laforet, who on December 29 announced a film contest sponsored by Canon and Vimeo, offered two predictions for 2010: that it would be the “Year of the Tablet” and that advertising will see an “INCREDIBLE” shakeup. “Forget polished, predictable, packaged ads that have been cleared by 14 layers of creatives, executives, accountants, and lawyers -  EXPECT ads that are VIRAL, and EVOLVE on the internet/blogs/twitter etc.  that will come to redefine advertising as we know it.   I hope.”

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One Comment

  1. Posted 01/05/2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout-out for the Future of Photobooks project, Kristina. Wanted to make sure everyone saw the discussion threads we’re hosting this week. The first, moderated by Eyecurious founder Marc Feustel, went up today.

    http://blog.livebooks.com/2010/01/future-of-photobooks-discussion-how-will-photobook-creation-evolve-in-the-next-decade/

    A few questions we address: What is a photobook anyway? Why would a photographer want to make one? And where and how should you ask for help?


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