A treasure trove of images from a 1970s documentary project that brings to mind the work of the WPA photographers has been uncovered and is now available to view online at the National Archives’ site: “For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.” Not only are the photographs a compelling historical document, they’re also a compelling reminder of the unique beauty of film.
In her roundup “In With the New: A Look at 2012,” Women’s Wear Daily writer Amy Wicks touches on the design and/or content changes at Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, and Wired. She also wonders whether there will be changes at Vanity Fair, given the magazine’s recent hiring of former New York Times Style Magazine photo editor Judith Puckett-Rinella as VF’s photo director. And she takes note of American Media Inc.’s December launch of Reality Weekly magazine.
Good news for independent filmmakers: Sundance has made a deal with distributor New Video to make films that screen at Sundance available to stream online at Netfllix, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, and SundanceNOW.
The recently redesigned Photographers on Photography blog (or, POP) did a Q&A with Town & Country design director Edward Leida, who led the venerable magazine’s redesign last year. Excerpt:
POP: Has the role of photography in the pages of Town & Country changed with the redesign?
We are trying, not unlike the history of the magazine, to hire some of the best photographers. When trends started changing, it was like the empereror’s new clothes. Town & Country had lost sight of celebrating adventure and what the planet and the world has to offer. The beauty within it. Nature, food and the inhabitants of our great planet. All of these things we’re all dying to look at and experience in a way that makes us feel good.
The idea has been to find photographers who show us that we should be celebrating the planet and the beauty it embodies. Intrinsically good, and beautiful and very simple. Portrait and food photographers who show objects for the beautiful things that they are.
And The New York Times paid tribute to photography legend Eva Arnold, who died on Wednesday at the age of 99. Arnold was one of the first female photographers to work for Magnum and is an inspiration, creatively and personally, for all time.