Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Times Square

It is only days away before party goers descend upon Times Square to bring in the New Year. Here is a photograph of Times Square minus the New Year's Eve crowd, shot by Inge Morath in 1957.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday News

While this is not related to photography, it is related to art, the subject of copyright, and the current holiday season. To familiarize yourself with Jeff Koons and his iconic balloon dog, here it is:
And, here is an interesting article which illuminates the hypocrisy regarding the artist defending copyright and then infringing on it in another instance (though the court found him not guilty of misappropriation). Inflated Ego? Jeff Koons Claims Exclusive Right to Sell Balloon Dogs

The article spells things out pretty clearly.

I happen to love the Jeff Koons balloon dogs and do think of him now rather than a circus clown blowing up balloons. When you think of it, balloon dogs are public domain, whereas making them into sculptures would be copyrighted art.

For what it's worth, Jeff Koons has designed balloon dog Christmas ornaments ... but, just don't think to buy balloon dog bookends! (Read the story.)

Here is an outlawed balloon dog:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Documentary and Photojournalism

At the time I started this blog, I used 'reportage' as a subject, figuring it to encompass documentary photography and photo-journalism. It is too late (and too much work!) to go back to older posts and add the labels. So, note to viewers, if you are looking for documentary and photo-journalism in the subject list, click on 'reportage', as well.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Iran Releases U.S. Hikers

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained in Iran since July 31, 2009, when news reports say they accidentally crossed an unmarked border during a hiking trip in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. They are now, finally, free. Please check out Shane Bauer's photography... click here

Welcome home!

These two photographs were taken in Darfur, Sudan.