Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PLATON - PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER BRIEF BUT SPECTACULAR

PLATON - PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
BRIEF BUT SPECTACULAR






Photographer Platon has captured portraits of the most famous and powerful people on the planet: Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and many others. How does he break down the personal barriers his subjects put up? Platon gives his Brief but Spectacular take.

[TRANSCRIPT]
JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally, another in our Brief But Spectacular series, where we ask people to describe their passions.

Tonight, we hear from the photographer Platon, who has taken photographs or portraits of many world leaders and well-known figures. His latest book is called "Service," and he runs a nonprofit foundation, The People's Portfolio.

PLATON, Photographer: A portrait, to me, is about closeness, it's about truth.

Sometimes, someone's fame, power, and success actually become a prison, and the person knows better than anybody that they can't live up to that ideal.

My job is not to be disrespectful, but to be authentic, to say, who are you really?

The first American president I ever came into contact with was Bill Clinton. The magazine said we want a nice dignified headshot. I thought to myself, look, I'm never going to be in front of another president ever again anyway, so I might as well do the picture that I was born to do.

I shouted out, "Mr. President, will you show me the love?"

And there was silence in the room. I think his chief of staff leaned forward and said, "Mr. President, whatever you do, do not show him the love."

But Clinton then says: "Shut up. Shut up. I know what he means."

He puts his hands on his knees and gives me that Clinton charisma. It became an icon of controversy, dubbing it as the crotch shot, that it's all about sex, that the tie is actually an arrow, that the face is smiling, saying, I got away with the biggest sex scandal ever.

It wasn't about any of those things. It was about charisma. He's a rock 'n' roll president.

I was led into Mark Zuckerberg's office where we were going to do the picture. His neck was tense. His eyes were wide open, and he almost resisted every opportunity I made to connect with him.

And then I said to him, you know, you have succeeded more than any other person I have ever met on the planet, but you must have failed along the way. And when you fail, how do you cope with failure? He looked at me, and he said: "There is no failure. I just love what I do."

And so, I said, "Show me," and everything changed.

It's extraordinary what a simple question can do that connects to his value system.

With Putin, I think that was the first moment I ever had to deal with this sense of intimidation. He walks in with this giant entourage that makes P. Diddy look like Mickey Mouse.

I nervously said: "Mr. President, it's a great honor to be in your fine country. I have a question for you. Before we take the picture, I want you to know that I'm an Englishman, and I love the Beatles. And I would like to know if you like the Beatles."

He says, "I love the Beatles."

I said, "Oh, my God, I didn't know you spoke English."

He said, "I speak perfect English."

I said, "Well, who's your favorite Beatle?"

And he said, "Paul."

"Wow. What's your favorite song? Is it 'Back in the USSR'?"

He said, "No, it's 'Yesterday.' Think about it."

I ended up an inch-and-a-half away from his nose. And that's how I got the truth. This is the cold face of power in Russia.

I worked with Donald Trump quite a while ago, but even back then, there was this chaos and madness that surrounded him.

I remember saying to him: "Donald, how do you weather the storm? It's madness around you wherever you go, whatever you do, whatever you say. There's this sort of frenetic energy."

Suddenly, this quiet calm came over him, and he said, "I am the storm."

All this sort of frenetic, crazy energy and sense of chaos is very easy for Donald to navigate through that because he created it. And it's actually us that can't cope with it.

My name is Platon, and this is my Brief But Spectacular take on speaking truth to power.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Wow.

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WHO ARE YOU? - PORTRAIT OF A PHOTOGRAPHER | ¿QUIEN ES USTED? - RETRATO DE UN FOTOGRAFO

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SCENES: MEXICO CITY PUNKS

In the first episode of our new series, Scenes, a profile of wild and wonderful cultural experiences around the world—filmmaker John Merizalde offers an immersive portrait of the punk community in Mexico City. The film features music from local acts Rabia and Pueblos Muertos, as well as a cameo from all-female group Malaria. Here, Los Angeles-based Merizalde talks about his documentary and the subculture that inspired it:
“When I was a teenager, my dad showed me a movie about drug-dealing punks in Medellín called Rodrigo D: No Future. It left a huge impact. One of the things that always stuck with me was that this British subculture, punk, had been exported and integrated into Latin American countries.
“Punk is everywhere in Mexico City”
“We focused on Mexico City because it has arguably the biggest modern punk scene in all of the Americas. There's an open punk flea market downtown every Saturday and an astounding amount of punk shows, bands, and venues. Punk is everywhere there.
“It's way more than just aesthetics”
“It's not just about the music or fashion. I think part of the reason you see punk more prominently here is because Mexicans, in general, are more socially conscious of corruption and work together in more collectivist ways to combat it. To the punks in Mexico, the scene is way more than just aesthetics. It's a support system for the working class.”

INSPIRATION... WIDE ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY BY HAZE KWARE

Behind the scenes, shots taken of 14 artists of intensive photo shoots in Toulouse, France.


GIVE YOURSELF FREEDOM! BY HAZE KWARE


DJ POE | ANDREW MOHRER - STREET PHOTOGRAPHER



GLORIA CASSENS - STREET PHOTOGRAPHER

Tribune photojournalist Nancy Stone documents a winter with Gloria Cassens, a street photographer who specializes in portraits of the homeless and others who are struggling. Cassens is the resident of a single room occupancy hotel in Chicago.

Monday, September 18, 2017

HAOGE LH-E52T UNIVERSAL SQUARE METAL SCREW-IN MOUNT LENS HOOD

I own several Nikon bodies and lenses for professional work. Sometimes, I do not want to carry all my camera gear, but I want to have a little camera that gives me all the possibilities I might encounter in a photo opportunity.

The Nikon D5500 body plus the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/ 1.8G combo is an extremely capable small full-featured camera.

Therefore, I decided to buy and try this HAOGE LH--E52 Universal Square Metal Screw-in lens hood. This particular HAOGE Square Metal lens hood gives a totally different look to the camera and it also protects the lens.

On the other hand, I can not deny this kit provokes me to carry it around more often now as I feel much more comfortable with it... 😎

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

F1 WITH A 1913 GRAFLEX 4X5 VIEW CAMERA [PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA PAUL]


If ever there was a sport that required rapid-fire photography, Formula One racing is it.  Which makes what photographer Joshua Paul does even more fascinating because instead of using top-of-the-range cameras to capture the fast-paced sport, Paul chooses to take his shots using a 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera.

The photographer clearly has an incredible eye for detail, because unlike modern cameras that can take as many as 20 frames per second, his 1913 Graflex can only take 20 pictures in total. Because of this, every shot he takes has to be carefully thought about first, and this is clearly evident in this beautiful series of photographs.

Joshua Paul was inspired to cover F1 racing with his trusty Graflex after seeing a 1969 magazine containing images of that year’s Indy 500. Noticing that the photographer had captured the event deliberately blurry and out of focus, he set about trying to recreate this technique with modern F1 as his subject. He first started shooting F1 racing at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and he’s now so passionate about the sport that he’s even launched a magazine called Lollipop, a publication for Grand Prix enthusiasts. Check out some of his pictures below.

Photography by Joshua Paul













Friday, September 15, 2017

GARY FONG ACTUALIZA Y MEJORA SU SISTEMA DE DIFUSIÓN DE LUZ PARA UNIDADES DE FLASH PORTATILES


DRAMATICOS RESULTADOS EN CUESTIONDE SEGUNDOS CON EL NUEVO ACCESORIO MODIFICADOR DE LUZ PARA UNIDADES DE FLASH PORTATILES

El nuevo diseño mejorado le permite a los fotógrafos convertir rápidamente el difusor de luz para Lightsphere de Gary Fong para unidades portátiles de Flash en un concentrador de luz o Snoot para una excelente opción de iluminación de Studio portátil.

New York, NY – Septiembre 13, 2017GFIP Holdings LLC, un innovador y creativo fabricante de accesorios de iluminación y reconocida fuente de videos educacionales, acaba de presentar el SnootSkin™ para el difusor Lightsphere® Collapsible™.  El SnootSkin™ fue diseñado para complementar las características y beneficios que permite el Lightsphere, ampliando su capacidad creativa mediante un conversión inmediate del Lightsphere Collapsible en un concentrador de luz o
Snoot (spotlight), además de la posibilidad de agregar o modificar el color o corregir la fuente de iluminación a través de filtros de colores.




     
La confección negra del Snootskin bloquea la luz y evita la pérdida de la luz proveniente de la fuente luminosa, permitiendo así un mejor aprovechamiento y direccionamiento de la misma. Este direccionamiento o concentración del haz luminoso es fundamental para destacar la separación entre el sujeto y el fondo, por ejemplo o bien, para acentuar el color o tonalidad del cabello en un sujeto, lo cual, a su vez, permite una iluminación dramática en la fotografía de retratos.




       
Este sistema fue cuidadosamente diseñado para aceptar filtros de colores que se insertan dentro de una ranura, la cual puede contener hasta cinco colores. Los filtros pueden utilizarse de manera individual o combinados para lograr el efecto deseado o adicionalmente, una amplia gama de colores. Los filtros ahora disponibles son rojo, verde, azul, anaranjado CTO +1 y anaranjado CTO +1/2. Asimismo, el kit contiene un filtro de 18% gris para propósitos de balance de blancos. El SnootSkin, igual que el Lightsphere Collapsible pueden aplanarse fácilmente para guardarlos y transportarlos en su bolso o maletín.

Las configuraciones para estos kits son las siguientes:

El accesorio convertidor SnootSkin -  Este kit incluye el SnootSkin negro, el accesorio de rejilla/ Grid Insert y el filtro anaranjado CTO +1/2.





Lightsphere + SnootSkin - Este kit creativo incluye el SnootSkin negro, el accessorio de rejilla/ Grid Insert, el difusor de Flash Lightsphere Collapsible, la cúpula blanca/ WhiteDome y el filtro anaranjado CTO =1/2.







El  kit de color para el SnootSkin - Este kit incluye cinco (5) filtros de colores básicos (rojo, azul, verde, filtro anaranjado CTO +1 y el filtro gris neutro de 18%)



WNos esforzamos por proveer a nuestros clientes una amplia variedad de opciones para maximizar su creatividad en términosde iluminación sin sacrificar o comprometer la portabilidad de nuestros accesorios.  Continuamente modificamos o mejoramos la utilidad y funcionalidad, aún cuando seguiré disfrutando de las ventajas del Concentrador de luz actual/ Speed Snoot,  esta nueva opción de Concentrador de Luz/ SnootSkin resulta más rápida y eficiente en  productividad y versatilidad, señala Fong, aclamado fotógrafo internacional y creador de este sistema de iluminación portátil que ha brindado tantas satisfacciones a otros fotógrafos del mindo entero. Agrega, "Estoy ,muy contento con la utilidad  de la combinación  de este concentrador/ Snoot y Difusor."





Para mayor información de estos interesantes e innovadores productos y kits o para adquirir directamente cualquiera de estos productos junto con un sin número de videos educacionales o tutoriales producidos por Gary Fong, por favor visite nuestra página Web: [ http://www.garyfong.com ]

SOBRE GARY FONG...

Desde 1993, GFIP Holdings LLC  se ha posicionado como una de las industrias productoras y fabricantes de productos educacionales, video tutoriales e innovadores accesorios fotográficos diseñado para cubrir las necesidades de los diferentes niveles y experiencias de fotógrafos de todo el mundo. Sus productos satisfacen las necesidades y requerimientos de muchos profesionales y aficionados para lograr los propósitos de cada uno de ellos. Algunos de sus productos incluyen el legendario Lightsphere®,  actualizado con el Lightsphere® Collapsible Speed Mount (Generation 5), lo cual le ja permitido a muchos fotógrafos acceder a una iluminación portátil de calidad con un costo decente y un mínimo de equipo. Estos accesorios le permitirán, de manera fácil, conseguir las herramientas y creatividad para subir al próximo nivel.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

GARY FONG DOES IT AGAIN!

DRAMATIC RESULTS IN HALF THE TIME WITH THE NEW
GARY FONG SNOOTSKIN FLASH MODIFIER

The new improved design allows photographers to quickly transform the Lightsphere Collapsible diffuser into a snoot in seconds, creating the ultimate portable studio.

 New York, NY – September 13, 2017GFIP Holdings LLC, a leading photographic lighting accessories manufacturer and top educational resource, today introduced the SnootSkin™ for Lightsphere® Collapsible™.  The SnootSkin™ is designed to fit snugly inside the Lightsphere, greatly expanding the creative capabilities by instantly converting the Lightsphere Collapsible into a Snoot (spotlight) or color light source.



            The black lining of the SnootSkin blocks light from spilling through the sides of the flash, allowing light to be isolated and directed precisely. For more precise spot lighting, a grid insert is included for an even tighter beam.  Directional beam lighting is essential for hair lighting or creating a spot light for a dramatic effect.



            The system is designed to hold color inserts inside a built-in slot that holds up to five colors. Color Inserts can be combined to create a wide palette of color choices. The current available colors are Red, Green, Blue, and Warming Filters in full CTO (color temperature orange) and half CTO.  The color kit also includes an 18% gray tab for precise custom white balance. The SnootSkin, like the Lightsphere Collapsible, folds into a flat disk for easy storage.

Purchase options include:

SnootSkin Insert - This set includes the SnootSkin black body, Grid Insert and a Warming Filter (half CTO).



Lightsphere +SnootSkin - This creative expansion kit includes the SnootSkin black body, Grid Insert, Lightsphere Collapsible diffuser, WhiteDome and a Warming Filter (half CTO).



SnootSkin Color Kit - This kit includes 5 Color Inserts (Red, Blue, Green, Warming Filter - full CTO, 18% Gray)



We strive to offer our customers the most extensive options to maximize their lighting creativity without sacrificing portability. We are continually striving to improve and while I love our current Speed Snoot, this new SnootSkin option is faster and adds even more versatility,” said Gary Fong, internationally renowned photographer and CEO of GFIP Holdings LLC. “I’m truly excited and proud of this latest snoot and diffuser combination.





For more information on these exciting products and kits, or to purchase any Gary Fong products or tutorial videos, please visit [ http://www.garyfong.com ]

About Gary Fong              
Since 1993, GFIP Holdings LLC has positioned itself as one of the leading developers and manufacturers of educational resources and cutting-edge photography equipment designed to help photographers experience new levels of quality in their work. The legendary Lightsphere®, most recently updated with the Lightsphere® Collapsible Speed Mount (Generation 5), has enabled photographers to create studio-quality lighting effects with very little equipment. GFIP Holdings LLC continues to invent new ways to meet its customers’ changing needs and give amateurs the tools necessary to elevate their photography to the next level.

For more information, visit www.garyfong.com


Sunday, September 10, 2017

FUTURE... AN UNKNOWN WORD






FUTURE... AN UNKNOWN WORD
The Last Portrait | Arty's Photo Story

This is a very personal photo story of my friend Arty who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I asked him if I could capture his story in photos and this video is the story of the shoot at we did together.
Everyone's been touched in one way or another by cancer and I think this story will resonate with them. My ask is that you please share this with as many people as possible, thank you.
[Words and Photography by Jared Polin]