March 10, 2015 —
Kate Moss, St. Barth, 2007. Photo © Peter Lindbergh/courtesy of Schirmer/Mosel
Peter Lindbergh’s name might not be as recognizable as others, but the German fashion photographer’s impressive repertoire of portraits and new book of images back up his solid rapport in the industry. A sequel to his 1997 edition that covered his work shot between the 1980s and ‘90s, Images of Women II: 2005-2014 (Schirmer/Mosel) tracks his most recent images. The powerful, often mysterious portraits—of the likes of Uma Thurman, Tilda Swinton, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Coppola—showcase how Lindbergh’s signature style captures true personality from the models, actresses and other creatives who pose for him, beyond the bright lights of Hollywood glamour.
Photo © The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Portraits by a Pop Art Icon
Andy Warhol is most known for pioneering the pop art movement—commenting on celebrity culture and consumerism by using silk-screening and printmaking techniques—though not everyone knows his photography. Sticking primarily to the Polaroid Big Shot (which the company kept in production especially for him), Warhol carried a camera everywhere, also using his portraits to produce his silkscreens. The Phoenix Art Museum will be celebrating Warhol’s portraits, created between the 1940s and 1980s. In addition to some of his most well-known work, the exhibit will include Polaroids of him in drag as well as family photographs from the artist’s more formative years. “Andy Warhol: Portraits” will be showing from March 4 through June 21.
Photographing Foster Children
Seeing a need to provide professional portraits to foster children, the Heart Gallery organizes photographers across the country to volunteer their time and skills. The Heart Gallery’s founder, Diane Granito, remembers from her work at the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department that many of the generic portraits of foster children were “as inspiring as a driver’s license photo,” she says. With an emphasis on providing portraits to older foster children and siblings, the Heart Gallery reports that many of the children find permanent homes with adoptive parents. In addition to its shooting services, the nonprofit organizes a traveling photo and audio exhibit that goes to the 120 Heart Galleries across 46 states. Photographers interested in volunteering can find more information on the organization’s website.
Updates from Fundy
Fundy Software has some exciting updates to its photo design software, including Drop Zones 2.0, Saved Designs and Ordering Albums Direct. With Fundy’s patent-pending Drop Zone™ technology, photographers can say goodbye to rigid templates and design a spread exactly how they envision it. The new Drop Zones 2.0 will now give users complete control over the placement of the images within the Drop Zone, providing even more creative freedom when designing albums. And, after creating a custom design, customers will be able to save the design and use it in future albums. Additionally, once the album is designed, photographers will be able to order the album directly through the desktop application. Initial partners include Miller’s Professional Imaging, ProDPI, Renaissance Albums, Finao, Black River Imaging, BayPhoto and Tamara Lackey’s new line, Lush Albums by Finao.
The Need for High Speed (Sync)
Phottix introduced the versatile Indra500 TTL light, equipped for both in-studio and on-location shooting. The 500Ws light’s biggest highlight is the built-in TTL flash triggering—most helpful for fast-paced weddings—with its high-speed sync. It’s got shutter speeds up to 1/8000 and eight stops of power adjustment from full power to 1/128 (plus it’s compatible with both Canon and Nikon cameras).
Price: $1,295 (with battery pack)