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That is, he is taking the process of sharing thoughts and photos online and slowing it down and simplifying it dramatically -- and bringing the whole thing off line. It's part of a year-long project he is unveiling tomorrow at a street festival in his neighborhood.
The effort began last June at the Carnaval del Boulevard festival uptown. Fitelson, previously an associate publisher at northern Manhattan's community newspaper, the Manhattan Times, stopped neighborhood residents passing by, took portrait shots of them, and asked them each a simple question: "What's on your mind?"More »
Now, the W Times Square, in partnership with Instagram NYC, will exhibit images from some of the most talented Instagram photographers in the first-ever Instagram photo exhibition, which opens tomorrow. We couldn't help but wonder whether an Instagram image qualifies as art. But we caught up with Brian DiFeo, curator and founder of Instagram NYC, who hand-selected photographers ranging from professionals to multimedia artists and asked him what an Instagram exhibition actually entails. He says artists were asked to capture New York's most fascinating structures and urban creativity. From what we've seen, the images themselves are pretty remarkable, considering they were taken with a phone. No wonder Kodak went bankrupt.More »
Hundreds of thousands of photos that offer snapshots of more than a century of New York City history are now publicly available online for the first time ever.
Eugene de Salignac, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures From October 7, 1914. Brooklyn Bridge showing painters on suspenders.
Together, they offer a close-up, gritty picture of the city's history and development, from detective photos of gruesome crime scenes to Depression-era shots of everyday life to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.More »
During Armory Arts Week, Casa De Costa gallery in the Financial District is kicking off Bronx based photographer Kevin Amato's show "F*ck the Golden Years" with an opening reception this evening. We caught up with Amato last month, a friend and sometime collaborator on stories we've reported together, at his gallery for a preview of the show. Watch the above video to hear us chat with Amato about a few of his works, the unlikely source for the title phrase of his show, and his take on portraiture, photography, and life shooting in the city.
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Photos with the vignetting effect, a signature of the Holga camera
It is ironic, considering today's technological advancements, that sharing faded photos with saturated colors, known as vignetting in technical photography term, has become something of a trend--browse through your Facebook or Twitter feed and you're bound to come across a photo that's been altered to look like a vintage, low-fidelity photo taken in the 70s.
Most of these photos achieve its looks through iPhone filter apps such as Instagram or Lomography. But others are taken by this cheap ($15-$30), plastic camera named the Holga. Much like an audiophile's claims that vinyl sound better than digital music, there's a group of photography enthusiasts who insist these clunky, toy-like cameras capture superior photos.More »
For many Occupy Wall Street Day of Action participants, the highlight of the evening was a series of "bat signal" pro-OWS messages projected on a building bearing Verizon's name.
Yesterday, the Voice's Steven Thrasher wrote about the series of Occupy Wall Street related messages on a building bearing Verizon's name after our own Nick Pinto tweeted about the sighting near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Projected messages included "99%" "Mic Check," "Occupy Earth" and "Love."
While some have speculated that Communications Workers of America were behind the projections on the building, located at 375 Pearl St., a group of visual artists affiliated with OWS are the creators. And while many New Yorkers refer to the structure as "the Verizon Building," it is not owned by the large communications company, but rather to a company called Sabey Data Centers, John Bonomo, director of media relations at Verizon told us in an e-mailed statement today.More »
This is pretty amazing. Our Nick Pinto just tweeted out this picture of the Verizon Building near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, where he's covering the Occupy Wall Street march. The march includes workers from the Communications Workers of America, who were out on strike at Verizon and have been working without a contract for some time. We can't imagine Verizon is very happy about having the CWA's message seen on the side of their building. (We must admit, however, that the scary, largely windowless part of the building seems to have a better purpose now as a screen.)
Photography by Michael Premo
On Friday, August 19, 82-year-old Bed-Stuy resident Mary Ward faced eviction from her home of 44 years in a foreclosure proceeding. Her neighbors and activists from around the city created a human shield to discourage marshalls from getting to her. As a result, there are ongoing negotiations happening this weekend between Ward and the entity foreclosing on her to try to keep her in her home. At least through Monday, the marshall is not scheduled to appear. Here is the story of Friday's action in pictures by photojournalist Michael Premo.