This week, the world said goodbye to Greta Friedman. You might not know her name, but it’s almost a certainty that you’ve seen her before!
Last week, after the announcement of the winner of the Australian Photographer of the Year Award, Ken Duncan had a bit of a rant about what the Awards really do (or DON’T) represent:
As an honorary life member of the AIPP I am concerned about the regulations and judging criteria of their Photo Awards after seeing the results from this years competition.
Congratulations to Lisa Saad for winning the 2016 Australian Professional Photographer Awards with a series of illustrations.
With no disrespect to Lisa who is obviously a very talented person I just personally don’t get it. How these illustration could be considered photographs as lovely as judges may think they are.
The word Photography comes from the Greek words Photos: Light and Graphos: Drawing so photography is ‘drawing with light’.
This illustration and the others from the series have little to do with reflected light but more about creation by manipulating and creating pixels.
I believe the AIPP have lost their way with the APPA awards as they seem to be hijacked by manipulators. Now I don’t have a problem with post processing to a degree but when it gets to to point of having no connection to reality it then enters the world of illustration. If this trend is going to continue unchallenged and not looked at then may be the awards should really be renamed. The initials obviously no longer stand for the Australian Professional Photography Awards so maybe they really need to call them what they have become the ‘Australian Professional Photoshop Awards’.
But Peter Eastway and Rocco Ancora sat down to discuss the other side of the coin.
Tony White sent us stories about Adobe’s clothing line,
the latest in the continuing Getty lawsuit saga,
Fuji’s claims about XT2 orders exceeding expectations sound a little like marketing overkill to us,
and the working photographer mum (sorry…. ‘mom’).
Glynn came across an app called Old View,
and a suspended dolly-like contraption called Slingshot.
And crazy as it might sound, we are now in the age of 3D printed cameras,
and first-person glasses which allow you to see the world in front of you, as well as what your
drone UAV is seeing.
He also came across this video by Fritz Liedtke about shooting portraits with a LensBaby.
And if you think YOUR photography is under-appreciated, spare a thought for this Belarus-based photographer.
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