Magnum and the Dying Art of Darkroom Printing

the literate lens

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Pablo Inirio, master darkroom printer at  Magnum Photos in New York. I was thinking about that interview recently as I heard the news of Kodak’s bankruptcy and pondered the precarious status of “old media” like books, film and silver gelatin prints.

As Magnum’s printer, Inirio gets to work with some of photography’s most iconic images. In his small darkroom, the prints lying casually around include Dennis Stock’s famous portrait of James Dean in Times Square (right) and a cigar-chewing Che Guevara shot by Rene Burri. Intricate squiggles and numbers are scrawled all over the prints, showing Inirio’s complex formulas for printing them. A few seconds of dodging here, some burning-in there. Will six seconds be enough to bring out some definition in the building behind Dean? Perhaps, depending on the temperature of the chemicals.

Of course, this…

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The Complete Taxonomy of Engagement Photo Poses

The Marrying Kind

Engagement Photo (From Carl Lacey’s Flickr.)

I used to wonder why people do engagement photo shoots. What are they… for? Do you not have enough pictures of the two of you together from your relationship, so you feel like you need to reach some sort of quota? Do you think that all the other photos of you that you’ve accumulated over the years look too natural? Too un-staged? Too comfortable? You suddenly realized you forgot to do a prom pose under a gentle cascade of cherry blossoms – and once you’re married it will simply be too late?

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People often assume that as a white female, I don’t have to deal with racism. And they’re right — I don’t.

Passion, caffeinated

IAmTooWakeForest

Somebody recently told me that this picture, originally part of the #ITooAmWakeForest campaign (which you can find here: http://itooamwakeforest.tumblr.com/), was incorporated into an article somebody published on the website Total Sorority Move. I wasn’t able to track down the article myself, so it’s possible that it was moved or deleted. The sign I’m holding in the picture reads, “I’ve been asked: ‘Are you a transfer?’ ‘Are you albino?’ ‘Are you lonely?’ Because it’s ‘crazy’ I would want to join a black sorority instead of a white one.” Yes, I have really been asked those things at Wake Forest.

A year and a half after crossing Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in spring 2013, it still strikes me as odd how much fascination and interest is generated simply by my membership in a historically black sorority. I knew long before I joined that I would receive a wide variety of responses…

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We All Need Some Art & Culture In Our Lives

It’s what sets us humans apart from the rest of the animals out there…

Collecting art is something that needs to be done at one point or another in our lives, whether it be vintage movie posters, oil paintings or even canvas prints of photos.

It’s what sets us humans apart from the rest of the animals out there…

So if you’re feeling a bit cultured and ready to spruce up that empty wall in your home or your office, maybe it’s time you get a canvas print of a photo done… maybe you should take a look at some of the images below and see if you like them? Then you can place an order with me and have them make your wall look amazing! Haha!

See more of my work at my website: Justin Lee Photography

Ultra SA Blew My Mind, But Will It Continue To Do So?

Ultra SA knocked on our doors, partied hard and fast with us, then left as fast as they had come in, but the memories of the party are still on a playback loop

So Ultra SA knocked on our doors, partied hard and fast with us, then left as fast as they had come in, but the memories of the party are still on a playback loop not unlike that of a record player with a skipping needle.

The good news is, is that it wasn’t just a once off and if you didn’t know by now, the massive EDM party will be back for the next 5 years.

I was fortunate enough to organise a media pass and had quite a few of my images used by Ultra SA for social media purposes. A few of the headline DJ acts even shared and retweeted a few of the posts (yes I’m bragging, please make room for my head :P)!

For next year I;d like to see a better production in terms of the visual awe. Don’t get me wrong, the light show was impressive, as were the pyrotechnics, but when you compare it to the setups of Ultra Miami and Tomorrowland, it’s almost like having a 2 year old’s art compared to a renaissance master. Good effort, but there’s some big shoes to fill. So with the commitment to return to SA shores for the next 5 years, does this mean that the stage setups and overall production will be ramped up as well? One can only hope.

But until next year, let’s keep the electric party mood going throughout 2014! See some of the photos I took below.

 

For the rest of the pics, feel free to visit the Ultra SA link on my website by clicking here

Reach For A Dream

Don’t you just wish you could wear your slippers everywhere you went? Well, Reach For A Dream certainly does, and they are encouraging you to pull on those fluffy slippers and join them for an evening of great company, music, snacks, drinks, beauty, charity and rubbing shoulders with stunning models in designer wear and South African stars, all for a good cause!

Don’t you just wish you could wear your slippers everywhere you went? Well, Reach For A Dream certainly does, and they are encouraging you to pull on those fluffy slippers and join them for an evening of great company, music, snacks, drinks, beauty, charity and rubbing shoulders with stunning models in designer wear and South African stars, all for a good cause!

The Reach for a Dream Foundation hosted their annual Slipper Day on the 2nd of August, and are now hosting a fashion show fundraiser on Saturday the 24th of August, as part of their National Slipper campaign.

All proceeds of the event will go toward making dreams come true for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

DATE
–  Saturday, 24th of August 2013

TIME
– 18:30

VENUE
–  Protea Hotel Manor, Hatfield, Pretoria

–  The hotel is on the corner of Festival & Burnett Streets. The entrance to the hotel’s undercover parking area is in Festival Street and additional parking is provided at Interpark with the entrance in Hilda Street.

GPS co-ordinates:
 S 25.75013
E 28.23303

DRESS CODE

–  Semi-formal, with your favourite pair of slippers!

PRICE
–  Tickets are sold at only R50 per person. All ticket proceeds will go to Reach For A Dream Foundation and tickets can be bought at the door.

RSVP
–  Please RSVP by sending the names and surnames of guests in your party to either 082 878 9385, or via e-mail on mine@activationmedia.co.za so as to confirm your seats and avoid missing out on this exciting event.

WHAT TO EXPECT

All guests attending the fashion show are encouraged to wear their slippers in support of Reach for a Dream’s National Slipper Campaign. There will be a prize for the person wearing the most creative slippers, so show us what you’ve got!

Doors will open at 18:30. Each guest will receive a goodie bag filled with surprises, after which they can mingle, enjoy a welcome drink, snacks and a cash bar.

This will be followed by a short word of welcome from Reach for a Dream, as well as the announcement of the winner of the most creative slippers, and of course, the fashion show.