News Recap: January 30, 2015

Weekly recap of art-world news

LA Art Book Fair Opens
Yesterday Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair opened at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. In its third year, the event boasts over 200 participating publishers, booksellers, presses, and artists. Other programming includes talks, exhibitions, signings, and more.
Read more here. (LA Art Book Fair)

Sotheby’s Raises Buyer’s Premiums
As of February 1, Sotheby’s will raise its buyer’s premiums.  The new rate structure will improve revenue for the auction powerhouse and is the first raise in rates since March 2013.
Read the full story (ARTnews)

No More Staff Photographers for Sports Illustrated
Add Sports Illustrated to the list of media publications that have laid off their staff photographers. Due to the magazine’s restructuring, the last of its six remaining staff photographers were let go last week. The magazine will now rely on freelancers for their photography needs.
Read the full story (CNN)

Crowd-funding Roundup: North Carolina Outdoor Photo Festival

Crowd-funding is becoming increasingly popular among creatives. With more sites springing up and more artists asking for funds, Don’t Take Pictures presents a monthly roundup of some projects we find exciting.

 This month’s crowd funding roundup presents a public photography festival and exhibition in Wilson, North Carolina.

Eyes on Main Street

Formerly the home of the World’s Largest Tobacco Market, Wilson, North Carolina once had a thriving downtown culture. In a story familiar to many American small towns, strip malls and suburban communities drew away town residents and the once vibrant downtown slowly deteriorated. Through the efforts of Wilson community members and business owners, their downtown is now experiencing a revival. A new science museum, renovated movie theater, and whirly gig park have brought life back to the area, and now that people are visiting, they’d like to give them something to look at.

Eyes on Main Street, an outdoor exhibition on Wilson’s main street is planned for May 9, 2015. The show will feature 100 photographs from 100 prominent and emerging photographers including Walker Evans, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dorothea Lange. The large-scale prints are physically connected by the main street, which also serves as the theme behind the exhibition. In the spirit of community engagement, a corresponding festival will take place with workshops by participating photographers, curators and scholars. The festival will run until September 7 and an online guide and catalogue will be made available. Putting together a festival and exhibition of this scale is no small feat. The directors are seeking $10,000 to cover printing, marketing, and other associated fees. Those who contribute will assist in brining contemporary photography to the masses. 

Read more about Eyes on Main Street on their Kickstarter page.

There are 3 days remaining to fund this project.

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Some Assembly Required: Todd Schlemmer

This series focuses on those who take the making of pictures a step or two further, creating their own photographic tools.

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Todd Schlemmer, Seattle, WA

Three years ago Todd Schlemmer began designing pinhole cameras in CAD and 3D printing them for his friends and for his personal use. Made from a recyclable bio-plastic, his 6x9 camera called the "terraPin" is comprised of 12 printed pieces. Much like the act of making a pinhole photograph, everything about Schlemmer’s camera construction is time consuming; from designing the camera, to printing it (which can take up to eight hours), to pinhole drilling and assembly. Each camera he designs is an iteration of the prior one, arriving at the current model.

After the camera parts are printed, Schlemmer carefully assembles them so that all of the pieces fit together smoothly, particularly the moving parts. He attaches stainless steel metric fasteners and uses a calibrated awl to drill the pinholes, verifying their diameters with a digital microscope. The terrraPin shoots 120mm film for a 6cm x 9cm frame. Designed for a 40mm focal length and a pinhole diameter of 0.26mm, the aperture is roughly f/174. This unique design also has an optional cable-actuated shutter.

Since he began designing pinhole cameras, Schlemmer has made his designs available to photographers around the globe. As a generous contribution to the photographic community, all of his designs are freely available for download so that anyone can 3D print their own. 

terraPin 6x9

terraPin 6x9

View more of Schlemmer’s work on his Flickr and view his downloadable camera designs here.

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News Recap: January 23, 2015

Weekly recap of art-world news.

Largest Image of Andromeda Galaxy Ever Made
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a photograph of the Andromeda galaxy. More than 600 HD television screens would be required to view the complete photograph.
Read the full story (Hubble)

New Mobile App Replicates the Disposable Camera Experience
White Album, a new app for iPhones replicates the experience of using film. Users can shoot only 24 frames and are not able to view them before they finish the “roll” and pay $20 for prints.
Read the full story (Headlines and Global News)

“Ansel Adams Act” Introduced to Support Photographers’ Rights
US representative Steve Stockman introduced a bill that, if passed, would not allow photographers photographing in public places to be fined or threatened with seizure of equipment and arrest.
Read the full story (Popular Photography)