A weekly recap of art world news.
Art Critic John Berger Dies at 90
British novelist, critic, and screenwriter John Berger died in his home in France at the age of 90. In the 1970s, Berger became a countercultural celebrity with his book and BBC television series “Ways of Seeing.” The book continues to be required reading for most art schools. After moving to the French Alps with his wife and children, Berger learned to raise cattle and wrote “Into Their Labors,” a trilogy of unconventional books that included poetry, essay, and short story. He also collaborated on three films as a screenwriter with director Alain Tanner. Berger continued to write essays and art criticism, receiving much praise, until his death.
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Kodak Resurrects Ektachrome Slide Film
Kodak’s famed Ektachrome slide film was discontinued in 2012, much to the chagrin of photographers around the world. Last year, the company announced the return of a Super 8mm film camera, and this year they have announced that they are bringing back the Ektachrome film, which will be compatible with 135-36x cameras. The film is developed using an E6 process and is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts. Kodak also plans to launch Ektachrome Super 8 film for its movie cameras.
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Photojournalist Don McCullin Knighted for His Services to Photography
Her Majesty The Queen has knighted 81-year-old British journalist Don McCullin for his services to photography. McCullin’s photography career began in 1959 and focused on war photography and society’s less fortunate. He was the recipient of the World Press Photo of the Year award in 1964 for his images of the war in Cyprus. After his trip to Iraq last month to photograph the Battle of Mosul, McCullin announced his retirement from conflict photography, however, he will continue to photograph other subjects.
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