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“Nuclear Tourism” Exhibition at Visa Pour l’Image

“Nuclear Tourism,” a selection of Gerd Ludwig’s photographs of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, August 29 – September 18, 2015. In 2011, as people around the world watched TV reports on the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the Ukrainian government gave approval for travel inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which has now become a disaster-tourism destination. Tourists take pictures of the sarcophagus encasing the reactor, but the top attraction is the ghost town of Pripyat, once home to nearly 50,000, now decaying and overgrown by nature, a less than truthful witness…

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Fashion! NYC! TTL!

We photogs are known to lavish attention on our gear, and ascribe to it virtually human qualities. “That’s a beautiful lens.” “That soft box makes gorgeous light.” Descriptions can be fevered, bordering on irrational, occasionally. I am guilty of this, just as almost everyone is who has labored as a photographer. At the end of the day, though, the things we use are tools, and like any job, you hopefully choose appropriately. Small, light and fast is often the mantra of an assignment. Very occasionally we get called on to do a heavier production job, and that requires a different…

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Cover of Leica’s M Magazine

Cover of Leica’s M Magazine featuring some of my Brazil work. This from Salvador, Bahia. Rio and Bahia have been favorites of mine for awhile now. Both featured in NatGeo. Rio the source of one book and another upcoming. If a photographer or any artist gets locked into a place, there must be a reason. If the “reason” is only in your imagination, so much the better. ‪#‎Brazil‬ ‪#‎bahia‬ ‪#‎leica‬

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The Long Shadow of Chernobyl App Updated

“The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” iPad app was just re-released for iOS 7 and later, with a new design and updated material. For those who already had the earlier version, a free update is available via the App Store. Spanning Gerd Ludwig’s two decades of documentation of the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the groundbreaking work explores the human and environmental impact since the disaster, including photos from Ludwig’s most recent trips to Chernobyl, taken in early 2011 as the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant was unfolding and in 2013, as the tourist industry expanded in the…

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So What If……

So my client in Beijing asked me to shoot a well known weightlifter in front of the main temple at the Summer Palace. Which is fine, and doable. But as photographers, we are charged with going into imagination mode, pretty much all the time. It’s just part of the job you get used to, as you articulate your twist on something, often traveling into the realm of the impossible or difficult or just outright strange. And we get used to the various reactions at the meetings we are called to which often range from exuberant delight (somewhat rare) to outright…

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A Happy Weekend Blog…

Just a quick, lighthearted blog for the weekend. Many thanks to Nikon and the MWW Group for putting together a lovely little video about the couples who stepped up into the Nikon Wedding Truck   a couple weeks ago. And, many thanks to Tina Trinh of ABC World News Now for putting together a fun video piece about the adventures of the truck. If you have a couple minutes for a laugh or a cry, or a remembrance of your wedding, the links above are just sweet and fun for a summer weekend. All best to all! More tk…. The…

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Global Activism: La Isla Foundation

Jason Glaser of La Isla Foundation was recently interviewed on WBEZ’s Worldview about his work surrounding the epidemic of kidney disease among sugarcane workers in Nicaragua. “La Isla Foundation was formed in 2008 after independent filmmaker Jason Glaser met Juan Salgado, a community organizer from Candelaria, Nicaragua. Jason was in Nicaragua making a film about banana workers when Juan informed him of an epidemic of kidney disease occurring in Candelaria and La Isla (“The Island”), neighboring villages in the municipality of Chichigalpa in western Nicaragua. The disease was ravaging agricultural laborers working on a local sugar-cane plantation. Juan, a former…

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Discovering Cuba, A Photographic Journey

Cuba dance troupe. Have you ever wanted to visit Cuba? Photograph the lush landscape and vibrant culture?  You are invited to join me and my friend and colleague, Tod O’Driscoll, as together we Discover Cuba on a nine day Photographic Journey October 28th – November 5, 2015!  This people to people photo tour is sponsored by Distant Horizons. We will be meeting Cubans from various walks of life, and will visit Havana, the tobacco farming community of Vinales, see the French inspired architecture of Cienfuegos, and enjoy visiting the famous town of Trinidad, which as changed little since the

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Leica Akademie Workshop in Tuscany, Unlocking Inspiration

Leica Akademie Workshop in Tuscany, Unlocking Inspiration

Leica Akademie Workshop –  Unlocking Inspiration July 18 – 19, 2015 Tuition: 300 Euros Maximum enrollment: 12 Tomas van Houtryve is teaming up with Leica Akademie Italy and the Cortona on the Move Festival to teach a workshop on how to reach your full potential by unlocking inspiration. The two-day session in Tuscany is limited to 12 people, and each participant will be given the opportunity to work with a Leica M (typ 240) or M Monochrom camera for the duration of the course. Sign up.

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