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    What If You Took a Photo of Every Movement of Your Life?

    We are suckered into thinking that we can only take photos if we travel to exotic places (India, Tokyo, NYC), if we have a super glamorous lifestyle, and if we have the latest cameras and fastest lenses. All of this is just bullshit that the camera companies and advertising companies try to feed you, to breed discontent with your simple and humble life. They make you think that your life isn’t exciting enough, and you cannot make any good photos without traveling and spending thousands of dollars, or if you don’t have the newest greatest digital camera. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily…

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    Version II: Learn From the Masters of Street Photography

    After about a hundred shots of espresso, the newest “Learn From the Masters of Street Photography” PDF Book is live. This version (Version II) is the newest and cleanest version that distills the wisdom of the masters. Better late than never as they say. The “ber” months have been tough on your admin balancing a busy schedule, the flu, and paying the bills. That said, I want to say that this assignment was a great treat. The entries are very creative and I’m happy with the continous participation of everyone despite my shortcomings. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily Oberman. “Everyone moans about Pentagram…

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    Student Photos: Film Street Photography Workshop in Dubai

    Just finished the coolest workshop here in Dubai– the 2-day Experience the Magic of Film Workshop at Gulf Photo Plus 2016. The students all hit the streets with their cool film cameras , and we had a blast shooting film. Last time we talked with Dayv, he just finished his first book, High Street Low Street: Seoul and was in the process of making his follow up, High street Low Street: Colombo. He’s finally done with the book and is currently running a kickstarter campaign to be able to self-publish. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily Oberman. “Everyone moans about Pentagram because we have been trucking along doing the best…

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    What if Smartphones Had The Same Image Quality as DSLR’s?

    I think the main reason why people look down on smartphones is because they think its image quality isn’t “good enough” as DSLRS— which you can do fancy stuff like pixel-peep, “bokeh”, and trot around big lenses. Thirdly, generally the ergonomics of a smartphone device isn’t as good as holding a camera with a grip. I know a lot of street photographers who only use iPhones, and after shooting an entire day on their iPhones, their hands start getting quite cramped. There are also a lot of interesting add-ons to add a grip to your iPhone. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily Oberman.…

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    Mark Alor Powell Opens Up About His New Photobook: “Open At Noon”

    Mark: Thanks. I knew I had a book somewhere with a good strong edit. A friend sent me a link to enter the Editorial RM Fotolibro award. Spent a good two months trying to find a sequence. The way I was working as a photographer from 2006- 2014. I wanted the book not to be too documentary or read as something “real.”  I liked that it was like a lady’s purse found in the back of a taxi, maybe a sub-read of something inside that is private, unexpected, tactile, the world that is extracted from the real and changed. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York…

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    Street Photography: 50 Ways to Capture Better Shots of Ordinary Life

    I am excited to announce that I (finally) published my first paper-back book: “Street Photography: 50 Ways to Capture Better Shots of Ordinary Life” in collaboration with DEXT; my Swedish publisher. This book has been a long time in the making. I first got contacted by DEXT a few years ago, and it was quite possibly one of the most exciting things. Publishing a (paper) book was one of my dreams — and the chance to collaborate was exciting to me. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily Oberman. “Everyone moans about Pentagram because we have been trucking along doing the best work we…

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    If You Started Photography All Over Again, What Would You Do Differently?

    I like the idea of not being a slave to your past. Not to be a slave of your past history, and to burn the ashes of your past self— and to leave no trace behind. I think one of the most liberating concepts in life is to everyday be a beginner. To always see life with a fresh pair of eyes; without prejudice, barriers, or concepts cloud your judgement or vision. Over the years I have built up a lot of “rules” in both my personal life and my photographic life. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily Oberman. “Everyone moans about Pentagram because…

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    Strippers, wedding trucks and dinosaurs: the brilliant 50-year photography career of Ave Pildas

    Leafing through the rest of his archive is an utter joy; uncovering reams of brilliant and off-kilter images taken throughout the photographer’s busy 50-year career which show a knack for that all important “decisive moment.” Ave grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and during the 1970s worked as art director for Hollywood’s Capitol Records, and went on to have his work shown at galleries including London’s Photographers’ Gallery, New York’s MoMA and Los Angeles’ Gallerie Diaframma. “I totally took that as a compliment,” laughs Pentagram New York partner Emily Oberman. “Everyone moans about Pentagram because we have been trucking along doing the best work we can over many, many years and…