Friday, April 16, 2010

Photoblogging Friday - 15

Another Friday and arrived and it feels like we are experiencing the calm before the storm. A couple of weeks ago the first iPads hit the street, but now we are at that point where a lot of development is ongoing, but not a lot is being introduced yet.
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Take the iTunes store: more apps for the iPhone, all pretty much the usual thing (RSS readers), and very little is being released for the iPad. Time magazine, as a result, is dominating the paid news apps category as it releases a new app every week -- reflecting its new issue.

(Edit: This was written before the RBI story below -- so apparently the "storm" has hit, just in a different area.)

But being Friday, we get to kick back a bit and indulge in another edition of Photoblogging Friday. TNM's contributor Dean Brierly has gone in a different direction with his Photographers Speak site, so we'll take note of that.

I conducted this interview with the late James Fee in 1994 for Camera & Darkroom magazine, where I worked as Managing Editor. It was the first installment of “In the Darkroom,” a department I initiated in which noted photographers like Fee, George Krause and Thomas Barrow discussed their developing and printing methods in relation to their work’s thematic implications. At the time, Fee was beginning to earn widespread acclaim for his “Photographs of America” series, which chronicled a country in decline through haunting images of abandoned factories, hardscrabble towns and neglected cultural icons. Fee was a darkroom virtuoso, and his highly original, Gothic visual style inspired many imitators but no equals. While it may seem somewhat perverse in this digital age to post an interview focusing on silver-gelatin processes, I like the insights Fee provides on how the time and effort required by traditional materials enriches the finished work. This conversation is definitely for old school photographers, but even digital diehards should find food for thought.
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You can read Dean's entire interview with James Fee here.