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Elliott Erwitt: ‘Photography Is Pretty Simple. You Just React to What You See’

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Cross-posted from The Guardian. [By Nadja Sayej] Editor’s Note: Elliot Erwitt is an ASMP Life Member.  “Many photographers look up to Erwitt, eager for advice. The best piece he ever got is simple: ‘Keep busy,’ he says. He says remaining an amateur photographer is key to keeping his curiosity alert. It’s also just plain and simple work. ‘The fact that photography is international working, and people have to work,’ says Erwitt. ‘Most people have repetitive…

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How the Photo on Barack Obama’s New Memoir Almost Didn’t Happen

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Cross-posted from People Magazine [by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall] Editor’s Note: Dan Winters is an ASMP Professional Member. It took the famously contemplative and cerebral Barack Obama almost four years (and 768 pages) to produce just volume one of his post-presidential memoir, the upcoming A Promised Land. But when it came to producing the photograph for the back of the book jacket — revealed exclusively here — Obama’s well-known impatience in front of a camera made…

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Douglas Kirkland Interview: Close Up by Patricia Lanza

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Cross-posted from The Eye Of Photography. [By Patricia Lanza]  “He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, followed by Life Magazine during the 60’s/70’s shooting photojournalism. It was the Look magazine assignment photographing Marilyn Monroe ( just a year before her death), that is the most well– known. He has captured the famous inclusive of Hollywood’s elite; Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Andy Warhol, and Audrey Hepburn to name a few. Through…

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Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer by Bob Gruen

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Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and connected photographers in rock and roll. For almost 50 years, he has documented the music scene in pictures that have captured the world’s attention. Right Place, Right Time is Gruen’s first written account of his winding, adventure-filled journey. He takes us on visits to John and Yoko’s apartment, on a cross-country road trip with the Ike and Tina Turner band, to Glasgow with Debbie Harry, backstage with KISS,…

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Her Majesty: A Photographic History 1926–Today 

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Cross-posted from GQ There is, of course, no easy way to sum up a near-70-year reign in a single image. When the Queen came to the throne in 1952, she was the head of state for perhaps half a billion people in the world; now, it’s hardly clear that the United Kingdom will outlive her. But her total dedication to public service has remained constant, and with it, her popularity. She’s the most recognisable British…

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Fstoppers Interviews Legendary White House Photographer Pete Souza

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Alex Cooke] Editor’s Note: Pete Souza is an ASMP Member. Pete Souza needs little introduction. As the Chief Official White House Photographer for two presidents, Souza had the crucial duty of documenting innumerably many historical moments, a job he did with an empathetic touch that has made his work the model for many aspiring photographers. I recently had the chance to speak with Souza about his work, his approach, and his new…

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Now on Amazon Prime – Bob Gomel: Eyewitness

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Cross-posted from BobGomelEyewitness.com and Amazon Prime. The headline in a recent Albuquerque Journal article read: “Bob Gomel’s Photographs Compel Even after 40 Years.” The renowned LIFE photographer has documented many of the great moments and personalities of contemporary history. Articles and books have chronicled Bob’s adventures, including Art Buckwald’s “Leaving Home”, Yoko Ono’s “Memories of John Lennon”, “Arnold Palmer: A Personal Journey,” “Malcolm X”, by Thulani Davis, Dick Stolley’s “Our Century in Pictures”. His work…

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ASMP Member John Rae Wins Silver in France’s Px3 2020 Photo Contest

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Cross-posted from PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris The public hospitals were the center of the pandemic in the United States. This series of photographs from 9 days and all 11 hospitals documents the heroes of healthcare and their bravery, resourcefulness, professionalism, doggedness, and heart. John Rae is a professional documentary and commercial photographer based in NYC. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and leading International Nongovernmental Organizations. For 20 years John has photographed extensively…

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Quiet Reflections on the Enchanting Italian Village of Panicale

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Cross-posted from The New York Times Photographs and Text by ASMP Member Barry L. Schwartz In 2017, a few months after we got married, my wife, Maggie, and I took a six-week trip — part honeymoon, part yearslong delayed vacation. Leaving California, our first stop was in Brooklyn to see Maggie’s oldest friend, who we all knew was not going to survive a cancer that had returned after many years. It was a good visit. Next,…

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David Hume Kennerly, David Burnett, Other Vietnam War Photographers on How to Cover COVID Better

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Cross-posted from The Columbia Journalism Review. [By Amanda Darach] “‘War is 95 percent boredom and 5 percent sheer terror, from a journalist’s point of view,’ says David Hume Kennerly, who won a 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his feature photography of the Vietnam War. CJR sat down with Kennerly and three other esteemed photojournalists from that conflict, Art Greenspon, Robert Hodierne, and David Burnett, to ask what lessons we can take from Vietnam to cover today’s…

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