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4 Strategies to Help You Learn to Take Constructive Criticism

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Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by Tomas Chomurro-Premuzic] We often hear that it is a sign of emotional maturity and intellectual curiosity to be open to constructive criticism from others, and that negative feedback can help us identify important gaps between the person we are, and the person we want to be. That said, nobody loves to be criticized. It would require a degree of intellectual masochism that is rarely found in people, with the exception of…

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Why Deborah Willis Thinks the Photobook Can Be Transformative

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Cross-posted from aperture [by Brendan Embser] In 1973, Dr. Deborah Willis, then an undergraduate photography student at the Philadelphia College of Art (UArts), submitted an independent research proposal about the contributions of Black photographers to the history of American photography from 1840 to 1940. Willis had sent fifty letters to various collections and libraries, seeking information about photographers such as Gordon Parks and James Van Der Zee. “Is a photographer primarily a creative artist rather…

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What is Minimalist Photography and How Do You Do It?

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Cross-posted from fstopper.com [by Jason Parnell-Brookes] What the heck is minimalist photography? How do I take minimalist photos? And what kind of gear do I need to do it? Well, read on to find out the answers to those questions and more. What Is Minimalism? The term minimalism is thrown around a lot in photography, but it actually originated from the 1950s, linked to paintings and sculptures. Minimalism was then adopted by many other artistic…

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Check Out These Photographers Who Are Bringing BLM Into Focus

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Cross-posted from Pixsy [by Robin Gillham] Editor’s Note: Lynsey Weatherspoon is an ASMP Professional Member. For many in the United States, the present moment is a reckoning for the institutional racism that has plagued the country for centuries. In more than 150 cities, people have taken to the streets and are calling for an end to police brutality and historic racial injustice. The demonstrations were sparked by the on-camera killing of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis in…

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Fashion Takes a Front-row Seat in the Music World

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Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by FastCo Works] Artists’ merchandise, or “merch,” used to mean black T-shirts adorned with the concert name, logo, and a list of tour dates. Fans bought them as souvenirs to prove they were there. But it would end up in the back of their drawer or relegated to sleepwear. Bravado, the merchandise and brand management, division of Universal Music Group, is changing the narrative on artist merch. With teams in 40 countries,…

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Why This Pandemic Winter is the Perfect Time to Try Out ‘Slow Work’

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Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by Diana Shi] As the pandemic drags on, many of us are under more pressure than ever before at work. Perhaps your company was operating at a loss during the first few months of the pandemic, and now—half a year later—it’s regaining its footing and you’re juggling multiple new projects. Maybe your team laid off workers, and you’re forced to pick up the slack. Or maybe you’re trying to get a new…

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Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?

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Cross-posted from The New York Times [By Kashmir Hill and Jeremy White] There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000. If you just need a couple of fake people — for characters in a video game, or to make your company website appear more diverse — you can get their photos for free on ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Adjust their likeness as needed; make…

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Jennifer Davick Uses Innovative Tech to Collaborate Real-time on Virtual Productions

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Cross-posted from Notes From A Rep’s Journal.  [By Heather Elder]  “She recently finished a still photography campaign for the Publix Supermarket, shot during COVID. We were interested in hearing about the role technology played in this virtual shoot.” “Communication is more necessary than ever. Normally, we would all stand at the monitor and review an image together — pointing at the changes needed. Unfortunately, not being in person makes it very difficult to describe in…

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Ernie Brooks Has Died

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Cross-posted from the Santa Barbara Independent [by Jean Yamamura] Ernie Brooks II, the famed under-ocean photographer, died today at the age of 85. Photography was in his blood as the son of the man who created the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and the grandson of a Portuguese woman who was a professional portrait photographer. Brooks not only graduated from his father’s institute and studied with Hans Haas, a pioneer of underwater documentaries,…

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With Coming Sale, the World Looks to Ansel Adams For Relief

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] Can Ansel Adams save the world in 2020? “In a world where the president of the United States has been actively working to undermine established environmental regulations, and in a world where each passing year can be marked with ice caps gushing more water into the oceans,” Adams’s meticulous documentation of American landscapes and passionate stance for environmental conservation may be just what we need, noted the…

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Jay Maisel and Alfred Eisenstaedt to Be Inducted Into the 2020 International Photography Hall of Fame

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Cross-posted from St. Louis Magazine The Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Exhibition features photographic masterworks from the esteemed photographers comprising the 2020 class of Hall of Fame Inductees and Awardees, including Lynsey Addario, Henry Diltz, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Magnum Photos, Jay Maisel, Duane Michals, and Carrie Mae Weems. Editor’s Note: Current ASMP Life Member Jay Maisel and ASMP Legend Alfred Eisenstaedt are among the honorees. Read more

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Bruno Barbey: 1941 – 2020

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Cross-posted from Magnum Photos Bruno Barbey began his relationship with Magnum Photos in 1964. He served as Magnum vice president for Europe in 1978/1979 and as President of Magnum International from 1992 to 1995. Barbey worked in all five continents and covered conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in the world’s major publication, and over 30 books of his work have been published to…

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