Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Every Time I Reread Tales of the Jazz Age, This Quote Makes Me Smile:

"What floor, please?" said the elevator man.

"Any floor," said Mr. In.

"Top floor," said Mr. Out.

"This is the top floor," said the elevator man.

"Have another floor put on," said Mr. Out.

"Higher," said Mr. In.

"Heaven," said Mr. Out.

--May Day, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why You Should Always Save Your Negatives

...because you may have asked a future American President to pose for your portfolio back when he was a college student bumming around at Occidental.

(I'm not turning this blog into an Obama media fest, I swear. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.)

Monday, December 15, 2008

What Should Obama Wear?

Women's Wear Daily asks 50 different designers what they think Obama should wear to Inauguration 2009.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

So True.

The Death of Photojournalism

I'm going to keep this short because I think Vincent Laforet's recent post sums up my thoughts fairly accurately, but stories like this one make me livid. From Rob's post:


We would like to publish your photo in Time Magazine in a year-end issue and also on If you are the author of the photo and can give Time the rights to publish it, please send a high-resolution image to While we can’t pay you for this use, we’ll give you an author’s photo credit with the published photo in the magazine and of course you retain the copyright.

Thank you for your participation.



Time, I don't care how badly you're suffering right now, this is nothing short of taking advantage of photographers who simply don't know better and screwing over those who do. It's one thing to solicit unpaid contributions from photographers and writers in crowdsourcing-type projects; it's another thing entirely to value someone's work at, oh, NOTHING. And lowering publication standards to go with a free alternative is just sad.

Good photography will always be expensive.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


A chronicle of Christoph Niemann's lifelong relationship with everyone's favorite caffeine source.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008