Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Future of Photography

A writer knows how to write and a composer knows theory of music so that they can extend their arts beyond purely technical elements. But in the future the technique of photography will be so simplified and so widely taught and understood that the illiterate per son will be the one who is not a photographer.

-- László Moholy-Nagy, The Future of Photography, 1944

Monday, December 07, 2009

Best. Craigslist. Post. Ever.

1500 live ladybugs, accidently bought while drunk, feels bad. (park slope)
Date: 2009-12-05, 3:34PM EST
Reply to:

So, after consuming pot brownies and getting a little too drunk on thanksgiving a friend and i decided to buy 1500 live ladybugs from amazon, which was a great idea until they came in the mail. Now they're sitting on my windowsill and I have nothing to really do with them. If i set them free they'll die in this weather, if I leave them on my windowsill they'll die.

So, if you have a greenhouse or some kind of animals to feed them to it'd be awesome. I don't want to ruin 1500 lives.

Email me and tell me what your'e gonna do with them, and if you can come pick them up. And they're yours.

* Location: park slope
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests


Thursday, December 03, 2009

David Scazla

NY Supreme Court Rules Against Eminent Domain in MVille

For the ~3 people who 1. read this blog, 2. were involved in The Spectator's coverage of Columbia's Manhattanville expansion plans, and 3. still care:

The New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division ruled on Thursday that the state’s use of eminent domain in Manhattanville “to benefit a private elite education institution is violative of the Takings Clause of the US Constitution, article 1, § 7 of the New York Constitution, and the ‘first principles of the social contract,’” according to a decision written by State Supreme Court Justice James Catterson.

More at Newsroom and City Room. HUGE.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

New York Sleeps

Christopher Thomas' New York Sleeps series shows the city eerily devoid of people -- they're stunning if slightly bizarre images.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Characters for an Epic Tale

I've been greatly enjoying the work of London-based illustrator and cartoonist Tom Gauld since I stumbled across his site -- check out his version of The Three Musketeers and his Noisy Alphabet.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Yankees Parade

So, I sold my Mamiya 6 and 1Ds and bought a 90mm tilt-shift...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Living the Life

Spent October 9-13 in Jeffersonville, NY for the Eddie Adams Workshop -- at once the most exhausting and rewarding experience of my life. After spending two days hanging out with professional Elvis impersonator Eric Bressi, produced this multimedia project for the workshop...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The New (Media) Workout Plan

Let's just say I would be very, very fit if I adhered to Patrick Moberg's new (media) workout plan.

Thomas Meyerhoffer

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Hawk and the Dove

Shameless plug: Wired senior editor (and my ex-boss) Nick Thompson has a book coming out next week on Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and their roles in the Cold War, called The Hawk and the Dove. From the website:

In this masterly double biography, Nicholas Thompson brings Nitze and Kennan to vivid life. Nitze—the hawk—was a consummate insider who believed that the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. More than any other American, he was responsible for the arms race. Kennan—the dove—was a diplomat turned academic whose famous “X article” persuasively argued that we should contain the Soviet Union while waiting for it to collapse from within. For forty years, he exercised more influence on foreign affairs than any other private citizen.

Well? Go pre-order it on Amazon...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Simon Schubert's paper renderings of architectural interiors are stunning ... this man must have the patience of a saint.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cypress Point, Carmel; Ledson Vineyard, Sonoma

That's it, I'm locking up my 1dmkiii and shooting 6x6 film from now on.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Does my move to the east side necessitate a blog name change to The Six Train?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Old Yankee Stadium

NY Daily News slideshow here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sir Duke

NY Daily News audio slideshow here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


"It is no surprise that talented photographers are 99% pain in the ass to work with. They have strong opinions, are stubborn, reckless, and most of the time have an extremely bad character. But that is simply because they are constantly challenged by a reality that annoys them. Like being assaulted by mosquitoes, all the time. They don’t have an attitude problem, it’s the world that lacks one.

This is the exact reason why we love their work. They disturbed the reality in which they are put in, they challenge it, always demanding more, to see what is behind. They do not want to photograph the yellow brick road, although that might be pretty, they want to photograph the wizard behind the curtains."

--Paul Melcher

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Ryan Runs Europe

So, after graduating from Columbia in a month or so, my friend Ryan is going to embark on a several month long run through Europe that will take him from Amsterdam to Athens -- through seven countries and 2,300 miles -- entirely on foot. If you look at the map above, you can see that this is sort of a long trip.

He'll be running 10 to 30 miles a day with little more than an extra set of clothes, his passport, and a phone, and is looking for some new friends who would be willing to host him for a night along the way. He's set up a detailed site here listing most of the major cities in his itinerary, so if you or anyone you know happens to reside in Mailleroncourt-Saint-Pancras or Castiglione della Pescaia, give him a shout at

Tuesday, March 24, 2009