"Rescuing the city's image through its arts and crafts"
by Nora Olivia Sedeno Torres

"The goal of this project was to have a photographic record of the old time water carriers, merchants, chauffeurs, shoeshine boys and prostitutes. The project has collected 7,216 images. About 10% of them show some deterioration. Digital scanning has helped to preserve and extend the life of these photos."

One million people march in Los Angeles
Nadia Baram and Pedro Meyer
May 1st. 2006

May 1st was an important day in American History. Millions of Hispanic workers, most of them of Mexican origin, came together to express in unison “Aquí estamos y no nos vamos, y si nos echan, regresamos” (Here we are, and we are not turning back, if you kick us out, we will come back). What the organizers referred to as “A day without immigrants” became a wave of nationwide protests and a call for undocumented workers unity across the United States. The purpose of the protest was to stop the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act that was passed by the American House of Representatives on December 16, 2005, and under which “unlawful presence” would now be considered a crime and a felony.


Fotofest 2006



I was invited to attend FotoFest once again this year. It's usually in my capacity of a "reviewer of portfolios". I am not sure if this is accurate, but I think the idea of reviewing portfolios was born at FotoFest, if not, then they surely elevated this practice to a fine art, which then has been imitatated the world over by other festivals. But be that as it may, what happens at FotoFest is very worthy for all those involved, in every sense of the word.

Pedro Meyer



Blacks Turn to Internet Highway, and Digital Divide Starts to Close
by Michel Marriott

African-Americans are steadily gaining access to and ease with the Internet, signaling a remarkable closing of the "digital divide" that many experts had worried would be a crippling disadvantage in achieving success.

Photographer held for hours by Police

A local photographer is looking for an apology after he was held for hours by police. He was taken into custody for questioning because of what he decided to snap a couple of shots of.

© Philip-Lorca di Corcia

The Theater of the Street, the Subject of the Photograph

In 1999, Philip-Lorca diCorcia set up his camera on a tripod in Times Square, attached strobe lights to scaffolding across the street and, in the time-honored tradition of street photography, took a random series of pictures of strangers passing under his lights. The project continued for two years, culminating in an exhibition of photographs called Heads at Pace/MacGill Gallery in Chelsea.

Philip Gefter

Leica Freedom Train

Leica Freedom Train
An interesting piece of photographic history
by George Gilbert

The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. From a nit picking point of view, it wasn't the very first still camera to use 35mm movie film, but it was the first to be widely publicized and successfully marketed.

Telling Tales
by Richard Hector Jones

Digital Storytelling is about reclaiming the tradition of storytelling from the mass media as much as it is about creating personal or social history – a way of dragging the oral tradition up to date through the most basic of technology.

First Digital Camera that is better than Film

Can a digital camera really outclass color film?

According to tests done by Popular Photography, Canon's new 16.7 megapixel EOS 1Ds Mark II took better pictures than a regular SLR camera (Canon's EOS 3) shooting high-quality ISO 100 film.

Popular Photography

Beyond the Camera
First Match Human Vision. Then Surpass it
by Alexis Gerard

By affirming "you push the button, we do the rest", George Eastman created the photography industry. Today the future of that industry lies in extending its partnership with users to enable them with a true synthetic eye — an image capture device that forces no compromises compared to human vision — and with the full complement of tools needed for the coming age of pervasive visual communication.

Who Owns Seydou Keïta?
by Michael Rips

A tin of negatives buried in Africa for three decades that, when opened, revealed the work of a photographer who was neither "outsider" nor "indigenous" but spectacularly modern.

Ann Marie Heinrich

Mobile is the New Digitaly
by Alexis Gerard

For the Imaging Industry, "Mobile is the New Digital". Much as digital imaging began as a niche and became pervasive over the course of a decade, mobility – continuous wireless connectivity to a high-bandwidth global network - will soon be integral to every imaging product and service. The tidal wave of transition is already upon us.

Ann Marie Heinrich

Pam McCartney
by Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

When Pam McCartney walks into my studio I am walloped visually. She is an asymmetric delight that I am not quite accustomed to. This is because I have always suspected that our attraction to symmetry is innate. To begin to appreciate the lopsided view, we often have to turn to visual arts. One of the last bastions of symmetry is the car. Cars, except for small details such as the gas tank flap, are the same on both sides. American designer Raymond Loewy pointed out that with the steering wheel on one side, cars have always been asymmetric already..

Maria Conesa

Photography as Clay
by Roger Bruce

The plasticity of the digital photograph is astounding. Limited only by the imagination or possibly, processor speed, new tools offer seamless efficiency in intra-image editing for manipulation and montage. Occasionally, such new software capabilities will spawn a new fashion of graphical effect or visual cliché before assuming a reserved availability among all of the other tackle in the digital toolbox.

Maria Conesa

Project Iconography of the Mexican Stage
by Héctor Quiroga Pérez

When the Theatre Research Center "Rodolfo Usigli" (CITRU) was founded in 1981, the photographic material of the Armando de Maria y Campos Archive became one of the materials that needed to be organized by the Phototheque of the Center. Since 1990 the new Audiovisual Materials Department had transformed into a workshop in which physical cleanliness and reorganization of the scattered materials was the main goal, looking to set up a series of Photo Shows in the Center’s facilities in 1992.


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