Don't take everyday objects at face value

Jun 30, 2015

Don't take everyday objects at face value

by John L. Tran

Atsushi Okabe’s graduation work is an experiment with Rubik’s Cubes and abstraction. The result is graphic, colorful and pleasing to the eye. By zooming the lens of his camera while the shutter is open, Okabe creates latticed images that seem to plunge away from ...

Kyotographie is jazzed up with notable photography

Apr 14, 2015

Kyotographie is jazzed up with notable photography

by John L. Tran

The curtain is about to rise on the 3rd Kyotographie festival of photography, and Lucille Reyboz, one of the two co-organizers, says that this is the most exciting but also most difficult time of the year. It’s a time to be “dokidoki” as she ...

Early photographers painted quite a pretty picture

Mar 26, 2015

Early photographers painted quite a pretty picture

by John L. Tran

One of the biggest problems with modern and contemporary art, for many people, is the seeming lack of skill or workmanship. The criticism is that contemporary art is a scam, in which the usual suspects are talentless fame-hungry artists, unscrupulous gallery owners and self-important ...

Mar 5, 2015

World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy

World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner. The Amsterdam-based organization said in a statement that Giovanni Troilo had been disqualified because ...

Mar 4, 2015

Washington museums ban selfie sticks

Washington’s top museums have banned selfie sticks, part of a growing trend among visitor centers in the United States to outlaw the devices. “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and ...

Tokyo Camera Style

Feb 28, 2015

Tokyo Camera Style

by John L. Tran

The reflexive anxiety of checking out other people’s cameras to see if theirs is better than yours is not really something to be proud of. However, admitting to addiction is one step to putting it behind you. Tokyo Camera Style, by John Sypal 288 ...

Gabriel Orozco's connections with Japan

Feb 26, 2015

Gabriel Orozco's connections with Japan

by John L. Tran

The photographer and I have been waiting for about half an hour to interview Gabriel Orozco. It’s a little disappointing, but that’s OK. Orozco has famously made disappointment part of his creative practice. While waiting we chat about how much we have been impressed ...

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Feb 12, 2015

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace on Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo award, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in Russia, judges said. AFP’s Istanbul-based photographer Bulent Kilic won first and third prizes in the Spot News ...

'The Collection 2015'

Jan 8, 2015

'The Collection 2015'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The two rooms of “The Collection 2015″ offer two different kinds of collections. Room 1 displays the “Fujifilm Photo Collection,” a special show to celebrate Fuji-film Co.’s 80th anniversary last year, and is composed of images taken by 101 renowned Japanese photographers. Room 2, ...