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Popular Photography September 2016

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reintroducing robert frank

Sort of like one of Frank’s own films. In fact, the director, Laura Israel, is Frank’s longtime film editor. Don’t Blink got me thinking not just about Frank and photography, but also about the nature of art. Robert Frank, now 91, made his reputation with The Americans, his 1959 book of black-and-white images taken during two years of traveling the United States in the mid ’50s. But while this volume is now considered a classic, the Swissborn photographer had trouble finding a publisher in the U.S. The book first came out in France in 1958 before finally being published stateside a year later with an introduction by Jack Kerouac. In Don’t Blink, Frank laughs about how badly The Americans was received by some—and he holds up a copy of the May 1960…

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LIQUID COURAGE When photographer Stuart Fisher had the idea of creating a bright, action-packed series focused on dancers, he set out to conceptualize a way to bring the vision to life. “I worked with a set builder to create an overhead rig to pour a 16-foot-high curtain of paint which would last for under 3 seconds,” Fisher explains. “We fabricated a length of suspended pipe with a slit cut that we could fill, rotate, and then drain.” The dancers jumped from a raised platform, through the falling paint, and onto a landing mat on the opposite side to create the shots. Fisher captured the action with a Sinar P2 camera and a Phase One P65+ digital back, with Broncolor Scoro packs and heads for lighting.…

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tools & toys

Triple Threat SD QUATTRO, 30MM F/1.4 DC HSM ART LENS, AND SIGMA EF-630 FLASH The sd Quattro has been out for some time across the pond but was just released stateside. The camera sports a Foveon CMOS sensor with an output equivalent to a traditional 39MP Bayerarray chip. A high-res EVF, at 2.3MP, should minimize eye strain. Sigma’s new releases, which include a flash, lens, and mirrorless ILC camera, boast enhanced performance. The latest addition to Sigma’s Art line is the second 30mm in the family but the first with the large maximum aperture of f/1.4. With nine elements in eight groups, its configuration has one aspherical element for distortion and vignetting control. At just under half a pound, this lens comes in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma DSLR mounts. The strobe has a higher…

2 min.
category killer

IF YOU’VE ever tried to take a Hasselblad H5D or H6D out for a casual day of shooting around town, you’ll know why so many people have been clamoring for a digital version of the mediumformat rangefinders that Fujifilm, Mamiya, and others used to make. Hasselblad’s new 50MP X1D-50c seems to be just what those shooters have been waiting for. At a size that feels like a beefed up version of Sony’s Alpha 7-series cameras, the X1D is smaller and lighter than Canon’s 50MP EOS 5DS. Differences in price, sensor format, and the related issues that come with a larger sensor and mirrorless design make a direct comparison with the Canon seem almost silly. The Hasselblad X1D, for example, has a top burst speed of 2.3 frames per second and uses contrast-based…

2 min.
concrete thoughts

WHEN CHRIS FORSYTH was given a final assignment at the end of a Dawson College photography course to shoot a subject that resonated with him personally, he immediately turned to the architecture of the Montreal metro system. He quickly fell in love with the task and decided to continue working on it independently. During his first days shooting, Forsyth embarked without a specific plan and would simply wander through the metro system for subject matter. But once he had covered a fair number of stations, planning became more important in order to avoid repetition. Chris M. Forsyth This Montreal-based photographer has a love for all things architectural. Follow his exploration of metro stops around the world at chrismforsyth.com. Once at a station, Forsyth searches for points of intrigue and angles that make a shot…

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main squeeze

STEPHANIE TANIS, an educational technology specialist and aspiring photographer, had the idea to stage her own mini-shoot to generate content for her newly created website, stephanietanisphotography.com. With her favorite model, her six-year-old daughter Brielle, ready and waiting to pose in front of the camera, Tanis began thinking of a photo shoot concept that answered our child photography challenge. “I wanted a photo that captured the essence of childhood in summer,” the photographer explains of the concept behind her picture. And what says summer more than a little girl in pigtails peddling some homemade lemonade in the park? To accomplish this, Tanis assembled an adorable pint-sized lemonade stand fit for a six-year-old. “The stand was a simple setup of crates and a few pieces of wood,” she says, “I painted the burlap for…