INTERVIEW «Photography books»
Californian photographer, Eileen Gittins is charismatic, idea-rich, but above all, she is a serious business woman. And when her passion for photography led to a desire to make a good book out of her photos, her disappointment in the end result inspired the creation of Blurb. Her company, founded in 2005, is exciting photographers all around because Blurb offers them the chance to finally make their own, personalized, high quality, photo book. Having expanded into England, France, and now Germany, Eileen explains how the company got started and where the company is headed.
Defending image copyrights seems like a useless task, particularly if we want to diffuse them online. Up until now, not even signatures and watermarks could protect photographs from undesirable use. With the creation of Picscout, Offir Gutelzon now allows everyone the opportunity to protect their images by giving them an identity, similar to a digital fingerprint.
INTERVIEW «Teaching photography»
Shawn Michelle Smith offers us a multifaceted view of vernacular photography through her artistic reinterpretations and thought provoking writings. Currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she shares with us how she looks at and plays with both personal and public images that reflect America's complex culture of yesterday and today.
INTERVIEW «Teaching photography»
Geoffrey Batchen shares his passion of photography through words: he reflects on and writes about photographs. A leading figure in the field of photographic studies, Batchen has written numerous books, including Each Wild Idea and Forget Me Not, as well as curated many exhibits. Currently a professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, and graciously took time to answer a few questions about his interactions and thoughts concerning vernacular photography.
INTERVIEW «Photographers»
Since Arno Raphael Minkkinen’s work is of such a corporal nature, I was delighted but not entirely surprised when I noticed the relationship between each of our initials. This quirky connection makes for a fun title, but doesn’t accurately represent the following interview. On yet another cold day, this time in Paris, four people met in a café to discuss Arno’s work: Arno, his colleague Kimmo Koskela, RD and myself (Liv Edwards Gudmundson). In this follow-up interview, we spoke of their collaborative film project, of breaking records and of Arno’s recent work in China.