Researching photographers, and 24 Hours of Flickr

I’m trying to get an overview of contemporary photographers in (hopeful – I haven’t heard anything yet) preparation for the degree interview. It’s slow going as I’m easily distracted by the beauty of people’s online portfolios. I think I might have mentioned George Lange before, but it’s worth repeating: his 2006 flipbook has had me poring over portrait photography articles all year. Then there’s Dave Hill, whose stylish and immediately recognisable images twist the definition of ‘photograph’. The always cool Annie Liebovitz recently photographed the Queen, and the resulting image was unveiled today. It’s oddly rare to find a photo going for grandeur rather than ‘the real person behind the throne’.

It’s only a couple of days until 24 Hours of Flickr:

On May 5, 2007, grab your camera and whatever else you need, and chronicle your day in pictures. The group’s photos will be featured at Flickr events around the world this summer and in a companion book, which will contain a selection of photographs chosen from the group

Sounds like fun! I’ll be taking part. Thankfully Friday should be slightly more visually interesting than normal, as I’ll be heading down to London in the evening.1. On Saturday I’ll be at the Cavalcade boat show at Little Venice, which has been promoted using some photos I took at last year’s event. I’m promised that this year will be completely Scientology-free, after I and apparently many others complained bitterly. They’re all busy, anyway. Vultures.

Finally, Damien has some excellent link fodder and great wedding photography tips over at the always interesting Wedding Photography Blog. The ‘get in close’ advice is particularly relevant to me: I find myself cropping almost every photo I take, but forcing myself to close in while ‘in the field’ is surprisingly difficult.

  1. edited due to muppetry []