Saturday, July 31, 2010

Philip Dembinski

Chicago photographer Philip Dembinski has a lot of nice night work in his Nothing Just Happens gallery. Check out his entire website for more photos. He writes, "I am interested in both finding and creating scenes that evoke feelings relating to desire, beauty, conflict, and tension. My artistic inspiration stems greatly from 20th century American realist paintings as well as cinema in general. "

(Morning Encounter, by Philip Dembinski)

I also like this shot, Momentarily Unaware:

(Photo by Philip Dembinski)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Los Angeles Night Photography Workshop

If you have ever thought of taking a night photography workshop in Los Angeles, now is your chance. In October, professional photographer Tom Paiva and myself will be leading a night photography workshop for three evenings around downtown Los Angeles. This workshop will include classroom instruction, held in Culver City, and three evenings of instructor-lead shooting. One of those evenings will include special access to an amazing industrial location that is off-limits to the general public.

Tom is one of the few people in the world who has specialized in large-format night photography. Attendees will get a rare chance to see many of Tom's stunning large format prints.

(Photo by Tom Paiva)

We will post the details of this workshop very soon. In the meantime, if you're interested in this opportunity feel free to contact either Tom or myself by email to get on our mailing list for this workshop.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Q and A with Joe Reifer and Troy Paiva

Blake Andrews recently did an extensive, and very illuminating, web interview with night photographers Joe Reifer and Troy Paiva. They casually discuss their different approaches to night photography, the state of UrbEx photography and their relationship to the fine art intelligentsia. This is a great read, even if you think you know everything about these two photographers.

(Photo by Troy Paiva)

And if that isn't enough, Dave Warner at LensFlare35 has a video/audio interview with Troy. There's a 39-minute interview with photos, as well as a 75-minute audio interview podcast.

(Photo by Joe Reifer)

Blake's photography blog includes Q&A sessions with many other photographers. After you get done reading about Troy and Joe, browse through his blog and look for some other great interviews.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Alexander Gronsky

Alexander Gronsky's Endless Night series (from the main website, click Artwork, then click Endless Night) examines the Russian town of Murmansk during the long winter night:

Murmansk is the world's biggest town behind the Arctic Circle. Each winter its 300,000 inhabitants experience the night that lasts for two months.

(Photo by Alexander Gronsky)

There are seventeen photos in this series. Make sure you wait long enough for the remaining photographs to appear by hovering your mouse over the bottom thumbnail in the column of photographs.

There's also some beautiful snowy landscape photos in his The Edge series.

Also, check out the interesting BBC photo essay about the garages of Murmansk.