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How Gordon Parks Became Gordon Parks - The New York Times
He understood the silence of African-American history in terms of the larger story. And he was determined to make sure that his story was told, and the breadth of his story was told from multiple perspectives, from a boy growing up in the Midwest, to someone who had a dream about being a photographer. His life was complex. And it was not one-dimensional, as most people think when they see someone who is black and poor in that time period.
photography  culture  journalism  attention  news  media  black  history  documentary 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Aperture: You Must Live and Look
Very often you don’t have to see a photographer’s pictures. Just by watching him in the street you can see what kind of photographer he is. Discreet, on tiptoes, fast, or like a machine gun? Well, you don’t shoot partridges with a machine gun. You choose one partridge. Then another partridge. Maybe the others are gone by then.
photography  photojournalism  streetphotography  attention  documentary 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
A Colorful Weekend
Whereas apps like Instagram, Picplz, and Path are great for sharing one-off photos, that’s not what Color is doing. Their specialty is the ability to rapidly document an event with multiple pictures (and short videos) from multiple perspectives. The result is actually quite fascinating when it all comes together. You get a sorta living, breathing photo album for an event.

Some of the photos are good, but many of them are mediocre to bad. But it doesn’t matter. It’s about the album as a whole, not a single picture.
location  social  photography  video  journalism  attention  technology  business  travel  documentary 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Errol Morris: Profiles
Quotidian lies, the little fabrications that make the commerce of daily life possible, if not always palatable, are laid on the surface by the speaker. A muted strain of implicit skepticism - the silent voice of the filmmaker - bubbles along just beneath that. Peripheral stuff turns out to matter. "I like the idea of making films about ostensibly absolutely nothing," Morris says. "I like the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere that suddenly becomes revelatory. That's what all my movies are about. That and the idea that we're in possession of certainty, truth, infallible knowledge, when actually we're just a bunch of apes running around. My films are about people who think they're connected to something, although they're really not."
film  cinema  story  newyorker  documentary  media  attention  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
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"When you're driving I-5 from Sacramento or Oakland you don't expect to see black folks up here"
documentary  Weed  CA  from twitter
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times Film Review - The Daily Beast
Rossi captures this new-old-media struggle in his footage, most notably through Times TV reporter Brian Stelter, a former blogger who was hired when he was 21 (he’s now 25), and who is shown fuming over the fact that not all of his colleagues have Twitter accounts. Stelter laments that some of his peers “discover” stories that he’s read about hours ago on the social networking site.
omg  wtf  journalism  media  newspapers  documentary  film  cinema  movies 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Luc Sante on Robert Frank’s The Americans -
The overt influence of the book on the young may be on the wane these days, in large part because of the different possibilities and demands of digital photography. Among art photographers there may be more interest in manipulation, narrative, scale and deliberate control of the image. In documentary photography, on the other hand, its influence is deep-rooted and seemingly permanent. "The Americans" might be said to have brought agnosticism to photography; it forcefully introduced doubt, as expressed by asymmetry, overlaps, tilts, radical cropping, out-of-focus foregrounds and the use of massed shadows and pulsing glare. That quality has come to be synonymous with truth-telling, even if it has been abused over the years. Until someone comes up with a transformative new way of taking pictures that can convince us it has an even stronger mimetic relationship to the way we actually see, it is likely to stand as such.
culture  photography  beauty  usa  race  books  aesthetics  identity  travel  documentary  journalism  art 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Pictures: Michael Moore's last words: Capitalism stinks

Moore asks me if I remember how he started our interview. I do, I say. You started by asserting the death of the American newspaper. Indeed, Moore floats this (to me, premature) notion the day after our interview in Toronto, at the "Capitalism" press conference. He suggests that the imperiled state of the modern U.S. newspaper might make a good documentary. He planned initially to include a section on the subject in "Capitalism" but he couldn't make it fit. So maybe Moore has his next subject after all.
newspapers  film  movies  documentary  capitalism  toronto  chicago  business  economics  media  journalism 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hello baby, goodbye chemicals - The Globe and Mail
Food is major. But I can't afford to buy all organic and I don't think most people can. So [for] bananas or other things with thick rinds, which I know are less susceptible to pesticides, I don't buy organic. But meat products, it's always organic, especially the dairy. Second is any cleaning products. I get the organic stuff from the health-food store or I make my own, and that's with baking soda, water, vinegar and maybe a bit of lemon. If I use any shampoo or soap on my daughter, I buy them at the health-food store and the less ingredients, the better. And I got Song Ji [her daughter] an organic mattress – that was a big-ticket item for me but that's where she spends most of her life.
children  health  marketing  parenting  business  documentary  film  southkorea  canada 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Eating Up “Food, Inc.” - Nicholas D. Kristof Blog -
One window into journalism: A good chunk of Friday afternoon was spent chasing one elusive fact. Food, Inc. reported that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9,164 in 2006. I thought that was a telling statistic and included it in my draft, but I also asked my assistant, Natasha Yefimov, to double-check the figures with the FDA.

The FDA said the figures were wrong — both of them. The FDA acknowledged that the number of inspections had dropped, but said the 1972 figure was 10,610, while the fiscal year 2006 figure was 7,498 domestically and 125 abroad. The FDA said it had no idea where the other numbers could have come from. [...]
nytimes  politics  news  journalism  food  film  cinema  documentary  government 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
StoryCorps Project comes to San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum -
"If you were an alien dropped down on earth and watched popular or tabloid media, you might think we are a country of Internet sex predators and spoiled children of billionaires and want-to-be reality contestants," says Isay, a MacArthur fellow who has won five Peabody awards for his radio documentaries. "That is not who we are as Americans. The real Americans are the vast majority of people who care about their families and communities and live lives defined by quiet acts of courage and kindness."
story  public  bayarea  sanfranciso  judaism  history  nonfiction  radio  documentary 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Social Media: 4 tips for shooting live events
"Last month social media consultant and photographer Josh Hallet (Hyku on Flickr) not only took some spectacular photos at BlogHer under difficult lighting conditions — but also managed to upload them in near real time. I asked Josh for his tips, and here they are."
photography  online  journalism  blogging  conferences  flickr  documentary 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky's Shortlist
"Documentaries are the way we can tell truth to power. They exist in a world where how you tell a story can be just as powerful as the story itself."
documentary  music  creativity  film  cinema  diy  story 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge Snap to it
"I can see it being like, survival of the fittest, now that party photos are a commodity. The more you have, the better; the more people who want to take your photo, the cooler you are, I guess."
photography  ritual  documentary  beauty  art  cities  urban 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Upcoming: 14th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival! at Mandela Village Arts Center (Friday, July 25, 2008) - Upcoming
I'm biased, but I think Karim Amara's "Motherload of Trophies," which he made in Mississippi earlier this year, will blow them all away.
film  cinema  documentary  oakland  movies  bicycling 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'My camera has saved my life' | Art & Architecture | Arts
"I gave a lecture last May, and I asked how many people still think a photograph can be real, and out of 150 people I think five raised their hand. And that's the whole reason I started taking photos: to make a record against revisionism, against any one
women  photography  interview  art  beauty  aesthetics  documentary  uk  history 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Documentary Media - Graduate - Ryerson University
"[T]he curriculum provides for an understanding of the historical and contemporary theoretical framework that surrounds the ongoing development of documentary practices."
documentary  photography  education  writing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Manifesto « Virtual/Physical: Documentary New Media
"I set down a list of conditions integral to documentary work that allow for expression through various media and modes."
documentary  cinema  film  media  information  video 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Capa Cache
"Capa established a mode and the method of depicting war in these photographs, of the photographer not being an observer but being in the battle, and that became the standard that audiences and editors from then on demanded."
photography  beauty  war  documentary  aesthetics  creativity  journalism  art  spain  mexico  improvisation 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Letter to the Editor | New York Times Video
"Charles Ferguson, a filmmaker, presents a rebuttal to claims made by L. Paul Bremer III that top American officials approved the decision to disband the Iraqi army." I saw "No End in Sight" last night.
politics  video  nytimes  iraq  war  government  military  film  cinema  documentary 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Critic at Large: Candid Camera: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"With a Leica, all you hear is the shutter, which is the quietest on the market. The result—and this may be the most seductive reason for the Leica cult—is that a photograph sounds like a kiss."
newyorker  photography  aesthetics  beauty  germany  documentary 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Explaining Movies By Jumping Right Inside Them
“'Oh, yes,' he said. 'We will copyright the concept and the name.' Laughing, he added: 'Capitalism! And I say this with pleasure as a Marxist!' "
cinema  criticism  art  fiction  creativity  documentary 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Tom Waits
"There is no such thing as nonfiction. There is no such thing as truth. People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up."
nonfiction  fiction  music  poetry  songwriting  creativity  friendship  story  journalism  documentary  behavior  interview  pitchfork 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
“You’re going to watch a person the way a painter watches a person — deeply looking at what’s happening — and Andy’s movies are an open license to watch. You’re a great voyeur. You’re spying on them and they know it.”
cinema  art  documentary  film  aesthetics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: David Yaffee's "The Last Temptation of Dylan - Watching the new documentary"
"He did indeed steal and lift, but only in the service of an art that was all his. [...] Steve Allen asks Dylan if he sings his own material or other people's. He replies: 'They're all mine, now.'"
bobdylan  songwriting  creativity  1960s  cinema  documentary 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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