Some very sad news, longtime friend and writer for this magazine David Vestal passed away this week at home in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Here is his obituary, courtesy of the Robert Mann Gallery in NYC. David will be missed by all, he was a national treasure to all photographers.
Born in Menlo Park, California in 1924, Vestal studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago before becoming involved in photography in the late1940s through the Photo League in New York. Rather than working in photographic essays like many of his New York School contemporaries, Vestal captured singular moments of life in the city through his emotive and atmospheric images: a lone figure passing along a snowy sidewalk, a twilight drive over the George Washington Bridge, the bustling traffic in Flatiron Square at night.
Vestal received two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in photography in 1966 and 1973. He wrote extensively for various photography publications, and published two influential books on photographic craft and printing: The Craft of Photography, 1975, and The Art of Black-and-White Enlarging, 1984. His illustrious teaching career included positions at the Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute, as well as numerous lectures and workshops around the country. His work is included in such notable public collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Here’s a look at the cover of the September/October issue, in the mail now to subscribers and on newsstands too. The cover photograph is by Keith Carter, interviewed by Robert Hirsch in the issue. With articles about influences and vision, along with some great technique, we think you will enjoy reading it.
Hope you all have a healthy and happy Labor Day Weekend.
Of interest to our readers: Curated by Chuck Beard, and billed as “a perpetual book of curious photography,” Camera-9 is dedicated to the fine art of photography and features the work of talented artists who are deserving of widespread exposure. The number 9 is relevant: From all submissions for each issue, 9 artists are chosen and each gets a 9-image gallery (or chapter) to showcase a cohesive body of work. Produced in ebook format, Camera-9 is released quarterly on the first day of each season on the iTunes bookstore. It is optimized for iPad viewing, but will also be available for download to Macintosh laptops and desktops at the next OS upgrade. The Autumn 2013 issue (available Sept. 21) is planned as a special double-issue, with 18 featured artists and 200+ pages of stunning photography.
For more info visit http://camera-9.com/ or find it in the iTunes store, under iBooks.
Our contributing writer Steve Dreyer is featured on the Alien Skin website, showing how to use Alien Skin Exposure 5 software. Check out Steve’s full article in the upcoming September/October issue of photo technique, on newsstands the end the August. Here is the LINK.
Photograph © Steve Dreyer
I’m very sad to report the death of Rick Lang, photographer, teacher and writer on July 9, 2013. Rick recently contributed an article to photo technique. He was an excellent documentary photographer and teacher. He will be greatly missed. Click HERE to read the story in the Orlando Weekly.
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I am speechless hearing this news. Very very sad. You must watch this video.
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