Editor's Blog

Wendy Erickson

Moving on…

Dear PT Readers,
By now you have heard the sad news that photo technique will cease publication with the current November/December 2013 issue. It’s been wonderful working with our staff and hearing from our readers for the past three + years. I wanted to share some news with you. I’d be honored if you follow me over to The Handmade Photograph- my NEW website and e-zine that will launch in early 2014. You will see many, many of your favorite authors you know from pt, and see more “how to” projects on various topics that relate to making photographs, including analog photography, digital and hybrid processes and more. It’s a real “hands on” publication, and I invite you to LIKE the new Facebook page where you can sign up for the mailing list. Here is the description:

The Handmade Photograph: an e-zine with compelling content on making photographs, with emphasis on the handmade aspects of digital inkjet, silver gelatin, historic processes and other techniques that show the hand of the artist.  Published by Wendy Erickson, former Editor of photo technique Magazine and the ILFORD Photo Instructor Newsletter, Erickson brings her passion for photography backed by years of technical and photo industry expertise. You’ll find a friendly community of authors, educators and photographers who generously share their insights and techniques for making photographs.

Thank you again for your loyal readership of pt … looking forward to new beginnings in 2014…




David Vestal 1924-2013

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 late 1940s 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.

September/October issue on Newsstands Now

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.

New iBook, “Camera-9″

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.

Portrait of Rick Lang by Laurie Hagemaier

RIP RICK LANG, Photographer, Teacher and Writer

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.

Our hearts go out to everyone in Oklahoma affected by the tornado…please help if you can. Here is a link to help:

Air Force Airman First Class Justin Acord sifts through the rubble of his father-in-law's home on Tuesday, May 21, after a massive tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday. The tornado was estimated to be at least 2 miles wide at one point as it moved through Moore, in the southern part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, <a href='http://kfor.com/' target='_blank'>KFOR reported</a>. It was part of a tornado outbreak that began in the Midwest and Plains on Sunday, May 19. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/us/gallery/midwest-weather/index.html'>View more photos of the aftermath in the region.</a>


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