2014 On Photography Film Festival

In recent years, many inspiring documentaries on photography have been made; this film festival focuses exclusively on this underexposed genre. The first OP-Festival in 2013 enjoyed a tremendous success and reached viewers in 79 countries. The 2014 On Photography Film Festival will run from September 19th to 21st, as part of the Dutch Week of Photography, initiated by FOAM and The Netherlands Fotomuseum. Screenings will be held at Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair, The Bredaphoto International Photo Festival and pop-up screenings will take place all over the globe. On Photography will air for three days and each day the online festival will screen films and videos for 24 hours and make them watchable for free on the official festival website: http://www.opfestival.nl

The selected films exhibit the diversity of photography and its practitioners, raise questions and provoke discussion of educational value. The viewers will be challenged to become aware of their visual environment and develop a sharp eye. The festival encourages viewers to organize pop-up events to watch and discuss the films and share this on the official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/opfest

For the full program and additional information, go to www.opfestival.nl

 

Summer Weather by Michael Jang from DEVELOP Tube on Vimeo.

"In 1983, a local TV station held a contest for anyone who wanted a chance at reporting the weather. My role was to take head shots of contestants after each screen test. Five winners were chosen out of nearly one hundred applicants. The pictures were never used, but I developed the negatives anyway (without proofing them). These images had been lost until recently and I am seeing them for the very first time." -Michael Jang

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Michael Jang is an established photographer who has always had an eye for recognizing and capturing the defining moments of his generation. Well known for his commercial photography and portraiture of notable figures from the 70s and 80s, such as William Burroughs, Alice Walker, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and many others, Jang’s work is recently resurfacing in a new light. The SF MOMA has recently acquired several of his early prints from the series “The Jangs”, in which he tells the story of his Asian family trying to assimilate into the suburban American mainstream of the ‘70s. Although he has been described as a social realist, or influenced by Robert Frank, Jang admits that he isn’t always thinking about documenting the historical significance of his subjects while he is shooting. It is only after the passing of time that he is able to look back at his photographs from the 70s and 80s and see their humor and significance within their social and historical context. Consciously or not, Jang has an uncanny intuition for recognizing, and capturing particular everyday moments that will go on to become artful allegories of a particular point in time. The fact that his photos are taken unassumingly, and are not tainted by the ego or bias of an artist with a grandiose agenda, allows images to speak for themselves with the candid truthfulness, accuracy, and vivacity that is characteristic of his work.

To see more of Michael’s work, visit his website at: michaeljang.com and follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/michaeljangsf

A look at the state of online news video, with Duy Linh Tu of CUJ

Ruddy Roye recently gave a talk for SVA Masters in Digital Photography…if you missed it you can watch it on the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel.

Ruddy Roye recently gave a talk for SVA Masters in Digital Photography…if you missed it you can watch it on the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel.

Screening of Ben Shapiro’s film ‘Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters’ on 4/3/14 to be followed with a Q&A with Crewdson himself. To benefit the photo dept. of MS 51. Get your ticket here. 

Screening of Ben Shapiro’s film ‘Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters’ on 4/3/14 to be followed with a Q&A with Crewdson himself. To benefit the photo dept. of MS 51. Get your ticket here

New on the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel this weekend are two feature length pieces: TROLLEYOLOGY, on Trolley Books and America in Pictures: The Story of LIFE Magazine

New on the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel this weekend are two feature length pieces: TROLLEYOLOGY, on Trolley Books and America in Pictures: The Story of LIFE Magazine