Thursday 30 April 2015

Laurie Klein @ B&H Optic Conference

Laurie Klein, whose excellent book Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared I reviewed in November, will be giving a talk on infrared landscape photography at the Optic 2015 Conference early next week. The event, in locations in New York city near to the B&H store, runs from Sunday May 3rd to Tuesday May 5th.

Laurie's presentation is at 11 in the morning on Monday May 4th and takes place in the Orion Room at AMC Loews 34th St Theater (4th Floor). AMC Loew's is on 312 W 34th St between 8th and 9th Avenue. The event is free but you are encouraged to register. Here's the link to the page for Laurie's presentation.

Thursday 16 April 2015

More on Ed Thompson 'Unseen'

I made it over to Bethnal Green yesterday to see Ed Thompson's 'Unseen' exhibition and, as I expected, found the images fascinating. There are only two days left but I do recommend that you get over to the Four Corners Gallery if you can. Ed very kindly gave me a print, and we chatted. I was impressed that he made such good use of this difficult film stock ... even more so since he found that he didn't need to bracket.

One thing that struck me was the silvery skin tone in the Vein series. I've been trying to figure out what might cause it: the illumination was flash and the images are almost always straight what was recorded on the film. I'll leave you with my favourite out of the Vein shots and a final note that Ed plans a book sometime soon. Details yet to be announced.

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Ed Thompson 'Unseen' infrared photos in London

Documentary photographer and lecturer Ed Thompson has started an exhibition of colour infrared photographs at Four Corners Gallery in east London. It's called The Unseen and is a compendium of medium format Aerochrome shots taken for several earlier projects.

The photographs cover landscapes, medical imagery and aerial photography, in some cases echoing the original intended usage for the film, which was better known in its Infrared Ektachrome incarnation.

The exhibition runs until April 18th.

Like Richard Mosse, Ed Thompson's use of medium format Aerochrome film is a dying gasp for the medium. I doubt if there's much stock left now, and although it is possible to mimic the film's effect with a digital camera, the results (at least by me) are nowhere near as dramatic as 'the real thing'.