Nigel Grimmer Interview: Self-Portraits Done in Art Drag

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It’s almost a guarantee, a universal fact of life. If you have a family, you also have, somewhere deep in your pocket of history, a family portrait that looks just like every single one that has ever been made. If you’ve seen one family portrait, you’ve seen them all. But why do family portraits end up looking the same? Who said this genre of photography had to include what it does?

Nigel Grimmer makes photographs that expose the pressures placed on photographic genres. Putting his family in dunce caps, or having them take selfies as roadkill, Grimmer has previously explored what gets included in a family photo album. In his most recent project, Art Drag, he takes a shot at one of photography’s principal illusions — depth. Just as flattening the world to a map creates distortions to shape and size, a photograph also distorts a 3D world into a flat fantasy. The paintings highlight that — within a photograph —  what you see isn’t always what you get.

In this interview, Grimmer talks about his start, explains more about Art Drag, and reveals how you can participate with him by sending your own photos.

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Joana Choumali Interview: Capturing the Grace and Beauty of Africa

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Chunky jewellery, impish smile and a camera in hand – Joana Choumali has a face of a saint, with eyes that twinkle. I wish this interview would have taken place in the Africa’s sleekest cities, Abidjan from where she belongs, but for now I have to put right with this.

Behind those twinkle in the eyes, lies a face which has seen the harsh reality of living in a city of political crisis, young people subjected to discrimination and rejection from their surroundings. Joana’s projects deal with many intense topics like facial scarification (a fading practice carried out in the Ivory Coast), young men and girls who want to become independent and reintegrate into society, razed shantytowns and slums of Abidjan and much more. A graphic artist by education Joana was working with an advertising network giant, McCann Erikson group.

Winning the prestigious POPCAP’14 award for her project Haabre, The Last Generation, this famous photographer believes in highlighting equality of men and women in her photos. When I was randomly reading about offbeat works of photographers, Joana’s name flashed out and I decided that I want to know more about her life. Just as I was amazed by her normal but divergent approach to photography I am sure you would too. Let’s jump on to more about her life revealed in the interview.

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Shane McCauley Interview: Bumping Continent to Continent and Blowing Heads With Music

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It’s called 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything In Between (Universe, 2012) and it was Los Angeles photographer Shane McCauley’s first major project with Diplo. Since 128 BPM, McCauley has gone on to shoot with nearly everybody: Tequila makers. Music magazines. High-end fashionistas. Standard print mainstays. And new media behemoths.

Yet McCauley didn’t start out like many other photographers. In high school, he listened to Jawbreaker, Fifteen, and Minor Threat. He went to shows in restaurants that never hosted another. He took risks and stayed away from doing things too safe. He has even said that he might have ended up dead if not for photography. In that light, it’s easy to see why McCauley’s work has a little more grit — to him, photography isn’t just therapeutic performance. It’s first craft then always, always work.

In this interview, McCauley tells us how he got his start, explains why if you go to beautiful places, you’re not always going to make beautiful work, and talks music — lots of music. Go to the end to see some of his favorite images paired to some of his favorite songs.

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Quick and Simple DealFuel Memberships Giveaway

Our friends over at DealFuel approached us with a great giveaway. They know you love Photoshop and love getting exclusive deals you can’t find anywhere else. So they said: why don’t we give away 10 of our DealClub memberships — worth over $100 — and bundle them with a free Photoshop textures tutorial (video preview above). For those of you who don’t know DealFuel, they’re a great site that promotes the best tech and web-design products from around the world.

So what’s better than free?

Here’s how you win:

1) Tweet about this page. That’s it. No more, no less.

2) 10 winners will be selected at random.

We’ll update the page with our winners and announce it on our Facebook page!

Jeffrey Boudreau Interview: Bold Portraits Captured by a Shy Photographer

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Jeff Boudreau lives and works in London. He has worked with Vans, Tank, Aksu, and DROP magazine, among many others. In 2013, he shot and directed a video for Vogue, and, this past year, he was shortlisted for the APA / Lucie Foundation’s prestigious grant for his ongoing personal series.

In this interview, Jeff talks about how he started shooting his friends skateboarding, explains why he gets real close with his frames, and reveals how a shy person like him can make strong and bold work.

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Graeme Mitchell Interview: Not Thinking About It Yet Thinking All The Time

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Some notes before the interview. This conversation took place via email between an office and an apartment in Los Angeles. I wrote the questions toward the end of the night of September 23rd. Near morning. But early or late enough to be considered neither morning nor night. Either way, I wrote them, proofread that, then went to bed.

I have the impression that this conversation could have taken place in the corner of a dark bar. Either there or a church that nobody attends. In fact, this church must have already been forgotten. Graeme Mitchell says he spent a morning on his answers. Mitchell has worked with W magazine, the New York Times, and New York Magazine, among many others.

In this interview, Mitchell talks about how he transitioned into photography, explains some ideas behind his work, and engages in a conversation like an old friend would.

The answers and their questions have been edited and reformatted to aid readability. 

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If Bruce Gilden Critqued Your Photos, This Is What He Might Say

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Nobody likes hearing their s*** stinks. No one. Not one single person. Anything you do you do with your entire ability. But imagine having your photographs critiqued in front of millions by a man who’s known for speaking his mind. Well, Vice being Vice, they created a web series that does exactly that. It’s called, “Take or Leave It with Bruce Gilden”.

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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Give Yourself Realistic Looking Facial Hair

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There are few things existing in this world — and I am being completely honest — that truly matter. Only a handful of things. A good cup of coffee is one. A great conversation is another. An addiction to living — yes, this, too. But, among these things of things, there is only one thing that matters. One so special it will change your life. It is this Photoshop tutorial. It is the only thing that matters.

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New to Street Photography? 8 Things You Need to Learn

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If every genre of photography has its stereotypical shooter, street photography’s stereotype might be one of the worse. Starting with Weegee, the street photographer’s image hasn’t improved much from the idea that only confrontational young dudes, or old grumpy grandpas like Bruce Gilden, practice it. But that’s cool. Street photography isn’t for everybody.

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