Virtual War Photography, Wildfires In The Night & Photographing With John Free

Virtual War Photography, Wildfires In The Night & Photographing With John Free

Topic: In-Game War Photography

Last July we wrote about the art of in-game photography and stated that opinions on this topic tend to differ sharply. We were not the only ones with an in-game photography article this month. The British Journal of Photography also published a piece while refraining to use the term “in-game photography”.

Probably because the photographs of Karl Burke slightly differ from those of artists as Duncan Harris and Morten Rockford Ravn. For his Harvest of Death series, Burke took screenshots of virtual war scenes, printed and re-photographed them onto metal plates, using the same techniques of Civil War photographer Alex Gardner.

His project is meant as a metaphor, since killing from a remote computer screen has become reality in a time were drones take over America’s war on terrorists. [1]

 

Photography: Terra Flamma

Thanks to television productions like Storm Chasers, the unusual hobby of following storms, either with our without the intent of photographing, has become quite popular.

In a way, Stuart Palley does the contrary for his favorite subjects to photograph are wildfires. And as a Los Angeles native he too often has the opportunity to pursue his hobby. The last three years Palley captured nearly 50 wildfires and created a photo series (and a Kickstarter campaign) with the name Terra Flamma.

We can only agree with Wired magazine‘s headine calling it „The Hellish Beauty of California’s Wildfires“. [2]

 

terraflamma-kickstarter

 

Video: Street Photography With John Free

If you ever wanted to peek into a day in the life of a photographer, you should watch this video posted by John Free on YouTube. From brewing a cup of coffee to hitting the streets with his cam – John Free shows how anyone can start with street photography and „enjoy life“. [3]

 

Topic: „Scandal“ About Vietnam War Photos

Can someone publish a book of the same theme, using the same photographs, without becoming aware of a similar publication? Let us say, it is not impossible and also is extremely odd.

Event though there is no evidence, that Patrick Chauvel got his idea for the Visa pour l’image 2014 exhibition The photographers in the north (Ceux du nord) from a book that was published in 2002, there is evidence that he altered images in the process.

Another photographer, Jorn Stjerneklar, raised the issue and prompted „investigation“ by the New York Times Lens blog. Through interviews and photo forensics they came to the conclusion that two images were digitally altered.

Jean Francois Leroy, the festival’s director, told Lens that he was not aware of this fact and that he was „naive“. [4]

 

 

Sources:

[1] http://www.bjp-online.com/2015/07/karl-burke-harvest-of-death/
[2] http://www.wired.com/2015/08/stuart-palley-terra-flamma-hellish-beauty-california-wildfires-drought/
[3] http://petapixel.com/2015/08/09/a-day-in-the-life-of-street-photographer-john-free/
[4] http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/lens/2015/09/02/questions-raised-about-vietnam-war-photos/

 

 

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