Month: December 2012

Ross McDonnell Interview

It’s two days before the Corona Cork Film Festival and Ross McDonnell is working on his new documentary short Remember Me, My Ghost, which he has to submit in just 48 hours. Despite the pressing deadline, the Dublin-born imagemaker is calm; he’s making the most of the transatlantic time zones that separate him and California-based ...

Laurie Rose Interview

“My background is in television, not in drama. I’ve worked on lots of shorts, commercials and music videos and with cameramen who have been mentors of mine; all of whom have wanted to attain the holy grail of working on a drama and shooting their own film. That’s were I come from and that’s what ...

Book Review: Jürgen Schadeberg: Great Britain 1964-1984

Born in Berlin in 1931, Jürgen Schadeberg moved to South Africa in 1950, where he spent the next 14 years of his life. As chief photographer, picture editor and art director for Drum magazine in Johannesburg, Schadeberg and the photojournalists under his tutelage were among the first to depict in print the human rights violations ...

Book Review: Three Legends: Monroe by Mailer and Stern: Norman Mailer and Bert Stern

For a set of images which were never meant to be seen, Bert Stern’s pictures of Marilyn Monroe, captured over a three-day sitting in 1962, have become some of the most viewed, recognised, promoted, packaged and repackaged of the fragile, sexual, movie actress ever taken. Stern was an advertising, portrait, fashion and publicity photographer at ...

Book Review: Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940, Arthur Tress started taking photographs while still at elementary school, before going on to study art, art history, world culture and philosophy at Bard College. Despite his studies, he never stopped taking pictures; he also began making short films. After graduating from college in 1962, his ...

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Andrea Arnold Interview

Andrea Arnold has an Oscar, two BAFTAs and two Jury Prizes from Cannes cluttering up her mantelpiece at home, making her one of the most garlanded of contemporary British filmmakers. Despite this, in conversation, she is amazingly self-deprecating. Indeed, her success seems to have taken her rather by surprise; perhaps because, in some ways, it ...

Micro Budget Filmmaking Explored

In a café in Soho, director Drew Cullingham and two of his fellow filmmakers are convincing me of the merits of low budget filmmaking. Actually, ‘low budget’ is an embellishment; their recent film Monk3ys, which won the Raindance Best Microbudget Feature category in 2011, was made for £500. Their latest film, Black Smoke Rising, was ...

Book Review: On This Site: Joel Sternfeld

Between 1993 and 1996, Joel Sternfeld photographed 50 infamous crime sites around the United States. This latest Steidl book On This Site, which was originally published in 1996 contains intense colour images of these unsettlingly everyday locations, ordinary landscapes left behind after personal tragedies, their hidden stories disturbingly invisible and often forgotten. Each photograph is ...

Book Review: Ryan McGinley: You and I / Whistle for the Wind

“Whoever I’m photographing, I sort of fall in love with in a way. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a boy, it could be a girl too. In a sense, my work is about fantasy. It’s like a film in a way. It’s fiction. But, at the same time, it’s really happening. I’m with these ...

Book Review: Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles

Weegee the Famous was born Usher Fellig in the Ukraine in 1899, but when he and his family moved to New York in 1909, he became Arthur. After a succession of odd jobs he began working as a freelance photographer and as an assistant to a commercial photographer before being hired as a darkroom technician ...

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Book Review: Stranded in Canton: William Eggleston

In 1973, William Eggleston bought two Sony black and white Portapak cameras that recorded onto reel-to-reel half-inch video tape. The Portapak was the first video camera priced for the consumer market and although it was ridiculously cumbersome by today’s standards, it was the first that could be used outside a television studio. Introduced to the ...