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NYT: Snapshots That Do More Than Bore Friends

Monday, June 11, 2007

Snapshots That Do More Than Bore Friends

Few sentences in the English language are more dreaded than this seemingly innocent offer: “Oh, I must show you the pictures from my vacation.” … But, of course, those very same shots can be extremely useful when researching your own trip. How big is that pool? What, exactly, does the room at that five-star hotel you’re thinking of booking look like? What’s the crowd like at the so-called hot restaurant? It’s good to have documented evidence from someone who has been there.


Pictures from the show

Saturday, May 12, 2007


(image courtesy Andre Gunthert)

Andre Gunthert, a french art historian, director of the French scholarly publication “Etudes Photographiques” who was part of the advisory team for the show and part of the panel / roundtable on April 29th has posted a Flickr set of pictures from the show.

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Transparent Society – David Brin

Thursday, April 19, 2007

As a follow-up to the previous post, here’s an interesting article from 1996
(for those of you who don’t remember, that was the time before digital cameras cost less than a car; and cell phones with integrated cameras were something James Bond would show off at MI6 office parties and would make lower ranking secret agents very envious.)

The Transparent Society, by David Brin, Wired magazine, December 1996:

The cameras are coming. They’re getting smaller and nothing will stop them. The only question is: who watches whom?

Click here to disappear: thoughts on images and democracy – David Levi Strauss

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The privatisation of image-making and the manipulation of image-reception in the global, digital age combine to diminish agency and freedom, says David Levi Strauss.

Photography has always had the potential to democratise images, but it has seldom worked out that way in practice. Digital imaging has made image-making devices ubiquitous. Many more people now possess the means to make images more of the time. At the same time, images are primarily used, in the public image environment, to influence public opinion and encourage the consumption of products and services. What is the relation between these two phenomena: near universal private image-making capability and widespread manipulation through public images?

Quand les photos font leur cinéma

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Quand les photos font leur cinéma: “Dans le cadre de son projet Movie Assembly, Gokhan Okur, étudiant turc, tente de concevoir un film sans caméra, entièrement conçu à partir des images du site Flickr.”

..the problem today is no longer how to create the right image,
but how to find an already existing one…
-Lev Manovich

Flickr: HP: ‘ Resolutionaries’

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A post on the flickr blog about an HP project on the topic of ‘Resolution’.

HP recently sponsored a group called Resolutionaries with an invitation to Flickr members to contemplate what “resolution” means to them. They also created a showcase on the HP site to showcase the submitted photos.

Sascha Pohflepp: My Flickr schizophrenia

Saturday, March 17, 2007

In a recent post on his blog entitled My Flickr schizophrenia, Sascha Pohflepp talks more about Flickr and other topics from the conference.

Bill Ewing on WRG

Monday, February 19, 2007

Here’s an interview of Bill Ewing, the director of the museum, by Pete Forster of Switzerland’s Geneva-based english speaking WRG.

A gallery of images

Monday, February 12, 2007

Swiss newspaper Le Temps has gallery of pictures that are in the show. You can look at it here. It features work from the fine readers / contributors of JPG magazine, as well as from Martin Parr and the Keystone press agency.

The unofficial Flickr group

Monday, February 12, 2007

One of our participants has set up an unofficial flickr group. It is meant for those of you who are participating in the Flux project and would like to share the images you uploaded that way as well.

We love the idea of you appropriating the show, so please feel free to do so in any way possible.

another day at the beach…

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Spent the day holed up in the Elysee’s dark basement. Some twisted individual christened it the “salle Lumière” – in honour of the (french) filmmakers, of course, but since Lumière also means light in french, i’ve got a feeling there might be a sense of irony involved.

Mission of the day was to get a brand new HP Z3100 up and running (HP sponsors the show, so we’re getting TOYS). Unpacking was surprisingly uneventful, with a somewhat similar experience to what Micheal Reichmann posted about on Luminous landscape. Seriously over-engineered packaging, somebody’s been studying his illustrated Erik Demaine. I did have a problem with a printhead at first, cleaning the contacts and reinserting it a couple of times did the trick, but i’ve got a feeling it could have not gone that well. The heads don’t have the differently-shaped nubs the ink cartridges do, so there’s a bit of a risk of getting ’em all mixed up, which probably wouldn’t be good.

I haven’t had time to totally put the thing through its paces, but I’m mightly impressed this far.

The stuff we got seemed very hot off the assembly line, with a nice “G(olden) M(aster)” on a burnt-cd and several ink cartridges that lacked production stickers. Gamut seemed excellent on the stock photo paper HP packages with it (extra-super-high-speed-drying-mega-gloss), i’m waiting to test it with Archival Matte (or whatever it’s called these days). Self calibration is the smartest addition to printer tech in a long time. I do feel a bit frustrated by not being able to use Bill Atkinson’s most excellent charts. I’m not sure the extra cmyk module allows it, and don’t like the idea of software tiering for stuff like that. There might be a way to hack around it by editing a couple of ressources like you’d do for Gretag’s i1, but it’s inelegant nonetheless. I did see some gloss differential in high-contrast areas under “just the right light”, though. Extremely minimal and might be a question of finding the right paper. I’ll be doing part of the show on it : a print of mine, the JPG magazine stuff, the During work. The museum will also be using it to make 100 prints a week of randomly selected images from the Flux installation. So i’ll be spending quite a bit of time in that basement in the couple of days, print speed was about 2 centimeters per minute at the highest quality settings.