Photography has evolved into something more than an aggregation of pixels. Photographer/Photo Editor Sarah Jacobs and PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi discuss photography and its intersection with culture and technology in this weekly podcast. From facial recognition to the photographers capturing Beyoncé, Vision Slightly Blurred will help you see photography through a new lens.
It's a Wrap! The Final Vision Slightly Blurred Episode
After 139 episodes over 3 years, we're wrapping up PhotoShelter's Vision Slightly Blurred podcast. It has been a joy to talk about the intersection of photography, technology and culture and share those thoughts with you, our audience.
In this final episode: Andre D. Wagner is awarded the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship, Jonathan Blaustein shares his knowledge of the photo book publishing process, Michael Luo finds photo surveillance of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century, Gabriel Sanchez starts a new photo blog, New York Nico photographs some of NYC's best signs, and Sarah and Allen wax nostalgic.
Thanks to everyone for listening!
Joe McNally Recounts the Freelance Life in "The Real Deal"
During COVID with little work to be had, Joe McNally hunkered down to write a book that's part memoir, part business instruction, and part technical manual entitled "The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer." After a four decade long freelance career, Joe brings a refreshingly candid point-of-view along with an entertaining writing style. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss the book and Allen's interview with Joe.
Also: AI Engineer Rashed Haq pushes the definition of "photograph" in Wired, Dimitry Kokh captures a family of polar bears at an abandoned weather station, Miami University sets up an automated photo booth in its career center, and surf photographers capture the massive waves of winter.
"The 30" 2022 Edition Highlights New + Emerging Photos to Watch
Although PDN magazine folded in early 2020, its parent company, Emerald, rechristened the list of up-and-coming photographers as "The 30." This past week, the 2022 edition was released, and as always, the nominating committee and jury did a spectacular job identifying and highlighting some of the industry's most promising talent.
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen talk about some of their favorite photographers, and compare the look-and-feel of the 2012 edition to see what has changed in the past decade.
Also: Satellites and cellphones capture the devastation caused by the undersea volcano in Tonga, writer Caspar Salmon wonders why "hot man in a suit in a pool" is a thing, and Kanye West hires a photographer to document his date with actress Julia Fox.
The Associated Press Wants To Sell You An NFT
Still think NFTs are some fringe idea? Yesterday the Associated Press announced that it will start selling NFTs of some of its iconic images at the end of the month. What will the market bear for photojournalism NFTs? Only time will tell.
Also in this episode: Getty Images recaps some of its photographers work on the anniversary of the January 6 Insurrection, Reuter's Leah Mills does the same on Twitter, NYC Mayor Eric Adams shares an portrait of his mom in a brandy snifter, Greg Miller has a new photo podcast, Instagram is testing chronological feeds, and the James Webb Space Telescope has successfully deployed its mirrors which will allow it to take the best space images EVER.
It's The Year In Review in Photos (without photos!)
The end of the year means photo compilations, and Sarah and Allen go through some of their favorites from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times with work by Allen Schaben, Francine Orr, Marcus Yam, Kent Nishimura, Wally Skald, Jay L. Clendenin, Ashley Gilbertson, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Sergey Ponomarev, Ryan Christopher Jones, Kholook Eid, Sandy Kim, Adam Ferguson, Kenny Houston, Michael Cialgo and more!
Plus Instagram allows users to prevent embedding, and Lina Scheynius wonders why Instagram allows her images to be stolen. Happy Holidays, and here's to a better 2022!
A Japanese Billionaire Takes iPhone Photos from Space
If given the chance to go to space, most photographers would probably gear up. But Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa visited the International Space Station with his iPhone, and still got some stunning images and footage in the process. The best camera is the one you have with you?
Also in this episode, photojournalist David Butow chronicles the Trump presidency from election to insurrection in his book "Brink," Mary Berridge captures portraits of autism in "Visible Spectrum," Getty Images gets ready to go public (again), Instagram suspends the @metaverse account of artist Thea-Mai Baumann, and Cook and Jenshel capture a gorgeous photo of the Bryant Park Ice Rink in the New Yorker.
Sad to see you go
I just caught up with you guys tonight. I like to pile up four or five episodes and then just click play while I’m cleaning. So, when I got to this episode and realized that it was the last one, I was so confused. I didn’t always agree with your assessments. But, what I loved about this podcast was the passion in your covering everything. I loved the mix match of what I was going to hear. I really appreciated it; and, I appreciate both of you as hosts. Sad to see you guys go.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
Loved the creative discovery!
Great resource for even a newbie like me who is diving into the creative space.
Not a Fan
I’m a PhotoShelter user, and I was excited for this podcast, but I’m not enjoying it. As a former photojournalist, I just don’t agree with some of the views expressed related to news and documentary photography. Without true documentary photography that pushes the boundaries of social norms, we wouldn’t have depth of work that’s been created by news and documentary photographers over the last 70+ years.