The 25 Photos That Defined the Modern Age

A Gordon Parks colour photograph from the 1950s, depicting a black women and child on a street outside a movie theatre. Source:-https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/03/t-magazine/photography-robert-frank-gordon-parks.html
Gordon Parks, “Department Store, Mobile, Alabama,” 1956 Source https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/03/t-magazine/photography-robert-frank-gordon-parks.html

In my inbox recently, from Jorg Colbert came a link to an  article by a panel of experts at the New York Times who decided what the 25 most infulential images since 1955 are.

Definitely an arbitary date to choose from and some obscure images which I had not heard of and a couple of insigtful texts to accompany some of them.

It begins by lisitng the obvious omissions, Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Richard Avedon, Dawoud Bey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Roy DeCarava, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn.

A group of experts met to discuss the images that have best captured — and changed — the world since 1955.

They were: the Canadian conceptual photographer Stan Douglas, 63; the Vietnamese American photographer An-My Lê, 64; the acting chief curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, Roxana Marcoci, 66; the American documentary photographer Susan Meiselas, 75; the American photographer Shikeith, 35; and Nadia Vellam, 51, T’s photo and video director.

Sadly behind a paywall. A definite add to my bookmarks.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photographs in the 21st century.

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iPhone 14 Hardware & Software at night

Ever wondered how an  iPhone 14 Hardware & Software will perform at night?

My current iPhone, a 14 Pro, has been performing spectacularly since I bought it. This is an example of what it allows me to photograph. A situation where film would be almost impossible without a ton of pre-planning, and a healthy does of luck. And even with a DSLR some extra equipment. As it is, I stood in the one spot held the camera steady enough and the hardware and software took care of everything else. Three snaps later we moved on and got in the car to go home.

Moonee Ponnds 2024-06-14 20:46:07. How my iPhone 14 pro perorms at night? A hand held photo of a busy road in Moonee Ponds. I’m standnig by the side of the road on the nature strip as cars whizz past creating light trails. A trolley occupies the foreground, along with a pole for some utility, and a parked grey ute. Trees peter out in the distance and the sky is an incandescent blue.
Moonee Ponnds 2024-06-14 20:46:07

This images forms part of another project hosted on Tumblr

I couldn’t be happier with how my iPhone 14 Pro performs at night.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photographs in the 21st century.

☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

Technobabble

Google recently advised me of over 100 pages on my site that were returning 404 error messages. After a bit of digging I discovered a small snippet of code had malformed quotation marks, curly (“) instead of straight (″) . It took many hours of work to fix this. As my career draws to a close I’m hoping to set up shop on somewhere online to try and garner some small level of income. So Google ranking may be important for me moving forward, even if I object to the enshitification of the web. I am also trying to contribute the the small web too.

Anyway during the process I noticed that Safari was hogging a lot of resources. So I switched to iCab an excellent alternative. And it turns out far less resource hungry. As I’m currenlty relying on my 2015 work issued laptop having tools slow is a nuisance. To be expected, but bothersome none the less. Moving forward if this helps generally in my day to day work flow and can keep using this older laptop; great. The alternative is to splash out on a new desktop while not impossible not quite that high in my priorites right now.

Arc is another alternative, but I doubt it will offer the benfits that I’ve noticed in iCab. Vivladi is also a good browser.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photographs in the 21st century.

☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

Flickr as archive?

A block of red, red concrete to be exact. If you look closely you may see a hand suggested in the shadows of the image. As a Nick Cave fan I felt the title of Red Right Hand appropriate here. Made in August 2005. This resurfaced in my flickr stream due to it being favourited by a stranger. This is one of the joys of flickr for me., rediscovering aold work.
Image titled “red right hand”from flickr taken on the 16/08/2005

Recently on flickr, the above imge that I had uploaded nineteen years ago resurfaced. Thanks to a coment from a stranger. On the day I was using flickr’s excellent iPhone app to monitor my feed. One drawback of the mobile app is it is difficult to determine the context of any interactions and the  image itself in this situatiuon. Once I was able to acces flickr on a desktop I was able to see that the image is in an album called concrete canvas.

I also was able to see if I had origianlly captered it as a raw file by using Neofinder to search all my drives. If I had it would enable me to reprocess the file and perhaps present it in a better way. Afterall digital editing software has come along way in the last ten years never mind nineteen. So I found the file opened it an pocessed it again even though all I had was a jpeg.. This is the outcome.

What still perplexes me though, is that the image somehow surfaced in a strangers stream all these years later? I can see they added it to their favourites so I’m grateful for that.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photogrpahs in the 21st century.

☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

Wordless Wednesday 20240612

Thornbury Abaonded trolley 2024-06-12 07:52:12

About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photographs in the 21st century.

☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

TYAT 2014-06-02

Ten years ago today, I was photographing this scene at least once a day at 8:30. Eventually the tree was cut down so I stopped making this picture.

I created a special tumblr for the idea too.

This is something that draws me to digital photography, and in particular, Smart Phone photography. Other ideas revolving around iPhones as cameras and the metadata they produce interest me as well. Lastly having tools that enable me to quckly and meaningfully search my digital archive are equally important to my creative practice.

Sunrises on the second official day of winter ten years ago, today. The scene is a mundane shcool oval with a lone gum tree. The light is spectaular as it is an ealry mor ning photo taken just as the sun rises in winter in June 2014. The time was 08:11:06.
Sunrises over a school sporting oval, on the second day of winter 2014. Ten years ago today. The time was 08:11:06.

About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over  30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates  many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs.
☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2024

As usual this year I’m sitting the Melbourne Photobook Collective stall at the Melbourne Art Book Fair. This year I managed to push two new publications out.

One “Zine” entitled Steps & Ladders is an offshoot of #emptyshops. Forty pages laser printed on 80gsm paper staple bound, edition of 6 with a 210gsm coloured cover.


A pile of books ready for sale each has a uniquely coloured cover, all are titled Steps & Ladder

The other a body of work created during Melbourne’s Lockdowns from 2020 to 2022. Trigger Warning is a rumination on the time spent in lockdown and its affects on my creative activities. It is 40 pages printed on 80gsm paper with 30 images and is staple bound, with a 210gsm yellow cover.

Cover image of Trigger Warning

Cover image of the zine ‘Trigger Warning’

About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates on many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs.
☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

Unpacking the Barbie Movie.

Patriarchy According To The Barbie Movie

by Jonathan McIntosh

We’re going to use the movie as a sort of primer to help explain what patriarchy actually is, what it isn’t, and how it ends up harming everyone, including men. To have any kind of productive conversation, we have to get over that defensiveness that so many men feel whenever they they come across the word “patriarchy”. Contrary to popular belief, patriarchy is not a synonym for men, nor is it a code word for masculinity, and it certainly has nothing to do with hating men.

Hat tip to Kottke. Where it should be noted that Warner Brothers have issued a take down notice under copyright to YouTube, I mean SERIOUSLY! But it has been archived by Jonathan McIntosh at the Intenret archive and Patroen.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs.
☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

More, inflection points…

Recently a close friend passed away.

While it was not unexpected it certainly has had me pause.

The impact has been so profound I have been only able to function at a rudimentray day to day level. All creatve “drive” has been lost.

My capacity to create has been numbed. My desire to do so thwarted at every turn. If and when I recommence my creative output can only be estimated.

To both my readers my apologies, transmission will resume…

Eventually.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs.
☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr

Self Portrait

A footpath and fence in an inner suburb of Melbourne shows an empty box and the artist's shadow inside the box. The box has the word free written on it while the garden in the background is locked behind a fence
Self-portrait 2024-02-08 14:43:20

Carrying a camera everywhere, has had a significant affect on my creative endeavours. Never more so than when I walk. Yesterday I was out and about, on a student excursion. We visited the CCP, which hs an excellent exhibition about the German publishing house Spektor. I may revist the current ‘zine’ I’m working on as a consequence.

On the way home as I meandered towards the nearest tram stop I discovered an empty box on the footpath with the word FREE written on it. Initially I was interested n the irony of an empty box with the word free written on it in a busy urban environment. Then as I shifted composition I noticed my shadow was in the picture. Having one’s shadow in the picture you make is often considered bad form. But I realised I could make a silly little statement by putting the shadow of my head in the box. Two clicks and a few seconds later  and I moved on.


Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator he ruminates on many things photographic. From his own work to others as well as aspects of technology that reflect on the sharing and consumption of Photographs.

☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr