Well, I am off to Barcelona today. Won’t be back until June 6th. I will be taking along my Polaroid camera as well as a couple of Super 8s. While they make great imagery, unfortunately for my suitcase, the film takes up a lot of room. This will be the first time that I am trying the B+W Fuji, so I am interested in what it will look like. It’s ISO 3000 and supposedly only takes 15 seconds to develop (as opposed to the 75 for the color). And I’ll only end up with about 200 images. Just hoping I have enough to make it through!
I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of Tim Hetherington, who was killed today documenting the rebel struggle in Libya. I was introduced to his work through FOAM Magazine when we were both featured in the Peeping issue. I was then spurred to watch Restrepo which I truly enjoyed and when he was nominated for an Oscar, I was pulling for him to win. Today the world has lost a great storyteller.
His bio from his website:
Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, UK. He studied literature at Oxford University and later returned to college to study photojournalism. He lives in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine.
His interest lies in creating diverse forms of visual communication and his work has ranged from multi-screen installations, to fly-poster exhibitions, to handheld device downloads. Known for his long-term documentary work, Tim lived and worked in West Africa for eight years and has reported on social and political issues worldwide.
His project Healing Sport was published by Thames and Hudson as part of group project Tales of a Globalizing World (Thames & Hudson 2003). Long Story Bit By Bit:Liberia Retold (Umbrage Editions 2009) narrates recent Liberian history by drawing on images and interviews made over a five year period. A new book, Infidel (Chris Boot Ltd 2010), about a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan, continues the examination of young men and conflict.
As a film maker, he has worked as both a cameraman and director/producer. He was a cameraman on Liberia: an Uncivil War (2004) and The Devil Came on Horseback (2007), and his directorial debut film Restrepo about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. His most recent film Diary is a highly personal experimental short currently playing at film festivals.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (2000-4), a Hasselblad Foundation grant (2002), four World Press Photo prizes including the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, the Rory Peck Award for Features (2008), and an Alfred I. duPont award (2009).
A couple weeks ago I headed over to CVA for their annual print exchange. I didn’t have anything to give, but I was able to pick up a couple images from some of the students / instructors. Most of the raffle prizes were donated by me though, so maybe that counts for something.