In my studio

Loire Novak : installation mock up in my studio

16 years of NY Times Front Page Sections categorized by content of the photo above the fold. Arranged chronically and then photographed, images in stacks play as slideshows. Twelve categories playing here: Men with Guns, Dead Bodies, Memorials, 911, Grieving, Domestic Protest, International Protest, Celebrations, Weather, Rescue, Refugees and Immigrants, and Photos of Photos

First Photograph of Electric Chair

From TIME Lightbox
Interesting story about this famous photograph and timely in that Tennessee is about to vote to reinstate the electric chair. Just voting on it is horrifying enough.

Daily News Front page. Extra Edition. January 13, 1928.

How the photo was taken: The New York Daily News knew that the prison was familiar with many journalists from their staff, so they hired someone from out of town, Tom Howard, a then-unknown local photographer from the Chicago Tribune. Knowing he would never be allowed in with a camera, Howard strapped a single-use camera to his right ankle and wired a trigger release up his pant leg. Remarkably, he was allowed in. From across the room, Howard pointed his toe at the chair and took but one photo as Snyder took her last breaths.

[Read more: The First Photograph of an Execution by Electric Chair – LightBox ]

… In my mind Andy Warhol used this photo for his Electric Chair series, but no.



photographer Anja Niedringhaus

re-blogging this from the Lens Blog. Want to remember the post and her.

Parting Glance: Anja Niedringhaus
Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Associated Press, was killed in Eastern Afghanistan today when an Afghan policeman approached her vehicle at a security checkpoint and opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. The German native was 48 years old.

The front page of Friday’s edition of the International New York Times. An image by Anja Niedringhaus was published on the front page of the paper the same day she was killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.

> also article @ British Journal of Photography

> and collection of images @ The Atlantic

8 Days a Week

Sunday February 9 – Saturday February 15, 2014 – taking stock.

Saturday Feb 15, 2014

Some days I look at the front page of the NY Times, and I am struck by the pattern of the front page images. Today above the fold is a generic ice skater from the Winter Olympics and below the fold is a powerful image from Syria that has stayed in my mind since I saw it online yesterday.

Sunday, the Times celebrated the opening of the Olympics above the fold and the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan below.

Thursday and Friday weather moved the Olympics below the fold!

Shirley Temple and Sid Casear died this week and their former star selves smile at us from below the fold.

Only Monday did a hard news photo make it above the fold with an image from the escalating situation in Syria.

Monday above the fold

Sometimes you can learn a lot by just counting.

Sorting – Categorizing

In my studio

Beginning to make sense of the front page news photos. Almost 15 years in my studio.

Categorizing the front-page image above the fold:

Memorials, Celebrations, War, Aftermath, Crime, Daily Life, Holding/Taking Photos, Science, Grieving Women, Grieving Men, Men with Guns, Sports, Politicians, Protest, Weather, Natural Disaster, Man Made Disaster – categories keep presenting themselves.