Weird contest: Flip Photobook Award

Flip Photobook Award
Flip Photobook Award

I’ve just added a few deadlines to our photo contest and call for entry calendar, but I wanted to draw your attention to one in particular, The Flip Photobook Award. I couldn’t help but laugh when I got an email about this new award from Sergey Novikov (previously on dvafoto). It seeks to recognize photobook presentation videos. Weird! But kind of funny and cool, too. The photobook flipthrough is an emerging genre of online photobook presentation, so why not recognize the good ones?

Entry is free, and videos from the winner and a number of finalists will be shown during screenings at the Moscow Photobook Festival in Spring 2017. That festival is new, and doesn’t have a website yet, but it will be held at the The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography. They’ll be announcing the festival soon on their website.

Sergey also forwarded along one of the creative entries he’s already received for the competition (embedded below) for Roc Herms’ Yo Yo Yo:

If You Liked Humans of New York

Someone was clever and cheeky at Strand Books in New York City. I saw this sign yesterday tucked inside Antoine D’Agata’s book Antibodies.


If you’re not familiar with Antoine D’Agata’s photographs, have a look. His work is a nice antidote to the clean-cut banality of “Humans of New York”. And it would be a lovely surprise for someone genuinely interested in HONY to open up this book of harsh, intimate and graphic images. I hope that it does shock some folks browsing the photo book section at Strand.

We’ve been trying to write something about “Humans of New York” and our aversion to the work on dvafoto for months, but this photo will suffice for now.

But as a teaser, start with this brilliant critique on Warscapes of Brandon Stanton’s project. And for some discussion of the discomfort some of us in the photo community have for the work see this article in the New York Times from last summer.

Scott and I keep coming back to this phrase, from the NYT article: “Mr. Stanton professes to be apolitical. “I purposely and pointedly try to avoid infusing any meaning in the work,” he said.” This is a huge problem for this project, and we’ll discuss it later.

“Antibodies” looks like a terrific book, by the way, and I’ll grab a copy for myself soon.

Need a laugh? Watch this photo crew work in Zero G

The video above is hilarious. Of course, Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue has a lot of…issues. This year Barbie was in the mix. Last year, the magazine featured “exotic” locals alongside swimsuit models. But forget the controversies for a minute, and instead marvel at the photo crew (photographers, grips, makeup artists, warddrobe assistants, etc.) trying to produce a photo shoot without the benefit of gravity.

Sports Illustrated behind the scenes video
Sports Illustrated behind the scenes video – screenshot

This year, model Kate Upton was photographed in zero gravity, on one of the so-called “Vomit Comets.” Photographer James Macari and his crew do an admirable job floating through space and trying to control hair, water droplets, and themselves, in zero gravity. Upton also has an impressive amount of control of her expressions and body while being photographed in zero g. You can see the resulting photos here, but really the video above is all you need. You can see this video and another at Sports Grid.

(via metafilter)