Monday, May 18, 2009

New Photo Blog from The Times

The New York Times has jumped on the photo blog bandwagon with its new photojournalism blog called "Lens: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism."

In one of the initial essays, photographer Fred R. Conrad pulls out his 8x10 camera to shoot some amazing Black&White shots. In the essay, entitled "Slow Photography in an Instantaneous Age," he explains why he prefers large format cameras and Black&White film.

I hope that film and large-format cameras stick around for a while. I love the results and I cherish the process. More importantly, when I have the time and opportunity to shoot big film, I feel a connection with photographers who came before me. That may be the most important reason.
Conrad says he shoots Fuji Neopan and Efke 25 and develops them in Rodinal.

With exposures that may take as long as an hour, you really don’t know what the end result will be. There is a little bit of faith involved, and a lot of imagination. That, and the fact that you have to wait to develop the film, just adds to the excitement.
The Times notes that in Lens, it not only will showcase its own extensive library of photographs, but that of other magazines and newspapers as well.

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