Gina LeVay's 'Sandhogs' book is in the shops, and Gina's on the radio. Listen to her and one of the 'hogs discuss the massive New York water project going on 800+ feet beneath Manhattan that few of us are even aware of. Gina worked seriously hard to gain the confidence of the 'hogs with her persistence and professionalism, and the resulting images are vibrant and eye-opening, not how one might expect them to be so deep under ground.

Sandhogs © Gina LeVay


My web designer* is the best. As well as this gorgeous blog, he's built me a magazine, he fixes my problems, gets me traffic, and refuses to change the size of my logo.
Face it, your images, and probably your logo, are too small - your website is old and sad and needs updating. Call bigflannel.

© Ted Morrison Photography, © bigflannel web design

*According to some stickler in CA, I should disclose the fact that I'm sleeping with bigflannel.

Thatcher Keats is teaching an 8 week photography class at his gallery on Elizabeth Street in Soho, NY, starting on January 27th. According to the blurb "Issues of technical competence, aesthetic concerns, differing lives in photography, artistic deficiencies, as well as the issue of exploitation and empathy will be addressed through discourse, presentation, and critique sessions." Usually taught at ICP, you can take advantage of a more intimate class if you sign up now (and it'll cost less too). Guest artists will present their work, and Thatcher is a really interesting and talented character. Find out more.

Smoking Monk © Thatcher Keats


I am bringing up the rear here as Stephen Mallon's Flight 1549 series has been blogged and blogged again, but it's almost a year since the event unfolded and there's an exhibition at Calumet in New York for the anniversary (reception January 15th). Steve was commissioned by the crane company to photograph the plane being salvaged, and posted a selection on his website. Fun and games ensued with Steve being hassled by the plane's insurance company and all the photo community yelling "free speech!". Ultimately, he was able to keep and publish much of this incredible and exclusive record. It's a chilling memory; Steve's work makes it haunting and beautiful.

Flight 1549 © Stephen Mallon

kennedy_ted_karsh.jpgThe Esquire cover was a pretty great way to end 2009 but we also had Ted Kennedy published in the year-end issue of the New York Times magazine. Now that all the boys are dead I wonder what secrets might come out. I understand The History Channel is making a documentary about them and their father for release next year.

Edward Kennedy, 1968 © Yousuf Karsh


British photographer Andrew Prentice is a recent graduate from City of Westminster College, London. His work has already been publicly exhibited - this photograph was selected for inclusion in 'Free Range', Europe's "largest graduate art and design show". There's a timelessness and Britishness to this image, I feel it could have been taken any year since the 60's.

Lido, 2008 © Andrew Prentice


Frenchman Fred Noy has spent 11 of the last 18 years as a documentary photographer covering civil war in Africa and has been published in Le Monde, The Guardian, Vanity Fair and many more. Fred sent out an email update about his blog and I was drawn to both his photographs and the stories. Blog and website both worth a visit.

Chad © Frederic Noy

Karsh_Updike_John_02.jpgIt's end-of-year obit season and it's been a busy one. Here in the Karsh archive we have at least half a dozen newly dead people. John Updike is here to illustrate the point.

John Updike, 1984 © Yousuf Karsh

karsh_esquire_cover.jpgWhen Esquire photo director Michael Norseng contacted me about their January 2010 issue, we went over the individual Karsh portraits of the Kennedy brothers; Michael is a fan of Karsh and hoped to use something of his on the cover. The magazine came up with an idea to create a composite image from the three and, along with Michael's personal letter, we presented it to the Estate for their consideration. Happily, rare approval was given, gorgeous scans were sent, and we are all thrilled with the results.

Edward Kennedy 1968, John F. Kennedy 1960, Robert Kennedy 1962 © Yousuf Karsh


Phillip Toledano's project "Days With My Father" is nothing but open, honest photography and feelings laid bare. Almost overwhelming but completely compelling, the project is a series of photographs of Phillip's elderly father who was suffering badly from a lack of short-term memory. Facing what many of us may have to, Phillip recorded some beautiful moments, some haunting, some funny. I'm touched that he could be so brave as to make this available to the public, and he himself is humbled; he's had over a million hits to the website and received hundreds of emails. There will be a book in 2010.

Thanks Phillip, you owe me and a million+ other people a box of tissues.

From "Days With My Father" © Phillip Toledano

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