Willem Jonkers: The Fisheye Master Of Street Photography

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Jul 092015
 

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I started out with a 23mm and a 14mm prime, but quickly came to the conclusion that those lenses pushed me too far back from my subjects and my frames were like the many we see all the time. About a year ago I met Steven Gonzalez on Facebook who was using an 8mm fisheye on the streets and thought it was very interesting. This inspiration enabled me to take my urge to get closer to the extreme.

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Nowadays I feel at one with that lens. It gives my subjects the stage I think they should have and how I envision them in the final photographs. By shooting at distances of sometimes less than one foot, my subjects fill the frame completely, but still with a good sense of the surroundings they are moving around in because of the wideness of the lens. The intended distortion of a fisheye lens makes that framing possible.

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Very often I photograph just right in front of someone’s feet from a very low angle and you’ll get that “Gulliver” effect which gives my subject that ‘greatness’ in my frames. On the subject of gear, it’s my opinion that gear will not make you a photographer. Vision does. Gear is a tool to make you display that vision. It has nothing to do with expensive cameras or lenses. My camera is a Fuji X-T1. It can handle very high ISO values, which I need in order to use very fast shutter speeds and still keep a high quality RAW file without too much noise.

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Bringing a portrait of private artist Vivian Maier to the big screen

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Feb 122015
 

In 2007, a monumental cache of photographic negatives were sold at auction. The man who bought them, John Maloof, soon discovered stunning images of Chicago street scenes from the mid-20th century. Who was the unknown artist behind the photographs? Jeffrey Brown talks to co-directors Maloof and Charlie Siskel about their Oscar-nominated documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier.”

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From glamorous to ordinary, Vivian Maier’s street photography captured America’s mid-century urban life

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Feb 122015
 

“Not perhaps since Emily Dickinson’s poetry came to light over a century ago, has a posthumously discovered body of artistic work stirred the kind of critical praise and public delight that is currently being heaped on the photographs of Vivian Maier.

International gallery and museum showings, glowing press reviews, books and a documentary — “Finding Vivian Maier,” nominated for an Academy Award this year — are among the responses the work has inspired. All of it completely unexpected.”

—David Coles

 

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Photography ‘Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found’

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Dec 082014
 

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Vivian Maier, who worked mostly in domestic service, mostly in Chicago, was a serious photographer who shot some 100,000 images over upward of 40 years. Although those who knew her — primarily the children in her care; she had no real intimates — were aware that she took pictures, she never published or exhibited them, and rarely showed them to others. Her work came to general attention only when, in 2007, two years before her death, five storage lockers on which she had failed to keep up payments were emptied and their contents auctioned off. By the time the buyers realized what they had on their hands, she had died. John Maloof, who bought most of it, put up a selection of scans on a website, which immediately went viral; Maier posthumously became a media sensation. Maloof’s VIVIAN MAIER: A Photographer Found (Harper Design, $80), with text by Marvin Heiferman, is already the fifth book of her photographs to have been published.

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Adjust Your Technique – Street Photography Tips John Free

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Jan 272014
 

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