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Censorship

In Photography News on August 18, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Reportage Festival Director Stephen Dupont and photographer Jack Picone discuss how censorship by Tourism NSW, impacted on Reportage Festival.

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For an more in-depth report concerning censorship during Reportage’s documentary festival and censorship in general in the Arts in Australia; Please read this report by RICHARD PHILLIPS: Photojournalists, artist censored by Australian authorities.

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Panorama | Work in Progress | 71 – Degrees

In Street Photography on December 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM

71 – Degrees | by Jack Picone

The images in this gallery have all been made on the Hasselblad X-Pan 1 and the Fuji TX-1 essentially, they are exactly the same camera just branded differently.

Both these cameras are relatively small 35mm film cameras that can produce striking unbroken images across a full 71- degree field of view (the normal field of vision of the human eye, by contrast, is only about 45 degrees). The resulting photographs make concrete the concept of the panorama — quite literally, to “see all.”

I take these cameras with me everywhere I go. They are my, “I am taking my cameras for a walk” cameras. Pictures in this slide gallery are from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Bali, South Africa, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Kathmandu, Laos, Cambodia China and Australia.

The trick with using these cameras is not to rely too heavily on the actual panorama format in an effort to make your images  more aesthetically interesting. This would be clichéd. It is really about using the panorama format in conjunction with compelling composition. If there is a confluence of  both these variables it is possible to elevate your images to a higher aesthetic plane. The latter sadly, I have yet to achieve with the work here.

I am on a creative cusp! I am close I can feel it, Exciting!

Jack Picone

Moments

In Photography News on December 8, 2012 at 5:48 AM

If you are in HK, drop in and see the brilliant work by the Visual Studies students I taught during my AIR program in Hong Kong. They produced some absolutely compelling imagery. Also, on show is the final edit of my Thai-Burma Border documentary project ‘1200 Miles’  in both multimedia and book form.

View the ‘where and opening times’ link  here:

Just as a taste, here is Bobo Tsang image using a Lomo camera and doing a double exposure. Intriguing.

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PEACE

In Photography News on November 3, 2012 at 3:10 AM

The photography collective, ˚South (Degree South), will launch its latest exhibition, “PEACE” at the Tanks Arts Centre  in Cairns, in Far North Queensland, on Friday 23rd November.   The photographs for this exhibition have been printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive PD paper as part of Fujifilm’s sponsorship of the exhibition.

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“PEACE”, which follows Degree South’s WAR exhibition and book, features photographs from the Collective’s members – Tim Page, Michael Coyne, Jack Picone, David Dare Parker, Ben Bohane, Stephen Dupont, and Ashley Gilbertson – who have selected photographs they believe reflect their notion of peace. The exhibition also includes photographs from Sean Flynn, who is listed as missing in action in Cambodia since 1970, and whose archive falls under the Degree South banner.

For further exhibition details please read  here:

• Jack Picone

Enchanting Luang Prabang by Gary Jones

In Workshop News on October 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

It’s been said, after all, that the Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch rice grow, and the languorous Lao simply listen to the whispers of rice growing. Luang Prabang is simply – and lazily – enchanting.

                                                                                    Funfair arrives in Luang Prabang. © Photograph by Gary Jones

The writer Gary Jones joined us as a participant on our Laos Workshop, held in Luang Prabang July 2012. Read Gary’s musings about the workshop, his fellow participants and Luang Prabang’s becalming hypnotic effect in Prestige Magazine

There are still a few places remaining for our upcoming workshop in Havana Cuba. Interested? Email Jack Picone at  jack@jackpicone.com

Living Buddhism

In Random Moments on July 30, 2012 at 6:25 AM

Eclectic and random vignettes (all images made on the Fujifilm X-Pro-1) of ‘living Buddhism’ on the streets and in the temples of Bangkok made over the last several days. All images are concerned and connected with the the central theme of ‘Buddhism’ and it’s ubiquity and universality  in contemporary Thai life.

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Broken People by Nana Chen

In Photography News, Workshop in Motion on July 18, 2012 at 5:14 AM

© Photograph by Nana Chen

A soulful and intimate reportage concerning the challenges of health and medical care, for people in Luang Prabang, Laos.

Broken People authored by Nana Chen during The Jack Picone and Stephen Dupont Documentary Photography Workshops in Laos. View here:

Our next workshop takes place in iconic Havana, Cuba 25th Nov – 30th Nov 2012.

JP

10X100 ’10 Australian Photographers’

In Photography News on July 6, 2012 at 3:38 AM

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10 of Australia’s finest contemporary photographers were invited to explore their creativity using Fujifilm’s recently developed, compact, new generation Finepix X100 digital camera, submitting 10 photographs each for publication in the book and exhibition ’10×100: 10 Australian Photographers’.

“The 10 were chosen for their prominence as world-class photographers, their award-winning careers and their status as some of Australia’s finest working visual artists”.

’10×100: 10 Australian Photographers’ to exhibit at the Queensland Centre For Photography. Read here:

10 Photographers You Should Ignore

In Photography News on May 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

WIRED are hot wired on this one. Too funny and clever not to read.

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I AM NOT A DSLR – I AM DIFFERENT – I AM A FUJIFILM / X – PRO 1

In Photography News, Street Photography on April 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

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I am on the Star Ferry shooting pictures at twilight while crossing Hong Kong Harbour. The sun retreated hastily and out rolled a piercing black and blue sky. Iridescent. I love this time. I love this light. A time where day transitions to night and just for a fleeting moment – it is neither. It is exciting and ambiguous. Given the consternation concerning the performance of the auto-focus of its predecessor, the x/100, I was keen to test the X Pro 1’s focusing ability.  As a photographer you are aware that you need to work in nano-seconds because light and color is on the wane and what is so beautiful now, soon will vanish. So I did work fast, two of the authored images are in this short slide show (click on post heading to see images larger if you like) above. One is the Asian girl wearing a faux polar bear head (hat) and the other is a picture where I focused on a thick translucent plastic sheet rendering a cruise liner that it framed, soft and dream like in the background. The ferry pitched from side to side in challenging low-light conditions and I took a score or two of images during the crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong. The X-Pro 1 did not miss a beat in terms of responsiveness and the auto-focus locking onto the subject. This performance was repeated with several early morning walks photographing Hong Kong waking up to a new day as well. During my early morning wanderings I purposely sought out scenarios to make images that involved shooting through glass, against highly reflective surfaces, in shadow zones and at times in low light. This is apparent in the image of tea being poured by a waitress, shot through a heavily steamed coated window. Again, the camera did not miss a beat. It was smooth and seamless with the autofocus doing what I expect autofocus to do – focus accurately in minimal time. None of this searching searching – help me – I am lost! No whirring in and out. It focused with conviction. Similarly to the X/100, I suggest that one of the great advantages of this camera is its classically beautiful and understated retro-design. It is not (although often wanted to be) a high end DSLR. I am personally very happy that it is not a DSLR.

Said objectively, the Hong Kong Chinese are known to be just a little (it is infinitesimal really) gruff about having their picture taken but I did not encounter any negative reaction to working on the streets with this camera, in fact I was completely ignored. This camera is not great for your ego I am afraid. Get used to being ignored. If you want to make a statement swinging a house brick DSLR around your neck that in turn broadcasts that you are a photographer then this camera is probably not for you. And this is where we get to the core of what the X- Pro 1’s psychological advantage is. Because it does not solicit the unwanted reaction that comes with shooting pictures with a DSLR, I am left to document people in original moments. Sounds like visual small change but for me this is super significant in terms of access and time that otherwise may be stunted or stymied by using a DSLR.  When I am on the street with the X PRO 1 I feel a synchronicity similar to that I have enjoyed when shooting black and white film with my Leica M6. Both cameras feel like a natural extension of me. Specifically, the X PRO 1 allows me to arrive at the creative conclusion, I want.

So the proceeding is what I think is attractive and important about the X-PRO1 but there are a few fixes that Fuji could consider in their continuing evolution of this ground-breaking camera. None of the following are hugely significant and nor did they compromise me while shooting pictures on this weekend in Hong Kong. It is more about a little fine-tuning needed.

They are:

  1. The exposure compensation dial can still be in inadvertently moved to +1 or -1, -2 Stops (or similar) this needs a locking mechanism.
  2. The Q button is easily activated when not wanted. Again, this needs a rethink in terms of design. As with the exposure compensation dial above this seems to happen by simply diving into my shoulder camera bag to retrieve the camera.
  3. The clicking chatter sound as the aperture blades automatically adjust during exposure would benefit in being less audible.
  4. The 60mm F2.4 lens appears to search significantly while focusing and  in general takes longer to achieve focus.

In conclusion, similarly to the x/100, the X – Pro 1 is a result of a forward thinking Fujifilm company who have displayed significant creative courage in bringing this camera to photographers.  The things that make this an advant garde and ground – breaking camera far outweigh the few minor fixes (cited above) that need to be made. Within this context a suggestion I do have for Fuji is; instead of going the compact camera route of sales thinking/marketing i.e. pack as many features as possible into a smallish camera in an effort to be competitive in selling as many cameras to as many people as possible, perhaps this could be rethought with the idea of  reducing the X-Pro 1’s many features? Thereby edging the X-Pro 1 closer to a digital version of a Leica M4, M6 or a Voigtlander Bessa R2A. This I suggest, would be enormously attractive to professional and serious amateur photographers alike. Simplicity is still a much sought after desire. Just a thought?

The fact that Fuji have brought this hybrid camera to us from inception to reality in such a short window of time is extraordinary.

Something tells me that Leica must feel like they have had their cage rattled a little?

Fujifilm have a habit of wooing us and thrilling us. Hang on for the fast ride it is only going to get better from here.