July 1, 2005

28mm.org: OFFLINE

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Happenings - permalink

28mm.org: OFFLINE, is now available through that print-on-demand powerhouse, lulu.com. Fifty-one photographers, 204 photographs in all, selected by editor Rachel James, showcase a selection of their previously unpublished work in the printed final issue of the online photography magazine, 28mm.org.

Photograhers include Max Boschini, Jen Boxer, Christy Bright, Peter Chou, Lane Collins, Simon Courcha, Alexandra Emde, David Evans, Fabian Geyrhalter, Holly Gordon, Jim Green, Noah Grey, Raul Gutierrez, Ron Hammond, Peter Høvring, Rachel James, Stanley Jones, Blaine Kendall, Christine Ko, Scott Krycia, Erin Malone, Michael Marquand, Girish Menon, Jason Montgomery, Stephanie Noritz, Jonathan O'Beirne, Fredrik Olsson, Rudolfs Osins, Rob Pinciuc, Mario Pires, Adam Polselli, Aninda Praptiningtyas, Richard Reader, Christian Reister, Erin Roddy, David Rojas, Sam Scholes, Kat Selvocki, Michael Sloane, Emily Smith, Christophe Soresto, Heather Stanfield, Janco Tanis, Riley Töörn, Joshua Veazey, Tom Weis, Christal Westbrook, Tracy Woodger-Broz, YiMay Yang, Yaohau Zheng. Did I mention I'm included, too?

It's only $39.95US + shipping (no shipping charges if you choose supersaver shipping). Comes out to a tad over five cents per photograph. Not too shabby for a 200+ page coffeetable book. Just search for "28mm.org" to find it.

BTW, Rachel doesn't make a penny on this labor of love. It was priced to cover the costs of printing. Any little bit extra goes to cover the bandwidth of keeping the website open. I didn't make anything on the deal either except saving approximately less than $5 each on the two prepublication copies I was allowed to purchase -- and the satisfaction of seeing my work published along with that of some mighty fine photographers.

June 23, 2005

Upcoming People/Street Photography Events

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Happenings - permalink

Summer's here and the time is right for taking pictures on the street, to paraphrase Martha and the Vandellas. And there are three public events starting this weekend that are great opportunities for people and street photography:

The first, of course, is Taste of Chicago, which begins this Friday and runs through July 4 in Grant Park.

Also running this weekend at Grant Park is the Chicago Country Music Festival this Saturday and Sunday at the Petrillo Bandshell.

And, last but not least, there's the 36th annual Chicago Pride Parade. It starts at 12 noon at the corner of W. Belmont and N. Halsted, wending its way north on Halsted to Waveland. Get there early. Last year, over 400,000 spectators showed up.

So slather on the sunblock, grab your favorite digital or film camera (or two or even three as in my case) and go out and shoot!

June 16, 2005

So long, Polycontrast

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Film - permalink

Wouldn't you know it? Bob from No Traces is taking a darkroom course and Kodak insults him by announcing yesterday that they will no longer manufacture black-and-white papers after the end of the year. According to a Kodak spokesperson, demand for black-and-white paper has declined about 25 percent annually. Another casuality of the digital revolution. I cut my photographic teeth on Polycontrast fiber based paper. So long, Polycontrast, it was fun while it lasted. Hellooooooo Ilford (and Bergger and Oriental, too)...

The good news is that they will still make black and white film and chemicals. While I shoot primarily with Ilford HP5+, my precious HC-110 is safe... for now. The entire article can be viewed here.

June 9, 2005

Chicago Photobloggers Meetup/Shootout Reminder

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Happenings - permalink

Just a reminder that the Chicago Photobloggers meetup/shootout will be held Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day) beginning at 1 pm at the Custer Street Art Fair. The staging area will be at the Starbucks on Main Street just east of Chicago Avenue.

For those of you who will be driving, please be advised that parking in that particular area will be virtually nonexistent. Be prepared to park either west of Ridge or north or south of the fairgrounds. There is a cheap public parking garage in downtown Evanston on Church near Chicago. From there you can hop on the CTA Purple Line southbound to the Main Street stop or walk the approximate mile or so south along Chicago Avenue to the staging area.

June 8, 2005

Ron Slattery @ New York Times

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Around the Web - permalink

Our very own Ron Slattery, proprietor of slats.org and bighappyfunhouse.com, has gotten a nice write up about his found photos photoblog by Jennifer 8. Lee (no, that's not a typo) in the Circuits section of this morning's New York Times.

The article is called "A Mundane Shot? If It's on a Photoblog, Someone's Interested"

The article is free for the next seven days but registration is required. It's also available via RSS feed.

May 28, 2005

Millennium Park loosens photo rules....

posted by gavin neverdrownout in Places - permalink

As I've recently been invited to post here, I'd like to kick it off with this Tribune story some of you may have seen or heard about already.  It's been a heavily debated topic and it looks like we've won this one.  On another note, this Sun-Times article lightly combs over the financial woes of of finishing the Bean, and includes the oh-so-clever line, "the goal is to have the Bean fully baked by the end of summer.".

Day in the Life

posted by roderick in Around the Web - permalink

From the kids over at Gaper's Block:

We'd like to run a "Day in the Life" feature next week with the theme Memorial Day. To participate, please submit a photo taken on Monday, May 30, to the Gapers Block group pool with the tag dayinthelife or ditl. Or email it to us at inbox@gapersblock.com. We need it by 10pm Monday; the feature will run Tuesday.

---Andrew & Naz

May 24, 2005

CPBO identity+webpage

posted by pablokorona in - permalink

I'm just posting up here a continuation of the discussion at the meetup.

What would you like to see happen with this webpage?

I also will be refering to "Chicago Photobloggers" as the cpbo (chicago.photo-blogger.org)
i also think we need some kind of "logo" to assign us as a "group"
anyone willing to pitch in design time?
i'll work a couple hours on something, but i'm not the best logo designer.


It's Your Choice

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Happenings - permalink

At Sunday's meetup, we talked about a meetup at Millennium Park next month. Later it dawned on me that the Custer Street Fair on Sunday, June 19 in Evanston would also be a great location for a meetup/shootout. Plenty of food, arts (including photography), street/people photography possibilities, etc. What do you think? Custer Street Fair or Millennium Park? Cast your vote by replying to this post. The most votes cast for one or the other by 11:59 pm on June 1 gets to be where we meet. Vote early. Vote often.

May 23, 2005

Proposed NYC Photo Ban Rejected

posted by Bill Vaccaro in Around the Web - permalink

I know this has nothing to do with the Windy City but this should bring a cheer to everyone. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York has dropped its proposed ban on subway photography. According to the New York Times:

"A proposed ban on taking photographs in the subway, meant to thwart potential terrorists, has been rejected as too broad to be enforceable, the police said yesterday. The measure, proposed in May 2004, would have banned people from photographing, videotaping or filming inside subway cars and stations; the press and businesses or individuals with permits would have been exempt. After public comment and discussions with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the police considered a partial ban on photos of tunnels, control booths and other areas closed to the public, but decided against it, said Christopher Dunn, the associate legal director of the civil liberties group. "From the outset, we have believed that a total ban would unnecessarily infringe on First Amendment rights," he said. The decision was first reported in The Daily News yesterday. Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman, said, "We don't feel the broad ban is necessary, and as a practical matter is unenforceable." People taking photos of areas deemed sensitive will still be questioned, Mr. Browne said."

Great news for the rights of photographers!