October 31, 2011
Barry Feinstein, 80, a photographer who chronicled the lives of seminal rock 'n' roll stars of the 1960s, and who was perhaps best known for the stark portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin' , died Oct. 20 near his home in Woodstock, N.Y. Besides his work with Dylan, Mr. Feinstein established his reputation as one of rock's semiofficial official chroniclers with two 1970 photographs: one of Janis Joplin,...
October 3, 2011 |
LONDON - Photographer Robert Whitaker, who shot some of the most famous - and infamous - images of the Beatles, has died at age 71. Photo archivist Dave Brolan, a friend of Whitaker's, said he died of cancer Sept. 20 in Sussex, southern England. Whitaker took scores of well-known pictures of the Beatles, including the controversial "butcher" cover of the 1966 American album "Yesterday and Today. " The image of the Fab Four in white coats surrounded by decapitated dolls and slabs of raw meat proved too strong for record company Capitol, which ordered the cover withdrawn soon after the album's release.
September 21, 2011
Michigan has banned Dennis Talbott from photographing its teams on campus. Talbott has been linked to ex-Ohio State star Terrelle Pryor in the Buckeyes' memorabilia-for-cash scandal. The NCAA outlined three potentially major violations in its letter of allegations sent to South Carolina on Monday. The NCAA says South Carolina athletes received $55,000 in impermissible benefits or staying at a hotel for a reduced rate and for dealings with a Delaware-based mentoring group.
September 9, 2011
A reporter for the liberal online news service OpEdNews filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court alleging that Philadelphia police improperly targeted her for arrest during a demonstration against military recruiting at Franklin Mills Mall in 2009. The demonstration attracted counter-demonstrators, and the two groups were monitored by the Philadelphia Police Department's Civil Affairs Unit. Photographer and writer Cheryl Biren-Wright said she was taking photographs for the news service when police singled her out from among other media representatives, seized her camera, and placed her under arrest.
September 3, 2011 |
BEING LED out of Rittenhouse Square in handcuffs wasn't on Coulter Loeb's list of things to do during his summer in Philadelphia, but that's what happened last month to the University of Cincinnati student. The reason? Police said he was interfering with a police investigation when he tried to photograph a cop escorting a transient woman out of the park on July 14. "He said I needed to stop taking pictures and walk away," Loeb recalled recently. With the advancement of digital technology, Loeb's story demonstrates a growing trend locally and nationally of clashes between civilians and the police officers they record or photograph.
August 23, 2011 |
The body of a man found Friday outside the Church of St. Asaph in Bala Cynwyd was that of the Philadelphia photographer Johnathan F. Zellars, police, his minister, and the Montgomery County coroner said. Zellars, 62, was found dead Friday morning by the sexton in a car parked on the grounds of the church on Conshohocken State Road in Lower Merion Township. Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman attributed the death to natural causes, likely brought on by a medical condition.
August 21, 2011 |
The dog days of August haven't brought Philadelphia galleries to a grinding halt the way they used to. Indeed, more than a few have taken an optimistic approach to what has traditionally been the slowest month of the year, even opening new shows over the past two weeks. The Slingluff Gallery in Fishtown has a recent series of works by Mark Havens, an artist whose large color photographs of vintage motor oil decals were recently shown by JAGR: Projects in the Rittenhouse Hotel. But these photographs on wood panels are as faint and reflective in mood as his c-prints of decals were graphic and bold.
July 31, 2011 |
Facebook's endless supply of anonymously taken "friend" profile portraits can mesmerize. Besides the absorbing true-to-life contemporary shots of those you haven't seen in years, there are the entertaining pictures of adult people as young children, as long-haired hippies, even as Mona Lisa or a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Walking through Gallery 339's large group exhibition of disparate photographic portraits, however, you are quickly reminded of the command of the practiced professional in the making of a portrait.
July 21, 2011 |
Jason Varney was working hard to capture the perfect, not-so-perfect photo from Guapos Tacos food truck one day last week. His assistant, Caroline Kavit, sat on a low wall in JFK Plaza, delicately holding a taco. "A little lower," Varney directed. "No, it's not right. " He stepped back. "How would I eat a taco?" Kavit asked. "Ah, more like this," she turned it vertically, and paused for a bite that she'd never take. At least not until Varney got what he wanted. Salsa dripped down her fingers, onto the crumpled parchment paper around the taco.