I think most of you know that if you search for Photography on Google or any of the other search engines on the web you’ll get a return of millions of hits if not more. What my column will attempt to do is to highlight some of the more interesting sites and stories related to photography that I come across that I think will be of interest to you, my fellow club members.Bill Moyers JournalStarting off with PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal report on photographic artist Chris Jordan who takes objects classified as waste from American consumerism and turns these things into works of art. There’s an interesting video and writeup on him that highlights his work and his thoughts behind it listed below. It’s a good example of how we as photographers can take every day objects and turn them into interesting photographs that can make a statement.  Click here for Video and StoryA Copy Is Art. So What’s the Original?A friend sent me an interesting article from The New York Times website that I found interesting by Randy Kennedy about Richard Prince who does appropriation art where he photographs other photographs, usually from Ads found in magazines. It talks about the ethics of what he does and what photographers that have had some of their photos used in some of his artwork with out their permission or credit. Some of his pieces have sold for over a million dollars.  Post a comment below and let’s see what you think???THE STORY BEGINS: Since the late 1970s, when Richard Prince became known as a pioneer of appropriation art — photographing other photographs, usually from magazine ads, then enlarging and exhibiting them in galleries — the question has always hovered just outside the frames: What do the photographers who took the original pictures think of these pictures of their pictures, apotheosized into art but without their names anywhere in sight?  Click here to read full story and see some of his workPhotography as a WeaponErrol Morris is a documentary filmmaker who has a bog on The New York Times site as well and he has an interesting look into the ethics of fake photographs.THE STORY BEGINS: As almost everyone knows by now, various major daily newspaper published, on July 10, a photograph of four Iranian missiles streaking heavenward; then Little Green Footballs (significantly, a blog and not a daily newspaper) provided evidence that the photograph had been faked. Later, many of those same papers published a Whitman’s sampler of retractions and apologies. For me it raised a series of questions about images. Do they provide illustration of a text or an idea of evidence of some underlying reality or both? And if they are evidence, don’t we have to know that the evidence is reliable, that it can be trusted?Click here for full story and imagesThis month I’ll finish off my Blog with a good video by Shelton Muller of Total Image on Depth of Field. Hope you enjoyed some of my finds and if in your wanderings on the net you come across interesting sites email them to me and perhaps I’ll share them in a future column.  Peace folks and Keep Clicking!!  Jim

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Last Modified: September 4, 2008

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