Ben Lowy: Virtually Unfiltered

Who is Ben Lowy? The answer depends partly on how you feel about cellphone photography, Hipstamatic and in-camera digital processing. If you believe that Hipstamatic and Instagram could inspire tens of millions of people to become more interested in “serious” photography, then think of Mr. Lowy as a prophet urging others to abandon outdated and elitist ways.  read more...
Lens: New York Times

‘How Horrible Wars Can Be’

“Too hot!” she was screaming. “Too hot!” It was 40 years ago this week that Phan Thi Kim Phuc was running down a highway in Vietnam, her clothes burned away by a napalm strike, the skin melting on her back. “After a soldier gave me some drink and poured water over my body, I lost my consciousness,” she said in an audio essay on NPR. A photograph of the 9-year-old girl, naked, screaming in pain, was taken by Nick Ut of The Associated Press. The black-and-white image won the Pulitzer Prize that year and has since become one of the iconic pictures in the entire archive of war photography.  read more...
New York Times

Cecil Beaton portrait of 'vulgar' Elizabeth Taylor up for auction

The photographer was distinctly unimpressed with his subjects, describing Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as "vulgar and common". But 40 years on, a Cecil Beaton portrait of Taylor and Burton at a black-tie ball is expected to sell for up to £12,000 at auction.  read more...  
The Guardian

Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application: Jon Lowenstein’s Guggenheim Fellowship

Jon Lowenstein’s long-term projects “confront the realms of power, poverty and violence,” he says. With “Shadow Lives USA,” he explored the struggles of Latin American immigrants. His ongoing “South Side” project is about life in Chicago’s gritty South Side neighborhoods, and the social, economic and political forces shaping it. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation jurors take an applicant’s entire career into consideration, but Lowenstein’s “South Side” project was the focus of his application.  read more...  
PDN: Photo District News