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The Future Is Now
By Laura Staugaitis – Dramatic, intriguing, thoughtful, and beautiful: Seoul-based creative Giseok Cho crafts powerful images, but he says he doesn’t consider his photographs to be art. “I think I’m doing it to express beauty from my perspective,” he says. The photographer builds careful compositions filled with rich colors and luxurious textures that surround solitary figures. His mysterious portraits blur boundaries of time, culture, and gender, leaving the viewer to wonder about the worlds his ephemeral characters come from—what moments have just passed, or are about to arrive.

When asked about how he wants viewers to relate to the characters in his photographs, Cho counters that he doesn’t necessarily have goals like that in mind. “I just want to do what I want, and want people to think that person does his thing.” Rather than making individual statements about his subjects, Cho prefers to keep his imagery more conceptually high-level, reflecting the complexities of Korean culture, the fickleness of fashion, and the ambiguity of beauty.

The photographer’s carefully staged portraits draw on his background in the fashion industry. Cho has worked as a graphic designer, set designer, and art director, crafting imagined worlds to bring Korean fashion to life. He continues to use fashion as a powerful means of expression, taking advantage of the ever-changing aesthetics. “Fashion has so much to offer to express beauty, and it’s dynamic, so there’s a lot of variety. It’s fun for me.” more>

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The Tragedy of the Sunset Photo

By Katy Waldman – When I signed up for an Instagram account last week, my colleagues told me what to expect. “Your feed will be 50 percent pictures of food, 25 percent selfies, and 25 percent sunsets,” they said. (There were variations: “Twenty-five percent pictures of food, 25 percent urban flotsam, 25 percent people hanging out, and 25 percent sunsets,” predicted one editor. Or “20 percent selfies, 60 percent dogs, and 20 percent sunsets.”) Amid the shifting ratios of glamour shots to guacamole to Great Danes, sunsets were a constant.

Tackling exposure is just the beginning. “To take your sunset to the next level, throw in other details,” says Caplin. “Add silhouettes of people; background elements like statues, lampposts, buildings.” more> http://tinyurl.com/ltafvbj

Proof Kodak Was Doomed 14 Years Ago

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By Jeff Reeves – I got a great note from a reader last week. Floyd, who now lives in sunny California but was an employee of Kodak from 1965 to 1991, passed on an article written about the Rochester, N.Y., company’s trouble amid a changing business landscape.

Floyd passed on an article from the Democrat and Chronicle dated Jan. 5, 1998. The headline? “Can Kodak Make Necessary Changes” One excerpt reads, “The solution to Kodak’s problems is deceptively simple, but thwarted by a culture of fear in which management cannot afford the risk of ‘looking bad.'”

Back in October, 1988, I had submitted an idea to Kodak’s Office of Innovation describing a device wherein one could write with a stylus on an electronic display and that information would be sent to a large screen or a computer monitor. In spite of the fact that the company claimed it was looking for new ideas, this one, after being bounced around, went no place. Of course today, these things are everywhere.” more> http://is.gd/cixC8e