46 people were shot and killed this past weekend on the streets of Chicago. Gang violence continues to be a serious issue that motivates communities to work at the source of the problem. Some of these people in the Chicago area work for a program called CeaseFire,which recruits former gang members to mediate conflicts and try to prevent — or interrupt — the cycle of violence. A 2011 documentary profiled their work and the film is a moving and intense depiction of their efforts. We spoke to its directors Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James.
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Untitled from the Transit Series. © Herman Velez
Photographic Processes: The Collodion Process, 2012, 4:40 minutes, Produced by George Eastman House and Eggwork Productions, Support provided by The Institute for Museum and Library Services
Here is another video from our series on photographic processes!
The Polaroid, a staple of many a family portrait in the 1970s has a greater history than many give it credit for.
The Polaroid is the topic of discussion on May 15th, when author Mary-Kay Lombino discusses her fascinating new book, The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation. She will be joined by renowned artists and photographers David Levinthal and William Wegman whose unique bodies of work demonstrate the incredible influence of Polaroid.
Filled with images from a trove of artists from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, The Polaroid Years is the first volume to explore the Polaroid camera’s indelible influence on the history of photography.
Untitled - Transit Series | © Herman Velez