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Archive for December 2008

Holiday cookies from Puffs and Pastry

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From a recent assignment for Baltimore Magazine, gingerbread from Puffs in Pastry in Hamden.

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December 16, 2008 at 7:24 pm

What’s for breakfast?

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waffle, breakfast, syrup, maple, waffles, photography, food

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December 11, 2008 at 7:11 pm

John McCain, Jill Greenberg and Bob Garfield

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A few months ago portrait photographer Jill Greenberg made news among photographers, editors and others in the industry by shooting photos of John McCain, at that point the Republican nominee for President. She delivered the images exactly as assigned by her client (Atlantic Monthly) and then proceeded to shoot additional images for herself using lighting that was, um, unflattering. The ensuing crapstorm went on for a while with people all around saying not so nice things about other people and it all boiled down to this. She didn’t like McCain, and decided to make him appear evil. Not for publication, just for herself. Generally that’s fine but she really stepped in it when she published them on her blog. It got picked up, and well, it snowballs from there.

That was September. This week the NPR program “On the Media” has a larger story about journalism ethics (or lack thereof) in magazine photography. Their point being that there is no standard of objectivity among magazine photographers as their is among journalists. Generally I like OTM and there’s certainly enough to complain about in the magazine industry when it comes to photography, but they missed a big point. Among photographers, this type of work is generally referred to as editorial. If you turn to the editorial pages of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal you don’t see unbiased, objective journalism. You see analysis and personal commentary by the columnists. 

Photographers have a professional responsibility to their clients. We need to deliver the image they assign to us. We also have a responsibility to the industry our clients represent, in this case magazine publishing. Finally we have a responsibility to our subjects to be honest about our intentions. 

There’s probably an entire graduate level thesis here but in the meantime you can read more about it at…


Photo District News

On the Media

Jill Greenberg

Atlantic Monthly

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December 2, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Hot chocolate recipe

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hot chocolate, cocoa, drink, holiday

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup powdered cocoa, (use Dutch process for milder flavor)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Thoroughly mix all ingredients together. To make drink, fill cup about 1/3 full of mix. add enough hot water to fill cup about halfway.  Stir to mix together and form paste. Add enough water to fill, stir well.
Mix will keep in an airtight, opaque container.  

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December 2, 2008 at 11:10 am