Picture Research

Ixnay on Tokenism

Delighted to be interviewed for an article on Diversity in imagery for The Picture Professional by Brooke Hodess! You can see the whole piece here:


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Volunteering and the ASPP

It is seldom that we get an opportunity to really truly effect change or make a difference. Time is limited, agendas and motives are clouded, volunteering means meetings, and commitments and calling in favors and pushing..and pushing.

This morning, I was looking at the new issue of TPP, the flagship publication for the ASPP, the trade association for picture professionals. It is so well done. That cover story on Kirsty Mitchell and her lush, dense imagery is intoxicating. You can almost smell the perfume of the blossoms in her ‘Wonderland’. Then, right after that, the spare, arresting ‘Muchloved’ series by Mark Nixon, showcasing his pictures of cherished stuffed animals. The successful juxtaposition of the two and general excellence of this issue is testament to the skills and dedication of Art Director Mariana Ochs and Editor April Wolfe, our Executive Director Sam Merrell and a whole host of writers, contributors and photographers – mostly volunteers.

How many people will get to enjoy the magazine and be introduced and caught up to date on the world of the picture professional?

Not enough.

I am  the National Secretary for the organization, taking and transcribing minutes and working with our tireless and talented board to figure out how to continue to be relevant, how to recruit new members to not only write a check but to dive in and get involved. Its tough right now with the business shifting away from print and the economy still in recovery, but there is wonderful programming going on around the country, mega benefits for members(helped me get this shiny new MacBook Pro), job boards(I have gotten gigs there) and opportunities to meet colleagues and have a voice(I like that part..having a voice).  Headed to our annual meeting in a couple weeks in New York, I will join the board and Chapter leaders from around the country and we will work together in person and remotely to lay out our strategy for the next year. We are bringing in experts and industry leaders to advise and to help us lay out a roadmap that we can follow, picking up passengers as we go along.

I want a lot more people to get to see this issue of TPP and the next and the next. So I will write my check, block out my schedule and probably talk to you about the ASPP the next time I see you. It will be a great conversation, I promise.





January 20

One of the very best journeys my meandering career has taken me on was the opportunity and privilege to work on a documentary about Birmingham in 1963, Dr. King and The Childrens March. I had the opportunity to immerse myself fully and completely in history, photography and ephemera research, Birmingham, politics, Civil Rights and the legacy of Dr. King. Truly Mighty Times. I just found the piece up on Vimeo:https://vimeo.com/14858478 . Oh, it won an Academy Award too. Thank you Dr. King. Thank you to the brave children who faced down dogs, waterhoses and the evil face of Bull Connor’s racism . May we never forget.

Research and Clearances

Research and Clearances

Photo/Footage/Document and Ephemera research and clearances is truly one of the most satisfying and engaging parts of NEAT. We welcome the emails that start with, “I saw this picture last month…in that magazine. You know which one I mean, right?” Playing detective to source obscure imagery always uncovers new photographers and arcane and interesting collections.

Once upon a time, we would comb through stacks in libraries and we do still get to do that occasionally with great enthusiasm, but more oft than not, we are on the interwebs. One of the best kept secrets around is the megasearch system PACASEARCH. With one keystroke a researcher can get search results from dozens of  sources. Its invaluable. While working on an indie Zombie film, we got to search through the archives at UNM and found this archival photo collection of Route 66.

A recent favorite is Liam’s Pictures from Old Books. A collector of old books in the Public Domain, Liam has scanned and made available some wonderful woodcuts and engravings. We obtained permissions from him for usage of the image here. If you do find something useful on his site or any of the other Public Domain sites out there, please do consider a donation to keep these valuable sites going.

Persian POV

(c)Sheridan Stancliff

From an ongoing project focusing on Persian food and lifestyle. Styled by the amazing Robin Tucker, Shot by Sheridan Stancliff, concept, research and art-direction by NEAT.

Pomengrantates (c)Sheridan Stancliff

Pomengranates have a long history in mythology and much attributed with healing powers. Remember Persephone?

(c)Sheridan Stancliff

Rice delicately dyed with saffron.

Visual Connections

For image buyers and researchers, Visual Connections (formerly PictureHouse) is the one event created and tailored specifically for them providing a setting to meet with image suppliers from around the world providing an opportunity to find new sources and to meet one on one with long time vendors.

Last year, a ‘salon’ of informal educational sessions was introduced (produced by NEAT!) and received rave reviews.  Invited back to produce and create an even stronger program for 2010, we armed ourselves with surveys from last years attendees and have created what we believe to be the perfect complement to the expo.

Very pleased to announce the schedule for October 13, 2010: Seminars and Sessions at Visual Connections.

The day launches with a morning session with industry  Copyright expert Nancy Wolff and PACASearch, the days’ schedule includes a look at industry change and career overview with Picscout, a tutorial on the tools available on the net –  Digital Toolbox with ASPP, a panel on the rapidly morphing world of footage by Footage.info and a very special presentation created specifically for the Visual Connection by the ADC ; Photographs More Than Words.

This has been a valuable opportunity for NEAT to work with a wide variety of professionals within our industry to develop and create what we know to be a thought-provoking and relevant adjunct to the not-to-be missed Visual Connections.

Beautiful Again

One of our very favorite artists, J.T.Burke has been on the road with his new show, Beautiful Again. First Barcelona, then Blighty and next week in Santa Barbara at the Brooks Institute’s Gallery 27.

NEAT was delighted to work on the show catalog, providing picture research and clearances. Take a look at the work and enjoy a different kind of ‘upcycling’!