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King of the Cardboard Camera

Hyperbole Studio's Kiel Johnson has a mania for designing 3D sculptural forms, and he's turned his attention several times to designing cardboard cameras. Shown above is one of his SLR 1 creations, and in the following video, you'll see his step-by-step, time-lapse creative process in putting together a cardboard twin lens reflex camera. He even turned it into a pinhole camera and took pictures that you can see here. 

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Honoring Our Fine Art Student Maurice Tabard

Maurice Tabard (born 1897, died 1984) traveled from his native France to the United States with his family in 1914. His father was employed in a silk mill, and Maurice studied silk design and painting. He soon became interested in photography and studied under Emil Brunel at the New York Institute of Photography in 1916.

His travels and a variety of jobs took him to Baltimore and Washington, DC where he did portraiture, including a portrait of President Coolidge's family.

In 1927, he returned to Paris with the intent of working in fashion photography, but meeting influential photographer Man Ray, he plunged head first into the Surrealist movement with friends painter Rene Magritte and writer Phillipe Soupault. His experiments with foreshortening, photomontages, multiple exposures, and other techniques led to many complex and highly collected works, surveyed in a video retrospective of his work (click here to view).



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Honoring Our Pulitzer Prize Winning Graduate


New York Institute of Photography graduate, Matthew Lewis Jr., was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 “for his photographs in color and black and white.” Lewis had begun working for the The Washington Post ten years earlier. And this Pulitzer was historical for two reasons: (1) It was the first Pulitzer Prize ever given to a portfolio of color pictures, and (2) Lewis was the first photographer at The Post to have ever been awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Lewis, who also attended Howard University and the University of Pittsburgh, embodies the photographic principle of making the image express something within the photographer; Lewis covered—to a great extent—the Civil Rights movement and the work Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While on assignment to photograph one of Dr. King’s appearances in a church, Lewis remembers getting “palpitations of the heart . . . and when he [Dr. King] raised his arm, and the light cascaded up his arm, right up to his fingertips, I went ‘click’ and I captured—on film—my personal feelings of Martin Luther King.”

These days, long after his retirement from The Washington Post, the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper, the Thomasville Times, and Potomac, Lewis has started a non-profit venture to produce an educational documentary “that will trace 100 years of historical photographs.” His love affair with the camera is far from over.

To get in touch with the Matthew Lewis Legacy project - and the master photographer himself - write to PO Box 2158, Thomasville, NC 27361-2158; phone: 336.472.6100; email:



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Lit Portraits in Super Duper Bathrooms

Photo: Patrick Cavan Brown

It's not every day that a photographer is given the assignment to shoot lit portraits in a series of fantasy bathrooms, but that was just one interesting episode out of the life of Weaverville, NC photographer Patrick Cavan Brown.

This was a most unusual assignment, photographing in the themed rooms at Super Duper Publishing (click on the link to take video tours around their Greenville, SC headquarters, called the Super Duper Castle). Here's how the photographer describes his approach to the job.

Shooting in bathrooms presents certain logistical challenges . . . the first is size. These were not large bathrooms like you would find in a typical office building, but rather small ones like you would find in an apartment building. The second? Mirrors mirrors everywhere! Put the two together, small rooms with lots of mirrors, and you’ve got yourself a good old-fashioned fashion headache . . . but solving problems is what we do, and what sometimes makes it fun.

As logistical solutions, I used boom arms reaching through doorways, light stands tucked into corners and behind doors, and I even bounced lights off of mirrors to create kickers . . . all fun stuff.

The following video shows the sped-up action of one of his location shoots. Dare we say Mr. Brown was flush with success when he finished the assignment?


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So Where Will Polaroid Be Five Years from Now?

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We can't help but nod our heads in approval as Polaroid, an old imaging company, continues to reinvent itself. Focusing on the immediacy of Polaroid's products and social media mania, the company is unleashing a new website look, new Grey Label products, and relationships like their new long-term collaboration with photographer/director Chase Jarvis. It helps that iconic performer Lady Gaga, the queen of all social media, is the company's new Creative Director - and we're looking forward to seeing what more's in store as Polaroid gets us backstage at New York City's fashion runways, shares fan images from top pop concerts, and pursues other of-the-moment, artistic directions.



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