A Few Links For Illumination, Elucidation & Enjoyability

The Young Leonardo, Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy.

The Young Leonardo, Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy. Photo by Barry Schwartz

Here’s a collection of pieces I’ve come across recently that apply, are useful for, may be of interest to anyone who creates or appreciates other people’s creativity.

Copyright is an issue of concern to writers as much as to photographers. While writers may incorporate other creator’s work in perfectly legal ways, they have a very specific set of restrictions that photographers can learn from and keep in mind for their own careers. The Authors Alliance is giving away a comprehensive guide: Fair Use For Nonfiction Authors, which provides a terrific overview of the legalities of using other people’s work in your own.



Cecil Beaton, a multi-hyphenate master artist of the twentieth century, was a legendary (and remains) an influential photographer with a wide range of interests who also was a respected film and theatre designer (he won an Oscar for My Fair Lady). There is a new book about him, Love, Cecil, and a documentary, both by Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diana Vreeland’s granddaughter). By David Schonauer in ProPhotoDaily.

Trending: The Journey of Cecil Beaton, In a New Book and Film


aPhotoEditor has posted a terrific article about a community exhibit in Mumbai, started by the street artist JR, the St+art Urban Art Festival. The “show” takes place out in the open, involving professionals and the public alike as participants.

St+Art / Sassoon Dock Art Project


A photographer from the Vietnam War, Catherine Leroy – not well known in large part simply because she was a woman – had a long career as a professional photographer. A slide show of very fine pictures from the war, along with a great article in the New York Times Lens Blog, by Elizabeth Herman.

In Her Own Words, Photographing the Vietnam War


The writer Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize in 2006, is an investigator of photographs. “The qualities that preserve a photograph’s relevance to future generations transcend the purposes of those who saw the frame and captured it. The lens sees things the photographer was never looking at, and years later, new generations, people with fresh eyes and novel interests, will find entirely different meaning in these accidental particulars.”

The link will take you to an excerpt of the introduction to Istanbul – Memories And The City, published on the terrific site Literary Hub.



Susan Meiselas is often thought of as a war photographer, based on her long-term project in Nicaragua, but she in fact has always had a much larger project in mind, as her other, wide-ranging work confirms. Meiselas does more than simply document what she experiences via photography: “From the outset, the idea of a narrative that extended beyond a single frame lay at the heart of my work”. In The Nation Magazine, by Ratik Asokan.

Susan Meiselas’s Redemptive Time

In her new photo-memoir, the photographer returns to the origin of her career to reflect on all she’s remembered, and why it’s worth remembering.


Alex Soth on the book that made his name, Sleeping By The Mississippi. With photos, on the Magnum photo website (where he is a member), interviewed by Anne Bourgeois-Vignon.

Sleeping By The Mississippi. On the occasion of its fourth reprint, Alec Soth looks back at his career-defining project.


Peter Krogh, expert in all things digital asset management (he wrote The DAM Book) and a working photographer, has written about the big changes that have just come to Lightroom, why they happened, and – more importantly – where he thinks the software industry is going. As always, a great, informed read on his Dam Book blog.