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Intoxicating Beauty

It was an incredible privilege to go to Andrew Southam's IRIS Nights lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Southam, an Australian born beauty photographer, spoke with such genuine humility and introspection that it was hard not to fall in love him and his work.

He had such a sweet demeanor that when Southam admitted to a lifelong obsession with female beauty and being 'intoxicated by the fun of it all', the audience seemed to beam.

Throughout his talk Southam illustrated remarkable self-awareness describing himself as a "boy who spent his life, quite literally, on one knee in front of beauty."

He even opened up about sometimes feeling flustered in front of such direct sexuality.

But the core of his honesty was exposed when describing June Browne Newton and her husband Helmut Newton. Southam revered Helmut and became friends with June Newton after her husband's death. She continues to profoundly impact his life and his professional career to this day.

Southam also answered how and why questions regarding his famous techniques. "I am a student of lighting," confessed Southam when describing how he avoided using Photoshop or digital enhancing mechanisms.

"I always wanted to make my subjects look beautiful. I like people to look like they would on their best day," Southam explained when asked why he developed his unique style.

The sincerity of the lecture had the audience complimenting and thanking Southam for such a wonderful job. But, at the end of the day, he confessed that his main desire is to stay true to himself.

"You can only be who you are," said Southam in a statement to sum up the evening. And for both the aspiring photographers and non-photographers, it was probably his best piece of advice.

After the lecture Southam mingled with the crowd including his friends and peers, Joe Pugliese and Art Streiber.

For more information on Andrew Southam and his new photo series click here

July 11 Photo Link Round Up

The Annenberg Space for Photography knows how much you enjoy our exhibits and lecture series. So to make sure you stay updated on the current happenings in the world of photography, we have complied a list of stories for you to check out!

Our friend from PhotoInduced recently posted some interesting information about new developments in the realm of photography.

The iPhone is trying to make it into the photography world by creating an adapter that will take high quality pictures straight from your phone. Nonetheless photo induced has remained skeptical considering the Mac track record with its gadget lifespan.

In other news, the world record may have been broken by a massive photo book created by The Brand Union and Lambie-Nairn. The Big Book once complete will be 7.9 tons (including two tons flooring weight and 14 metal frames @ 300KG per section) and will contain 100 pages, is 4m wide and 2.5m high. That's a big book!

In the spirit of big and ground breaking photography, NASA has taken its first ever up-close details of a Saturn storm, which just happens to be eight times the surface area of Earth.

A new photography technique that has people asking some serious questions about boundaries is public photography. Artist Kyle McDonald put a secret camera in public computers in hopes to create a project about people relationships with technology.

And for tips on how to make a boring event something to look at, check out Scott Chernis's advice on event photography!

Hope this jump starts you into a productive hour of searching the web and looking at amazing photos!

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Recent Developments - Michael Nichols releases iPad App!


Word came around to us that one of our featured photographers from EXTREME EXPOSURE is moving from the jungle to your iPad...seriously.

Most photography iPad apps so far have focuses on managing pictures, manipulating pictures, organizing photoshoots (timing them, producing them and even invoicing and getting model releases!). There is definitely a different target audience (with a very different skill set) than with iPhone apps (you say Hipstamatic, I say TiltShift Generator).

And then, of the growing number of photography 'fan' apps, most have been "iVersions" of publications. None of the rare apps that focus on the work of a single photographer have the depth and breadth as Mike's - extensive photogalleries, behind the scenes videos and access to more than 20 years of his work.

We can't help but take pride in one of our exhibitors - who is known for his long treks in the remote corners of the world's jungles - taking the lead in new technologies.

Behind The Scenes Of 'Extreme Exposure'

The folks at Arclight Productions (they've produced the digital feature films and "Voice of the Photographer" segments for our exhibitions to date) went on location to shoot footage of each of the five photographers featured in Extreme Exposure. Here are some pictures of the crew braving the frigid waters off of the coast of British Columbia.

So what brought them to Canada? Paul Nicklen's preference for shooting in cold climates, of course.

Looks chilly, guys! Luckily for the rest of us, we can enjoy the Extreme Exposure exhibition in the warm, cozy comfort of the Space!

Check out Arclight's end result here.

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