Pixiq.com was an ambitious attempt by Sterling Publishing (Barnes & Noble) to build a popular photography mega-blog owned by traditional corporate media. Apparently the owners decided to abruptly end the experiment and pull the plug. When you visit the Pixiq website, you get a spartan message “Sorry, this website is no longer active. For information about Pixiq books, please visit www.sterlingpublishing.com”. All the content on the website, thousands of articles per Google search is now gone and the authors and readers have been abandoned without a chance to save their content and favorite posts or comments!
Whenever anybody complains to me about how ‘wrong’ Instagram photos are, I show them “pictorialism” photos from 100 years ago.
Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus (some more so than others), is printed in one or more colors other than black-and-white (ranging from warm brown to deep blue) and may have visible brush strokes or other manipulation of the surface. For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination.
Geof Kern stands among the most awarded American photographers. With an unfettered imagination he worked for the most creative magazines and ad agencies. His very distinctive work is a combination of rationalism and conceptualism, inspired by “post-modernist” painters. Geof Kern works on a storyboard before shooting, creating images with a particular cinematographic mood and capturing a very original world. His photographs are exhibited all around the world.