Required Reading 9.30.2011

Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing.

• This excerpt From Magnum: Advice for Young Photographers echoes the growing sentiment shared by me and many others that good photography is a lot more than technical perfection.

• A rare rant from one of my favorite photographers, Rodney Smith, about the gifts fought for by the previous generation of photographers and our need to honor those battles and properly manage the rights to our images as we adapt to a changing economy and business climate  so that those rights exist for the next generation of photographers as well.

• I am ecstatic to have found, making custom branded notebooks with an expansive range of options and over the top elements that can be incorporated, future promo material? maybe!

• It seems like Zen Habits is developing a habit of their own, and that is making me love/hate them for articles like this one about grounding yourself, simplicity, and mindfulness that have made me face how I need to change my working process.

• DIY supercoolness – Build your own fulgurator.

• As more and more photographers are moving into the realms of blogging, writing is becoming a more and more important skill. Here are 25 tips on becoming a better writer from a large cross-section of great writers. Courtesy of the 99%.

• My favorite installment of Freelance Freedom in some time.

• I got to indulge in one of my favorite pleasures this past week, going to a very late showing in a very empty theatre to see Drive. Already one of my favorite movies of the year ( I am becoming a huge fan of Nicolas Winding Refn) The soundtrack has become my workday companion for the last week. Absolutely worth a listen.

• In the spirit of the Drive soundtrack above, I am really feeling this video by Com Truise video for Brokendate directed by Will Joines. A regimen of synth heavy stuff like this and the drive soundtrack has definitely seen me through the many rainy days lately when I am cooped up in my home office working.

Com Truise – “Brokendate” from Ghostly International on Vimeo.

• I am really loving the work of Karina Marandjian this week.

Private Library is a short film about one architects efforts to design a private writing study for a client with the highest design quality and lowest possible impact to the surrounding forest scape and wildlife.

• What you can learn from ten famous photographers.

• A new rule I think we can all agree with.

A simple statement, and one that I am sure my assistants are used to hearing me shout at 8 AM.

• After the massive amount of garlic I peeled and cooked with the other day, I really wish I had found this video sooner, my hands still smell like garlic.

This video for the Alexander Wang Fall 2011 collection, directed by Fabian Baron, is something I just cannot stop watching this week. I am just loving the style of it all so much.

• And finally a music video for Kasabian’s Switchblade Smiles. Directed by Aitor Throup. A band I never really got that into, but suddenly this week I heard this, and there is a sort of Pop Will Eat Itself quality to parts of the track that really caught my ear, I have grown quite fond of this song.


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