Required Reading 5.25.2012

Above: On location with Nichole at The Knox Farm

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.

• Portraits of gloriously diehard Cure fans 

• A survey of editors and photo buyers about the hot spots they like to check out in search of cool new photographic talent. (Hint: it’s not Google)

• Leslie Burns debunks five photographic legal myths in her guest post on Heather Elder’s blog.

Kraniüm is a surreal and beautiful study of starkly photographed animal skulls.

• Carl Sagan on why  healthy doses of skepticism and openness to new ideas are essential to critical thought and growth. 

• I am really excited to see this documentary about the work and process of photographer Joel-Peter Witkin.

• A ridiculously interesting trailer from Quentin Dupieux (Director of Rubber) for his new film Wrong.

• Strategies for having the budget talk with a new client.

The Impossible Cool is one of my new favorite Tumblrs – simple and amazing images of taste makers and icons from the last 100 years.

• A DIY mentality is a great thing, but there are times when delegation can result in a better end product and more sanity, The 99% goes has a great article this week about breaking out of a destructive DIY mindset. 

• As long as I can remember there have been abandoned and desolate malls around the Niagara Falls area not unlike these empty malls photographed by Brian Ulrich. 

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