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.

Patti Smith’s talking about Robert Maplethorpe in her new book Just Kids, and 25 lessons from creatives gleaned from it.

This project by illustrator Jska Priebe depicting sci-fi heroines as saints is near and dear to my nerdy fanboy heart.

Exploring the workspace of Roy Lichtenstein’s studio. 

A new episode of Mark Seliger’s Capture, which has become my favorite photography interview series  – this time featuring Martin Schoeller and Matthew Modine talking about photographing celebrities and Stanley Kubrick.

Professional Photographer recently shared their list of the 100 most influential photographers of all time. If you are in search of some beautiful new imagery to view there are definitely some names on here you need to study up on. Though if I had my way Rodney Smith would have made the list.

Continuing the conversation about the changing syntax of images in our culture since the advent of social imagery. Rather than simply demonize services like Instagram and Hipstamatic as so many reactionary articles have already done; this piece actually brings up some very valid points about the nature of photography and the changing standards of communication in our culture.

Fragments – A stunning video by Mickey Todiwala exploring the fascinating qualities of the desolate.

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