Thursday, December 3, 2015

Click on the link for my interview with Ibarionex Perello for the Podcast the Candid Frame.

LOS ANGELES 12/3/15 – Professional photographer Roderick Lyons was presented with the 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee title in the category of Photojournalism at a prestigious Nomination and winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 21 2015.

The live on-line gala was attended by more than 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

The 10th Annual jury members included captains of the industry from Bonhams, Ramdom House, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Stockhlm City Museum, Anneberg Foundation, Leo Burnatte, FTM Art Advisory, and Fratelli Alinary who honored Spider Fellows with 505 coveted title awards and 931 nominees in 31 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,686 entries we received this year, “ said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Roderick Lyons’ Gang Truce 1, an exceptional image entered in the photojournalism category represents black and white photography at its finest, and we are pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.” Jury member Diane Ruggie from Velocebella agency added, “The gallery of winners and runners up has true stopping power.”

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography.  This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievement in black and white photography.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Talked to the class tonight about the fact that in my opinion the end game with serious photography should be a photographic print.

People are so used to looking a photographs on a computer or device screen, that it seem that the idea of making a print has faded away into the past. while the computer screen is great for quick editing and perusal of your images, nothing beats a high quality print for color reproduction, tonal range and depth.

And, while I hate to admit it, the larger the better.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ready or Not

I accept that the battle has been lost. Digital photography is here to stay, I admit it. I remember discussing this with my colleagues in the early 90s and saying that this digital crap (not the word used at the time) will never be as good as film. I also said that zoom lenses were just a passing fad, but that is for another post. If you are wondering why it has taken me so long to come to this conclusion I guess the short answer is that I have been doing traditional photography for more that 30 years and I was finally beginning to get pretty good at it.

Why this sudden change of heart? I guess it is because I have come to accept some undeniable truths about digital photography and in the long run I see it as a good thing. These revelations include: 1. Digital image quality is at least equal and sometimes better than that of film. 2. Digital photography is easier. This semester for the first time I taught beginning digital photography and beginning traditional photography. The digital photography students had a much easier time of it. 3. Manufacturers are making printers that use pigment inks which produce prints with archival quality. 4. Digital media (paper) such as Epson’s Exhibition Fine Art are similar in look and feel to high quality photographic papers but you don’t have to worry about fogging them. 5. Many manufacturers of film products have gone bankrupt or shifted their priorities to digital. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find supplies for traditional photography. 6. And this is most important to me, DSLR manufacturers are developing cameras the have ISOs of 6400 and higher without noise (grain). This is probably the most revolutionary advancement since the advent of digital images. It is clearly a game changer and it is something I would never be able to do with film.

Don’t get me wrong. I still think that doing digital photography is like asking a formally trained master French chef to cook a meal in a microwave oven. And looking at a digital print is like looking at a man with shaved legs—it looks o.k., but you know that something ain’t right.

But I have finally accepted that maybe there is a place for both digital and traditional photography. Since 90% of my photography is black and white, I still like to shoot Tri-X film and process it in Ilford ID 11 film developer. This is a combination that has worked for me for a long, long time. I then scan the negatives and process the images in PhotoShop. I have even shot color film because of its expanded tonal range and converted these images to black and white with some success (Disney Concert Hall portfolio).

I am over feeling that I am selling out because I recognize I can’t fight “progress”. The reality is that in the not to distance future, I won’t even be able to buy my precious Tri-X (that is why I’m hoarding it) and even if I could I would probably have to make my own ID11.

I have come out of the darkroom and into the light. After all it is all about the image, Right!? Maybe one day I will even accept color as a viable form of photography. NOT LIKELY!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ocean Liner

I love the medim of photography, for with its unique realism it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding, and say "this is real too".
Wynn Bullock

Monday, May 2, 2011

More Street Stuff

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs"
                                                                                  Ansel Adams

                                              This is another sampling of photographs taken in March in Downtown Los Angeles.