Never Underestimate the Power of Escapism

Robocop (also known as one of the best movies of all time) © Orion Pictures Corporation 1987

Lately, there haven’t been too many movies to see…I’ve read a few articles online about the surprise success of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.  Just goes to show you that people will still spend their money on a couple hours of [...]

You Get What You Pay For

Grapefruit © Emily Shur 2009

Well, here I am again…trying to not spew negative chunks all over this blog.  Hence my silence lately.  One highlight from the past week was this grapefruit I bought at Whole Foods (yep, that’s the kind of week I’ve had).  I usually don’t go to Whole Foods.  I always wind up [...]

AP, PDN, and APE

My Picture of Ellen Page in AP 24 © Emily Shur 2009

Over on APE there is a great post today on photo competitions, reviews, and how this might just be the biggest scam in all of photography.  Having worked in numerous magazine photo departments myself, I concur with Rob’s comments on American Photography and the PDN [...]


Billboard Images and Design © Lydia Burkhalter and Joanna Bean

As my mom once said, “When the going gets tough, the tough learn how to cook.”  She then proceeded to send me some cookbooks via Amazon.  I’m going adapt her thoughtful quote for photographic purposes and say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get creative.” [...]

Today, Tomorrow, and Every Other Day Too

Site of MLK Jr. Assassination, Memphis © Emily Shur

The Dreaded Project: Follow Up

Odaiba, 2008 © Emily Shur

First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented on the previous Dreaded Project post, as well as the people who emailed me.  I think that some readers might have interpreted that post as “Why can’t I seem to start, finish, or get into a project?”  When actually, the post [...]

It’s Refreshing & Depressing!

Yoko Ono and John Lennon © Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone

Friday afternoon I had some coffee and salad with none other than the man himself.  You can read all about our good time and my tardiness here.  It was great to see Andrew and talk about things, life, pictures, good shoots, bad shoots, etc.  It was [...]

The Dreaded Project

Park Bench, Queenstown, New Zealand © Emily Shur 2008

This weekend Photo LA comes to Santa Monica, and of course, I will be there.  I love gallery exhibitions, the printed photograph, and seeing how a photographer chooses to frame their work.  There are some lectures I am looking forward to, and I loooove the photo book [...]

Nymphoto Op-Ed

Emily © Lydia Burkhalter

Head over to the Nymphoto blog for the first in a series of op-ed posts written by artists, curators, bloggers, collectors, historians, critics, and students.  The very first one is written by yours truly.  I wasn’t really sure what to write, and being the first one to do anything is a lot [...]

Happy Birthday, Dad!

My Dad looking pretty damn awesome…sometime in the 60′s

Today is my Dad’s birthday.  Since he has a good sense of humor, I thought I would post a vintage picture of him looking super cool.  At least I’m too old to be punished.  In all seriousness though, my Dad has been an inspiration my whole life.  He [...]