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October 3, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
Eleven men, sun-dried and weary but relaxed as peacocks, roost on a steel beam seemingly miles above Manhattan. Captured in the 1932 photo "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper," they evoke masculine bravery and foolhardiness, the Babel-esque ambitions and lax work regulations of a bygone era, and the hazards of attaining the American dream. Director Seán Ó Cualáin's PBS-like documentary "Men at Lunch" strays far from the glamour and slickness associated with 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the building those ironworkers helped construct.
October 2, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Case Study House No. 22 may be one of the most photographed homes in the world, but it is Julius Shulman's black-and-white photographs of the house, taken in 1960, that immortalized a rchitect Pierre Koenig's glass-and-steel design. A new exhibition opening Saturday at Woodbury University's Hollywood Gallery examines this phenomenon -- the ways in which architectural photography moves beyond buildings documentation and into the realm of timeless artwork. Presented by the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury, “Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design” features the work of contemporary architectural photographers Peter Aaron, Jon Miller, Bilyana Dimitrova, Undine Pröhl, Joe Fletcher, Tim Street-Porter, Timothy Hursley, Lara Swimmer, Alan Karchmer and Paul Warchol.
September 26, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- A Russian court ordered a photographer and five Greenpeace activists to be held under arrest for two months Thursday pending investigation into an attempt to board an oil drilling platform in the Arctic Sea. Prominent Russian photographer Denis Sinyakov, American ship's captain Pete Willcox and Greenpeace spokesman Roman Dolgov were among those ordered held by a court in the northern Russia port of Murmansk. The court had yet to rule on the fate of the other 24 people on board the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, though proceedings were continuing late Thursday.
September 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure sought by celebrities to protect their children's privacy, a bill to extend family leave benefits and a proposal for more earthquake sensors in California. The governor's signature on the privacy measure will make it a misdemeanor to attempt to photograph or videotape a child in a harassing manner if the image is being taken because the child's parent is a celebrity or public official. "Kids shouldn't be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment," the bill's author, Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles)
September 14, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Time for your close-up, Mr. Germ. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a smartphone attachment that enables the imaging of objects one-thousandth the width of a human hair. In a paper published recently in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano , senior author Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, said he and colleagues used the device to photograph single human cytomegalovirus particles.
September 9, 2013 | By David Ng
A group of 74 photographs by the late Richard Avedon has been donated to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of a joint gift from Leonard Lauder, the Richard Avedon Foundation and art dealer Larry Gagosian. The donation includes portraits of notable personalities as well as a 20-by-8 foot photographic mural of Allen Ginsberg's family.  Lauder initiated the gift and brought on board the foundation and Gagosian, who represents the collection, according to the museum. "We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would be very happy to see this important body of work exhibited in Jerusalem," said James Martin, executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation, in a statement.
August 21, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles prosecutors opted not to file charges against Clippers forward Lamar Odom in connection with a reported battery and grand theft arrest involving a paparazzo in Hollywood, officials said Wednesday. Instead, Odom would be required to attend a city attorney's hearing that can include a warning to avoid future run-ins or an order to attend counseling. The incident, captured on video last month, took place on El Cerrito Place near Franklin Avenue. It showed Odom confiscating a rolling bag believed to contain camera equipment from a photographer who asked him questions about whether he was having an extramarital affair.
August 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Three days after a photograph of two Russian athletes kissing on the medal stand made international news, the women insisted they were not protesting their country's anti-gay legislation. The picture showed sprinters Kseniya Ryzhova and Yulia Gushchina giving each other a peck after their team had won the 400-meter relay at the track and field world championships in Moscow. "Yesterday I got calls from probably 20 different media outlets and instead of congratulating us for the gold medal, they decided to insult me and Yulia and the entire federation,” Ryzhova said, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
August 20, 2013 | By David Ng
A collection of early photographs of the Beatles taken by Astrid Kirchherr will go on display in a West Hollywood gallery starting in September. "The Early Beatles Collection," scheduled to run at the Leica Gallery from Sept. 7 to Oct. 19, will feature images Kirchherr took during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night" in 1964 for Stern Magazine, as well as some of the images she took of the musicians during their Hamburg, Germany, period in 1960. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Kirchherr is a German photographer who followed the Beatles during their formative years.
August 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rapper Kanye West won't face any felony charges over his altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Friday declined to file felony assault and attempted  robbery charges against the singer and referred the issue to the L.A. city attorney to see if the incident warranted a misdemeanor charge. West, who has long maintained a hostile stance toward paparazzi and even rapped about his contempt for the media, was captured on video July 19 wrestling the photographer to the ground.
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