By Jasper Burget
Cris Benton, a retired professor of architecture and former department chair at UC Berkeley, recently published Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton (Heyday Books, 2013), which provides a fascinating, and beautiful insight into the salt evaporation ponds of the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay. The photographs are taken using a kite and radio-controlled camera, a technique Benton pioneered in the early 1980s. Berkeleyside talked to Benton — whose work has been shown at the Oakland Museum of California, the Exploratorium, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum among others — about the story behind the images, as well as some of the joys and hazards of kite aerial photography.
Andrei Crandall, a 14-year-old student at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley, got the opportunity of a lifetime recently when he was invited to the White House by the President’s personal photographer, Pete Souza, and ended up snapping his own shots of Barack Obama.
The most mind-blowing fact about Vivian Maier isn’t that she managed to shoot more than 120,000 photos while supporting herself a nanny. Or that the families for which she worked had little clue about her double life. Or even that she often took her charges into rough Chicago neighborhoods while she captured intimate images of life on the street. What’s hardest to comprehend is that she acquired such an exquisite sense of composition while never seeing most of her shots, which were discovered as undeveloped negatives shortly before her death in 2009 at the age of 83.
With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), longstanding Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin is chronicling in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. Today we are delighted to publish another tranche of Rubin’s collection. If there’s a theme in this set, it is love — for one’s child, partner or pet.
Last month, Berkeleyside introduced an exciting new project by our longstanding contributing photographer Nancy Rubin. With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), Rubin is chronicling in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. Today we are delighted to publish another set of Rubin’s photographs.
“It’s impossible to photograph clouds for their beauty anymore. We know too much about what is going on,” said photographer Richard Misrach wistfully on a recent weekday evening.
Longfellow eighth-grader Andrei Crandall is already making headway in the photo world, despite his young age. Crandall, who is 14, was invited to join the San Diego Museum of Art’s artist guild when he was just 12, after contributing his work as part of a blind juried competition. He has also been published in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine.
Today Berkeleyside is honored to introduce an exciting new project by our longstanding contributing photographer Nancy Rubin. With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), Rubin plans to chronicle in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. We present some of the first photographs to be included in the project here, and we chat to Rubin to find out more about her goals and inspiration.
As the new, eastern span of the Bay Bridge enters its final building phase, you can’t quite see this happening today: a young man is hanging around the construction site, his cherished Leica 35-millimeter camera in hand. He’s looking for an “important subject” to shoot. A construction worker who has spotted him a few times shouts out, “hey kid, want to come out with us?” That, basically, is how Oakland boy Peter Stackpole spent two and a half years, between 1934 and 1936, documenting the construction of the original Bay Bridge. (He also shot some compelling pictures of the emerging Golden Gate Bridge.)
Tabitha Soren was driving down Sacramento Street near Stanford Avenue when she spotted a change in a huge tree jutting up in the air.
Two local lads — Matt Werner, a Cal English grad who now works at Google, and Joe Sciarrillo who is studying for his masters at Cal — have published a book that embraces many of the Bay Area’s “big” moments of the past five years, be it the Occupy protests or the Giants winning the World Series. A smattering of those events took place in Berkeley, as the photos here show. We caught up with co-author Matt Werner to find out more about ‘Bay Area Underground.’