25 Grams: Austin McManus

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Austin McManus is a New York-based Photographer and the Photography Director at Juxtapoz.

He can be followed on instagram at @theflopboxxx

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Robin Friend

The Art of Tuning Back In: An Interview with Daniel Arnold

Daniel Arnold tirelessly captures and catalogs the serendipity and the strange goings-on in and around New York City’s streets every day. Roaming the landscape so we don’t have to, Arnold presents these images to the world in a constant live stream of photographs from his brain to your eyes, via his website and popular Instagram account. He works so determinedly and creates so much great work that he’s become somewhat of a New York City fixture himself, not just documenting the fabric of the city, but becoming part of it. So, what happens when he’s dropped into the middle of another city for six short days and tasked with making the same magic happen there too? From the looks of Arnold’s new show, Six Days in San Francisco, now on view at Wolfe Contemporary, the same amazing things. Shot, processed, printed, framed, and hung all in less than a week, the show highlights the similar trappings of oddness, sadness, humor, and beauty that his New York work does, while exposing new ideas about the city and about documenting the unexpected and unknown. I hunted down Daniel for some insights into the whole process.

—Christian

 
 
Christian Storm: How did the whole show in San Francisco come about?

Daniel Arnold: I was in a group show at the Wolfe Contemporary Gallery about a year ago, which was kind of an anomaly for them. They usually show painters but the guy who runs it has an assistant who, because it’s a smaller operation, is more involved than most, and she was following me on Instagram and recommended me for the show. So, some time went by and they had an opening out of nowhere and they offered me a solo show. It was very short notice and I could have taken an easy route, but it happened that I was going be in LA around that time. I went out to San Francisco ten days before the show and I figured I’d make it interesting and try to shoot the whole thing there.
 
That’s crazy. What was that pressure like to shoot a whole show in such a short amount of time? It’s definitely different than the way you work normally, I assume.

It was really hard. I guess I didn’t really understand what high stakes I was setting for myself. I’ve been in a rhythm of producing so much work on a regular basis, basically every day, that I felt fairly confident that I could just show up and make it happen. But the combination of being a stranger in town and sleeping on assorted couches and going three days at a time without being able to change my clothes and just walking all day, every day- I have a pedometer on my phone and by the end, I had walked 100 miles- was tough. It was a huge physical exertion and a bit of a psychological trial too, but it ultimately ended up being so much more rewarding for that. I think my outsider take on such recent times made for a more interesting, engaging show. I’ve always been a big fan of San Francisco but I’ve never had a real proper look around and it was a great way to experience the city.
 
You talk about viewing San Francisco from a fresh viewpoint. When you’re photographing in a city, how much about the work is about the specific city itself, and how much of is it about humans in general?

For the most part, the differences between cities in my photos are pretty subtle. It didn’t feel like a gimmicky change of pace for me, like I was finding people in Giants hats or eating sourdough bread. A lot of the New York stuff, pretty much the whole past few years, has been a product of loneliness and walking around, feeling kind of bummed, tuning out my own life and getting tuned into my surroundings. San Francisco provided plenty of loneliness. That downtrodden feeling wasn’t hard to come by in a place where I was disoriented and walking uphill all day. I found San Francisco to be much wilder and more threatening than New York, and I think that came through in some of it. The spirit there is much closer to surface than in New York, where people are much more calculated and manicured. But for the most part, the experience was very similar. It was just fresher because it was new; I could see things a little more clearly.
 

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A Tribute to Discomfort

Cory Richards, adventure photographer

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Harry Griffin

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Tim Barber

When The Look Becomes More Important Than The Image

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The Filson + Magnum collection

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Takehito Miyatake

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Asger Carlsen

Last week…

We shared an incredible recipe for Stewtella & Pear Panini with whipped honey-thyme ricotta from the Brothers Brunch in LA

We checked out Jessica Harrison’s “Painted Ladies

We turned the lens on Bunny Yeager

Lee Friedlander’s little screens were creepy

and

Bryana Holly was our Muse

Portraits of Child Laborers

This series of photos by Lewis Hine was key in influencing the changing of US child labor laws in the early 20th century.

25 Grams: Nate Walton

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Nate Walton is a Los Angeles-based Photographer.

He can be followed on instagram at @natewalton3

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Maurizio Di Iorio

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Roe Ethridge

The Little Screens

A series from the early 1960s by Lee Friedlander

“Doing What You Want is True Success”

Leica’s LET US ROAM series profiles Atiba Jefferson

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Elmo Tide

Babes of Yore: Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager was a pin-up model who went behind the lens to capture years of iconic images as well as strong self-portrait work. Once proclaimed “World’s Prettiest Photographer” by U.S. Camera Magazine, Yeager passed away May 25th, 2014 at the age of 85 of congestive heart failure.

Deep Below Heaven

The wrinkles in this new publication from Mikael Kennedy are not intentional, I foolishly left the once-pristine 32-page, 9″ x 14″ zine full of beautiful landscapes on my dining room table next to an open window and an empty bottle of red wine. It rained that night, and this is the unfortunate effect of humidity on newsprint. You could say that this zine now has a “well-traveled” look to it, and that would be great, because starting tomorrow night, Mikael and his wife, Folk-Singer Melaena Cadiz begin their month long tour across America. Celebrating the joint release of their respective album + photo collection—both titled “Deep Below Heaven”—the duo’s first stop is at the Westerlind Showroom in Nolita for a performance accompanied by photo-projections. Stop by at 7pm and wish them well on their journey through the heartland.

More information on Deep Blue Heaven here

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Last Week…
 
We visited Hiro Kurata’s studio
 
We checked out Jayson Musson’s Exhibit of Abstract Art
 
Louie Rivers flashed us
 
The Bulls won!
 
and
 
Gigi Marie Paris was our Muse
 

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