FDTimes Sep 2019 IBC Edition

Film and Digital Times September 2019 Edition will be distributed at IBC on Friday, Sep 13 beginning 12 noon Amsterdam time. That’s when the last embargo lifts. Paper copies will be available all over Hall 12 and elsewhere at IBC. It will also go online here at that time.

Also, visit FDTimes at IBC Booth 12.F30 (Aaton-Transvideo).

The worldwide edition printing in Los Angeles will ship on September 13 as well.

Watch the top left column of this page to download the PDF on September 13 at 12 noon Amsterdam time. read more…

Apple announces iPhone 11 Pro – Record two video streams with FiLMiC Pro

Apple has just announced the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro which comes with 3 cameras that can all record at 4K60 which the upcoming FiLMiC Pro app will be able to take advantage of. This is the first time Apple has added the Pro moniker to the iPhone line so let’s see what … Continued

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Freefly Alta X Drone

Freefly has announced the Alta X drone. A follow up to their successful Alta line. Payload & Flight Time It has a payload capacity of 15.9kg. You can fly a Mōvi Carbon (20 lb payload) for 20+ minutes, or a max payload for over 10 minutes. With smaller payloads, flight times can exceed 40 minutes. … Continued

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The Art of the Cut Podcast Eps. 12 (w/ Oscar Winning Editor Richard Chew, ACE)

The Art of the Cut podcast brings the fantastic conversations that Steve Hullfish has with world renowned editors into your car, living room, editing suite and beyond. In each episode, Steve talks with editors ranging from emerging stars to Oscar and Emmy winners. Hear from the top editors of today about their careers, editing workflows and about their work on some of the biggest films and TV shows of the year.

Richard Chew with his many awards including a BAFTA and Oscar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week Steve spoke with an absolute legend in the world of editing, Richard Chew. Richard got his start in the 1960’s and has worked on films such as “One Few Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Risky Business” and “Star Wars: A New Hope” a film for which he won an Oscar. For Steve’s full interview with Richard listen to the full podcast below:

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Apple Just Unveiled the New iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone is going pro for the first time ever. What exactly does that mean for us?

The cameras on our smartphones keep getting better, now Apple has upped the ante yet again, delivering us the first “Pro” iPhone. With regards to video, the phone can shoot and edit with consistent image capture, switching between all three cameras with a touch of a button.

Here is a breakdown of those three rear cameras:

  • 12mp wide camera 26mm f1.8.
  • 12mp telephoto 52mm f2.8.
  • 12mp Ultra-wide 13mm f2.4.

You can also take three shots simultaneously.

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Teradek’s New Bolt 4K MAX Transmits Video at a Ridiculously Long Range

The Bolt 4K MAX is a long-range, zero-delay wireless video system.

The engineers at Teradek must be celebrating. The Bolt 4K MAX touts interruption-free wireless video transmission at up to 5,000 ft (1524 m). There are some stipulations though. It must be line-of-sight, in Broadcast mode and be using Bolt’s new antenna system. Even so, that’s quite a leap from the 1,500 ft (457 m) the original Bolt 4K 1500 and Bolt 4K 750 offers.

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The World’s Greatest DPs are Running Out Of Movies to Shoot

With the rise of tentpole films and less production overall, the world’s best cinematographers don’t have as many opportunities to make movies.

Roger Deakins, Rachel Morrison, and Bradford Young…names like these excite us when we learn that they’ll be behind the camera of a new film. However, they’re not getting those opportunities as much anymore. Why? The rise in tentpole filmmaking means that less mid-budget and low budget movies are being made.

Fewer movies mean fewer opportunities for cinematographers.

Especially picky ones.

That means we’re running into a bit of a crisis.

The World’s Greatest DPs are Running Out Of Movies to Shoot!

I know what you’re thinking, both Bradford Young and Rachel Morrison have done tentpole movies in recent history. Morrison tackled Black Panther and Young was all over Solo.

But both those movies had specific looks and worlds they had to adhere to. And when Young tried to play around with that in Solo, people thought it was too dark.

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ADATA SE800: external SSD reaches read/write speeds of up to 1000 MB/s

ADATA SE800: external SSD reaches read/write speeds of up to 1000 MB/s

The  SE800 is ADATA’s newest drive and it was recently honored with a 2019 Computex d&i Award for design and performance excellence. It makes complete sense, as the external drive really represents an evolution in speed, being much faster than regular external SSD. With the SE730H, launched previously, the world’s most compact external SSD, ADATA offered a 3D NAND solution connecting via USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) with a reversible Type-C connector, able to deliver 500MB/s read/write.

When the SE730H was launched, ADATA said it was time for users to leave the past behind, forget their old external hard drive and use the SE730H, to be able to transfe a 5GB full HD movie in 16 seconds. That was fast, but the new ADATA SE800 goes even faster, as it can transfer files up to 12.5 times faster than an external HDD. This means that transferring a 50GB 4K movie can be done in as little as 50 seconds!

6.6x faster than external HDD

ADATA says that this result was achieved in a lab environment utilizing a PC with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support and UASP driver installed.  These conditions have to be met for the SE800 to reach its highest speed, and actual performance may vary depending on host device and software configurations. In regular conditions, the SE800 can hit read/write speeds of up to 1000 MB/s, helping cut down on waiting times, allowing users to transfer files up to 6.6 times faster than an external HDD.

One could almost say “goodbye slow, welcome fast”, as the ADATA SE800 breaks barriers, offering read/write speeds of up to 1000MB/s, double of what the SE 730H offers, and a lot more than the 100MB/s on an HDD. Designed for ultimate mobility, the SE800 sports a compact and lightweight form factor – only 40 grams – that fits easily into pockets and bags. It’s available in black and blue, with 512GB and 1TB. Other important features are its durability and excellent performance including waterproofing, dustproofing, and shock resistance as well as blazing fast speeds.

USB Type-C connector

The SE800 represents an evolution in SSD speed, helping cut down on waiting times. Featuring a USB Type-C connector, which is reversible, there is no need to worry about the correct orientation when plugging in. Users will always plug it in the right way every time. What’s more, Plug n play with Windows, Mac OS, and Android means users can move content between devices without limitations. Whether for work or enjoyment, the SE800 empowers them with simple connectivity.

SE800 passes strict IEC IP68 standards, which means it is dust-proof as well as waterproof. It can withstand accidental submergence in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes. Beyond resisting dust and liquids, the ADATA SE800 also meets the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 impact resistance standard so it can survive accidental drops and shocks with ease.

Exact availability of the ADATA SE800 may vary by region. To find out about availability and prices in specific markets, visit ADATA’s website.

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Three New Rugged LaCie External SSD Drives Announced

Three New Rugged LaCie External SSD Drives Announced

LaCie has announced three new additions to their external SSD storage line for photographers working on the go with full-sized media. These include the Rugged SSD Pro sporting Thunderbolt 3, the Rugged SSD with USB 3.1 Type-C, and the Rugged BOSS SSD with built-in SD card slot for direct transfers.

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IFH 344: Shooting a Feature in One Take with Gavin Michael Booth

Shooting a Feature in One Take with Gavin Michael Booth Today on the show is one take filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth. Gavin is obsessed with one take movies, music videos and real-time filmmaking in general. His latest film is Last Call. Shot in two true single takes, filmed simultaneously in two different parts of a…

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Sigma is Giving Up on the Pentax K-Mount to Focus on Mirrorless Lenses

Sigma has officially announced its intention to stop producing lenses for the Pentax K-mount. Due to the dwindling number of Pentax users, says Sigma, the brand will shift focus and resources towards developing lenses for mirrorless cameras.

The news first appeared on the Sigma Czech Republic Facebook page, where the brand announced that it has decided “to completely end the production of Pentax K-mount lenses this fall” in order to “focus more on developing and supporting mirrorless systems, which they see as the future.”

You can read the full (poorly translated) post below:

DPReview was able to confirm the news with Sigma Imaging UK, so it does seem that the announcement is true: Sigma will no longer make any lenses for the Pentax K-Mount.

Given the announcement of two brand new mirrorless lens mounts (the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts) and Sigma place in the nascent L-Mount Alliance, the move is not surprising. There are a limited amount of resources to go around, and Sigma finds itself producing lenses for more mounts than ever before.

You can still pick up some popular Sigma lenses in the K-Mount … for now. But if you’re interested in growing your Pentax lens library, we suggest you do it sooner rather than later. Almost every Sigma Pentax-mount lens is currently being sold at a discount online, and once retailers run out, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be getting anymore.

(via Pentax Rumors)

‘Joker’ Wins Venice. Can We Say Comic Book Films Are Art Now?

Todd Phillips’ “Joker” took home the top prize in Venice. What does it mean for comic book movies and TV moving forward?

We’re inside what we thought was a comic book bubble. After the success of the Toby Maguire Spider-Man movies as well as the Marvel universe, comic intellectual property was at an all-time high.

Everyone thought it was a bubble, but we’re almost twenty years in and instead of bursting, it feels like we’re actually pivoting into something more unprecedented.

Today, I want to go over the new embrace of pop culture properties and figure out how the Joker’s win at the Venice Film Festival marks a new phase in the acceptance of these kinds of films.

Joker Wins Venice. Can We Say Comic Book Films Are Art Now?

The Gold Lion is the top prize at the Venice Film Festival…movies like Brokeback Mountain, Rashomon, and The Wrestler have taken home the top prize in the past.

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TIFF Wavelengths 2019, Program Two: Home Movies

Following on the eccentric construction of the first program, where the coherence of a quartet of formally disparate films was established by a shared interest in alternative means of image production (gender, as The Bite reminds us, being one of these as well), the second slate of Wavelengths shorts traced a much clearer arc, as all six works offered variations on the home movie. Though I found it lesser in quality than the night before, Picard’s curation here was brash and confrontational in a way it rarely is, a charmingly punk gesture to make in primetime on the festival’s first […]

iPhone 11 (Pro): the first palindromic iPhones ever

Today, Apple announced iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro, the first palindromic iPhones ever. They has spatial audio and several camera innovations: wide, ultra-wide and telephoto, immersive preview, night mode, smart HDR with adaptive bracketing,, ultra-wide mode, 4K up to ≈60 fps, “the highest-quality video ever in a smartphone”, slow-mo selfies, a liquid retina display, color temperature change when editing video and more. Apple even showed a preview of the upcoming FiLMiC Pro app. What do they drop? Roman numerals. The iPhone 11 Pro Details ahead.

 

From Apple:

Apple today announced iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, a new pro line for iPhone that delivers advanced performance for users who want the very best smartphone. The new Super Retina XDR display is a pro display with the brightest display ever in an iPhone. The powerful Apple-designed A13 Bionic chip provides unparalleled performance for every task while enabling an unprecedented leap in battery life to easily get through the day. A new triple-camera system provides a pro-level camera experience with an Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto camera, delivering huge improvements to low-light photography and offering the highest quality video in a smartphone that is great for shooting action videos.
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in four gorgeous finishes including a beautiful new midnight green, and will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 13 and in stores beginning Friday, September 20.
iPhone 11 Pro in midnight green, space gray, silver and gold finishes.

 

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in gorgeous midnight green, space gray, silver and gold finishes.
“iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the most powerful and advanced smartphones we have ever made. They are packed with sophisticated technology that pros can count on to get their work done, and for anyone who wants the very best device made, even if they are not a pro,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 11 Pro has the first triple-camera system in iPhone and is far and away the best camera we’ve ever made, it provides our customers with great range of creative control and advanced photo and video editing features in iOS 13. The Super Retina XDR is the brightest and most advanced display in iPhone and the A13 Bionic chip sets a new bar for smartphone performance and power efficiency.”

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max shoot the highest quality video in a smartphone and record brilliant 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilization.

Pro Design and Display

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a textured matte glass back and polished stainless steel band, and come in four stunning finishes including a beautiful new midnight green. The most powerful devices are also designed to be durable — iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max feature the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and are rated IP68 for water resistance up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes, and are protected against everyday spills including coffee and soda.1
The new Super Retina XDR display, a custom-designed OLED, provides users an immersive HDR viewing experience for movies and other high-definition video with up to 1,200 nits brightness. Super Retina XDR features wide color support with system-wide color management and True Tone to offer a more natural viewing experience. With a 2 million-to-one contrast ratio with true blacks, pro users can enjoy a more vivid viewing experience for HDR videos and photos, and the Super Retina XDR display is even more power efficient. Customers can interact with their favorite apps in a quick, seamless way with Haptic Touch deeply integrated across iOS 13 to provide app shortcuts for everyday tasks right from the Home screen, including taking a selfie in Camera, checking an appointment in Calendar or previewing email within Mail with just a simple press.
iPhone 11 Pro textured matte glass back.
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a textured matte glass back and feature the toughest glass ever in a smartphone.

Fastest Performance with the Best Battery Life

A13 Bionic, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone, provides unparalleled performance for every task iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max handle and features up to 20 percent faster CPU and GPU than A12. A13 Bionic is built for machine learning, with a faster Neural Engine for real-time photo and video analysis, and new Machine Learning Accelerators that allow the CPU to deliver more than 1 trillion operations per second. Together, A13 Bionic and iOS 13 make up the best machine learning platform in a smartphone.
All of this compute, graphics and ML performance is delivered while still enabling an unprecedented leap in battery life, with iPhone 11 Pro offering up to four more hours of battery life in a day than iPhone XS, and iPhone 11 Pro Max offering up to five hours more than iPhone XS Max.
iPhone with game on screen.
The Apple-designed A13 Bionic sets a new bar for smartphone performance and power efficiency.

A Pro Camera System for Everyone

iPhone 11 Pro introduces a transformative triple-camera system with all-new Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras, deeply integrated into iOS to create a pro-level camera experience designed for everyone.
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max set a new standard in video, with the highest quality video ever in a smartphone. Each camera in the triple-camera system records brilliant 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilization. With a wider field of view and large focal plane, the Ultra Wide camera is great for shooting action videos. Users can easily zoom between each of the three cameras, while Audio Zoom matches the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound. With iOS 13, powerful video editing tools are accessible to everyone with the ability to rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to videos instantly. These adjustments are easy to apply and review at a glance, so even a novice can create professional quality video projects.
Ultra Wide camera display on iPhone.

The all-new Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras offer a wider field of view, great for taking landscape or architecture photos, tight shots and more.

With the tight integration between hardware and software, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max take the traditional camera experience even further in a way only Apple can. The all-new Ultra Wide camera fundamentally changes the camera experience by capturing four times more scene, great for taking landscape or architecture photos, tight shots and more. The new Wide sensor with 100 percent Focus Pixels and advanced software enables Night mode, and delivers huge improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments, resulting in brighter images with natural colors and reduced noise.
The triple-camera system takes Portrait mode to a new level with the ability to choose Wide and Telephoto framing, enabling Portrait mode with a wider field of view, great for taking portraits of multiple people. The Telephoto camera features a larger ƒ/2.0 aperture to capture 40 percent more light compared to iPhone Xs for better photos and videos.
Next-generation Smart HDR uses advanced machine learning to recognize subjects in the frame and intelligently relight them for more natural-looking images with greater detail. A new True Tone flash is over 30 percent brighter. Deep Fusion, coming later this fall, is a new image processing system enabled by the Neural Engine of A13 Bionic. Deep Fusion uses advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details and noise in every part of the photo.
A redesigned camera interface provides a more immersive experience that works together with the triple-camera system and all-screen display to let users see and capture the area outside of the frame. For the first time, users can easily record video without switching out of Photo mode with QuickTake by simply holding the shutter button to start recording.
QuickTake function on iPhone.

With QuickTake, users can easily record video by simply holding the shutter button.

The new TrueDepth camera introduces a new 12MP camera with a wider field of view to capture selfies, and next-generation Smart HDR enables more natural-looking photos. Expressive selfie videos take on a whole new look with the TrueDepth camera that now records 4K video at up to 60 fps and 120 fps slo-mo.

 

The front-facing TrueDepth camera can now record 4K video at up to ≈60 fps and 120 fps slo-mo. (Note: Video shows professional drivers on a closed course. Do not attempt.)

Additional Features

  • The new Apple-designed U1 chip uses Ultra Wideband technology, the first ever in a smartphone, for spatial awareness. With iOS 13.1 coming on September 30, AirDrop gets even better with directionally aware suggestions.
  • Face ID, the most secure facial authentication in a smartphone, gets up to 30 percent faster and easier to use with improved performance at varying distances and support for more angles.
  • Spatial audio provides an immersive surround sound experience and Dolby Atmos delivers powerful, moving audio to iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • Gigabit-class LTE up to 1.6Gbps and Wi-Fi 6 allow for even faster download speeds2 and Dual SIM with eSIM.3

Featuring iOS 13

iOS 13 on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max delivers a seamless experience with software and hardware integration unlike any other smartphone. iOS 13 introduces a dramatic new look with Dark Mode, a more private way to sign in to apps and websites with Sign In with Apple, and an all-new Maps experience.4
With advanced Camera and Photos features, photo editing is more comprehensive and intuitive with powerful new tools that now extend to video editing. Portrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to adjust the intensity of light on a subject, and a new High-Key Mono effect creates a beautiful, monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos.Portrait shot on iPhone.
iOS 13 introduces advanced Camera and Photos features such as Portrait Lighting adjustments.
Pricing and Availability
  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models in midnight green, space gray, silver and gold starting at US$999 and US$1,099, respectively. Customers can also get iPhone 11 Pro for US$24.95 a month5 or US$599 with trade-in6 and iPhone 11 Pro Max for US$29.12 a month or US$699 with trade-in from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores. iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
  • Customers in the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and more than 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max beginning at 5 a.m. PDT on Friday, September 13 with availability beginning Friday, September 20.
  • Through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, customers in the US can get iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max with the protection of AppleCare+, choose their carrier (no multiyear service contract required) and have the opportunity to upgrade to a new iPhone every year. The iPhone Upgrade Program is available for iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max at apple.com and Apple Stores in the US with monthly payments starting at US$49.91.
  • Customers who would like to pay monthly for their iPhone — including those trading in their current device or joining or upgrading through the iPhone Upgrade Program — can use the Apple Store app on their iPhone to get pre-approved until 9 p.m. PDT on Thursday, September 12, before iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max pre-order begins.
  • iOS 13 will be available on September 19 as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later. Additional software features will be available on September 30 with iOS 13.1.7
  • Apple Arcade on the App Store will be available with iOS 13 as a subscription for US$4.99 per month and is launching with a one-month free trial.8 Users get unlimited access to the entire catalog of over 100 new, exclusive games, all playable across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.
  • Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online (tv.apple.com), for $US4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Starting today, customers who purchase any iPhone can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.9
  • Apple Arcade on the App Store and Apple TV+ on the Apple TV app join Apple’s breakthrough services that include Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple Pay and iCloud.
  • Every customer who buys iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup in-store or online to help customize their iPhone by helping transfer their data, wiping data from an old device, setting up email, highlighting new apps from the App Store and more.
  • Customers get 3 percent Daily Cash when they buy iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max from Apple with Apple Card.
  • Customers can extend their limited warranty with AppleCare+ and AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, and get 24/7 priority access to technical support.
  • Customers interested in learning more about iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro can join one of Apple’s new Today at Apple sessions, Quick Tips. Quick Tips are 15-minute drop-in sessions focused on some of the most popular features of iPhone, like photography. The new Quick Tip sessions begin Friday, September 20.

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Influential photographer Robert Frank passes away at 94

This Super 8 footage, shot in 1971, would later be repurposed for The Rolling Stones 1972 album Exile on Main Street.

Legendary Swiss-American photographer, filmmaker and artist Robert Frank, who is best known for his 1958 book The Americans, as well as his behind-the-scenes work with rock band The Rolling Stones, passed away from natural causes on September 9th at the age of 94. His death, which occurred at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital in Nova Scotia, Canada, was confirmed by his gallerist and longtime friend Peter MacGill.

Frank was born in Switzerland on November 9, 1924. He emigrated to the United States in 1947, after releasing his first hand-made photography book, 40 Fotos, landing in New York City where he secured employment as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar. He also started hanging out with an eclectic crowd that included Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg and On the Road author Jack Kerouac. Kerouac provided the introduction to Frank’s seminal photography book The Americans.

The collection of 83 black-and-white photos, captured on a cross-country road trip that began in 1955, with a Leica 35mm camera, exposed the neglected aspects of American life. In an era that glorified family values, clean-cut figures, and a booming postwar economy, Frank’s dark, grainy imagery was subversive. While The Americans was not well-received initially, its eventual success would present a level of notoriety that made him uncomfortable.

As a result, Frank pivoted to creating experimental short films and autobiographical documentaries. This would lead him to develop a relationship with one of the world’s most notorious rock bands, The Rolling Stones. The group commissioned him to create photos for their 1972 album, Exile on Main Street. Thrilled with his work, they invited him to shoot a documentary about their return to America and supporting 1972 concert tour.

The Rolling Stones were thrilled with Robert Frank’s work for the cover of their 1972 release, Exile on Main Street. However, they would go on to block the widespread release of his documentary Cocksucker Blues.

The resulting work, titled Cocksucker Blues, exposed rampant drug use and escapades including excessive orgies that the band deemed unflattering for their image. A restraining order was put in place to limit where and how often the documentary could be screened. It was ultimately shelved in favor of the documentary Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones which consisted of strictly on-stage footage.

Upon hearing of Frank’s passing, The Rolling Stones posted the following statement on their Facebook page: ‘We’re very sad to hear the news that the visionary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has died. Robert collaborated with us on a number of projects including the cover design of Exile On Main Street and directed the Cocksucker Blues documentary. He was an incredible artist whose unique style broke the mould. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.’

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Robert Frank has passed away at 94. As one of the key figures in postwar American art, Frank has never wanted for recognition. Few works in the history of photography have landed a punch as woozying as that book, “The Americans.” An unconsoling portrait of his adopted country, the 83 photographs in the book are a record of the Swiss-born Frank’s on-the-road travels in 1955 and 1956. It is a country of empty highways and drained faces in barrooms, divided by race and income. Frank’s people seem bereft, beaten. It’s a portrait by an outsider identifying to his fingertips with other outsiders. “In America, they had another tone, the pictures,” Frank told @nytmag in 1994. “One became aware of white cities, black people, no money, no hope. The noise. The violence. How brutal people were. A brutal country. Still is. And I began to be part of it.” Read the 1994 piece at the link in our bio. #RobertFrank photographed by @eugenerichardsphotography

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In a poignant moment from his first video project, Home Improvements, created in 1985, he films his own reflection through a glass door and reflects on his method with the following quote: ‘I’m always looking outside trying to look inside. Trying to tell something that’s true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there, and what’s out there is always different.’

‘I’m always looking outside trying to look inside. Trying to tell something that’s true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there, and what’s out there is always different.’

Frank’s lasting impact includes being deemed ‘the father of ‘the snapshot aesthetic.’ His ability to create compelling images on-the-fly inspired influential artists including Jeff Wall, Mary Ellen Mark and Ed Ruscha. Critic Sean O’Hagan, writing for The Guardian in 2014, said The Americans ‘changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it. [ . . . ] it remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century.’

Frank experienced personal tragedy in his life. He lost his first daughter, at the age of 20, in a plane crash. Twenty years later, his son Pablo took his own life after suffering from schizophrenia. He is survived by his second wife, June Leaf.

“A Movie is Not Something Where I Need to Convey a Message About How People Are Supposed to Live”: Director Kôji Fukada on A Girl Missing

Since his debut feature, Human Comedy in Tokyo, in 2008, Kôji Fukada has steadily become one of the most interesting filmmakers working out of Japan in the last decade plus. Many of his features can be characterised by a protagonist or family unit’s apparent stability being upended by one event, a plot development that illustrates how easily and turbulently lives can spiral out of control. In his sophomore feature, Hospitalité (2010), this was played for laughs. In that film, a family printing business is gradually taken over by a former associate who talks his way into a job, moves into […]