Focus Group: GMU Photography

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We are a GMU student organization of photographers providing a community to facilitate growth in members’ artistic and photographic knowledge and skill set. Through various activities, Focus Group seeks to educate and stimulate conversation concerning all types of photography. We also do photo events with the School of Art, and George Mason University.Each Month we aim to have a photo contest, and a guest photographer speaker, as well as a photo-shoot. Follow us on Twitter: @FocusGroupGMU

04/17/2017
Mental Floss

Mental Floss

He took a Polaroid every day, until the day he died.

03/02/2017
Celestial Amethyst Photography

Support our GMU Alumni to continue her passion in photography and become a patron! As a perk, you can learn how she grew her Instagram to over 6,000 followers (@celestial.amethyst) and how you can do the same thing!

Hello my lovelies!! I launched Celestial Amethyst, a photography and lifestyle blog almost two years ago as a passion project, and I'm honored and humbled at how many people have been inspired and motivated by my work.

With so many resources being devoted to the project, the time has come to ask you, the community, for some support, to keep my projects going and to make it even better.

Become a patron via Patreon and for a monthly amount of your choosing (there are perks to your funding), I can do more photoshoots and present you with the beautiful images you see everyday!

The British Journal of Photography
10/26/2016
The British Journal of Photography

The British Journal of Photography

“Now that images are on a screen, they’re sort of ‘forever young’, and it becomes difficult to realise that there are many things that connect us to the past in terms of basic human emotions. These become more difficult to tease out when everything looks contemporary.”

TIME LightBox
10/12/2016

TIME LightBox

Meet the Unsung Street Photographer of 1980s New York:

http://ti.me/2e9895E
(Photograph by Richard Sandler)

LensCulture
10/02/2016
LensCulture

LensCulture

Liberty Road, Houston Train Depot.
A visually stunning exploration of the most significant migrations of the early 21st century, using large-format, hyper-detailed images.

ICP - International Center of Photography
09/28/2016

ICP - International Center of Photography

Lewis Hine was a pioneer of social documentary photography—a true American original. #HappyBirthday
📷 Midnight at the Brooklyn Bridge, 1906. http://buff.ly/2cymV4G

The New York Times - Lens - Photography
09/23/2016
The New York Times - Lens - Photography

The New York Times - Lens - Photography

“In a kitchen of particular concern to 150,000 New York housewives, 75,000 eggs were boiled hard yesterday.”

We're digging into the past on instagram.com/nytarchives. Follow along! 📰🔍

TIME LightBox
09/20/2016

TIME LightBox

One Artist Turned Abandoned Theaters into Apocalyptic Visions: http://ti.me/2c1VTRo

Photograph: Hiroshi Sugimoto

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09/16/2016

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The New York Times - Lens - Photography
09/10/2016
The New York Times - Lens - Photography

The New York Times - Lens - Photography

In response, Facebook said that it was difficult to decide whether a photograph of a naked child could be published in one instance, but not in others.

Aperture Foundation
08/15/2016
Aperture Foundation

Aperture Foundation

“I’m not responsible for anything like social media, am I? Tell me I’m not."

Nan Goldin speaks with The New York Times about the impact of "Ballad", first published by Aperture in 1986: http://ss1.us/a/w6ueG9bX

Juxtapoz Magazine
08/11/2016
Juxtapoz Magazine

Juxtapoz Magazine

"In short, my work is about the self in self-portrait, the portrait in self-portrait, and the hyphen in self-portrait."

“The ‘decisive moment’ is a beautiful fiction: the idea that a single decision of the artist is responsible for th...
08/08/2016
In Experimental Photography, Is There Ever a Decisive Moment? - Aperture Foundation NY

“The ‘decisive moment’ is a beautiful fiction: the idea that a single decision of the artist is responsible for the creation of the picture. Each set that I photograph takes hours of pre-conceptualization and physical construction, yet is captured in a fraction of second—right before everything falls apart.” —Anastasia Samoylova

16 boundary-pushing photographers included in the 2016 Aperture Summer Open curated by Charlotte Cotton weigh in on their practice.

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
07/13/2016
Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

While digital photography and image-editing software have brought about an increased awareness of the degree to which camera images can be manipulated...

The New York Times - Lens - Photography
07/11/2016
The New York Times - Lens - Photography

The New York Times - Lens - Photography

A new global march of refugees is fleeing not war or persecution, but climate change.

With photographs by Josh Haner.

ICP - International Center of Photography
07/04/2016

ICP - International Center of Photography

Lewis Wickes Hine: An American Original
📷 "Power house mechanic" by Lewis Wickes Hine, 1920. http://buff.ly/29eBmr7

IGNANT
07/04/2016

IGNANT

Rune Guneriussen creates beautiful light installations with old lamps or books, set in Norwegian landscapes... #fromthearchive

See more photos here: http://bit.ly/28PZzSF

Hyperallergic
06/29/2016
Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic

After more than 150 years of documenting the faces and landscapes of India, a photo studio that many considered the world’s oldest in operation has shuttered.

VICE
06/28/2016
VICE

VICE

"The dead can't hurt you."

LensCulture
06/28/2016
LensCulture

LensCulture

Mondays can be tough.

These unconventional portraits, taken in the coffee shops of Taipei, capture the endless incongruities and numb vulnerability of people catching up on their sleep in plain public view...

Life.com
06/27/2016
Life.com

Life.com

She was a pioneer.

A Photographer’s Eye
06/11/2016
A Photographer’s Eye

A Photographer’s Eye

A few months ago, Nicholas Nixon started photographing his eyes in close-up, fascinated by a surprising, palpable power in the resulting images.

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
06/10/2016
Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Comprising almost 700 snapshot-like portraits sequenced against an evocative music soundtrack, Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a deepl...

LensCulture
05/31/2016
LensCulture

LensCulture

This luscious but unfathomable photobook by Japanese photographer Takashi Homma is (nearly) wordless and all image, with cracks and fades and texture like dreams half-remembered. Homma's imagined city is made of bits and parts of cities around the world, a phantasm of urban sights, odd color, and large lovely photographs.

TIME LightBox
05/12/2016
TIME LightBox

TIME LightBox

"I don't take issue with most forms of manipulation," says Peter van Agtmael in response to the controversy behind Steve McCurry's manipulated photos. "But deception isn't acceptable."

IGNANT
04/10/2016

IGNANT

Photography series ‘Hello, I’m Nora’ questions the way society views older women…

See more photos here: http://bit.ly/23pjGx2

04/09/2016
GMU Good Deeds Day

Come out Monday 11-3 to help us photograph if you can :)

Here's a look at Good Deeds day from last year! Plans are already underway for this year, let us know if you or an organization you're a part of would like to be involved!

LensCulture
04/03/2016
LensCulture

LensCulture

One photographer's intimate journey through the shifting, unsteady memories of his mother's hometown—an exploration of her enigmatic past in Uruguay.

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03/27/2016

's cover photo

Life.com
03/27/2016
Life.com

Life.com

Luna Park at Coney Island opens this weekend.

TIME LightBox
03/15/2016
TIME LightBox

TIME LightBox

It is a last kindness. A man in camouflage takes out a knife and severs the horn of a rhinoceros, depriving the animal of its most iconic feature. Even in death, the animal must be maimed to be saved.

101 Years of Doll Surgery at Sydney's Doll Hospital
03/06/2016
101 Years of Doll Surgery at Sydney's Doll Hospital

101 Years of Doll Surgery at Sydney's Doll Hospital

Since 1913, Sydney, Australia’s Doll Hospital has been repairing dolls and teddy bears of all kinds. From plastic to porcelain, they have been f...

The Photo Brigade
02/28/2016
The Photo Brigade

The Photo Brigade

Wow, that's quite an underwater housing! For a 4X5! What do you think of the outcome?

Exhibition-ism
02/26/2016

Exhibition-ism

Portraits by Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra from her series Beach Portraits (1992–2002.)

More here: exhibition-ism.com

Homecoming 2016
02/24/2016

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016
02/23/2016

Homecoming 2016

TIME LightBox
02/23/2016
TIME LightBox

TIME LightBox

Collared shirts, pleated skirts, awkward haircuts and acne—all these are present in South Korean photographer Sungjin Park’s new project, 'Kid Nostalgia,' which focuses on poignantly rebellious school kids in Seoul.

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We meet twice a month on Wednesdays at 6:00PM in the Art & Design Building Room 1005 GMU Photography: Focus Group George Mason University 4400 University Drive MSN 2D6 Fairfax, VA 22030

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