Bill Taub, NASA photographer

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Bill Taub has died age 86. As senior photographer for NASA from 1958 to 1975 he photographed virtually all of their missions and astronauts from the start of the Mercury project through to the end of Apollo.

Growing up in the UK in the 1960s meant the space race and Apollo missions were a huge part of my life. In this photo, and looking way too cool for his own good, it shows him having a blood test as part of the quarantine procedure for Apollo 11, complete with the requisite short-sleeve white shirt, Ray-Bans, cigarette and a Leica. To a young boy, this was the face of NASA and what space exploration was about!

Commitment

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Press Release

Ilford Photo has issued a commitment to all black and white photography enthusiasts that despite other brands’ products becoming discontinued elsewhere in the industry, it will continue to support its existing range of mono photographic products for the foreseeable future.

Numerous black and white specialist products have been discontinued by other manufacturers in recent months and as the only dedicated black and white photographic brand, Ilford Photo issued the following statement today reassuring customers that it has no plans for downsizing its product range.

Steven Brierley, Marketing Director for Ilford Photo commented: “Over the course of our 130 year heritage, Ilford Photo has become more than just another photographic company – many of our customers see us as the custodians of the future of black and white photography. Due to recent news from many parts of the industry that some black and white products are being discontinued, we have had a number of queries from anxious customers asking about the future of our own range. As such, we want to confirm that we have no plans to reduce our range in any way.

Ilford Photo, through its parent company Harman technology, has pioneered a number of campaigns in the past to demonstrate its commitment to the future of black and white analogue photography, including the ‘Defend the Darkroom’ programme and its calendar of photo education materclasses.

For more information please visit the Ilford Photo website.

So far, so good.

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Death Valley, 2010

So, 2010 has developed into interesting year already. At the end of 2009 I didn’t have much planned either in the form of group or solo shows, no trips to look forward to and the personal projects I had planned to work on had slightly stumbled for a variety of reasons. Yet now, less than three weeks into the year, I’ve been to Las Vegas, the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, I’m scheduled to show work alongside Osama Esid at IFP Center for Media Arts in St. Paul, which will open in March, I’ve been invited to write a piece for Tom Persinger‘s new book to be published by f295 and there’s the prospect of some very interesting work from a great client that I worked with last year.

I’ve been scanning a lot of film lately, some of which is for the show and some that I’ve had sitting around waiting for the right time to work on, for far too long. I’ve always felt that an image isn’t finished until I have a print in my hands that I’m happy with, but because I often can’t find blocks of time large enough to complete the process, I usually get as far as editing and then it all falls apart and gets put on hold because of everything else that just happens, deadlines for clients, family commitments etc. The result is, a lot of work that I feel strongly about just doesn’t get finished and that translates to frustration on my part.

So for now, my New Year’s resolution (once again) is to concentrate on my personal work a little more and to try and get past that editing stage…

And finally, Beth has a new weblog that she’s just started over at Indirect Objects, so go, take a look at that.