The Business of Perception and Images

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 ( 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm )

Location: Babbi 122 & Atrium

Jim Cummins, Award-Winning American Photojournalist

There have never been textbooks or manuals on the future of imaging (still photography and video). And courses on imaging have always been unable to anticipate the emerging changes to and rapid pace of innovation in photography. Such as the tectonic changes that hit the profession when autofocus replaced manual focus and when digital imaging replaced film imaging. We've been living in a period where we're inventing it as we go along, and the pace of change is accelerating. The only way to learn the art of imaging and keep up with the constant change is to shoot, shoot, shoot ... and then shoot

The field of imaging is about to undergo another tectonic change: during the coming twelve months, I expect that more photojournalists will be using smartphones as their primary capture medium than traditional cameras and using tablets instead of laptops for managing their photos. With smartphone and tablet apps producing fantastic and very high quality images, this will be the biggest change for the profession since we switched from film to digital.  It's inevitable.

Already, there are smartphones that can capture images equivalent to a number of high-end DSLR's, in terms of color, resolution and dynamic range, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 Phone, which comes with a 41 megapixel camera and a Zeiss lens. Jim has taken the lead in using a camera/phone for everything, including combining still photography and video, contingent on the customers’ demand. The results can be seen in his photos. I use this smartphone in combination with a tablet running Windows RT. The Nokia 1020 has an optional high-capacity battery/grip which gives it not only extra battery life but a solid SLR-like grip that makes it easy to hold and very comfortable to shoot with.

Jim Cummins is an award-winning American photojournalist whose work is well-known from the many photographs he has taken of legendary rock, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, country/western and gospel performers of the 1960's through the early 1980's. Over 900 music albums from that era, many of which went Gold, Platinum and Diamond, used Jim's photographs as their album covers. Many of his other photographs of legendary performers of that era were published as magazine covers and in feature articles in magazines such as Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Life Magazine. Two of Jim's album covers won Album Cover of The Year awards, and Jim's design for the cover of the groundbreaking November, 1967 issue of Newsweek Magazine, devoted to the civil rights issues confronting America during the 1960s, won the National Magazine Award.

Born in 1944 in New York City, Jim attended New York City's High School of Music & Art and studied art, drawing and painting at the New York City's Museum of Modern Art, at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at the Art Students League of New York. Jim began his career as a photojournalist working for Newsweek Magazine from 1965 through 1970. During that period, Jim also worked for almost all of the major music labels, including Atlantic Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Records, Mercury Records, Savoy Records, Springboard Records, and London Records. Jim has also been a staff photographer for the NBA, Black Enterprise Magazine, the New York Times and Newsday.

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