Photog's Death Ruled Accidental, Purple Mag, Panasonic: Daily Photo Feed 11/4

Posted by David Ozanich — 4 Nov 2010


  • The Times introduces us today to Olivier Zahm, the swarthy editor of Purple magazine:

    Founded in 1992 by Mr. Zahm and Elein Fleiss as an underground fanzine centered on the contemporary art scene, Purple has morphed into a highbrow pop-culture phone book full of stylized photo shoots that invariably end with the model doffing her (or occasionally his) clothes; the fall/winter 2009 issue featured a 20-plus page spread of Karl Lagerfeld photographing his supermodel muse, Baptiste Giabiconi, in little more than spike heels. The most recent one has ChloĆ« Sevigny on the cover. Mr. Zahm has recruited an impressive number of renowned photographers — including Richard Kern, Mario Sorrenti and Terry Richardson — many of whom work for free to help document his obsession with downtown New York, where he keeps a second office. He enjoys running provocative pictures of celebrities, and many seem game to play along.
  • Underwater photographer Wes Skiles’s death has been ruled accidental reports the Palm Beach Post. He died last summer during a shoot for National Geographic. That's him below.
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  • Today in digital camera news: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, to be released in January, gets looked at by Gizmodo. They’re also bonkers for it over at Photo Rumors where there are plenty of pictures and at least 3 stories.

  • Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time in the city: The Photography Blog gets a jump on the season by publishing their Holiday Gift Guide.

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