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Sacha Baron Cohen: Facebook would have let Hitler post Jewish ‘solution’ ads

Jewish comedian and actor slams social media platforms as ‘greatest propaganda machine in history,’ reserves much of his outrage for Mark Zuckerberg


By Josefin Dolsten
Times of Israel
22 November 2019, 8:20 am
NEW YORK (JTA) — Baron Cohen has slammed the social media industry and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, saying the site would have let Adolf Hitler post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem.’”

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Cohen made a career out of playing absurd comedic characters, from the dopey Brit Ali G to the Kazakh journalist Borat to the Israeli veteran Erran Morad. He rarely gives interviews and stays relatively far from the movie star limelight.

But on Thursday, Cohen tossed aside the humorous facade to excoriate the social media industry and the “autocracy” he says it promotes in a non-ironic speech.

After receiving the international leadership award from the Anti-Defamation League at its annual conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan, the British Jewish comedian slammed social media sites as the “greatest propaganda machine in history” — reserving most of his 15-minute speech to specifically critique Facebook and its CEO Zuckerberg.
FULL SPEECH:

“Facebook, YouTube and Google, Twitter and others — they reach billions of people. The algorithms these platforms depend on deliberately amplify the type of content that keeps users engaged — stories that appeal to our baser instincts and that trigger outrage and fear,” Cohen said. “It’s why YouTube recommended videos by the conspiracist Alex Jones billions of times. It’s why fake news outperforms real news, because studies show that lies spread faster than truth.

“And it’s no surprise that the greatest propaganda machine in history has spread the oldest conspiracy theory in history — the lie that Jews are somehow dangerous. As one headline put it, ‘Just Think What Goebbels Could Have Done with Facebook.‘”

Cohen spent a significant part of his speech criticizing a recent address Zuckerberg gave at Georgetown University in which the Facebook founder spoke about the importance of upholding free expression on social media. Cohen called out Facebook for allowing political ads on its platform without verifying the veracity of their claims. Twitter and Google have recently taken steps to ban such ads.

“Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem,’” Cohen said, saying the site should fact check all political ads.

The actor also urged social media sites to consider delaying real-time posts that could spread hateful content, citing the gunman who attacked two mosques in New Zealand and livestreamed his attack.

“Why can’t we have more of a delay so this trauma-inducing filth can be caught and stopped before it’s posted in the first place?” he asked.

Cohen said that social media companies should be held responsible for the content spread on their sites, referencing a federal law that shields them from liability for specific posts.

“Maybe it’s time to tell Mark Zuckerberg and the CEOs of these companies: You already allowed one foreign power to interfere in our elections, you already facilitated one genocide in Myanmar, do it again and you go to jail,” Cohen said.

“On the internet, everything can appear equally legitimate. Breitbart resembles the BBC. The fictitious Protocols of the Elders of Zion look as valid as an ADL report. And the rantings of a lunatic seem as credible as the findings of a Nobel Prize winner. We have lost, it seems, a shared sense of the basic facts upon which democracy depends.”

The speech was not completely devoid of humor — Cohen joked about a key Jewish adviser for President Donald Trump.

“Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry,” he said. “And to be clear, when I say ‘racism, hate and bigotry,’ I’m not referring to the names of Stephen Miller’s Labradoodles.”

Cohen additionally addressed the idea that he promotes anti-Semitic stereotypes in his movies, which groups like the ADL have criticized in the past.

“Now I’m not going to claim that everything I’ve done has been for a higher purpose,” he said. “But when Borat was able to get an entire bar in Arizona to sing ‘Throw the Jew down the well,’ it did reveal people’s indifference to anti-Semitism.”

Cohen said he has been “passionate about challenging bigotry and intolerance” his entire life and wrote an undergraduate thesis on the American civil rights movement “with the help of the archives of the ADL.”

The ADL said that more than 1,600 people attended the daylong event, which included a range of sessions on anti-Semitism and hate.
MORE: https://www.timesofisrael.com/sacha-baron-cohen-calls-social-media-greatest-propaganda-machine-in-history/

#Sacha #Baron #Cohen #film #movie #ADL #Israel #Israeli #jewish #jew #hebrew #Middle East #photo #picture #politics #anti-semitism #Trump #usa #bds #social #net #web #internet #anti-Semitic #news #video #facebook #youtube #google #twitter

 
Follow The River

The path of Rochester through time has been defined by water, namely Lake Ontario, the Erie Canal, and the Genesee River. The river, in particular, was the driver behind the city’s emergence in the 19th century as a producer of flour and other goods through its powering of the many mills that clustered along its banks. But even as the steam engine emerged and the frontier continued to push West, the river remained central to city life. City commerce centered around (and over) the river despite the annual floods until a determined effort to “clean up” the city removed most of the buildings. Even the Erie Canal, a once important (but not universally loved) waterway, was rerouted to bypass the city entirely. Today the river is mostly taken for granted. Due to the two waterfalls within the city limits, the river is divided into two unconnected navigable sections. At the Lake Ontario end, there’s a port that sees almost no commercial traffic save the occasional shipment of concrete mix. In either section, most of the traffic is recreational with the majority at the lake end.

I recently grabbed my Chinese Seagull twin-lens reflex (TLR) film camera and shot some Lomography Earl Grey black & white film along the river from Charlotte to downtown. The Seagull is fully manual and includes a “feature” that causes the shutter mechanism to break if you try to change the shutter speed after cocking it. I learned this the hard way and this is actually my second one. I’ll let you guess what happened to the first one.






















\#maszman #film #history #photo #photoblog #river #rochester #seagulltlr
Originally posted at: https://www.tommasz.net/2019/11/17/follow-the-river/
Follow The River

 
Lomography Autumn

If you’ve never heard of Lomography it’s a philosophy, a way of photographing, and a web site. In a nutshell, Lomography involves film photography that’s in the moment. You point your camera at something and hit the shutter button. You don’t focus or worry about exposure and mistakes are part of the charm. While you can use any camera, Lomography favors cheap plastic cameras with a low-quality lens and little or no focus or exposure controls. The epitome of these is the Holga, a camera originally produced in Hong Kong for domestic use. It’s fully manual, so you can easily make multiple exposures or other mistakes and in fact, it’s almost required. I’ve got one and mine seems to be one of the better ones as it doesn’t leak light. I usually pair it with Fuji Velvia slide film to get a very saturated and contrasty look. My last outing involved a visit to Power’s Market in the weeks before Halloween, a favorite stop for me this time of year. I also had the Holga with me when I visited the junction of the old Erie Canal and the newer Barge Canal in Greece. It was there that I caught the camera strap on a tree and ripped the back off. That’s why the first two shots look so odd. I normally wouldn’t post these but hey, Lomography!



















\#maszman #autumn #film #holga #photo #photoblog #pittsford #powersmarket #pumpkins #rochester #velvia
Originally posted at: https://www.tommasz.net/2019/11/13/lomography-autumn/
Lomography Autumn

 
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Avant-premières bordelaises.

Vous habitez près de Bordeaux et n'avez pas encore eu l'occasion de voir notre documentaire intitulé LoL - Logiciel Libre, une affaire sérieuse ? Ne ratez pas les séances des 24 et 25 novembre 2019.

Plus d'infos sur la page dédiée au film.

#LoL #logiciel #cinéma #film #documentaire #LDH #informatique #numérique #bordeaux #bègles

 
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Avant-premières bordelaises.

Vous habitez près de Bordeaux et n'avez pas encore eu l'occasion de voir notre documentaire intitulé LoL - Logiciel Libre, une affaire sérieuse ? Ne ratez pas les séances des 24 et 25 novembre 2019.

Plus d'infos sur la page dédiée au film.

#LoL #logiciel #cinéma #film #documentaire #LDH #informatique #numérique #bordeaux #bègles

 

Fürst Pückler - Playboy, Pascha, Visionär


Jeder Deutsche kennt das Pückler-Eis. Doch wer war sein Erfinder? "Terra X" entdeckt einen der faszinierendsten Männer des 19. Jahrhunderts: Fürst Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. Er war ein erfolgreicher Schriftsteller, charmanter Verführer und vor allem ein genialer Parkgestalter.

"Playboy, Pascha, Visionär" verfolgt das Leben des schillernden Lebemannes, der seine Vision vom perfekten Park auf seinem Besitz in der Lausitz verwirklichte. Im Unesco-Welterbe Park Muskau und im Schloss und Park Branitz bei Cottbus fand der Schwerpunkt der "Terra X"-Dreharbeiten über das Leben des "Grünen Fürsten" statt, dargestellt von dem Schauspieler Stephan Grossmann.

#Film #Dokumentation #Infonauten #ZDF #Deutschland #BadMuskau #Preußen
https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/terra-x/playboy-pascha-visionaer-doku-ueber-fuerst-pueckler-muskau-100.html

 
Einer der legendärsten Stummfilme aller Zeiten, jahrzehntelang unzugänglich, ist nur noch wenige Tage auf arte.tv

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/091334-001-A/la-roue-1-2/

#film #kino #stummfilm #abelgance #laroue #dasrad

 
Also #BlairWitch ist ja auch ein echt fieser #Film.

Hui, die Frau muss mich vom Sofa abholen - allein trau ich mich nicht mehr ins Bett...

 
Blackmagic-Kamera im Test: Der Liebling der Indiefilmer #AudioVideo #Bildstabilisierung #CFast #DSLR #Digitalkamera #Film #Raw #Foto

 

Arte Dokumentation - Arbeit, Lohn, Profit


Die Dokumentarreihe „Arbeit, Lohn, Profit“ entführt uns in die Geheimnisse und Hintergründe der oft so undurchsichtigen Weltwirtschaft. Gérard Mordillat und Bertrand Rothé befragen 21 Wissenschaftler aus Europa, den USA, China und Afrika zu den grundlegenden Konzepten der Wirtschaft: Arbeit, Beschäftigung, Lohn, Kapital, Profit und Markt.

#Infonauten #Wissen #Arte #Dokumentation #Film #Serie #Wirtschaft #Geschichte
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/RC-018077/arbeit-lohn-profit/

 

§§§: Gier 451 - vor 3 Minuten


roberto77@diasp.org
roberto77@diasp.org - vor 2 Monaten
Hallo zusammen, ich bin #NeuHier. Ich interessiere mich für #film, #literatur, #mtb und #wandern.Bin schon sehr gespannr was hier so passiert. LG Roberto77

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werner wichtig - vor weniger als eine Minute
h i e r wird sich politiscg/prollitisch begrobt!!! Was denn sonst, typisch WEB2.0 natuerlich… web2.0 = der CB-funk des dritten JahrTausends, hier krachen die ganz GUTEN & die ganz BÖSEN/SCHLECCHTEN gnadenlos aufeinander!!!
Daaaaaa!!! Habs grad eben wieder massiv scheppern gehoert!!!

 
Hallo zusammen, ich bin #NeuHier. Ich interessiere mich für #film, #literatur, #mtb und #wandern.Bin schon sehr gespannr was hier so passiert. LG Roberto77

 
Around Town in Black and White

One of my favorite film cameras is my Zorki 4 35mm rangefinder. It’s a Soviet-era copy of an old German Leica, with the typical Soviet clunkiness you’d expect. For instance, instead of quietly clicking the shutter loudly clunks. Oddly enough, the lenses are rather good for the era, of course they’re copies of German designs as well. But it’s small, light, easy to carry and functions well so I use it a lot for black and white work. The film I used this time was Rollei Retro 400, a film designed to look old. The speed and small negative size mean noticeable grain in the images and further emphasize the retro look. I typically shoot black and white film with a yellow filter, this tends to cause blue areas, the sky especially, to look darker than they would normally. I like the effect, though not everyone does.

These were all somewhat underexposed for some reason, but I liked the gloomy look and kept it in the final images.



















\#maszman #bw #film #ny #photo #photoblog #rochester #zorki4
Originally posted at: https://www.tommasz.net/2019/10/05/around-town-in-black-and-white/
Around Town in Black and White

 

Wir leben in den Parallelen zum Anfang des zweiten Weltkriegs


Die hervorragende, spannende und wirklich gut gemacht ZDF Doku Serie "Komplizen des Bösen" beschreibt die Zeit vom Ende des ersten Weltkriegs bis zum Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs. Schaut man sich die Zeit zwischen dem ersten und dem zweiten Weltkrieg an, dann läuft es einem kalt den Rücken runter, wie ähnlich die Entwicklung ist. Wie die Nazis nicht ernst genommen wurden, sondern nur als dümmliche Störenfriede abgetan und aus Protest gewählt wurden.

Insgesamt sind es 10 Teile, die wie folgt heissen
1918–1923: Die alten Kämpfer
1923–1928: Der lange Weg zur Macht
1929–1934: Nacht über Deutschland
1933–1938: Faszination und Gewalt
1935–1939: Scheinwelt auf dem Berghof
1939–1941: Größenwahn und Illusion
1939–1942: Heydrich und der Holocaust
1942–1944: Der totale Krieg
1944–1945: Verbrannte Erde
1945: Das Ende

Leider sind die Folgen nicht mehr in der ZDF Mediathek nicht mehr verfügbar, aber sie sollen wohl unter der Haube einer kommerziellen Videoplattform kostenfrei und zeitsourverän einsehbar sein.

Das ist ein sehr dicker TIPP !!

#Deutschland #2019 #AfD #Politik #Nazis #Dokumentation #Film #ZDF #Tipp

 
Some film photos from Hammondsport

On my recent trip to Wings & Wheels, I also lugged my Mamiya RB67 Pro-S film camera. I takes 6×7 images on 120 film and I was using Kodak Ektar. Ektar is ISO 100 and with the sun playing hide and seek with the clouds I was worried that these would suffer from camera shake (the Mamiya is a large and heavy camera). Much to my surprise, they’re not bad if not my best work.

I love Ektar for its amazing saturation and contrast, which is somewhat unusual for a color negative emulsion. Kodak may be falling apart but they’ve managed to put out a couple of new films in recent years, though continuity of supply is certainly a concern.

And now, the photos.













\#maszman #cars #ektar #film #hammondsport #mamiyarb67 #photo #photoblog
Originally posted at: https://www.tommasz.net/2019/10/01/some-film-photos-from-hammondsport/
Some film photos from Hammondsport

 
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Film | Thank you for the Rain
#Afrika #Kenia #Klima #Klimawandel #Gesellschaft #Film #Dokumentarfilm

Kenianische Dokumentarfilme wie ›Thank you for the Rain‹ zeigen eine afrikanische Perspektive auf sozialen Wandel und #Klimaschutz. Übermütig und wild entschlossen kämpfen sie für Wahrnehmung und Veränderung.

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Film | Thank you for the Rain
#Afrika #Kenia #Klima #Klimawandel #Gesellschaft #Film #Dokumentarfilm

Kenianische Dokumentarfilme wie ›Thank you for the Rain‹ zeigen eine afrikanische Perspektive auf sozialen Wandel und #Klimaschutz. Übermütig und wild entschlossen kämpfen sie für Wahrnehmung und Veränderung.

Weiterlesen

 
Bonjour à tous je suis #nouveauici.

L’Envers Du Décor est une chaîne youtube qui explique comment les #films sont faits.
Chaque mois un nouvel épisode est mis en ligne.

Le premier consacré à Babysitting est ici:


#cinema #film

 
Bonjour à tous je suis #nouveauici.

L’Envers Du Décor est une chaîne youtube qui explique comment les #films sont faits.
Chaque mois un nouvel épisode est mis en ligne.

Le premier consacré à Babysitting est ici:


#cinema #film

 

Film Recommendation


Today is Sophia Loren's birthday. On this occasion, I recommend Una giornata particolare (1977).
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076085/

#cinema #film

 

Film Recommendation


Today is Sophia Loren's birthday. On this occasion, I recommend Una giornata particolare (1977).
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076085/

#cinema #film

 

Wachstum, was nun?


"Mehr Wachstum!" wird in Zeiten von Wirtschafts-, Umwelt- und Finanzkrisen gefordert, denn die amerikanische Immer-mehr-Ideologie gilt als Garant für eine gesunde Ökonomie. Doch wie zeitgemäß ist dieser Mythos angesichts der weltweiten Ressourcenknappheit noch? Dieser Frage geht der Dokumentarfilm auf den Grund – und zeigt Alternativen auf, die sich bereits bewährt haben. [....]
#Film #Dokumentation #Infonauten #Wissen #Wirtschaft #Arte
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/050584-000-A/wachstum-was-nun/

 
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Nazi satire ′Jojo Rabbit′ wins top prize at Toronto Film Festival


New Zealand director Taika Waititi took home the Toronto Film Festival's audience award for his coming-of-age comedy set in Nazi Germany.

"Jojo Rabbit" is a coming-of-age comedy about a 10-year-old boy growing up in Germany during World War II who finds out his mother, played by Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a young Jewish girl.

Throughout the film, Jojo confides in his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, who is played by #Waititi.

https://www.dw.com/en/nazi-satire-jojo-rabbit-wins-top-prize-at-toronto-film-festival/a-50442532

After watching the trailer, you may be interested in viewing a brilliant 'Downfall'. Just click on 'MEME' from this link:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/jojorabbit/

#films #film #festival #JojoRabbit #downfall #meme #satire #nazi #GrowingUp #ComingOfAge

 
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Nazi satire ′Jojo Rabbit′ wins top prize at Toronto Film Festival


New Zealand director Taika Waititi took home the Toronto Film Festival's audience award for his coming-of-age comedy set in Nazi Germany.

"Jojo Rabbit" is a coming-of-age comedy about a 10-year-old boy growing up in Germany during World War II who finds out his mother, played by Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a young Jewish girl.

Throughout the film, Jojo confides in his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, who is played by #Waititi.

https://www.dw.com/en/nazi-satire-jojo-rabbit-wins-top-prize-at-toronto-film-festival/a-50442532

After watching the trailer, you may be interested in viewing a brilliant 'Downfall'. Just click on 'MEME' from this link:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/jojorabbit/

#films #film #festival #JojoRabbit #downfall #meme #satire #nazi #GrowingUp #ComingOfAge

 
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#photography #photo #film #backstage #set #giorgiopfefer
31/07/2014

Photo taken by me - All rights reserved ©GiorgioPfefer

 
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#photography #photo #set #film #giorgiopfefer
31/03/2014

Photo taken by me - All rights reserved ©GiorgioPfefer

 


Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project


Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.

Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Remarkably Marion saved it, and now the Internet Archive will digitize her tapes and we’ll be able to search them online for free.

This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist, who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist. Her work was crazy but it was also genius, and she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project.

#TheMarionStokesProject #RecorderTheMarionStokesProject #documentary #film #MarionStokes #truth #television #news #mainstream #media #deception #MattWolf #InternetArchive #ElectricChinolandProduction #C41Media #EndCue #docu-films

 


Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project


Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.

Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Remarkably Marion saved it, and now the Internet Archive will digitize her tapes and we’ll be able to search them online for free.

This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist, who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist. Her work was crazy but it was also genius, and she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project.

#TheMarionStokesProject #RecorderTheMarionStokesProject #documentary #film #MarionStokes #truth #television #news #mainstream #media #deception #MattWolf #InternetArchive #ElectricChinolandProduction #C41Media #EndCue #docu-films

 


Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project


Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.

Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Remarkably Marion saved it, and now the Internet Archive will digitize her tapes and we’ll be able to search them online for free.

This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist, who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist. Her work was crazy but it was also genius, and she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project.

#TheMarionStokesProject #RecorderTheMarionStokesProject #documentary #film #MarionStokes #truth #television #news #mainstream #media #deception #MattWolf #InternetArchive #ElectricChinolandProduction #C41Media #EndCue #docu-films

 


Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project


Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.

Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Remarkably Marion saved it, and now the Internet Archive will digitize her tapes and we’ll be able to search them online for free.

This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist, who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist. Her work was crazy but it was also genius, and she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project.

#TheMarionStokesProject #RecorderTheMarionStokesProject #documentary #film #MarionStokes #truth #television #news #mainstream #media #deception #MattWolf #InternetArchive #ElectricChinolandProduction #C41Media #EndCue #docu-films

 
Making Photography Difficult

You may have wondered why I haven’t posted any photos lately. I’ve been busy with a project and it’s time to reveal the initial results.

If you’re interested, there’s more below. It’s pretty long but there are photos at the end so there’s that.

A Little History


I’ve been interested in photography as far back as I can remember. It really took off when my mom got a job at Triangle Photo, the local photo lab. It gave me the opportunity to have B&W film processed and printed for free and color at a substantial discount. Then for my 8th-grade graduation, I received my first 35mm SLR, a Nikkormat FTN. This camera saw me through high school and I used it to take photos that appeared in the school newspaper and yearbooks. High school also gave me the opportunity to be in the photo club and I spent my years in the darkroom processing and printing. When not in the school darkroom I spent time in my basement with my own enlarger and equipment.

In college, I gradually moved away from photography after becoming disillusioned with my initial major and while I kept my gear I didn’t shoot much until the kids came along. What got me back into the hobby in a serious fashion was a simple HP digital camera. From there I used a variety of phone cameras before I eventually bought a used Canon DSLR which led to another and then another. But somewhere in the midst of that, I rediscovered film photography. As digital became dominant, prices on the cameras I couldn’t afford when they were new became reasonable. I now have a variety of 35mm and 120 film cameras from the US, Japan, Russia, and even China.

Tom Foolishly Buys A View Camera


Eventually, I realized I "needed" a view camera to make my collection complete. A view camera is essential a lens, a bellows and a frame that holds the film. Nothing is coupled and it's the absolute opposite of foolproof. Every operation is slow and offers the potential to ruin the photo. I was able to find a Toyo-View 4x5 camera at a ridiculous price on eBay and bought it. It didn't have a lens so I had to search for one along with the board that it has to be mounted in. Since I had no darkroom at home and getting 4x5 film processed is expensive and I felt like I had spent enough I started shooting Fuji instant film. While that worked great, Fuji got out of the instant film business shortly after and once existing stocks of the film were gone that was over for good. I realized I have to do my own processing if I was going to continue with the Toyo-View. I had no experience with 4x5 sheet film and since it's not inexpensive, I wanted a way to learn without feeling like I was throwing money away. I discovered orthochromatic film could fit the bill. Orthochromatic (or ortho as it's usually referred to) film is an old style of B&W film that lacks sensitivity to red light. It was the only type of film available before panchromatic film, which is sensitive to all visible light, appeared in the late 1920s. Ortho film has a unique look that while interesting, proved problematic for use in movies and that spurred Kodak to introduce their panchromatic emulsions. Kodak was able to manufacture the film in large enough quantities to offset its higher cost and stopped ortho movie film in 1930. Ortho hung on for a while longer in still photography use and still available in limited quantities to this day. Ortho film can be loaded and processed under red light, which means I could learn how to handle sheet film without having to do it in complete darkness. #### The Ortho Film Decision

I buy a lot of my film and related equipment from Freestyle Photo and they offer an ortho sheet film derived from the film used in lithography. Since this film is intended to reproduce B&W text, it requires special processing to enable gray shades. Luckily, the chemicals required to do this are cheap and easily available. Still, I was hesitant due to the overall experimental nature of the whole thing and it took me years to work up the courage to actually begin this project. In fact, I had exposed film almost four years before I got around to processing it.

Lured Into A False Sense of Security


Everything about this was experimental. Since I was using film that wasn’t originally intended for general photography there were no guides for things like development times or film speed. I had never used a view camera and the operation of Fuji instant film wasn’t a lot like using regular sheet film. There are like a million things you can adjust on the camera and it’s easier to make mistakes than to do things correctly. But eventually, I ended up with a handful of usable negatives.

Now I had another problem. In order to be able to anything useful with them I would need an enlarger that can handle 4×5 negatives. The enlarger I have was for 35mm and 120, it’s not large enough for anything else. I also don’t have a scanner capable of film scanning, and the cost of scanners that can is higher than the cost of the camera, lens, film and everything else I bought for processing. The only choice I had, if I wanted to print at home, was contact printing: placing the negative on top of the paper and exposing that. You’re limited to the negative size but with 4×5 that was at least a minimally useful print for showing people. These could also be scanned for online use.

A Series of Unfortunate Events


This ended up being way more difficult than I had expected. My first problem was too much light. The photo paper I have is intended for use with enlargers and my lamp was far brighter than necessary. I couldn’t get an exposure reliably shorter than 1 second and turned the paper almost completely black. The second problem was with contrast. My paper is variable contrast, requiring colored filters to set the contrast level. While I have the filters, they’re intended for use in enlargers and were too small for my lamp. The third problem was developing, I couldn’t get a decent fully black tone regardless of how long it sat in the developer solution.

Reliving My First Year of College


I was forced to use SCIENCE. I set up a series of experiments to determine the proper development time using a grayscale transparency strip. I set the development time at the recommended 2 minutes (essentially the only value that wasn’t up to me to decide). I determined the best exposure time from that and while the blacks weren’t as black as I liked, I tried it with one of my new negatives. It was a total failure. There was essentially no correlation between the grayscale strip and actual negatives. I cleaned up, put everything away and left it for a while so I could figure out my next steps.

For the next set of experiments, I set the exposure time at 1 second and got the results I had seen initially. I also replaced the paper with a different, fixed contrast paper. This was better but still not quite what I wanted. Next step was to use undiluted developer. I had diluted the developer since I was concerned the negatives were a bit too contrasty despite my following the recommended development procedure. The undiluted developer gave me a much better contrast range but I still wasn’t getting the density in the blacks I wanted. From there I played with the development time and finally settled on 4 minutes instead of the original 2. This gave me what I was looking for.

Can Any of This Be Simple?


As simple as contact printing can be, it still presented challenges. The contact printing frame I have, which is a simple device that holds the paper and negative tightly under glass, is an antique intended for 5×7 negatives. Getting the negative and paper aligned and holding them there until the pressure back is in place required more hands than I possess. I managed eventually to get a process that mostly worked. Since this frame was ancient the material that presses against the paper was shedding and it was impossible to prevent dust and lint from getting everywhere.

Scanning the prints was easy, but required extensive work in Photoshop to remove the dust and lint spots from each scan. But I persevered and here are the first results of all this work. These aren’t particularly great and are presented as evidence the process works more than anything else. I hope you find them at least interesting.

The Photos


First up is a shot of the Upton Cold Storage in Rochester. It was a sunny day but the ortho film renders the red bricks as almost black.



Next, another angle on the Upton building. I was playing with the tilt-shift capability which messed up the focus for the lower part of the building.



I call this Octopus. It’s a condo building that was formerly a commercial building. Again, there’s some issue with the focus due to tilt-shift.



Last up is the V.H. Lang building. It was a company that made trophies and other commemorative items. It’s painted an odd shade of reddish-pink that renders as dark gray with ortho film. To be honest, I have no idea why the foreground looks the way it does. It was in full sunlight and should have come out almost white.



\#maszman #experimentation #film #ortho #photo #photography
Originally posted at: https://www.tommasz.net/2019/09/13/making-photography-difficult/
Making Photography Difficult

 
Albert Serra über seinen Film „Liberté“: „Ich will kraftvolle Bilder“
https://taz.de/Albert-Serra-ueber-seinen-Film-Liberte/!5622480/
#Spielfilm #AlbertSerra #BerlinerVolksbühne #Film #Kultur

 
Albert Serra über seinen Film „Liberté“: „Ich will kraftvolle Bilder“
https://taz.de/Albert-Serra-ueber-seinen-Film-Liberte/!5622480/
#Spielfilm #AlbertSerra #BerlinerVolksbühne #Film #Kultur

 

Grüße aus dem Film „Minority Report“ an die Realität


Predictive Policing: Dem Verbrechen der Zukunft auf der Spur

Verbrechen verhindern, bevor sie geschehen, Täter fassen, bevor sie eine Tat begangen haben: Das ist die Vision von Predictive Policing, vorausschauender Polizeiarbeit. Algorithmen berechnen Gefahrenzonen und die Wahrscheinlichkeit von Verbrechen — doch ihre Zuverlässigkeit ist umstritten.
https://netzpolitik.org/2019/predictive-policing-dem-verbrechen-der-zukunft-auf-der-spur/
#Polizei #Gesellschaft #TechnologieReligion #Kriminalität #Film
Predictive Policing: Dem Verbrechen der Zukunft auf der Spur

 
Now watching:

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


#nowwatching #movie #film #archiveorg #randomshit

 

#Rojava

4ème Festival international du film du Rojava





La quatrième édition du Festival du film du Rojava (Mihrîcana Fîlm a ROJAVA ya navnetewî) organisée par Komîna Fîlm A Rojava (la Commune du Film du Rojava) se tiendra du 13 au 19 novembre 2019. Les candidatures seront recueillies à partir 8 septembre et jusqu’au 8 octobre.

Voici la présentation du festival par ses organisateurs :
La révolution du Rojava et le cinéma

“Peu après le début de la guerre civile syrienne, l’enclave du Rojava au nord-est de la Syrie a mené une révolution qui a radicalement transformé les structures sociales et politiques de la région. Un système démocratique d’autogouvernance y a été mis en place à partir de 2013.

Profondément enraciné dans la souveraineté culturelle, les valeurs féministes et communales, ce projet politique a mis au défi le système patriarcal, donné de la voix aux minorités religieuses et ethniques, et inspiré l’ouverture d’espaces démocratiques locaux. Né dans ce contexte, le Festival international du film du Rojava embrasse les valeurs de la révolution. lire la suite

#Festival #international #film #guerrecivile #révolution #sociales #féministes #communales
4ème Festival international du film du Rojava

 

#Rojava

4ème Festival international du film du Rojava





La quatrième édition du Festival du film du Rojava (Mihrîcana Fîlm a ROJAVA ya navnetewî) organisée par Komîna Fîlm A Rojava (la Commune du Film du Rojava) se tiendra du 13 au 19 novembre 2019. Les candidatures seront recueillies à partir 8 septembre et jusqu’au 8 octobre.

Voici la présentation du festival par ses organisateurs :
La révolution du Rojava et le cinéma

“Peu après le début de la guerre civile syrienne, l’enclave du Rojava au nord-est de la Syrie a mené une révolution qui a radicalement transformé les structures sociales et politiques de la région. Un système démocratique d’autogouvernance y a été mis en place à partir de 2013.

Profondément enraciné dans la souveraineté culturelle, les valeurs féministes et communales, ce projet politique a mis au défi le système patriarcal, donné de la voix aux minorités religieuses et ethniques, et inspiré l’ouverture d’espaces démocratiques locaux. Né dans ce contexte, le Festival international du film du Rojava embrasse les valeurs de la révolution. lire la suite

#Festival #international #film #guerrecivile #révolution #sociales #féministes #communales
4ème Festival international du film du Rojava