June 2021 Issue of AC Offers Special Focus on Still Photography

At top, our cover and a landscape of the NYC skyline by M. David Mullen, ASC — who likes to unwind after a long day of shooting his series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel by engaging in street photography.

The upcoming June issue of American Cinematographer is a special collectors edition devoted to still photography. Presented are a selection of images from the ASC Photo Gallery, a showcase of location-scout stills, and a collection of SMPSP photos of cinematographers at work. Also featured are a pair of ASC members — one of whom details his street-photography experiences and techniques, and another who recalls his early years as a professional still photographer. Here’s a look at this month’s slate: 

• From the ASC Photo Gallery, a selection of artful stills taken by Society members — with an introduction and opening photo by Richard Crudo, ASC, and images by Gregg Heschong, ASC; M. David Mullen, ASC; Denis Lenoir, ASC, AFC; Bill Dill, ASC; Alar Kivilo, ASC, CSC, ESC; Charlie Lieberman, ASC; Jacek Laskus, ASC, PSC; Suki Medencevic, ASC, ASBiH, SAS; Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC; George Mooradian, ASC; Dan Laustsen ASC, DFF; and Antonio Calvache, ASC, AEC.

• A collection of location-scout stills, featuring an introduction and a pair of photos by Ashley Barron, ACS, and images by Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Crescenzo Notarile, ASC, AIC; Ed Lachman, ASC; and Hopper Stone, SMPSP.

• Photos of cinematographers on set, taken by members of the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers — with an introduction by SMPSP President Hopper Stone, and featuring photos of Iraj Ashouri; Claudio Miranda, ASC; Jody Lee Lipes, ASC; Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, ASC; Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC; Florian Ballhaus, ASC; Craig Kief, ASC; Uta Briesewitz, ASC; Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC; Julio Macat, ASC; and Maryse Alberti.

M. David Mullen, ASC shares his thoughts on street photography, along with a selection of his images. (Follow him on Instagram here.)

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC recalls his early days as a still photographer, specializing in shooting rocks bands including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who.

• Shot Craft: This second installment in a series on lens testing focuses on specific lens characteristics — along with a brief history on the still-photography origins of the term “bokeh.”

• The Virtual World: Photogrammetry — how still images are instrumental in creating CG worlds.

• Wrap Shot: Karl Freund, ASC frames up his stills camera on actor Charles Bickford during the production of the 1932 newspaper drama Scandal for Sale.

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