Actress, model, dancer, and activist Leyna Bloom is making history along with Sports Illustrated. She has become the first Black, Asian transgender woman on the cover of Swimsuit, the annual magazine published by Sports Illustrated.
For its 2018 Swimsuit Issue, Sports Illustrated has taken a path quite different from its traditional route. For the project titled “In Her Words,” the magazine didn’t pose models in swimsuits. Instead, they’ve launched fully nude, unedited, black and white images of models, with messages to society written on their bodies. The project features women of all shapes and sizes, and it has caused a lot of reaction, both positive and negative.
If someone told you an iconic magazine like Sports Illustrated put a smartphone photo on a cover, you probably wouldn’t believe them. But, this has actually happened. Sports Illustrated hired a photographer Michael LeBrecht, who has already created some memorable photos for this magazine. But this time, they posed him with a challenge to take the shots with a smartphone – and so he did. In my opinion, the results are remarkable.
I’m sure almost everybody would love to have the opportunity to photograph the likes of Will Smith for a high profile magazine like Sports Illustrated. I know I sure would.
For the vast majority of us that will almost certainly never happen, but award winning Director and Photographer Michael Grecco recently did exactly that.
What’s the next best thing for the rest of us? You guessed it, a Behind The Scenes video!
If you’ve ever dreamed of working for Sports Illustrated and photographing the MLB World Series, keep dreaming; it’s not likely to happen.
But, a lens currently on sale over at eBay will make a small part of your dream come true.
The rare Carl Zeiss 1000mm f/5.6 Mirotar lens has been used solely by SI and is one of only 28 made.
Almost a year ago to date, Sports Illustrated cut all staff photographers from its payroll, opting instead to rely on freelancers for images—a move that naturally came with plenty of criticism.
Since then things have been mostly silent on the employment front, but the Time Inc. franchise is back at it again.
We recently reported that Sports Illustrated let go of it’s six remaining staff photographers. It was a sad day for the photography industry, as we saw yet another major publication give way to budget cuts–seems like the photographers are always first on the chopping block.
The company, which is currently undergoing many cost saving measures, seems to be hoping to gain back some momentum after all the bad press it received after news spread of them cutting the staff photographers. They’re making a major marketing push in regards to their popular Swimsuit Edition, which remains to be the publication’s bread and butter with reports valuing it at $1 billion.[Read More…]
There aren’t many working staff photographers around the world that aren’t worried about their jobs or wondering when the day will (inevitably) come when their publication will start handing out marching orders to the photography department. For the six remaining staff photographers at Sports Illustrated, that day came yesterday when the publication announced they would no longer need the services of Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough, and Al Tielemans.
The magazine’s director of photography, Brad Smith, confirmed the news, citing “economic circumstances”. Sports Illustrated’s is undergoing several changes under the direction of parent company, Time, INC. In addition to letting go if it’s photographers, the magazine is also moving it’s headquarters into a smaller building because they cannot afford the rent in their current location any longer according to a statement issued to one of the photographers from a Sport’s Illustrated editor.[Read More…]