June 2021 Issue of AC Offers Special Focus on Still Photography

Capturing the perfect single image depends upon a variety of creative criteria, as well as the intent of the photographer. In this special issue, ASC members and other experts discuss their approach to the art form.

ASC Staff

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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