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Suggested Listening: Blockhead – any & all

“Let there be Leica.”

No housekeeping this time around, just photos from the m6. my boss has emerged from a cave and started his own photoblog: http://onepointtwo.org …the only credit i claim is the fact that he lusted after my fitty and had to get one. (i promise to never link to kenrockwell.com ever again.)

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an homage to antonin kratochvil.

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my favorite frame since i shot the tibetans last thursday.love life, peace.

Written by Matthew Craig

March 25, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Posted in boston, los angeles, photos

harvard square

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Suggesting Listening: “En Direct de la Côte + Côte Ouest” by TEPR

Sup fam. Its been a while. I have a few links to point you towards before this goes down.

WE ARE MJR

the collective, agency, company, crew  officially formed as of a few months ago.. we are standing on 5 pairs of legs and standing strong. Robert August, Julius Metoyer, Sean Flanigan, Mustafah Abdulaziz and myself form the ranks as of now. lots of projects/clients are in the works.. “the surge” has begun and a bright future beckons. get at me if you have any questions.

Julius‘ latest blog post was a stunner.

http://jmthree.wordpress.com

i’m going to the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Mexico City in June.

let me know if you’re coming.. its going to be a fucking blast. (eds note: Ben Lowy, Stanley Greene, Ron Haviv, Brian Storm, & LYNDSEY ADDARIO [born/bread on the LA Times] are instructing.)

i’ll be attending avec my new colleague, and MJR affiliate Mustafah Abdulaziz 

The past few months have seen countless portrait sessions with countless Harvardites.. Lots of posing.. lots of window light.. lots of the 50 1.2 L. It has  become my go-to lens and i am fiending some quality time with my 16-35 2.8 L in Mexico.

I will bypass a mass posting of images from work and skip to a protest i shot a few days ago in between assignments.. it was the first time in a long time that my brain was tickled by the interaction between photographer and subject.. shooting portraits of academics and students can feel very forced and it was nice to just walk around, invade personal space, and make wonderful pictures.

I just sent off a roll of kodachrome.. and I have 9-12 rolls of Neopan/Tri-X/Provia 400 pending. Scanning is a bitch and who really enjoys doing it with an out-dated scanner with no software support? I dont. Alas, it will probably get done over the next week while Harvard is on Spring Break.

heres some angry Tibetans. China really fucked up royally with this one and i hope they feel the blunt force of the world’s disapproval for their actions.

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Written by Matthew Craig

March 20, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Posted in boston, general, photos

i smell an avalanche

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Suggested Listening: “The Edge” by David Axelrod 

Not in the “things are going to come crashing down” way. Rather, the building momentum that one would not want to find approaching them at full speed.

I’m starting a new job at The Harvard Gazette today. I flew in on a red-eye from Elaye, leaving behind my cozy california roots for what seems to be the beginning of the rest of my life. 8 credits to go and I’ll be looking for a new routine.. i cant wait to finish school.

Here are photos shot on my pops 35 summilux and m6 ttl + provia x 400 and neopan 400. the motor M attached to it was mine!

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rose bowl preparations

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cleo the new boxer at my parents house. she wrecks shit.

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vegas

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more birds in vegas..

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“just resting my eyes”
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7am

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the glow

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always building

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city of lost wages

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peace

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now you’re famous caroliner.

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A LIFE LIKE NONE OTHER

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d-rocksteady

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wanted

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casa laguna inn was lavish. oversized mercedes, check. champagne wishes, check. jacuzzi bath, check.

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and now a word from our sponsors:

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Written by Matthew Craig

January 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Posted in los angeles, photos

familiar ground

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Suggested listening: “Ma Fleur LP” by The Cinematic Orchestra

my time in new york city is nearing a very imminent close.. currently with 5 days to go, including the one i’m currently spending in front of a computer screen. i’m not devistated, panicky, or frustrated. my time here has shown me where i am headed in the future, and where i will eventually make my mark. i feel that i’m working my way through a tangible dream, one so much realer than the pipedream i was cruising through just 6 months ago.

it has been a great experience showing this town to the people i care most about, and i’m thankful that you all had the chance to make it out. i jus finished up an amazing 4 days with JM3 and RA at the pad, doing what we do best. the shoot was an overwhelming success and i hope to make an annoucement about its future very soon. i’m excited to see what happens.

a week prior to that was spent indulging in all fine things with a very fine lady. i miss you, but there is so much more in store-and i’m excited for whats to come.

back in boston on saturday. back in new york august 08.

here are some photos

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wash square park

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central park

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houston st.

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lower east side

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<3boocusoon

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union square

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++++ SUMMER RAYNE OAKES – DEPDEF.com – AUG25th Brooklyn NYC ++++

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Leo Crews, Hair Stylist

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Robert August, Photographer

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told you i’d get it crews.

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shotcalling/haircut

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internationally recognized sign for “balling out of control”

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atypical.

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“we could do this shit every day.”

“word.”

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the end

stay tuned for a bunch of film.

best,

.m

Written by Matthew Craig

August 27, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Posted in nyc, photos

the prime time of your life. now.

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suggested listening: “Homework LP” by Daft Punk

i will start off by saying simply, see Daft Punk live.

it will change your life, and most likely your playlists, forever. i was fortunate enough to see the Rapture open up for Daft Punk at Coney Island, the last summer it will actually be “Coney Island” on a misty summer night and it was the best show i’ve ever seen. show reviews across the blogosphere are also having trouble relating it to any previous live experience.. i’ll never forget it!

tomorrow is my last day at the vii photo agency. not only do i feel that it has helped my photography progress, but the entire experience has afforded me an invaluable context that i am coming to frame my life around. i know how things work, where i want to take my career, and how to do it. thanks to ron, chris, lauren, gary aleks, david, sarah, nadia, frank, nick and the janitors at 236 w27th st for making this summer so amazing. its over. one blink. a few shutters. days turned into weeks, and now 3 months later i feel like a completely new person.

a beautiful girl is flying in thursday to quell the pain of ending at vii.. cant wait to see her.

big shoot is coming together for the end of the summer.. it will be huge.. great minds are converging on brooklyn to produce one of the most thrilling ediorials the world has ever seen. real talk.

here are a bunch of photos from life etc

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ralph lauren mansion, madison ave w/chris morris

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busy p the roommate

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the view from my roof is better than yours.

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just because.

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q: what happens when you put two photographers on a roof wih a 50/1.2L ?

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i really like this image.

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raw excitement before daft punk.

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during.

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complete audio/visual flood

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essex, lower east side

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nataboo

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hope this finds everyone well.

leave thoughts and well wishes

best,

.m

Written by Matthew Craig

August 15, 2007 at 4:12 am

Posted in nyc, photos

defdeezy

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suggested listening: “Soft Money LP” by Jel

saturday 7/5/07

currently sweating in brooklyn. its hot.

i guess its like a tax for living here, dealing with the heat in new york during the summer. dues paid. although the heat underground in the tunnels is unbearable.. hey nyc metro: fans. the sweaty millions thank you.

been shooting a load of film lately.. went to ground zero today with dave and rob.. its really nice to have them in town and things are peachy.

apologies, to anyone who cares, for the sporadic posting.. been carpe diem’ing it lately and have been loving the m6.

****

monday 7/6/07

no longer sweating. in the middle of posting, the roommate p walked in with a small circus of people.

this post is going to be a beast.

first and foremost.

I NEED TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY BOY PHILLY DUTCHMASTER AND HIS NEW BLOG.

stop reading. go to his blog, and leave him some love b/c he’s a war photographer trapped in tampla florida. and he’s rad.

speaking of florida, might be working with chris morris on a shoot this upcoming week. life is good.

this is a huge post, and i havent been posting regularly which sucks.. so heres what i have done since we last crossed paths.

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this frame is actually from LA but i dont think i’ve ever posted it. man sleeping on Vine/Sunset blvd in hollywood.

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the standard, downtown

next few are from the powerHouse gallery which has an absolutely poppin every-other-friday shindig sponsored by brooklyn’s finest beer. powerHouse has been behind some of the most progressive books to hit the photo world in the last few years, releasing acclaimed collections like A Time Before Crack by Jamel Shabazz and Its All Good by Boogie amel Shabazz

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lower manhattan

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brooklyn

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mahri, wash sq park with the M6 + 50/2 Zeiss Planar T*

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red dress.

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rose, lower east side.

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afternoon prayer, upper east side

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caroliner, central park

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her first frame on a leica

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mustafah joined us for the sunday jazz with his fiance, lauri. congratulations to them both.. he’s a stud.

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andy rocking the dena for a bit.. great to see him.

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the standard downtown with ballers and champagne.

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fabi

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julius & lauren. he was really interested.

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jmthree

all color shots are from the 5diesel and the new 50/1.2 … which is absolutely stellar.

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david, canon 50 1.2/L outside vee eye eye

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dave came up from DC this weekend. shoes in wash sq.

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the end.

Written by Matthew Craig

August 7, 2007 at 2:58 am

Posted in nyc, photos

i’ll be around

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Suggested listening: “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cook

life is like a song. at last. damn etta really says it sometimes. things are good in the bk, hope this finds everyone grinning quietly to themselves about something glorious only they can fully appreciate. did anyone realize it was almost august. i didnt. days have been flipping past almost as quickly as the sidewalk traffic up broadway from chelsea to the condenast building at 4 times sq. which is where i was today. in my “about me” it mentions a little magazine known globally as the gentleman’s quarterly. i stepped inside the GQ office for the first time today.. took one of those long deep breaths that help put life into perspective. that deep breath was quickly interrupted by Andy, the online editor, who snatched up two cdr’s from my idle hands – and left just as quickly with a smile and a “good day.”

i need that feeling again. maybe one day i’ll get there. what is life without the impossible odds and goals?

mustafah was in town and crashed at the daieli. (dopest apartment i’ll ever live in)

he doesnt like terry richardson because he shoots porn. i like terry richardson because he makes money with a camera.

maybe one day i’ll get there. what is life without the impossible odds and goals? grin.

on a related note, i’ve begun to realize someone is going to have to tie my ankles to an 18 wheeler to get me back to boston. i dont want to leave.

here are some photos, shot on velvia 100 and provia 400f in new york city and the surrounding burroughs. the last ones are from the FTX

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Written by Matthew Craig

July 26, 2007 at 3:48 am

Posted in nyc, photos