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Updated EyeEm on display in new work from photojournalist Ben Lowy

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All images by Ben Lowy using Clara filter on the recently updated EyeEm app.

We're collaborating with our friends at EyeEm today to share new work by photojournalist Ben Lowy, who's been using EyeEm's new Clara filter to document life in Sarajevo.

Lowy famously brought mobile photography to mass media when his Hipstamatic images from Kabul, Afghanistan were published by the New York Times Magazine in 2011. He's also well known for an image of Hurricane Sandy taken with his iPhone which made the cover of TIME Magazine last year.

Most recently, he's been playing with the latest version of EyeEm's Photo Filter Camera app and showing off what one of three new filters — Clara — can do in a series of new work photographed in Sarajevo. Lowy was there as a guest instructor at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop.

Ben told EyeEm the Clara filter is best for shooting outdoors in sunny conditions. 

"I think it’s great outside in bright or flat light. Whites look great with it," he said. "Too dark or too much shadow and the images can get muddy."

You can see more in this series on EyeEm's blog, and try the new Clara filter for yourself by downloading the updated version of EyeEm from the App Store or Google Play. And don't miss what Emmy-award-winning photojournalist Richard Koci Hernandez has been doing with another new EyeEm filter, Capa.

Comments

Total comments: 35
LaFonte
By LaFonte (8 months ago)

Don't people see that the images are terrible? What is the point to add terrible effect to terrible snapshots? Does someone think that two bad things make a good photography?

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howardroark
By howardroark (8 months ago)

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I just ran all of my curse words through a creative filter. Much better, don't you think?

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Davidgilmour
By Davidgilmour (9 months ago)

A photographer with an iPhone. Oh my God, the irony!

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fl00d
By fl00d (9 months ago)

Absolutely AWFUL.

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (9 months ago)

I am seriously not impressed.

I wonder if a smartphone can stop a bullet? (clue: McCullen)

Digital kills film, smartphone kills digital, film kills smartphone. Wouldn't that be poetic justice.

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jforkner
By jforkner (9 months ago)

I'm not impressed.

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Adrian Horobin
By Adrian Horobin (9 months ago)

Utter Rubbish, and he earns his living as a photographer!

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PETERKS
By PETERKS (9 months ago)

OK DP........so tell us what an OLLOCLIP is and how it functions;also explain the 'clara filter' physical appearance and application to the camera for more comprehensive understanding of what the images are doing...? otherwise the results are not particularly compelling. ....Peter of Sydney...28/07/2013.

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audijam
By audijam (9 months ago)

oh well..

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (9 months ago)

So we have to put up with this absurdity just because it was a photojournalist who did these snapshots with a phone and an app?
How cunning...

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SAERIN
By SAERIN (9 months ago)

The most important rule for photojournalist on staff and freelancers is DO NOT alter the image. This rule is very strict for newspaper, magazines and etc. This applies to news events and documentary work.

One can crop (that's an editor choice) and burn and dodge the image.

Many photojournalist (staff and freelancers ) have been dismissed with cause.

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Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (9 months ago)

Yes, as in add/delete elements. Edits/filters are common. This years World Press winner is heavily editing.

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (9 months ago)

Why is everyone so mad here?

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Danny
By Danny (9 months ago)

Fear.

4 upvotes
groucher
By groucher (9 months ago)

Probably because there's a lot of arty-farty types slobbering over some mindbogglingly mediocre images dressed up as 'art'.

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mickeybphoto
By mickeybphoto (9 months ago)

Two thoughts on this. One is, phone photography is a unique vernacular of our time and one that should be embrased, for histories sake. Being everyone carries a phone these days and everyone is shooting photographs with them, it makes up what history will look at 20-100 years from now and say wow thats how it was done back then. With Instagram sharing, and post processing programs I say bravo. More people are shooting photos than ever before. This is like when the Brownie came out; everyone had to have one and were shooting pics. On the flip side to this... These are not photojournalism. Photojournalists are professionals, and carry themselves as such, including the equipment and how it's used, and applying it. This seems lazy and not wanting the pack his gear around. These are glorified snap shots that anyone could do and I see nothing special, or jounalistic about them. And for a "professional" photojournalist to use it for more than 1 or 2 assignments, or more.? Ok whatever dude.

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bdcolen
By bdcolen (9 months ago)

I cannot help but laugh at the breathless excitement over doing "serious" photography with an iPhone, with or without any gimmicky filters. Yes, of course, the best camera is the camera you have with you. But imagine for a moment that someone told this or any serious - photographer, 'no, don't take your state-of-the-art cameras with you on assignment; do your work with this crappy 2004 point-and-shoot." The response from anyone not looking for publicity for doing something weird, would be, 'are you out of your mind, mate?' (And well it should be.) Yet today we have serious photographers, including some leading photo journalists, doing assignments with crappy 2004 point-and-shoots called iPhones, making the resulting photos technically even worse by using gimmick filters and post processing add-ons that produce the look of badly processed, fadded, color films from the 1970s.

Camera of choice? Results to be celebrated? For anything other than art(sy fartsy) photography? Not really.

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Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (9 months ago)

There are a number of contradictions in your comment. Is it the best camera or not? How does a 2004 point and shoot relate to an iPhone? The iPhone camera 'gimmick' is fundamentally changing modern photography, particularly photojournalism.

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ZorSy
By ZorSy (9 months ago)

Misho, if you are on the assignment-or if photojournalism is your JOB, wouldn't you carry a TOOL for doing that job decently? I tend to agree with bdcolen , these hipsters are doing it purposefully to promote the brand/idea. They want to be "in" or blend in to a faceless mass of FB generation.

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atlien991
By atlien991 (9 months ago)

And media organizations that print advertisements for Apple are running stories with the photos done with iphones as yet another advertisement for Apple. They don't think the best photojournalistic effort is being produced with the iPhone. They simply are being paid to suggest that. And the beat goes on. It's capitalism.

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Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (9 months ago)

Ben Lowy is not a hipster, he's a photojournalist. He realised he could tell a different kind of story with his phone alongside his other work. He uses whatever tool he thinks gets the message across as agreed to with the client. I really doubt that Apple pays photographers for promo, Instagram does it for them for free. It's not capitalism, it's a change in the way we communicate through pictures.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (9 months ago)

Im sorry, but I don't see these as "documentary" photographs. Aren't documentary photographs supposed to tell a story or chronicle some sort of event? There is no context to these photos. I wouldn't be able to tell if this was Sarajevo or Los Angeles.

These images are "OK", but nothing amazing. I see photos on Instagram everyday posted by amateurs who never picked up a "real" camera in their lives that are as good or better.

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imsilly
By imsilly (9 months ago)

I don't think anyone cares what your interpretation of "documentary" is.

I also think it's ludicrous to compare selected photographs from Instagram, to a single photographer. Like an infinite number of monkeys slamming away at typewriters, with Instagram if you have enough shots from enough people you will inevitable find impressive photos.

Also what is a "real" camera?

What a tool, typical photography ponce.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (9 months ago)

That's not MY interpretation of documentary photography. That is the generally accepted definition of documentary photography. And one of the first thing they teach you in a Photojournalism class.

Here's some real DOCUMENTARY photography:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_Security_Administration

It's not ludicrous to compare them at all, just because he's supposed to some "celebrated" photojournalist doesn't make him better than my 12 year old niece who has no doubt taken better photographs than the ones represented here.

A "real" camera is one that's primary function isn't to make phone calls. It's not called the "iCamera". I have nothing against using an iPhone to take photos, but these are in no way more special than anyone else's iPhone snaps just because he happens to have his own app.

You're just another typical know-nothing third-rate forum troll that isn't even man (or woman) enough to post using your real name.

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Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (9 months ago)

That's fine but it doesn't change the fact that Ben Lowy is a celebrated and award winning photojournalist. Both for his phone and 'real' camera work.

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atlien991
By atlien991 (9 months ago)

Agreed. But the reason he and others are 'celebrated' is because there is a billion dollar corporation doing the celebrating (through proxies of course).

This billion dollar corporation happens to make the phone being celebrated.

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Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (9 months ago)

Apple don't work that way. It's called evangalist marketing. Make a product better than the rest and people will market it for you. Simple.

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Jen Yates
By Jen Yates (9 months ago)

Funny, on my screen here I can't read the editorial paragraph where you expose Ben Lowy as being a Shill for this Johny-come-lately instagram clone.

DPR, we don't want your crappy "Advertorial" or "Sponsored Posts".

If you insist on doing them at least have the morals to put an 'Advertising Feature' headline on them... and if you won't do that then at least turn them into something useful not just stealth press releases like this poor excuse of an article.

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Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (9 months ago)

Eyeem existed before Instagram.

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soundimageplus
By soundimageplus (9 months ago)

http://soundimageplus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-capa-and-decisive-moment-filters.html

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h2k
By h2k (9 months ago)

From the article:
"We're collaborating with our friends at EyeEm today to share new work by photojournalist Ben Lowy, who's been using EyeEm's new Clara filter to document life in Sarajevo."
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Will you soon also be "collaborating" with your "friends" at Canon and Nikon to share new work by photographers using Canon and Nikon products? A new approach, it seems, for content on DPR.

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h2k
By h2k (9 months ago)

Not sure what the reason was for promoting these snaps.

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dezinerd
By dezinerd (9 months ago)

There seems to be a rush to destroy quality images in Photo journalism. The AGGag laws that can put you in prison for taking a photo of what you can see from a public area! Chicago Sun times lays off the whole photo dept. to be replaced by writers with I phones

A photo journalist ended the VietNam war with a photo of a child running naked after her clothes had been burnt off by Napalm. Our embedded journalist photogs can't provide that kind of image. What is happening in the world today cannot stand the close impersonal examination of a good camera and lens used by a competent photographer. Supposed anarchist at the Trade protest who were later identified as policemen. Subsequent confiscation of images by gov. Crappy images today no images tomorrow. Welcome to 1984.

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ezradja
By ezradja (9 months ago)

horrible filters!

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (9 months ago)

Composition is good but the IQ and filters are horrible.

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