Utah photographer vandalizes rival’s studio

I was aware that it’s tougher than ever to be a photographer these days, but this is the first time I’ve heard of fighting the competition with a slingshot:

Kurtis Leo Leany, 52, must also pay a $1,000 fine, write a letter of apology to the victim and complete an anger-management class as part of a 36-month probation.
In March, Leany pleaded guilty as charged in 5th District Court to one count of third-degree felony criminal mischief.
Leany used a slingshot to damage windows at Studio West Photography five times during a six-week period between Aug. 5 and Sept. 14, according to court documents. He told police he believed owner Karl Hugh was stealing business from him.
But Leany, who owns Zion Photography, later told The Tribune: “I was just in a really bad place; I couldn’t see that it was the economy and I instantly blamed [Hugh] because of things in the past.” —
By Stephen Hunt, The Salt Lake Tribune

Alinea chef Grant Achatz in New Yorker: so 5 mins. ago!

I opened the new issue of the New Yorker to see a nice big photo of Grant Achatz, the chef at the very highly praised Chicago restaurant Alinea, igniting one of his signature dishes. Dudes, that’s so 5 minutes ago! I photographed the celebrated arsonist torching a pheasant breast on an oak branch for the Village Voice in 2005 (although they didn’t run the flaming pheasant photo–shown below–they ran a shot I took of the dish without Achatz). WHATEVS.

Kidding aside, the Achatz portrait in the New Yorker (not the one below) was taken by Ethan Levitas, whose work is really stellar. Also, in that same issue (May 12th, 2008) there’s also an illuminating article on the powerful and ubiquitous retoucher Pasal Dangin.

Alinea chef Grant Achatz

(Photograph by Jim Newberry)

Today is World Press Freedom Day

KAESONG, North Korea—International Press photographers cover the Korean War, 1952.

Over at Slate, there is an inspiring series of photographs from the legendary photo agency Magnum, celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Shown above: KAESONG, North Korea—International Press photographers cover the Korean War, 1952. Photo © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos

Of Montreal

It’s springtime, and Of Montreal is looking more fabulous than you are. Watch out for the ninja! If you’re so inclined, you can catch them in action in Toronto on May 4th; Paris May 8th, and on May 11th they’ll be taking the stage at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in East Sussex, England.

Of Montreal

(Photo by Jim Newberry)

Bring the Rage!

Bring on the Rage!

I find it charming that Seagram’s is encouraging folks to “bring on the (presumably alcoholic) rage.” I guess drunken rages can be “exciting,” as the following example proves; a few drinks and this guy thinks he’s Ozzy Osbourne:

Mark Andrew Johnson, 45, of Seaford, Victoria, got home drunk, falsely accusing his partner of infidelity before assaulting her and pulling the budgie out of its cage.

Johnson tore the bird’s head from its body, throwing it into the yard, prosecutor Bruce Nibbs told the County Court yesterday.

Johnson then asked his partner where the dog was.

(By Shelley Hodgson, from News.com.au) Billboard photo by Jim Newberry

Erdman/Newberry Lethargy Art Walk II

Lethargy Art Walk II

This Saturday, April 26th, painter Derek Erdman and photographer Jim Newberry (AKA, me) present the second annual Lethargy Art Walk. The Lethargy Art Walk is a lot like Around the Coyote, or the Pilsen Artists’ Walk, only much, much, much less walking. There’s my studio, and across the hall, Erdman’s place. Please come, and be sure to bring lots of cash. Here is a stereo (3d) portrait of Erdman I shot for the L.A.W. II promotional materials:

Stereo portrait of Derek Erdman

And Erdman’s portrait of me (apparently my medication is wearing off…):


I photographed electronic musician Joe Hahn, stage name Protman, for this week’s Reader. Protman finds old video game controllers, including joysticks, and turns them into MIDI controllers.

Joe Hahn, AKA Protman

It’s for the issue dated tomorrow, but it appeared online today, the same day that, coincidentally, Boing Boing posted this, a video clip featuring a 15 times larger than life, working, Atari joystick: