Miyazaki Hayao’s latest animated film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will start its domestic run in Japan from the 20th of July and publicity for the film has been in full swing for a while. I’ve collected a few clips in this post for your enjoyment, beginning with the trailer right below :
(above) Next up is a clip from the sound recording studio with Hideaki Anno (yes, the director of Evangelion) up as the voice of the lead character Jiro Horikoshi. Voice recording sessions are called “Ah-fu-re-ko” in Japan.
Part of the conversation between Anno-san and Miyazaki-san :
Anno-san : “I’ll do my best. (for the voice recordings) I can’t promise anything more !”
Miyazaki-san : “That’s fine. Suzuki-san (famous Ghibli producer) will take over you if can’t manage.” (Suzuki-san laughs in the background)
In their conversation, Miyazaki-san addresses Hideaki Anno as just “Anno”, without the honorific “-san”. If there’s anyone with the authority to do that, it’d be Miyazaki-san.
(above) In this next clip, Ghibli producer Suzuki-san makes an appearance on a Japanese variety program to promote the film and gives some background information regarding the story & characters.
The hiragana characters splashed acrossed the poster is handwritten by Suzuki-san, and is the tagline for the film “Ikineba” (loosely translating as “live on”).
The lead character Jiro Horikoshi is actually a combination of 2 historical characters that Miyazaki-san highly respect – the novelist Hiro Tatsuo & and the chief engineering of the WWII Japanese “Zero” fighter plane.
Suzuki-san also goes on the explain that all the sound effects (engines of the plane, etc) in the film are synthesized by voice actors. This is actually not new to Ghibli films as it has been done before on the Ghibli Museum short “House Searching”.
(above) Suzuki-san talks to actress Miori Takimoto, who voices the female lead Naoko Satomi, and also some behind the scenes in the voice recording studio. Apparently Miori-san was recommended for the role by Miyazaki-san’s mentor Takahata-san.
The storyboard book (drawn by Miyazaki-san) for Kaze Tachinu is now up for pre-orders on Amazon Japan, going on sale later in July. I believe the last storyboard book that Miyazaki-san drew was for Ponyo, and that was just spectacular.
I hope to get a copy of Kaze Tachinu soon to do a review.
Kaze Tachinu will take a while to reach screens outside of Japan, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.
Sidenote : Otomo Katsuhiro’s animated film Short Peace is also starting it’s run on 20th of July. While the target audience/demographic is not exactly the same, its definitely going to face stiff competition from a Ghibli film.
For a man who worked professionally for barely more than ten years, Sergio Larrain, who died in 2012, had a disproportionately large impact on photography. The author of four books, he is widely considered Chile’s finest lensman, though he became something of a recluse later in life.
Born in Santiago into a well-to-do family, he ditched a possible career in forestry for a life behind the camera, and saved up for his first Leica by working in a cafe. The son of an architect father, his love of photography grew when he later traveled the Middle East and Europe, lens in tow. His real break came in 1958, though, when he bagged a British Council bursary that allowed him photograph cities throughout the U.K.
The images that emerged – chiefly of London – were captivating shots of the everyday, and caught the eye of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The Frenchman later invited Larrian to Paris and the Chilean soon joined Cartier-Bresson’s Magnum agency as an associate in 1959 (and became a full member in 1961).
His was a career filled with disparate subject matters, tied together with his famous compassion for those he photographed. Larrain’s style is immediately recognizable: he made use of vertical frames, was a fan of low angle shots and was wholly unafraid of experimentation. Much of his work was concerned with street children, and his some of his earliest pictures – those from a 1957 series in Chile, for example – are certainly his most powerful. Though he was no stranger to architectural photography, having shot fellow countryman and diplomat Pablo Neruda’s house.
Indeed, his portraiture is as humanistic as it is environmental. One of his most captivating images, taken as part of the later Valparaiso series in the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, perfectly combines both. The piece shows two young girls going down a staircase, their delicate frames contrasting with the solid, modernist-seeming gray concrete surrounding them. It is a picture as much about its subjects as it is about the context in which see them; and with their backs turned to us, is as much about what we see as what we don’t.
“He is very different, very intense,” says Agnès Sire, director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and curator of an upcoming retrospective of Larrain’s work at Les Rencontres d’Arles, “for me, he is [often] interested in what you don’t see.”
Larrain stopped taking pictures professionally in the 1970s and retreated to the Chilean countryside for a life of calm meditation (though he continued to take some pieces in the 1980s, they were photographs of objects, usually in his house, which he would send to friends in the mail). It is said that he withdrew because he, ever the humanitarian, became disillusioned with the often harsh world he was photographing, and felt powerless to help.
“He stopped his career. It was not bringing him what he [thought] it would bring to him,” explains Sire. “[He felt] the fact he photographed those kids will not change the fact that there will always be kids abandoned. Photography will not help save the planet.”
Sire adds that Larrain even rejected the idea of retrospectives for most of his later life, because they might force him out of his self-imposed retreat, and that his career was meteoric for a reason: he was a man who would only, and could only, follow his instincts. “He was unique,” she says, “he was really a free man.”
In today's pictures, a security guard tackles an activist in Brussels, fighting breaks out in Taiwan's parliament, a horseman stands atop galloping horses in Germany, and more.
Time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Iranian dog owners under pressure, a bloom of mayflies, Kim Jong-un visiting Breeding Station No. 621, animals fleeing recent fires and floods, and a dachshund receiving acupuncture therapy. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [38 photos]
James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg on March 27, 2013 in London, England. The massive egg, from the now-extinct elephant bird sold for $101,813 at Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" sale, on April 24, 2013 in London. Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago. The egg, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed to date back before the 17th century. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Features and Essays
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Rena Effendi: Transylvania Hay Country (National Geographic) The old art of making hay on the grass-growing meadows of Transylvania | from the July issue of National Geographic magazine | Effendi’s agency
Ami Vitale: Montana Ranch (Photo Booth) A testament to a disappearing way of life and an ode to its endurance.
Rena Effendi: Spirit Lake (Institute) Located in an isolated and economically languishing area of North Dakota, Spirit Lake is a Sioux Indian reservation home to some 6,200 inhabitants
Raphaela Rosella: Teen Mothers in Australia (Feature Shoot)
Guillaume Herbaut: Unrest in Turkey (Institute)
LouLou d’Aki: Occupy Istanbul: Portraits of Turkey’s Protest Kids (NY magazine)
Enri Canaj: City of Shadows (Foto8) Athens, Greece
Lauren Greenfield: The Fast and The Fashionable (ESPN) In Monaco during F1 Grand Prix
Giovanni Cocco: The Life Of A Sibling With Disability (NPR Picture Show)
Riverboom: Giro d’Italia (Institute)
Robert Nickelsberg: Surviving Cold War (World Policy) Forces from Norway, Britain, and the Netherlands in training in the planet’s harshest climate in the Arctic Circle
Ian Willms: Following in the Mennonites’ Footsteps (LightBox)
Tomasz Lazar: In Kosovo, Bridging an Ethnic Divide (NYT)
Cathal McNaughton: Yarnbombers (Guardian) Photographer Cathal McNaughton has caught up with the Yarnbombers, the guerrilla knitters who plan to target the G8 using knitting or crochet rather than graffiti
Sebastian Liste / Reportage by Getty Images for TIME
Sebastian Liste: On the Inside: Venezuela’s Most Dangerous Prison (LightBox)
Pietro Paolini: Ecuador: Balance on the Zero (Terra Project)
Elizabeth Griffin and Amelia Coffaro: Capturing Life With Cancer At Age 28 (NPR Picture Show)
Lars Tunbjörk: Cremation: The New American Way of Death (LightBox)
Lucas Jackson: Tornado survivors of Moore (Reuters photo blog) multimedia
Andy Levin: Coney Island (NYT Lens)
Daniel Love: 200 Hours (Guardian)
Robert Herman: New York: A View of Inner Turmoil (NYT Lens)
Reed Young: The Ground Zero of Immigration: El Paso (LightBox)
Sara Lewkowicz: An unflinching look at domestic abuse (CNN photo blog)
Tony Fouhse: The Simple View of Ottawa (NYT Lens)
Justin Jin for the New York Times
Justin Jin: A Chinese Push for Urbanization (NYT)
Sean Gallagher: Climate change on the Tibetan plateau (Guardian) audio slideshow
Nic Dunlop: On the frontlines of a ‘Brave New Burma’ (CNN photo blog)
Zohra Bensemra: Pakistan’s female Top Gun (Reuters)
Paolo Marchetti: The Stains of Kerala (LightBox)
Behrouz Mehri / AFP / Getty Images
Behrouz Mehri: Life in Tehran, glimpsed through the rear window (AFP Correspondent)
Tyler Hicks: A New Strategy on One Syrian Front (NYT)
Laurent Van der Stockt: On The Damascus Front Lines (Le Monde)
Jason Larkin: Suez – Egypt’s Lifeline (Panos Pictures)
Nyani Quarmyne: Bridging Approaches to Mental Illness in Sierra Leone (NYT Lens)
Jake Naughton: Education of Girls in Kibera (Feature Shoot)
David Guttenfelder: Last Song for Migrating Birds (NGM) Across the Mediterranean, millions are killed for food, profit, and cruel amusement.
Nick Cobbing: Follow the Creatures (Photographer’s website) Antarctica
Nelli Palomäki: Portraits of Children (LightBox)
The Burning Monk 50th anniversary (AP) Malcolm Wilde Browne was 30 years old when he arrived in Saigon on Nov. 7, 1961, as AP’s first permanent correspondent there. From the start, Browne was filing the kind of big stories that would win him the Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 1964. But today, he is primarily remembered for a photograph taken 50 years ago on June 11, 1963, depicting the dignified yet horrific death by fiery suicide of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc.
Love struck: Photographs of JFK’s visit to Berlin 50 years ago reveal a nation instantly smitten (The Independent) Photographer Ulrich Mack accompanied Kennedy on the entire trip. The results, published this month as Kennedy in Berlin, have mostly never been seen before
Osman Orsal / Reuters
Images of Protest in Istanbul: The Woman in Red (No Caption Needed)
Photographer documents Istanbul ‘war zone’ in his own backyard on Facebook (NBC News photo blog)
Photographic Mood, on the Eve of Destruction (No Caption Needed)
Pixelating the reality? (Al Jazeera: Listening Post) Photography is a subjective medium, and how it is used will always depend on who is using it. | On Paul Hansen’s World Press Photo of the Year and post-processing in photojournalism in general
The Art of War – Ron Haviv (Viewpoint on Vimeo) A documentary from the public television of Greece, year 2013. Language: English | Greek Subtitles
Leading photojournalist captures the beating heart of a brutal world (Sydney Morning Herald) Forty years of covering atrocities has only reinforced James Nachtwey’s faith in humanity
Rita Leistner: Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (BagNewsNotes)
A Glance at the 2013 LOOK3 Photo Festival (LightBox)
Edouard Elias / Getty Images
Two journalists, including photographer Edouard Elias, abducted in Syria (BJP) According to Le Monde and BBC News, the two journalists, Didier François and Edouard Elias, were travelling to Aleppo in Syria when they were abducted by four armed men at a checkpoint
Syrian teacher turned war photographer (CNN) Nour Kelze describes her transition from English teacher in Aleppo to war photographer in the middle of Syria’s conflict.
A Paean to Forbearance (the Rough Draft) (NYT) The origins behind James Agee’s 1941 book, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a literary description of abject poverty in the South, accompanied by Walker Evans photographs.
The Woman in a Jim Crow Photo (NYT Lens)
Abigail Heyman, Feminist Photojournalist, Dies at 70 (NYT) Related
Nelson Mandela: a life in focus (Guardian) Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Greg Marinovich reflects on a legend of our time
Eman Mohammed in the Gaza Strip (Denver Post Plog)
Robert Capa’s vintage prints on show (BBC) To mark what would have been the 100th birthday of photographer Robert Capa, the Atlas gallery in London is holding an exhibition of his work. It comprises a wide range of prints from his time in Spain during the Civil War through World War II, and ending with the Indo China conflict where he lost his life.
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Featured photographer: Scout Tufankjian (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Carlo Gianferro (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Antonia Zennaro (Verve Photo)
American Girls: Photographs Offer Vision into American Girlhood (Daily Beast) Polish photographer Ilona Szwarc’s new exhibit captures 100 kids with their cult-classic toy, the American Girl doll.
Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography by Colin Graham – review (Guardian) This catalogue of recent Northern Irish photography shows a determination to leave the documentary style of the Troubles behind
After Lowry (FT magazine) Landscape photographer John Davies takes a series of pictures in the northwest of England inspired by the work of LS Lowry
Eric Maierson: This is what editing feels like (MediaStorm blog)
Interviews and Talks
Rodrigo Abd and Javier Manzano (C-Span)
Carolyn Drake (cestandard) An interview with Carolyn Drake, author of Two Rivers
Paul Conroy (Amanpour) The deadliest country on earth for journalists | Conroy on Marie Colvin’s last assignment
Alex Webb (LA Times Framed)
Christopher Anderson (GUP magazine)
Stuart Franklin (Vice) There’s More to Stuart Franklin Than the Most Famous Photo of the 20th Century
Paula Bronstein / Getty Images
Paula Bronstein (ABC Radio National Australia) Internationally acclaimed US photo journalist Paula Bronstein talks about bearing witness to human suffering through her photo essays.
John H. White (NPR Picture Show) Photo Staff Firings Won’t Shake Pulitzer Winner’s Focus
Joe McNally (NYT Lens) Photographing on Top of the World
David Guttenfelder (NGM) Photographer David Guttenfelder reflects upon why taking pictures of the slaughter of songbirds is like covering a war.
Alexandra Avakian / Contact Press Images
Jean-François Leroy (BJP) Visa pour l’Image organizer on the festival’s editorial line and the cost of covering war
Jean-François Leroy (BJP) Visa pour l’Image organizer on social media, the future of photojournalism and the need for greater cooperation
Marco Di Lauro (Image Deconstructed)
Evgenia Arbugaeva (Leica blog) Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner 2013
Jenn Ackerman (PBS NewsHours) One Photographer’s Experience Documenting Mentally Ill Inmates
Richard Misrach (PDN Pulse) Misrach on Documentary vs. Art, the Complications of Portraiture, and Digital Photography
Daniel Etter / Redux
Daniel Etter (LightBox Tumblr)
Espen Rasmussen (Panos Social)
Michael Christopher Brown (Window magazine)
Terry O’Neill (WSJ) The photographer on starlets, the Stones and Sinatra
Ewen Spencer (Vice) The Soul of UK Garage, As Photographed by Ewen Spencer
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.
In today's pictures, Swiss Shepherd dogs compete in Germany, protests rage in Turkey, teams compete in swamp soccer in Russia, and more.
In today's photos, Andy Murray faces Nicolas Mahut in London, a child sleeps at a brick factory in Kabul, two deer flee from the flood near Budapest, and more.
They keep things out or enclose them within. They're symbols of power, and a means of control. They're canvases for art, backdrops for street theater, and placards for political messages. They're just waiting for when nobody's looking to receive graffiti. Walls of all kinds demarcate our lives. -- Lane Turner (41 photos total).
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Workers clean the curtain wall of the 40-story National Bank of Economic Social Development in Rio de Janeiro on December 12, 2012. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)
Al Bello’s photograph of a springboard diver entering the water is one of many great pictures being auctioned for the Chris Hondros Fund Benefit. Bidding ends tonight. See more prints in the auction here: http://paddle8.com/auctions/chrishondrosfund
The Chris Hondros Fund was founded in honor of the Getty Images photographer who died on assignment in Misurata, Libya, in 2011. Chris had covered many of the world’s conflicts since the late 1990s, including the wars in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan and Iraq. The fund seeks to raise awareness about the work of photojournalists through lecture series, exhibitions and grants.
Caption: Christina Loukas of the United States competes in the Women’s 3m Springboard Diving Semifinal on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)