Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Streets of This Town: Blue-Nosed Pit

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:30 PM

This little photo series will feature random pics I take on long walks through Tucson—to sort of coincide with my column Tucson Salvage. It's called "Streets of this Town" and it begins today.

I met this guy Dan at Navajo near Stone Ave. He was selling is lovely blue-nose pit Romeo for $200. I didn't have $200.
Dan and Romeo. - BRIAN SMITH
  • Brian Smith
  • Dan and Romeo.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Since 2001, thousands of migrant have died in the desert of the U.S.-Mexico border. Activists, professionals and migrants talk about the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Arizona borderlands.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Four Tucson Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow Now

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 9:41 PM

In need of some local Instagram inspiration? Look no further. These four Instagram accounts have done an exceptional job in harnessing the unique essence of Tucson, while still maintaining their own personality. Great aesthetic and with a local focused—what could be better right? 

1. Tucson Fashion Week

Tucson Fashion Week may be over, but that doesn't mean that the fabulous photos have to stop. All throughout the year they post glamorous and high quality shots that would make any fashion lover proud. 

2. Tasting Tucson 
For all my Tucson foodies, this is the account for you. From sweet to savory, from fast food to high end, Tasting Tucson has the posts to make your stomach grumble.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Cosplay Confidential: Check Out These Outfits from Phoenix Comicon

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM

With the San Diego Comic Con now in full swing, the Range is bringing you a collection of photos from this summer's Phoenix Comicon, which drew at least 100,000 people and has become one of the biggest events in downtown Phoenix. (A hotel manager told us it was second only to the Super Bowl—and even the Super Bowl wasn't as big in some ways, since so many of the events were off in Glendale.)

Photos by Scott Smith, who had the most massive stash of comics I'd ever seen in my life when I met him in the sixth grade at Lineweaver Elementary.

By the way, if you want a chance to celebrate geek culture at a cooler time of the year, the Phoenix Comicon folks now have a fall event, the Phoenix Fan Fest, coming up Oct. 22-23. Learn all about it here.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Busy Season At Old Main

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM


With the UA's spring commencement ceremonies rapidly approaching, it's rare to pass by the iconic Old Main building without seeing a photo session in progress. Today, 90 AVID students from Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nev. pose for a group photo on the stair case. The students, chaperoned by 10 parent and teacher volunteers, visited four campuses across Arizona this week to give students a feel for the differences between public and private, small and large universities. 

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The Lizards Have Returned

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 2:33 PM

  • Rebecca Noble
Now that the warm weather is here to stay, Tucson's lizards are reemerging and are back to their usual habits of sunbathing on rocks and scurrying across sidewalks ahead of passerby. This lizard was found scrambling around outside of the Arizona State Museum on Friday, April 15 and struck a brief pose. 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Shop Local: Yikes

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 2:41 PM

  • Jim Nintzel

Robots! Books! Sea Monkeys! Local art! This is where we're shopping today. Brighten someone's holiday season and shop local with a visit to perennial Best of Tucson winner  Yike's Toys, 2930 E. Broadway. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Make This Tucson Burlesque Book a Reality, Get Rhinestone Pasties

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Burlesque is a big deal locally. Now, Tucson Burlesque is (hopefully!) coming to you in book form.

Steve McMackin (you might know him as the art director behind Edible Baja) is a photographer intimately familiar with the Old Pueblo's burlesque scene:
In October 2010, Black Cherry Burlesque asked me to photograph their 2010 Halloween show. It was a ton of fun, and a real technical challenge to photograph the performers. So I came back for their next show... and the next... and the next… after 5 years, 150,000 photos, 1,100+ acts, 150+ performers and 50+ shows it's time to bring these photos off of Facebook and into the real world. This is the best of the best: about one photo per one thousand taken is being selected for inclusion in the book. 
Honestly, just watch his video about the project. The photos are beautiful.

The book's existence depends on how its Kickstarter goes, and the fundraising effort has a bit of ground to cover: McMackin has set the goal for $22k and the deadline for Dec. 1.

Ambitious? Absolutely—but there is good reason: 
My photos have until now only been seen on Facebook, whose compression algorithms do awful things to photos. Even in print, most people do digital printing for short-run books, which doesn't have the sharpness or deep blacks that will really make these photos shine.

So we are going for the gold and are getting the book printed at an offset press, with CMYK plates, with careful color checking, in a nice thick hard-bound book. If we get funded, we'll start with a 9" x 12" book at 160 pages, but if we meet a few stretch goals, we can get a larger, 12" x 12" book with 200 pages for the same price.

This is going to be a really nice book that you can leave on the living room table. I've picked out a few thousand of my favorite photos, and as soon as the kickstarter funds I'll start designing it. I'm also planning on writing a little about some of the photos and telling some interesting stories, but the focus is burlesque performances.

click image Diamonda Morgue performing at the Surly Wench Pub with Black Cherry Burlesque on Aug. 3, 2012. - PHOTO BY STEVE MCMACKIN/IMPULSE NINE MEDIA
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  • Diamonda Morgue performing at the Surly Wench Pub with Black Cherry Burlesque on Aug. 3, 2012.

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