Monday, August 24, 2015

The Steven Frischling Power Hour

Some guy named "ArtoftheImage" who apparently has no ability to Google did a one-hour interview with Steven Frischling about photography. It went exactly as you would expect.


In the first 10 minutes alone, Frischling claims:
  • He first began shooting spot news at 10, on his bike, with a 1965 Nikkormat FS and Kodachrome (naturally)
  • He claims he did a photography project for 20 airlines, when over the course of 12 days he went around the world shooting in 15 cities in 13 countries and all on two iPhones. (Where are these photos?) (Looks like he really did this. Word is execution of this project was exactly what you would expect from Steven Frischling.)
  • His current work for spot news includes "abductions." (Where are these photos?)
  • He lost his job at CRN because he was "downsized," as they merged the art director and photo director positions. LOL.
  • He claims he did "social media" for Kodak from 1994 to 1999... (Apparently lying all day on AOL forums is considered social media, according to Frischling.)
  • He did a "Photo of the Day" project for Discovery Channel and FedEx showed up at his house with a rare 6 mm Nikkor lens (recent price: $160,000) and a Post It note that simply said "Figure this out." (Where are these photos?)

And it goes on and on and on with ridiculous tales. This is all so believable, isn't it? Let's take a look at his claim that he was "downsized" from CRN.

On two forums, he claims he voluntarily "quite" before he was about to be laid off (which makes so much sense, since layoffs from a major corporation usually go with severance packages! How does not getting a severance package "work out well" for him?). He claims he had to travel so much and he wanted to be with his son who "barely knew" him and his imaginary wife was getting "stretched to thing":
"I ended up quitting my job as a Director of Photography overseeing 5 international business magazines (worked out well as my job was about to be made 'redundant'). I quite because I wanted to be with my son and he barely knew me, and my wife was really getting stretched to thing." Sep 10, 2008 12:04
Five months later, the story has changed. On the SAME forum he now claims he resigned because of the "extreme pressure" for him to implement Work for Hire contracts for his "photogs," which he refused to do, because of his incredible integrity:
"Do NOT take it. Work For Hire is bad for you, bad for business, bad for the industry. At $5k per shoot WFH is bad for business. I actually left my job as a magazine director of photography, overseeing multiple international business magazines, in part because of the extreme pressure to implement a WFH contract. I'd be paying $750+ for the shoots, and as the person in charge I fought it and refused to issue it to my photogs." Feb 21, 2009 16:26

Now the story has changed and he was downsized, and the two positions merged into one. He said the same thing here on Twitter. That's odd - why was he quickly replaced by someone else with the same job title? Another photographer was hired and stayed for six+ years. That's a long time to be at a company where the job you do doesn't exist...

Perhaps the most ridiculous claim is around 26:30 when he brags that his daughter was a published photographer at age 4. Seriously. Somehow when he wasn't looking, apparently his 4-year-old daughter took his camera and took a picture that was chosen as a magazine cover and he only realized later that it wasn't his photo. And he gets some "demented pleasure" from his daughter "dodging junkies" shooting housefires. Who is Art of the Image and how is he so gullible as to believe this?

Happy lying!

32 comments:

  1. Fish why don't you be a man and respond to this? You've been caught in a lie so why don't you own up to it? You're a fucking coward that's why.

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  2. how can this guy not realize Frischling is full of shit? He just keeps fake laughing.

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  3. I somehow made it through the whole thing. You can tell he's lying by the cadence in his voice, the way he overemphasizes what he thinks is the "ta-da" moment in his sentence that will impress someone. Also the noticeable pauses after the question.

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  4. Is this fucker still working with SkyTeam? Or was this a lie too?

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  5. I have no doubt he gets "demented pleasure" from a lot of things. I feel very, very, very sorry for his daughter.

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  6. One thing that professional photographers fucking love to do is BTS work - behind the scenes videos. Surely for a "saavy" social media "expert" such as Fish, wouldn't he want to capitalize on how awesome the travel life is?

    I'm not going to listen to this retard - travel bloggers/TNI people are a bunch of liars, and he's the king of the bunch. I just feel bad for the people who actually believe this stuff.

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    1. he claims in the interview that he hates video and doesn't do it (which is a giveaway that he's no social media genius). The interviewer seems surprised by that and asks why and FishFuck says it takes too long to edit. What a genius.

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  7. "He claims he did a photography project for 20 airlines, when over the course of 12 days he went around the world shooting in 15 cities in 13 countries and all on two iPhones."

    that actually happened. it was his idea to follow around a bag in all of these places for skyteam. the pictures are just how you would expect them to be, poorly executed.

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    1. Boy! Skyteam definitely got their money's worth for Fish.

      And that's why OneWorld and StarAlliance are the leaders.

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  8. This interview is great and he kicks off the whole thing with a trademark lie. @3:30 the interviewer asks what was the first photo that he sold. Frischling says that he sold his first photo to the herald, a photo of two cops apprehending a carjacking suspect at the green acres mall in valley stream. Here are two other first photo sales…I am sure that every photographer remembers their first sold photo, not sure why it is so confusing for him.

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!search/steven$20frischling$20sold/rec.photo.help/SRn3Wguu1KY/ADDlc92raJgJ

    “I am from NY but I sold my first news shot to A.P. London and the the Evening Standard in London, and moved my way into being a AP stringer in Boston and selling to the two Boston papers.”

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!search/%22MailLeader%22/rec.photo.misc/u8NHNTRZkQs/7bOS0tlIQ-kJ

    “The first published photo I had was when I was 15 in my local paper of an
    Irish Activist talking to a high school class. This shot was the
    MailLeader in Valley Stream, NY.”

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    1. He has claimed he spent a year abroad in London in high school, but has no photos to prove it. It seems to me that all these lies are just his fantasy of what his life should be and he's too retarded to keep his stories straight

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  9. What kind of cock-gobbling douche nozzle enjoys putting his kid in danger?

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  10. The interviewr, Matt from "Art of the Image" is on Twitter @artoftheimage

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  11. Amazing, this guy Matt is dumber than Fish. What an embarrassment to be caught by Fish after this blog's existence became legend.

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    1. PT Barnum would be thrilled with the internet.

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  12. Any news on his new job? Turning Stone's twitter feed isn't full of misspelled lies and mentions of his visit to Bahrain so he can't be tweeting for them.

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  13. Man, is anything in this "interview" true? He just said that he has a Canon 5DMKII but never uses it. Then goes on to say that he usually shoots with two Canon 5Ds "simultaneously" but one is in the shop so now he shoots with a 5D and 40D. When the one in the shop returns he will most likely give it to his daughter to she can have two cameras. If he has a 5DMKII then why can't she just use that now? Any why in the hell would you own a 5DMKII and not use it? Moron.

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    1. He agreed his name is Steven Frischling. That part is true. Everything else is lies. This Matt idiot just eats it up! How can you not know he's full of shit?

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  14. The answer would be "no."

    Not a single word of truth comes from his lips.

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  15. "Due to my extensive research on airport thefts and how these people operate, I really would hesitate to check any gear, except certain types of gear under certain conditions."

    OK, So, I shouldn't check any gear except certain kinds under certain conditions. Got it. Thank you for being an aviation expert.

    http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?p=7635715

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  16. FishFuck just tweeted that he is flying back home tonight, though he only flew in yesterday. His claimed reason is that he needs to be there for his kids' first day of school. What are the odds he already got canned?

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    1. Maybe this is me - but if I had 3 kids, they're the priority - not flying around the world. That's why there are desk jobs.

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  17. His new position is "Director of Digital Media" for Turning Stone Resort and Casino

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    1. That's crazy. How could they hire someone like Fish as a director of anything? Did they not check this guy's background at all? He can't even direct his way to clean his toilet. Betcha all his references were fabricated.

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    2. Well, I'm sure he'll "quit" in the future because he got a "better offer." Because why tell us the truth that he got fired in early 2016?

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    3. You mean he'll quit right before he was about to be laid off, because who wants those severance packages when you can walk away empty handed?

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  18. "Now if you only you had your facts straight , did your homework..."

    One of Fish's 'favourite' things to tell people who challenge him when he has clearly lied through his teeth. Just like he did here when FishFraud called him out on trying to do business under the name 'Shoreline Lifestyle Photography' in 2010

    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/8884135103832064

    http://fishfraud.blogspot.com/2010/11/steven-frischling-dba-shoreline.html

    Unless there is another hack photographer in New England whose only claim to fame is getting a wire distributed photo in a news magazine...

    "Shoreline Lifestyle Photography's exclusive contract photographer provides our clients with more than a decade-and-a-half of experience creating images for major international news outlets, Fortune 100 corporations, and has worked with private commission clients around the Globe. Our exclusive contract photographer's accolades include awards from The Associated Press, the National Press Photographers Association, the New England Press Association and the New York Press Association. His work has appeared in Life Magazine's Year in Pictures, Time Magazine's Year in Pictures, and Life Magazine's Annual Photo Album and has been ranked among the Top 35 Wedding Photojournalists in the world by the Wedding Photojournalists Association."

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    1. I wonder if she got Shoreline Lifestyle Photography in the divorce? It might be the most valuable thing she received.

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    2. They were never married. He constantly referred to her as his wife because as always, Frischling is a liar.

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  19. Has anyone sent this entry, with comments, to the interviewer? I'd love to hear his response.

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  20. Dear Steven
    Did you know that today is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina? You know, that crazy hurricane that you went to New Orleans and covered a few days after it hit? Remember the gangs you encountered and that superinfection that you got? Man, what a wild and exhausting trip that was. It was so bad that you had to throw away your boots that had already survived covering Iraq. No, really! You said that! I'm including some links in case your memory might have lapsed from the super infection you picked up while there. https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/2743147454

    Please, please, please...if you're reading this (which I am pretty sure you are) please share with us some of the photos that you took down there. Show us the ones that you took on the Coast Guard air boat that went through the French Quarter. Did you see that same floating body that Brian Williams did?
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/467032717742178306

    I am really sorry that you had a "terribly" fever when you were there. I'm surprised that those military medics that were helping out people couldn't help you out. Those pesky super infections really are "nasty." Pretty admirable that you were able to pound out 4 days of work even though you were nearly dead. Thank GOD that illness wasn't contagious. You would have been like that host monkey that movie Outbreak and quite possibly could have wiped out those returning gangs in the Lower Ninth.
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/439139011144077313
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/423215618167676928
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/5550723265
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/3202688495

    OK, back to those pictures. I am personally DYING to see them. But, I am a little confused. Clear something up for me. Are the photos "stored on a hard drive buried in the black hole I call an office" OR are they with your "former employer, CMP/United Business Media?" Twitter says both, just need a little clarification.
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/10149976986
    https://twitter.com/flyingwithfish/status/10149801265

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