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Back from Perpignan and another great visit to Visa Pour l’Image… obviously a lot of  fun was had and it did hurt a bit looking at my bank balance this morning …but it was also a productive week or so in terms of showing work and meeting editors….and educational having sat through several photographers’ talks…Chris Morris and Gary Knight to mention just a couple…But if there are two words that really sum up Visa Pour l’Image 2011 for me, they are exhaustion and inspiration…Those were at least the two things on top of my mind landing back in London Monday evening… the late nights, early rises, and eventful days certainly took their toll…but you also get very inspired attending the evening screenings at Campo Santo or La Republique, looking at the exhibitions at places like Couvent de Minimes, showing and getting feedback for your work at Palais de Congress, or just talking shop with fellow photographers and other industry types over dinners in some of the many very fine restaurants or over drink at the famous La Poste…or just plain fooling around

photo: Barbara Davidson

My festival highlights in terms of looking at work were exhibition of Barbara Davidson’s Pulitzer winning work Caught in the Crossfire about innocent victims of LA gang warfare…and seeing Canon AFJ 2011 recipient Ilvy Njiokiktjien present a very well put-together multimedia version of her award winning series at the Canon stage…hope the video will be online soon somewhere, I’d love to be able to share it…

Before we look at the latest features, take a moment for this…

Fundraing for Anton Hammerl’s (1969-2011)  3 children…

Friends of Anton | related on BJP

It was unfortunate there was no tribute to Anton during Visa evening screenings as there were for Lucas Dolega, Chris Hondros, and Tim Hetherington,  apparently because Hammerl’s photos had not been released for free due to a misunderstanding (this according to BJP’s Olivier Laurent) …

Features and Essays 

Tenth anniversary of 9/11 in a few days…

Chris Anderson has a great video piece called Ten Years Later on the New Yorker Photo Booth…too bad the stills portfolio only shows 9 frames and doesn’t include some of my favourite stills seen in the video, including the below one…

Christopher Anderson: Ten Years Later | recommended video (The New Yorker: September 2011)

TIME have a gallery of some of James Nachtwey’s well-known as well as previously unpublished 9/11 photos up on Lightbox…

James Nachtwey: Revisiting 9/11: Unpublished Photographs (TIME LB: September 2011)

Damon Winter: The Sky Cowboys (NYT: September 2011) Related on NYT Lens | Related on NYT Mag 6th blog

Jason Eskenazi: Vanishing Points at Ground Zero (New Yorker: September 2011)

Stephane Sednaoui: 9/11 Search and Rescue (TIME LB: September 2011)

Newsweek: Ten Year Later (Newsweek: September 2011)

Libya…

Moises Saman: Migrants Face the Suspicions and Wrath of Libyan Rebels (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Magnum: Libya (Slate: September 2011)

Surprised to see Ron Haviv’s been shooting with iPhone in Libya…stupidly Vanity Fair Italy have cropped them for their slideshow…

Ron Haviv: Libya (Vanity Fair Italy: August 2011)

Marco Salustro: Last Days of Gaddafi Regime (Photographer’s archive: September 2011)

New features on Haviv’s agency’s site… VII Photo were celebrating theirs tenth anniversary in Perpignan…

Marcus Bleasdale: South African Farm Workers (VII: September 2011)

Ed Kashi: Turkey (VII: September 2011)

Eric Bouvet: Bab al-Aziziya (VII Network: September 2011)

Peter diCampo: The Pajarito Mesa – An Energy Case Study (VII Mentor: September 2011)

Another VII Mentor program photographer, Erin Trieb,  had work on the New Yorker’s Photo Booth… Hipstas…

Erin Trieb: New York Meets Hurricane Irene (New Yorker: August 2011)

Christopher Morris: Beatus (Photographer’s Vimeo: August 2011)

Yuri Kozyrev: The Light of Caucasus (TIME LB: September 2011)

Robert Nickelsberg: Postcard from Brooklyn: Celebrating Eid (The New Yorker: September 2011)

Terrific Perpignan coverage on the NYT Lens blog courtesy of Mr James Estrin….All three below were exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image…

Walter Astrada: Violence Against Women (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Was great to see Shaul Schwarz’s Narco Culture project exhibited… Big fan of the work…I had the opportunity to attend Getty Reportage photographers’ meeting being part of the Emerging Talent, and Shaul showed us the trailer for the feature documentary…Very much looking forward to it…

Shaul Schwarz: Narco Culture (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: Candid Moments From the British Underworld (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Jonathan Saruk on Reportage site with another not so obvious Kabul subject…the last one was Kabul cinemas if you don’t remember…

Jonathan Saruk: Driving Schools in Kabul (Reportage by Getty Images: September 2011)

Gianmarco Maraviglia: Egypt – A Country in Between (Parallelo Zero: 2011)

Lee Friedlander: America By Car (Guardian: September 2011)

Patrick Smith: Leisure Territories (TIME LB: September 2011)

Daria Tuminas: Ivan and the Moon (Firecracker: September 2011)

Human Endeavour: Degeneration (Foto8: September 2011) Human Endeavour website

Sean Gallagher: The Panda’s Forest (The Atlantic: August 2011)

Interviews

James Nachtwey on 9/11…

James Nachtwey : on 9/11 (TIME: September 2011) video and interview by Marco Grob as part of Beyond 9/11 : Portraits of Resilience 

Lynsey Addario was on CNN on talking about working in Somalia on a recent assignment for Newsweek…(thanks to @tammydavid for pointing me to this piece)

Lynsey Addario (CNN: September 2011)

Great Visa coverage by British Journal of Photography’s La Poste desk…aka Mr Scoop aka Olivier Laurent…here are some of the interviews…

Barbara Davidson : From the Pulitzer to Perpignan (BJP: September 2011)

More on Shaul Schwarz’ and his Narco Culture project…

Shaul Schwarz (BJP: September 2011)

Aidan Sullivan : “The Getty Grants have become a lifeline for photojournalists” (BJP: September 2011)

Stanley Greene (BJP: September 2011)

Yuri Kozyrev : Visa Pour l’Image 2011 (Euronews: September 2011)

Ed Ou : Winner of City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award 2011  (TIME LB: September 2011)

Mike Kamber  : ” I want to carry on the legacy (takepart.com: 2011)

Sebastian Liste (La Lettre: September 2011)

Ron Haviv : Freelance in a World at Risk (1998) (Youtube)

Eirik Johnson (Youtube)

Ed Kashi : Eye-to-eye (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Donovan Wylie (National Medium Museum Vimeo: 2011)

Antoine d’Agata (Vimeo)

‘This Is What I Do. This Is All That I Know.” – Joao Silva

Part of NYT Lens’ Visa coverage…Joao Silva had a show of his Afghanistan work…

Joao Silva (NYT Lens: August 2011)

My favourite frame of Silva’s exhibition made me think of  other  photos I’ve seen of the B52 trails in the Afghan skies…photos which kind of seem to sum up and symbolise for me the long term foreign influence in the country…Of course the US and its allies have been in Afghanistan for 10 years with tens of thousands of boots on the ground…but when you think longer term…How will the last ten years of fight against the Taliban be seen in 20 years… 30 years… or 50 years? With US and its allies planning to reduce their presence in the country, will this most most recent war in Afghanistan be seen just as ‘a 10 years-or-so long in-and-out bomber round’? What has really been achieved?

Below Silva’s frame side-by-side Anderson’s, Knight’s, and Boulat’s…

Two more interviews…

Simon Norfolk (Institute: 2011)

Shannon Stapleton (Reuters blog: 2011)

Articles

Visa news….

Well deserved award for Kozyrev…

BJP: Yuri Kozyrev wins Visa d’Or award

I think Peter Dench nails the Perpignan experience with these videos…

Hungry Eye TV: The Dench Diary at Visa Pour l’Image Day 1 /  Day 2 /Day 3 / Day 4/ Day 5 / Day 6 (Hungry Eye: September 2011)

Visa Pour l’Image: Oliver Jobard Visa d’or Feature Award winner (festival website: September 2011)

Panos Pictures blog: Shiho Fukada Daily Press award at Visa (Panos blog: September 2011)

La Lettre: Guillaume Herbaut : Prix Webdocumentaire 2011 (La Lettre: September 2011)

Getty: Editorial Grants winners (Getty: September 2011)

NYT: Peacekeepers in Somalia Fire on Car, Leaving a Journalist Dead (NYT: September 2011)

photo: James Nachtwey

Life.com: They Were There: 9/11 Photographers (Life.com: September 2011) Related: All life.com’s September 11  galleries

Guardian: The meaning of 9/11′s most controversial photo Thomas Hoepker’s photo of New Yorkers apparently relaxing as the twin towers smoulder says much about history and memory (Guardian: September 2011)

The former executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller reassesses his Iraq war support…

photo: Alexandra Boulat

Bill Keller: My Unfinished 9/11 Business (NYT Mag: September 2011)

Tom Junod in Esquire on one of the most iconic 9/11 photographs…

Tom Junod: The Falling Man (Esquire: September 2011)

photo: Sebastian Meyer

BJP: Listening in: The use of audio in photography (BJP: 2011)

10b Photography is a post-production lab in Rome with a very  impressive client list … there’s an interesting piece on their website on the lab’s ethics….

photo: Yuri Kozurev / NOOR . Digital Imaging by 10b Photography

10b Photography: Ethics (10 Photography website)

Errol Morris’ book Seeing is Believing review on New York Times…

NYT: Errol Morris Looks for the Truth in Photography (NYT: September 2011)

NYT Lens: ‘Where Is the Front Page in Cyberspace?’ (NYT Lens: September 2011)

NYT: When the Camera Takes Over for the Eye (NYT: September 2011)

NYT: One Eye on the Door, the Other on His Photography (NYT: September 2011)

CPN: Photographers for Hope (CPN: 2011)

La Lettre: James Nachtwey leaves VII (La Lettre: September 2011)

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Jorge Guerrero (Guardian: September 2011)

Magnum: Steve McCurry is the first winner of the newly created Leica Hall of Fame Award (Magnum: September 2011)

“Is photojournalism dead? NO – it’s alive and kicking!”  - Tom Stoddart

Getty Images blog: Visa Pour l’Image (Getty blog: August 2011)

David Campbell: Thinking Images v.21: Seeing the dead (DC blog: September 2011)

Want an overview of the challenges facing photojournalism in the new media economy? See Campbell’s back catalogue

Stephen Mayes and Tim Hetherington on war and sexuality…

Stephen Mayes and Tim Hetherington: Theatre of War or ‘La Petite Mort’ (pdf)  (DC blog: 2011) related

Guardian: The head of photography on… picture manipulation and trust in news imagery Acceptable uses of Photoshop in the Guardian and Grazia (Guardian: September 2011)

Verve: Benjamin Rasmussen (Verve Photo: September 2011)

The Atlantic: The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time (The Atlantic: 2011)

Apps

British Journal of Photography releases iPad App.. I had a chance to see it at Visa and I have to say it does look good!

Info on the magazine’s website: British Journal of Photography comes to the iPad

Sneak preview here

In iTunes Store

The BJP app promises to give  ” readers the highlight features of our print editions together with extra features, photos and a raft of new multimedia and video content, including a moving image cover created by New York-based artists Reed+Rader. “

Issue #1, available free from 7 September, includes:  Exclusive interviews with celebrated portrait photographer Anton Corbijn and acclaimed German film director Wim Wenders on the relationship between still and motion images;  Five photographers, including Tim Walker and Zed Nelson, discuss their first adventures in filmmaking; A special report on the role of photojournalism since 9/11 Q&A with legendary South African photographer David Goldblatt etc. etc..

Reuters is also coming out with their own app for the App…

Reuters: The Wider Image

Also…

Greenpeace releases photography app

Light It Magazine

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Tim Hetherington Grant by World Press Photo | related on BJP

The PhotoPhilantrophy Activist Award

Aaron Siskind 2011 Individual Photographer’s Fellowships

NGM Photo Contest

College Photographer of the Year

Agencies

Happy 4th Anniversary to NOOR

photo: Robert Christina / Nikon Europe

Institute for Artist Management : Motion page

Crowd funding

Laura El-Tantawy : I’ll Die For You: suicide in rural India (Kickstarter)

Mariella Furrer  : My Piece of Sky: Memories of Child Sexual Abuse (Kickstarter)

Pete Brook : ’Prison Photography’ on the Road: Stories Behind the Photos (Kickstarter)

Blogs

TIME Lightbox Tumblr

Jobs

PDN is hiring a Managing Editor

Senior Technician at Bournemouth

Photographers

Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Nadav Neuhaus

Natasha Fillion

Monique Jaques

Rafael Fabres

Jonathan Saruk

Maximiliano Braun

Allison Shelley

Jonathan Lewis

Gordon Welters

James Chance

Stephen Kosloff

Michael Barrientos

Daphne Plomp

Books and Exhibitions

Michelle Sank : The Submerged : Hot Shoe Gallery : PV 8 September 1830-2100 :  Book published by Schilt Publishing

To finish off…

Portrait photographer charging by weight

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Been a week since last updates… Busy times…both professionally and personally, with a friend visiting from Caracas, but here we go again…

A proof of how hectic it’s been, is that I haven’t even hit the NYT Paywall 20 free articles limit yet…and I was able not only see all of O’Reilly’s photos on the Lens blog, but also read the article (If I remember correctly, after I’m going to hit the 20, I can only see the photos but not the text)…

Features and Essays – Finbarr O’Reilly: On the Road to Revolution (NYT Lens blog: April 2011) Libya

I found some of Chris Morris’ Libya series Theater of War on Lightbox to be very reminiscent of his My America..Check this out…Libya frames on the left…(you can see the comparison bigger here)

Features and Essays – Christopher Morris: Theater of War (TIME: April 2011)

New York Times’ Libya gallery..

Related… A lot of talk about Condition ONE recently.. Not necessarily so keen on it myself…

Articles - TIME Lightbox: Condition ONE : A New Way to Photograph War (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Athit Perawongmetha : Too Close to Fukushima: Inside the Exclusion Zone (TIME: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Giovanni Cocco: Evros: Long Ways to Europe (VII Mentor: April 2011) Illegal immigrants arriving into the EU | Cocco’s website

Stephanie Sinclair’s Newsweek cover story on Hillary Clinton now VII website

Features and Essays - Stephenie Sinclair: Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights (VII: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jonathan Saruk: Postcard from Yemen (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Dominic Nahr: The Uprising: Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Andrea Bruce: Egypt’s Democratization (VII Network: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Joao Pina: Tunisia (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Lynsey Addario: Libya Uprising (VII Network: April 2011)

Features and Essays - David Spero: Churches (National Media Museum Vimeo: 2011)

Features and Essays – Andy Sewell: The Heath (Telegraph: April 2011)

I went to the National Portrait Gallery here in London on Friday, partly to show it to my friend but also to see the latest acquisitions…some Kate Peters, and Spencer Murphy in there…Also had another look at Jason Bell’s An Englishman in New York room…

I had seen it already before, but it is worth seeing a second time.. The project is out as a book.. and TIME featured it on their photo gallery…

Features and Essays – Jason Bell: An Englishman in New York (TIME: March 2011)

New work by Martin Parr on Magnum Photos website…

Features and Essays - Martin Parr: The Goutte d’Or (Magnum: April 2011) Cultural diversity in north Paris

Prefer the new work on his blog….

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: Modern Fashion Warfare (Photographer’s blog: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Laura Lean: Restoring Kabul’s bazaar (BBC: April 2011) Lauran Lean’s website

Agencies - VII April 2011 Newsletter

Saw Marcus Bleasdale tweet the other day..that he has new work from Djibouti, China and Iceland on his website..

Articles - NPPA: Joao Silva Doing Exceptional Following Major Reconstructive Surgery (NPPA: April 2011)

Articles - BagNewsNotes: Amanda Rivkin in Hungary: Toxic Red Sludge (BNN: April 2011)

A lot of talk about this on the Twittersphere last week…

Articles - Guardian: Deutsche Börse: When is contemporary photography not photography? (Guardian: April 2011) This year’s Deutsche Börse prize show has just opened, but are the shortlistees photographers at all – and should the Photographers’ Gallery rethink its name?

Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen work, which was featured on NYT Magazine under the title The Shrine Down the Hall is nominated for a National Magazine Award in News and Documentary Photography category…


Articles – NYT: National Magazine Award Nominations (NYT: April 2011)

April 2011 issue of British Journal of Photography is out…Loads of interesting articles and interviews, including one with Anton Corbijn…

and New South Africans, which features work by Mikhael Subotzky…

…and Wim Wenders (cover!), and Intelligence section about crowdfunding and NYT Mag’s redesign…Worth checking out if you have £6.99 / $14.99 to spare.

From BJP online…

Articles - BJP: Photographic organisations unite for Bill of Rights campaign (BJP: April 2011)

ArticlesGetty Images is offering $100,000 in grants to photojournalists. Enter before 01 May

How to spot a faked photo… (via @JamesEstrin)..

Digital forensics (Mit.edu: April 2011) Photo experts converge at MIT to discuss how to spot doctored images.

Also via James’ Twitter feed… “Altaf Qadri, Award-winning AP photographer, missing in Libya | StarTribune.com”

InterviewsCarl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (Rob Galbraith DPI: April 2011)

InterviewsSara Terry (PDN: April 2011)

InterviewsJames Nachtwey reflects on the genocide in Rwanda (TIME LB: April 2011)

InterviewsDavid Burnett – Iran revolution (Youtube)

Interviews - Christopher Anderson (Acrental.wordpress.com: April 2011)

InterviewsLynsey Addario (CPJ: April 2011)

InterviewsSteve McCurry on his iconic photograph ‘Tailor in Monsoon, Porbandar, India’ (Phaidon: April 2011)

Interviews - William Klein (Telegraph: April 2011)

Interviews - Christian Als (Telegraph: April 2011)

Interviews - Chris Jordan (Telegraph: April 2011)

From the NYT Lens blog Turning Point series…

InterviewsTy Cacek (NYT Lens: April 2011)

MultimediaAuto de Fe

Awards IdeasTap Photographic Award with Magnum Photos : Deadline 3 May 2011

Awards Foto8 Summershow open for entries!

AwardsAOP Assistant Awards

Workshops - Foundry Photojournalism Workshop : Bilingual classes – Clases bilingües at Foundry

AwardsThe City of Levallois Photographic Award is now calling for entries. Winner gets an exhibition and €10,000

The new Vivian Maier website will launch soon…You can subscribe to the newsletter at http://viv.ma/newsletter to be informed about the launch (via @martinfuchs)

New edition of Lens Culture – online

Collectives - Terra Project April 2011 newsletter

PhotographersStuart Leech

Photographers - Pierfrancesco Celada

Photographers - Karen Mirzoyan

Photographers - Cheryl Dunn

Festivals / Exhibitions - NYPH 2011  : Provocation – Selected Entries (NYPH Vimeo: April 2011)

Always fascinated reading about photographers and their promos…

Benjamin Rasmussen shares his latest promo on his blog here

I also like reading about what photographers have in their bags… Justin Mott reveals his bag’s contents, which might not be quite what you’d expect….

Blogs - Justin Mott: Finally Revealed!!! What’s In My Camera Bag (Photographer’s blog: April 2011)

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Features and Essays - Magnum Photos: Where Artists and Writers Live and Work (Slate: August 2010)

Features and Essays - New Yorker Photo Booth: The Road Back to New Orleans (work by Stanley Greene and Kadir van Lohuizen) (New Yorker: August 2010)

Features and Essays - Irina Kalashnikova: North Korea (Reportage by Getty Images: August 2010) Kalashnikova’s website

Features and Essays – NYT Magazine: Documenting the Life of 20-Somethings (NYT Mag: August 2010) 13 young photographers document their generation using iPhones

Features and Essays – Stefano di Luigi: Kenya Drought (VII Magazine August 2010)

Features and Essays - Ian Teh: Dark Clouds [multimedia] (Panos Pictures: August 2010) China

Features and Essays – Robin Hammond: As I See It (Panos Pictures: August 2010)

Features and Essays – Tomas Munita: A Workers’ Revolt Endures in Peru (NYT: August 2010)

Features and Essays - Gareth Phillips: Rogue Tailor Needles Savile Row, Gets Himself a (Law)Suit (WSJ: August 2010)

Features and Essays - Joseph Rodriguez: Personal Violence (Visura: August 2010)

Agencies – Stockland Martel : website : blog

Interviews and TalksEd Kashi : A Photographer’s Journey Near and Far (FORA.tv: August 2010)

Interviews - Charlie Mahoney (BJP: August 2010)

InterviewsRobert Caplin (NYT Lens: August 2010)

InterviewsSteve Peck -Picture Editor, Wired Magazine (Professional Photographer: 2010)

InterviewsJames Mullinger – Photo Editor, GQ Magazine (Professional Photographer: 2010)

Photographers - Benjamin Rasmussen

PhotographersNatalie Behring

PhotographersLuca Tronci

PhotographersLuca Sola

PhotographersCharlotte Kesl

TwitterJason Andrew

Awards - Magnum Expression Award : Deadline August 31 2010

Awards - BJP International Photography : September 30 2010

AwardsTerry O’Neill Award : Deadline October 22 2010

Time for a little rant…

Photo: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

There have been a lot of complaints that the international community’s response to the devastating Pakistan floods has been inadequate. It got me thinking of the response and reaction of the Western photojournalism community, more specifically from publishers and photographers. Of course the initial death toll caused by the Pakistan floods is nothing compared to the Haiti earthquake, but its repercussions are in a sense bigger, with 6 million people in desperate need of emergency aid according to the UN. Now I remember, as I’m sure everyone does, how photographers  - both media and self- assigned – rushed to Haiti to cover the earthquake aftermath, but I haven’t seen anything even remotely close to that kind of reaction and response as a result of the Pakistan floods. I wonder why that might be?  After the Haiti earthquake struck, TIME magazine immediately sent two photographers there, Shaul Schwarz and Timothy Fadek, whose work was shown prominently  in a daily updated photo gallery on the magazine’s website, and a week into the aftermath they also dispatched James Nachtwey. I just had a look at TIME’s photo essays page on their website, and there is only one single Pakistan floods gallery, published on August 2, which is made up of photographs taken by EPA, AP, Reuters, and Getty Images photographers. And New York Times, who sent several of their own staffers, including Damon Winter,  and regular freelancers to Haiti, has opted not to send anyone of their own to Pakistan, instead publishing several photo galleries (here, here, and here) made up entirely of wire photographs. So there are photographers on the ground and of course NYT has to be congratulated for publishing some of the work, but I would argue that if a newspaper or a magazine is committed to seriously covering an issue, like both TIME and NYT did in Haiti, they will assign their own photographers. And I would argue that one can potentially receive a more comprehensive view of a catastrophic situation such as the Pakistan floods, at least photographically, by looking at larger bodies of work each done by single observers. I tend to overlook those photo galleries made up of several photographers’ work, those ‘wire galleries’ as I call them, no matter how good the work in them might be – as in the case of Getty’s Daniel Berehulak whose always terrific photos can be seen as part of the only TIME Pakistan floods gallery – and preferring to see work comprising a singular vision such as Alixandra Fazzina’s flood photos on NOOR website. I just hope there were more photographers out there in Pakistan doing this kind of in-depth work. You’d expect so, as you’d expect the aid dollars piling up, considering the magnitude of the natural catastrophe…

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