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Apologies for no updates in nearly three weeks…just been busy with own work… But here we go again. Loads to share…

Features and Essays

Brilliant…Full edit of Gene Smith’s classic ‘Country Doctor’ online for the first time on LIFE.com….

Eugene Smith: Country Doctor (Life.com)

Finally received the first issue of my annual National Geographic Magazine subscription..Bought annual deal in NatGeo’s Regent Street store in London in August…Found out in December my activation hadn’t gone through, and then told should start receiving issues from January….Got on my nerves…Five months wait… oh well… Glad to finally being able to enjoy print issues on regular basis…From the February 2012 issue….

Amy Toensing: Papua New Guinea’s Cave People (NGM)

Gerd Ludwig: Astana, Kazakhstan (NGM)

This week’s Time International cover story…Christopher Morris has been back to the White House…

Christopher Morris: Inside Barack Obama’s World (Lightbox)

Republican primaries…

Two series by Charles Ommanney for Newsweek…

Charles Ommanney: South Carolina Trail (Newsweek)

Charles Ommanney: The Granite State Weighs In (Newsweek)

Chris Morris from New Hampshire for TIME…

Christopher Morris: New Hampshire Primary (Lightbox)

Brooks Kraft: Running Romney (Photo Booth)

Mark Makela: How to Run for President (zReportage)

One year since the Egypt revolution…Ed Ou video and slideshow on NYT

Ed Ou and Ben Solomon: Reflections on an Unfinished Revolution (NYT) video

Ed Ou: Youth in Egypt (NYT Lens)

Ed Ou: The Ongoing Revolution (Photographer’s website)

Denix Dailleux: Egyptian Artists (Newsweek)

Nice series by Adam Dean…

Adam Dean: Kachin Come Under Siege in Myanmar (NYT)

Erika Larsen’s beautiful Sami work on NYT Lens…

Erika Larsen: Sami People (NYT Lens)

Alejandro Chaskielberg:  Horn of Africa (BBC)

Eunice Adorno: The Flower Girls: Mennonites in Mexico (Lightbox)

Ed Kashi: Turkey (VII)

Nikos Economopoulos: India in Colour (Magnum)

Ron Haviv: The Devastating Costs of the Amazon Gold Rush (Smithsonian)

Glenna Gordon: Living with the Past in Liberia (Lightbox)

Greg Girard: Lifestyle on U.S. Military Bases (NYT Lens)

Rina Castelnuovo: In Israel, a Clash Between the Secular and Ultra-Orthodox  (NYT)

Steve Shelton: Sudan’s Secession Crisis (zReportage)

Richard Tsong Taatarii: Baby Buddha (zReportage)

Mimi Chakarova: Sold for Sex in Eastern Europe (CNN Photo blog)

Luigi Baldelli: Afghanistan (Corriere.it)

Leon Borensztein: American Portraits (Lightbox)

Sean Gallagher: The Smog That Ate Beijing (Foreign Policy)

Louise Serpa: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (NYT Lens)

Brian Cassey: Hong Kong’s Poor Living in Cages (CNN Photo blog)

Leonard Freed: Behind New York City’s ‘Police Work’ (Lightbox)

Jeff Harris: 4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting (Lightbox)

Giuliano Camarda: Jahalin Bedouins in East Jerusalem (Photographer’s website)

Åsa Sjöström: Turkana Draught (Moment Agency)

Ragnar Axelsson: Greenland (Polka)

Joel Sternfeld:  First Pictures (Photo Booth)

Kalpesh Lathigra: From the Film Set of ‘Coriolanus’ (Photobooth)

Jessica Ingram: Following the Trail of Civil Rights (NYT Lens)

Joseph Szabo: Coming of Age in America (Lightbox)

Davide Monteleone: Red Thistle (VII)

NPR photographer David Gilkey has been discovering Russia by rail…

David Gilkey: Russia By Rail (NPR)

Larry Racioppo: New York Housing Pictures (NYT Lens)

Peter Mcdiarmid: Year in Pictures 2011 (Photographer’s Vimeo)

Kieran Dodds: The Scottish Highland Games (The Atlantic)

Lee Jeffries: Homeless (Guardian)

Interviews

Chris Johns, Editor, National Geographic Magazine (burn Magazine)

Patti Smith (BBC)

Steve McCurry on fall of Kodak (BBC)

Alejandro Chaskielberg (BBC)

Adam Dean (Digital Photo Pro)

Luca Sage (Sojournposse)

Guy Martin (BBC) Starts at around 17 mins.

Toni Greaves : Radical Love, The Promise (BJP)

Jason Larkin : Cairo Divided (BJP)

Joel Sartore (NPR)

Heidi Levine on working in Libya (laurenmwolfe.com)

Chris Floyd (Hungry Eye Mag Vimeo)

Maggie Steber (NPR)

Ron Haviv (TV4.se)

Jim Wilson (NYT Lens)

Umit Bektas, Reuters photographer ,  reflects on the essence of war (MSNBC)

Rineke Dijkstra (PDN)

Shelby Lee Adams : An Ode to Appalachia (PDN)

Christopher Manson (NYT Lens)

Errol Morris : ‘We’ve forgotten that photographs are connected to the physical world’ (Guardian)

Sebastian Liste (GUP Magazine)

John McDermott (PDN)

Antonio Faccilongo (KL Photoawards)

Sean Gallagher (Asiasociety.org)

Articles

photo: William Eggleston

Guardian: The Month in Photography |The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, featuring Pieter Hugo, Eve Arnold, William Eggleston, Don McCullin and Annie Leibovitz|

photo: Simon Roberts

FT: A New Beginning(FT Magazine) | “After the disasters of the past year, we asked photographers to look at the people and places putting themselves back together again in 2012″ |Toshiki Senoue,  Davide Monteleone, John Davies, Jim Dow, Antoine Doyen,  Massimo Vitali, Simon Roberts, Laura Pannack,  Michael Collins, and Marcus Bleasdale

NYT: Blame Photoshop, Not Diabetes, for This Amputation

Radu Sigheti: The Problem with Prizes (Reuters photo blog)

BBC News: Syria unrest: French journalist Gilles Jacquier killed

World Press Photo: Preparing for Judging

David Burnett: Talent Added: Photojournalism

Ed Kashi: 3 Qualities of a photojournalist

Little Brown Mushroom blog: On Marrying a Photographer

AP: AP opens full news bureau in North Korea

Guardian: Why newspapers are closing the shutters on staff photographers

Guardian: Is photography the most influential medium for environmental awareness?

Guardian: Decisive moment? Smartphones steal focus from point-and-shoot cameras

Congratulations to Danfung Dennis for being nominated for an Oscar for Hell and Back Again…

Oscar.go.com: Documentary Feature Nominee: Hell and Back Again

Aidan Sullivan to Replace David Friend as World Press Photo Jury Chair (Reportage Tumblr)

Wayne Ford: The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs’ by Magnum Photographer Alex Webb

David Gonzalez: Life — and Kodak — Remembered (NYT Lens)

Ben Roberts: Exposure Don’t Buy You Shit! (Photographer’s blog)

Poynter: Washington Post raises eyebrows, questions with ‘composite’ photo on front page

NYT Lens: The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League

NYT Lens: William Gedney’s View of Myrtle Avenue

NYT Lens: Parting Glance: Eve Arnold 

Sean O’Hagan writes on Eve Arnold’s touching photograph of a bar girl in Havana…

Guardian: The big picture: Bar Girl in a Brothel in the Red Light District, Havana, 1954

Guardian: Happy birthday, Firecracker: the site for female photographers | In an industry still dominated by men, Firecracker promotes and supports women working in photography

NYT: After an Arrest, Civil Rights Questions

CNN: CNN Digital Names Simon Barnett As Photography Director 

Guardian: Leo Maguire’s Best Shot

BJP: Christopher Anderson signs with New York Magazine

BJP: AFP v. Morel: Both parties moving for summary judgment

BJP: Photographer Lauren Greenfield sued for defamation

BJP: How are the Tate, V&A and National Media Museum investing in photography?

BJP: London Underground apologises for DSLR ban blunder

photo: Chris Hondros

Foreign Policy: Photos that mattered in 2011

NYT Mag 6th floor blog: Entering Weegee’s World

DuckRabbit: Cameras, communication and the intimacy of a moment.

David Campbell: Thinking Images v.25: Iran as perpetual enemy

Miniature helicopter in new use…

NGM: Field Test: Serengeti Lions

Comments on crowdfunding…

Joerg Colberg: Crowdfunding is not a cash cow (Conscientious)

Pete Brook: The Etiquette of Crowdfunding (Prison Photography)

Verve: Birthe Piontek

Verve: Kevin Kunishi

Verve: Dimitri Stefanov

Verve: Tomasz Lazar

How to make a Magnum in Motion-style essay

7 Tips for HD Color Correction and DSLR Color Correction

A Few Thoughts on Filenames…

multiMedia

photo: Joachim Ladefoged

Once Magazine Issue 4 is for sale in the App store

The cover story is by Joachim Ladefoged… If you don’t have an iPad and thus no access to Once Magazine, you can view Ladefoged’s terrific 2003 Newfoundland series on his agency VII’s website here.

British Journal of Photography – iPad App

Crowd funding

‘McCullin’ – Feature Documentary (indiegogo)

Exhibitions

The Last Days of Mubarak : Photos by Guy Martin and Ivor Prickett : Host Gallery : London : 9 February – 10 March 2012

Peter diCampo: Life Without Lights : 6 -12 February 2012 11am – 6pm at The Strand Gallery : London

Nobel Peace Center to present Hetherington, Addario exhibition

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Leica Oskar Barnack Award

Center International Awards

Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism 

Renaissaince Photography Prize Calling for Entries

Hillmann Prize nominations

Photobook Dummy Award 2012

Useful site for grants and awards etc. …The Curator Ship

PDN Photo Annual : Deadline: 25 January

Hasselblad’s Masters Award winners announced

Events

UK Premiere: Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, February  8 :  7pm :  Frontline club : London

Sneak preview of the above on YouTube here

powerHouse Portfolio Review : NYC

PhotoFest : Mexico

Agencies

Magnum Photos January 2012 Newsletter

VII Photo Newsletter January 2012

BJP: VII Photo appoints new director of business development

Jobs

UPI : senior staff photographer in LA

Summer internship on NPR’s Social Media Desk

Photographers

Simon Roberts has updated his website….

Simon Roberts

Kalpesh Lathigra

Fritz Hoffman

Monique Jaques

Giuliano Camarda

Jonathan May

Rhea Karam

Equipment

CPN: Gary Knight introduces the new Canon G1X

BJP: Fujifilm goes back to its professional roots, releases the X-Pro 1

To finish off… Fotoshop by Adobe

and Texting While Walking

and This is Brighton

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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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“I started developing Monaco in October [2009], and in 15 plus weeks, it won IGF,” began Andy Schatz of Pocketwatch Games during an Independent Games Summit talk at GDC 2011. Though the game is not yet released, working on Monaco got him out of a depressive rut, and wound up being his saving grace – and it only took him 15 weeks to make the build that won the grand prize at the IGF in 2010.

“I was depressed,” he admitted. “Not clinically depressed … but I was in a huge rut.” He’d been independent for a few years, he had an employee, and he was making a game called Venture: Dinosauria, “and it sucked,” he said. He had to fire the employee, and he ran out of money.

“If I’m not there now, I may as well give up,” he thought, after 5 years being an indie. So he took a break to do other fun things. “I started working on board games. I think board game design is a really fantastic way to get up your designer juices,” he said.

The first board game he made was with African animals. “Finally I got to the point where I’d been working for 5 years on animal games,” he said, with kids as main audience. “But there was this one game I’d had in the back of my mind for years and years, but it was about stealing shit. So I’d lose my entire audience immediately.” But he went for it, and made a Monaco board game.

“I’m gonna make that heist game in XNA,” he thought, and started working on it for fun. He started out by trying to use Torque, “which I think was a mistake,” he admitted “If you prototype in an engine which enforces a certain type of look, you’ll wind up making that game.” He made it just in XNA which kept him out of that rut.

“A couple days later, I’m having a great time working on it,” he said. “Another problem with Dinosauria was that the scale was too big. I was trying to make the game, the game of my life. … I think that was invariably a mistake. It’s very good to have ambitions, but it’s bad to set too many expectations for yourself at the beginning of a project.”

Monaco, which was initially his diversion, became a much better presence in his life. “I made sure to work on one cool thing every day,” he said. “One thing that made it happy, one thing that was awesome, and made the game better. I made sure I worked on one cool thing per day, and I made sure the game was better every day after I was done.”

“I got much further because I was enjoying myself,” he says. In terms of making the game better, one of the best things you can do is to “have people playing your game from like day two,” says Schatz.

“There’s two types of people you should have play your games, first is your advisors, and you can’t have too many of those because you’ll get conflicting information. For me very early on Dan Paladin from The Behemoth helped out,” he said. “He kept the game from being more cerebral, which is what I tend to do, and made it more arcade and snappier.”

“The other kind you want is people who don’t know shit about games,” he joked. “You don’t want their advice necessarily, but what you do want is their impressions. Their experience with the game, and their impressions are always right.” Schatz asks them three questions: “What did you like, what did you not like, and what confused you.” Those things are always right every time, he says.

Schatz had $150k in the bank when he went indie, and through the next five years, he had gotten down to $40k. “At 31 years old when you’re about to get married, and you’re thinking you might have kids in a few years, having $40k in the bank starts to look pretty scary,” he said. He had to do some contract work to build up his finances again, which he says “makes you rich, but is not fun. “

“If you work on a game that’s really cool, you’ll either get recognition or you’ll make money,” says Schatz. But if you make a game to just make money, you’ll either fail, or you’ll make money. “So the way I see it is that if you make a game just to make money, that’s actually riskier.”

At the end, Monaco made him less depressed, “The big reason is that I focused on enjoying my job every day. Every day I built something I thought was cool. Then 15 weeks later I won the IGF.”

When he got into a rut even with Monaco, he told himself, “You should not be not enjoying your job right now! Fuck it! Do something awesome. I made my first game when I was 7, and I’ll make my last game when I die.”

 

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Before we take a look at the Royal Wedding coverage, just let you know, that I have kept updating the ‘Tim Hetherington/ Chris Hondros In Memoriam’ post with related links…Below a couple of the more recent links… the first three below I found via @LucasJacksonRTR

Articles – Max Hastings: Death or Glory (FT: April 2011)

Articles - Régis Le Sommier: My Footsteps in Your Footsteps (Paris Match: April 2011)

Articles – Washington Post: Style writer Dan Zak reflects on collaborating with photographers (WP: April 2011)

Four more…

Olivier Laurent: Remembering Chris Hondros (BJP: April 2011)

Donald R. Winslow: Chris Hondros Remembered As A “Prophetic Humanist” (NPPA: April 2011)

NPPA: London Funeral For Tim Hetherington In May

Getty Images: Fiancée of Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros Announces Fund to Aid Photojournalists

Features…

Features and Essays - Balazs Gardi: On the Rough Edge of Rio (Newsweek: April 2011)  Police and Drug Lords Battle for the Streets of Rio

photo: Bryan Denton

New York Times: Battle for Libya photo gallery (NYT: May 2011)

Jonas Bendiksen’s most recent NatGeo work featured on NPR PictureShow… Worth another look for sure…Compelling, not-overly-stylised, image-making in context with important subject matter…photojournalism at its best, really.

Features and Essays - Jonas Bendiksen: Bangladesh: A Present-Day Water World (NPR: May 2011)

Peter diCampo‘s Life Without Lights was featured on PDN’s Photo of the Day…

Features and Essays – Peter diCampo: Life Without Lights (PDN: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Pier Casotti: Arctic Spleen (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Features and Essays - Abbas: Children of the Lotus (Magnum in Motion: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Platon: Champions to End Malaria (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Sean Gallagher: China’s Wetland Revolution (NatGeo: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Greg Funnell: Rwanda (Guardian: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Melanie Burford: The Monster Under the Water (Prime Collective: April 2011)

Now to the wedding…

TIME magazine had assigned VII photographers Christopher Morris and Joachim Ladefoged for the royal wedding… Really enjoyed these Chris Morris frames from the day before wedding…haven’t yet seen his big day coverage other than this tilt-and-shift baby

Features and Essays – Christopher Morris: Royal Anticipation (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Joachim Ladefoged: The Royal Kiss (TIME LB: April 2011)

Martin Parr continues his love-affair with cakes in his Royal Wedding coverage…He seems to have had two assignments for the day, as both TIME and Guardian have his work up on their websites… Not bad, if you can get such gigs for one shoot! Neither of the two slideshows share any shots exactly the same, but there are several of same scenes…three comparisons below.. Guardian shots on the left, TIME Lightbox on the right…I don’t know if it’s just me, but I thought it was surprising that the slideshows do not share a single frame since it’s basically the same shoot/assignment…It’s almost like both clients were promised certain images exclusively…Otherwise I would have expected Parr to make a strongest possible edit and file that to both…Obviously picture editors at TIME and Guardian have chosen their faves for their slideshows, but I doubt very much that if they were doing their selection from the same original Parr edit, that there wouldn’t be overlap…I’m just curious, why would anybody file two frames almost exactly the same (the cakes in the middle below) instead of just one…unless of course you file tons or have promised a certain kind of exclusivity…Although, my thinking is flawed in the sense that it’s difficult to see much exclusivity in having certain frames, if there are other around elsewhere very much like it…who knows…I don’t…Just wondering…

I hope he remembered not to charge the expenses twice;)

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: Bunting and Bonding: Martin Parr’s Wedding Parties (TIME LB: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: Walsall Celebrates the royal wedding (Guardian: April 2011)

Veronica was out and about too…

Features and Essays – Veronica Sanchis: Royal Wedding (Photographer’s website: April 2011)

By the way, if anyone needs an assistant on occational basis in London – for instance on location, in studio, or for scanning/ spotting/retouching – do get in touch with Veronica. She is already assisting a couple of photographers in the capital, but would have time for more. You can find Veronica’s contact details on her website.

Features and Essays – Tiffany Jones: A Royal Picnic (Photographer’s website: April 2011) via @drinckx 

Always love David Burnett’s blog posts…

Blogs – David Burnett: Of Big Events and Such (Photographer’s blog: April 2011)

A lot of Twitter chatter on Saturday regarding which of the UK papers had the best royal wedding cover…Seems a lot of them went for the safe bet, the kiss on the balcony.  The Times, however, did something different… and based on the examples, they stole the show…

Congrats to @Wiggys and @jonhilldesign are in order…

Articles - The Media Blog: Times takes Royal Wedding cover crow (Media Blog: April 2011)

A lot of talk online in the recent days also about Steve McCurry’s Craigslist ad for an intern… It turned out Vincent Laforet is also looking for someone – well actually three people – to help him around the studio…The opportunities offered by the two photographers couldn’t be much different…

Articles – A Photo Editor: Photographers Steve McCurry and Vincent Laforet Hiring Help – New vs. Old (school) (APE: April 2011)

Speaking of Steve McCurry…I ended up reading a blog post (found via @duckrabbitblog) by Arif Iqball, a participant of one of McCurry’s workshops…Not a glowing endorsement to attend one to put it mildly…I was hesitating whether to post the link,  but then I thought that to shy away from sharing it would be a disservice to any people reading this blog who might consider attending one of his workshops… Obviously, the below is just one person’s view…Although, you might also want to read the comments, as there seems to be others with similar experiences…

Arif Iqball: Reflections on Steve McCurry Myanmar Workshop (Photographer’s blog: March 2011)

Articles – Slate: War -Zone Insurance (Slate: Apri 2011) Getting covered for war- and terrorism-related accidents

Awards - Overseas Press Club Awards (Poynter: April 2011)

AwardsMagenta Foundation Flash Forward 2011 winners

AwardsSony World Photography Awards 2011, L’Iris D’Or and winners announced (Professional Photographer: April 2011)

Awards – BJP: David Goldblatt wins Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award (BJP: April 2011)

Articles – PDN: Agnes Dherbeys Wins OPC Robert Capa Medal

InterviewsAgnes Dherbeys : Thai Protest Photos Earn the Robert Capa Award. Agnes Dherbeys Is interviewed on Lens (NYT Lens: April 2011)

There’s been a lot of media interest in the sale of some of John G Morris’ collections… I remember linking to both Guardian’s and Newsweek’s pieces already…just in case you missed those, here’s two more…

Articles – NYT Lens: John Morris auctions collection of Capa, Lange, Cartier-Bresson,Gene Smith and John Morris (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Articles – BBC: Photo pioneer Morris’s collection goes under the hammer (BBC: April 2011)

Tips for creatives by Greg Benson

Tips and Tutorials –  Greg Benson: Tips for creatives  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 (Photographer’s blog: April 2011)

JobsAP are looking for a Full-time Chief Photographer based out of Kenya (Associated Press) via @gallagher_photo

WebsitesFirecracker May 2011

Articles – Poynter: Emphas.is builds community of support for quality photojournalism (Poynter: April 2011)

Articles - Teru Kuwayama: Which of Us Dies First? (Gizmodo: April 2011)

Articles – Michael Kamber: Kamber response to Teru’s attacks (LS: April 2011)

CrowfundingBesieged :  4 photojournalists in Congo (Emphas.is)

InterviewsChristoph Bangert : A Personal Story From Japan (NYT Lens: April 2011)

InterviewsBrian Ulrich :  Show Us Your Studio (Lightwork: April 2011)

photo: Brian Ulrich

Articles – Viz.: Dead Malls, Dead Stores – Toward a New American Gothic (Viz: April 2011)

InterviewsElizabeth Biondi (NYPH: April 2011)

InterviewsLarry Towell (Magnum Foundation: April 2011)

InterviewsMatt Slaby (APE: April 2011)

InterviewsRachel Smith (NYPH: April 2011)

Ernie Pyle was killed 66 years ago… They found this in his pocket….  (via @jimsheeler)

Articles – Ernie Pyle: On Victory in Europe(journalism.indiana.edu: 2011) “This column was never completed. A draft of it was found in Pyle’s pocket, April 18, 1945, the day he was killed by a Japanese machine-gunner on the island of Ie Shima.”

Articles – CNN: ‘Bang Bang Club’: Demands of film distort truth (CNN: April 2011)

To finish with….Something funky for Sunday..Not PJ related at all…‘Motion stills’ from From Me To You blog

Still looking forward to this… Somewhere to Disappear..a road trip adventure across America with Alec Soth.

And remember kids…”All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” –Elliot Erwitt via @melisslyttle

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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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