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City capture from Eve Arnold to Charlie Zoller

Bob Shamis choice of 235 color photos in these pages clearly lift it way above the usual New York photo book and there are enough of those around already. I thought this was a vibrant selection of work mostly from known photographers, a hundred of them and they all have something to say about the world's leading cultural center. Obviously very few photos are pre-forties but Steichen's 1904 Flatiron Building is here and over the page is Alfred Dutertre's Pointillist style shot of the Plaza Hotel from 1908. Other older images were originally in mono and hand colored including one from Jacob Riis taken in 1888.

The city comes alive with color from the fifties onward and Saul Leiter has some great work included, sort of color versions of the influential mono New York School work of the period. Most of the fifties and some of the sixties photos come across with muted colors probably as much to do with the technical aspects of film back then as to do with the subject choice of photographers experimenting with this new medium. The vibrancy and dazzle of color had to wait until the eighties, now it's permanent. There's a stunning shot by Andrew Moore (page sixty-five) of Times Square taken in 2002 that sort of sums up the color image one expects of the city now. Thomas Hoepker's famous 9/11 photo (page 210) and one by Joel Meyerowitz, also from 9/11 (page 217) are also good examples of the documentary color style.

The subject matter of the photos is a mixture of cityscapes, street scenes and a some interiors. A few feature personalities, Gay Talese, Diana Vreeland for example but it is basically the city that comes across so strongly.

The book's square format works well with one photo a page, printed in a 175 screen. There is a minor designer's conceit in having no page numbers on the left-hand pages and on the right-hand pages the number is placed near the book's gutter, a pretty pointless position in my view, especially when a reader uses the Index and then to find a particular page.

'New York in color' is sort of comparable with Taschen's huge, wonderful New York: Portrait Of A City. Both books look at the city using work from the same photographers though the Taschen book is arranged historically and has as many mono photos as color ones.

New York in Color is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository (US | UK)

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color

New York in Color
The other New York photo book. More comprehensive because it includes black and whites as well as color and arrange historically.

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The Women's Initiative:

In every country in the world, women are being abused, trafficked, bartered, sold, burned by fire and acid and killed, sometimes by their own families, for “honor” or anger.
 
The Alexia Foundation, recognizing that most of the time abuse of women in the United States is hidden, rationalized, ignored, and sometimes worst of all, quietly accepted by the women being abused, has created a grant to provide resources for a photojournalist to produce a project that illuminates any form of abuse of women in the United States but with global significance.
 
The Alexia Foundation’s main purpose is to encourage and help photojournalists create stories that drive change. While our traditional grant guidelines put no limits on the subject matter for grant proposals, a few proposals about women’s rights in the last few years have been so powerful that they have compelled the Foundation to create a grant specifically on the issue of women’s abuse.  Because this issue is so shocking and deplorable – but continues partly because it is so often unseen or ignored – the Foundation will provide a $25,000 grant so a project can be produced that will illuminate the horrors of what is happening, often invisibly in our own communities.

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Opening at the Half King in New York: Antonio Bolfo - IMPACT: Life on the Housing Beat

‘We were as green as could be, and like other Impact officers I hit the ground running with little to no knowledge of how to operate on the street.  Yet we were expected to  …  solve family disputes, console the parents of murdered children, and entertain the neighborhood drunk.’

- Antonio Bolfo

New York, NY — On July 24th, Antonio Bolfo’s photo exhibit of rookie police officers charged with patrolling a South Bronx housing project will open at The Half King. Bolfo undertook this photo project as an NYPD insider—for two years he worked in a police program called Operation Impact. With only six months of academic training, he and his confederates had to conduct manhunts, defend the helpless, and supply emotional succor to victims of violence.

On opening night, Antonio and Ed Conlon, former NYPD detective and author of Blue Blood, will moderate a slideshow and discussion of Antonio’s work.

The Half King - 505 West 23rd Street, NY, NY 10011    

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I write to announce that Eugene Richards will be leaving Reportage and Getty Images forthwith.

All of us at Reportage have been both honoured and privileged to work with Gene these past 3 years but we have mutually agreed that Getty Images is no longer the right fit for Gene and as a result he will be moving on.

We wish Gene and Janine every happiness and success for the future.

On a personal note Gene and I will remain close friends and I look forward to meeting with him regularly to discuss the industry , projects and which wine to choose for dinner.

Aidan J Sullivan
Vice President Photo Assignment,

Editorial Partnerships and Development
Getty Images

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Last night we hosted a presentation and discussion at Frontline Club in London between Tom Stoddart, Peter Dench, and Aidan Sullivan.  Here is the full video (yes, it’s 90 minutes long, but worth it!).

Dench: I grew up where books mattered.  As a photographer, the holy grail for me was, in 1990, a book and an exhibition.

Stoddart: It still is, even more so, because you’re not going to get 20 pages in the Sunday Times Magazine…photographers have to find different ways of getting their work in front of people…the number one thing is to be in the industry and find ways of getting your work out there that people want to see, no matter how you do it.

Dench: I call it “diversify or die.”

There’s a nice write-up about the event posted on the Frontline Club blog.

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The Bosnia Book Project

These stunning images were collected from a group of photographers who covered the Bosnian War, including Reportage photographers Tom Stoddart and Laurent Van der Stockt.  Please help to support this project on Kickstarter!

The hardback book contains 248 pages that includes the work of many of the leading photographers and writers of the time. It charts the course of the war from its beginning in April 1992 to the Dayton Peace Accord in 1995. 

We have raised 50% of the money we need to publish, now we are looking for matching funds.

The book is now ready to print in Bosnia in time for its launch at the Sarajevo Film Festival in July 2012. We need your help to make this deadline.

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