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Let’s start with the unexpected news coming from Getty Images: Eugene Richards, the celebrated documentary photographer, has left the Reportage agency. Richards used to be with Magnum Photos but left twice. He was also with VII Photo for a couple of years, and had joined Reportage in 2010.

Reportage by Getty Images: Eugene Richards

BJP: Eugene Richards leaves Reportage by Getty Images

On the subject of Getty Images, they announced a few things these past few weeks.

PetaPixel: Getty Images Changes Watermark from Annoying Logo to Useful Shortlink

PDN Pulse: Getty Images Preps for IPO?

An interesting development in the photographic and multimedia markets, Brian Storm has started charging for some of MediaStorm’s presentation. Rite of Passage by Maggie Steber and A Shadow Remains by Phillip Toledano are the first two pieces to test MediaStorm’s Pay Per Story scheme. Each story can be bought for $1.99.

 

MediaStorm: Why We Switched to a Pay Per Story Model

PDN Pulse: MediaStorm Now Charging to View its Stories

TIME Lightbox: Game Changer – MediaStorm Launches Pay-Per-Story Video Player

Duckrabbit: Maggie Steber responds to critics of MediaStorm’s new pay to view model

VII Photo has been weathering a controversy lately…

VII Photo: Statement

Ron Haviv: Response

Conscientious: Quality journalism, photography and integrity

David Campbell: Photo agencies and ethics: the individual and the collective

And when we’re on the subject of VII Photo, they have also added four young photographers to their mentor programme.

Now, let’s share some business and practical tips:

Justin Mott: Advice to Veteran Photographers

A Photo Editor: How does a photographer land an agent?

A Photo Editor: Pricing & Negotiation: Spokesperson Advertising Shoot

PhotoShelter: A Photographer’s Guide to a Successful Gallery Opening

PhotoShelter: What Buyers and Photo Editors Want

PhotoShelter: Personality Traits & Skills Photo Buyers Don’t Want in Photographers

Salon: How to stop the bleeding

Chris Hondros. Image © Nicole Tung

PetaPixel: US Department of Justice Defends Photographers’ Right to Record Police

Some thoughts about the industry, reviews and round-ups…

The New York Times: Just When You Got Digital Technology, Film is Back

TIME Lightbox: Three War Photographers: Feel Fear, Keep Going

NY Daily News: Iconic ‘napalm girl’ photo from Vietnam War turns 40

Peter Dench: The Dench Diary (December – February 2012)

Conscientious: Review of Unknown Quantities by Olivia Arthur, Dominic Nahr, Moises Saman, and Peter Van Agtmael

PhotoShelter: The Look3 Festival Round-Up

TIME Lightbox: Curators Look Ahead to Look3

PDN Pulse: Look3 – Alex Webb on his Creative Process, Kodachrome, and Magnum

PDN Pulse: Look 3 Report: Donna Ferrato on Philip Jones Griffiths, Don McCullin, and Complicated Relationships

Reuters Blog: The Secret Handshake

The Guardian: Burtynsky: Oil review

Image © Edward Burtynsky.

The Guardian: The Photographers’ Gallery Reopens

NYT Lens Blog: Caught Between the Protests and the Police

NYT Lens Blog: Half Photos, Striving to be More

NYT Lens Blog: A Gift to New York from Gordon Parks

The New Yorker Photo Booth: Great Mistakes: Olivia Arthur

The Guardian: Featured Photojournalist – Joe Raedle

Conscientious Extended: Photography and Place: Appalachia

One Image at a Time: Image #4, Comfort Women 1996

DVAPhoto: Worth a look: Revolution Revisited by Kim Komenich and University of Miami multimedia grad students

Press Association: Jacobs in administration

Verve Photo: Antonio Bolfo

The Guardian: Lawrence Schiller’s best photograph: Marilyn Monroe

TIME Lightbox: Photographs of the ‘Great British Public’ in London

Foam Blog: Ahmet Polat on Instagram

Reuters Blog: Tribute to Danilo Krstanovic

And to finish…

The Marie Colvin Memorial Fund.

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It was almost a decade ago that photographer Maggie Steber realized that her mother, Madje Steber, was not going to get better. Although her mother had always lived independently, her dementia had gotten to the point where that would no longer be possible.

“I started photographing my mother as soon as I realized I was going to have to move her out of her home in Austin,” says Steber. “She would never let me photograph her before. When her defenses were down—and I’m sure some people will say that’s not right—I started photographing her.”

The project was originally intended as purely personal, a way for Steber to cope during her mother’s illness and a way for her to remember her mother in later days. There was also video, filmed as Madje Steber’s condition deteriorated, which would allow the photographer to remember how her mother moved and sounded. But along the way, says Steber, she realized that the project could be more than something she would dust off and look at when she wanted to remember. After a shorter project created for AARP and then a period of time away from the work after her mother’s death in 2009, Maggie Steber (in collaboration with MediaStorm) made a film, Rite of Passage, which will premiere June 11 at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Steber’s film involves photos and video taken at difficult moments and at beautiful ones—moments when Steber says her mother came out of herself and lost her shyness. Her mother’s reluctance to be photographed was, she thinks, a result of her youth and beauty passing; “it was so lovely to have these pictures where she was happy and beautiful again,” she says. The photographer hopes that those transcendent moments will teach viewers that illness comes in waves, that stages will pass and—perhaps most of all—that if you are willing to be a “warrior” on behalf of your loved one, they can have a positive end-of-life experience. Nobody told her how to navigate doctors and medications, and part of her goal is to help others with the research that accompanies a loved one’s death. “If you can stick with it,” she says, “there’s this rather remarkable gift at the end.”

Maggie Steber

Madje Steber naps with her favorite toy, a stuffed kitty, in her room at Midtown Manor, an assisted living facility, in Hollywood, FL. in 2007.

Part of that gift is knowing that you’ve done what you could. Steber says that she was aware from a young age that her mother, the single mother of a single child, would die one day and that she had a responsibility to be there for it. And she was: “I was able to hold my mother while she took her last breath,” she says.

The other part is meeting your parent all over again, with all the barriers down. Steber says that, as her mother lost touch with the past, they lost touch with the mother-daughter relationship. “They don’t recognize you anymore. They fall in love with somebody else. They think the caregiver is their daughter,” she explains. “That’s a little startling, it hurts a little bit, but I started to see her as Madje.” It’s difficult for children to see their parents as individuals separate from themselves, but Madje became a whole woman to Maggie, someone who told marvelous stories, someone who had been a scientist and would have wanted her last days to help ease medical confusion, someone who could have become a friend if they had started out as strangers. “I just fell in love with her,” says Steber. “I know I would have just really enjoyed knowing this woman.”

Steber’s photographs and videos were made in order to preserve just one woman’s memory of a mother, but she says she hopes that her decision to share will help other people decide to look for those gifts of memory. “It doesn’t come easily, but it’s worth it,” she says. “You have to live with that for the rest of your life and I just think if you can live with the happier memories, the discovery and seeing somebody blossom even as they’re disappearing right in front of you, you have that to hold onto. And maybe it is the best thing you’ll ever do.”

Maggie Steber’s Rite of Passage premieres June 11 at Galapagos Art Space, along with Phillip Toledano’s A Shadow Passes, another film from MediaStorm about the loss of a loved one. More information about the event is available here.

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Features and Essays 

From Newsweek, or should I say Daily Beast….Russia’s far-right groups on the rise…photos by TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev…

Yuri Kozyrev: Russian Hate (Newsweek: August 2011)

John Moore: Somalia (Life.com: August 2011)

Todd Heisler’s been keeping busy…He too has been to Somalia…

Todd Heisler: Waging War in Somalia, a Country in Chaos (NYT: August 2011)

But also Norway…Do listen to his comments also…

Todd Heisler: Loss and Healing in Norway (NYT: August 2011)

More on Somalia crisis…

Sven Torfinn: Somali refugee camps in Kenya (Guardian: August 2011)

Brendan Bannon: Dadaab Refugee Camp (Boston Globe Big Picture: August 2011)

Francisco Zizola: Northern Kenya (MSNBC: August 2011) Zizola’s comments

Libya…

Francesco Giusti: In Case of Loss (TIME: July 2011) Giusti’s site

New York Times: Battle of Libya gallery

Paul Moakley: An All-Boys Roman Catholic School on Staten Island (NYT Lens: August 2011) Moakley’s site

Maureen Drennan: On a California Farm Where Marijuana  (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Irving Penn: Radical Beauty (TIME LB: August 2011)

Katie Orlinsky: Mexico’s Drug War, Feminized (NYT: August 2011)

Murray Ballard: Frozen in Time (BBC: August 2011)

Teun Voeten: Narco Estado (Magnum Emergency Fund: 2011) Juarez, Mexico

Stephanie Sinclair: Bihar State India (Phaidon blog: August 2011)

Thomas Hoepker: Views of a Vanished Country (TIME LB: August 2011)

Ernst Haas: Color Corrections (TIME LB: August 2011)

Mustafah Abdulaziz: On the Road, Embracing the Distance (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Lauren Lancaster: UAE (New Yorker: August 2011)

George Steinmetz: Picturing the American Drought (TIME LB: August 2011)

Sylvia Plachy: The Pageant Winner (NYT Mag: August 2011)

Matt Lutton: Balkanization (PDN Photo of the Day: August 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Working for a Family Far Away (NOOR: August 2011)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: Britain’s Discontent (New Yorker: August 2011)

Ed Smith: On These Isles (Photographer’s website: August 2011)

Gethyn Rees: Business on Migingo (Foto8: August 2011)

Lucy Clemence and Darren Karl-Smith: Anarchy in the UK (Purple.fr: 2011)

Maggie Steber: Madje has Dementia (AARP.org: August 2008) via @wemarijnissen

Interviews

Elliott Erwitt (NPR: August 2011)

Paolo Pellegrin (Wayne Ford Posterous: August 2011)

Martin Parr (Vignette Magazine: August 2011)

Bruce Gilden (Viceland: 2011)

Danny Lyon (northernarizonanews: February 2011)

Amanda Rivkin (NG radio: August 2011)

Jonathan Worth (Hungry Eye: August 2011)

Jussi Leinonen (NYT Lens: August 2011) Leinonen’s site

Articles 

photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Guardian: The month in photography (Guardian: August 2011)

Guardian: Luc Delahaye turns war photography into an uncomfortable art (Guardian: August 2011)

Leon Neal: London Riots (Photographer’s blog: August 2011)

LA Weekly: David Strick, Celebrity Photographer, Suing L.A. Times For Publishing His Photos After he Left The Paper (LA Weekly: 2011)

The Jewish Chronicle: Ernst Haas: the Mad Men’s favourite photographer (Thejc.com: 2011)

Newsweek: Jerome Liebling: Chronicler of the Streets (Newsweek: August 2011)

Frenobee.com: Lenses shield 9/11 photogs as they capture history (Fresnobee.com: August 2011)

Thames&Hudson blog: Magnum Contact Sheets – Commissioning #2 (T&H blog: August 2011)

Poynter: AP, Google offer scholarships to digital journalism students

Seattle Times: White House Photo Of Dover Ceremony Sparks Controversy 

Guardian: Photographer Murray Ballard’s Best Shot (Guardian: August 2011)

Guardian: Photographer Adoplhus Opara’s Best Shot (Guardian: August 2011)

Amateur Photographer: Ian Berry at Berlin Wall (AP: August 2011)

Verve: Stuart Matthews (Verve: August 2011)

Verve: Eric Michael Johnson (Verve: August 2011)

The Best Street Photograph Ever  (sevensevennine.com: 2011)

photo: Kevin Carter

30 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs From The Last 30 Years (buzzfeed.com: 2011) via @yunghi

BJP: Bringing crowdfunding to book publishing

BJP: BBC caught in Twitter copyright row 

BJP: Apple’s MacBook Air v. iPad 2: which is better for professional photographers?

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

photo: Tamas Dezso

Winners of the 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards

BJP International Photography Award 

People’s Choice : Summershow 2011

multiMediaHungry Eye Magazine

Talks - ”Aesthetics have no place in photographing famine” with David Campbell & Jon Levy August 18 on OPEN-i

Collectives – MJR : Weekly Collection 94

ServicesBob Books

Books

Questions Without Answers, a 368pp book featuring 20 yrs of world history by the VII photographers, will be published by Phaidon November 1.

Independent : Seba Kurtis: Drowned review

Photographers

Maureen Drennan

Mustafah Abdulaziz

James Mollison

Tessa Bunney

Lorenzo Meloni

Richard Sandler

Jobs

MediaStorm : Operations and Social Media Manager

Magnum Photos NY is hiring a Print Sales Manager

AP photo editor position open in Cairo

The New Yorker is seeking autumn multimedia intern : email kristina_budelis@newyorker.com  or DM @dbudelis

Fast Company is looking for an intern

Red Eye is looking for a part time Events Co-ordinator based in Manchester

To finish off…

Youarenotaphotographer

and…

Stasi fashion via msnbc photoblog

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Features and Essays 

London’s been burning…

The Atlantic : In Focus: Riots in London (The Atlantic: August 9, 2011)

Monday’s NYT slideshow on the London riots opened with a strong frame by Getty’s Dan Kitwood about a community looking at the ruins…summed up a lot…saw the photo also used on the front page of The Independent…

NYT: Rioting in Tottenham (NYT: August 2011)

Boston Globe : The Big Picture: London Riots (Big Picture: August 9 2011)

Some of the back story to London riots by Mishka Henner and Liz Lock?

Mishka Henner and Liz Lock: All That Life Can Afford (Panos: August 2011) Hackney: London

Brilliant series by Simon Roberts about Brighton sea front in Saturday’s Telegraph Magazine…

Simon Roberts: Along the Prom (Saturday Telegraph Magazine: August 2011)

Getty’s Mario Tama has done a panoramic series by the World Trade Center site…Shot with some lomo I’d imagine…

Mario Tama: 9/11 (MSNBC: August 2011)

Related..

Peter van Agtmael: Thoughts on 9/11 (Chronicle: August 2011)

Robert Nickelsberg: The Al Noor School (Reportage by Getty Images: August 2011)

Alex Majoli: African Refugee Crisis (Magnum: August 2011)

The Independent had some of Ed Ou’s Somalia photos…the ones I linked to last week…Includes interview…

Ed Ou: Surviving Somalia (Independent: August 2011)

Sanjit Das: Drought in the Horn of Africa (Photographer’s archive: August 2011)

Brian Ulrich: Copia—Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores (PDN Photo A Day: August 2011)

Lorenzo Meloni: A Dark Descent: The Streets of Yemen (TIME LB: August 2011)

Tessa Bunney: Pooled Resources (FT Mag: August 2011)

Ross Taylor: A Chance in Hell (HamptonRoads.com: 2011)

Gabrielle Micalizzi: Mean Street of Athens (NYT Mag: August 2011)

Barton Silverman: On Long Island, Disappearing Lobsters (NYT Lens: August 2011)

James Mollison: Where the Children Sleep (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Zackary Canepari: Aquadettes (Panos: August 2011)

Some of Don McCullin’s lost negatives of the construction of the Berlin Wall were in last Friday’s TIME magazine and you can see them also on Lightbox….

Don McCullin: The Berlin Wall : The Lost Negatives (TIME LB: August 2011)

Dustin Aksland: Sound of the Soil (TIME LB: August 2011)

Laura Levene: New York Rocker (New Yorker: August 2011)

Ben Lowy: iLibya (Reportage by Getty: August 2011)

Ben Brady: Losing Life and Limb in Afghanistan (GlobalPost: 2011)

Thomas Dworzak: Caucasus (Magnum in Motion: August 2011)

Mishka Henner: Dutch Landscapes (Panos: August 2011)

I really like the NYT Mag’s What They Were Thinking feature…

Kalpesh Latigra: The End of the Wedding, London (NYT Mag: August 2011)

Michael Kirby Smith: Plexiglas New York (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Richard Sandler: 80s: When Greed Was Good (TIME LB: August 2011)

Patrick Zachmann: Summer in Lampedusa (Magnum: August 2011)

Interviews and Talks

 Amy Weston : London riots: photographer speaks of mayhem after taking dramatic shot (Guardian: August 20110 Amy Weston captured image of woman leaping from a burning building in Croydon used on five national front pages

Tyler Hicks : Stark images of misery in Somalia spark action (CBS: August 2011)

Pellgerin profile on CPN…

Paolo Pellegrin : Canon Ambassador profile (CPN: 2011)

Canon Ambassadors: Advice to Young Photographers :  Michael Nichols,Gary Knight,Ziv Koren,Frits van Eldik,Paolo Pellegrin (CPN: 2011)

Maggie Steber : Joop Swart Masterclass address (TP: 2011)

Joao Silva : The Unstoppable Man (WNYC: August 2011)

John Moore  on his famous Arlington Cemetary photograph (APS: 2011)

Kathy Ryan : Very Familiar Faces, Far Out of Context (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Spencer Platt (MSNBC: August 2011)

Arnold Newman (Strobist)

Henri Cartier-Bresson died seven years ago… Charlie Rose interview via @JamesPomerantz

Henri Cartier-Bresson (Charlier Rose)

Steven Shames : A Lens On Life For Boys In The Bronx (NPR: August 2011)

Jim Goldberg & Todd Hido on Larry Sultan (PDN: August 2011)

Stanley Greene on Robert Capa (Dailymotion: 2011)

Antoine D’Agata (Gommamag: 2011)

Articles 

Lot of talk about a Tyler Hicks photo from Somalia last week…

On Aug. 2, when most U.S. papers ran a front page photograph of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ return to the House, The New York Times went with Hicks’ photo from Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. – NPR

NPR: Photo Brings Somalia’s Famine To The Front Page (NPR: August 2011)

Huffington Post: New York Times Runs Graphic Photo Of Starving Somali Child (HP: August 2011)

Salon: Can a photograph still change the world? (Salon: August 2011) NYT editor explains why the paper ran an unforgettable photo. But will it effect change?

Related on LA Times’ Framework blog about a Barbara Davidson frame..

LA Times Framework: Back story on a ‘haunting’ image of famine in Africa (LA Times FW: August 2011)

Time Lightbox: Desperate Leap of Faith in London: The Riot Photo That Has the World Buzzing (TIME LB: August 2011)

Guardian: London riots: photographers targeted by looters (Guardian: August 2011) Serious muggings and beatings suffered by photojournalists covering the civil disorder

BJP: London memorial planned for Anton Hammerl (BJP: July 2011)

Thames and Hudson blog: Magnum Contact Sheets: Commissioning #1 (TH blog: August 2011)

Guardian: Sean Smith’s Frontlines war photographs (Guardian: August 2011)

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Adrees Latif (Guardian: August 2011) Related

Guardian: Cindy Sherman models for MAC, the makeup company of outsiders (Guardian: August 2011)

Bagnewsnotes: Picture from Iowa (BNN: August 2011)

CPN: Mike Nichols launches iPad App (CPN: August 2011)

On Newsweek’s slightly unflattering/’controversial’ cover portrayal of Michele Bachmann….Storm in a tea(party)cup, I say….

Huffington Post: Newsweek’s Michele Bachmann Cover Raises Eyebrows (HP: August 2011)

The Atlantic Wire: Bachmann Was Not Blinded by a Lighting Test (theatlantiwire.com: August 2011)

NYT: The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter (NYT: August 2011)

NYT Lens: Tender Moments in the Maelstrom of War (NYT Lens: August 2011)

FStoppers: Annie Leibovitz’s Lighting, from the eyes of a Photo Assistant (FStoppers: 2011)

Verve: Gilles Sabrie (Verve: August 2011)

Verve: Lurdes R. Basolí (Verve: August 2011)

TIME LB: Rothstein’s First Assignment (TIME LB: August 2011)

Foto8: Book review: Leonie Hampton: In The Shadow of Things (Foto8: August 2011)

NYT: The All-Seeing Eye (NYT: August 2011)

BJP: Vimeo is now offering a professional video hosting plan for photographers and videographers (BJP: August 2011)

Videos

Nike Women “Make Yourself” Photo Shoot

Photographers

Gael Turine

David Brunetti

Quinn Palmer

Awards, Grants, and Competitions


Canon AFJ Award winner

CPN Editor’s Choice 3 Launches

Magnum Expression Award

The Frontline Club Award and the Frontline Memorial Tribute Award for excellence in journalism 

Vattenfall Fotopreis

Eyewitness Photography Competition

NPPA short grant applications

Jobs

Tip: follow @Fiona_Rogers if you aren’t already… She’s always posting jobs…

V&A Exhibitions Coordinator

Magnum Photos New York are looking for a Print Sales Manager

Photography job in Nepal  via @anastasiatl

Whitechapel Gallery job vacancies

Wycombe College are recruiting Photography Course Leader

AP interactive producer in New York

Rights and Clearance Project Manager Getty Images – London, United Kingdom 

To finish off…

If you can’t make photography pay, fancy trying cleaning sewages? NYC sewage treatment workers’ minimum salary: $34.97/hour…the application form… by @dbrabyn

Also….did you you know – “That’s a WRAP” at the end of film shoot actually means Wind Reel And Print. An analogue terminology still used in digital era… via @ZarinaHolmes

You saw Move already, right? Gulp. is pretty cool too…

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Emerging Photographer Fund – 2011 Recipient

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Irina Werning

Back to the Future

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I love old photos. I know I’m a nosy photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for those old photos. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A year ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

It starts when I get together with my subjects and we choose the old picture. I go through their boxes and albums looking for an image that speaks about them. Next comes a bit of a photographic investigation: studying the lighting, the angle, the type of camera and lens it was shot with, etc. Then, from there, the search begins: internet auction sites, second hand stores, borrowing from friends wardrobes, cutting, dying, sewing, attaching, adapting, assembling, gluing, coloring, painting, renting rare and hard to find objects. This project requires a lot of improvising on the run and it involves searching endlessly for stuff in the streets of Buenos Aires. I guess I really like finding things. If I cant find something, then I make it.

Once I have everything I need, we are ready to go back to the future. I dress them up and put them either in the set I built for them or, when possible, back in the real location. Once I get the light right, I ask them to do that thing they were doing in the original photo. I am always amazed that they do it.

Its funny how what you do can show you who you are. I always thought of myself to be the opposite of perfectionist as I live in complete chaos most of the time. However, when I now look at these pictures and see the attention to detail in them, I have to question my self image…

This story has been published in Sunday Times Magazine (Spectrum).

Editor’s Note:

Irina will receive $15,000. from Burn Magazine through the Magnum Cultural Foundation to continue her project.

The EPF 2011 judges:

Trent Parke – photographer, Magnum Photos
Narelle Autio – photographer, Agence VU’
Maggie Steber – photographer, editor, teacher
Barbara Stauss – photo director, Mare magazine, Germany

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Bio

Born in Buenos Aires
BA Economics, Universidad de San Andres, Buenos Aires, 1997
MA History, Universidad Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 1999
MA Photographic Journalism, Westminster University, London, 2006
Winner Ian Parry Scholarship 2006
Gordon Foundation Grant 2006
Selected for Joop Swart Masterclass (World Press Photo Organization), 2007

Related links

www.irinawerning.com

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