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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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Your arm-chair photojournalist is back… That’s what I feel like anyway at the moment…

I moved house in Brighton a week ago, and still haven’t got internet set up in the new place, so I’ve had to frequent cafes for free wi-fi….. Sitting at Redwood cafe (nice strong Americanos, just as I like them) in the city centre….Anyways, no updates since Thursday, so loads to share….

Let’s start with Egypt….

Dominic Nahr is covering the anti-government protests in Cairo for TIME magazine…. @Panospictures tweeted at some point yesterday that Nahr and Guy Martin, who is covering the events for Wall Street Journal, might have had their memory cards confiscated by the army, but it would seem that not all of them , since Nahr managed to file anyway…

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: Turmoil in Egypt (TIME: January 2011)

New York Times has a Egypt gallery up that they are updating daily….the below photo by Chris Hondros shows travellers at Cairo International Airport waiting for flights out of the country…. Which of course is opposite to a lot of photographers, who are trying hard to make their way to the country…Based on Twitter and Facebook messages, a whole lot of freelancers seem to be heading there…

Features and Essays – New York Times (various photographers): Egypt Protest (February 2011)

Guardian’s Egypt gallery…

Features and Essays – Guardian: Egypt Protests Continue (Guardian: January 2011)

VII Photo put up a piece on their magazine of Egypt under Mubarak.

Features and Essays – VII: Egypt Under Mubarak (VII Magazine: January 2011)

Anastasia Taylor- Lind’s Egypt bloggers series, which she shot for Geo Germany last year (see blog), has caught second wind during the current anti-goverment protests, and it has been exhibited both on MSNBC’s and Newsweek’s websites…

Features and Essays - Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Egyptian bloggers ( Newsweek: January 2011) series on MSNBC

Anastasia is the featured photographer of the month on Firecracker, by the way….Firecracker is a site supporting European women photographers…

Ed Ou, who is covering the Egypt unrest for NYT, has been interviewed by James Estrin on the Lens blog…

Interviews - Ed Ou (NYT Lens: January 2011) Egypt

I didn’t manage to listen to this, but according to @anastasiatl, Ivor Prickett was interviewed on Tahrir Square for Irish Radio (part 2 , 3m 55sec in)…

Interviews - Ivor Prickett (Newstalk.ie: January 2011)

Phillip Toledano’s new work…

Features and Essays – Phil Toledano: Kim Jong Phil (Project website: 2011)

Stephen Alvarez’s (@alvarez photo) National Geographic Magazine February 2011 cover story, Paris Underground, was featured on NPR…he put a video on this blog…

Features and Essays - Stephen Alvarez: Paris Underground (Photographer’s blog: January 2011) Read the NPR article here

Financial Times picture desk, Emma Bowkett and co, sent a pretty impressive line up of 10 photographers to cover the new period of economic austerity… There’s Parr, Roberts, Norfolk…Winship…. (found via @Yumi_Goto)

NB. You might need to register to view the link… Free registration is enough though….

Features and Essays – Financial Times (various photographers): Britain: what lies ahead? (FT: January 2011)

Features and Essays – Jeremy Cowart: Haiti by iPhone (Photographer’s website) his Twitter

Features and Essays - Keith Bedford: Hoarding Cotton (WSJ: January 2011)

Features and Essays - Kevin Frayer: Helmand Province from above (SacBee Frame: January 2011)

Features and Essays - M. Scott Brauer: We Chinese (Project website: January 2011)

Simon Wheatley was a huge inspiration to me when I was studying photojournalism, and he still is…

Books / Features and Essays - Simon Wheatley: Don’t Call Me Urban (Project website)

Features and Essays - Marco Salustro: Jasmine Revolution (Corbis Stock: January 2011) Tunisia | Salustro’s website

Features and Essays – Julien Goldstein: Belarus (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Interviews - Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb Q&A (Telegraph: January 2011)

InterviewsThe Archive of Modern Conflict (PhotoEye blog: January 2011)

InterviewsDavid Goldblatt (PDF) Interview with South African photographer David Goldblatt about cultural amnesia.

Articles -NYT Lens: Parting Glance: Lucas Mebrouk Dolega, 32 (NYT Lens: January 2011)

Articles – BJP: Photographer Danfung Dennis wins two Sundance documentary prizes (BJP: January 2011)

Great BJP series continues…

Articles / Tutorials – BJP: 11 Tips for 2011: How to get new clients (BJP: January 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – BJP: 11 Tips for 2011: Ditch that website altogether (BJP: January 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – BJP: 11 Tips for 2011: Refreshing your portfolio (BJP: January 2011)

Articles – Guardian: Greenslade blog: News agencies in peril as freelance rates get smaller (Guardian: January 2011)

Articles - David Campbell: The problem with regarding the photography of suffering as ‘pornography’ (Writer’s blog: January 2011)

About time, people are talking more about this…Blake Andrews on the lack of a happy face in current portraiture…

Blogs/ Articles – Blake Andrews: Portraits : The Space Test (Blake Andews’ blog: January 2011)

Peter Dench has his own Diary on the pages of Professional Photographer magazine…Definitely worth reading…Honest and funny…

Articles – Peter Dench: The Dench Diary : November 2010 / October 2010 (Professional Photographer: 2010)

Articles - Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Dan Kitwood (Guardian: January 2011)

@AGarciaPhoto: What would you do if someone stuck a wad of $100 bills in your pocket for photos of a Chinese president while on assignment?

Blogs – Trib Photo Nation: The saga of an individual assignment (Chicago Tribune: 2011)

Blogs - Brendan Hoffman: State of the Union for the New York Times (Prime Collective blog: January 2011)

VideosAlec Soth: Birth of an Exhibit (Vimeo: 2010)

Saw this on a Benjamin Rasmussen (@benjaminras) tweet…

Videos - Simon Norfolk on Photojournalism (Youtube)

Videos - In-Sight trailer (Nick Turpin’s blog: January 2011)

Vivian Maier is everywhere….

Articles - CBS: Vivian Maier: Photographer’s Talent Went Unknown Until Death (CBS: January 2011)

Saw David Campbell (@davidc7) tweet this….

Aaron Huey is developing his important Lakota work in collaboration with Ernesto Yerena and Shepard Fairey (Aaron Huey blog: January 2011)

Collectives - Paralaxis

BlogsPontus Hook

Twitter - Benedicte Kurzen

Awards/ ExhibitionsHearst 8×10 winners

Talks - Open- i: Photoblogs Right Here Right Now Seminar - FORMAT International Photography festival, Derby UK 15.00 GMT

Jobs - Slate is looking for a photo researcher (Slate)

And to finish off, a joke…

“Mubarak is very ill. Doctor says, “you must prepare message to say goodbye to people”. Mubarak asks: “why?where are people going?”"

from @peterbeaumont

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Features and Essays - Jessica Dimmock: A Mother’s Devotion (Starved for Attention: June 2010)

Interviews - Marcus Bleasdale (Starved for Attention: June 2010)

Interviews - Paolo Pellegrin (Nowness.com: June 2010)

Interviews - Phillip Toledano (New Yorker Photo Booth: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Paolo Pellegrin: The Eco Brigade (Nowness.com: June 2010)

News - VII Photo Announces New Network and Mentor Program Photographers (PDN: June 2010)

Exhibitions Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties : J. Paul Getty Museum : Los Angeles : June 29-November 14, 2010 : “In the decades following World War II, an independently minded and critically engaged form of photography began to gather momentum. Since then a host of photographers have combined their skills as reporters and artists, developing extended photographic essays that delve deeply into humanistic topics and present distinct personal visions of the world. Embracing the gray areas between objectivity and subjectivity, information and interpretation, journalism and art, they have created powerful visual reports that transcend the realm of traditional photojournalism. Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties looks in-depth at projects by photographers who have contributed to the development of this approach, including Leonard Freed, Lauren Greenfield, Philip Jones Griffiths, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, James Nachtwey, Sebastião Salgado, W. Eugene Smith, and Larry Towell.”

Interviews Veronique de Viguerie (Daily Beast: 2010)

Features and Essays – Pierre Petit: Reflections of Paris (NYT Lens: June 2010)

Features and Essays - Newsha Tavakolian: A Quiet Song, With Feeling (NYT Lens: June 2010)

Interviews - Stephen Gill (Telegraph: June 2010)

TwitterDewi Lewis

Blogs - A Photo Student: Awesome Summer Quiz Photo ID Film Giveaway Bonanza Part 1 (APS: June 2010)

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Features and Essays - Phillip Toledano : Days With My Father | article (Guardian: May 2010) Toledano’s Twitter

Articles / Tutorials – Lightstalkers: Advice for first-time embeds to Afghanistan (LS: May 2010)

Features and Essays – Dominique Tarlé: The Rolling Stones at Villa Nellcôte (Guardian: May 2010)

Features and Essays - Lourdes Segade: Hard Times for Spanish Farm Workers (NYT: May 2010)

Photographers – Ben Curtis : website : blog

Articles – Boston Globe: Photography review: Framing lives in war or peace (Boston Globe: May 2010) “Susan Meiselas: In History,’’ at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art through June 20

Interviews - Marc Garanger (NYPH: May 2010)

Blogs - Paul Melcher: In No Time (Thoughts of a Bohamian blog: 2010) “What is going ? I ‘ll tell you what is going on : Recently, Time, inc, the biggest publisher of magazines in the world has made an agreement with AP, Reuters and Getty Images to license any and all non-exclusive images for a flat rate of $50.00, regardless of size or placement . Magazines like Time, or Fortune, or Sports Illustrated, that used to easily pay $200.00 for a 1/4 page will now have the same images for $50.”

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