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Agencies and Collectives

It’s not even December yet, but some Best of 2012s are out already….

VII: Best of 2012: Highlights of a Year in Pictures | ‘VII photographers present their best images, shot or released in 2012′

Best Pictures of the Year from Agence France Presse (Whittier Daily News)

European Pressphoto Agency: The Year in Images (EPA)

Reuters’ best pictures of the year is pretty cool as it includes comments by the photographers and even technical info…

Photo © Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Photo © Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Reuters: Best Photos of The Year 2012 (Reuters)

VII Newsletter November 2012

TerraProject Newsletter November 2012

Prime Collective: Newsletter November 2012

NOOR: Evelien Kunst becomes NOOR’s new Managing Director | news on BJP

Magnum event at Frontline Club in London : Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom : Thursday December 13, 2012 7:00 PM

Pioneer photo agency Sipa Press files for bankruptcy protection (BJP)

Katie Orlinsky joins Reportage by Getty Images as a Featured Photographer

Tommaso Protti joins Emerging Talent at Reportage by Getty Images

Firecracker November 2012

Photographers

Trailer to the upcoming McCulling documentary…Very much looking forward to seeing the film at some point…In the mean time I’ll be reading his autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour.

Trailer to the documentary ‘McCullin’ (Guardian) ‘Watch the world exclusive trailer for David and Jacqui Morris’s documentary on British photographer Don McCullin, whose acclaimed work for the Observer and the Sunday Times in Vietnam, Biafra, Cyprus and Lebanon produced some of the defining images of war. McCullin describes the ‘moral sense of purpose and duty’ behind his work. McCullin is released in the UK on 1 January 2013′

Somewhere to Disappear with Alec Soth

Looks like Contrasto has pushed the publication of James Nachtwey’s Pietas forward until September 2013… Was supposed to come out late October… Shame. Was on my wish list for Santa…

James Nachtwey: Pietas 

Reckoning at the Frontier by Eros Hoagland (Kickstarter crowdfunding) ‘Reckoning at the Frontier is an upcoming photography book that explores the drug war in northern Mexico.’

Workshop : Photographic storytelling with Sebastian Meyer and Anastasia Taylor-Lind : 7 December, London(Guardian) ‘Two eminent, widely published and very different photojournalists give a Guardian Masterclass in telling stories with images.’

Photo © Maysun

Maysun

Jordi Ruiz Cicera

David Vintiner

Matilde Gattoni

Hiroyuki Ito

Nicola Lo Calzo

Howard Schatz

Andrew Lichtenstein

Matthew Niederhauser

Lindsay Mackenzie

Andrea Frazzetta

Narciso Contreras

Georgina Cranston

Mark Seager

Matt Carr

Michal Solarski

Laura Pannack new website

Duncan Nicol Robertson

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman on Verve

Paul Taggart on Verve

Pavel Prokopchik on Verve

Philipp Spalek  on Verve

Daniel Hartley-Allen on Verve

Linda Dorigo on Verve

Pascal Maitre

Matteo di Giovanni

Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini

Greta Pratt

Toufic Beyhum

Emine Ziyatdinova

Artur Conka

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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 left Beirut midnight on Saturday and didn’t arrive to Helsinki until midday Sunday, so was way too tired to start doing blog updates yesterday. Besides, wanted to see some friends. But here is June’s fourth instalment of Photojournalism Links…

Features and Essays

Based on Facebook updates and hearing from friends it seems several photographers who were working in Libya in in March/April, are heading back there  this week…I wish them safe travels…looking forward to seeing their work….Feels like a second wave of coverage is coming…Rather fitting since International Criminal Court just issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi..

Some of Moises Saman’s recent work from Tripoli on Magnum site… Includes black and white versions of some of the frames in last week’s NYT slideshow…

Moises Saman: NATO Campaign Against Gaddafi Regime (Magnum: June 2011)

Related to Libya conflict…

Alex Majoli: Dark Passage (Newsweek: June 2011) Arab Refugees Flow Into Europe

Ivor Prickett is one of the photographers heading back to Libya…Here is his beautiful Abkhazia work on Panos Pictures site, in case you missed it…

Ivor Prickett: Gali, Abkhazia – Left in Limbo (Panos: June 2011)

Finbarr O’Reilly: Shocking Clashes in Senegal (TIME: June 2011)

Sean Gallagher shot his first assignment for Newsweek…I’m sure there’ll be plenty more in the future…

Sean Gallagher: Next to the North Korean Border (Newsweek: June 2011)

Chad Ress: America Recovered (TIME LB: June 2011)

Danielle Levitt : The Kids are Alright: High Schoolers (TIME LB: June 2011)

Angelos Tzortzinis: Panic on the Streets of Athens (TIME LB: June 2011)

Conny Luhulima and Geert van Kesteren: Nunusaku (Foto8: June 2011)

Kacper Kowalski: Toxic Beauty (Panos: June 2011)

Leica released their M9-P… Alex Majoli did some work with the camera in Venice…

Alex Majoli: Venice (Leica-camera.com: June 2011)

Mishka Henner: In a Foreign Field (Panos: June 2011)

Dhruv Malhotra: Sleepers (TIME LB: June 2011)

Ashley Gilbertson: Ready to Eat (VII Mag: June 2011)

Susan Anderson: Beauty Speaks: Portraits of 31 Former Miss USA Pageant Queen (TIME LB: June 2011)

Heidi Warner: The Disappearance of the Borscht Belt Hotels (TIME LB: June 2011)

Maria Gruzdeva: Direction, Space! (Foto8: June 2011)

Interviews

Lynsey Addario (Marie Claire: June 2011)

Sebastian Meyer : Photographing Libya’s Violent Conflict (BBC: June 2011)

Lauren Greenfield (Stockland Martel blog: June 2011)

Was reading the National Geographic Magazine’s July issue during my travel yesterday…Great to see Addario’s Baghdad work in print, the one I was praising in last week’s post… The issue includes also some of Michael Christopher Brown’s Libya Hipstas..Empas.is did an interview with him…

Michael Christopher Brown : Going beyond the frontline: Michael C. Brown returns to Libya (Emphas.is: June 2011)

Todd Heisler : A Father’s Voice, Through Kodachrome (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Janine di Giovanni : ‘I believed I had escaped trauma… but I was not as unbroken as I thought’  (Guardian: June 2011) War correspondent Janine di Giovanni saw death and trauma on a scale unimaginable to most of us. She thought she was immune to fear. But, as her compelling memoir reveals, when she and her husband finally put war behind them to start a family, the past came back to shatter their lives…

Alex Majoli (Leica-camera.com: June 2011)

Sean Gallagher (1416.me: June 2011)

Ed Kashi (Youtube)

Karim Ben Khelifa (takepart.com: June 2011) ”The World is Changing, Change With It”

Laura El Tantawy (Sojournposse: June 2011)

Tim and Noah Hussin (Thedigitalnaturalist.com: June 2011) Tim and Noah Hussin about their documentary journey called America ReCycled

Andrew Burton (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Articles

NPPA: History Is Made: Press Photographer Covers Live Presidential Speech (NPPA: June 2011)

! BJP: Street photography subject of second Firecracker event (BJP: June 2011)

photo: Gona Aziz

TIME LB: Iraq Through Iraqi Eyes (TIME LB: June 2011)

TIME LB: Facing Change Collective and the Library of Congress to Cooperate (TIME LB: June 2011)

Bill Kramer: Real World Estimates – Magazine Contract (A Photo Editor: June 2011)

BJP: The future of photography? Kadir van Lohuizen’s launches an iPad app of his journey up the Pan-American Highway (BJP: June 2011)

David Campbell: Debating ‘Who’s afraid of home?’, and the importance of narrative (DC Blog: June 2011)

Jeremy Nicholl: “Jay Maisel Is A Dick”: Freetard Mob Savages Octogenarian Photographer Over Copyright (Photographer’s blog: June 2011)

Jeremy Nicholl: 10 Reasons This Isn’t The Greatest Photo Ever (Photographer’s blog: June 2011)

Leica camera: M9-P in Venice: The Making of (Vimeo) Magnum photographer Alex Majoli took the new Leica M9-P on a journey through Venice. Alex Majoli accompanied one of the around 700 gondolieri for several days and captured a sensitive portrait of the gondolier and his city. Here is a behind the scenes view of Alex’s journey through Venice.

Travel Photographers: Upgrade To The New Leica M9-P For Just $0.25 (TP: June 2011)

Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Luis Robayo (Guardian: June 2011) Luis Robayo is an Agence France-Presse photographer based in Colombia. In this set of photographs he documents Brother Hermes, an exorcist in the Valle del Cauca

Allthingsd.com: Meet the Stealthy Start-Up That Aims to Sharpen Focus of Entire Camera Industry (allthingsd.com: June 2011)

NYT: In Hours, Online Readers Identify Nazi Photographer (NYT: June 2011)

PDN: Benefiting from Portfolio Reviews: How To Stay In Touch (PDN: June 2011)

Telegraph: Photography Sites of the Week (Telegraph: June 2011)

Guardian Eyewitness: Andrew McConnell: Kinshasa strings (Guardian: June 2011) Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

PhotoShelter Guide: The Photographer’s guide to selling like a pro (PS: June 2011)

Lisa Pritchard: Ask an Agent (LPA blog: June 2011)

Absolutely must see! Congratulations to Panos Pictures for their 25th anniversary!

Videos – Panos Pictures: Conversations in Photography: 25 years of Panos Pictures (Panos: June 2011)

Developing Pictures blog: Panos 25 Years (Developing pictures blog: June 2011)

Crowd funding – Erin Trieb : The Homecoming Project (Kickstarter)

PhotographersFabio Bucciarelli

ServicesMetro Print

AgenciesMagnum Photos AGM decisions from BJP

EventsFoto8 Summershow 2011 Launch Party : 8 July : London : £10/£15

Awards

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize : Deadline 7 July

photo: Alex Masi

Getty Images announces Grants for Good winners (BJP: June 2011) Photographers Alex Masi and Gwenn Dubourthoumieu have won this year’s Grants for Good, which will see them receive $15,000 each for the production of new imagery to support non-profit organisations of their choosing | Same from PDN

The France 24-RFI Web Documentary Award (BJP: June 2011)

Jing Huang – winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for his portfolio ‘Pure of Sight’

TwitterKevin van Paassen

TwitterDEVELOP Photo

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