LOBA shortlist candidates 2021

The shortlist candidates of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2021 and their submitted photo series.A detailed overview and more information on each series can b...

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Exposed: Photographer John Tully and Thoughts of Bruce Springsteen

An interview with New Hampshire-based photographer John Tully, who tells stories in the backyards and backroads of communities.

There are three reasons that John’s work sent me to thoughts of Springsteen. First, John has a unique approach to light. In fact, it is his use of darkness, the deliberate absence of light, that helps to reveal the essence of his subject matter. One might call the darkness moody. I think of it as isolating the deeper meaning of the images.

Local photojournalism gets a boost from a California nonprofit

CatchLight, a California-based nonprofit, was launched in 2015 to create opportunities and support for photojournalists; over the past several years, they’ve created project grants for photojournalists and partnered with local newsrooms to offer financ

CatchLight Local announced that five philanthropic organizations will invest a combined two million dollars over the next several years in an effort to address what CatchLight CEO Elodie Mailliet Storm calls “image deserts”: the decline and dearth of photojournalism at the local level.

Photoshop's 'Content Credentials' Embeds Attribution Data into Photos

Content attribution and verification, embedded into an image at the point of creation.

The Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) was founded by Adobe, Twitter, and the New York Times in 2019 as a way to battle against image disinformation and increase the trust and transparency of content shared online — namely images and photos. In the two years since it was founded, the CAI has expanded to more than 350 members, and now includes Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Nikon.

Four Years Embedded with the N.Y.P.D.

In the late seventies, Jill Freedman set out to create a clear-eyed portrait of New York City police. What she made was something more complicated.

Inevitably, the spirit of Weegee haunts Jill Freedman’s photographs of New York street cops. Both worked in inky, matter-of-fact black and white. Both wanted to be at the scene of the crime while the blood was still wet. Both were unsentimental, tenacious, and tough. They didn’t look away, and they won’t let us ignore what they saw: New York at its rawest and scuzziest (the precinct walls are as ruined as tenement hallways). But Freedman, a rare woman in the field of photojournalism at the time (she died in 2019, at the age of seventy-nine), wasn’t interested in Weegee’s brand of hit-and-run tabloid photojournalism. Her pictures were made over a period of four years, from 1978 to 1981, during which she was virtually embedded with the police in two Manhattan precincts, Midtown South and the Ninth, headquartered at East Fifth Street, where the cops of “NYPD Blue” would be stationed more than a decade later. New York hit the skids financially in those years, and the city’s safety net, already badly frayed, gave out.

The Foto Awards presented by Las Fotos Project: Smita Sharma in Conversation with Anna Grevenitis - LENSCRATCH

This week we are celebrating a wonderful organization in Los Angeles: the Las Fotos Project and The Foto Awards event taking place on October 23, 2021. Today we celebrate the Advocacy Award Winner (adult), Smita Sharma.  The Advocacy Award is given for po

Smita Sharma is an award winning photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Delhi, reporting on critical human rights, gender and social issues in her own community as well as in the Global South on assignments for Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, and other publications.