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Link: Editorial Photographers UK | 2013 – the year we lost sight of what photography can achieve

This year’s announcement of the winners of two major competitions for photojournalists, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, created more than the usual fire storm. Raking through the ashes, Graham Harrison looks for a way forward, and reveals how one major grants programme for photojournalists had no restrictions on image manipulation at all.

Link: Innovator: Brad Mangin | NPPA

Freelance sports photographer Brad Mangin has many claims to fame: one, according to him, is being the last photographer on earth to get an iPhone. While that claim may be hard to prove, another will be substantiated when Instant Baseball is published this April. The book chronicles the 2012 Major League Baseball season with images shot on Mangin’s iPhone and posted to the image sharing Web site Instagram. It may be the first non-self published book comprised entirely of Instagram images shot on an iPhone.


Link: go irish and/or roll tide | Redlights and Redeyes

 I sat there after the first half with Alabama up several touchdowns up on Notre Dame and ate a terrible hot dog in a media room where all the photographers just looked depressed.  All of the excitement, the adrenaline, and preparedness was sucked right out of everyone.  No hopes of a comeback.  There were just a lot of shocked Notre Dame faces and chants of “Roll Tide!”  Over.  And over.  And over

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Link: Alex Webb’s Career in Street Photography –

For someone who says 99 percent of street photography is about failure, Alex Webb has had a notably successful career. From his early work in Haiti and along the United States-Mexico border, to recent projects in the United States Rust Belt, Mr. Webb, a member of Magnum Photos, had produced a deep archive of images rich in color and complexity. James Estrin recently discussed with him how his work has evolved over the last four decades

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Link: North Korea photographs by David Guttenfelder | Mail Online

“For this project, I used a Hasselblad XPAN, a panoramic-view film camera that is no longer manufactured.

Throughout the year, I wore it around my neck and shot several dozen rolls of color negative film in between my normal coverage of news and daily life with my AP-issued digital cameras.

The XPAN is quiet, discrete, manual and simple. Because it has a wide panoramic format, it literally gives me a different view of North Korea.

The film also reflects how I feel when I’m in North Korea, wandering among the muted or gritty colors, and the fashions and styles that often seem to come from a past generation. “

Link: Overexposed: A Photographer’s War With PTSD – Adam McCauley – The Atlantic

“‘I don’t think you can go into the most traumatic situations that arise on earth, voluntarily, and come back unchanged,’ said Ashley Gilbertson, who admits that his experience in Iraq is never far from thought.

Eight years after Gilbertson and Dexter Filkins climbed those steps, those perilous moments on the step have followed Gilbertson.

‘A 22-year-old kid was killed because Ashley needed a photograph,’ Filkins said. ‘He’s tormented by that.'”


Link: TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2012 – LightBox

Throughout 2012, TIME’s unparalleled photojournalists were there. We stood within the tumult of Tahrir Square and shared moments of quiet with the world’s most powerful President. We documented both the ravages of war on Syria’s blasted cities and the devastation nature wrought on our own backyard in New York. At a time when so much hangs in the balance, bearing witness can be the most essential act — and that’s what we do.

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Link: Rashid Talukder’s Largely Unknown Conflict Photography –

But there was another photojournalist there, whom the others didn’t know: Rashid Talukder, who worked for a Bangladeshi newspaper. Though he also made dramatic images, he did not publish them. He couldn’t. Mr. Talukder knew that — unlike the foreign photographers — he would not leave Bangladesh and dash to the next overseas hot spot. He would be staying. And the men behind the executions were among the most powerful in the country.

Link: Surveillance Camera Man wants to know why we accept CCTVs but not a creepy guy with a camcorder – Boing Boing

“Surveillance Camera Man” is an anonymous fellow who wanders the streets and malls of Seattle with a handheld camcorder, walking up to people and recording them — in particular, recording their reactions to being recorded. He answers their questions with bland, deadpan statements (“It’s OK, I’m just recording video”), and sometimes mentions that there are lots of other (non-human-carried) cameras recording his subjects.

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