This is really cool. It turns out you can browse through full issues of the old Soviet Photo (AKA “Советское фото”) magazine online at Archive.org. Fans of photography history will love this treasure trove, which contains 437 digitized issues originally published between 1926 and 1991.
After two tours in Iraq and a stay at Walter Reed hospital, photographer and veteran Michael McCoy found himself at a turning point. Until that moment, photography had been a hobby of sorts, a personal habit that played a minor role in his life.
Be that as it may, an imbalance in the voices admitted to publication continues to be felt today. This is true despite an increase in grants for journalists of color in the United States, the creation of professional initiatives, such as Women in Journalism in the UK or the IWMF in the United States, and the proliferation of training opportunities for photographers in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and South America.
“I think if didn’t have the financial pressure, I would have done a lot better,” he said. “I would have made more movies. That’s easy to say now, but I probably would have spent more time doing worthy things.”
Her photographs range from the marginal to the mainstream, capturing things that are invisible to the rest of us.
“To be honest, this IG thing confuses me. Some images I am convinced will be crowd pleasers don’t generate interest, and then some that I almost don’t post because I think they are not good enough, will get loads of likes.
Snap’s success or failure isn’t going to be determined this week or even this year. This is a company that’s betting on a long-term trend: the rise and eventual global dominance of visual culture
While some artists such as Joshua Rashaad McFadden make use of archival material, others like Jasmine Murrell incorporate sculpture, while Gerald Cyrus’ work is firmly documentary in nature and Shamayim’s is clearly fashion-based.
after over a year has passed since the Corbis sale, some Demotix contributors have finally received an email from VCG… with few happy answers
There are a multitude of thoughts a visitor could have—I wouldn’t want to try to tell people what to think. Among the conclusions I reached as a result of doing the exhibition is that photography on the Web must be considered with the same degree of seriousness as more traditional forms of photography that originally appeared only as photographic prints or as reproductions in books, newspapers, and magazines.
Working with film requires a disciplined, considered approach. “You can make all these decisions without the camera. And then take a picture of it.” says Magnum photographer Max Pinckers. “And for me that works because I can make my decision and stick with it.”
Applications are now open for the Fifth Annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. We are again gathering 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 29 and 30.
With the new year comes the predictions. However, this year, instead of trying to predict what will happen, we prefer to take aim at what we see will be the top major trends in the visual space. We limited ourselves at five in an effort to be succinct and we picked those that will affect people more broadly. In no particular order, here they are:
This year, we saw iconic photos, more selfies than you could shake a stick at, and video portraits. We questioned the portrayal of felons, watched giants fall, and tried to make sense of live violence. But as in years past, all the photos and the stories behind them represented the gamut of human emotion and experience.
At that time, Nigeria was one of many possible destinations. “It’s a tough one in terms of danger,” Baichwal said about the delta. “I’m not sure how we are going to get in there.” But in the coming months Burtynsky grew more interested in the country. One of his collectors had urged him to do a book on Africa, and after a visit to Kenya he agreed, believing that there would be overlap between the projects. Across the continent, he saw an epic story of industrialization and economic colonialism, hope and environmental degradation. Documenting it, he expected, would take many years. “The growth figures for Africa are staggering—frightening,” he said. “It’s the next big global play.”
With the democratization of photography – through mediums like Instagram and Snapchat – we have slowly started to zoom out and look at the world in a more interesting way. This willingness to understand the world around us from a less traditional approach will start to bridge the gap in our understanding of the “other”. Knowing that our experiences are each as vivid and intense as the person’s next to us provides us with compassion and empathy for their realities.
A dark reality exists within photography that few photographers are willing to discuss and many refuse to even recognize. In the name of purity, we tend to see photography as a medium that couldn’t — shouldn’t be able to — do harm.
She pointed out, however, that despite the excitement around VR and video, she didn’t see those media eclipsing still photography. “I never worry that photography will lose ground,” she said
It is moments like this that make me astoundingly grateful to have the job I do. Even after more than 30 years of looking at pictures, talking about them, and thinking about them, there are still moments of discovery that stop me in my tracks.
When Doug Menuez and Pamela Hanson reflected on their years in the business, they both mentioned that being photography’s flavor of the month is fun and exciting, but it’s not sustainable. When a fad changes or attention fades, photographers need to plan ahead