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Documentary photogaphy needs a revolution

The seeds of revolution are spreading through documentary photography. A diverse band of image-makers has begun to disrupt narratives that misrepresent and disempower, exposing the flaws of a medium where ‘truth’ is more subjective than it seems.

The existential guide to street photography

In a new film, Charlie Kwai is living proof that you don’t need to be obsessed with craft or top of the range equipment to take great photos. For the Londoner, it’s simply about being curious – and getting really, really close.

How Google Photos Became a Perfect Jukebox for Our Memories – The New York Times

Google Photos, introduced in 2015, has become one of the most emotionally resonant pieces of technology today. It is also shaping our narratives along the way.

Applications Open for the 2019 New York Portfolio Review – The New York Times

It takes time, passion and obsession to make great work. But you also need the opportunity to have your work seen in the first place. And since we at Lens believe only the quality of work should matter — not your connections or bank account — we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners and video producers, for the 7th annual New York Portfolio Review on March 30 and 31 in New York City.

DE|MARCATION: A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah | LENSCRATCH

DE|MARCATION is a limited edition portfolio curated by Amy Jorgensen and Edward Bateman, and was originally conceived by Amy Jorgensen to support the unique vision of artists in the state of Utah and to build on the rich discourse of imagemaking in the region.

Social Media is Ruining Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

Is social media ruining photography? A simple yes or no answer is unhelpfully reductive because the answer depends on the context. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be beneficial to give the topic a more nuanced look on a complex topic that permeates both photography and life in general.

Dispatches From a Ruined Paradise – The New York Times

Robert Adams’s succinct preface to his 2010 book of photographs “What Can We Believe Where?” begins with uplift: “In common with many photographers,” he writes, “I began making pictures because I wanted to record what supports hope: the untranslatable mystery and beauty of the world.” Adams’s aim was true. Look at one of his photographs and you’ll see a record of mystery and beauty. The photographic elements are simple. Bright sunlight, generally; crisp shadow; the occasional moody nocturne. We feel as if we are being taught to see with a visual primer. Better yet, turn the pages of one of his books (he has made more than 50) or walk around an exhibition of his work, inhabiting the flow of his decisions. You are likely to feel your breath getting calmer and your senses quietened.

B: An Open Letter To Nick Turpin

Perhaps it would’ve been better to write you this letter in private. But your recent public statements regarding iN-PUBLiC and myself —in particular your interview with Blackkamera— have brought this dispute into the open, into the public streets, as it were. So I thought it would be best to respond in an open letter.

Highlights from Photoville 2018 – PhotoShelter Blog

This year we hosted the Luminance Professional Development Day, which included six panels covering everything from archiving to how to get noticed (and paid!). The sold out day included insights from photo editors, professional photographers, and industry leaders who shared tips for getting the most out of your photography and photo business.

A summer of 2018 review – Thoughts of a Bohemian

It’s not by lack of topics ( there are many). Nor is it by lack of interest. It’s just a lack of time. Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day and if something has to be sacrificed, unfortunately, it is this blog. However, the call is sometimes too strong to ignore so here is, briefly, ( in no particular order):

Bill Cunningham Was So Alive | The New Yorker

This essay is adapted from the preface to “Fashion Climbing,” a posthumous memoir by the New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, to be published in September, by Penguin.

Getty Images to be Fully Controlled by the Getty Family Once Again

The stock photo powerhouse Getty Images is now once again owned by the Getty family from which it received its name. The company announced that the family has acquired a majority stake in the company and will take full control.

Supply and Demand: Photography is Like Water

We all know the importance of photography, whether it’s journalism’s role in changing the world to a wonderful moment captured of someone’s special day. As photographers, we value our craft and the importance it has in our lives. But the market is valuing it less and less. Why is that? What is happening?

Photographers on Photographers: Paul Matzner on Niall McDiarmid | LENSCRATCH

Niall McDiarmid popped into my life on a Facebook feed one day in January, 2016. I have no idea how that happened, but since we are both photographers there must be some sort of internet alchemy at work. Niall does a lot of street portraits in Britain (he is based in London) and I do street photos in the USA.

Announcing 6th Annual Luminance Talks at Photoville: Sept 14th in NYC – PhotoShelter Blog

Join us on Friday, September 14th for discussions with industry professionals and photographers at 60 Water Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park. We’ll cover topics like best practices for archiving your work, how to land a job and negotiate contracts, non-profit storytelling, creative ways to get noticed and build your business, how to apply for photography grants, plus an exclusive conversation with renowned photographer and Brooklyn native, Jamal Shabazz.

Pro Tips: What it Takes to Publish a Personal Photo Project – PhotoShelter Blog

In honor of World Photo Day, we asked editorial and commercial photographers Emanuel Hahn and Andrew Kung to share the story behind their audiovisual storytelling piece, The Mississippi Delta Chinese. Emanuel and Andrew recently stopped by our office to speak at one of our Third Thursdays* events, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get all their pro tips on camera. Watch the video for the story behind their project, what they learned along the way, plus advice on pitching to photo editors and getting published (in The New York Times!).

There’s Less to Portraits Than Meets the Eye, and More – The New York Times

Portraiture existed long before photography was invented. And for more than a dozen years after photography’s invention, it was practically impossible to make a photographic portrait: the required exposure times were too long. But the two eventually came together, and now their pairing seems so natural that it’s as though photography was invented for making portraits.

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