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World Press Photo says:

At the prestigious 2009 Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, a number of prominent speakers shared their thoughts with an international audience. The first speaker, World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke lifted the veil on the World Press Photo Academy and announced that a comprehensive online archive of prize-winning photography will be launched later this year.

In a speech that followed, Executive Board chairman Pieter Broertjes spoke about the pressures threatening the integrity of the profession and the need to stay true to high standards in reporting.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, World Press Photo’s patron, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, talked about  the freedom of the press and about the importance of the work of photojournalists.


lens culture photography weblog says:

Stephen Mayes, who has served as World Press Photo Jury Secretary for the past six years, gave a keynote lecture during which he shared his personal observations, reflections and concerns about “how the media processes images” as well as his insights on the grueling but efficient behind-the-scenes workings at this most important award in photojournalism.

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From Josh Spear, Trendspotting:

Do you find that tune from Tetris twisting and turning in your brain all day? Does the music of Metroid make you want to move your feet? Sure you’re probably a video game addict, but there’s nothing wrong with getting those sweet sounds of Super Street Fighter stuck in your head. The only issue you face is trying to find a place that will let you relive the soundtrack of your gaming life. Luckily, there’s now 8bitFM, an internet radio station dedicated to devotees of Double Dragon ditties and Super Mario melodies.

Check it out here.


From lens culture:

Tillim spoke with me at length about his work and philosophy when we first met in Paris in November 2008. You can listen to an 18-minute edited audio recording of that conversation here.

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From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: A Thoroughly Unpleasant Record (MP3):

The annoying qualities of Jamie Marlowe’s performance are matched by the wretchedness both of the lyrics and of the person those lyrics describe.

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This “Valerie” tape was easily the most wizard thing I was ever sent to play on the show. Some of the other unique cassette documents I used back then will be featured here in future blogs.
Not only does Valerie sustain the energy and focus of this tape from paused scene to scene, she also at one point has a “conversation” with a “rock star/band” in which she is actually improvising lines off of a voice that she’s turning up and down on the radio – a risky and hilarious move.

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Over the weekend I had an opportunity to participate in a broadcast on KPFK radio in Los Angeles about the war on photography. The broadcast was part of Ric Allan and Doran Barons’ weekly radio show Digital Village

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Joshuah Bearman alerted me to David Dixon’s amazing audio archive website, which has links to audio files that people recorded at home and unwittingly sent to Napster.

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Here are both sides of a grimly disturbing 45 made by Dexter Gardner, a deeply troubled teenaged (and self-identified) LSD addict from Kearns, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

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Roger Ballen has been making disturbing photographs in South Africa for many years now. In an exclusive audio interview for Lens Culture, he talks about a wide range of topics, including how he found his “voice” as a photographer, his working methods and philosophy, why he uses flash lighting, the violence of nature in South Africa where he lives, the similarities between geology and photography (he holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics), and more.

Check it out here.

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Reza Deghati is considered among the world’s great photojournalists.

He has traveled the globe for nearly 30 years, bearing witness to wars, unrest, great leaders and the courage of ordinary people trapped by history. He has won countless awards, working for publications such as National Geographic, Newsweek and Time.

Check it out here.

Here is the long promised audio from Platon’s speech at the Eddie Adams Workshop from a few weeks ago.  It’s well worth a listen.

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Aperture just launched Aperture Live, a new initiative to offer live webcasts of their artist talks, panel discussions and other events online. In addition, these webcasts will be archived so that all of us can watch what we missed.

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Stock library Getty Images has released the first in an ongoing series of podcasts featuring its award-winning team of photographers. In the podcasts, snappers such as John Moore talk over the story behind their most striking images.

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And while looking at their site for the first time in a while, I realized that they finally got around to putting up some amazing audio from the past 20 years of the workshop. It’s kind of like having your own personal workshop experience right in your home. Legends like Gordon Parks, Bill Eppridge, David Hume Kennerly, Peter Turnley and the man himself, Eddie Adams. Their words of wisdom are invaluable.

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Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, publisher of Peachpit, speaks with National Geographic photographer Joe McNally about his new best-selling book, The Moment It Clicks–the first book with one foot on the coffee table, and one foot in the classroom.

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This episode features an interview with Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, co-director of the law school’s Center for Internet and Society, author of “Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity” and founder of Creative Commons. In this conversation Professor Lessig, with a focus on photography, discusses the purpose & objective of Creative Commons, his perspective on copyright law, addresses the question “How if at all the adoption of Creative Commons is hurting photographers? and shares more information about the recently announced CC+ license.

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