Category: Photojournalism

Photo Essay Eastern European Gypsies by Balazs Gardi

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For most people the word gypsy evokes a romantic image of a nomadic lifestyle. Although the traditional gypsy way of life was common all over Europe several decades ago, their number has dwindled during the past century and now they are mostly found in remote areas of Romania. Due to environmental and economic circumstances as well as governmental pressure, their way of life is threatened and facing inevitable extinction. The end of socialism marked the beginning of Roma/Gypsy decline from relative well being to extreme poverty. Low skills, discrimination, and the collapse of many state-owned industrial and agricultural enterprises during the transition period have contributed to their mass unemployment, along with rising illiteracy rates and deteriorating health, infrastructure, and housing conditions. 

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VII Photo Essay – The Valley – by Balazs Gardi

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Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S forces. The six-mile long strategic passage is located in northeastern Afghanistan surrounded by treacherous mountain ridges, which are held desperately by the Taleban and al-Qaeda. Nearly one-fifth of all combat in Afghanistan occurs in this valley, and nearly three-quarters of all the bombs dropped by NATO planes target the surrounding area. The Valley is the first leg of a former mujahideen smuggling route that was used to bring in men and weapons from Pakistan during the 1980s

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PJStar.com – Journal Star News Story

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No, this dispute is not about high commerce. It is instead about principle. We believe it is within our absolute right to cover, publish and, yes, occasionally even sell, content that we create – particularly from highly public events involving tax-supported institutions and occurring at taxpayer-owned venues.

It is unfortunate that we are at loggerheads with the IHSA, which has already restricted our photo access to one major state championship event. It’s all related to this dispute. We have never previously viewed the organization as a foe. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Like the IHSA, we believe it’s in all of our best interests to draw attention to and celebrate youth achievement, whether it be on the basketball court, the football field, the concert hall or the scholastic bowl.

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Robert Capa – Lost Negatives – Art – New York Times

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TO the small group of photography experts aware of its existence, it was known simply as “the Mexican suitcase.” And in the pantheon of lost modern cultural treasures, it was surrounded by the same mythical aura as Hemingway’s early manuscripts, which vanished from a train station in 1922.

The suitcase — actually three flimsy cardboard valises — contained thousands of negatives of pictures that Robert Capa, one of the pioneers of modern war photography, took during the Spanish Civil War before he fled Europe for America in 1939, leaving behind the contents of his Paris darkroom.

Capa assumed that the work had been lost during the Nazi invasion, and he died in 1954 on assignment in Vietnam still thinking so. But in 1995 word began to spread that the negatives had somehow survived, after taking a journey worthy of a John le Carré novel: Paris to Marseille and then, in the hands of a Mexican general and

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Another country — chicagotribune.com

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Thirteen years ago, Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante began visiting a family farm. Over the years he took thousand of pictures of the couple and their land and all the creatures that lived there. In 2002 he chronicled the farm’s end. Call it death, if you will. Call it progress, if you must

“…I was determined to one day go back to their land and see what happened to it…

He found, on what had been the farm’s 119 acres, a subdivision called Willow Walk. The results are a photographic wonder, as the past bleeds into and is reflected in the present.

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Photo Essay Hillary in Iowa

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VII photographer Christopher Morris is trailing the U.S. presidential candidates as they crisscross America during the state primaries and caucuses. In Iowa, which held its caucus January 3, 2008, he followed the Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and captured her supporters out in full force. The New York senator came in third in the Iowa caucus, behind Barack Obama and John Edwards.

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Golfweek's Bland Rage – Blogs Design and Production @ FolioMag.com via PDN Pulse

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Lots of buzz online about the termination of editor Dave Seanor over this cover, which refers to a thoughtlessly stupid remark by golf anchor Kelly Tighman.

It’s worth noting that the controversy over this cover is inextricably wrapped up in its conceptual quality. The insipid stock image brings nothing to the package that isn’t explicit in the headline. The noose may be a loaded cliché, but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as tiresome on a magazine cover as any other over-used icon.

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Illinois Battle Continues: After Lawsuits, Now Comes Legislation

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Illinois lawmakers have joined in the fight over whether the Illinois High School Association can prevent newspaper photographers from covering public school academic and sporting championship events games, and whether they can regulate the secondary use of photographs and videos that come from the events.

A new state law proposed this week comes in the aftermath of a dispute between the IHSA and the Illinois Press Association, a disagreement that reached a boiling point last November when several Illinois newspapers were prevented from photographing the state’s high school football finals and championship games.

And now Illinois lawmakers have proposed legislation intended to resolve the current conflict and to keep it from happening again.

Rep. Joseph M. Lyons (D-Chicago) has introduced House Bill 4582 which, if voted on and signed into law, will provide open access to all competitions, from elementary school to high school levels, including sports and academic activities.

And Sen. James A. DeLeo (D-Chicago) has agreed to file an identical bill in the other chamber of the Illinois General Assembly.

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Bernie Boston, 74; Took Iconic 1967 Photograph – washingtonpost.com

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Bernie Boston, 74; Took Iconic 1967 Photograph – washingtonpost.com

Mr. Boston, who retired from the Los Angeles Times, was working for the Washington Star on Oct. 21, 1967, when he took the image he called “Flower Power.”

The man with the flowers was later identified as teenage actor George Harris. He was making a nonviolent gesture against the soldiers, who were braced for trouble as they faced 250,000 demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.

“I knew I had a good picture,” Mr. Boston later said. “Flower Power” became one of the most reprinted pictures of the past 40 years, appearing in government textbooks and television specials about the era.

At the time, Mr. Boston could not persuade his editors of the shot’s potential impact. They buried it inside the front section. Adding to his frustration, his car tires were slashed at the protest, and a bouquet of flowers was placed under his windshield wipers.

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NPPA's Popular Monthly News Clip Contest (MNCC) Goes Digital via PDNPulse

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NPPA’s Popular Monthly News Clip Contest (MNCC) Goes Digital

The National Press Photographers Association’s long-standing and popular Monthly News Clip Contest is going digital beginning with the January 2008 entries, NPPA announced today.

The MNCC’s new format should be easier and faster for entrants, judges, and contest chairs alike.

“Going digital makes this a better contest, and that’s the goal,” NPPA executive director Jim Straight said today. “Digital will let us run this contest ‘on time’ and in today’s digital world that’s important. As an unexpected result, it will also create more space in News Photographer magazine for more stories, photographs, and original content. The magazine is consistently listed as one of the members’ top benefits, and the MNCC contest has been an important part of News Photographer over the years, and this advancement lets us make the best of both worlds for the contest and the magazine.”

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Editor Sues Newark Police Over Arrest – via PDNPulse

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Editor Sues Newark Police Over Arrest

A newspaper editor on Wednesday sued the Newark Police Department, charging that police had no right to arrest him and demand he not publish photographs from a crime scene.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, came about two months after the state attorney general found that a Newark police chief violated her directive by questioning the editor and a photographer about their immigration status.

The incident stems from an incident in September in which a freelance photographer for a weekly newspaper, the Brazilian Voice, discovered a dead body and, along with the newspaper’s editor, reported it to police.

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Colorado Lawmaker May Be Censured For Kicking Photographer

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Colorado Lawmaker May Be Censured For Kicking Photographer

Colorado lawmakers introduced the first-ever censure against a fellow lawmaker on Wednesday, accusing Republican Rep. Douglas Bruce of bringing disrepute to fellow lawmakers for kicking a newspaper photographer on the House floor while he was waiting to be sworn in.

The full House of Representatives could vote on the action against Bruce as early as Thursday. The resolution requires a simple majority from the 65 House members.

The resolution by Reps. Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, and Rep. Steve King, D-Grand Junction, says that Bruce deserves to be censured because his conduct “failed to uphold the honor and dignity of the House of Representatives and reflects poorly on the state.” It also criticized Bruce for his failure to apologize for the incident that took place during the House prayer.

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Steve McCurry: An Interview with PDN

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Steve McCurry: An Interview with PDN

Long before he became a contributor to National Geographic, published dozens of books on Asia or took his famous portrait of “Afghan Girl,” Steve McCurry found his voice as a photographer during the during years he spent touring India and the subcontinent in the late Seventies.

McCurry, who we profile in this month’s Legends issue, had been working for a small-town newspaper, shooting “Lions Club meetings, high school wrestling, football games” in black-and-white. His portfolio wasn’t good enough to land a job at a bigger newspaper, he recalls. “I realized what I really wanted to do was travel, so I said, ok, I’m just going to quit.” At the time, he says, “I hadn’t shot color, but I knew the magazine world wanted color, “ so he packed 200 rolls of Kodachrome that he would send back to the States for processing, and went to India. Along the way, he supported himself with small travel assignments and some sales to Scholastic.

When asked what those two years of travel taught him, McCurry says simply, “Just because someone’s wearing a turban, doesn’t mean it’s an interesting photo.”

The Wild Weird World of Sports: Past & Present

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The Wild Weird World of Sports: Past & Present

Photography, as in art, is totally subjective.

I’ve spent much of 2007 trying to figure out what I want to tell visually, what interests me. That doesn’t always translate into contest wins. Whatever.

I had many people I truly respect look over my work from this past year. Some parts of an edit, I loved. Others, less certain.

Not sure if this is a winning edit, but it’s what I submitted for 2007 Sports Portfolio. For whatever it’s worth, it feels right to me.

redlights and redeyes: desaturate

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redlights and redeyes: desaturate

Sarasota is a circus town. Ever since John Ringling moved the winter headquarters for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to Sarasota in 1927, evidence of his influence is sprinkled across the town – street names, museums, art schools, public statues, and a long list of local circuses and traveling shows that always seem to find their way across the assignment desk.

It was hard for me to rob these photos from the of their obvious, saturated color…alas, I wanted to mix up the moments a bit by shooting a lot tighter and concentrating more on form and texture.

It's Time To Register For The Kalish

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It’s Time To Register For The Kalish

“We’ve retained the best of the print instruction including team exercises for the front page and picture pages, as well as, a full day of management sessions for those trying to move up and be better advocates for visuals in their organizations. We’ve integrated cross-platform considerations into every session and we’ve added a full day of multimedia exercises including SoundSlides, storyboarding and basic video production.

“And, we’ve added a full day to the workshop and cut the price.”

Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: Seattle Cops James Pitts and David Toner Pwned After Trying to Take Photographer's Camera

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Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection: Seattle Cops James Pitts and David Toner Pwned After Trying to Take Photographer’s Camera

Pop Photo blogs about the case of amateur photographer Bogdan Mohora who was jailed in Seattle last year after he took photos of police that they didn’t want him to take during an arrest.

Although Mohora was only briefly detained he pushed the issue and worked with the ACLU to get an $8,000 settlement for his arrest. The two officers involved in the incident James Pitts and David Toner, pictured above, were discilplined with written reprimands for a lack of professionalism and poor exercise of discretion.

PDN Pulse- Photographers Evicted from Brooklyn "Kibbutz"

PDNPulse: “Paolo Pellegrin, David Alan Harvey, Alex Majoli, Robert Clark, Stanley Greene and Kadir van Lohuizen are among the photographers who had to evacuate their building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Sunday due to fire hazards and building code violations. An AP story reports that the loft building at 475 Kent Street – affectionately referred to as ‘the kibbutz’ among the photojournalists who have lived, partied or slept on couches there – was evacuated Sunday night after two silos of grain were discovered in the basement. In addition to being infested with rats, the grain is also a fire hazard, according to New York’s Office of Emergency Management, which has been coordinating the effort to clear the building. Tenants report that a bakery that makes matzoh had been operating without a license in the building.”