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December 18, 2013
theatlantic:

Will a Billion Selfies Make Us Miss the World’s Biggest Moments?

It’s never been easier to take a photograph—and harder to be a photojournalist. Are iconic images a thing of the past?

Read more. [Image: Osman Orsa]


No, it just means more of the iconic images will come from amateurs, not pros.

theatlantic:

Will a Billion Selfies Make Us Miss the World’s Biggest Moments?

It’s never been easier to take a photograph—and harder to be a photojournalist. Are iconic images a thing of the past?
Read more. [Image: Osman Orsa]

No, it just means more of the iconic images will come from amateurs, not pros.

21:56 // 9 months ago
November 14, 2013
In an unprecedented move, the French newspaper Libération ran an entire issue without photos today, placing them instead in the back spread so people can see the art that’s missing. Its reason? It was trying to draw attention to the plight of photojournalists worldwide—timing the issue around Paris Photo, the world’s largest photography fair. “It’s not a wake, we’re not burying the photographic art […] Instead we give photography the homage it deserves,” the paper explains. “Yet, no one can ignore the calamitous situation press photographers now find themselves in, especially war photographers who risk their lives while barely making a living.”
Your move, Chicago Sun-Times.

In an unprecedented move, the French newspaper Libération ran an entire issue without photos today, placing them instead in the back spread so people can see the art that’s missing. Its reason? It was trying to draw attention to the plight of photojournalists worldwide—timing the issue around Paris Photo, the world’s largest photography fair. “It’s not a wake, we’re not burying the photographic art […] Instead we give photography the homage it deserves,” the paper explains. “Yet, no one can ignore the calamitous situation press photographers now find themselves in, especially war photographers who risk their lives while barely making a living.”

Your move, Chicago Sun-Times.

21:56 // 10 months ago
September 22, 2013
This is just plain and simple murder of unarmed civilians. It’s not a war. These militants went into the mall and executed people: women and children, anyone who got in their path. That’s not typical of war.
New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks • Describing the scene inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday. Hicks, who was nearby the scene when violence broke out, spent hours inside the mall with police, and saw a number of the fatalities in the process. Hicks, a full-time Nairobi resident, just got married two weeks ago and was picking up some photographs given to him as wedding gifts when he saw people running from the mall.

Edit: Worth noting that Hicks knows what he’s talking about on this war thing. A Pulitzer winner for his work in Afghanistan, he went missing in Libya in 2011, and he was with noted journalist Anthony Shadid when he died.
0:23 // 11 months ago
August 28, 2013
Boston Magazine published dozens of new photos from the final hours of the hunt for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including the moments shortly before and after he was taken into custody and sent to a Boston-area hospital for treatment. (The photos were shot by former Sgt. Sean Murphy, who lost his job after releasing some photos to the magazine back in July, in retaliation for the Rolling Stone issue featuring Tsarnaev on the cover.) Head over to the official Boston Magazine site for dozens of additional images.

Boston Magazine published dozens of new photos from the final hours of the hunt for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including the moments shortly before and after he was taken into custody and sent to a Boston-area hospital for treatment. (The photos were shot by former Sgt. Sean Murphy, who lost his job after releasing some photos to the magazine back in July, in retaliation for the Rolling Stone issue featuring Tsarnaev on the cover.) Head over to the official Boston Magazine site for dozens of additional images.

17:52 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2013

suntimesdarktimes:

Front pages, June 26, 2013. 

Shaming through comparison. (The Sun-Times laid off its photojournalists recently.)

11:49 // 1 year ago
February 6, 2012

Looking deeper into an old-school photo-manipulation mystery

Tonight, spurred by a tweet I was sending along, I took a second look at AP for more details on this 1991 photo, wrongly claimed to be from over the weekend and later debunked as Photoshopped. There were some questions as to why a photo of this nature would be manipulated, and I think I have an answer. I went back to the link I posted yesterday and noticed the AP link was now broken. Weird, I thought — it worked fine yesterday. So then, I did a fresh search and found this photo, which is nearly the same as the one In Focus ran in December. I did a compare and contrast and noticed a red blotch that wasn’t there before. And a different date on the photo — March 19, 1991, not March 10. I compared it with the photo from In Focus, and there was some definite photo manipulation going on — see the bottom four images. However, I can firmly say that the AP photo I downloaded on Sunday did not have this blotch — so The Atlantic is in the clear, this is all AP. The photo that was manipulated appears to have been removed from the archives and replaced with one that hasn’t. In the end, it’s not full deception, but an attempt at cleaning up imperfection. — Ernie @ SFB

23:30 // 2 years ago
February 4, 2012

jcstearns:

Video of photojournalist Jerry Nelson being arrested Saturday, Feb 4, at Occupy DC as the camp was being dismantled. The officer says he was identified as someone who had assaulted another Occupier. In my discussions with occupiers and local journalists in DC, many knew Nelson and spoke highly of him.

See a full list of journalists arrested at Occupy events nationwide.

Mr. Nelson describes himself this way on his Huffington Post bio: “Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publicaitons [sic] and news outlets including USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, CBS, Dream Row, Earthwalkers and others. He photographs and licenses images for all manner of commercial and editorial use as well as selling through this website. When not traveling, he is available for portraits, events and concerts.”

His webpage is: http://www.journeyamerica.org

Didn’t see anything like this when I was there, in terms of people getting arrested, but I could conceive this based on what I saw. Why did this guy get arrested? He doesn’t appear to be dangerous.

22:18 // 2 years ago

Sacramento Bee photographer fired for photo manipulation

On the top is a photo of a snowy egret trying to nom on a great egret’s recent grab — a frog. To the right of it is a photo taken moments later that shows the frog in a much better angle. Unfortunate they both couldn’t be in the same shot, right? Apparently photographer Bryan Patrick thought the same thing, because he allegedly merged the two photos together into one. Problem, is, a reader caught the Photoshop job, and now Patrick is out of a job this morning. “After The Bee published a correction and apology online Wednesday and in print Thursday,” the paper wrote in an apology this morning, “editors reviewed a selection of Patrick’s work and found two additional digital alterations that violate The Bee’s standards.” Patrick did a very bad no-no for photojournalism. (top photos from The Sacramento Bee; newspaper photo from KXTV)

14:14 // 2 years ago
June 19, 2011
bilalr:

These are the Serbian warlord Arkan’s men. They’ve just executed these Muslim civilians – a butcher, his wife and sister-in-law; the start of what became known as ethnic cleansing.

Totally recommend clicking the link. It’s a piece where photojournalists explain what they went through to get key shots. (Note: Graphic imagery, some of it worse than this.)

bilalr:

These are the Serbian warlord Arkan’s men. They’ve just executed these Muslim civilians – a butcher, his wife and sister-in-law; the start of what became known as ethnic cleansing.

Totally recommend clicking the link. It’s a piece where photojournalists explain what they went through to get key shots. (Note: Graphic imagery, some of it worse than this.)

9:41 // 3 years ago
April 20, 2011
abudai:

NYT Reporter C.J. Chivers reports that photojournalist Chris Hondros died a few hours ago after suffering severe head trauma. His friend and colleague Tim Hetherington also died earlier this morning. May they rest in peace. 

The photos Chris Hondros published just today are as harrowing as the story that took his life. Fires. Men with guns. Darkened stairwells. These are the stories that he fought to tell the public. And these stories were made all the more vital with his visuals.

abudai:

NYT Reporter C.J. Chivers reports that photojournalist Chris Hondros died a few hours ago after suffering severe head trauma. His friend and colleague Tim Hetherington also died earlier this morning. May they rest in peace. 

The photos Chris Hondros published just today are as harrowing as the story that took his life. Fires. Men with guns. Darkened stairwells. These are the stories that he fought to tell the public. And these stories were made all the more vital with his visuals.

(via mohandasgandhi)

19:12 // 3 years ago